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Greentraveller celebrates its 5th birthday

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Posted by Richard Hammond at 01:00 on Wednesday 02 November 2011

We've worked with over 25 of the UK's leading tour operators to feature over 1,500 trips holidays that are reachable by train from the UKWe've worked with over 25 of the UK's leading tour operators to feature over 1,500 trips holidays that are reachable by train from the UKWe're celebrating our 5th birthday all this week!

Founded as a blog in October 2006, Greentraveller has since grown
into a website that features over
500 green places to stay and
1,500 holidays reachable by train.

We also features a Rail Journey Planner, with information on how to travel by train to over 80 destinations in Europe and a guide to foot passenger ferry trips between Britain, Ireland and continental Europe.

The Sunday Times has called Greentraveller “the first place to look for green holidays” and it recently featured in both the Independent’s “50 best travel websites” and the Guardian’s list of “the best travel websites ever”.

Richard Hammond, Chief Executive and Founder of Greentraveller (right), says:

“The growth of Greentraveller reflects the huge number of holidaymakers who now wish to minimise their carbon footprint. Green is no longer extreme, it’s mainstream.

“The single most important decision travellers can take to reduce their impact on the environment is to seek alternatives to flying - that's why we’ve researched hundreds of holidays from hand-picked specialist operators that are reachable by train and/or foot passenger ferry services.

“Our holidays range from B&Bs in the Brecon Beacons and luxury hotels in Cornwall to innovative treehouses in Northern France, cycling holidays in Sardinia and wintersports holidays in the Alps.

“In 2012, we will be increasing the range of options for green travellers looking for an even wider choice of fabulous holidays. We plan to feature over 1,000 green places to stay and thousands of holidays in Europe that are reachable overland, as far north as the wilds of Scandinavia and as far south as the chilled-out riads of Morocco… less carbon, more fun!”

One of the most popular self-catering cottages is Blue Reef Cottages on the beautiful island of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of ScotlandOne of the most popular self-catering cottages is Blue Reef Cottages on the beautiful island of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of ScotlandTo celebrate our fifth birthday, Greentraveller’s team has come up with our list of the following Top Five holiday ideas plus a prediction of Five Green Holiday Trends for 2012.

Top Five holiday ideas:

Top 5 Activities in the Lot Valley, France
Top 5 Winter Holidays in the Dolomites
Top 5 Places to see stars at night
Top 5 Alternative Winter Holidays
Top 5 Treehouses in the UK
Top 5 Holiday Huts in the UK
Top 5 Green Hen Parties
Top 5 Yurt camps in the UK

Five Green Holiday Trends for 2012:

1. Rail and sail adventures to the Med: Rail and sail trips to Ireland and Holland are already proving popular. In 2012 it’s likely travellers will try heading a little further afield, to the Mediterranean, by train and ferry. It’s possible to Rail and Sail to Corsica in under 16 hours by travelling through France on a high speed TGV and taking a ferry from Marseille to Calvie, Ile Rousse or Bastia; or Rail and Sail to Majorca by taking the superb overnight Train Hotel to Barcelona and then catching a quick 4-hour ferry across to the island.

2. Learning an Olympic sport: We’re all going to be inspired by the athletes flooding into London next summer, so we think people are going to use their holiday time to have a go at an Olympic skill, such as learning to road cycle in the Shropshire hills: a long weekend that takes you through the ropes as it guides you down quiet country roads on two wheels; Learn to sea kayak in the Scottish highlands: a 5-day course that combines expert instruction with exploring some of the most breathtaking coastlines of West Scotland; Learn to wild swim: Join the outdoor swimming craze by learning how to swim in open water on a long weekend swimming holiday in the Lake District.

3. Seeing the alternative side of classic destinations: European holiday destinations are getting wiser to the demands of travellers who want unique experiences in places that are in harmony with the natural environment and local economy. Go stargazing in Tenerife; take the train to a ski resort; go donkey trekking in France; see the alternative Ibiza on the island’s peaceful North coast.

4. Hiring a bike for a day: Greentraveller City Guides provide info on how to pick up a rental bike in Berlin, Valence, Utrecht and more of our favourite cities. Watch this space, too, for the fast-expanding Electric Bike Network here in the UK. These whizzy machines make cycling accessible for everyone and can currently be picked up in the Lake District, Peak District and Devon

5. Going on an overland adventure for your gap year or sabbatical: Around the world tickets are becoming less popular as both belts and time is tightened. Consequently more people are turning to adventures closer to home for their break from work or study. Our top picks? Taking the train through France and Spain and a ferry across the straits of Gibraltar to catch the Marrakesh Express to the souks, mountains and desert of Morocco; or enjoy the landscapes, people and cultures from West to East on a 9-day guided tour from London to Beijing by train.

Here's more information about Greentraveller:

  • Greentraveller is an online guide and rail/ferry booking service that presently covers over 500 hotels and 1,500 holidays across 28 countries
  • Greentraveller works with over 25 leading UK operators, such as Exodus, Explore, Headwater, Inntravel and Intrepid to feature only those trips that are reachable by train
  • Greentraveller’s Overland Journey Planner includes information, journey times and prices for over 80 train journeys in Europe (including how to travel by train to over 30 ski resorts) and over 30 ferry trips between Britain, Ireland and the Continent
  • In April 2011, Greentraveller produced a handy pocket-sized map of Green London in collaboration with Visit England and The Savoy hotel
  • In 2010, Greentraveller organised several succssful twitter/facebook social media trips with RailEurope and Swiss Tourism which were filmed and published as high definition videos,
  • Greentraveller has over 5,600 followers on twitter
  • Greentraveller was awarded the 2009 British Travel Press Editors’ Green Award
  • Greentraveller has been described by the Sunday Times as "the first place to look for green holidays" and ct 2011 was included in the Guardian’s list of “The Best Travel Websites Ever”.

Walking in the Bearnese Oberland in Switzerland is one of the most popular trips on greentraveller.Walking in the Bearnese Oberland in Switzerland is one of the most popular trips on greentraveller.

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