Intrepid Travel has launched new itineraries for 2018 in some of Europe’s least visited destinations in a bid to help curb over-tourism in more traditional European destinations and to bolster the company’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism.

In addition to launching new tours in undiscovered destinations, the operator is also doubling its off-season departures in Europe.

James Thornton, CEO for the adventure tour operator, said: “Europe is a firm favourite with our customers, so we’re constantly on the look-out for new ways to explore the continent by adding unique itineraries and new destinations.

“Over-tourism has become a real issue in many of the world’s most beautiful cities and it’s impacting the experience for locals and for travellers, so in 2018 we’re encouraging travellers to consider the alternatives, and look beyond the typical destinations. Responsible travel is about making choices that benefit not only the tourists but also the local people while respecting their cultures, economy and the environment too. The global tourism industry is growing rapidly, but not always sustainably. We need to work harder to tell travellers about lesser-known destinations that are just as worthy of their time.”

As an example and as an alternative to Tuscany, the operator has tours to Moldova, which only has 121,000 visitors a year. Here travellers can enjoy the largest quality wine collection in the world - without the crowds – on a 13-day tour which takes in Romania’s remote Danube Delta, the Ukraine’s atmospheric abandoned Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and highlights of Moldova.

They can explore the breakaway strip of land called Gagauzia, take a guided wine tour of Milestii Mici which sits on top of the world’s largest wine cellar, and discover Transnistria, a breakaway republic in the east of the country.

Departures run in April through to September 2018 and cost from £1,695 per person including 12 nights’ accommodation with breakfast daily, four other meals, transport and most activities. This quote excludes flights.

For more information go to intrepidtravel.com or call 0808-274 5111.

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