"Europe Without Barriers" 15-Day Tour Hits the Road
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5th June 2015 is the start date for a unique Accessibility Verification Tour, visiting 5 countries over 15 days, as part of the "Europe Without Barriers" project.
5th June 2015 is the start date for a unique Accessibility Verification Tour, visiting 5 countries over 15 days, as part of the "Europe Without Barriers" project. Participants include tourists from various countries who have one or other particular access requirements. They will be evaluating the facilities and services thoughout the trip, together with experts in the field of accessible tourism.
The trip has been organised by an international team of travel agents and tourism experts, led by the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association, with support funding from the European Commission. The objective of "Europe Without Barriers" is to make a detailed examination of how tourism suppliers can cater for people with specific access needs, when travelling, so as to improve the knowledge and skills of service providers wishing to offer "accessible itineraries" to guests of all ages and abilities.
The journey begins in Arezzo, Italy and includes visits to the Duomo in Siena, Florence, Perugia, and Venice region.
In Slovenia the tour takes in Ljubljana, the ancent Roman colony of Iulia Emona, the Postumia Caves and then on to Croatia and Zagreb.
Then it's back to Italy visiting the Tarvisio area, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Lake Misurina and Somadida forest.
From here it's on to Austria, including Innsbruck and Bregenz and then to Neuschwanstein castle, Germany, before returning to Italy.
Follow news from the tour as it happens with live Tweets on the ENAT Twitter feed and #accessibletourism
Follow blogger Martyn Sibley from Disability Horizons as he travels on the EWB trip.
Watch the YouTube video: "Siamo noi" - Marco Pizzio, Italia senza barriere (in Italian)
The Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association - I GIRASOLI is an Associate Member of ENAT