At Macs Adventure, most of our trips are on a self-guided basis, which we believe is the best way to travel for a truly immersive and authentic experience. You may be wondering exactly what that entails? Well let us explain!...
Independent-minded walkers and cyclists will agree that a self-guided walking or cycling tour is the very best way to travel and can't be beaten for value, experience and sense of achievement. Our self-guided tours come with everything you need to make for an adventure-filled and rewarding holiday; accommodation, baggage transfer where required, and an informative pre-departure pack, turn-by-turn route notes, destination guides and detailed maps which follow carefully planned itineraries on the best routes.
You don't have a guide accompanying you, but a self-guided holiday gives you the flexibility to choose your travelling companions, how far you’d like to walk/cycle each day, and of course travel dates to suit you. You can tailor your itinerary, accommodation and activities to exactly match your requirements and interests. Although you will be travelling independently, our local and/or UK teams are there to support you and are only a phone call away in case you need any assistance during your trip.
More detail on why to choose self-guided...
1. Sense of achievement
The feel-good factor of completing a walk or cycle over several days or even weeks is hard to beat. Armed with easy-to-follow maps and route notes, flex your navigation skills and use your (wits!) and wisdom to follow superb tried-and-tested routes. Return home with an immense sense of achievement, and with plenty of tales to impress your friends and family!
2. Unbeatable value (cheaper than a guided trip)
Self-guided walking and cycling tours offer unbeatable value and are often half the price of guided tours. We can keep the price low because you are not paying for a guide/driver and associated costs.
3. Flexibility (choose a date that suits you)
You can usually start your tour on any date that suits your travel and holiday plans (subject to availability). This gives you fabulous flexibility to get the cheapest flights, start the day you fly in or perhaps tag a city break onto the start of end of your tour.
4. Choose your own travel companions
You can choose to travel alone, with your partner or family, your best friend or even fifteen of your favourite colleagues. And although they may not be (quite!) perfect at least you know who you’re travelling with.
5. Go at your own pace
Most of our routes offer a range of itineraries to suit everyone from the leisurely to the energetic, which means that you can walk or cycle as much or as little as you wish. Go at your own pace; stopping as you please to indulge that passion for wine or whisky, ancient ruins or modern architecture.
6. A more authentic experience
By travelling independently you will naturally interact with more people; whether checking directions with a passing friendly face or chatting with the locals over a coffee or cuppa. OK, you might take a wrong turn occasionally, but you will have your own personal special memories (not just seen through the window of a tour bus or by following the crowd).
7. Stay independent, but with support if/when you need it
Thankfully, things very rarely go awry but when you do need some help one of our local team is only a phone call away and they can help to resolve any issue that may have arisen. So you can relax and focus on enjoying your holiday to the full.
8. Stay in small, high quality accommodations of character
We can book those fantastic small hotels, inns and B&B's that larger groups simply can't. Staying in authentic small properties gives you a real insight into local life; you may find yourself sitting around the kitchen table tasting the family olive oil or discovering the special secret recipe for Scottish shortbread.
Some environments are best experienced with a local expert; for instance destinations such as Iceland, Nepal and Morocco. Where this is the case, you’ll either be accompanied by a knowledgeable personal guide or join a very small guided group. However we’ve still included plenty of time for independent exploration within your itinerary.