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Holiday Styles

Each of our holidays has been labelled with both an activity, and a trip style, to help you understand how the trip works, and what to expect.

Our holidays come in many shapes and sizes! And in addition to things like the activity grade (how easy or challenging the trip will be), and the comfort level (what to expect from your accommodation), the actual format of the trip itself can vary a lot.

Trip Style

Self Guided

Self guided holidays are at the heart of the Macs Adventure ethos as we believe the best way to explore the world is on your own terms. Choose from our active adventures walking or cycling from destination to destination or our discovery tours focusing on exploring an area’s stunning views, history, culture and food while driving or catching the train to your destinations. We deal with the logistics, book your accommodations, transfer your bags (on active trips) and map your route on our user-friendly smartphone app. All you need to do is walk, cycle or drive to the next stop and have a great time. Try the West Highland Way, the Alpine joy of the Tour du Mont Blanc, pilgrimages across Spain to Santiago de Compostela or explore Scotland on a self-drive Grand Tour.

Private Guided

Our aim is to make every trip as personal and immersive as possible. We want you to get the absolute most out of your experience and on some of our trips we offer personal, private guides so that you have the experience of completing the journey with a trusted leader at your side. Sometimes you need a guide because the route is too wild to travel alone. Alternatively, there are some areas where a local guide can show you the hidden gems and give depth and context to your experience. We can accommodate a variety of group sizes into our privately guided trips. Whether you want to get a group together to get up to Everest Base Camp, or you want to go solo to reach Annapurna Sanctuary, we will escort your adventure in style.

Small Group Guided

There are some parts of the world where travel as part of a small guided group is the only way to go. For example, if you want to walk the Inca Trail, local regulations stipulate that you hike with a qualified and registered guided. Wherever we offer small-group tours, we maintain the Macs ethos of flexible travel by ensuring we choose the best available local guides and we try to offer as much independence as possible. The porters and guides who transport your packs along the Inca Trail are invaluable, and your guide on the Laugevegur Trail in Iceland will keep you safe and share their knowledge of the wilderness with you.

Independent Adventure

Choose the best of both worlds! Our Independent Adventures offer a mix of self guided freedom and the added insight of a guide. You will still enjoy flexibility and independence, but some activities and visits will be guided to enhance your experience and enable you to visit remote areas or take part in fun but technical activities. For instance, on our Cotopaxi Trails tour in Ecuador, you are free to walk as you wish, at your own pace, however, on the first day, we will take you on a guided tour of Quito, to introduce you to this amazing city. On the last day, we will arrange for a guide to take you up to the snowline on Cotopaxi, the highest mountain in Ecuador and an active volcano!

Activity

Drive & Hike

Enjoy the best of a large region by car and on foot. Day hikes in the best places. Itinerary usually inn to inn, with mapping provided. No bag transfer. Car hire offered as an option or included.

Rail & Hike

Mix the joys of travel by train with the best walks accessible from the train-line. Travel inn-to-inn by train and enjoy hikes from the each stopping point. Allows you to see more of the destination as you are travelling overland but also on foot. A very sustainable way of travelling. Train fare included - no baggage transfers as you can take bags on the train.

Pilgrim Trail

Follow a traditional pilgrimage trail, usually inn-to-inn in classic Macs style with bag transfer. For many a spiritual experience rather than an active adventure as the aim. History and camaraderie of other pilgrims is often a highlight. The most famous of all pilgrim trails is the Camino de Santiago.

Inn to Inn

The classic Macs Adventure style - follow a route/trail by walking or cycling from place to place each day, overnighting in characterful accommodation, which is usually a small hotel or guest-house style of lodging (see more about our accommodation comfort levels here). Your bags will be transported each day (unless otherwise specified), leaving you to enjoy the day's activity at leisure.

Hut to Hut

Usually in remote mountain areas - walk from hut to hut (often known as "refuges"). Baggage transfer is sometimes included but this is often not available on some days, due to the remote locations. Your itinerary will always specify this. Facilities are often shared, and rooms may be dormitory style. Generally these are harder walks, and suited for experienced hikers in stunning alpine terrain.

Multi Centre

Classic Macs Adventure style, very similar to Inn to Inn, but lingering in the best places - staying 2 or more nights in each accommodation to enable more exploration. More relaxed style of walking or cycling holiday as you could opt to skip a day's activity, but this format still offers a sense of journey.

Single Centre

Stay in one comfortable lodging - no re-packing needed! A relaxed option which will include day walks or bike rides from your hotel, so you can change the order of the daily activities, or spend the occasional day resting in the hotel or exploring the town. Great for less experienced adventurers, or those who want relaxation or flexibility.

Camp to Camp

Move daily from place to place, but with a cook and camp crew who will set up tents each night and provide food and camaraderie. Usually guided.

Bike & Boat

Stay on a comfortable river barge, your floating hotel for the duration of the trip, which means no packing and unpacking as your cabin follows you along the cycle route! Cycle on a mix of dedicated cycle paths and low to medium traffic roads. Often (but not always) these holidays offer a guide.

Road Biking

Routes designed to be ridden on road bikes - all on tarmac, the majority or all of the cycling is on roads used by vehicles, longer distances with more ascent and descent.

Mountain Biking

Routes designed to be ridden on mountain bikes - Often on off-road tracks and trails, some of the riding may be technical so experience and skills are required, occasional on-road sections.

E-Biking

Leisure cycling routes where we offer the option to hire an e-bike - Enjoy an extra power boost from the battery to assist on hills and if you are feeling tired!

Multi-Activity

Multiple activities will be available to enjoy! This might include kayaking, horse riding, or sailing.

Multi-Centre Discovery

On this discovery tour spend a mix of multiple nights in more than one location, but on some tours this may be combined with only one night in a place too.

Single-Centre Discovery

The accommodation on this discovery tour is in one main location, which means you can unpack your bags for the duration of your trip. A very sustainable way of travelling.

Self-Drive Discovery

A tour where you can travel from A to B at your own pace exploring the sights en-route.

Discovery by Rail

A very sustainable way of travelling. Explore by train, sightseeing at each place you stop and overnight. See the views from the train as you relax.

Inn to Inn Discovery

A classic discovery tour staying in a different location each night.

 

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  • Anonymous 04/07/2022
    Routes were very good, as has been our experience generally with Macs. The erroneous map app was disappointing - fortunately I caught it when I compared it to the turn-by-turn directions for that day - but the fact that no one could correct it for another 24 hours was completely unsatisfactory. The staff is generally very good and always tries their best, but you get the distinct impression that they are severely understaffed - no one picks up the phone half the time and you get shunted to voicemail, which often was not responded to for days. Most disappointing of all was the lodging. The Royal in Dunkeld was a dump, and should never have been on Mac's approved list. When I had asked for an upgrade weeks earlier based on their marginal on-line reviews (I agreed to pay any uncharge) I was told nothing was available. I later learned this was not the case when I actually inquired out of curiosity when we were in Dunkeld, but of course it was too late to change. It's like they just don't want to take the time or effort to accommodate such requests, but the very marginal lodging detracted from the entire trip.
  • John 01/07/2022
    Despite busy time of year, always came back to us and kept us informed. They were more helpful by phone when we were on holiday, having caught Covid on board the ship, than the local partner was initially.
  • Anonymous 30/06/2022
    Excellent service. Good information packages and great communication.
  • Anonymous 29/06/2022
    Fabulous organisation and accommodation from Macs Adventures yet again.
  • Mr Mark Francis 29/06/2022
    We had a great time on the Macs Adventure trips. We utilized their services for both the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre in Italy. The hotels were good, the baggage transfer services worked flawlessly. They even managed to get a hat to us that we had left behind in the room. Their schedule was a great starting place for us but allows flexibility to make some changes and do things differently if you wished. For instance we did one of the hikes on a different day and added a bicycle tour one day.
  • Anonymous 29/06/2022
    For the overnight accommodations my rating is nearly a five, as most were really quite good. For the connections my rating is a 4. My biggest issue is with the daily informatin packets. These were difficult to follow. Most issues were addressed by phone calls during each of our three tours.
  • Anonymous 29/06/2022
    I walked the Finisterre with Macs after first walking to the Espiritual with another company to Santiago. The difference was remarkable. This was not my first trip with Macs and will not be my last. The hotels were brilliant and the breakfasts were well catered and my walking companions and I were always in the same place for the evening. The bags were delivered as promised. I will contrast with the other company to show you the difference: Macs: same hotel every night for my travel companions and myself Other company: different hotels for my travel companions and myself for three nights out of eight nights Macs: quality of hotels was brilliant. Clean, good locations Other company: Some hotels were on par with MACS but others were places I did not want to sleep in and some of the staff did not seem happy we were staying there when we walked in after a long walk Macs: breakfast was always a good spread Other company: very much luck of the draw Macs: guidance for the route was very good Other company: We needed to get onto our phones at times to find the right path Macs: provided the Pilgrim book Other company: We needed to go to a church to obtain the Pilgrim book Macs delivered on my previous walk with them as well and I will be booking further walks with Macs. I found the Finisterre a much better walk for the Spiritual aspects even though there were less churches. The Finisterre is a road less travelled and the Espiritual is also not as well travelled but the Finisterre was a highlight of the recent walks I have done. Do the Finisterre before the secret gets out how great it is!
  • Mr Kenneth Loney 29/06/2022
    Great experience!
  • Ms Briggid Larson 29/06/2022
    the service was good We enjoyed the cape Breton hike all the places we stayed were excellent except for one place. would recommend this trip
  • Mr Mark Foley 29/06/2022
    They did exactly what we ordered and paid for. No hiccups, no disappointments and even the weather was great throughout, though I'm not sure they fixed that ...
  • Anonymous 29/06/2022
    The coordination, communication and accommodations were 5 star.
  • Anonymous 28/06/2022
    If you want to walk long distance paths without the hassles of heavy backpacks, etc. Mac's are the guys for you, sorted all the accomodation and baggage transfers for me on my recent adventure. Couldn't fault the organisation or service, everything you need us provided.
  • Ms Emily Goldfarb 28/06/2022
    I love Macs Adventure! I love everything about this kind of travel. On our own, at our own pace, not with a group but with the arrangements excellently taken care of by you, wonderful inns, good maps, the route set out for us and on a path that goes through wonderful countryside, villages, with views and adventures galore. Delivering our bags from place to place and all for a very reasonable price. For people who like hiking, this is the way to do it!
  • Mr Kenneth Airlie 27/06/2022
    Did what was promised, variety of accommodation but all were suitable, baggage transport was great suit case always waiting for us. I would use this company again
  • Anonymous 26/06/2022
    They delivered what they said they would - good service, maps, nice accommodations, etc.
  • Mrs Annabel Golden 23/06/2022
    The Service from Macs was very, very good. All the pre-trip stuff went very well, except for one thing. We were leaving our home a month before our trip started (travelling elsewhere). I kept telling you that we needed the materials sent to us earlier than you usually would, but you didn't. The package even missed us at our first hotel.
  • Mrs Julia Champion de Crespigny 23/06/2022
    Wonderful walk. Superb scenery. Accomodation ok but quite basic. iPhone app worked quite well but pleased to have the printed back up.
  • Mr Andrew Hall 23/06/2022
    Superbly organised, lovely accommodation, great luggage transfers and the online maps were brilliant!
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    This was our second Macs Adventure’s experience and it did not disappoint. From my initial contact through to our final departure, everything was well communicated and planned and made our holiday so enjoyable knowing that Macs had done the ‘hard work’ for us. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride.
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    Beautiful hikes that are not crowded trails. You follow daily route instructions at your own pace. Wonderful experience

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