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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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  • Mrs Heather Batho 17/10/2021
    Well organized, as usual! Accommodation and luggage transfers all went like clockwork. Good variety of accommodation and everyone welcoming. What a joy to be out on the trails again and here’s hoping I’ll be able to complete the second half of Camino Norte next year.
  • Lynn Bates 16/10/2021
    Excellent service, wonderful accommodation. First time using the company and found them informative and easy to get hold off. Answered all queries promptly. Gave a thorough itinerary which was easy to use. The accommodation arranged was 5 star, lovely places and well positioned for access to local amenities.
  • Heather 15/10/2021
    Great service, really responsive to enquiries. Everything went smoothly and we had a fantastic trip. Would definitely recommend them.
  • Mr Kirk Richards 15/10/2021
    Having never experienced a "bike tour" it was a little unnerving venturing out with only a "route" to follow. All the accommodations were good and the locations quite spectacular.
  • Anonymous 15/10/2021
    There is a lot of information on the app and website to help with planning your trip as well as detailed maps. The book that was sent to me was also very informative. I would definitely recommend and use Macs Adventure's in the future.
  • Mrs Angela Rafiq 15/10/2021
    Everything done effortlessly over email with Rhonda. She helped incorporate my husbands birthday into the walk so that we landed in the Kingshouse hotel on that date. Other b&b’s and hotels she choose also great. Hands down one of the best experiences ever. We will use Macs adventure for our future walks.
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Well organized
  • Ms Sarah Gray 14/10/2021
    Very fuss free. We just turned up. Accommodation arrangements were more than acceptable. Us two ladies each had a double room every night. The route was easy to follow, most of the way…just a hiccup or two with fields of cows, but we pressed on regardless. Luggage transfer worked a treat. No complaints at all. We even had the weather!
  • Mr Lewis Green 14/10/2021
    Good places to stay and info in advance . Hiccup re car parking only issue but resolved
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Always. There was lots of good information, support and the quality of accommodation was very well pitched.
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    It was brilliant, I couldn’t fault it from start of process to the end. I will definitely use Mac Adventures again!
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Great holiday with top accommodation
  • Select Peter Anderson 14/10/2021
    They were responsive and flexible to the pandemic limitations, availability of hotels and meeting our wishes
  • Mr Dion Lannen 14/10/2021
    Great service all went very well like clockwork
  • Mrs Alison Eves 14/10/2021
    We were very impressed with the organisation and all the bed and breakfast accommodation that Mac booked for us. We have been busy singing their praises and recommending them ever since
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Amazing service from start to finish. Made organising our Hadrian’s Wall trip effortless!
  • Mr Alastair Taylor 14/10/2021
    Yes, maybe next year
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    The holiday was well put together, the booking process easy and the client communication and help was excellent. We truly enjoyed our Hebridean week.
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Excellent communication throughout. Effective booking process and delivery. Accommodation selected of a high standard. Fourth trip with Macs and not the last! Personable, pleasant staff who know exactly what they’re doing. Makes the holiday a pleasure …without much of the organisational pain.
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Well organised, good information pack, liked the accommodation, everything came together

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