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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 26/11/2021
    We had a great walking holiday on La Gomera. The trip was organised at the last minute (within 3 weeks of travel) and Macs managed to pull it together with some minor changes to the published itinerary. All the logistics worked well save for the final transfer - but that was sorted easily by a phone call so no harm done. The hotels we stayed in were all of an excellent standard. The walk routes were well signposted anyway but the MACS app provided excellent mapping which enabled us to check we stayed on the right route. A minor gripe in that we were not provided with the detailed route instructions (we managed to get them from another couple who were doing the same walks with MACS) - but in the case of our trip it didn't really matter since the signage and the maps on the app were so good. The team at MACS were responsive to queries and the organisation of the trip was excellent.
  • Mr David Dare 23/11/2021
    The trip was meticulously planned and scheduled. You were never obliged to follow their itinerary but all the walks suggested were very detailed. The recommended itinerary cleverly covered the island (other than the tourist infested areas) giving you a good overall experience. The hotels were spot on as well and all we had to do was turn up.
  • Mr Stewart Walker 22/11/2021
    Clear and easy communication. Really helpful and explicit. Providing good guidance and information about everything in the tour.
  • Anonymous 18/11/2021
    We worked with Marie as our local host and she was outstanding. She arranged for us to go on a boat tour where we saw amazing birds and sea life including otters, sea lions, and seals. I felt like I was on the discovery channel. She truly cared about or trek and it showed in all of her attention to detail with directions, dining, and points of interest. I highly recommend her! She made the Santa Cruz to Monterey Bay a truly memorable trip!
  • Mrs Anne Fitzpatrick 18/11/2021
    Excellent organisation
  • Anonymous 17/11/2021
    The service was great and the ground team was professional and experienced.
  • Mr Nicholas Brown 17/11/2021
    Definitely we will continue choosing Macs Adventures as our provider for walking holidays.
  • Ms Kathryn Rudman 11/11/2021
    The service was very good. The guide was there at the airport for us. Everyone was on time and the luggage was moved from hotel to hotel without problems.
  • Mrs Dorothy Coverdale 08/11/2021
    Great organization. Would definitely recommend to others and would consider booking another holiday. A little disappointed that we stayed in bigger hotels and would have preferred smaller guest houses, but with Covid we understood that there were many restrictions.
  • Anonymous 07/11/2021
    This particular tour is not run very often. And because of that the maps are not up to current conditions and land marks. Many discrepancies and wrong turns, I was very displeased with the mapping for the walks and they were not on GPS as stated they would be. And this was an issue. The country side is beautiful and small towns are amazing however when you are lost for hours at a time it becomes very stressful. The accommodatioms are very well picked and in the perfect locations. Very pleased with the B&B's and small hotels. Mac Tours uses a local company for transport and your handler from place to place. They are the BEST! If not for them this experience would of been a bust.
  • Mr Derek Belton 07/11/2021
    Top rated, third adventure and they always get it right. Book staff is incredible
  • Anonymous 06/11/2021
    This was my third trip and I would definitely use them again. A little change in our Macs organizer we started Booking Process made it it a little confusing . And we all agreed that it should’ve been easier for each member of the group to log in and out. With four people in different cities it seems silly to only send one person materials.The maps were good and pretty accurate as were the descriptions. It was helpful that we were able to arrange the COVID-19 testing for the return trip ahead of time. The drivers worked out well to and from Naples. The rooms were comfortable And the hotels were welcoming. Breakfast were generous; All four of us were disappointed at the ubiquitous use of coffee pods and coffee was mediocre everywhere. The luggage transfers were all seamless and excellent. The roots and scenery were excellent with alternatives available:We also appreciated the local bus and fairy schedules provided.
  • Ms Elizabeth Avila 06/11/2021
    Good choice of hotels and luggage transfer went smoothly. I left only 4 stars as they messed up the charges for the 3rd person in our group which happened to be myself. I was charged extra and supposed to have a single room for myself when in actuality there were 3 of us sharing one room. I am still waiting for the reimbursement after more than 3 weeks
  • Anonymous 06/11/2021
    The US/Canada representatives were very patient with the many questions we had and changes to our dates. Every person we spoke with was kind and pleasant. However, it was very difficult to reach anyone by phone while we were planning the trip. We were forced to communicate almost entirely by email which was not efficient and sometimes there were long lag times before receiving a reply. Also the format for the email strings made it difficult to follow. We never got the sense that any of the representatives knew anything specific or first hand about our requested itinerary. It would have been far more satisfactory to communicate sooner with the local operator who could have easily and fully answered our questions and concerns. Also, we did not get full details before the trip about what the local operator would provide, for example we unnecessarily carried bike locks and bike packs with us when they were provided by the local operator. Overall, the communication was lacking.
  • Anonymous 06/11/2021
    Excellent trip, great accommodations.
  • Ms Marisa Laursen 01/11/2021
    Absolutely every single thing about our Macs Adventure trip was a dream come true. Everyone at Macs was top-notch - caring, efficient, timely, friendly - and with a good sense of fun and adventure. We loved our experience SO MUCH!
  • Robert and Pat 30/10/2021
    Macs and their in-country partner in Tuscany were responsive when an issue cropped up. Step by step instructions were great!
  • Anonymous 30/10/2021
    We had a good trip, but I don't feel that I can give Macs credit for that. They contracted with a local business, Slow Adventure, and Macs basically only provided advertising for that company. Furthermore, before we realized that was the arrangement, I tried to get some advance information about trip details (of the sort that Macs has provided in all of our previous 6 trips with Macs), and they were not helpful, nor did they direct me to the Slow Adventure website, which would have answered the questions. I think Macs should be more forthcoming about such arrangements from the start.
  • Mr Rolf Hoffmann 30/10/2021
    You were very responsive to our requests……sometimes I had to do your work though, eg booking of hotel in Ruedesheim. Your ship schedule was from 2017!!!! Overall, wonderful trip but balance needs to be rejigged: three days of hard walking then basically nothing left for the remaining days……
  • Dr. NIR SHAMIR 30/10/2021
    Hotel selection was generally very poor, wrong information was given on hotel grading and very poor hotel was provided. Mistake in hiking instruction did not help.

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