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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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  • Ms Janet Hudson 02/08/2021
    Very helpful answered all my questions promptly
  • Mr Mathias Canales 02/08/2021
    Amazing service, Cara was super helpful and organised my trip exactly like I wanted in 24 hours and I was ready to go! Definitely recommend
  • Mrs Linda Andrews 02/08/2021
    Brilliantly organised from start to finish. Really clear communication right from initial interest to the start. Everything went to plan and the accommodation was all great.
  • Anonymous 02/08/2021
    Mac's repeatedly failed to provide promised information. The routes did not include the level of information we were used to receiving from other companies. Once the trip was paid in full, our representative was too busy to answer questions and after major efforts and complaints a supervisor attempted to help us but provided wrong information. Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc was wonderful, but I would not recommend Mac's. There were other problems as well, but I think these are enough for people to get the idea.
  • Dr. Meirion Evans 31/07/2021
    Excellent sales service and great communication considering we had to rebook twice. Excellent baggage transfer. The Harvey map was inadequate for detailed route finding and we would have appreciated OS 25000 map of the whole route, eg AZ guide or the map supplement provided with the Cicerone guide. B&B variable but Park Road, Chipping Camden; Shenberrow Hill, Stanton; Cleeve Hill hotel, and Kennard hotel, Bath were nicely memorable. The host at Noades House, Tormarton was rather brusque and unfriendly. We were disappointed that the walk didn’t go through as many Cotswold villages as we expected but stuck very rigidly to the escarpment making the walk dull at times. The woodland sections were enchanting. We found the second half of the walk quite challenging owing to lack of facilities for refreshments, either pubs or places to fill up with water. This was particularly important in the very hot weather which we had to endure.
  • Mrs Kerry Hulbert 31/07/2021
    The communication and planning was very good except when I was told twice that I had to pay more. I ended up paying over 500 pounds more than the original quoted cost, which is not right. Part of the cost was for a single supplement and 80 pounds was because a taxi fare had not been included. I get the single supplement even though for me its just grossly unfair but the 80 pound was your error so I think Macs should have absorbed that cost. The accommodation was brilliant and I loved the walk but I will be tempted to try another company next time.
  • Mr Gordon Marshall 31/07/2021
    Initial problems were encountered but these were rectified satisfactorily, eventually.. Contact with initial agent not always successful. As a customer, I like to deal with one agent usually the initial contact and this was not always possible hence multiple explanations ensue.
  • Anonymous 31/07/2021
    Excellent all round service and great holiday. Organisation was flawless. Excellent accommodation. Walked the South west coast path. 4th holiday with Macs- highly recommended.
  • Anonymous 31/07/2021
    Lovely hotels and b&bs, great information to help us navigate the multitude of paths and sorted out an issue that came up with one hotel really quickly.
  • Anonymous 30/07/2021
    Macsadventure was flexible and informative in navigating the pandemic travel. They communicated frequently and well. We did not receive our physical maps in time for the trip, which would have been very helpful. But the app proved very useful when we were on the trails. The Tour itself was fantastic and the Macsadventure itinerary had good pacing and descriptions. The places we stayed were a bit uneven. Several were real gems such as the Bouton d'Or in Courmayer, Hotel du Glacier in Champex - the food was fabulous! - and Hotel la Couronne in Argentiere. And the people running all the hotels were very friendly and helpful. But La Grande Ours in Trient, while run by a super friendly couple, could have been cleaner and provided some very basic amenities to make it more comfortable, such as soap! It was our first trip like this, so we don't have much basis for comparison and luckily we had no issues on our walk so didn't need to reach out to Macsadventures once we were on our way. We did find the website a bit confusing.There is lots of good info but it can be overwhelming to navigate and frustrating to move between different pages. All in all positive, with just a few kinks. And the overall experience of the treck was fabulous
  • Mr Colin Piper 30/07/2021
    Overall, Excellent. Lots of info provided before the walk, and I read it all, and this proved invaluable. Weather was hot and sunny (for Hadrians Wall!!), so everything felt good. There were enough water stops en route. We were aware pre walk that one hotel (Howard Arms in Brampton) had a covid problem. On our arrival at another hotel (Samson Inn at Gilsland) we found it locked and dark, but we had had an email during the day from Mac's Adventure detailing how we could get in. In both cases the hotels did everything they could to be helpful. So full marks to the hotels themselves and to Mac's Adventure
  • Mrs Janet Leverton 30/07/2021
    Great trip, excellent communication and information beforehand, the maps were clear, app easy to use. Accommodation was comfortable, close to route, some were outstanding.
  • Anonymous 29/07/2021
    Nice lodgings, good customer service and hiking instructions. Reasonable pricing compared to many competitors.
  • Anonymous 29/07/2021
    Although we enjoyed our walk on The Rob Roy Way, we felt that it was spoilt a bit by poor way marking in bits, especially on days two and three, although we realise that this could be because of the markers being hidden by long grass and weeds. That apart we were delighted with Macs usual high service, accommodation etc was excellent.
  • Mrs Carol Mccaughley 29/07/2021
    1st class service, highly recommend. From booking Macs Adventure kept us informed with a full itinerary, provided great accommodation and without a hitch our bags where moved on daily. Cannot praise this company enough and will be sure to book our next adventure with them.
  • Mr Chris Taylor 29/07/2021
    Excellent service. A general enquiry on Monday and everything reserved and confirmed within a couple of days. An issue with my second overnight stop was communicated in advance and several alternative options offered. Again a quick, timely response that worked well. Top customer service made the whole walk on the WHW an even greater pleasure. I’ve recommended MacAdventures frequently since.
  • Mrs Corinne Chapman 28/07/2021
    A very well organised and supported holiday. Excellent customer service. Friendly approachable staff.
  • Mr Doug Merchant 28/07/2021
    Mac Adventures has Excellent customer service. The booking was done perfectly, and correctly. They answered my phone calls, email, and questions immediately. Kept in regular contact with me to check my tour progress. As I travelled on my adventure they kept me up to date with unforseen local changes to my itinerary by phone and if I could not answer they left a message. Some extra advice for you : -) Book your dinner meals well in advance. Any Taxis should also be booked way way ahead. Macs can do the latter for you. Don't expect that you will get a phone service in out-of-the-way places outside towns!! Happy holiday ;-)
  • Mr Ken Jackson 28/07/2021
    Communication plus App for the walk was excellent. 80% of the walk was beautiful and manageable but the 3-4 mile walk before Abingdon the terrain was appalling due to poor maintence of the verges blocking the view and forcing single row walking.(very wet). Two lots of accommodation were excellent 1. Oxford Town House & 2. The coach Makers Arms,Wallingford but Cosener"s House Abingdon was very poor they didn't even know you were collecting our bags? The other was The George Hotel, Pangbourne which was very basic room. All breakfasts were good. I think better accommodation should be offered and if we were to do this again shorter walks for 74 year olds would be safer.
  • Anonymous 28/07/2021
    As always, excellent service from Macs Adventure. Easy booking, all relevant information provided before departure online and in hard copy where appropriate. B&Bs very high standard. The app was a godsend when offline, GPS maps easy to use and kept us en route for the whole week.

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