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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 01/12/2022
    Overall worked well. Turn by turn instructions were sometimes way off but following the GPS blue line worked well. Lodging was decent but not exemplary.
  • Anonymous 27/11/2022
    I understand the challenges due to Covid but it often took multiple phone calls and emails to receive a response to my inquiries about our Queen Charlotte Track trip and then it would take several weeks to get an answer to my question. I ended up going directly to the company you outsourced to (Wilderness Guides) as they would reply within 24 hours. Also, most of the information provided by Mac’s was wrong! Thank goodness for Wilderness Guides. You should tell your prop,e if they don’t know the answer to a question, don’t guess!
  • Mr Iain McIndoe 22/11/2022
    Overall a good holiday - maps/routes and accommodation were great, but you didn't book all the transfers despite repeated chasing from me and in the end I had to arrange one transfer myself and have multiple phone calls to you from Malta to get the others sorted.
  • Anonymous 20/11/2022
    The accommodations along our route were great! The Portuguese Travel partners were very helpful, knowledgeable and patient. Overall we had a wonderful trip. The only hesitation I have in giving the highest rating is due to the inadequate communication between us. We had a rather complicated booking, in that we were not all traveling together. We did not receive the Macs packet until our last night at the end of the trip upon our return to Porto. Fortunately the Portugal Nature Trails personnel were able to round us up and held a briefing, the apps were installed on devices and instructions given, you kindly altered some travel options, but we were unaware of them until our briefing in Porto, unfortunately no paper schedule was provided and the on-line instructions did not include specifics. Another concern is that the "moderate" rating for the walk. While the distances were not long, the walking and the route were often challenging. All that said, it was beautiful, the people were so kind and friendly, and we are so glad we had this adventure.
  • Ron Abela 19/11/2022
    Everything went like clockwork, everything happened when it should have. The accommodation was as good as the location allowed. The backup literature and map were very helpful.
  • Mr Alan Woolf 18/11/2022
    Seamlessly connecting hikers with accommodations, and provision of very detailed maps and en-route landscape descriptions.
  • Ms Sheri Burns 17/11/2022
    I was disappointed with the level of maps, guidance and directions. Many of the trail directions were incorrect and we ended up not following them and needing to find our own way. We also sent an email to Macs on day 3 asking about transportation for day 5, and they never responded. This was different than my first experience with Macs Adventure, as I thought the level of service and directions were above average previously.
  • Anonymous 16/11/2022
    Excellent. Well organized.
  • Mrs Valerie Fernandes 16/11/2022
    Had a brilliant time and could not fault the service we received from Macs. The whole trip went without a hitch and I would not hesitate to recommend Macs. The organisation is perfect and someone is always contactable IF there is a problem
  • Mr William Hasse 16/11/2022
    We plan to travel with Macs again in the near future. Their service has been excellent and we have been in agreement with most of their descriptions of the hikes we have been on. There are a few that were a bit underplayed - that we found to be a bit more arduous than as described. On the other hand s few others led us to expect a more difficult time of it.
  • Anonymous 16/11/2022
    This was our second experience with Mac’s, this time a rail tour of Scotland. They put together a nice package for us at a reasonable price. Very good choices for lodging, for the most part an easy enough walk with rolling luggage from train station. One minor glitch due to a mistake in booking was sorted in less than an hour and a small financial gesture in response to the error was granted which we really appreciate
  • Anonymous 16/11/2022
    Marie from SLO Adventures was extremely helpful; restaurant recommendations were very good; moving our car from Santa Cruz to Monterey worked very well; all accommodations had bay views; bag lunches were best I've had on any previous walk.
  • Anonymous 15/11/2022
    We were very happy with every aspect of the trip and will definitely plan another Mac’s adventure soon!
  • Anonymous 15/11/2022
    Once again a very good experience on our trip. Booking was smooth and all the logistics were as expected. Our rep (Dan) in the US was very helpful. There was a small hiccup with the app and offline maps. Luckily it was on our last day of walking and we still had the turn by turn instructions. Overall the accommodations were very nice.
  • Anonymous 15/11/2022
    Overall excellent but on two occasions I arrived at nominated hotel to be advised it had been changed, breakfast in a number of hotels was at 9.00am which is too late when needing to start that days walk (in particular on one day when I had a 30k walk) plus on a 12k day the hotel room was not available until 4pm when obviously I would arrive much earlier. Whilst I have done a number of excellent Mac’s walks I thought that on this walk they had lost their normal attention to detail.
  • Anonymous 15/11/2022
    Excellent .
  • Ms catriona simms 15/11/2022
    Macs Adventure delivered everything that was promised. The accommodations were excellent, communication was very clear both written and verbal. Mac's rep in Tuscany Beppe, was outstanding in his hospitality and helpfulness. This was a trip of a lifetime for my sister and I and met all our hopes and expectations. Thank you, Macs!!
  • Ms May Cole 15/11/2022
    Anytime I had questions about my trip, the Macs team was ready and willing to help! I was quite nervous about my first trip to the UK but I felt everything was well taken care of.
  • Tori Daniels 15/11/2022
    Macs took care of everything! Accommodations booked, luggage transfer scheduled, everything was seamless. The small inns we stayed in were just charming and the perfect representation of amazing Scottish hospitality! We had our 4-month-old "wee baby" along with us, and Macs was able to help ensure we had accommodations suited for our family. We went in October, which was beautiful with the changing fall colors. It was typical, rainy Scotland but we were prepared with our rain gear and warm layers so it was just fine! The walks were lovely, and just enough challenge. We did all the optional walks along this tour and the views at the end from "Ben-Y-Vrackie" were just spectacular! 10/10 would recommend!
  • Ms Carolyn Webster 15/11/2022
    Excellent customer response on every occasion! Lovely places to stay, brilliant on all counts and would definitely use them again

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