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The Natural Adventure Company

The Natural Adventure Company

Headquarters in London, England

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Number of tours
53
Age Range
12-99
Number of reviews
90
Rating
4.5/5
Response rate
100%
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less than 1 hour

The Natural Adventure Company Reviews (81)

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Transportation
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Value for money
5/5
Guide
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  • C
    Written on September 8th, 2020
    Excellent routes, hotels and nice people. As described. The purely online chat/email contact with Natural Adventure surpised me at first but I soon became a…
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  • J
    Written on November 20th, 2019
    Everything was just outstanding! Our Guide Sebastian was very professional, attuned to our needs and knowledgeable in the history of the places we visited. He c…
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  • R
    Written on November 20th, 2019
    A friend, his wife, my wife and I utilized tourradar to hike the coastal paths of southern Portugal. The support was excellent and completely satisfied our nee…
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  • B
    Written on November 20th, 2019
    Another excellent walking holiday arranged through NAC. Perfect organisation of pick ups and transfers, and a beautiful place to visit and explore on foot.
  • Walking the Amalfi Coast and Mountains reviewer 5
    Written on October 26th, 2019
    Really enjoyed the tour. The walks were beautiful but we did not expect so many stairs. Some of the walks had some difficult parts that if you were not physic…
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  • The Alpe-Adria Circuit reviewer 6

    The Alpe-Adria Circuit

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    Written on October 23rd, 2019
    We really enjoyed the variety of walking days, especially if you include a climb of Cima del Cacciatore (fantastic!). The accommodation was comfortable and ever…
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  • KW
    Written on October 23rd, 2019
    The combination of walks, hikes, and spas thereafter was nice. Breakfasts were varied with a lot of choices. Our drivers were always punctual, helpful, and acco…
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  • CB
    Written on October 7th, 2019
    Overall excellent—maps and info were complete but the links to the trails on ViewRanger were invaluable, and helped us stay on track in some of the trickier spo…
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  • SB
    Written on October 7th, 2019
    The positives: * The hiking guide book was fine, though I also used maps. * Baggage transport was good. * The region was beautiful and some of the hikes were ve…
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    The Natural Adventure Company commented on this review
    Dear Stephen, I am glad that you enjoyed the walks and I am sorry that the accommodations did not entirely meet your expectations. Indeed, we have a 4-star optional hotel upgrade, and should you have enquired about it, we would have been happy to provide a list of sample hotels we use. Please note that it is a popular area and sometimes we have to book alternative hotels of similar or better quality to the ones listed on our website. Regarding the Abersee hotel - we use it very often on this trip and no one has complained so far. It is a regular 3-star hotel with friendly staff and it has very good ratings on Tripadvisor and booking.com. It offers wonderful views of the mountains and the lake is only a few hundred metres away. Abersee is not St. Gilgen, but a small and quaint hamlet, whose tranquility is appreciated by most of our customers. In Bad Ischl and Bad Goisern you were accommodated in lively downtown locations. We always try to offer a mix of quiet places to relax and more vibrant locations. And I hope that you appreciated our flexibility to book you into another hotel on a very short notice and rearrange your luggage transfers after you changed your hotel. -Alex from The Natural Adventure Company
  • CS
    Written on September 27th, 2019
    Great countryside. Compared to some other supported rides we have done the route notes were scant. It would help a lot to introduce each day with something like…
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About The Natural Adventure Company

The Natural Adventure Company is providing quality self-guided walking holidays, special interest tours and active adventures in the heart of the spectacular nature of the Balkan region, Central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. We are dedicated to offering unforgettable walking holidays that place our hikers in the very heart of a diverse selection of outstanding natural environments and provides the opportunity to soak up the culture and history of the regions they visit.

Story

Only a few other parts of Europe offer such range of exceptional natural diversity within a relatively compact geographical region. When Peter Duncan took up a friend’s invitation to make his first visit to this part of Europe, he was faced with an abundance of surprises. He happily admits: “Whilst I had visited many other regions of the world, this was a part of Europe, almost on my doorstep, which I knew so little about”. Peter’s initial visit revealed to him the area’s immense potential as a self-guided hiking or adventure holiday destination, as well as the opportunity to discover its rich and ancient culture. Nature. From the Carpathian mountains in the North, to the region that stretches to the Black Mountains in the East, and from the Black Sea in the West, to the shores of the Aegean in the South. This part of the Old continent includes some of Europe’s most ancient and unspoiled natural environments. There are some of the continent’s oldest mountain ranges, last primeval forests, glacial lakes, largest caves and most unique natural rock phenomena. Europe’s largest canyon – Vikos Gorge (2nd only to the Grand Canyon), and the world famous Danube river. Ancient Culture. As Peter Duncan travelled through the area, he discovered its rich history, culture, and importance as a crossroads of civilizations and empires. Although sometimes perceived as the “New Europe” this part of the continent includes some of the most ancient countries and civilizations, being the one time home of: Ancient Greeks, Illyrians, Thracians, Romans, Alexander The Great, Spartacus, Saxons and parts of the Byzantine and Venetian, Austro Hungarian, and Ottoman empire. The region is awash with myth and legend and abounds in archaeological sites, as well as ancient monasteries, fairytale castles, fortresses, museums, and galleries. Many rural areas still maintain their traditional customs and way of life, along with the warmth and hospitality for which the people have long been known. Folk singing and dancing play a large part in the regional’s calendar. The participants in those events often adopting their local costumes to take part in the festivals and rituals that have been a part of community life for centuries. The region’s large number of accredited UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage sites have also assured its recognition on the world tourism stage. Cuisine. The region is home to a wonderful mix of food and wine. From traditional Polish, Slovakian, and Romanian cuisine in the north, to Greek, Turkish, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern influences in the South. This part of Europe has a well-deserved reputation for diverse and distinctive cuisine. The region has been famed and respected for wine production since ancient times! Climate. In addition to the spectacular nature, ancient culture, and great cuisine the area has a climate that ranges from continental in the north, to sub-tropical in the South. Offering long hours of sunshine, mild nights and some of the cleanest air in Europe.

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Difficulty Grades


The guidelines below should give you a general idea of what to expect from your walking holiday. Hiking times and distances are affected by the steepness of terrain and elevation change i.e. a 10 km easy hike may take 3 hours along a fairly flat route but a 10 km moderate hike up and downhill over steeper terrain may take 5-6 hours. Therefore if in doubt it is better to refer to both time and distance.

Easy
Relaxed and mild walks suitable for walkers with average levels of fitness and who are in general good health. These walks are typically on maintained trails or timber roads and have marked trails with signage. Gradients are mild with no steep uphill or downhill section. No previous hiking experience is required and they are suitable for novices and different age groups. Easy grade holidays may also include discovery holidays including cultural sightseeing opportunities, city visits and excursions such as visits to museums, archaeological sites and wine tours along with some easy walks. Walking is typically limited to 3-5 hours per day (up to 13 km of walking).

Easy to Moderate
Mostly Easy but may include longer moderate hikes (up to 16 km) on some days with some moderate uphill /downhill elevations and steeper ascents /descents. Generally routes will be well maintained but may involve some mixed/rougher terrain on certain days. Walking is on average 4-6 hours per day (up to 16 km of walking).

Moderate
Suitable for more regular hikers who are generally fit. Moderate grade itineraries include longer walking days and steeper accents and descents. May include longer stretches of uphill climbs and descents or a number of shorter steeper uphill and downhill sections along route. Terrain may be mixed including rocky area areas and mixed surfaces underfoot. Moderate grade holidays include on average 4-7 hours of walking per day (up to 20 km of walking).

Moderate to Streneous
Suitable for active hikers with a good level of fitness looking for more demanding and challenging hikes and who are well fit. Moderate to strenuous itineraries involve extended steep ascents and descents along routes. May also include high mountain (alpine) terrain which is rugged and rough underfoot and some sections of scrambling. Mostly moderate walks but may include longer strenuous treks (up to 25 km / 8 hours) on some days. The itinerary may include hut to hut walks on some days and require carrying your own belongings/backpack along route. Moderate to strenuous grade holidays include on average 5-9 hours of walking per day (up to 24 km of walking).

STRENUOUS
For very experienced hikers with a high level of fitness. Navigation skills required. Strenuous itineraries include steep accents and descent over rough and varied terrain in higher mountain regions and may include some exposed areas, fixed ropes and scrambling. These trips may be in expedition style and may require 7-10 hours of hard trekking per day. The itinerary may include hut to hut walks on some or all days and require carrying your own belongings/backpack along route. Strenuous grade holidays include on average 7-10 hours of walking per day (20+ km of walking).

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