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Becky“My partner and I did the Summits and Lakes of North Montenegro Walking Holiday in the summer of 2017. It was our first walking holiday and we absolutely loved it! We booked the trip through Nick and he was very helpful over email and phone, answering any...“

The Natural Adventure Company

The Natural Adventure Company

4.2/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in London, England
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TOURS
31
AGE RANGE
18-65
RESPONSE RATE
100%
RESPONSE TIME
1h
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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 ...

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.

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9 The Natural Adventure Company Reviews

Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Average
0%
Rather Poor
0%
Bad
11%
Accommodation
4 / 5
Transportation
4 / 5
Meals
4 / 5
Value for money
5 / 5
Guide
3 / 5
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  • J
    Trails of Bohemian Paradise
    1.0 - Bad
    Written on August 13, 2018
    Horrible, the worst experience ever !
  • A
    Corfu Trail Short Break
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on June 1, 2018
    This was a perfectly organised holiday, great job done by the natural adventure and their local team. Hotels could have been better but in fact I did not notice…
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    Corfu Trail Short Break
    3.5 - Good
    Written on May 31, 2018
    The self guided tour was an amazing experience. The instructions in the booklet had good details to look for but including distance would have been helpful. I n…
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  • J
    Carian Trail and Turkey's Aegean Coast (from Dalaman to Akyaka)
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on May 3, 2018
    We really enjoyed the hikes. Yuksel was very supportive and within reach if we needed; it made us feel safe. Overall experience was great and we were very happy…
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  • J
    Alta Via: Amalfi and Sorrento Coast to Coast (6 destinations)
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on May 3, 2018
    Overall, we had a brilliant time on our hiking holiday. The views were spectacular, the hikes were varied, and the hotels were great.
  • J
    Trails of Cinque Terre (from Levanto to Portofino)
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on May 3, 2018
    It was a great holiday and organisation was perfect. I would assume that during high season there might be too many people on the trails, but in end of April / …
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  • MB
    Trails of Cinque Terre (from Levanto to Portofino)
    3.5 - Good
    Written on April 26, 2018
    I joined the tour solo. The hotels at Levanto and Camogli were perfect. The one in Riomaggiore was soso. The bed was very comfortable and the staff very nice…
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    The Natural Adventure Company commented on this review
    Dear Marie-Lyne, Thanks for the honest review. We are glad that you liked the holiday, most of the hotels, and how we organised it, including the walks and the materials prepared by us. This area is truly wonderful, and this is no longer a secret, that is why we have tried to identify locations like Riomaggiore which are more tranquil and a bit off-the-beaten-track - which means that choice of hotel locations there is limited compared to the more touristy areas. However we always choose accommodations which are clean and have friendly staff - which I hope is the case with all hotels you stayed at.
  • P
    Rhodope Mountains Discovery
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 6, 2017
    We did this Bulgaria Self Guided Walking Holiday with my husband in the summer of 2017. Everything was perfectly organized, we only had an issue with one of the…
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    The Natural Adventure Company commented on this review
    Dear Poli, thanks for the review and we are glad that the issue with the driver was promptly solved by our local team.
  • B
    Mountains, Lakes and Parks of North Montenegro
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 5, 2017
    My partner and I did the Summits and Lakes of North Montenegro Walking Holiday in the summer of 2017. It was our first walking holiday and we absolutely loved i…
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  • AM
    3.5 - Good
    Written on October 5, 2017
    The trip was well organised and the accommodation exceeded expectations. The organisers were flexible in revising the itinerary when I hurt my knee just before …
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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.

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The Natural Adventure Company Offers Self-Guided Holidays in the Heart of Spectacular Nature

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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