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JennyDennis“We loved the mountain hotels but would have preferred something a bit smarter in Krakow. The transfer vehicle and driver were excellent and the roads not too windy at all. The walking was challenging and needed lots of concentration. We were glad we had...“

The Natural Adventure Company

The Natural Adventure Company

4.5/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in London, England
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TOURS
50
AGE RANGE
12-99
RESPONSE RATE
100%
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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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47 The Natural Adventure Company Reviews

Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Average
6%
Rather Poor
0%
Bad
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Accommodation
4.5 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4.5 / 5
Value for money
5 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  • D
    The High Tatras in Style
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on November 24, 2018
    The trip was very well organized and the transportation to the hotels very clear. The hikes were more challenging than I think our group thought they would be …
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  • M
    The Trails and Wines of Istria
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 23, 2018
    We had a lovely time on our self-guided hiking trip. The accommodations were wonderful and the included breakfasts were delicious! Everything went as planned.
  • M
    Slovakian Alps: High Tatras
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 13, 2018
    A memorable holiday in a beautiful location. Excellent!
  • A
    Slovakian Alps: High Tatras
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 13, 2018
    A memorable holiday in a stunning location.
  • W
    Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on November 9, 2018
    We took this holiday as a self-guided tour. Slovenia is a beautiful country and really enjoyed the walking trails as they gave a variety of landscapes and walki…
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  • W
    Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on November 9, 2018
    We undertook this holiday as a self-led walking tour and had a brilliant holiday - Slovenia is a beautiful country to visit with a range of terrain and landscap…
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  •  reviewer 7
    Salzburg Lake District
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 6, 2018
    Our Austrian Lake District tour was absolutely fantastic and was the best holiday we have ever have. The hotels were lovely, in great locations and all breakfas…
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  • M
    Salzburg Lake District
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 6, 2018
    We took the Salzkammergut self-guided walking tour in July of 2018. Everything went very well from meeting our local contact, Helmut, on the first day to the ti…
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  • D
    Rota Vicentina Complete
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 6, 2018
    Beautiful walk, particularly the coastal stretches. The accommodation was generally very good - above what I would expect for the price. (Note: Transport was n…
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  • J
    The High Tatras in Style
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 6, 2018
    We loved the mountain hotels but would have preferred something a bit smarter in Krakow. The transfer vehicle and driver were excellent and the roads not too w…
    Read more

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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