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Alice“We had a fantastic time in the Albanian Alps. The accommodation was amazing, well equipped and comfortable. All the hosts we stayed with were friendly and helpful. We had all the maps we needed to navigate efficiently and had no problems finding our way. T...“

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • בב
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 27, 2017
    אני מאוד מרוצה מהחברה הזאת. הכל היה נפלא. אני אחזור ואשתמש בשרותיכם בהנאה גדולה.
  • AE
    4.0 - Good
    Written on September 24, 2017
    The walking was probably harder than expected due to the nature of the terrain
  • AT
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 18, 2017
    I enjoyed the trip. The hotels were great and the transport arrangements worked very well. The Tatra Mountains were very challenging in places. 3 suggestions: 1…
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  • B
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 17, 2017
    The trip was far better than we expected, and we had thought it would be good. Every practical arrangement including transfers etc went like clockwork, and the …
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  • A
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 15, 2017
    We travelled on a fantastic self guided walking tour of The Accursed Mountains in Albania. All arrangements worked very well, everything ran to time and every p…
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  • AL
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 15, 2017
    We had a fantastic time in the Albanian Alps. The accommodation was amazing, well equipped and comfortable. All the hosts we stayed with were friendly and helpf…
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    thenaturaladventure.com commented on this review
    Dear Alice, thank you for the great review, we are really happy that you enjoyed your holiday with us.
  • GW
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 14, 2017
    We could not fault the trip. this includes the accommodation. transfers, information and not least the guides who went out of their way to be helpful & informat…
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    thenaturaladventure.com commented on this review
    Dear Graham, thank you for your review, we appreciate it! We are preparing a range of new destinations for next year and we would be happy if you choose us again for your holiday.

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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 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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