The Natural Adventure Company

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This organisation's collection of self-guided walking holidays in Central and Eastern Europe offers unbeatable value and allows you the freedom to discover most unforgettable locations, explore spectacular natural beauty, immerse yourself in ancient culture, experience traditional regional cuisines and relax in comfortable hand-picked hotels at the end of your day's walking. The company was founded by Peter Duncan - TV adventurer, former UK Chief Scout and one time BBC Blue Peter man.
Member since: 22 Feb 2016

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • In remote locations where we believe the hiking includes spectacular views and nature we stay in locally owned 3 star hotels or local guest-houses. These are always clean and comfortable and serve local fresh locally sourced food. In specific locations where we believe there is a genuine opportunity to experience a unique local flavor we also stay in local guest houses where our clients are greeted with traditional hospitality, clean and comfortable rooms and locally sourced fresh food.
  • We typically use local public transport, buses and trains to transfer our clients at the beginning and the end of the itinerary. We encourage our clients to use public transport where possible, and offer private car transfers which are neither economical nor environmentally friendly only where there are no alternatives, or as additionally charged options. Baggage transfers between hotels are typically made by local drivers and not by taxi companies. By using local transport services we support the local economy in the regions where we operate.
  • We are still the only company which offers self-guided walking holidays in Kosovo, the youngest country in Europe. We believe in its potential as a tourism destination and have been partnering with the Swiss charity Swisscontact on a project for encouraging and promoting sustainable tourism in Kosovo. As part of this project our founder Peter Duncan visited Kosovo in 2015. In Bulgaria we are supporting the local NGO Rekichka, which has been implementing a number of projects related to the development of sustainable tourism and biodiversity protection in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union.

Environmental responsibility

  • Our aim is to operate in the most ecologically responsible manner possible. And we think this should be the essence of the ‘self-guided’ concept. We choose to offer and present our holidays in a way that offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy everything that this beautiful region has to offer, while leaving the smallest discernable footprint on the environment.
  • To minimize environmental footprint we limit the size of our parties to maximum 6 people. Our detailed tour information packs include a section on environmental responsibility and detailed instructions related to the ‘leave no trace’ policy, protected animals and plants in the area, etc. We encourage our clients to use the info packs and maps in electronic format.
  •  We commute to our office only when it is really needed and most of our employees work from their homes, thus significantly reducing the number of commutes.

Social responsibility

  • Our hiking holidays are designed to contribute to the local and rural communities and economies that we visit. We encourage our clients to soak in and respect the local cultures, taste local food and wines, participate in local community projects.
  • We work closely with our local partners and accommodation providers so we can provide unforgettable experiences to our clients whilst contributing to sustaining and promoting local culture and traditions.
  • In Bulgaria we are supporting the local NGO Rekichka, which has been implementing a number of projects related to the development of sustainable tourism and biodiversity protection in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union.

This organisation's collection of self-guided walking holidays in Central and Eastern Europe offers unbeatable value and allows you the freedom to discover the most unforgettable locations, explore spectacular natural beauty, immerse yourself in ancient culture, experience traditional regional cuisines and relax in comfortable hand-picked hotels at the end of your day's walking. The company was founded by Peter Duncan - TV adventurer, former UK Chief Scout and one time BBC Blue Peter man.
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