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Gentle Trekking Nakasendo Trail 13/10/2018
Japan at a civlized pace
We loved this trip. We wanted to see Japan but not at the frantic pace of most tours. This itinerary allowed us to experience Japan in all its glory, without the feeling of rushing between its various sites. From our first outing in Tokyo, visiting a beautiful Shinto shrine, to our final walk along the Philosophers Trail in Kyoto, the whole trip was spectacular. Our guide was excellent, managing to herd us gently and expertly, always ready to help, translate, explain and enlighten us on any matters Japanese. The minshuku and ryokan were all very comfortable and welcoming, with lovely food. Our particular favourites were: staying at the Ekoin Temple, enjoying the hospitality of the monks and witnessing their morning ceremonies; and taking the 7 different modes of transport it took to get there! The transport in Japan is so clean, so timely, so efficient and even the rush hour in Tokyo was well mannered. This meant that far from being the tiring, trying experience that it may be in England, the 7 different modes of transport were a joy, an adventure, adding to the overall experience and so much better than being ferried around on a bus!
Mr & Mrs T, Nottingham, England
Mont Blanc Summit 09/10/2018
Great trip with excellant old school guide
I've being on many a high altitude trip and loved them all. This one was no different, apart from the guide Kevin O Neale. From the outset you could tell he had a wealth of experience and was old school, so you knew you were in safe hands from the outset. He did the usual glacial traverse & crevasse rescue & crampon training and more beforehand with a 4000mtr peak summit in Switzerland as well. For some strange reason, I suffered with Altitude sickness on summit day push as we were closing in on the summit, something I have never suffered with before and this was the lowest summit I have done as well. Kevin O'Neale split me from my climbing partner and put him with another guide so they could go at their pace as I had now ground to a snails pace. Kevin then stayed with me and cajoled encouraged and spoke to me all the way to the summit making sure I was ok all the time. I was probably more embarrassed about the altitude sickness and struggling so much to put one foot in front of the other, but having such an experienced guide watching me, gave me the reassurance to keep pushing for the summit rather than turning around and going back down, as I knew if I got too bad he would have stopped me instantly and forced me to go down. This is what you pay your money for. Experience and peace of mind that when things don't go according to plan, your in safe knowledgeable hands. Me and Kevin actually ended up doing the Mont Blanc full traverse from the Cosmiques Hut up over the summit and down via the Gouter hut and Gran Couloir down to Les Houches the same day. Heck of a long day but my o my what a great push and experience. All in all from initial booking to getting back home, everything ran like clockwork and was a seamless smooth operation
Roy Partington, England
Gentle Walking Islands of Croatia 03/10/2018
A fantastic trip!
Easy walking, good food and wine, beautiful beaches and historic cities – these are a few of my favourite things, and this holiday delivered them in spades! Croatia surpassed my expectations on every level, with Dubrovnik the icing on the cake - one of those rare destinations which fully justify the hype.
Jude Limburn Turner, Mountain Kingdoms
Rajasthan in Style 03/10/2018
My trip to Rajasthan certainly lived up to all expectations.
What a fabulous place! It truly does bombard the senses, with continual reminders of its exotic history, breathtaking desert landscapes, imposing forts and flamboyantly dressed peoples. All thrilling stuff! In addition to sightseeing we had time to immerse ourselves in the culture and haggle for handicrafts, and we had the added bonus of a jeep safari to look for wildlife. Our accommodation was equally wonderful – from romantic palaces, to a stay on a working farm and luxury tents overlooking a picturesque lake, every night was a delight. Rajasthan will live on in my imagination.
Ann Sainsbury, Mountain Kingdoms
Gentle Walking Bhutan 01/10/2018
Bhutan, an experience!
When you say that you are going to Bhutan, most people say, "Where's that?" but honestly what a place! Starting with a night at the Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu which was an oasis in the chaos of Kathmandu and on to Paro in Bhutan. From the moment you drive out of the airport you know that you are somewhere different, soaring mountain scenery and crashing rivers in the valleys. Most of the people you see and meet are in National costume and are very friendly. The local festivals are brilliant brightly coloured events for the locals to put on their Sunday best. Travelling high across mountain passes on roads (well almost) you would not believe, the skill and patients of the driver was incredible! The Dzongs and Temples are fascinating structures, but some such as 'Tiger's Nest' do take a bit of hiking uphill to get there, but it is worth it when you are there. If you are looking to go somewhere different, this is definitely the place to go, but hurry it won't stay this way forever!
Mr Jonathan Munton, UK
Classic Luangwa Walking Safari in Style 01/10/2018
Classic Luangwa Walking Safari in Style
What a superlative experience. Being in the South Park for eight days completely cut off from the outside world, internet etc was an unexpected bonus.
Dr A Howitt, East Sussex
Gentle Walking Bulgaria 27/09/2018
A brilliant trip!
This trip is the perfect combination of mountain walking and culture. Everyday offered something different from wandering around traditional villages, to taking in the stunning views we were rewarded with during each walk! The local people were very friendly and helpful, I would love to go back and explore more of this fantastic country!
Mrs B, Gloucestershire
Gentle Walking Bulgaria 27/09/2018
Mountains, monasteries and magical memories
This was my first recce trip and it didn’t disappoint. Bulgaria has so much to offer the keen traveller, I feel like I have only just scratched the surface. Its rich history was so interesting to learn about and interspersed with exciting mountain walking, this trip really is a great way to discover this emerging Balkan nation.
Emily Browning, Mountain Kingdoms
Three Peaks of the Balkans 26/09/2018
Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Picturesque scenery. Was an adventure. Definitely a place to visit now, before everyone visits in a few years time.
Andrew Hicks, UK
Cordillera Real Traverse, Bolivia 26/09/2018
Cordillera Traverse - lakes, mountains and glaciers at every new ridge!
A remote, stunningly beautiful trek at altitude in untrodden mountain scenery. Jose and Raimundo were superb guides and the standard of food on trek was excellent. This is a tough trek but very rewarding - be prepared for adventure and the chance to climb Pico Austria at 5,396m/17,698 ft
Trevor Lunness, UK
Arctic Highlights 24/09/2018
A wonderful adventure and experience which far exceeded our already high expectations. The expedition leader, ships captain and all the support staff were excellent, very professional, knowledgable and caring. An excellent itinerary which had the right balance of activities including zodiac cruises, walks or hikes over the tundra, wildlife watching and informative lectures. Highlights were seeing seven polar bears, numerous walruses, Wales and seals, arctic fox and hare, lots of sea birds and the Aurora Borealis.
David Tyrrell, Devon, UK
Svaneti & the Transcaucasian Trail, Georgia 14/09/2018
Trekking Svaneti Region, Georgia - Fascinating
Georgia is a fascinating country, set right on the outer edges of Europe, and within Georgia itself, the Svaneti region is extremely remote. The journey there is well worth the effort, as you trek through magical countryside, home of myths and legends, soaring stone watchtowers and stunning mountains and glaciers. There are hillsides covered in wild flowers, sparkling mountain streams and plenty...
Seraphina Berry, Mountain Kingdoms, Gloucestershire
Gentle Walking Patagonia in Style 30/08/2018
Breathtaking Argentine Patagonia
Argentine Patagonia was a sublime combination of breathtaking landscapes, varied walking, exceptional accommodation and the most delicious food and wine. The best of all was estancia Cristina indulgent accommodation in a truly wild and unspoilt landscape.
K Parsons, Gloucestershire
Gentle Walking Wildlife & Temples Cambodia 24/08/2018
This is a really fascinating holiday due to the sights and the culture of the country, plus the wonderful food and the lovely Cambodian people.
Mr D, South Glos
Three Cirques Trek, Reunion Island 24/08/2018
Before Reunion I had no idea that you could get an adrenaline rush just from walking up a hill – it’s safe to say that the island made me fall in love with hiking! It is truly an adventure island, and I will treasure the memories I made there for the rest of my life. There were times when the views were so awe-inspiring that I had goose bumps and my eyes filled with tears – dramatic I know, but such is the nature of the landscapes there. The trekking was at times hard, but you know that you will always be rewarded with a phenomenal feat of nature at the end. Go and discover the intense island – now!
Ellie Berry, Bristol
Gentle Walking Canadian Rockies 21/08/2018
Fantastic choice of walks and outstanding scenery
MK have provided the opportunity for us to explore mountainous area of the world which we could not have done without their support.
Mr N Watkins, Gloucestershire
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth, Arctic 21/08/2018
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth
Trust in MK to get everything right. More than met our expectations, brilliant sights, exploring and information. And service on board was much more than we expected and up to posh cruise standard.
Mrs A Carlill, York
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth, Arctic 19/08/2018
Arctic expedition par excellence
A superb adventure to explore Svalbard via expedition ship, zodiacs, landings and talks. The service, care, and expertise, provided by the guide team and crew was outstanding and ensured we had amazing experiences every day.
Mr & Mrs C, York, England, Yorkshire
Markha Valley Trek 14/08/2018
Markha Valley Trek - Private Departure
Had a great time, had it so hot! Then saw snow, thunder storms but some great views and memories throughout.
Mr Peter Bradley, United Kingdom
Dolomites Circuit Trek 07/08/2018
Dolomites Circuit Trek
Holiday was excellent. Excellent route, weather, views, food and great bunch of fellow travellers. And the guides were outstanding.. We chose this holiday over other similar treks because it promised time spent exploring the military history and the trip exceeded our expectations with an alternative descent down a WW1 tunnel network.
Mrs L Fletcher, Hampshire