The Natural Adventure Company Offers Self-Guided Holidays in the Hearts of the Spectacular Nature of Central and Eastern Europe….
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.
…The Breathtaking Nature…
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.
…While immersing yourself in ancient cultures, myths & legends…
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.
…And enjoying the great food and wine…
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!
…In fact… everything under the sun…!
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.