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Testimonials of our guests

A happy group in SantoriniOur happy singing group!Painting from the balcony at Firostefani, GreeceA group of happy painters in La Gomera, Spain"I would love to do it all again with such special people," Monica BellamyEnjoying a lunch among the vines at Rikardu's farm, Gozo
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Our Painting Holiday Guests

"This is my third holiday with Authentic Adventures and Susanna was by far the best tutor I have had. She is an inspirational and gifted tutor who put 110% into providing the whole group with a wonderful painting holiday."
Helen Kew - Painting in Kerala, 2016

"Very impressed with Susie Bailey's art knowledge, enthusiasm, motivation etc., and thus, am in the process of booking one of her painting courses to Umbria in 2017."
Ian Martin - Painting in Kerala, 2016

"The hotel staff, tour manager and tutor worked hard to make it a good time for everyone. Especially liked staying somewhere authentically Italian with friendly group of people having art as a common interest."
Sheila Davidson - Painting in Amalfi, 2016

"Enjoyed the holiday very much. Would especially like to say how good Marianna and Martina were – so efficient and helpful and good fun to be with."
Marion Williams, Painting in Amalfi, 2015

Christine is an excellent tutor and she also quietly held the group together. She was very encouraging and knowledgeable. I would find it difficult to find any aspects of the holiday which could be improved."
Gillian Holland, Painting in Madeira, 2015

"The holiday was well organised with an excellent tutor. I liked the hotel and the staff were friendly and attentive. "
Stefan Horowskyj, Painting in Gozo, 2015

"David was a superb tutor – so much passion and enthusiasm for life and painting which was contagious. He gave freely of his time with extra evening sessions which really made the holiday for me. I would definitively like to go on a trip with him in 2016."
Mary Evans, Painting in Gozo, 2015

"Loved the holiday so much would love to repeat it."
Glinette Woods, Painting in Italy, 2015

"This was an excellent holiday – lovely venue, excellent and caring tutor and splendid back up."
Claire Osgood, Painting in Gozo, 2015

"An excellent tutor, most considerate and attentive to everyone made it outstanding. The tour managers were excellent, always helpful and friendly."
Painting in Madeira 2015

"It was a truly wonderful holiday. Food was outstandingly tasteful and lots of it and my diet well catered for. David Paskett was a brilliant tutor."
Brighid Simpkin, Painting in Gozo, 2015

"The holiday was a great adventure and expedition. David Paskett’s preparation and guidance were excellent. The Moroccans are so friendly and helpful. The food in both Riads was good. I enjoyed the iPad drawing teaching. "
Ron Hoile, Painting in Morocco, 2015

"This was my 3rd holiday with you and definitely the best. I would be happy to repeat it. "
Painting in Italy, 2015

"David Paskett is a really excellent tutor, enthusiastic and with a wide range of interesting activities to motivate and develop his students. Enekoiz is a brilliant on the ground organiser, competent and caring."
Painting in La Gomera, 2015

"It was an enjoyable holiday with a good group of people. The encouragement and enthusiasm of our tutor Christine made it a very special and happy week."
Sheila Dibben, Painting in Madeira, 2014

"David Paskett is an inspirational tutor, enthusiastic and generous with his time. I had a wonderful time, thank you."
Margaret Carus, Painting in Gozo, 2015

"This has been an excellent holiday and such a friendly group led by Christine Russell who has been such a helpful and enthusiastic leader."
Mary Parker, Painting in Madeira, 2015

"This was an excellent holiday - lovely venue, excellent caring, enthusiastic tutor and splendid back up."
Claire Osgood, Painting in Gozo, 2015

"A wonderful holiday in a very beautiful location. Our Tutor David was a gem endlessly enthusiastic!!! Happy to recommend Authentic Adventures."
Lynda Roberts, Painting in Santorini, 2014

"The Painting tuition and help from the guide was beyond what I expected, hotel was lovely and central yet quiet. I cannot recommend it enough."
Jackie Park-Smith, Painting in Santorini, 2014

"Thank you very much. We both had excellent holidays. Christine works very hard. The hotel location is to die for, it is so beautiful and we loved the log cabin."
Ann Stephen, Painting in Madeira, 2014

"This was the best Authentic Adventures holiday I have been on. Beautiful location and excellent teaching. Many thanks for organising it."
Eleanor Symons, Painting in Madeira, 2014

"Authentic Adventures are a great company. Considerate and caring."
Jenny Kempson, Painting in India, 2013

"I just wanted to let you know what great fun and how truly inspiring it was seeing Santorini through the creative eyes of such an acclaimed artist. I have learnt so much and feel so motivated and encouraged by David Paskett. Thank you for arranging such a memorable holiday."
Elizabeth Smart, Painting in Santorini, 2012

Our Singing Holiday Guests

"I cannot praise Faith Watson highly enough. She is marvellously inspirational, friendly and good fun. She took especial care to ensure that I, as a newcomer, felt welcome and included from the word go. Thank you SO much for one of the best experiences of my life!"
Sheila McIntyre - Singing in Montenegro, 2016

"As always, Faith was brilliant - songs chosen were varied and greatly enjoyed, her teaching technique was great, and she was always relaxed but in control."
Valerie Worcester - Singing in Montenegro, 2016

"Faith Watson is a fabulous tutor, she is patient, supportive, imaginative, and makes everything fun. We all love singing with her."
Jo Thulborn - Singing in Montenegro, 2016

"This holiday brought together the two things I love best - singing with a great teacher and travelling to new places. I will be recommending Authentic Adventures to all my friends."
Christine Burgess, Singing holiday in India, 2015

"Faith, as ever, gave us some wonderful singing! We rounded it off by doing a Flashmob in the departure lounge of the airport when leaving. It was well received!"
P.I.D Dalewood, Singing in Sri Lanka, 2016

"I loved the fact that we could sing outside with the most amazing views."
Sarah Smallbone, Singing holiday in Madeira, 2013

"It was a brilliant holiday – my head is full of memorable experiences and constant tunes! Many thanks for being such a lovely and ethical company to travel with."
Gill Ruffles, Singing in Sri Lanka, 2016

"Fabulous, wonderful holiday and the Bulgarian people were lovely."
Sandra Shand, Singing holiday in Bulgaria, 2014

"I had a marvellous holiday in a lovely country, and am extremely pleased to have experienced so many diverse activities….elephant rides, white water rafting, whale watching, local train ride through the tea plantations and so much more."
Linda Baldwin, Singing in Sri Lanka, 2016

"The holiday was a sheer delight with Faith and Cristiano at the helm."
Monica Richmond, Singing holiday in Italy, 2015

"Enjoyed every minute. A fantastic holiday Faith brilliant. Excellent location."
Judith Bennett, Singing holiday in India, 2015

"I honestly cannot think of anything that would have improved the holiday! It was perfect!"
Sally Hinde, Singing holiday in Madeira, 2013

"I have had a wonderful holiday, so thank you very much indeed. I would do it all over again and I am still living on cloud nine."
Beatrice Ferguson, Singing holiday in India, 2015

"The holiday was a wonderful mix of singing and seeing the delightful sights of Kerala. Many thanks!"
Valerie Worcester, Singing holiday in India, 2015

"As many times before, Faith cannot be bettered, in my opinion."
Monica Richmond, Singing in Sri Lanka, 2016

"All in all, a dream holiday."
Monica Richmond, Singing in Sri Lanka, 2016

"I have sung with several tutors, but Faith was exceptional. You have a treasure there, hang on to her!"
Stella Hurley, Singing in Sri Lanka, 2016

"I can hardly believe how many stunning experiences we fitted into two weeks."
Stella Hurley, Singing in Sri Lanka, 2016

"It is the best holiday I have ever had!"
Bronwen Hunter, Singing in Sri Lanka, 2016

Our Walking Holiday Guests

"I especially liked the walking, enjoying the stunning views and colours. Having an excellent guide, Stefano, was a bonus plus the fact that everyone in our group got on really well."
Judith Wheeler - Walking in Amalfi, 2016

"We were so lucky with the weather - the sun shone every day which was wonderful for walking. The Hotel was so well situated that we saw the most beautiful sun rises and sunsets. For the first time ever I did not have to use my waterproofs on a walking holiday in Italy. While the Hotel does not have a pool, we had ample opportunities to swim in the sea. Stefano and his team looked after us so well and I appreciate the seamless way Stefano ensures that the needs of the walking group as a unit are well catered for, making any changes that are necessary, meeting our requests etc."
Catherine Griffin - Walking in Amalfi, 2016

"Our walking guide Stefano was superb, his walking itinerary just right. He displayed a wonderful knowledge of the islands, geology, flora and fauna and was infectious in his enthusiasm."
Dave Fawcett, Walking in Madeira, 2015

"This has been my 16th holiday with your company which speaks for itself. All have been very enjoyable but this has been one of the highlights."
John Cornell, Walking in Italy 2013

"I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and loved the walks and want to join you again."
Carol Davis, Walking in Amalfi, 2015

"It was my first experience of AA. I cannot think of anything I would seriously wish to change. I expect to book again. For me the guides and the hotel were what made the holiday."
Mark Davies, Walking in Amalfi, 2015

"A full, well planned and organised holiday. Raluca was an excellent attentive guide. You could make more of this holiday in your brochure which I feel undersells it."
Patricia Royall, Walking in Romania, 2015

"I only wish to add that our guide Raluca was absolutely superb, efficient, committed and knowledgeable about her country. We all came away with Romanian history more clear in our heads, most of us having known nothing!"
Angela Whatley, Walking in Romania, 2015

"I have to say that my week walking in Romania was absolutely perfect – I cannot fault anything and our guide Raluca was superb."
Diane Cook, Walking in Romania, 2015

"A note to reiterate what a wonderful week’s walking I had in Romania. Our guide, Raluca, was delightful. I do hope you might run another walking holiday there taking in the painted churches."
Catriona Oliphant, Walking in Romania 2015

"I had a wonderful time in Tuscany. Cristiano made a very amusing guide and Manuella is just a treasure and added so much to the enjoyment of the trip."
Jenny Barbour, Walking in Italy 2014

"This was my 5th holiday with Authentic Adventures and I loved it."
Jenny Barbour, Walking in Italy, 2015

"In this instance I travelled with a friend but the way one was looked after and the friendliness of the other people, I would have no hesitation in joining an Authentic Adventure’s holiday as a single traveller!"
Debbie Woods, Walking in Italy 2014

"Another superb AA walking holiday which was thoroughly enjoyable."
John Cornell, Walking in Amalfi, 2015

"We enjoyed another memorable holiday with good and friendly fellow travellers, organised by a first class company."
Roger Heesterman, Walking in Italy 2013

"This is my 6th trip with AA so that speaks for itself. Stefano & Cristiano are wonderful walking guides."
Catherine Griffin, Walking in Madeira 2013

"I had the most wonderful holiday. Jason and his staff at the San Andrea were excellent. Our leader Annalise was so knowledgeable: botany, history and everyday life on Malta/Gozo brilliant."
Carol Killinger, Walking in Gozo 2013

"This was an outstanding holiday. It was my first linear walk abroad and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would love to repeat this trip."
Lesley Griffin, Walking in Italy 2013

"I think La Gomera is an excellent base for a walking holiday. Valle Gran Rey is a good choice of location. Thank you once again. We all had a great time."
Richard Baldwin, Walking in Spain 2014

Our Single Travellers

"As a single traveller, meeting friends from previous AA holidays added enormously to the enjoyment and pleasure of the whole experience. It was full of fun and laughter, and the involvement of David and his painting group, added to the joy of it all"
Monica Richmond - Walking in Croatia, 2016

"This was my first holiday alone and I felt very safe and well looked after. The group were very sociable and approachable"
Elaine Davidson, Painting in Morocco, 2014

"I have now had eight Solo holidays. Solo as in - I leave home, take a flight and arrive Solo at my destination. Many 'Solo' travellers choose to travel with other 'Solo' travellers. I travel 'Solo' - and enjoy the experience !

Eight Solo holidays, all different and I have enjoyed each one (except for a P&O Cruise - didn't work for me !)

OK - so my best holidays? Authentic Adventures every time. From the moment you arrive at your destination airport and meet your Guide, you are part of a group of like minded people. Everything is taken care of in such a relaxed manner that you don't even notice the attention to detail: Transfers; Hotels in places you wouldn't find for yourself; glorious walking with the very best of experienced Guides; and the pleasure of shared meals with new friends each evening.

Eight Solo holidays? Well, I have another booked with Authentic Adventures in May"

Lynda Roberts Paints and walks with Authentic Adventures every year

"In this instance I travelled with a friend but the way one was looked after and the friendliness of the other people, I would have no hesitation in joining an Authentic Adventure’s holiday as a single traveller!"
Debbie Woods, Walking in Italy, 2014

"Experience the colour of life off the beaten track with expert friendly guides and tutors.  Good food, including local specialities; enjoyable company with like-minded people.  Arrive as strangers but leave as friends."
Gill Stafford, Photography in Puglia 2014

"Travelling solo on holiday can seem very daunting on the first occasion but I can wholeheartedly recommend Authentic Adventures as providing what will be an enriching experience. An activity based holiday is a wonderful way to discover new lands through the eyes of very knowledgeable local guides and to make new friends. From the moment one comes through the arrival's gate of the Airport until one's return the Tour Manager/Guide takes all the stress of travelling alone from one's shoulders resulting in total relaxation. While there is a programme for the week, that invariably changes according to the weather, local events, standard of the group as regards the activity etc. The solo traveller can therefore expect what will almost be a "tailor made" holiday from Authentic Adventures.

The Group is invariably small so one never feels left out. Meal times, coffee breaks are shared with the Guide and like minded fellow travellers with lots of stimulating discussion, banter and plenty of laughter - there is no sitting at a corner table in a restaurant on one's own with a book.

Inevitably, I return each year to Authentic Adventures to book a holiday as a solo traveller knowing that I will have a memorable trip."

Catherine Griffin, walks with Authentic Adventures every year - 11 trips to date


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