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Why Authentic Adventures?

Authentic Adventures Special Interest Holidays

Even in this age of population growth and burgeoning technology, there are still wild and undiscovered places left in the world – and you don't necessarily have to go halfway round the planet to find them. It was this realisation, during a walking adventure in Spain back in 1997, that spurred John Brough to create Andalucian Adventures. We have moved on a bit since then – hence the decision to change our name to Authentic Adventures in 2009, to reflect the fact that we now go way beyond Spain and that our special interest holidays now encompass much more than walking. John has recently stepped down as Managing Director, but continues to work with us as a consultant.

Natural Parks and responsible tourism

Responsible Tourism is very much a buzz word today. Since the beginning we have been committed to giving more to the places we visit than we take out.

We have worked closely with Natural Parks, respected their guidelines, helped with their translations, and where possible we use locally-owned hotels, restaurants and coaches. Our guides reflect these values and by way of example many of them are involved in organic small holdings and farming.

Continued improvement

We always strive not only to develop new holidays and destinations but to continually improve them as they evolve. We are very grateful to all our guests who are kind enough to contact us whether by phone, letter or email, with suggestions of how we can make our holidays even better and where we might go in the future.

Group size

Our groups are typically between eight and fourteen, ensuring plenty of tutor contact, sociable evenings and minimal disruption for the locals.

No hidden costs

We do our very best to make clear on each holiday page exactly what is included. All transport and entry fees are always included, as is all accommodation and most if not all meals.

Now, as then, our philosophy is deeply rooted in our determination to take you to the heart of the country we're visiting, to show you sights you never imagined and to bring you into contact with local people and local ways – going beyond the well-trodden tourist tracks in the company of like-minded travellers with shared interests in painting, photography, walking and singing.

That's what we stand for. Book an Authentic Adventures holiday and you will find out exactly what we mean.

Local staff

Our local tour managers are key to our success. Not only will they ensure that the holiday runs smoothly, but they will take care of all the arrangements, leaving you free to relax and immerse yourself in the local life and culture, cuisine, history, flora and fauna of the region. We often meet their personal friends at local events.

Fun, friendship and single travellers

Our holidays are perfect for anyone travelling alone and many life-long friendships have been formed. Looked after by our attentive guides, you are sure to enjoy the pleasure of sharing a common interest.

Staying a bit longer

There are some great cities in the regions we visit and it's very easy for you to enjoy these as an extension to your holiday. If you would like some help with choosing a hotel please ask.

Special requests

With our experienced leaders you will be able to request all manner of hidden extras. Certainly anniversary flowers, early morning taxis to watch the dawn, recommendations for a day on your own, bike hire or horse rides are all par for the course in a day in the life of an Authentic Adventures tour manager.

Authentic food and wine

The different countries we visit offer wide ranges of local specialities. We specifically request dishes which use local seasonal produce. Wine is usually included within the costs and, wherever possible, is sourced from local vineyards.

Special diets

Once our leaders and tutors are made aware of any special dietary needs, they will always do their very best to ensure these are met.

Loyalty discount

We value your continued loyalty. Our new discount scheme give returning guests up to 15% off each holiday.

Choosing your holiday

This is never going to be easy with so much choice. However to help you, our office staff know all the leaders and tutors and they regularly travel to our destinations to ensure they get to know both our locations and our leaders.


All of our staff are hugely experienced, not only in their particular discipline but also as group leaders and tutors across a wide range of abilities. They are chosen for their love of teaching, sense of humour and ability to remain calm.

Mixing activities

Many friends and couples find it hard to share holidays due to their differing interests and objectives. We regularly offer weeks when different activities run at the same time in the same location. Many groups of friends have come with us to new destinations year after year to share these weeks.

Painting holidays

Guided walking holidays

Singing holidays

Best field staff
Tour managers with superb local knowledge ensure insider access
Talented, considerate and well-respected tutors
Highly experienced and entertaining walking guides
Best office team
We know the locations, tutors and local guides
We are polite, friendly and always here to help
Our hotels are all chosen by our trusted and experienced staff
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