Croatia's Dazzling Coastline

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Croatia - the land of a thousand islands - Walking on Brac

We have chosen Brac because its big enough to have a variety of walks - yet small enough to give that feel of a special place - and with that sparkling sea always close by.

The history and heritage of the island are part of our experience as we walk along trails by the sea and in the interior. Limestone dazzles you, its pure white - and we do have lovely views of other islands as we walk.

The routes are mostly along tracks or rural roads; sometimes on paths (some can be rocky due to characteristic limestone). Our routes takes you to some of the best viewpoints on the islands, offers plenty of swimming opportunities and the chance to experience the beautiful, rustic nature of these Croatian Islands.

Accomodation

We stay at Villa Adriatica - https://www.villaadriatica.com/supetar/

This unique Villa hotel  is 100 meters away from the main sandy beach. It is the ultimate location in Supetar, in the heart of the island of Brac.  Located in a quiet residential area, right next to the tennis courts. Completely refurbished and re-decorated in 2017. You’ll enjoy your stay in any of the beautiful areas of the Villa: the restaurant, the garden cafe-bar under the shade of gorgeous palm trees, and the originally designed rooms.

Hotel Villa Adriatica, is a small family-run hotel  offering 23 modern furnished, air-conditioned rooms with private bathroom and all the necessary amenities including Wi-Fi access all over the hotel.. Furniture with details of rattan creates summer, relaxing atmosphere. YOU can relax in the beautiful outdoor pool and enjoy the sun while slowly sipping your favorite cocktail. The wellness area boasts a sauna and a hot tub. Our Spa offers various types of massages. On the terrace by the lounge bar, our guests can spend lazy afternoons reading a good book in the shade of old palm trees in the middle of the Mediterranean vegetation.

Facilities and services

 23 double rooms
 Air-conditioning and heating
 Phone
 SAT / TV
 balcony
 restaurant
 Terrace cafe-bar and cocktail cafe-bar
Live music
 garden
 Pool and outdoor Jacuzzi
 Yoga and massage
 Fitness and sauna, hot tub
 Meeting room
24 hour service
 Close to the beach
 Proximity to sport facilities
 Special cocktail evenings by the pool
 Friendly staff

 

 

Walking programme

The routes we use are mostly along tracks or rural roads; sometimes on paths (some can be rocky due to characteristic limestone). Paths are generally easy to follow and sometimes waymarked and/or signposted however this is variable.

If required, Secret Hills Walking will provide two walks daily - one being less mileage and slower paced, the main walk will be as described below.

The Adriatic sea is an ever present - whether walking along side it or viewing it from a distance.

There are many superb viewing points along our routes. A highlight is the highest mountain in all the Croatin islands - Vidove Gora.

We are excited that our Slovenian guiding company - we have worked with them for 12 years - are leading our walks in Croatia.

Sample walks include

-a varied circular walk providing an excellent introduction to the villages and landscapes of Brač. As you follow the coastline there are several swimming opportunities to enjoy in the vivid clear blue water. Pass through unspoilt villages surrounding natural harbours as you make your way back to the lovely town of Supertar.

-This superb walk takes you to the coastal village of Bol via the highest point in the Adriatic Islands known as Vidova Gora. For a while you join the well waymarked ‘Educational Trail’ passing various information boards (in both Croatian & English), then a lovely path takes you up to the edge of the limestone escarpment and on to the summit with its breath-taking views to Hvar and beyond.

 

- Frrom Sutivan over St Roko hill to Junceravan Plateau along the rocky roads, through thick pine woods.to the fishing village of Bobovisca on the sea. This village is quiet and will remind us of a time past on Brac. We then walk on to  Lozisa with its superb church and tower.

We return to Sutivan  through Veliki Dolac Canyon and rough soil tracks dirt tracks twith numerous olive groves 

- Along the Supertar coast and on to Mirca village before taking the Olive grove trail high into the ilsands inland. Back for lunch in Mirca - hams, cheeses, olives, wine and water. Then back along the coast to the hotel- plenty of swimming in the sandy bays.

- a lovely coastal walk from Puicjsca to high ground above the port/town with magnificent views. Then laong to the old lighthuse for swimming opportunities

- the monastery of Blaca forms the centre piece of this walk - then again a walk down lovely paths to the bay below. Return to our transpport on different high level paths 

 

 

 

 

 

Flights and Transfers

The closest airport is Split which welcomes regular non-stop flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle and Belfast

From Split, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to the port (35 minutes) for your ferry to Brač which takes 40 minutes. You will then be transferred to your hotel.**

 There may be flight supplements dependent on the airport you fly from, our holiday prices are based upon London Gatwick flights - so regional airport flight prices will carry a flight supplement, which will be quoted for you. Flight prices also change based upon how late you book with us.  We will always quote you to your exact specification and give you options on flights.

Note - in order to maximise the transfers that we organise, we will arrange for a transfer with others. This will meet the morning UK departures to Split.

Should you arrive later than the morning flights, then we will still organise your transfer, but there will be an additional £40 transfer charge per person as this will be an seperate transfer arrangement.

Note- we always try to advise that you fly from your local airport- this is one of the unique selling points for our holidays.

There may be a small flight supplements from your local airport- as we price our holidays well in advance and based upon typical London departures.

The advatages in cost and convenience however far out weigh any additional local airport supplement- and to support the environment - reducing the overall carbon footprint is good policy.

**Transfers – as you have the choice of airports and flight times- where this is practical – we arrange transfers that accumulate clients together for onward transfer to hotels/and return to the airport.

This can mean small delays whilst we accumulate clients together for group transfers- un avoidable- and this policy impacts favourably on the cost of your holiday.

Should you want an individual transfer- to avoid any waiting time - then there will be an additional charge for this

 

What's included

What you get on your Secret Hills Croatia Holiday:

Individual quotation from airport of your choice.

Flight organised for you

Transfer to Split ferry port and return

Ferry ticket to Brac and return

Transfers to hotel from ferry port/and return

 En suite accommodation, including buffet breakfast

 Five guided walking days

Transport to walks start and finish

Friendly, knowledgable walking guides- from the area

 UK tour leader

ATOL bonding

Our administration services.

Not included - evening dinner which we take at local restaurants

Evening dinner

Evening dinners are taken at local restaurants and the price of these is not included in the holiday price

Sole occupancy supplement

The sole occupancy supplement is £29 per night. The room is a twin or double room for sole occupancy

Holiday hightlights

-  superb hotel in super location, super food and services

- fantastic sunrises and sun sets - the Adriatic sea always in view

- staying in the lovely port town of Supertar with its promenade, shops mand many restaurants

- walking in superb scenery in the a variety of terrains on Brac

- a different view at every turn

- local  cuisine

- many swimming opportunites

- our relaxed,social approach

The island of Brac

Supertar -Supetar is the main town on Brac, sort of its capital. It is only one hour away from Split – the centre of Dalmatia – 45 min by ferry or 20 min by catamaran. Twenty kilometers from Supetar there is an airport, one of the few on the Croatian islands. The whole town of Supetar, as well as the island, is a huge beach.

The main reason for such a large number of tourists visiting Croatia is primarily its crystal blue sea. You can enjoy swimming from the beginning of May to the end of October. The beaches of Supetar are lined with kilometers of pinewoods providing shelter from the summer sun. The beaches are sandy or rocky; you can choose which you like. There are deck chairs, bicycles, windsurfing boards, scooters and other equippment to rent. . Everybody can find a corner to suit his own taste, avoiding crowds and jams.

 

Relationship with New Experience Holidays

Our Partners in Europe Walking

Secret Hills Walking are pleased to be associated with New Experience Holidays, who organise flights, accommodation and transfers for these holidays and provide you with ATOL security.
All your joining instructions and individual flight arrangements will be made by Paul and Deborah Sawyer. Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, we will forward a New Experience reservation form, and you should pay all deposits and final payments to New Experience Holidays.
Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinerary when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.

ATOL Bonding - New Experience Holidays REGISTRATION

How to book

Do not book on line at this point. Read on and follow the instructions

In order to conform with ATOL bonding requirements, prior to you reserving a holiday with us, we need to provide you with an official quotation. This will contain all the details and costs of the holiday and your requested choice of flights and airports. You will find a GET QUOTE button at the top of the page, use this and fill in the form in order to start the quotation process. Once you have filled in the Quotation Request form, you will get an email confirmation from us.

We partner with New Experience Holidays who provide the ATOL bonding, so all quotations will be sent by them, and you will reserve and pay for your holiday with them.

The quotation process - ATOL BONDING requirement- the quotation is the first part of the contract between us and you.

The quotation will include

- the basic price of the holiday as advertised

- any flight supplement from the airport of your choice

- single supplement if this applies

- a choice of flights if this is applicable

- any specific requirement such as additional nights/ sea view rooms etc.

- final price and payment information

The Quotation stage - who sends you your quotation

In order to conform  to ATOL bonding protection rules, New Experience Holidays will send you your full quotation normally by email- please ask if you want to receive the quotation by post.

Your contacts at New Experience Holidays are Matthew Newcombe, Anna  Brown and Paul Sawyer.

We need to know your preferred departure airport. We can guide you about the right airport and options - simply read the web pages for the country you are wanting to visit, or email us for flight advice.

The Booking Process

Once you have accepted the quotation, fill in a New Experience booking form (this can be done online) or send in the completed form,  and pay both the deposit – normally £125 - plus any additional flight supplements to New Experience.Holidays  Final payment is also made to New Experience.Holidays.

Once you have booked, you will not be sent a reminder of when to pay the full amount, so please diarise this.

About three weeks prior to departure, New Experience Holidays will send you holiday joining details, including your flight details with instruction to print off your boarding cards.

Once you arrive at your holiday destination

Secret Hills Walking Holidays (Slovenia Walking Holidays) organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide.You make your won arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.

It is important to read New Experience Holidays' Terms and Conditions - click on the tab on

Customer Reviews

Caroline Whorlow Croatia Octoober 2019

Brac, Croatia – Oct 2019:  This was a new trip organised by Secret Hills and it didn’t disappoint.  I would say the walks were slightly gentler than other Secret Hills trips I’ve been on, in that there were no steep climbs and the paths were really nice, which made for a wonderful week exploring Brac island.  Katya and Mica, our guides, were very knowledgeable and informative about the history of the island, they worked hard to offer a variety of walks and found some wonderful lunch spots to enjoy the local food, wine and grappa.  As with all Secret Hills trips the walking was quite varied incorporating beaches, olive groves and some stunning views across to both other islands and the mainland. I particularly enjoyed the after walk dip in the sea, cool but refreshing! The mid-week break day offered the opportunity to visit more of Brac island, take the ferry to explore Split or, as I did, just enjoy the local town of Supetar.  The small boutique hotel was difficult to fault, the breakfast was very nice and the staff were so accommodating and friendly.  It was the last week in the season so things were starting to shut  down locally, I enjoyed having less bustle, but it did mean there were some limitations on eateries that would take our group size.   That said, as ever, the team did a great job in finding them and we ate and drank very well!  Another wonderful trip and another wonderful group of people thanks Alan.

 

John & Lin Chesshire - Croatia, October 2019

We so enjoyed this holiday and it made us realise yet again how fortunate we were to have found Alan and Secret Hills many years ago . The sun was a real tonic, the Hotel Villla Adriatica was superb, the guides were excellent and extremely caring, and the walking was just what was required. The meals taken in local restaurants were not for the faint hearted  but we quickly adapted to Brac generous portions and everyone found something of interest. It was also good to meet up with old friends from previous walks, and indeed make some new ones, who we look forward to catching up with again sometime in the future.
John and Lin Chesshire

 

Dennis Zaple - Croatia, October 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thanks again for a great holiday an hope to see you again.

 

Carolyn Bestwick - Croatia, October 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Been several times with secret hills to many Europe holidays my friend does all the booking for us. Brac was a fantastic location the hotel was excellent clean rooms with good choice at breakfast. Evening meals were taken at different restaurant’s. Alan did well as the resort was on its last week. Excellent guides and choice of walks ideal for someone like me who cannot do the more challenging ones. Would recommend to friends hope to be doing another next year. It is lovely meeting up with friends we only see on these walks.   

 

Elaine & Gerald Porter - Croatia, October 2019.
We had a fantastic time, the island is beautiful, the walks were perfect for us and varied daily. The hotel was very comfortable and provided a very good breakfast. The weather was good and the company excellent. A perfect holiday. Thank you, see you next year. Regards Elaine
and Gerald

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If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance

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