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  • No single supplement (UK only)
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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

  • Oct 15
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
  • Location: Croatia
  • Flights costed separately

Croatia’s dazzling coastline is home to more than one thousand islands. If you were to look out to sea from anywhere along the Croatian coastline, it would be unusual for you not to see a green speck in the distance! Our solos guided walking holiday shows you the best of the coastline as well as the beautiful interior.

Solos and Singles Guided Walking is our unique speciality – unlike other walking holiday companies. We specialise in offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in beautiful locations in both the UK and Europe. We have an extra speciality in that we also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

If you decide to book this holiday, please complete the Quotation Request Form in full – this is the first part of the booking process… (as per ATOL requirements).

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, knowledgeable walking guides- from the area
  • UK tour leader
  • ATOL bonding
  • Our administration services

Not included – evening dinner which we take at local restaurants

Hotel and Meals

We stay at Villa Adriatica 

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 a relaxing atmosphere. You can relax in the beautiful outdoor pool and enjoy the sun while slowly sipping your favourite 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 at Villa Adriatica

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
24 hour service
Close to the beach/ Proximity to sport facilities
Special cocktail evenings by the pool
Friendly staff

Single Supplement details

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

Itinerary

We fly into Split airport and are transferred to the hotel, first to the Split ferry terminal, then by boat to Supertar on Brac island. We will be picked up at the Brac ferry terminal and taken to our hotel. 

We accumulate passengers together at the airport for onward travel- as flights from UK regional airports generally arrive in close proximity. Our guides will meet you at the airport.

The first afternoon and evening is a settling in day- we can explore the town and beach areas before going for dinner in Supertar.

Walking is for five days with one day free.

Flights and Transfers

As from 13/12/21 – we will quote all our 2022 holidays in two stages 

Stage one – the price for land only

Stage two – the flight cost from your selected airport to your chosen destination and return

The combination of the two will add up to the total price we are quoting you.

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 Brac which takes 40 minutes. You will then be transferred to your hotel.**

 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.

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 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 separate 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.

The advantages 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.

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

 

Tour Details

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.

-From 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 with numerous olive groves.

– Along the Supertar coast and on to Mirca village before taking the Olive grove trail high into the islands 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 along to the old lighthouse 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 transport on different high level paths. 

Holiday Highlights

  •   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 opportunities
  •  our relaxed, social approach

Grades and Difficulty

Walking on Brac is a delight. Limestone predominantly on our paths, generally good underfoot, but some stony sections with loose limestone stones.

Paths well marked but we do venture off these info woodland.

No major ascents or descents but the land is not flat and we do walk from the coast inland – generally uphill and descend back to the coast.

 

Meet New Friends

It’s all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress-free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secret Hills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekend’s activities – but it’s good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for travelling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – it’s not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like-minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

Great Reasons to Join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover Europe but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for singles and solo travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels, selected and constantly reviewed.
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit at one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

How to Book

How to book your holiday

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- the land only price

– the flight cost 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 £250 – plus the additional flight costs 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 their web site – before you sign the booking form.

Our Relationship with New Experience Holidays / ATOL Bonding

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  them.  Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, New Experience will send you a reservation form and all deposits / final payments will be made to them. 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

Insurances Required

Insurance – you need to be fully covered

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel, medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). Our partners New Experience holidays will ask for this information as a condition of reserving a place. If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is available only online from the UK Government website. 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 travel insurance.

Location

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 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 kilometres 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 equipment to rent. . Everybody can find a corner to suit his own taste, avoiding crowds and jams.

Brac island is only 15 miles wide and 50 miles long so we can visit most of the good areas on this holiday.

It is an ancient civilisation, but has had a peaceful existence generally, though some activity in world war two is evident.

The population swells by 200 % in the tourist seasons- seasonal workers and holiday makers.

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Reviews

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John and Lin Chesshire

Solo Traveller

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

November 16, 2019

Elaine and Gerald Porter

Solo Traveller

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

November 16, 2019

Caroline Whorlow

Solo Traveller

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.

October 24, 2019

Carolyn Bestwick

Solo Traveller

                                                        Been several times with secret hills to many Europe holidays. Brac was a fantastic location the hotel was excellent clean rooms with good choice at breakfast. Evening meals were taken at different restaurant’s. Excellent guides and choice of walks. Would recommend to friends hope to be doing another next year. It is lovely meeting up with friends we only see on these walks.   

October 23, 2019

Dennis Zaple

Solo Traveller

  Thanks again for a great holiday and hope to see you again.

October 22, 2019