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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.

  • Feb 4 (2023)
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
  • Location: La Gomera
  • Flights costed separately

If you thrive on adventure and seek sublime unspoilt beauty and quietness and magnificent walking then our La Gomera holiday will be unforgettable. When you arrive, you can already feel the magic of the place as it envelops you. Keep looking and you learn that this energy is real.  Our solos guided walking holiday takes you from landscape to landscape, through palm-filled valleys, deep ravines, black sand beaches with crystal-clear waters, luxuriant ancient forests refreshed with babbling streams.

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 a Secret Hills La Gomera Holiday
  • Individual quotation
  • Flights
  • Transfer from airport to Madeira  hotel and return.
  • Bed and Breakfast accommodation
  • Packed lunch or cafe lunch
  • Guided walking- local Madeiran guides
  • Any transport needed on the walks
  • The services of a Secret Hills tour guide
  • Individual attention
  • Our administration and management service
  • Evening dinner

 

Hotel and Meals

We stay at Hotel Gran Rey in Valle Gran Rey

We stay in the beautiful valley of Valle Gran Rey which is situated on the West of the Island. The hotel  is located right on the ocean front with views across to other Canary islands of  El Hierro and La Palma. The Hotel on most nights has beautiful sunsets – a treat when watching  from the Hotel rooftop terrace bar with pre dinner drinks.

Free Wifi is available throughout the Hotel

The Hotel en suite rooms all have balconies which face the mountains and gardens unless you request a sea view room with an added supplement. The Hotel boasts a fabulous rooftop pool and sunbathing area with views of the mountains and ocean as well as numerous other areas to sit and relax.

We stay half board, buffet breakfast is taken on the roof terrace, giving you the option to eat outside, or inside, with ocean views. Dinner, again buffet style is in the Hotel restaurant. The Hotel food is excellent and caters for any dietary requirements. The local wines are also very good.

Lunch can be bought at the various shops locally situated, to suit your needs, or a packed lunch can be pre ordered from the Hotel and charged to your room.

Next to the Hotel are shops, bars and cafes.

Wellness Centre

The Wellness Area with outdoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi is a space where you can recover a sense of peace and forget about everyday stress. Besides, you may enjoy our best treatments, eliminating aches and tensions while recovering inner and outer balance. 

 

Single Supplement details

For sole occupancy of a twin room there is a single supplement of £27 per night.

Itinerary

La Gomera is accessible by a 45 minute ferry from Tenerife – you might see whales and dolphins on the journey. It has no big holiday resorts which ensure that this beautiful island remains unspoilt and tranquil and utterly beautiful.

The island has no traffic lights, no dual carriageways, no roads straight enough to use top gear and no advertising hoardings. The island prides itself on a very old fashioned pace of life that inspire visitors to want to protect its fragile magic from the outside world.

 It is however a magnificent island for walking.

The cost of this holiday is higher than our other holidays. That’s because we have a ferry and bus journey to negotiate before we get to our hotel.

But if you  thrive adventure and seek sublime unspoilt beauty and quietness and magnificent walking then this holiday will be unforgettable.

Travel from Tenerife South airport by transfer to Los Christianos ferry port. Then a ferry to La Golera. We may take another ferry to the other side of the island, or we may take a minibus, dependent on times of ferries.

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.

 

Getting to La Gomera

La Gomera lies 30 KM off the south coast of Tenerife and is only accessible by a 45 minute ferry from Tenerife, The ferry ride adds to your holiday as the views from the ferry to La Gomera, and back to Tenerife, with Mt Teide are stunning. Whales and Dolphins can also sometimes be seen from the ferry.

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

You fly to Tenerife South airport- then we transfer you to Los Christianos, where the ferry port for La Gomera is.

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 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.

We will plan to take one ferry together, so some of you may need to spend some time in Los Christianos until all of you meet for the ferry departure.

From San Sebastian ferry port you will then board a transfer bus for the 75 minute very scenic drive of which you get to really see the island to our fabulous Hotel on the West of the Island.

The journey is a fantastic part of the holiday.

Tour Details

La Gomera offers a wide range of terrain and scenery to walk in.

We use our La Gomeran guides to lead this holiday- supported by our UK tour leader

The island was awarded World Biosphere Reserve status in 2011, in the excellent category thanks to the pristine nature of its marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The Garajonay forest, famous for its laurisilva is also a World Heritage Site so the walking we do is outstanding. La Gomera has a network of over 600 km of excellent trails and tracks so during the holiday you will get to walk five varied walks in different parts of the Island to ensure you see as much as possible.

Our walking programme is extremely flexible to allow for any island weather changes.

We use private transport to get us to walk starts and to collect us. These journeys are very much part of the holiday as we see so much and can vary from 20 minutes to an hour. We depart the Hotel at 9am and return between 4 and 5pm to allow for a swim in the hotel pool, or ocean. We walk between 4 to 6 hours each day with plenty of stops.

We walk three days, then a day off followed by two more days. Packed lunch is required each day along with lots of water 

Grade of Walking

Can you add that our walks are between 7 to 10 miles with ascents and descents between 500 metres to 800 metres.  Walking poles are strongly recommended on this holiday to aid long descents which can be on loose, rocky terrain. We rate this walking as moderate with some short strenous stretches of ascent and descent

Underfoot conditions – generally well worn, good paths – occasionally very stony underfoot. La Gomera has some of the best signposting in the world. We ascend and descend each day – there is no flat walking on the island as it is shaped like an up turned bowl.

 

Holiday Highlights

  • the sun in winter
  • superb hotel in super location, super food and services
  • fantastic sunrises and sun sets – rooms designed to take these in.
  • walking in superb scenery in the a variety of terrains in La Gomera
  • a different view at every turn
  • local  cuisine
  • scenic ferry journey – maybe see dolphins and whales.
  • our relaxed and social approach

Grades and Difficulty

Our walks are between 7 to 10 miles with ascents and descents between 500 metres to 800 metres. Walking poles are strongly recommended on this holiday to aid long descents which can be on loose, rocky terrain. We rate this walking as moderate with some short strenuous stretches of ascent and descent
Underfoot conditions – generally well worn, good paths – occasionally very stony underfoot.

La Gomera has some of the best signposting in the world. We ascend and descend each day – there is no flat walking on the island as it is shaped like an up turned bowl.

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

La Gomera – a special walking island

Ancient laurel forest

Unique in the world The highlight of the Garajonay National Park is its laurel forests, a green mass of prehistoric vegetation unique to the Macaronesian region. It covered the tropics millions of years ago and now survives in La Gomera thanks to its exceptional, temperate climate.

Los Roques Viewpoint

Impressive views of nature
This icon of La Gomera consists of five blocks of rocked formed from magma that never reached the surface. They guard the entrance to the Garajonay National Park and their viewpoints offer superb views.

Los Órganos Natural Monument

A musical cliff
This fascinating natural monument on the north coast of the Vallehermoso municipality is a volcanic sea cliff made up of vertical lava pipes that look like a giant church organ. A spectacular geological formation that has to be seen by boat trip.

Valle Gran Rey

The green of a landscape full of palms
The mouth of this deep, verdant valley, one of La Gomera’s main tourist destinations, has black sand beaches and vivid blue water and the valley is full of palm trees and little white houses.

San Sebastian de la Gomera, is the political and administrative capital of the island and the main gateway by sea, as it has a Major Commercial Port, used by passengers and for the importation and exportation of goods from different countries throughout history.

In the North Area, exposed to the winds, there is a mixture of sun and clouds that defines the weather, raising its moisture levels and thus lowering the temperature. Due to southerly winds, the temperature raises in the South Area, the weather is sunny and much warmer most of the year. This is the reason why the main tourist points, such as Valle Gran Rey and Playa Santiago, concentrate in this area of La Gomera.

The action of the trade winds and the sea of clouds have its focus point on the northern side, where we find Garajonay National Park (World Heritage Site). Due to the height of its mountains, the rain steam condenses creating a green forest, intact for thousands of years.

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Reviews

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Julia Carroll

Solo Traveller

The walks were excellent as were both Jill and Ernst the guides. The hotel was very good. Nice atmosphere, good staff and good facilities. The rooms were modern with some thoughtful touches. The food was good with a wide selection. ‘Would you reserve another holiday with Secret Hills Walking and would you recommend our Holidays to others?’ – Absolutely.

February 20, 2022

Robert Thompson

Solo Traveller

Enjoyed the holiday. Good organisation. Yes, would reserve another holiday, already recommended a friend.

February 20, 2022

Jane Rouse

Solo Traveller

A truly inspiring and fabulous holiday. We were treated to  a variety of walking from coastal paths to high mountain tops, from open valleys to magical forests, led by a knowledgeable walk leader happy to share his enthusiasm for the local flora. Whilst the journey to la Gomera was long, much of it felt like it was part of the holiday.  I loved sitting in the sunshine on the ferry looking for wildlife ( we saw pilot whales of the return journey) and the drive across the island gave us a good introduction to the island and the views we could expect for the rest of the week.

February 19, 2022

Mr & Mrs Davis

Couple Traveller

The walks were varied and harder for me than I had anticipated. However, Jill (walk leader) was on the ball and after the 1st day, we rested, recovered and re-joined the group for the 3rd day. Such flexibility is essential. Hotel – Excellent service from friendly, competent staff. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety, flavour and presentation of our meals, from local to international recipes. I really enjoyed this holiday, good food, great company, beautiful mountains, ideal transport to and from the walks and fine weather. We were looked after very well thanks…Yes, we will reserve another holiday and we do recommend your company to friends. 

February 16, 2022

Sarah Fowler

Solo Traveller

This was the first time I had ventured on a guided group walking holiday and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. La Gomera itself is accessed via a 50 min ferry crossing from Tenerife’s Los Cristianos and on arrival you immediately feel that you are in a less touristy part of the Canaries which makes the extra travelling worthwhile. I was the only one of 11 who had not been on a Secret Hills holiday before and only two of us had not been with the guide Jill which speaks volumes for both her and the company. The base at Valle Gran Rey provided a perfect spot for sunsets and transport each day to the start of the walks meant that we experienced almost everything the island has to offer from rugged mountainous terrain with truly fantastic views to beautiful valleys and the laurel forest of Garajonay National Park.  The local guide Ernst added much to the trip as he had a wealth of knowledge having written an exhaustive book (albeit in German Rhyme!) on the flora of La Gomera. A great trip with a lovely group of people. I shall definitely travel with Secret Hills again.

February 27, 2020
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