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Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • No single supplement (UK only)
  • Flights from local airports (Europe only)

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Do not hesitate to contact us. We are an expert team and we are always happy to talk to you.

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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 25 (2023)
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
  • Location: Lanzarote
  • Flights costed separately

The amazing landscape that we see today on the island is partly a result of the massive Timanfaya eruptions between 1730 and 1736 – the longest lasting and most powerful periods of volcanic activity ever known. Our guided walking holiday introduces you to the best of this beautiful and unique landscape. Because of its position Lanzarote boasts good year long warmth and little rainfall which is why it makes a great place to visit during our UK winters. Ideal walking weather in such unusual scenery.

Our unique speciality is solos and singles guided walking in magnificent locations in the UK and Europe. 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 Lanzarote Holiday
  • Individual quotation from airport of your choice.
  • Flight organised for you
  • Transfers to hotel from airport and return
  • Half-board en suite accommodation, including buffet breakfast
  • Three course buffet  dinner
  •  Five guided walking days
  • Transport to walks start and finish
  • Ferry crossing to Graciosa and return for walking day on this island
  • Friendly, knowledgeable walking guides- from the area
  •  UK tour leader
  • ATOL bonding
  • Our administration services.
  • Not included
  • Lunch costs.
  • Any drinks at dinner and on the walks.

Hotel and Meals

We stay at the four star Hotel San Antonio in Puerto del Carmen.

VIK hotel San Antonio is located on the beach Los Pocillos Beach, Puerto del Carmen – a beach that has been awarded the Blue Flag status since 2006, a symbol of environmental quality granted annually by the European Foundation for Environmental Education.

This 4-star hotel  offers all the necessary amenities to support our walking for an unforgettable holiday. VIK hotel San Antonio, with its different kinds of swimming pools and well-tended gardens, is the ideal place as a base for our walking holiday..

Rooms have a balcony and are large.

International cuisine is available at the buffet that we offer at the VIK Hotel San Antonio. Try a wide range of quality dishes at breakfast and dinner.

There is a dress code in the hotel – which we support-  In order to maintain the 4-star standard of our hotel, we kindly request your participation and compliance. Gentlemen and young men over 12 should wear long trousers, shirts with sleeves and closed shoes. Ladies and young ladies should dress smart casual. We kindly ask our guests to refrain from wearing shorts, beachwear, sleeveless t-shirts or sandals

Lunch is packed mainly- there are many local shops and bakeries close by who will service our needs

Single Supplement details

For sole occupancy of a twin room there is a single supplement of £32 per night.

Itinerary

Our holiday gives you five full days of guided walking, giving you the opportunity to see and walk a vast and varied amount of Lanzarote. Our Guided walking is led in Partnership with a local Guide in order to give you the full knowledge of the Island as its vast.

Our daily walks are around 10 miles with undulations of around 600 m ascent/descent. The walking on Lanzarote is on a mix of varied terrains however there is LITTLE TO NO SHADE from the sun so its important you understand that when booking this holiday. Wearing a sunhat is essential each day.

Our walks each involve driving in private transport to the walk start then a journey back to the hotel. We make full use of each day, leaving at 9am and returning between 4pm and 6pm.

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.

Flights to Lanzarote are from most UK regional airports. We will quote you from your nearest or most suitable airport.

We will transfer you from the airport to your hotel and return you to the airport on the departure day.**

Quoting you from your local airport -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.

**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

 

Tour Details

 Walking on Lanzarote is very different than the other Canary islands- it is volcanic as others but less green. It has superbly sculped features though and we pass these on every day’s walk.

It can be hot at all times of the year and you need to be well covered during the middle of the day. Protecting your head is very vital.

Our walks – normally 10 miles per day – each involve driving in private transport to the walk start then a journey back to the hotel. We make full use of each day, leaving at 9am and returning between 4pm and 6pm.

Walk 1

Orzola to Maguez, a 10 mile fabulous linear walk starting at the far North of the island and taking in spectacular Coastal views.

Walk 2

Tabayesco to Famara Beach, Starting on the East Coast we walk a splendid 9 miles across to the West Coast finishing on the beautiful Famara beach

Walk 3

Isla Graciosa, The Canary Islands newly named 8th island, accessed by 30 minute ferry from Orzola then a fascinating 10 mile walk on this very unspoilt, beautiful island taking in blowholes, stunning beaches and ascending a volcano.

Walk 4

Montana Cuervo to Feme’s, a 12 mile fascinating linear walk taking in the heart of the islands Volcanoes and vineyards. Todays walk we get to walk round volcanoes, into volcanoes, and up volcanoes….

Walk 5

Feme’s to Playa de Papagayo, An 8 mile walk taking us to the far South of Lanzarote with views to Fuetaventura.

 

Holiday Highlights

  • the sun in our winter
  •  a 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 Lanzarote a different view at every turn
  •  local  cuisine
  •  our relaxed, social approach-
  • Day visit to La Graciosa, Canary Islands NOW Eighth Canary Island. A short ferry ride followed by a fascinating 10 mile walk. 

Grades and Difficulty

Underfoot conditions tend to be volcanic rock and sand, and we recommend tough walking boots or shoes, well worn in and comfortable.

The footpaths on Lanzarote are well marked and whilst we do climb to 600 metres, the ascents and descents are gradual.

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

This island which has been destroyed so many times by its volcanos elemental forces and were reborn again , shows some of the most incredible landscapes you may find on this planet, opulent vegetation next to bizarre forms of petrified lava fields .The island is often referred to as the ‘island of the 1,000 volcanoes’ yet it is actually the least mountainous Canarian Island.  It however offers unbelievable walking opportunities with great diversity.

The famous Spanish artist, sculptor, architect and activist Cesar Manrique was from Lanzarote and of which his art and legacy has left an indelible mark on the island. Lanzarote’s uniform white buildings and either green or blue shutters and doors and no high rise buildings were his models of intervention to safeguard the islands natural heritage and culture. His pieces of sculpture and art are dotted across the island with the notable EL Diablo statue of the Timanfaya National Park.

Because of its position Lanzarote boasts good year long warmth which is why it makes a great place to visit during our UK winters. Lanzarote has its own micro climate and because it lies lower than the more mountainous islands to the west it has less rainfall, making it appear arid and desert like in many parts. Due to this Lanzarote offers little shade and it can be windy and occasionally lies in the path of dust storms from Sahara Desert.

Lanzarote on a detailed map, parts of it look unfit for human habitation, yet the island is ideal, and quite frankly unforgettable for human exploration which makes this a fantastic choice of holiday and why we are offering you the opportunity to see it for yourself.

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Gill and Paul Ostler

Solo Traveller

 I have been to lanzorote five times before once on a a holiday and the other times doing sports or supporting others with their sport.
So going again on a walking holiday was a new experience. My first thoughts were ,where on earth do you walk there as I had travelled on most of the island roads and new it very well.
We had a excellent local guide to support Jill. He was very knowledgeable about the birds flowers and landscapes and very passionate about his island.
Our first walk started in the north of the island with stunning scenery.
Another day went over by ferry to the little island on the north of lanzorote, a place I hadn’t been. Another stunning place with a beautiful beach and a volcano to climb.
Each day the walks started further south till the last walk ended up in the south on another lovely beach.
I have enjoyed  the different walks the spectacular scenery and I would recommend lanzorote to any one who enjoys a total different landscape from any where else in the world and lovely weather .
Hope this finds you well.

March 22, 2019