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Superb guided walking, good company and an excellent hotel – all make this a “must do” holiday. Mallorca’s walking is through an undiscovered landscape, a rural idlyll, a land of orange and lemon groves. Majorca offers a mountain landscape that sweeps down to the sea, offering us lovely coastal walking as well as the high tops. Its pretty, unspoilt villages compliment the walking we do, and its deep valleys are magnificent to walk up and down.
As a company, we specialise in offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in magnificent locations across the UK and Europe, (unlike many other walking companies which offer solos holidays as an extra). 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’s not included
Lunch, all your drinks in the evenings, at lunch time and on our walks.
In Port Soller we use the Hotel Marina Soller, right on the bay front. All the facilities you need, comfortable rooms, good food. Swimming pool, leisure facilities. We sometimes are allocated the Mini Marina – an annex to the hotel, some 30 metres away from the front door.
Breakfast is taken in the hotel’s dining room or on the outside terrace, by the bay. Plenty of choice, buffet style. Dinner is buffet style with superb choices that change each day. The starters are filling, and main courses come with vegetables grown on the island. We generally eat inside during the time we are on the island, but if it’s a warm evening then outside eating is highly recommended. We stay half board, and dinner is always a feature of our holidays – time to socialize, with good food and wine to swap stories about the day’s walking.
The hotel is, located just across from the beach and is fully air conditioned. You can walk across the promenade to the beach and swim.
In the evening, relax outside by the bay, with a lovely atmosphere and inexpensive drinks. If it gets chilly – wrap your self in the blankets kindly provided by the hotel. Just chat, listen to a little music and watch the world go by.
Port Soller is a lovely old port, but good shops and cafes abound. It is also the terminus of the famous Soller to Port Soller tram.
Sea View suites
These are available at an additional premium. Please ask.
There is a single supplement of £217 per seven nights on this holiday.- Note – you will be allocated a twin room for sole occupancy- there are no single rooms available at Hotel Marina
We walk for five days with one free leisure day. Each day we may take a minibus to the start of the walk and this may be up to 45 minutes duration.
We decide our walks based upon the group’s ability and any weather considerations. Each evening, we will tell you about the next day’s walk at dinner.
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.
There are flights from most major airports to Palma, Mallorca. We will quote you from the nearest airport to you, but dependent on flight days and times, we may advise different airports at the time of reservation – but the choice is yours. We will always quote you to your exact specification and give you options on flights.
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 supplement 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 outweigh any additional local airport supplement- and to support the environment – reducing the overall carbon footprint is good policy.
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
A typical walking day
We leave at 9.15am, travel by minibus or local taxi to walk start – generally each walk lasts for five and half hours – maybe with a coffee or orange juice stop in the country, lunch is normally packed from the local supermarket – lovely baguettes. Walking is moderate with some steeper sections, but we won’t rush these. The Majorcan country side is superb – high mountains all around but lovely river valleys, a coast line that enchants and splendid villages to pass through. It is always a pleasure to look at the lovely wild flowers and village floral displays.
Walking is varied and some of the routes are shown here.
We transport you to the walk start each day and also to the various historical sites we visit. The travel through these magnificent mountains is a big feature of our holiday.
Is typically Mediterranean, mild winters and hot summers – too hot for walking. We organize our holidays in March/April- lovely spring flowers and a green paradise, and October, when it is still lovely and warm, ideal for walking.
Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any clients ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or they feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.
They will try at all times to provide an alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.
We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group and the leaders.
On each Majorca holiday the grade of walking is moderate .
On the moderate walks – 8/9miles – we ascend and descend at least once per day – up to 300 metres but generally over an hour and a half. Pace is critical – we don’t rush, there’s too much to see, but we do stride out where it is possible. Underfoot conditions in Majorca can be stony – it is limestone country after all – and we take care on these sections.
Good walking boots or shoes are obligatory.
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.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover Europe but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
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 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
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.
Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountains are a great walking experience. On this holiday island renowned for it’s sun, sand and sangria, there is an area of peace and tranquillity, where the walking is superb. 90 km long and 15 km wide, the Tramuntana range gives a vast range of walking possibilities. The coast line is also very rugged, and this affords us tremendous sea views as well as mountain scenery. The limestone allows deep gorges and waterfalls, yet there are pine forests as well.
Mallorca’s walking is through an undiscovered landscape, a rural idlyll, a land of orange and lemon groves, where twisted and knarled olive trees are on every corner. Majorca offers a mountain landscape that sweeps down to the sea, offering us lovely coastal walking as well as the high tops. Its pretty, unspoilt villages compliment the walking we do, and its deep valleys are magnificent to walk up and down.
At first, the holiday quote seemed so expensive and I was having trouble spending that amount of money on myself. It seemed so indulgent. But having taken the plunge and done it, I certainly do not have any regrets. It was worth every penny.
A friend of mine got me to actually add up how much I thought each aspect of the holiday was worth-
– the room in a hotel, literally just metres from the sea, in its own beautiful bay
– the hotel food, beautiful quality, great selections and unlimited amounts
– the flights, and the transfer that made it so hassle free
– the walk leaders, who led the walks perfectly, they were knowledgeable, interesting, attentive and really took care of us
– also the walk the leaders, for being so much more than just walk leaders, the meeting each evening, where they checked all was ok with the hotel, food etc, answered any questions, chatted and helped the group really bond
– the company, being with like minded people who want to get out and explore, chat, have a laugh and enjoy each other’s company
– all the admin and paper worth being taken care off, or at least overseen, by others.
As I say, worth every penny, I would have happy stayed longer, and definitely hope to go away again with Secret Hills.
Best Wishes from Angela
Best all round walking holiday I have done with any company. I enjoyed the holiday immensely. Full of memories. A very good group of fellow travellers, who bonded well, and developed a good line in banter as the week went on. Lots of good “first impressions” – hotel, scenery, mountains, walks, smells, leaders, location, etc. Never been to Mallorca before, but would be happy to return. The standard of the hotel was excellent. Room was cleaned every day. Staff very friendly and helpful.
I thought that Jill and Peter made an excellent team, paying attention to detail and caring for the whole group. Their combined knowledge of the area and flora and fauna added greatly to the holiday. Where many guides sign off at the end of the walks, Jill and Peter wanted to remain part of the group in the evenings. The variety of walks they came up with was excellent, and with their encouragement, I suspect that many of us were taken out of our comfort zone, and accomplished walks that we would have not tackled on our own.
Organisation of holiday – All very impressive. Everything was well organised and made easy for me. Jill and Pete’s attention to detail and clear experience made the holiday feel safe and enjoyable. They worked hard to give the whole group a good experience.
Been on SH hols before, loved it every time. 100% enjoyed holiday, I would have stayed another week. Everything was great. Hotel lovely. So close to the beach. Clean. Modern. Organisation of holiday – Brilliant. No problems at all. It works brilliantly having 2 walk leaders. Brilliant variety of walks. Some were really challenging which was great. Others were easier and we could chat together more. Whilst walking, there was so much information from the walk leaders, history of the area, botanical info it made the walks fascinating.
This was my 5th holiday with Secret Hills. Pre-holiday Information was excellent – as I have come to expect from previous experience. The whole holiday was very enjoyable. We had a good crowd of walkers who all gelled well and coupled with Jill’s professionalism and enthusiastic desire to ensure everyone was having a good time made it a holiday to remember. Jill and Pete were exceptional leaders and were excellent when it came to dealing with walkers in difficulty. The hotel people were excellent and the location on the promenade is fabulous. Food was excellent. Always a good choice for both breakfast and dinner.