Walking holiday in Mallorca, Spain

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11 May 2019
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Walking holiday in Mallorca, Spain


Join us on this one-week walking tour across the Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca and leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of this spectacular corner of the Balearic Isles.

We make best use of the island's public buses to take us to the start of our walks, which helps to reduce our carbon footprint and further support the local economy.

One of the highlights of this tour is our two night stay in Lluc Monastery, where the fee that we pay to stay there goes towards the upkeep of this important site – a place of special spiritual significance since pagan times.

During our walks we make sure that we stick to marked paths and our tour leaders are keen to explain about the local flora and fauna of the area to our groups. As Mallorca is a small island, water is a very precious resource and all the hotels we use try to preserve water by not washing towels and sheets unnecessarily and much of the food is sourced locally or even grown by the hotel owners.

One of our walks also begins at Cuba reservoir which is one of Mallorca's key water resources, so a visit here emphasizes to our clients the importance of water as a resource to the island population. This tour is very much in keeping with the island’s tourism development strategy which aims to reduce mass tourism and its negative impacts and instead promote small group or independent travel to the island's places of beauty and to make visitors more aware of the need for the conservation of the island's fauna and flora and protection of its natural resources.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.


Our walking groups are limited to a maximum of 16 people which means we use smaller, locally-owned accommodation and transport companies ensuring that more of your money goes to the Mallorcan's themselves rather than to international hotel and transport chains.

1 Reviews of Walking holiday in Mallorca, Spain

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 21 May 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking in a beautiful area with a pleasant group of people, and everything planned so no need to worry about route or logistics.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Anybody reasonably fit should be able to cope with the distance and gradients. The cost of evening meals does add up. Try another operator if you want a similar holiday at 'all-in' prices.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The route is through well established tourist areas, using hotels, monastery and restaurants - no special advantages to local people beyond the obvious.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Good. James, our leader, looked after everybody and accommodated individual needs.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for submitting your feedback regarding the above tour via the responsible travel website.

We were delighted to read that you enjoyed your trip and your Tour Leader, James, looked after everyone’s needs and contributed to the success of your holiday. It is always good to know our efforts are appreciated and therefore we are pleased to pass on your kind comments to all those involved with your tour arrangements. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the company of your fellow travellers.

We note the point you make about group evening meals. We do find our customers prefer to arrange their evening meal each day as it gives them plenty of flexibility when planning their activities for each evening. Our tour leaders will always be willing to suggest suitable places which offer good menus at differing price ranges.

We hope that you have returned with many happy memories of your holiday and we hope to have the pleasure of your company on another trip in the not too distant future.

Yours sincerely

Paula Wells
Customer Relations Executive

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