A Collett’s Summer Walking Holiday

Our unique and flexible walking holiday formula

  • You choose – the dates you arrive and depart – how long you stay with us – and how to travel to us
  • You choose – whether to stay in delightful halfboard, B&B or self catering accommodation
  • You choose – whether to join free daily organised walks of varying grades, self guide, visit a place of interest, try an alpine activity or simply relax

On a Collett’s Mountain Holiday you have choice throughout.
Travel as you wish; arrive and depart on the dates of your choice. Choose from five magnificent European mountain destinations: the Italian Dolomites, the Austrian Alps, the Picos de Europa and the Pyrenees, where we offer you enchanting resorts, which have been chosen (1) for their proximity to many outstanding mountain walks of all grades (2) for their charming character and the sheer beauty of their backdrops and surroundings (3) for the attractive half board, B&B and self catering accommodation options they allow us to offer you. On fixed dates in March, May and October, we also offer the same formula in Andalucia.

From the initial enquiry, through to booking and dealing with questions, and finally the holiday itself, I can say the response of all staff (in the UK and abroad) has been such as to make this one of the best walking holidays we have had. I would recommend this holiday and Collett’s to beginner and seasoned walkers. There is something for everyone!”

June Phillips, Camberley

An organised high level walk above Cortina in the Dolomites

Our walking holidays in Austria, Italy & Spain suit walkers of all fitness levels

Your Walking Options with Collett’s

  • Organised Walks – free, optional and every day except Wednesdays – choose a harder high level walk or a moderate easier walk – both will be breathtaking – available in all destinations.
  • Self Guided Walking – unrivaled local knowledge and material for beautiful self guided walks of all grades – available in all destinations.
  • Flower Walks – available 5 days a week in the Dolomites (June & July) and in the Picos de Europa (early season only) – free and optional.
  • Painting Strolls – available 5 days a week in the Dolomites only – not Wednesdays or Saturdays.
  • Other Options – Via Ferrata (Dolomites & Austrian Alps), First World War Walks and Glacier Itineraries (Dolomites only) and various alpine activities (all destinations).

Our Organised Walking in the Dolomites, Austrian Alps, Picos de Europa & Pyrenees with Collett’s
Throughout the season in all our destinations we offer a moderate grade mountain walk and also a harder high level walk – both are unfailingly breathtaking. Off the beaten track, our walks are tried and tested gems, which you would be unlikely to find if you travelled independently. Day to day you simply choose the walks that take your fancy. If you don’t feel like walking, you might hire a bicycle, try an alpine pursuit, visit a place of interest or simply do nothing, relaxing in the tranquillity of an idyllic mountain retreat. Either way, here are the organised walks we offer on a daily basis:

Moderate Easier Walk – Duration: 4 to 6 hours. Height gain: 300m – 600m. Remote upland flower pastures, higher woodland tracks, easier rocky trails – occasionally a cable car to a moderate paths in high level areas.

Harder High Level Walk – Duration: 5 to 7 hours. Height gain: 500m – 1200m. Venture out on high trails into the dramatic massifs amidst awe-inspiring scenery.

Flower Walk – Dolomites (June & July) & Picos de Europa (early saeson only). Duration: 3 to 5 hours. Height gain: 150m – 300m Join our wildflower enthusiasts in profuse and vivid pastures and on carefully selected routes, where rare species flourish.

Painting Strolls – Dolomites Only. Duration: 4 to 6 hours. Height gain: less than 150m. Wander to an idyllic location armed with watercolours. Enjoy the informal tuition of our artist whatever your standard.

Easy Walk – Dolomites Only. Duration: 2 to 4 hours. Height gain: 100m – 200m. Sleepy hamlets, riverside tracks, woodland trails and flower meadows.

On an easier organised walk
in the Val Badia

Self Guided Walking above Corvara
in the South Tyrol

On an organised walk close to the Sella Massif near Corvara

Self Guided Walking in the Dolomites, Austrian Alps, Picos de Europa & Pyrenees – Via Ferrata and other days out
Some days (or every day even), you might prefer to walk independently, so we make our extensive local knowledge available to you every day at Office Hour – see below. You can also browse our Ideas & Information files, which feature numerous walks of all grades, from idyllic valley strolls to challenging high trails. For each walk we give the duration, ascent, degree of difficulty and the relevant section of map. For each walk you can also borrow an easy-to-carry Route Laminate. Our ‘Ideas & Information Files’ will also contain numerous Via Ferrata itineraries (Dolomites and Austrian Alps only) scenic drives, places of interest, bike rides, ideas for rainy days (as if!) and other days out.

Plan your days at office hour

  • Office Hour – plan your days and acquire invaluable local information.
  • Relaxed Evenings – enjoy your evenings with everything sorted for the next day.

In all our destinations, Office Hour takes place each early evening at your accommodation or within easy walking distance of it. Over maps and a relaxing, pre‐dinner drink, you can chat with our own walkers about the walks they are offering the following day. They will help you decide which walk might suit you best and you can sign up accordingly. If you want to self guide, we will make invaluable suggestions and present you with some fantastic options. You can also browse the magnificent walks of all grades in our Ideas & Information Files. Depending upon your destination and when you travel, you can also talk with our flower walkers and artists in case you choose to join them the following day. In the Dolomites and the Austrian Alps our Via Ferrata hosts will help you plan days on the Via Ferrata. In all our destinations we can book you locally provided pursuits, such as horse‐riding, paragliding, mountain biking etc.

Waymarking on our walking holidays
in the Dolomites

Discussing the route of a Collett’s Organised Walk at ‘Office Hour’
Collett’s Ideas & Information Files
Maps and Route Laminates

Office Hour is a popular feature of a Collett’s holiday. Like‐minded guests, stimulated by great days out, relax and chat over a drink, either about their plans for the next day or nothing in particular. Flower enthusiasts compare photographs and gather around digital cameras to identify species. Walkers mull over trails, from the idyllic to the awe‐inspiring. Adventure seekers plan Via Ferrata or other excursions. Many guests just drop in for a drink to chat about their day. You might choose to drop in for just a few minutes to get a piece of specific information. Either way, another memorable day in the mountains takes shape, leaving you to enjoy the evening with everything sorted for the next day.

Relaxing evenings over good food and drink

At Collett’s the late afternoons and evenings are meant ot be as relaxing and pleasurable as the days are memorable. Some guests will relax in the bar or on the sun terrace of their hotel or chalet hotel with a post-walk drink and an inspirational view; others will wander into the village perhaps to browse shops or drop into a cafe or bar for a pre-dinner drink. You might just rest in the comfort of your room or apartment after a soothing shower.

Either way, at Collett’s, dinner is a focal point of the day for our half board guests and all our half-board accommodation (except the hotels Melodia and Panorama in the Dolomites) bring guests together at dinner, where they can enjoy good, like-minded company, excellent food and complimentary wine. Basically, whilst we try to provide a relaxing ‘home from home’ atmosphere, we also want our guests to enjoy the self indulgent feeling of being well looked after and superbly fed. Frankly, where our guests eat dinner together, the atmosphere around the table is a delight and it is not unusual for guests to chat with each other until well after coffee is served.

Delightful Accommodation Options

Charming Hotels, Attractive Apartments and, in the Dolomites only, well-appointed Chalet Hotels

Our accommodation is delightful and our villages are picturesque springboards for the mountains. Their backdrops are stunning. Depending on your destination, you can choose half board or B&B in either a hotel (from 3 star upwards), a chalet hotel or you can self cater in an apartment. Wherever you stay, it is an easy walk to Office Hour and the meeting point for organised walks.

Chalet Verena, Corvara – a well appointed and ideal springboard for walking holidays in the Dolomites
Amazing flora and scenery are normal on our walking holidays in Italy & Spain

At our hotels in the Picos de Europa and the Pyrenees, and in our chalet hotels in the Dolomites, guests eat an excellent three course dinner together (with wine included) at the same tables. The mix of common interests, the exhilaration of a good day and a glass or two of complimentary wine makes this a relaxed and charming focal point of the day. Guests often chat till well after coffee is served, before making their way to comfortable en suite bedrooms or taking a stroll into the village.

On a wildflower walk above Corvara

Soldanella alpina spotted on a wildflower walk above Badia

Travel, transport & airport transfers

Arrive and depart any day. Travel to us independently. Fly-drive or Self-drive. Airport Transfers are available in the Dolomites, Austrian Alps & Pyrenees. Save money by booking Car Hire, Airport Parking or Ferries through Collett’s.

With Collett’s you organise your own travel, whether you choose to fly‐drive, self‐drive, rail‐drive or require an airport transfer. We are here to help and advise. We know the favoured travel options of many guests, so please contact us if you need help or visit the travel page relevant to the destination of your choice using the top menu.