August is a fantastic month to visit the Dolomites. The weather is generally excellent without being too hot. There are a few more people about and this brings with it a vibrant atmosphere. There are festivals, outdoor concerts, open-air markets, vintage car rallies, wood carving exhibitions and even beer festivals. One feature of high season in Corvara is the closure of the main street in the late afternoon for ‘passeggiata.’ Everyone takes to the centre of the village just to wander and enjoy each other’s company, maybe stopping on the terrace of a cafe for a drink. It is normal to see families enjoying this Italian tradition after a day out in the mountains.
There is an atmosphere about August that is as relaxing as it is vibrant. People chat on the sun terraces of local cafés and bars, drinking in the majestic scenery that surrounds us. Walkers do the same thing at hospitable mountain huts, which are interspersed throughout the mountains and offer sensational panoramas from their sun terraces.
Traffic gets held up by marching bands and in the mountains you might easily stumble across a male-voice choir that has found a natural arena to perform in. It brings a lot of colour and heart to walking in the Dolomites!
Above Corvara, paragliders colour the sky before coming to ground in a meadow, where there is archery and trampolining. Nearby, you will find the tennis courts, swimming lake, climbing wall and the ice rink, which hosts an ice disco one evening each week. Just outside the village, there is the animal park and adventure playground for younger children and over the road from that is the High Ropes centre with courses ranging from high and scary, to easier and not-so-scary. Just off the road to Arabba, golfers enjoy Europe’s second highest golf course with its magnificent backdrops.
In August, we know which walks to avoid and as much as possible we lay on organised walks, which are off the beaten track. Our ever-welcoming hosts will help you create a succession of memorable days out, whether you opt to walk, hire bikes, do Via Ferrata, partake in locally-supplied alpine activities or visit a place of interest, such as Cortina (Pearl of the Dolomites) or Bolzano (home of the Iceman).
We believe a walking holiday in Italy’s Dolomites might be the one your children never forget. Naturally, every family walking holiday is a gamble with different interests to cater for, but whilst a walking holiday in Corvara might not be the one that sends them crazy with excitement at first, when it comes around, it could blows their socks off. Inadvertently, you have them hooked for a lifetime of adventure and the great outdoors. It could be thing you ever gave them!
Here, the landscapes will absorb – excite even – your children. It’s like one vast adventure park. With Collett’s, families can simply choose day to day how to spend their time. You are welcome on our organised walks, but you could easily prefer to walk independently. We can provide you with self- guided walks, which the children will talk about for a very long time. If you are trying to interest your children in walking, this is a place where they will walk for miles as willingly as ever, keen to see what is around the next corner, seemingly oblivious to height gain. If you choose to use cable cars and/or chairlifts, these alone generate a positive attitude towards everything that lies ahead.
We (Tom & Dee Collett) have had many happy family holidays in the Dolomites with our 3 girls. We have been careful not to pressurise them into walking against their will, but whenever they are here, they seem genuinely inspired by their surroundings. At the top of cable cars, we potter about and it’s easy to find the perfect picnic spot. Of course, a mountain hut is never far away either, just in case they earn themselves an ice cream. Some huts have well-equipped play areas laid out in high season for younger children – and often the hut owner’s goats, sheep or cattle are grazing nearby.
As for accommodation in the Dolomites, our chalet hotels make a pretty good option, although some families prefer self-catering. In a Collett’s chalet-hotel families will benefit from the informality and conviviality that characterises this type of accommodation. Our easy-going approach does not exist at the expense of attention to detail. Our hosts will make you feel at home, whilst striving to help you plan suitable and memorable days out, whether you join our organised walks or do your own thing – or do a mix of both.
On a social level, the chalet hotel can work extremely well for families and you should benefit from the presence of other families. Such is our hospitality, you and your children will get to know us and other guests quickly and you will soon feel relaxed and in easy company, whether this company is to be found on, say, an organised walk, over a drink at Office Hour or at dinner, where guests sit down together.
Dinner is hopefully an enjoyable focal point of the day for all involved. As a rule, children are in the minority, so they quickly gravitate to other children and, after a day or two, they congregate at one end of the table so that they can eat together and nurture new friendships.
So – if you are a parent trying to rise to the challenge of finding that family holiday that completely satisfies all concerned, we believe firmly in a mountain holiday based in an attractive resort, where there is a summer buzz and so much to see and do.
We had a tremendous walking week in Tuscany. The team, the accommodation the food, all were exquisite.
We will be back.
This was our belated summer holiday. We enjoyed a lovely week with Mick, Helen and Millie, and our group of 26 clients. The walks were excellent, though shorter than at some other venues - that gave us plenty of down time for some to enjoy the pool and hot tub at the villa, before making our way to gorge ourselves on delicious dinners(Read more...)
I came with the H&G walking group but want to add my personal thanks to your leaders. I love walking but am a bit slow on hills of which there are plenty in Andalusia. I found the going quite challenging but if I showed any sign of lagging one of your leaders was always there to walk with me and I was absolutely delighted to complet(Read more...)
What a stunning location for walking & relaxing in the sun in October. Mick has the local knowledge and coordinates the week with precision. We stayed in the Villa with the beautiful views down the valley and made good use of the swimming pool & terrace. Gustavo the hotel proprietor of the hotel where we ate had character and serve(Read more...)
Wonderful week walking in Tuscany. First the accommodation. Having been to Andalucia last May, this was heaven! Unbelievably thoughtful hosts in a delightful simple, quiet house, with exceptional food, not flashy or haute cuisine, but local and always interesting.
Walking was gentle but always interesting, and the other walkers we(Read more...)
We had a great week, superbly organised by Mick, Helen, Millie and Gustavo at the hotel. We loved staying in the villa and used the pool most days. The terrain made the walks challenging at times but they were always accurately described for us and the group allowed time for the slower members.
We have returned from a week in Tuscany staying at Il Rigo, what a fantastic place for walking, eating and drinking! The food was fantastic and with special dietary requirements nothing was too much trouble. Collett's staff, Charlie, Ben, Claire and Caroline were fantastic guilds and full of fun. All that you need for another fantas(Read more...)
First time I’d used this type of holiday and was not disappointed. Everything ran on rails from start to finish. The walking was spectacular and the views amazing, even in the snow! Accommodation was spot on with great food and comfortable sleeping arrangements.
The maps and route guides made things very easy and still gave you en(Read more...)
Another brilliant holiday with Collett's - our 5th. It’s a great formula, please don’t change. Our thanks to Ben, Caroline, Claire and Charlie - nothing was too much trouble for them and thanks as well to all at Il Rigo. Can’t decide which location is best. We might have to do them all again!!
My dad and I recently finished the Camino tour with Collett's. This is my second tour with Collett's (previously did a wonderful Dolomites tour).
The tour was excellent, from start to finish. The logistics, from arrival transport, luggage transport, and taxi pick-up, was efficient and well-organized. Javier, the on-the-ground guid(Read more...)
Great formula, keep it going and don't sell out! Bavarian Alps and Lakes would interest me, although we have been to Ehrwald.
I think we've been to all of Collett's Walking Holiday locations except Andalucia and Tuscany although we have been to both of these locations independently.
I think your formula is ideal for the older, more experienced walker. Part of the trick is that your guys take the pace from the participants, rather than Alpine guides who lead from the front!
Keep it up!
I have probably had enough of end-to-end trekking at the age of 71. Your formula allows for the odd day off as well as a mix of (Read more...)
My third walking holiday, been ski ing with the family with colletts out of Arraba many times, the formula is just right, going to Corvara for christmas, we know what to expect and as important don’t have to organise athing
The fact that I keep coming back to Haus Valentin shows how much I enjoy my holidays there.
Because it is a relatively small family run guesthouse there is a feeling of intimacy and friendliness that would not be possible in a hotel. The food is excellent and necessarily plentiful for hungry walkers.
Above all it is the enthusi(Read more...)
We had a great 6 days with some interesting walks and weather. Beautiful scenery and memorable moments.
Combination of guided and self-guided walks. Self-contained stay in central location. Great staff members for our trip. Knew the routes, suggested good alternatives based on weather, our skills and the like, plus they made all activities fun.
Once again you delivered a superb mountain holiday for us in Austria, Location in Zugspitz Arena was delightful, hotel Sonnenspitze was well up to standard and your efficient and dedicated staff once again excelled in helping to make this a memorable week in the Tyrol. Thanks again Collett's!
The staff were great and all worked hard to ensure the customers had a great time. Max, John and Becky all stood out as people I’d happily recommend.
Excellent - we had a great time and so appreciated the care and attention of the staff and the great information for our hiking. Collett's have a variety of options for hiking daily and knowledge of the area!
We stayed in both a hosted chalet in Badia before our hut to hut and in a hotel following in Corvara - the above rating apply (Read more...)
Booked with you before and always had a good time previously. I don't know where you manage to get your staff from but they are the friendliest, funniest, most helpful and relaxed group of people we've ever walked with. Thank you Ollie, Jo, Sandy and Flee for an amazing holiday.
We had a wonderful week of Moderate Walks in the Picos de Europa. Our fellow walkers were all very friendly and the Collett’s staff of George, Rachel and Ross took excellent care of us and they had boundless good humour, energy and enthusiasm. The walks were very scenic, taken at a steady pace with time to admire views and stop whe(Read more...)
The laminates for my solo trek were well-done. The descriptions were easy to follow. I was concerned only 1 day, when the clouds hung in the mountains, and I doubted that I would be able to find the trail. Fortunately, a local couple took me with them to the next hut. I might have otherwise hiked back down to the valley and hoped to r(Read more...)
Thank you for a great holiday. The transfer from the airport was friendly and efficient, enabling four strangers to bond immediately and form a friendship grouping that lasted the whole week. A great welcome at the bar - such friendly staff and a much appreciated complimentary beer. The walks were all very well organised and led, wit(Read more...)
I was very impressed with how any queries I had were answered. Also, I had to change my departure date and was shocked to be given a refund - thank you! It was a lovely touch to have someone there to say hello and get me settled in! The sandwiches made by the team for lunch were a nice touch - and delicious. It was good to be offered (Read more...)
A week with Collett's in the Dolomites staying at Haus Valentin. Well organised, friendly and well priced. What’s not to like. 3rd time with Collett's and absolutely no reason we won’t use them again.
This is my second visit to Collett’s in Italy. First time with the missis, second with my mate, both times I’ve had a great time. The staff are always helpful, there is a joint interest with all the customers so there’s very much a family type atmosphere, the food and accommodation has been great and the office hour is great for hints(Read more...)
I had heard of Collett's Mountain Holidays and wanted to try it out... I enjoyed the holiday and found staff very helpful. I liked the personal approach of the office hours! I did two walks on my own and staff were very helpful in providing information and details for local travel. The hotel is very good and the staff very helpful... (Read more...)
Many things make this trip outstanding. The tricky but enjoyable central sections of the GR11, the mountains, the lakes, the marmots, the accommodation, food & wine. The group size of eight clients and four Collett's staff (I understand this is normally three) was also perfect. However the biggest single factor that made this trip out(Read more...)
I thought the team, Anna, Andy, Ben and Kate, seemed to work very well together - all very professional.
I did an Inntravel holiday in the Appennines, near Porretta Terme - thought it might be a good Colletts destination, though not mid-July-August. Have you thought of North-west Italy - Val d-Aosta or similar? Or Ireland
This was our second year at Pension Angelo and once again we throughly enjoyed ourselves. It is stunning area with plenty of varied routes. This year we didn't do Colletts-arranged scheduled walks but organised the days ourselves. Nevertheless the team were very helpful in advising us and helping us sort out our days. We can't praise (Read more...)