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News from Collett’s Mountain Holidays

Displayed below are excerpts from our most recent blog posts by our staff in the Dolomites, Pyrenees, Picos de Europa, Austria, Andalucia & the Yorkshire Dales – To read them just click the post title or the link after the excerpt. You can follow our blog by subscribing at the end of the post.

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Update – Friday 11 September – Book for Winter with peace of mind

We have been talking in earnest with our providers of accommodation and airport transfers in the Dolomites about our holidays in Winter 2020/21, which start on 13 December. Ski tourism is everything to the people of the South Tyrol and all organisations are united in providing a safe and healthy holiday environment. Collett’s is playing its part too – as should you, the holidaymakers. Inevitably, there will be changes to the norm, but you should still be able to look forward to a fabulous winter holiday with financial peace of mind and confidence in health and safety procedures. Please bear with us, as we update our winter website with the relevant information; it will take us a few days.

Update – Tuesday 18 August

At Collett’s we have been striving to make safe, sensible and commercially viable decisions concerning our holidays. Recent easing of travel restrictions in Europe and the UKs ‘traffic light’ system are good news and hopefully we have entered a new phase.

However, uncertainty still remains on many levels, as well as procedural restrictions in each of our holiday destinations. Furthermore, some flights are only being confirmed with two weeks’ notice, which presents a risky ‘Catch 22’ for all. We have therefore taken the very difficult decision to cancel all remaining Collett’s holidays for Summer 2020 in Italian Dolomites, the High Tyrol (Matrei, Austria), the Zugspitze Arena (Ehrwald, Austria), Picos de Europa, Pyrenees and Switzerland’s Engadine, as well as our Autumn walking breaks in Andalucia and Tuscany.

We are eager to get you back on the trails of alpine Europe’s majestic mountains and we cannot wait to have good news for you. For now, though, if you crave your Collett’s holiday too much and you simply need to make a booking for medicinal purposes, then why not take a look at Winter in the Dolomites – or you can book anything in Spring or Summer 2021 without paying a deposit until the New Year.

Update – Monday 8 June

Following on from previous announcements by the UK Prime Minister we took the decision last week to cancel all summer waking holidays up to 9 July. Anyone with a holiday booked during this time should now have been contacted by email. If you haven’t had an email, please check your junk email and then call us on 01799 513331.

Thank you to everyone that has already deferred their holidays to a later date or to next season – we look forward to supplying your holidays and seeing you in the mountains in the not too distant future.

Following recent announcements by the UK Prime Minister, along with the ongoing situation and its unprecedented impact upon worldwide travel, we will continue to address the situation regarding travel, our destinations and will keep you updated with any decisions made.

For guests who were due to travel in March and April 2020: We’ve now contacted all of our customers that booked with us for our Spring Walking Breaks, along with those who were due to enjoy the last few weeks of the Winter season. Once again, we’re really sorry that you didn’t get to enjoy your much-anticipated time in the Tuscany or Andalucia. Thank you for your understanding and to those that have booked later in the season or deferred your dates.

All Summer Holidays starting after 10 July
Rest assured we are constantly reviewing how best to manage our summer walking season in this extraordinary year. Our discussions and endeavours to predict the future are constant, but ultimately it is simply too early to react to the situation now. Some contingency plans are likely – and if you have booked a holiday with us and have already decided you will not be travelling this year, it would help us enormously to know this.

Delaying Balance Payments – For anyone who has a booking this summer after July 9, your final balances will be due quite soon and you will be contemplating whether to pay or cancel. In sympathy with this predicament, we are offering some breathing space by delaying all final balance payments, so that they will now only be due 4 weeks before you travel, instead of 8. We hope this provides a little peace of mind.

Hopefully after the current period of lockdown we will know more about the situation going forward. However, rest assured we will endeavour to find the best possible solutions, backed up by the necessary support from our fabulous managers here in the UK and our resort-based teams.

As always, please contact enquiries@colletts.co.uk or call on 01799 513331 if you would like to discuss any aspect of the above.

It goes without saying we greatly appreciate your patience, goodwill and understanding. Indeed, may we thank all of you who have already contacted us offering kind messages of support. We hope very much that we can welcome you to the mountains soon.

We will surely all need a good mountain walk as soon as feasibly possible.

For guests who are due to travel to Andalucia or Tuscany this Autumn: We continue to have all of our autumn walking plans in place and look forward to providing your walking break. At the moment we’re focusing our efforts and attention on customers who were due to travel in the period up to July 9, 2020, so please bear with us – we will reply as quickly as possible to your enquiry.

For guests who are due to travel or interested in booking from December 2020 onwards: We currently have all of our winter plans in place for a return to skiing and snowshoeing holidays in the Dolomites. At the moment we’re focusing our efforts and attention on customers who were due to travel in the period up to July 9, 2020, so please bear with us – we will reply as quickly as possible to your enquiry.
Best wishes from all at Collett’s Mountain Holidays.

An update on the current situation in our Summer destinations

Austria. Ehrwald and Matrei

Following from an official press release on the 4th May the Tyrol region have confirmed that their official curfew was lifted on the 1st May.

A minimum social distancing of 1-metre remains in place along with a restriction on groups of no more than 10 people. This Is likely to remain in place until the end of August

With this lifting of the official curfew, restaurants are permitted to begin re-opening on the 15th May so long as they adhere to the following restrictions:

  • A maximum of four adults (in additional to any children) per table
  • All tables must be at least 1 metre apart
  • Face masks must be worn by all staff at all times
  • Face masks must be worn by customers when entering and leaving the property.

In addition to restaurants opening. Hotels and other accommodation providers are permitted to open their doors on the 29th May. Once again restrictions for this will in place and are due to be announced officially within the next couple of weeks.

The Zugspitz tourist board announced in the past few days that they will official open the summer season on the 3rd July. This includes all public buses, trains and lift infrastructure. This has also been confirmed our friend Daniel at the wonderful Hotel Sonnenspitze.

Whilst all of this is positive news that Austria is seeing a decrease in the daily infection rates and is looking to the future, all of the nations borders do remain closed at this time with no word on when this will change.

Italy. South Tyrol

During an official press release on the 9th May the South Tyrol region have announced that their official curfew was lifted on the 4th May. A minimum social distancing of 2-metre remains whilst group exercise is permitted so long as this distance is kept.

With this lifting of the official curfew, retail shops, museums and libraries are now already beginning to re-open. Restaurants and Accommodation providers are permitted to re-opening on the 25th May so long as they adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Ensure that all guests have at least 10 square metres to themselves in communal areas, this does not apply to dining areas.
  • All dining tables must be at least 1 metre apart
  • Face masks must be worn by all staff at all times
  • Face masks must be worn by customers when entering and leaving the property.

A skeleton bus network is currently running within the South Tyrol allowing travel for those key workers however services into the area remain closed at the current time..

Whilst all of this is positive news that Italy is seeing a decrease in the daily infection rates and is looking to the future, all of the nation’s borders do remain closed at this time with no word on when this will change.

This also falls in line with the official travel advice from the FCO and WHO, both of which are advising against all but essential travel at this current time.

Switzerland. The Engandine

Following from an official press release on the 29th April the Engadine region have announced that restaurants and hotels are permitted to re-open on the 11th May. A minimum social distancing of 2-metres remains in place. Use of face masks is not mandatory. A ban on large social gatherings (1000 people or more) remains in place but smaller gatherings are to be re-evaluated on the 27th May

Most local bus networks and train networks are already running with the mountain railways expected to re-start on the 8th June.

Whilst all of this is positive news that Switzerland is seeing a decrease in the daily infection rates and is looking to welcome guests once again, all of the nation’s borders do remain closed at this time with no word on when this will change.

This also falls in line with the official travel advice from the FCO and WHO, both of which are advising against all but essential travel at this time.