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The Brexit extension to 31 October 2019 has provided absolute certainty that all current arrangements for travel will remain as they are today.

Brexit: advice for travellers (Updated 10 October, 2019)

  • You will still have access to state medical care in any EU country as long as you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card. ABTA always advises that travellers should also take out travel insurance and make sure it covers any medical conditions or activities they plan to do.
  • If you plan to drive in the EU, you won’t need an International Driving Permit, and if you are taking your own car, you won’t need a Green Card for insurance.
  • You will be able to move through UK ports and airports as usual, using the EU/EEA passport gates.
  • All consumer rights and benefits from EU laws will also remain including airline compensation for cancellation or delays, and the ability to use your mobile phone abroad without additional charges.

What will happen after 31 October 2019?

If the Government agrees a deal on or before that date, the UK will then enter a transition period and everything will continue to remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.

There is still a possibility that the UK could leave the EU at the end of October without a deal. There have been reassurances around flights and visas, these are reflected in our frequently asked questions below.

We have also identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption in the event of a no-deal scenario.

Will flights still operate?

UK citizens can be reassured that regardless of the Brexit outcome planes will still fly between the UK and the EU: if a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. Even if we are in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU. The UK government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.

Will ferries still sail?

Ferry services and cruises will still sail as the majority of the rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but are international.

Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?

It is expected that trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate. Ahead of your journey, check with your travel company to see if there is any additional information you need to be aware of.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

The European Parliament has confirmed that UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel the EU after Brexit, even if the UK leaves without a deal. UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa.

What happens if I book to travel after 12 April 2019 and my holiday cannot go ahead due to Brexit?

There is nothing to suggest that you will not be able to continue with your holiday plans after 12 April. Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate.

Customers who book a package holiday with a UK travel company enjoy the most comprehensive consumer protection: if you book a package, your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you have a right to a full refund if your holiday can no longer be provided.

The UK Government has confirmed that the Package Travel Regulations will remain in the UK law when the UK leaves the EU.

Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?

The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is the travel provider’s responsibility to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund if it cannot be delivered.

It is important that whenever and wherever you travel that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do. It is also worth checking the detail of the policy around travel disruption including delays or cancellations as policies do vary.

Advice for travellers

This information only covers areas where you can take reasonable action or put plans into place now. Areas where the situation is still unclear are not included, but the information will be updated once clarified. The Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Passports

Check the date your passport expires. If we leave the EU without a deal, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country.

You should also check when your passport was renewed. If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months over 10 years will not count towards the 6 months that must be remaining. The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules.

You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Full details on renewing your passport can be found here.

European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid.

ABTA has always advised holidaymakers and business travellers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC.

When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.

Advice on travel insurance can be found here.

Driving licences

As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This is likely to change in a no-deal scenario. UK travellers looking to drive in the EU on or after 31 October 2019 may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit.

These cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office. The Government has extended the network of Post Offices where you can apply for an International Driving Permit, find your nearest branch here.

Check carefully which permit is required for each country you intend to drive within, as you may need more than one permit to comply with the law.

You need to make sure you have your International Driving Permit before you travel from the UK as you will not be able to apply for this when you are in the EU.

The Government is also advising that you will need a GB sticker for your car.

For more information visit gov.uk/euexit.

Green cards for car insurance (Self-Drivers)

If the UK leaves without a deal, UK citizens driving their vehicle within the EU would be required to obtain and carry a physical Green Card in order for your UK car insurance to be applicable in the EU. These cards would be issued by insurers and you may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs.

Speak with your insurer for more information on obtaining a Green Card for any trip on or after 31 October 2019.

The ABI – the trade body for the insurance industry – recommends you contact your car insurance company at least one month in advance of travelling.

Data roaming

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK. If the UK leaves without a deal these rules will no longer apply – however, some UK companies have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers. Before you travel, check with your mobile phone provider about the costs of using your phone in the EU.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive
ABTA

Escape from Brexit to the mountains

We hope the above provides some peace of mind and helpful guidance. As ever, we look forward to seeing you in the mountains in the near future. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if ever we can help – either via email or call 01799 513331

Thank you for the many photographs and letters you have sent us. Please feel free to email admin@colletts.co.uk with any photos and comments. All our guests receive a questionnaire shortly after their trip, which you can view here.

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We hope you had a wonderful time on holiday with us…

If you have the time, please feel free to make comments and suggestions in the form below, especially if a response is average or unsatisfactory. Otherwise, just check the boxes below and you should complete the form very quickly. Please leave blank any fields that are not applicable.

Tom Collett – email admin@colletts.co.uk tel. 01799 513331

Self Guided Hut to Hut in the French Pyrenees Questionnaire

Flexibility & Walking Holidays

Walking Holiday Questionnaire
  • We will only use this to locate your previous booking - Thank you.
  • (e.g. A Week of Classic Moderate Walks in the Pyrenees, A Week of Hard High Treks in the Dolomites, A Week of Wildflower Walks in the Picos de Europa, Hike the GR11)
    Where 1 = Not Important & 5 = Very Important
  • (When the options include an easy low level stroll, a moderate medium level classic or a hard high level hike?)
    Where 1 = Not Important & 5 = Very Important
  • (When everything is provided for self-guiders to do numerous local walks - from easy strolls to hard treks.)
    Where 1 = Not Important & 5 = Very Important
  • Select – 1 - if you would prefer to have the exact start and end date stipulated by your walking holiday tour operator.
Terms

Win a £200 Holiday Voucher

We are writing to you to ask four simple questions about flexibility on our walking holidays. In return we will enter you into our prize draw to win a £200 holiday voucher (terms & conditions apply).

Terms & Conditions
1.        The promotion is a competition, which is open to anyone.
2.        No purchase necessary.
3.        The prize is on £200 gift voucher to be used towards a Collett’s Mountain Holiday, it is subject to availability and changes made to this are at the discretion of Collett’s Mountain Holidays.
4.        The prize draw is only open to people aged 18 or over.
5.        Multiple entries per person are not permitted.
6.        The opening date for entries is 11th July 2019 at 12pm. The closing date for entries is 10th August 2019 at midnight. The winner will be the first entry drawn at random. The Prize Draw will be supervised by a person independent of Collett’s Mountain Holidays.
7.        The voucher remains the property of Collett’s Mountain Holidays until a winner is notified in writing and the winner has accepted the prize. Upon receipt of a transfer document signed by Collett’s Mountain Holidays and the winner, the holiday chosen becomes the property of the winner and it will be the winner’s responsibility to arrange appropriate insurance prior to departure. Insurance for the holiday and transportation to the Dolomites are not included and transfers from Venice are at the discretion of Collett’s Mountain Holidays.
8.        In the event of a winner being unable to accept the prize, upon agreement from Collett’s Mountain Holidays, he/she can nominate a family member or partner to accept the prize on their behalf.
9.        The voucher should be used within 60 days of the winner being notified and can be used against a whole or partial deposit. The collection address Collett’s Mountain Holidays, 3a Market Hill, Saffron Walden CB10 1HQ.
10.     The draw is not open to employees of Collett’s Mountain Holidays, their subsidiaries, families, agents or their affiliates.
11.     The winner will be expected to have their photographs taken for press or promotion purposes.
12.     The promoter is Collett’s Mountain Holidays. Any queries and comments should be directed to bookings@colletts.co.uk or by writing to Sam Chandler at Collett’s Mountain Holidays, 3a Market Hill, Saffron Walden CB10 1HQ. The promoter accepts no responsibility for entries lost, damaged, delayed or unreadable. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
13.     The name and county of the prize winner will be available on the website https://www.colletts.co.uk/
14.     Collett’s Mountain Holidays reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of its choosing which has a value the same or greater than the original prize, in the event of circumstances outside its control. There is no cash alternative to this prize. The prize is subject to availability and change.
15.     By entering our competition you agree to receive further information from Collett’s Mountain Holidays (a member of ABTA number W6883) and the services they provide.
16.     Entry into the draw will be deemed to constitute acceptance of these terms and conditions.
17.     Entry into our competition will be subject to our booking conditions as determined below and detailed in our brochure.
18.     A copy of these terms and conditions are available on request.
19.     On cancellation of the prize no alternative is available, there will be no refunds or cash alternatives.
20.     Insurance, Flights and transportation to resort are not included. You add additional travellers and/or services which will be charged for accordingly. You must have your own holiday insurance in place to be permitted to travel with Collett’s Mountain Holidays.
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While Florence basked in temperatures as high as 43°, its inhabitants ventured to the Yorkshire Dales which threw at them forecasts as low as -8° in the wind chill above 700 m! Were they deterred? Not at all! This stoic bunch never failed to walk on their scheduled days remaining a little lower than we had planned but nonetheless getting an honest flavour of Wensleydale, Wharfedale, Swaledale and Coverdale. These hills are not green and lush by accident!

Walking in Wensleydale – Eastfield Lodge B&B

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Each year, the mix of English and Italian friends find a location to host each other. This year, Yorkshire was showcased for their Walking Break and despite the unseasonable conditions, it won over the hearts of the visitors. As they stood high above Wharfedale gazing down on the winding river below and the ridge line of Great Whernside across on the opposite hills, they pulled their poncho hoods around their faces and smiled widely.

Midweek we had arranged for the wonderful folk of the Richmond-On-Swale Morris Dancers to arrive at the Bolton Arms following our Yorkshire Pudding dinners. The spectacle also drew in locals and before long a colourful array of dancers, bemused Italians, mad English visitors and local Yorkshire folk were caught up in a flurry of uncoordinated but enthusiastic mayhem! This was followed by an evening of story-telling, rhyme and singing in the back of the pub with well known songs encouraging audience participation.

After staying at Eastfield Lodge for 7 nights, our Arrivederci to the group felt like a farewell to family. Fully hosted for 8 days and walking on 5 days, it had been a busy time but filled with laughter, fun and a fair amount of Italian volume! A peace descended back at the Lodge leaving behind special memories of a wet and wonderful Wensleydale week.

Best wishes

Penny & Henry

Join us on our next walking break at Eastfield Lodge B&B in the Dales – Click here for more information.

“I wonder if there is any better way to spend a week of a what is a short life than wandering at a gentle pace in warm, sunny weather through acres of alpine meadows filled with spring flowers and framed by snow capped mountains?”

Add to that a background sound track of jays, chiff-chaffs, cuckoos and cow bells and some very good company and you have, in my view, the recipe for a perfect trip… The Spring flower season here is short but spectacular – there are around three weeks between 20th May and 7th June when the mountains burst into life with a wide array of colourful alpine plants. You can see at least 170 different plants (the number featured in Mountain Flowers, Pyrenees and Picos by Cliff Booker and David Charlton) including some stunning orchids and a number of plants that grow only in this region, making sightings extra special. Meadows jam packed full of orchids that would be protected as a site of special interest and attract numerous visitors back home in the UK are laid out here seemingly just for you. On the majority of our walks in the Picos this week, we saw no-one on other than the group we were walking with.

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We joined a trip organised by Collett’s Mountain Holidays and were very impressed with their organisation and how the trip was constructed – I would recommend them highly.

The Picos is where Northern and Southern Europe meet. This means that you can see a huge variety of flora in one place. The weather during our week was warm and sunny and quite hot on a number of days towards the end of the week – even in the high mountains. The cool mountain breeze really helped to refresh us on the hot days though. We had just a shower of rain on the first day, although the forecast was for more rain the week after our trip finished, so I think we were somewhat lucky with the weather.

​The trees are mostly deciduous here which gives a lovely soft feel to the mountain sides and the play of light through the branches makes for much more interesting scenery than you would get if the trees were evergreen. It would be a beautiful place to visit in the Autumn as the leaves began to turn, although you would not see as many flowers as we did then. We picked our way carefully through the paths, treading gently and taking care not to tread on the delicate little alpine plants we had travelled so far to see. In several places, it seemed at first sight that there was nothing much to see – you could easily have driven or walked straight past and missed everything. With careful guiding though, a closer exploration of woodlands, rocks, meadows and crevices yielded a string of treats and surprises. Stopping to inspect still closer, the intricate beauty of the alpine flowers slowly reveals itself. When you are seeing so many orchid, which are the undoubted stars of the show here, it is all too easy to overlook some of the other equally beautiful plants. For example the alpine eyebright – a minuscule flower only just over a couple of millimetres wide – so small you could pass by without noticing or easily crush it underfoot. Pause a while to inspect its delicate beauty and you will be well rewarded.

Fascinating fact: The alpine meadows are in fact man -made. If they were not grazed or mown, they would cease to exist because they would be overtaken by woodlands. The tree seedlings that you see scattered through the meadows are a constant reminder of this.

Foodie Firsts: Padrón pepper. Pimientos de Padrõn are small, bright green peppers from the northwest part of Spain. They are mild but occasionally surprisingly spicy making eating them an exciting voyage of discovery. To make them at home, take around 300 grams of Padrõn peppers and wash and dry them well. Heat around 50ml of extra virgin olive oil in a pan over a high heat until it starts to smoke. Add the peppers and cook, tossing them continuously until the skin starts to blister and soften. Pile the glistening green peppers high on a serving plate and season generously with flaky sea salt to taste. Heavenly!

Wish I had packed: – binoculars, plastic bags for picnic waste, compede plasters (we walked a LONG way in the heat!). Woolly hat and gloves – we didn’t actually need them, but it could well have been cold up there in the mountains and they are no use to you left back at home.

Glad I packed: – suncream, water bottle, raincoat.

Margot Harbot is a walker and travel blogger – you can see her blog at lovetowander.co.uk and you can follow her on instagram @lovetowander.co.uk

For next year’s dates – see Flower Walks in the Picos de Europa for more information.

With Up to 70% Discount for children at our chalet hotels* in August and Free Airport Transfers for children with fare paying adults, a summer walking holiday to the Dolomites is a perfect choice for a family walking holiday. A vibrant atmosphere throughout August with so much to see and do for families – active or not – and landscapes that will captivate the kids…

By Tom Collett: In August we took our children to the Dolomites for a summer holiday of walking and other alpine activity. We invited another family from our village with children of similar ages – 7 girls in total. These friends have helped us explore the Lake District on several camping breaks near Keswick. Naturally, we wanted them to see what all the fuss was about in the Dolomites. As the children were all reasonably accomplished walkers, we reckoned they would thrive in the mountains. And thrive we all did!

Our Family Holiday Slideshow – Dolomites August

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This was one of the best holidays we could have wished for and it was heartwarming to witness the constant ‘purring’ of our friends, as they took in the magical scenery on a succession of breathtaking walks. When we relieved them of their map reading and navigation duties, the children lapped up the scrambling opportunities and tried to capture the fun and amazing landscapes on their cameras. They loved the remote mountain huts that punctuated every walk and, even though we had good weather, hot chocolates with cream were always the order of the day.

Our guests were apprehensive about a chalet holiday but within minutes of arriving at Haus Valentin in Badia, they were grinning like Cheshire cats, overwhelmed by the view from the sun terrace over the village and its upland pastures to the spectacular walls and turrets of Santa Croce. Inside, they wallowed in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere created by other like-minded families and guests – whilst also benefiting from the unassuming hospitality and in-depth local knowledge of the Collett’s team, all of whom embraced the children enthusiastically. I would often come down to the bar after a post-walk nap and find them playing cards or board games with the kids.

There is so much for families to see and do in the Dolomites, especially in August, when the area is at its most vibrant. With Collett’s, the many options are well presented and assistance in making arrangements is always at hand. We did a lot of walking in beautiful weather, but we also hired bikes, went ice skating, tried the high ropes garden, joined a painting day and passed through exquisite Tyrolean villages. It was as happy, healthy, fun and wholesome as a holiday could be. The slideshow above is just a small snapshot of it.

If you want to inspire your children (and have a memorable family holiday at the same time), why not take them walking in the Dolomites this summer? With discounts and free transfers for the kids, it is an affordable way of having the family walking holiday of a lifetime.

Contact us now by phone on 01799 513331 or enquire here.

Dolomites Family Discounts in August - Hosted Chalets

One or two children sharing a room with parentsAugust Only70% off
Families with 2 or 3 children using two bedroomsAugust Only25% off

*A child is aged 18 or less at the time of travel.
*Family discounts apply only when at least two people are paying full price.
*Children get a free Airport Transfer when accompanied by a fare paying adult.
*Excludes Chalet Roch.

A Classic Collett's Walking Holiday

in the Italian Dolomites

Hut to Hut in the Austrian Alps

With your self-guided hut to hut holiday fast approaching, you should have received your final pack of information in the post from us, including your route notes, maps and FAQs etc.
Please read the enclosed route notes in advance of your holiday. If you have any queries, please call us on 0044 (0)1799 513331 before your holiday – we want your holiday to be as smooth as possible and this is your chance to ask us questions and get clarity on every aspect of your arrangements.
Our aim is for you to be self-sufficient before you leave home; whilst our team in resort will welcome you and help you settle in, they will not be able to sit down and discuss the route at length.

Arrival Day
Dolomites Handbook Information

Arrival Day

All guests should make their way to Hotel Sonnenspitze upon arrival in Ehrwald. Where, provided you have supplied an ETA, someone will be waiting to greet you and settle you in to your accommodation – if you have booked this with us for the first night before you trek.

Guests with Airport Transfers – if you have booked an airport transfer from Munich Airport (Thursdays and Saturdays only), details of your pick-up and drop-off arrangements will have been sent to you by post. Please familiarise yourselves with the relevant instructions.

Guests Travelling Independently – If you are arriving in Ehrwald by car or public transport, please ensure you have contacted the UK office or the Ehrwald Resort Mobile with your estimated time of arrival. Then make your way to Hotel Sonnenspitze where you will be welcomed and settled. Contact numbers and directions can be found in the following tabs.

On Your Arrival – there will be a couple of administrative tasks to deal with at your hotel, if you have booked your first night’s accommodation with us. Please have your passport to hand. You will be welcomed by a member of our walking team, who will settle you in and answer any last minute queries.

If you have luggage that you are not taking with you on your Hut to Hut itinerary, you can arrange for your bags to be stored at your hotel ready for your return.

On Your Return – On your return to Ehrwald at the end of your trek, we will be expecting you. It is nice to know how you got on, but this is also a safety precaution to ensure you have returned safely. If you would prefer not to pop in to Office Hour, our informal evening gathering (6.30pm – 7.30pm) in the bar of the Hotel Sonnenspitze that evening, please could you call/text the Resort Mobile using the number provided, to let us know you have returned. Thank you. If you are using our return airport transfer, or indeed staying on at the Hotel Alpin or Hotel Sonnenspitze, you can find out more information at Office Hour for the following day.

Resort Contacts

Useful Numbers & Contact Info.

Please ensure you enter the following telephone numbers in to your phone so you have them with you on your day of travel.

Collett's Mountain Holidays
Hotel Sonnenspitze
Kirchplatz 14,
Ehrwald,
A-6632,
Tirol,
Austria
Google Map Link
0043 567 322 080
Collett's Mountain Holidays
Romantik Hotel Spielmann
Wettersteinstraße 24,
Ehrwald,
A-6632,
Tirol,
Austria
Google Map Link
0043 567 322 250
Resort Mobile - 0044 7413 147693
Collett's Mountain Holidays UK - 0044 (0) 1799 513331 Monday - Friday 9am-5.30pm / Saturday 9am-3pm
(Outside of these hours please call the Resort Mobile - thank you)

Travel & Directions
Austrian Alps - Zugspitze Handbook Information

Travel & Transfers

Before leaving home

Passport – Is it in date? Contact the passport office here if you need to renew your passport
Walking Holiday Insurance – Do you have any? Contact us on 01799 513331 or click here for details
Flight Check-in – Remember to print off your boarding pass
Baggage – Have you checked the size & weight of your baggage?
Book Airport Hotel – Click here
Book Airport Parking – Click here

Fly Drivers and Self Drivers

If you are hiring a car or self driving from the UK, rather than joining us on a transfer, please download and refer to our Driving Directions and Maps here.

We ask that all guests (regardless of which hotel or apartment) make their way to the Hotel Sonnenspitze in the centre of Ehrwald. From there, if staying elsehwere, one of our team will show you to your accommodation. You can check-in to your accommodation from 2pm onwards and if you have provided us with an ETA, a member of Collett’s staff will be available to meet you. Please contact us if you have not yet provided an ETA, or are delayed. Click here to submit your E.T.A.

Vignette – will need to be purchased only if you are driving via Innsbruck (on the motorway) to Ehrwald, but not when driving down via Munich or Memmingen. They can be bought from petrol stations.

Parking – is available on the street directly in front of the Hotel Sonnenspitze and also in the rear car park behind the hotel.

Google Map Directions

Go to www.bit.ly/Hotel-Sonnenspitze-Directions for Google Map Directions from any location.

Train Travel

If you plan to arrive in Ehrwald by train, you can pre-book train tickets online using the website www.bahn.com or alternatively purchase tickets at Munich airport from the tickets manchines in the terminal. You will first take an S-Bahn shuttle train from Munich airport to Munich Main Station “Munchen Hauptbahnhof”, before changing platforms and buildings take a train direct to Ehrwald. The name of Ehrwald station is “Ehrwald Zugspitzbahn”. Sometimes the carriages separate at the town of Garmisch-Partenkichen before continuing on to Ehrwald. Please contact us for any advice or guidance on train travel, and ask for Kelly.

Upon arrival in Ehrwald you can walk from the station to the Hotel Sonnenspitze on the central Kirchplatz square in approx. 20mins. Please download and refer to our Directions and Maps here.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to walk, there are periodic buses that stop at the station or you can pre-book a taxi from the station with a locally based taxi firm called ‘Shuttle & More…’ It’s a 5 minute drive to Hotel Sonnenspitze – they offer a 24 hour service and speak good English and the cost is approx. €5 – €10. Please note that Ehrwald station is small and there will not be taxis waiting at the station.

Tel: 0043 664 266 7166
Email: office@shuttle-and-more.com
Web: www.shuttle-and-more.com

Munich Airport Transfer

If you have booked an Airport Transfer from Munich airport, you will be met by a member of our staff at the airport at a pre‐arranged time. Details of the transfer times are posted in the mail by Dee Collett in the form of a letter to the person who booked the holiday roughly 2 weeks before your holiday.

We meet by the “Coffee Fellows” café inside the Arrivals Hall B of Terminal 1, close to Exit B. Look out for someone carrying a Collett’s brochure. The transfer time to Ehrwald is about 2 hours.

Important Notes concerning Collett’s Transfers – We try to keep ‘waiting at the airport’ to a minimum, but you have booked a transfer on the understanding that it is a possibility on both your day of arrival and departure. We are not offering a personal taxi service. Our transfer times are set to help us group people together from a number of different flights, both morning and afternoon. Waiting may also be caused by delayed flights – within reason. Please cancel your airport transfer and make your own plans if you are not happy with these arrangements, which by and large work very well.

On arrival in Ehrwald and the Hotel Sonnenspitze, you will be met by another member of our staff who will settle you in to your accommodation, whether it be in one of the hotels or a nearby apartment.

A Night in a Hut
Dolomites Handbook Information

A Night in a Hut

Here is a quick summary of how the huts work. We hope it helps on your forthcoming holiday.

Check-In – This is generally done at the bar or kitchen counter. Let the hut guardians know the surname of the person who booked your holiday and that you have booked through Collett’s Mountain Holidays. You might have to present your Accommodation Itinerary. Ask what the dinner arrangements are, as they usually take your dinner order at least an hour before you sit down. Never go into sleeping areas with your boots on. Find a pair of hut slippers if you do not have your own – they are normally on racks in the main entrance area. If you need to dry clothes, they will show you the drying room or the best alternative.

Sleeping Arrangements & Washing – You will be allocated to a room or dormitory, where you can claim your bunk space, or you may have been allocated a specific bunk number. Make up your bed and get out toiletries/night clothes ready for later so that you are not rustling around in your rucksack when others are sleeping. We recommend you carry a sleeping bag liner for the duration of your trek – the hut will provide blankets but these are only periodically washed. Personal storage space is limited, so keep things tidy and compact. Shower and washing facilities are communal and mixed sex, and will vary hut to hut, some being quite simple and basic. We advise taking a shower asap, as hot water can be limited, although some huts only have hot water after a certain time in the afternoon. Some showers require tokens, which are usually available for purchase from the bar or kitchen. Some huts have a lights-out time of around 10pm. Have a head torch with you if planning to read or if you are going to bed later than your roommates – they will not appreciate having the light switched on after they have gone to bed!

Tabs, Tap Water, Packed Lunches & Tipping – In most huts it is possible to run a tab for drinks etc., settling up on departure. You should ascertain if the tap water is drinkable, as sometimes it is not. Provisions for lunch are available for purchase in all huts. Some will come in the form of a proper packed lunch (“Lunchpaket” in German), or in some huts you order individual items from the menu (such as “Käse Brot” – bread and cheese). Place your lunch order in the evening so they have plenty of advanced warning. They do not take kindly to guests making packed lunches from the breakfast buffet. It is worth noting if you will be passing a hut during the following day’s route, where you can have your lunch instead. Tipping is not required or expected in any of the huts.

Packing Checklist
Dolomites Handbook Information

What to Pack

Click here to print this page as a PDF.

We recommend you prepare for your trip prior to your holiday by walking in the hills carrying the equipment you intend to carry whilst in Austria. Once in Ehrwald, any luggage you do not wish to take with you on your trek can be left with us and we will ensure it is waiting for you on your return to the hotel at the end.

Most of the equipment/clothing on the suggested list below is typical British hill walking attire and most people will already own many items on the list. The emphasis is on being prepared for all weather conditions, whilst making your rucksack light enough to carry for successive days without being too much of a burden.

During the day

  • Strong, light and (most importantly) comfortable walking boots with good ankle support – if you are buying new boots for this trip, be sure to ‘break them in’ before you travel.
  • 35-40 litre rucksack
  • Light weight waterproof jacket and trousers – these should live in your rucksack permanently, as conditions in the mountains can change rapidly
  • A mid-layer fleece
  • A couple of lightweight, wicking base layers (depending on how much you mind smelling!) – long sleeves are better, as they will be warmer on cool days and can be pulled up on warmer days, or left down to give sun protection.
  • Another warm layer which can be put on during stops on cold days – down jacket or warm fleece are ideal
  • Lightweight and quick drying walking trousers – no jeans!
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Walking poles (if you use them – highly recommended when carrying a multi-day pack)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Water container (at least 2 litres)/thermos flask
  • Map case
  • Compass, whistle, torch, survival bag
  • Please note – cotton t-shirts or jeans should NOT be worn, as they provide no warmth once they are sweaty or wet from rain.

In the evening

Remember, almost everyone at the hut will have walked to get there, so they will be in much the same boat as you. You do not need your Sunday best! It is quite acceptable for people to remain in the clothes they have been wearing for the day. A change of clothes is naturally nice, particularly if the weather is poor. The more clothes you take, the more comfortable you will be, but the more you have to carry! Generally, a pair of trousers and 2 or 3 tops will suffice for a week. One essential piece of kit for an evening is a pair of hut slippers or flip flops, as walking boots are not allowed inside. Some huts along the route do provide these, but a couple don’t. So you may like to bring your own pair or a thick pair of socks instead.

Hut accommodation

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Ear plugs/eye mask
  • Headtorch/torch – essential to avoid turning on lights when going to bed later than others

General

  • Wash kit – (groups should consider sharing things like toothpaste, shower gel etc. In order to reduce weight)
  • Travel towel
  • Camera, charger and spare memory card
  • Plug adaptor
  • Sun cream & lip protection
  • Reference books (wild flowers etc)
  • German phrase book
  • Pack of cards/good book – there is often time to kill during an afternoon/evening
  • Slippers/hut shoes – though a number of huts provide these, you can’t beat your own!
  • Swim trunks/costume – Hotel at start/end has a sauna and steam room

Essential items

  • Passport
  • Euros and credit / debit card
  • Cash – your accommodation on a half board basis is paid for, but you pay for any packed lunches, drinks, snacks, buses/trains, cable cars/lifts etc. One or two nights accept credit cards, but not all and so having some cash is essential
  • Insurance and EHIC card
  • Any medication you require
  • Mobile phone and charger – you can keep it switched off, but it is an invaluable piece of safety equipment and could save a life
  • Signed disclaimer

Disclaimer & At Your Own Risk
Dolomites Handbook Information

Important – Disclaimer

On arrival, you will be asked to hand in the disclaimer sent by post.
This should be signed by all members of the party. This disclaimer is largely based on the ‘At your own Risk’ section in our brochure and website.
Download and print out the disclaimer here to sign and take with you

At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Our staff who will advise you for your trek, and who organise walking itineraries if you stay on after the trek, are are not qualified mountain guides and you follow their advice and join them at your own risk – Click here to download and print out Organised & Self Guided Walks – At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Everything you do during your stay in Austria is done at your own risk. In the event of personal injury or death, we are not liable for efforts made by us to enhance your stay in the area, amongst which are our organised walks, other itineraries and the various printed and verbal suggestions concerning itineraries and routes that you will come across during your stay. It is a fact that mountainous areas and winter activities undertaken in the mountains are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such an area with Collett’s Mountain Holidays or, indeed, independently, you are exposing yourself and your party to the (thankfully small) possibility of personal injury or death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in winter mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

Your self guided hut to hut itineraries will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst these routes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and the itineraries rely on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.

Our self-guided hut to hut itineraries are put together on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

It is important that you understand that these routes are put together using our extensive knowledge of the area, to provide a route which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability in order to complete the itinerary safely. The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently.

It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

Duty of Care

We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are!
You walk these routes at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a Duty of Care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to people joining our organised walks. We deem the safety of our staff and clients to be of unparalleled importance and we therefore take our own safety measures and endeavour to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care.

As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to others should therefore be at the heart of your decision when joining a particular organised walk, whilst also forming the basis of your behaviour during that particular excursion.

Walk in sunny Spain this Autumn on a Collett’s Walking Break in glorious Andalucia – Mediterranean, Moorish & Mountainous!

It’s time to book your Autumn walking holiday and we have the perfect break for you.

Start Dates: 12 October, 26 October & 2 November
£715 per person

Includes bed, breakfast, three course dinner with wine (6 nights) often eaten al fresco,
airport transfers to and from Malaga airport (1hr) – and 5 stunning days venturing out on foot in the spectacular Sierra de Tejeda on either an easier/moderate walk or a harder hike.

Based at Posada La Plaza in picturesque Canillas de Albaida in the Sierra de Tejeda Natural Park, we provide a charming 7 night Saturday to Saturday break, ideal for ending the walking season, whilst escaping the autumnal British weather. You can expect warm hospitality, good food and wine – and the good company of other like-minded walkers. Also, your midweek rest day gives you the opportunity to visit the Alhambra in Granada or the renowned coastal caves of nearby Nerja.

Walk in sub-tropical Andalucia

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It’s too hot to walk in sub-tropical Andalucia during summer, so we organise our holidays here in the spring and autumn when the temperatures are perfect. Day to day, guests elect whether to join an easier moderate walk or a harder higher level one. We are based 576m above sea level in picturesque and traditional Canillas de Albaida. You will walk in the beautiful hills and mountains of the Sierra Tejeda, where pretty whitewashed villages of Moorish origin are interspersed on hillsides of olive, almond and vine. On a clear day you will see across the Mediterranean to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa.

Our base at the Posada La Plaza was previously a 14th century convent. It opens on to the village’s traditional square, where we often eat exquisite three course dinners ‘al fresco.’ Some of our walks finish in the mid/early afternoon so that you have time to explore the village or relax by the pool, which is located at the nearby ‘Villa La Posada,’ which is owned by Posada La Plaza.

£715 per person – Prices are for half-board accommodation and per person per week based on 2 people sharing an en suite bedroom. Half-board accommodation includes bed, breakfast (7 days) & 3 course dinner with wine included (6 days). All prices include participation in our various daily organised walks (not available on Wednesdays, our day off). Transfers to and from Malaga airport – 1 hour away.
Deposit – £100 per person – Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Contact us on 01799 513331 or see Our Walking Holidays in Andalucia for more information and to book.