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Europe is the number one overseas destination for UK travellers – with over 58 million trips abroad each year. The UK Government and the European Union (EU) have both said that people will still be able to travel to and from the EU after Brexit.

Naturally, holidaymakers and business travellers have questions about what Brexit means for travelling to EU countries.  While the situation is evolving rapidly, ABTA has put together the following advice, answering common questions and explaining any steps travellers may need to take to avoid any unnecessary disruption due to a no-deal exit.

Travel before 31 January 2020

The UK is still a member of the EU, which means that all existing travel arrangements still apply.

For example, you still have access to state medical care in any EU country as long as you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card and you can continue to use the EU/EEA passport gates.

If your travel to an EU country sees you depart the UK before 31 January 2020, but you don’t return until afterwards, please read our advice about travel after 31 January 2020 as there may be some steps you need to take to avoid any unnecessary disruption in the event of a no-deal.

Travel after 31 January 2020

If the Government agrees a deal before 31 January 2020, the UK will enter a transition period, meaning everything will continue to remain the same during that period and you can continue to travel as you do now.
With a no-deal, UK holidaymakers and business travellers have had reassurances from the UK Government and European Commission that they will still be able to travel, as there is either contingency legislation in place or the travel services are covered by international law.
If the UK does leave the EU without a deal, there will be some changes and there are some actions you may need to take in advance so that you can continue with your holiday or business trip as planned.

Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020

Will flights still operate?

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. Under existing contingency arrangements 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 under contingency legislation. The UK Government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.

Will ferries and cruise ships 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 to the EU after Brexit for short-term business or leisure trips, 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.

hould I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?

The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is then 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. You can also speak to your travel insurance provider about whether they provide any specific cover for Brexit.

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. Note that the six months on your passport is only required if you are travelling after the date the UK leaves the EU.

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 will change in a no-deal scenario for certain countries. Depending on your destination, and the length of your stay, UK licence holders looking to drive in the EU after 31 January 2020 may need to apply for an International Driving Permit.

Full details about International Driving Permits, including what permit you need for each country can be found at gov.uk

There are a number of different permits available for different countries within the EU, so you should 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.

If required, International Driving Permits cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office, you can find your nearest branch here.

The Government is also advising that you will need a GB sticker for your car when driving in the EU after Brexit.

Green cards for car insurance

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 January 2020.
The ABI – the trade body for the insurance industry – recommends you contact your car insurance company at least one month in advance of travelling.

Taking pets abroad

In the event of a no-deal, pets would continue to be able to travel from the UK to the EU, but the requirements for documents and health checks would change. If you wish to take your pet to the EU on or after 31 January 2020 pet owners would need to discuss preparations for their pet’s travel with an Official Veterinarian at least four months in advance of the date they wish to travel. Pet owners should keep an eye out for any further instructions issued by the UK Government.

More information is available here.

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.

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

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.
21. Your privacy – We periodically send emails with our latest news and any offers unless you have opted out. We will send you a brochure, if you requested it, your data/information will be stored securely. Any information you submit will not be passed on to any third parties. See our Privacy Policy for more details.

At a glance
Hut to Hut Treks with Collett'sBeautiful Mountain Locations

A Collett’s Hut to Hut Holiday

In a nutshell

  • Choose the itinerary that takes your fancy from superb options in the Italian Dolomites, Austrian Alps & French Pyrenees.
  • 2, 3 & 7 night itineraries available.
  • Itineraries for most fitness levels: easier moderate – moderate – moderate/hard – hard.
  • You choose your arrival date between mid June & mid/late September.
  • We book the accommodation for each night of your trek.
  • We provide comprehensive route notes and maps.
  • Airport transfers are available on certain days – see factsheets on relevant webpages.
  • Most itineraries can be tagged on to the start or end of a Collett’s centre-based walking holiday.
  • You carry your own kit between huts.
  • Accommodation in guest houses or village hotels is included on one or two itineraries.

An excellent hut to hut holiday. The trip notes provided were thorough and easy to follow but best of all were your hut to hut team who were extremely helpful and a credit to Collett’s. The hike itself was demanding but well worth it with some of the best scenery that I have ever seen.
Grand Tour of the Alta Badia – Ian Longworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire

A brief overview

Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Dolomites, Austrian Alps & French Pyrenees

Choose from 5 spectacular itineraries

A Collett’s ‘Hut to Hut’ holiday is a welcome overdose of self-guided walking amidst awe-inspiring mountain scenery, mixed with the special experience of overnighting in mountain huts interspersed at high and medium level. Using our comprehensive route notes, you will follow trails that link, climb and traverse the major mountain groups, occasionally descending into the valleys before heading off again into the next massif.

On the whole, each day ends at a hospitable mountain hut, an extraordinary vantage point, from which you can watch the sunset on the surrounding peaks and massifs. The huts are welcoming and hospitable; they come with well-earned liquid refreshment, the camaraderie of other walkers, an excellent dinner, a good night’s sleep and a generous breakfast to set you on your way again. We provide airport transfers four days a week in the Dolomites and the Pyrenees* – and twice weekly transfers (Saturdays & Mondays) in our Austrian destinations. Using our extensive knowledge of the mountains, we have created itineraries that will give you inspired experiences that live with you forever. Most walkers opt for 7 night itineraries but we have also included some 3 & 2 night treks. Some itineraries are quite challenging, whilst others will suit the more intermediate walker. Choosing which one to do will be the challenge! (*In the French Pyrenees we only offer inbound airport transfers)

We are here to remove all the hard work from the planning process, leaving you to simply enjoy the trek! At the planning stage, we offer factsheets for each of our routes which give a brief day by day description of what to expect, along with figures indicating height gain and distance covered each day. We are available to chat with you over the phone about the characteristics of each route in order to help you decide which itinerary might suit you best. Once you settle on your preferred route we make the relevant reservations at the huts – and then, nearer the time, we send you a detailed route guide printed on waterproof paper for you to use on your chosen itinerary. We also supply all of the relevant 1:25,000. About 10 days prior to your trip, we will be in touch via email to touch base and answer any last minute queries and supply any further fine details.

Self-guided hut to hut route notes and guidance

To make an enquiry click here. Or call us on 01799 513331 if you require help, information or advice.

At a glance
Hut to Hut Treks with Collett'sBeautiful Mountain Locations

A Collett’s Hut to Hut Holiday

In a nutshell

  • Choose the itinerary that takes your fancy from superb options in the Italian Dolomites, Austrian Alps & French Pyrenees.
  • 2, 3, 4 & 7 night itineraries available.
  • Itineraries for most fitness levels: easier moderate – moderate – moderate/hard – hard.
  • You choose your arrival date between mid June & mid/late September.
  • We book the accommodation for each night of your trek.
  • We provide comprehensive route notes and maps.
  • Airport transfers are available on certain days – see factsheets on relevant webpages.
  • Most itineraries can be tagged on to the start or end of a Collett’s centre-based walking holiday.
  • You carry your own kit between huts.
  • Accommodation in guest houses or village hotels is included on one or two itineraries.

An excellent hut to hut holiday. The trip notes provided were thorough and easy to follow but best of all were your hut to hut team who were extremely helpful and a credit to Collett’s. The hike itself was demanding but well worth it with some of the best scenery that I have ever seen.
Grand Tour of the Alta Badia – Ian Longworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire

A brief overview

Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Dolomites, Austrian Alps & French Pyrenees

Choose from 5 spectacular itineraries

A Collett’s ‘Hut to Hut’ holiday is a welcome overdose of self-guided walking amidst awe-inspiring mountain scenery, mixed with the special experience of overnighting in mountain huts interspersed at high and medium level. Using our comprehensive route notes, you will follow trails that link, climb and traverse the major mountain groups, occasionally descending into the valleys before heading off again into the next massif.

On the whole, each day ends at a hospitable mountain hut, an extraordinary vantage point, from which you can watch the sunset on the surrounding peaks and massifs. The huts are welcoming and hospitable; they come with well-earned liquid refreshment, the camaraderie of other walkers, an excellent dinner, a good night’s sleep and a generous breakfast to set you on your way again. We provide airport transfers four days a week in the Dolomites and the Pyrenees* – and twice weekly transfers (Saturdays & Mondays) in our Austrian destinations. Using our extensive knowledge of the mountains, we have created itineraries that will give you inspired experiences that live with you forever. Most walkers opt for 7 night itineraries but we have also included some 4, 3 & 2 night treks. Some itineraries are quite challenging, whilst others will suit the more intermediate walker. Choosing which one to do will be the challenge! (*In the French Pyrenees we only offer inbound airport transfers)

We are here to remove all the hard work from the planning process, leaving you to simply enjoy the trek! At the planning stage, we offer factsheets for each of our routes which give a brief day by day description of what to expect, along with figures indicating height gain and distance covered each day. We are available to chat with you over the phone about the characteristics of each route in order to help you decide which itinerary might suit you best. Once you settle on your preferred route we make the relevant reservations at the huts – and then, nearer the time, we send you a detailed route guide printed on waterproof paper for you to use on your chosen itinerary. We also supply all of the relevant 1:25,000. About 10 days prior to your trip, we will be in touch via email to touch base and answer any last minute queries and supply any further fine details.

Self-guided hut to hut route notes and guidance

To make an enquiry click here. Or call us on 01799 513331 if you require help, information or advice.

By Cliff Booker and David Charlton

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new pocket field guide to the beautiful flowers of the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa, written by two of our experienced and well-known Flower Walk Organisers, who will be organising wildflower walks for us in the Pyrenees in June this year.

A sequel to their successful book Mountain Flowers – The Dolomites, also published in association with Collett’s Mountain Holidays, Mountain Flowers – Pyrenees & Picos will contain more than 170 species, beautifully illustrated and arranged by flower colour and habitat, avoiding technical language where possible. It will appeal to those with little botanical knowledge but will be sufficiently detailed to be enjoyed and used by the more experienced.

Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book
Mountain Flowers - Pyrenees & Picos - Wildflower Book

David and then Cliff will be leading Flower Walks for us in the Pyrenees from 4 – 23 June and will visit many of the locations in which the images in their book were taken by David last year. Spring arrives earlier in the Picos de Europa and John and Jo Morris will once more lead flower walks there from 21 May – 9 June, also to places in which photos in the new book were taken by David and Cliff.

These mountains hold a wonderful mixture of flowers from northern Europe and the Mediterranean region. We are proud to be able to offer unique flower guides and walks, not offered by any other publisher or holiday company, that will enable you to enjoy and appreciate these lovely places.

Order your copy today

For a wildflower walking holiday with Collett’s in the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa and Dolomites – see Wildflower & Botanical Walks with Collett’s for more information.

It’s almost 20 years since Dee and I welcomed our first guests to the Dolomites. It was a sunny June evening in 1998. We opened a bottle of prosecco, while Dee put the finishing touches to dinner. There were only four of us around the table that night, but Collett’s Mountain Holidays was up and running! Now we are the UK’s genuine specialist for European mountain walking holidays with a unique formula in five majestic destinations. In addition to the exceptional walking options we provide, we also offer flower walks, painting strolls, cycling tours, glacier treks, via ferrata and much more.

We also run a range of other holidays: trail walkers can hike the Camino de Santiago, the GR11 or walk from hut to hut in the Dolomites and Austria; for off season walking try our Spring and Autumn breaks in sub-tropical Andalucia. In winter, we provide our ever-popular skiing and snowshoeing holidays in the Dolomites. Finally, for some UK walking, our gorgeous guest house in Wensleydale is the perfect springboard for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Walk with us: A look back over the last 20 years

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