On your arrival, please have your passport handy so that we can register you formally. We will also require you to sign our disclaimer, which you can read via the ‘Disclaimer’ tab at the top of this page.
Credit cards can be widely used locally, including to pay house accounts in our chalet hotels (Bracun and Haus Valentin) – with no surcharge. There are two banks in both Corvara and Badia ‐ both have cashpoints. Opening times (approx): Mon‐Fri, 8am ‐ 12pm & 3pm ‐4.15pm.
Our chalets (Bracun & Haus Valentin) are a ‘home from home’ with extra hospitality thrown in by us. Post-Brexit we no longer manage them exclusively, so whilst they are generally dominated by Collett’s guests at times that are popular with walkers (June, July & September in the main), some rooms unsold by us might be occupied by non-Collett’s guests.
Also, as Collett’s no longer has domestic commitments in our chalet hotels, our teams are smaller, although 100% dedicated to furnishing you with good local knowledge and a succession of memorable walks.
Post-Brexit our teams are largely recruited from the European Union (or at least they hold an EU passport) but they speak good English and they will be an excellent source of support during your stay, notably at Office Hour.
A good semi‐continental breakfast will set you up for the day. Dinner arrangements vary depending on your accommodation, but you can expect an excellent three course dinner in the company of other guests. You are welcome in the chalet during the day. Help yourselves to complimentary tea and coffee at your leisure. Packed lunches are available daily and charged locally. Regretfully, the days of complimentary wine at our chalet hotels are almost at an end. Guests at Haus Valentin will receive 0.25l of complimentary wine at dinner. After that, additional wine will have to be purchased from Cristina and her team.
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Please ensure to check the Government website for up to date advice in regards to restrictions in Italy.
As it currently stands, there are no specific entry requirements for people arriving in Italy where Covid is concerned. All restrictions were lifted on 1 June 2022. However, FFP2 facemasks are required in certain public places, including cable cars, gondolas, buses and trains. Masks will therefore be required on airport transfers.
Tuesday is our local day-off. In our hosted chalets, breakfast is served but dinner is not included as a part of your half-board stay. Use this as an opportunity to eat out locally. There is no Office Hour, so stock up with extra ideas at Office Hour on Monday. If you happen to be arriving on a Tuesday, you will be met and welcomed. We can also recommend somewhere to eat and pass on walking options for the following day.
We need to know of any dietary requirements at least 7 days before your holiday. Please contact us now if you have not informed us if you, or any of your party, are vegetarian, vegan or coeliac etc. Thank you.
Please contact us ASAP with your arrival time if you haven’t already, so that someone is there to meet you. Please note: our earliest arrival time is 15.00. Log into your portal at www.collettsportal.co.uk and enter your details. Please have a guess if you are not sure – thank you! There is no need for this info if you have booked a Collett’s airport transfer or if we have booked you a private transfer.
According to the AA, all valid UK driving licenses should be accepted in Italy.
If you have booked a hire car, a credit card is essential – not debit card! Your credit card is generally swiped but not debited, but do check.
You will also need your license DVLA Licence Check Code from the DVLA website.
Self-drivers should familiarise themselves with the driving requirements for Italy, and the compulsory equipment that must be carried in your car. See www.theaa.com
Also, remember to use dipped headlights at all times.
The addresses of our key accommodations are available in the ‘Travel’ tab above and your satnav should do the rest.
Hairdryers are provided in our hosted chalets and hotels. If you are self-catering, it might be best to bring one.
Wifi is available in each of our hosted chalets and two hotels. It may not be as quick as you are used to at home. At Haus Valentin, it only reaches some of the bedrooms, but it is available in the bar and other communal areas.
If you are staying in a Collett’s chalet hotel, a packed lunch can be ordered every day – except Tuesdays, our day off. Place your order at Office Hour and your lunch will be ready the following morning by 8.30am. Packed lunches are paid for locally by you and can be put on your house account payable just before you leave. On Tuesdays, when packed lunches are not available, each of our ‘Walks of the Day’ will include a rifugio (mountain lodge) where you can stop for lunch. Otherwise, there are bakeries within walking distance of both Bracun & Haus Valentin, where rolls, snacks etc. can be bought.
These are laminated aids to the self-guided walks proposed in our Ideas & Information Files. They are available for you to borrow at Office Hour. Please return them soon after your walk. Be sure not to use the Route Laminates as definitive walking guides. They are for reference only, as the maps they contain are not necessarily to scale. You should mark up your own map accordingly to determine independently whether the itinerary is suitable for you and your party. You borrow Route Laminates at your own risk. Remember that terrain and route conditions can change at any time, rendering any map or itinerary description outdated.
Sport Kostner accommodates a large supermarket in the centre of Corvara. There is also a Spar at the bottom end of the village. Guests staying in Badia have a Spar at the top end of town. There is also a much larger Spar, as well as Sport Tony in the centre of La Villa 2kms up the road in the direction of Corvara.
Good access to walks is available via local buses, cable cars, gondolas and the occasional chairlift. In the past Collett’s provided transport to some walks with its own minibuses, but post-Brexit this is no longer possible.
There are many weather forecasts available however we typically recommend using the South Tyrol weather forecast.
The days of complimentary wine at our chalet hotels are regretfully at an end. However, guests at Haus Valentin will receive a quarter litre of complimentary wine at dinner. After that, additional wine will have to be purchased from Cristina and her team.
Our base in the South Tyrol. It is the top end of the Val Badia comprised of six small mountain resorts. An enchanting valley surrounded by awesome peaks and strewn with Tyrolean hamlets. The valley rises southwards from the town of Brunico. Its principal village is Corvara and it is also home to five other villages. It is an excellent location for a wide range of high, medium and low level walks and bike rides. The Alta Badia is one of four valleys which terminate at the Sella Massif. It was part of Austria until 1918 and retains a Germanic character. German, Italian and Ladin are spoken. Most of our proposed self-guided walks are located in and around the Alta Badia. It has an enlightened – yet reassuringly conservative and environmental – approach to tourism.
Austrian double beds are very common in most of our properties and throughout this part of the world. They comprise two single mattresses and two single duvets on a double bed frame, which can sometimes (but not always) be separated.
Also known as Pedraces, Collett’s has been in Badia since 1999. It is an authentic alpine village, and home to our chalet hotel, Haus Valentin, Hotel Melodia and some self-catering apartments. The Santa Croce chairlift is a ‘must’, regardless of where you choose to stay – an enchanting ride over flower pastures and traditional farmsteads, which opens up walks of all grades. At the top you can drop in on Rifugio Nagler (run by our good friends Roberto & Giusi) for a drink or some superb food. A glorious spot!
There are bakers in both Badia and Corvara. They open each morning (Monday-Saturday). In peak season they also open again in the afternoons and on Sunday mornings. Alternatively, bread can be bought from Sport Kostner in Corvara, or from the Spar mini-market in San Leonardo – a 10 minute walk from the centre of Badia.
There are two banks in both Corvara and Badia ‐ both have cashpoints. Opening times (approx): Mon‐Fri, 8am ‐ 12pm & 3pm ‐4.15pm.
Bozen in German – Provincial capital of South Tyrol. A pleasant 90 minute drive from Corvara. A beautiful mountain city with porticoed streets, great shops and a colourful market. Home of the Iceman at the fascinating Museum of Archaeology (closed on Mondays). A good option for a rainy day.
Mountain and road bikes are available to hire locally. The Alta Badia is an increasingly high-profile destination for road and mountain biking. We have details of some bike routes in our Ideas & Information Files, but more info and maps are available from local Tourist Offices. Bikes can be taken on most of the cable cars and chairlifts without extra charge.
Bruneck in German – gateway to the Alta Badia (or Val Badia). This is an attractive fortified Tyrolean town, which sits at the northern end of the valley. There are good bus connections to and from Badia and Corvara and there are train connections to Bolzano and the mainline between Munich, Innsbruck and Verona.
Corvara and Badia are well served by local bus services ‐ especially in high season. You can travel up and down the valley easily, whilst in high season you can also access adjoining valleys, which is ideal for walks and other itineraries. Services are limited until mid June and after mid/late September.
Cable cars and chairlifts take you to magnificent viewing points, usually with somewhere to have a drink or a meal, as well as the starting points of some wonderful walks. Dates and times of opening vary. The Alta Badia Summer Pass is a weekly pass which allows you to use 14 lifts in the Alta Badia as often as you wish during 5 days of the week. For dedicated walkers, it is probably best to pay as you go, where lifts are concerned.
There are plenty of cafés in the area. A favourite in Corvara is Café Raetia ‐ a speciality tea shop which offers teas from around the world ‐ the apple strudel from here is divine! In Badia, try Café Ricky in the centre with its wonderful cakes, pastries, homemade biscuits and chocolates.
This is the southern point of entry into the Alta Badia, lying between Arabba & Corvara. It is the lowest of the renowned Four Passes at 1875m
An attractive town on the west side of Pordoi Pass in the Val Di Fassa. It has many shops, an attractive piazza, indoor swimming and ice skating.
By law, you should always drive with dipped headlights in Italy. Call 116 for the emergency breakdown service. Fly-drivers will find the Emergency Assistance Number within the car hire documentation. Your car hire supplier should arrange for the car to be repaired and/or replaced. Self-drivers are likely to drive through Austria to the Dolomites, so remember that toll stickers need to be purchased and displayed for the Austrian motorways. These are available at service stations approaching Austria and in Austria itself (approx €10 for a 10 day period, €27.80 for 2 months). In addition, just south of Innsbruck, there is a toll to pay at the Brenner Pass (approx. €10). There is also a small toll (approx. €4) for the short stretch of Italian motorway that takes you towards the Dolomites. If driving to us from Venice or Treviso, you will pay a motorway toll of approx. €10.
Farmacia in Italian and Apotheke in German, indicated by a green cross. In Corvara the chemist is diagonally opposite Sport Kostner at the top end of the village. Badia’s nearest chemist is in La Villa (2 km) on the main street at the north end of the village.
Times for Holy Mass are usually as follows ‐
Corvara ‐ Sunday ‐ 10.00 & 18.00 / Badia ‐ Sunday ‐ 9.00 & 17.30
Known as the Pearl of the Dolomites, this is an Olympic town in a magnificent mountain location. It is a stunning 45 minute drive from Corvara and Badia. Great for window shopping!
Corvara is the principal village of the Val Badia, our main base in the Dolomites. It has two gondolas, one to the Pralongia Plateau at 1980m for easier and moderate walks, the other to the eastern turrets of the Sella at 2152m for amazing high-level walks and also good access to several Via Ferrata. There is a good range of shops, cafes and many sports facilities including skating, a swimming lake, climbing wall, golf, tennis, archery etc.
Call 112 for all medical emergencies and a paramedic ambulance. See – Emergency. Remember your EHIC/GHIC card.
Corvara Doctor: +39 0471 839189 / 337 616080 (mobile) ‐ Dott. Caretta
La Villa Doctor: +39 0471 844200 ‐ Dott. Spechtenhauser
If you need to see a doctor, please come and see us and we will be happy to help.
The name comes from the French geologist, Deodat‐Guy‐Sylvain‐Tancre de Gratet de Dolomieu (!), who visited the area in 1789. He was fascinated by the area’s carbonate rock, made up of stratified calcium magnesium carbonate and purer limestone.
Call 112 for all emergencies.
The coral in Dolomitic rock reflects the sun as it is setting, creating a deep rose‐pink glow on the rock face. This glorious phenomenon is known locally as Enrosadira. It is at its best in September, when it really seems as if the mountain is on fire! Chalet Haus Valentin in Badia is an unbeatable vantage point from which it can be appreciated.
Half-way to Cortina, this is one of the area’s most significant places for recognising the military confrontation during World War I. It is rife with caves, trenches and tunnels (including the Lagazuoi Tunnels). The Lagazuoi Cable Car, open from May to October, takes you direct to Rifugio Lagazuoi, with a great 360° panoramic view. There are some outstanding high level walks and Via Ferrata that start from the Falzarego Pass.
The wildlife of the Dolomites makes its home chiefly in the natural parks, remote valleys and high recesses of the mountains. Many native animals remain common, among these are marmots, chamois, large deer and capriolo (the small roe deer) or you might be lucky enough to spot a stambecco (a large wild mountain goat). A rich variety of birds can also be seen: the magnificent golden eagles often soar among the highest peaks; grouse seek the protective cover of forests; the white ptarmigan (which turns brown in summer) and ravens can be found in higher open areas and, of course, the alpine choughs will always be around, notably at lunch time!
The Dolomites offers you some of the best alpine floral sites in Europe – if you are a keen or casual botanist, prepare to be impressed! Collett’s facilitated the publication of a superb Dolomites flower book, which is an essential part of any casual botanist’s armoury. See – Mountain Flowers of the Dolomites.
Summer’s Sella Ronda! – A famous and breathtaking drive which goes all the way round the Sella massif via the four passes of Pordoi (2239m), Sella (2244m), Gardena (2121m) and Campolongo (1875m). If you have your own transport try doing this drive during the early part of your stay, as it will help you orientate yourself and get a feel for the geography of the area.
Located above Corvara, the Gardena Pass joins the Alta Badia with the Val Gardena. It is the starting point of several good walks and also the Cirspitze, a Via Ferrata we recommend as a good introduction for the uninitiated.
There is a 9 hole course near the Campolongo Pass. It claims to be the second highest golf course in Europe and offers wonderful backdrops. It opens in late June and 18 holes will cost approx. €60.00. Clubs can be hired.
The Italian Dolomites cover an area of more than 90km (north‐south) by 100km (west‐east). They are at an approximate latitude of 46.30° north (about the same as Zermatt) and between 11° and 12° longitude east (about the same as Munich, Venice, Rome & Innsbruck). The Dolomites consist of more than 14 mountain massifs, each with at least one 3000m peak. The fantastic scenery of the Dolomites is a result of their geology with its unique combination of two different rock types, dolomitic and volcanic. They were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2009.
Guided treks and summit excursions are available on the Marmolada with the local Alpine Guides. They are based in Corvara, but you can contact them to book in advance – www.altabadiaguides.com
The latest editions of the Tabacco 1:25,000 series of maps show grid references ‐ for GPS users, these coordinates relate to Rome 1940 with UTM setting.
If you would like to book a mountain guide or bike guide, or book any other activity such as horse riding, paragliding, canyoning, whitewater rafting etc, just ask and we will help. You will need your own transport to partake in certain activities. For example, the whitewater rafting and canyoning centre is a 50 minute drive from us. Please note: such excursions and activities are neither run nor controlled by Collett’s (even if advertised by us); that we only act as your agent; and that your contract for these services is with the third party supplier in question and not Collett’s Limited. Consequently, we are not responsible/liable for the provision of any such third party excursions or activities or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the supplier.
Horseriding is available in Badia, San Cassiano and also a little further afield at the Sitting Bull Ranch at Longiarù about 25 minutes drive from Badia. Rides or lessons can be booked in resort. Just ask.
If it arises that you have to go to hospital/medical centre unaccompanied by us, here are details of those nearest to us.
Corvara Medical Centre – just off the main street behind the band stand. This includes an x‐ray facility, so here might be a good start.
Brunico Hospital – if you are in Badia or Corvara, go to Brunico at the bottom (northern) end of the Val Badia. On entering Brunico, turn left at the first roundabout (after the Shell garage and signed to Ahrntal). Follow this road for about 2kms before turning right over a bridge – the hospital is signed to the right about 1km down this road. Tel. 0474 555444 or 0474 581111.
Agordo Hospital – if you are near Arabba & the Marmolada (south of the Alta Badia) it might be better to go to Agordo (45 minutes away) by following signs to Belluno. In Agordo, turn left just after the big church in the main piazza and follow the road for half a mile. For casualty, follow the sign to PRONTO SOCCORSO. Tel 0437 645111 or 0437 62870
Available at the ice rink in Corvara during high season.
The Iceman put Bolzano on the world map. You can see his almost perfectly preserved body of 5300 years at the Museum of Archaeology at the heart of this beautiful mountain city. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Innsbruck is a feasible day trip from the Dolomites and it takes a little over two hours to get there. It is a scenic mountain drive. Consider Bolzano first though ‐ it’s nearer, similar and arguably just as attractive.
Describes dialect, culture and people of the wider local area.
A labyrinth of WWI tunnels built in the mountain above the Falzarego Pass. The tunnels are accessed by the Lagazuoi cablecar, and maps are available from a kiosk by the cable car station. The tunnels are quite an adventure and not for the faint‐hearted. They bring to life the incredible conditions in which the Austrians and Italians fought for key positions in the tragic mountain conflicts of WW1. Helmet and torches are essential for the tunnels. Please consider bringing a torch from home, as these are only usually available for hire during high season (from a kiosk at the Lagazuoi cable car station) and are in short supply. The tunnels are good for a rainy day (although it can get slippery underfoot). In addition, an Austrian troop path has recently been re‐opened. It is not for the faint-hearted either and has some exposed (albeit protected) sections.
Corvara: Lat. 46° 32’ N ‐ Long. 11° 52’ E Badia: Lat. 46° 31′ N ‐ Long. 11° 53′ E
Situated half way between the villages of Corvara and Badia, La Villa is where you turn off if you are heading to San Cassiano and the Falzerego Pass for the Lagazuoi tunnels. It has a range of shops and cafes, and can easily be reached via the riverside paths from both Corvara and Badia.
We rarely use compasses here because the terrain is a paradise of dramatic features. However, magnetic variation is quite minimal (around one degree west) and is not generally referred to on maps. We have noticed that in some areas the compass displays some strange inaccuracies, due to either the magnetic properties of volcanic rock, or buried metal from wartime remains.
The highest mountain in the Dolomites and home to the only glacier in the range. You can get to the top by using the three stage cable car at Malga Ciapela (open from mid‐June to late Sept.) or you can take the bucket lift on the other side of Lake Fedaia, accessed by crossing the spectacular dam at the west end of the lake. This will take you to the snout of the glacier, close to two rifugios.
The perfect book for the casual botanist! A user-friendly ‘must’ for anyone with an interest in the exceptional flora of the Dolomites. It was written by two of our own flower specialists, Cliff Booker and David Charlton. Contact us now for a copy and gen up before you go. £9.95 plus P&P.
Tandem paragliding is available in Corvara. We can book this for you or you can go directly to the hut situated in the field below the Boé Gondola in Corvara, which is also the meeting point. Rough price ‐ €130 inc. souvenir t‐shirt.
Petrol stations can be found in the villages of Badia and La Villa. There is also one just outside Corvara en-route to Colfosco.
Call 112 for emergencies, for Corvara Police call 0471 836063 and for Badia Police call 0471 847123.
Located above Arabba, the Pordoi Pass forms the border between Veneto and Trentino and is a wildflower ‘mecca’. Close to its souvenir shops, you will find the starting point of the spectacular Sass Pordoi cable car to the summit plateau of the Sella Massif. It also provides access to one of the area’s most beautiful walks – the Viel del Pan or Bindelweg. It is also an easy stroll out to the German War Mausoleum.
Hopefully there won’t be any! If you are unlucky, please bear in mind that the weather in the mountains can be very localised and it is not unusual to leave the village on a rainy day to find brighter conditions in a neighbouring valley. Suggestions for rainy days are available in our Ideas & Information Files or simply ask us for inspiration.
It is easy to find good restaurants and pizzerias in the Alta Badia. The valley is justifiably proud of its excellent gastronomic reputation. Prices are reasonable and the food is often exceptional. If you want to go upmarket and stylish, there are several options where you can treat yourselves to something really special. For something different, there are also places which concentrate on traditional Ladin cuisine. Guests staying in our chalet hotels on a half-board basis will need to find a restaurant on our day-off (Tuesday). We will be happy to recommend and (if necessary) book somewhere appropriate for you.
These are a key attraction of walking in the Dolomites. They offer well‐earned refreshment and wonderful vistas from their sun terraces! Huts are strewn all over the Dolomites, often at trail intersections. Most of them are not really huts – they are more substantial, more like lodges, inns or hostelries. Some are more comprehensive than others in what they offer, but you can generally rely on a warm welcome, excellent service, good food and drink at reasonable prices. If you like the idea of overnighting in the huts, check out our Hut to Hut Holidays at colletts.co.uk
A thrilling cable car ride to the ‘top of the world,’ which ascends at 8m per second from the Pordoi Pass to the summit plateau of the Sella massif. In under 2 minutes you rise 711m to an altitude of 2950m. Open from late May/early June to October.
A large supermarket and outdoor shop in Corvara, which hires out Via Ferrata kit. Collett’s guests get 10% discount in the sports department.
At higher altitudes the sun is much more intense and can easily cause sunburn, even when it appears to be a cloudy day. It also reflects off the light coloured rock of the Dolomites, so a high factor cream is recommended.
Sport Kostner is in the centre of Corvara. Its supermarket is on the ground floor. Guests staying in Badia have a Spar at the top end of town. There is also a much larger Spar, as well as Sport Tony in the centre of La Villa, the village between Corvara and Badia.
During high season there is the outdoor swimming lake in Corvara ‐ you can sunbathe here too. There is an indoor pool at La Villa (at the Scuola Media) ‐ open Mon/Wed/Fri 14.00 to 21.00 & Tue/Thu/Sat. from 14.00 to 19.00. At Canazei, there is indoor swimming everyday (except Mon.) from mid/late June to mid September from 14.30 to 20.30.
Taxis in this area are invariably 8 seater minibuses. Corvara ‐ try Alfred Pescosta on 0039 347 2615525(m) or Alfredo Lori on 0039 339 7969199(m). Badia ‐ try Taxi Vico on 0039 0471 847245 or 0039 335 6116528 (m).
Tennis is available at Corvara and La Villa. Bookings can be made at the courts.
Tips are not expected in this region and should be made purely at your discretion.
A beautiful medieval city with canals, cafes and piazzas. The No. 6 bus connects the airport to the train station and town centre. There is a left luggage facility opposite Treviso airport and at the railway station, where trains leave for Venice every 30 mins.
See – Dietary Requirements.
A significant attraction of the Dolomites, Via Ferrata gives you the opportunity to explore the massifs on a system of cables, ladders, tunnels and gorge-spanning bridges. This is the birthplace of Via Ferrata and we are at the heart of the greatest concentration of Via Ferrata in the world, some of which are detailed in our Ideas & Information Files so that – if you have the relevant experience – you can embark on the routes of your choice.
Tap water in this area is drinkable. Pack a water container and take plenty of water with you when out. Two litres is recommended.
Please don’t ring us to find out what the weather will be like during your holiday! We would hate to get it wrong and with mountains it is hard to get it right! Generally, the prevailing weather in the Dolomites during the summer is good, but as in any mountainous areas, the weather can be unpredictable and localised. As for temperatures, June and September can sometimes be quite chilly at night (down to 5°celcius) whilst it can go up to 30°celcius during the day, although the average would be nearer 20°celcius. An up‐to‐date forecast should be available at Office Hour each evening and also at the local tourist offices. Naturally, our team keep a keen eye on weather conditions, but it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with daily weather forecasts and select your itineraries accordingly.
See – Guides & Activities.
The scale of the conflict in the Dolomites is surprising. It began in the Dolomites because the border between Italy and Austria ran through the mountains. From 1915 to 1917, the two countries fought a war of fixed positions and the frontline barely moved. Both sides were ingenious in establishing their positions, they built trenches, observation posts and miles of tunnels, often sleeping within earshot of the enemy. The winter of 1916 saw 10m of snowfall and more than 10,000 men died in avalanches. On the Marmolada, 400 died in a single avalanche. Neither side won this tragic conflict and the destiny of the area was decided at the Treaty of Saint Germain in 1919 in Paris. If WWI is of interest to you, you can visit the open‐air museum at Lagazuoi & Cinque Torre near the Falzarego Pass. You can walk in trenches, on old troop paths and visit the Lagazuoi tunnels.
Below are a few essential things to check in the weeks leading up to your holiday with us.
Passport – Is it in date? Contact the passport office here if you need to renew your passport
Travel Insurance – Do you have any? If not, buy it now – see ‘Insurance’ tab at the top of this page.
Flight Check-in – Remember to print off your boarding pass
Baggage – Have you checked the size & weight of your baggage?
Book Airport Hotel
Book Airport Parking
Check Covid travel requirements at www.gov.uk
If you have booked a private taxi Airport Transfer, you will be met by your driver upon exiting baggage reclaim. Transfer Time: 3hrs. It is likely that you will be asked to wear a FFP2 facemask for this journey.
If you have booked a Collett’s Airport Transfer, you will be met by a member of our staff at the airport at 15:00. At Venice Marco Polo & Treviso Airports, we meet by the café in the Arrivals Hall – Transfer Time: 3½hrs. It is likely that you will be asked to wear a FFP2 facemask for this journey.
Important notes ref. Collett’s Airport 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 shared airport transfer and make your own plans, or consider a private transfer, if you are not happy with these arrangements, which by and large work very well.
Use your satnav to find your Collett’s accommodation in the Dolomites. Key addresses as follows:
Via Runcac 35,
39036 Badia (BZ)
Garni Bracun (& Hotel Christian)
Strada Sassongher 20,
39033 Corvara (BZ)
Strada Sciuz, 1
39033 Corvara (BZ)
Hotel Melodia del Bosco
Via Runcac 8,
39036 Badia (BZ)
Badia – come to Haus Valentin – address above
Corvara – come to Garni Bracun – address above
On arrival, each member of your party will be asked to sign our disclaimer.
You can read the disclaimer below. It is largely based on the ‘At your own Risk’ section in our guest information.
In this age of litigation, it is important that you understand your relationship with Collett’s Ltd. when using our information and opinions to self-guide.
In short, members of our Walks Teams are not qualified guides and you use their opinions, ideas and suggestions at your own risk.
Everything you do during your stay in the Dolomites is done ‘at your own risk’.
On your arrival in the Dolomites, you (and each member of your party) will be asked to read and sign this disclaimer. In these days of litigation, it is important you (and other members of your party) understand your relationship with Collett’s and without your signatures on this disclaimer, we would be reluctant to pass on information and opinions to you during your stay.
The ‘Ideas & Information’ Folder
You have booked a self-guided walking holiday and it is importnant that you understand that our ‘Ideas and Information’ folder has been put together using our knowledge of the area, to provide self-guided routes which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability to complete them 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 each route you undertake and to take any action necessary to avoid any terrain which you are not comfortable with. Furthermore, it is important that you understand that all our route notes assume an ability to read maps and navigate competently.
Your self-guided walking holiday is therefore spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst all the routes in our ‘Ideas and information’ folder were accurate when originally prepared, the situation on the ground may have changed since we last updated the routes prior to the pandemic (in 2019) and all routes rely on your sound judgement and decision-making throughout. It is your responsibility to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make a decision about whether the route is suitable for you.
It is a fact that 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 Ltd will not be held responsible for your interest in these areas and your involvement in pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.
Throughout your stay (and especially at ‘Office Hour’, our team will provide you with information and opinions on the area, (including walks, protected paths, Via Ferrata, sport climbs, bike rides, places of interest etc.) Whilst they will always endeavour to give accurate and appropriate information and opinions, we do not take any responsibility for them and they are acted upon by you at your own risk. By signing this disclaimer, you understand that our team are not qualified mountain guides, and agree that you do not hold Collett’s responsible for any information or opinions it offers you during your stay and that you do everything during your stay with Collett’s at your own risk.
Finally, during your stay, you might inadvertently (or not!) be included in photography that subsequently appears in Collett’s promotional materials. By signing this disclaimer, you agree that this is ok with you.
Our walk advisors are not qualified guides. We cannot take responsibility for information gleaned from our Ideas & Information Files, Route Laminates and the first-hand knowledge/opinions of our own people. To this extent, it is essential that you ultimately decide independently whether any itinerary you choose to do is suitable for you and your party.
In short, everything you do during your stay in the mountains 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. It is a fact that 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 mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.
Duty of Care. When walking in the great outdoors with others (whether on holiday or not), as with any activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present. Therefore, when self-guiding (in your own party or with other guests), every member of the group legally has a duty of care to all involved.
As a general guide to safety we have used information published by the Italian Alpine Rescue Corps and the British Mountaineering Council to produce the following notes:
Based on information published by the Italian Alpine Rescue Corps and the British Mountaineering Council – for anyone wishing to take the following emergency notes with them on an itinerary, a printed copy is available:
If the operator manning the emergency line does not speak English and you are unable to communicate, please try calling (0044) 79158 75969 and we will relate the information as best we can.
These suggested lists are by no means exhaustive however should cover the main items required to help you to enjoy your holiday.
☐ Passport (You should have at least 6 months left on your UK passport and it needs to be less than 10 years old)
☐ Euros or credit/debit cards (there are cash machines in Corvara & Badia)
☐ Holiday Insurance
☐ Mobile telephone & charger (Check whether your mobile phone company has changed its mobile roaming charges)
☐ Signed disclaimer
☐ FFP2 facemasks (still required on public transport in Italy – this may include cable cars and gondolas.
☐ Clothes, footwear & wash kit
☐ Sunglasses, sun hat & sun cream
☐ Swimming kit (outdoor pool in Corvara)
☐ Pocket reference books (e.g. flowers)
☐ German/Italian phrase book
☐ Continental plug-adapter (European voltage for normal appliances is 220-240 Volts)
☐ A level of fitness to suit your own intentions!
☐ Strong, light, comfortable walking boots,
which support the ankle
☐ Waterproof jacket and trousers
☐ Clothing for hot and cold weather
☐ Lightweight rucksack (25 litres plus)
☐ Telescopic walking poles
☐ Basic first-aid kit
☐ Water bottle (min. 2 litres, 3 litres is recommended for harder walks)
☐ Map case
☐ Compass, whistle, torch, survival bag
☐ Strong, comfortable walking boots, which support the ankle (low cut footwear are not suitable)
☐ Gaiters (if you have them), gloves & hat
☐ Walking trousers (not shorts) and warm layers
☐ Driving licence
☐ Printed copy of driving licence ‘check code’ Visit gov.uk/view-driving-licence
☐ Car hire voucher
☐ Credit card of the lead driver
☐ Sat Nav & European road map
☐ Driving licence
☐ Ferry / tunnel ticket
☐ Insurance & car registration documents
☐ European breakdown cover
☐ GB Sticker (must be displayed in the EU)
☐ Warning triangle (must be carried in the EU)
☐ Fluorescent bibs (must be carried in the EU)
☐ Spare bulbs
☐ Sat Nav & European road map
Being adequately insured during your stay with us is essential – we strongly recommend you buy a comprehensive holiday insurance package at the time of booking. Having a travel insurance policy is one of the booking conditions for joining us on a Collett’s Mountain Holiday.
If you have an existing insurance policy, please take the time to make sure it is up to date, and cover is adequate for your chosen destination and activity.
The following declared activities are covered under the standard policy terms:
Collett’s Limited is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd. who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This can be checked on the FCA’s register by visiting the FCA’s website at www.fca.org.uk or by contacting them on 0800 111 6787.