The Classic Collett’s Walking Holiday in the Pyrenees
Summer Season – 28 Aug - 28 Sep 2021
Join Walks or Self-guide
All fitness levels
A uniquely flexible walking holiday for intermediate and experienced hikers in the last great mountain wilderness of Western Europe. Explore the natural wonders of the Pyrenees on both the Spanish & French sides, such as the Ordesa Canyon, Monte Perdido & Pic du Midi d’Ossau. Join magnificent walks of your chosen grade – free of charge and daily. But if you prefer to self-guide, we have everything you need for up to 35 wonderful local hikes – from easier-moderate walks to challenging high treks.
Delightful Accommodation. Our half-board base is the delightful Hotel Sabocos in the pretty mountain resort of Panticosa. Stay as long as you wish, arriving and departing on the days of your choice. We also provide some self-catering options. Fly-drive or self-drive. Or book an airport transfer from Zaragoza – these operate on Sundays.
Accommodation – Options include: the delightful Hotel Sabocos & self-catering. Organised Walks – Optional participation in our daily programme of stunning walks from classic moderate hikes to harder high treks; everything you need to self-guide on up to 35 local hikes – from easy-moderate to hard. Office Hour – Daily access to the extensive knowledge and suggestions of the Collett’s Walks Team, guaranteeing the success of your time in the mountains. Plan your days with us each early evening in the informal and relaxed atmosphere of Hotel Sabocos. Access to maps, reference books and our ‘Ideas & Info’ files featuring numerous walks, bike rides, places of interest and other days out.
28 Aug - 28 Sep 2021
Types of Experience:
Magnificent walks to suit intermediate and high level walkers. Organised walks; self-guided walks; mountain flowers; daily choice of organised walking or self-guiding.
Yes – Daily option to self-guide or join organised walks. Everything you need to self-guide on up to 35 wonderful local walks from easier-moderate to hard. ‘Route Laminates’ available to borrow on a daily basis.
Airport Transfers – Zaragoza – Sundays – £80 per person return. Fly-Drive or Self-Drive – Total flexibility on your days of arrival and departure. Option to visit places of interest further afield during your stay, such as Bilbao and Zaragoza. Fly-drive via Zaragoza, Toulouse or other cities in south-western France. Self-drivers should allow 10-14 hours from Calais or cruise with Brittany Ferries to Bilbao. 10% discount through Collett’s on ferries. Train – Take the Eurostar and TGV from London to Pau via Paris, and then hire a car. Add on a City Break in either Barcelona or Madrid, which are only 90 mins by train from Zaragoza.
Average of 4.92 out of 5 from 116 reviews
Any questions? Call 01799 513331, send us an enquiry or click need to chat below. You will be looked after by someone who knows our destinations intimately.
Walking in the Pyrenees on a Collett’s Holiday:
Get ‘off the beaten track’ in the wild and wonderful Pyrenees. We believe the wilder character of the Pyrenees gives you the opportunity to experience one of Europe’s last largely undeveloped mountain ranges. The walking options are superb and hillwalkers who enjoy wilder mountain landscapes will thrive here.
Routes vary from walks upland pastures and woodland, to high trails, which wend their way through the peaks of the frontier ridge. Old trading, pilgrim and smuggling routes thread the mountain cols, whilst the wonderfully exposed ‘fajas’ of the Ordesa canyon are the ultimate in high-level exhilaration.
The wonderfully wild and unspoilt Pyrenees for moderate and high level walkers
Free, optional and daily – except Wednesdays
Your stay will surely be enhanced by our own walkers, the Collett’s Walks Team. You can join them (and other guests) day to day on stunning walks – except Wednesdays, our local day-off. Simply join us at Office Hour in the Hotel Sabocos each early evening and choose the walk that takes your fancy. (See below – ‘Planning your Walks’). Our organised walks take place in a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. Armed with a packed lunch (available to you at €6 each), we set out at about 9am and, depending on the itinerary, return to the village in the mid or late afternoon, allowing you time to relax after the walk, maybe over a drink on the terrace or a stroll into the village. Here are the walks we offer on a daily basis:
A Classic Moderate Hike
Height Gain: 300m – 600m, 4–6 hours
Upland flower pastures, woodland trails, mountain lakes, riverside tracks, sleepy hamlets and some easier higher level paths.
A Higher & Harder Trek
Height Gain: 600m – 1200m, 5-7 hours
Venture into the massifs on high trails amidst awe-inspiring landscapes.
Everything you need to self-guide on up to 35 fabulous hikes
from moderate to hard.
Daily access to the extensive local knowledge of our Walks Team and our ‘Ideas & Info’ files
Some days – or every day even – you might prefer to self-guide. The knowledge of the Collett’s Walks Team is available every evening at Office Hour, where, over maps and a pre-dinner drink, you can chat with them about walks that take your fancy. They will help you create a succession of appropriate and wonderful self-guided walks. You will come across members of our Walks Team throughout your stay and they will always be happy to help you and answer any questions.
Self-guiders can also refer to our invaluable ‘Ideas & Info’ files, which feature many walks of all grades, from moderate walks to challenging and dramatic high trails. For each walk we give the duration, ascent, degree of difficulty and the relevant section of map. You can also borrow on a daily basis an easy-to-carry Route Laminate for each itinerary. The files also contain numerous other options, scenic drives, places of interest, bike rides, canoeing, ideas for rainy days (as if!) and other days out.
Planning your walks and other days out at Office Hour
A popular Collett’s institution and an abundance of information and ideas
It’s Office Hour that really makes the holiday…”
Office Hour takes place each early evening (except Wednesdays) at the Hotel Sabocos. Over maps and a relaxing pre-dinner drink, you can chat with our Walks Team about the following day’s organised walks. We can help you decide which walk might suit you best. If you are travelling with people (or partners) of different fitness levels, you might choose to join different walks.
At Office Hour, self-guiders can create a succession of wonderful days out in the mountains with the enthusiastic help and local knowledge of our team. Also, you can read up on approximately 35 wonderful walks of all grades in our ‘Ideas & Info’ files, which are dotted around for all guests to browse.
If you fancy a day off from walking, we can introduce you to a host of local days out, whether you fancy visiting a local place of interest or you would like to participate in locally-provided activities, such as horse-riding, windsurfing, canoeing, mountain biking, high ropes etc. Lazy days are fine by us and you might just want to know where to find the perfect sunny spot in this enchanting Pyrenean retreat or spend a day in the spa relaxing in the thermal springs at the Baños de Panticosa. Whatever it is, just ask. We are here to ensure you get the very best from your time here.
Office Hour is nothing like as formal as its name suggests. It is a most popular, sociable and effective feature of a Collett’s Holiday, but it is also entirely optional and many guests just drop in for a relaxing drink with other guests. Flower lovers might compare photographs and gather around digital cameras to identify species. Walkers might busy themselves mulling over trails, from the idyllic to the awe-inspiring. Adventure seekers might plan high level glacial excursions. Either way, another memorable day in the mountains takes shape, leaving you to enjoy the evening with everything sorted for the next day.
People in search of moderate walking can venture out on a superb selection of delightful hikes, which unravel in the enchanting foothills beneath towering peaks. You will discover woodland rich with fauna, idyllic upland pastures, profuse and vibrant with flowers, and picturesque hamlets where time stands still. It is a pleasure to wander into a sleepy hamlet and sit at the table of a rustic café, gazing up at an unbroken rim of monumental peaks.
If you are a high-level walker, we look forward to helping you explore the exhilarating trails that will provide you with unforgettable days. Once any late lying snow has retreated, you can access many local classics, such as the awe-inspiring Ordesa and Monte Perdido UNESCO National Park, the Pic du Midi d’Ossau Circuit and the stunning peaks and trails above the Valle de Tena.
These cliffs are home to the uniquely dramatic rock cornices known as ‘fajas’, high altitude balconies of stone formed over millions of years. Along them cling sensational walking routes of varying exposures, providing walkers at every turn with adrenaline-fuelled views of the canyon and its many magnificent fairytale waterfalls.
Take a look at some Collett’s testimonials below and for further information about our Classic Collett’s Walking Holidays in the Swiss Alps, please view the separate tabs above.
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Our Wonderful Accommodation in Sils, the Engadine
1 Hotel, 5 Self-Catering Apartments
On a Collett’s walking holiday in Switzerland’s Engadine valley we have two accommodation options. Half-board guests stay at the Hotel Maria, a charming mix of modern and traditional comfort, where you will eat fabulous cuisine prepared by talented Italian chefs. Staying here is a total delight. Run brilliantly by Regula and Andreas Ludwig, every member of their team has an eagerness to please. The warmth of their hospitality radiates throughout the hotel, making it easy to relax and feel at home.
If self-catering is your preference, then we have apartments within easy walking distance of the hotel. Simply contact us with your proposed dates and we will quickly send you details of what is available.
Outstanding food, impressive service and an ever-present welcoming atmosphere
Arrive and depart on the dates of your choice – stay as long as you wish.
A very short walk from the pretty village centre of Sils is the Hotel Maria. Built in a typically Germanic alpine style, its impressive exterior is softened by pretty flower boxes and hides the immense warmth and welcome that awaits you inside.
The views from the hotel are absorbing and you can spend hours gazing across the valley to the looming Piz Lagrev, Piz Grevasalvas and the Lunghin Pass. Remarkably, somewhere up there, rainfall can fall in a single place and yet run off the mountain into 3 different seas hundreds of miles away; via the Danube to the Black Sea, via the Po to the Adriatic and via the Rhine to the North Sea.
The hotel is run by a husband and wife team, Regula and Andreas. They clearly love what they do and every member of their endlessly hospitable team is seemingly touched by their enthusiasm and focus on the well-being of guests. It is a pleasure to stay here and during your holiday you will surely appreciate some delightful and carefully thought-out hospitality touches.
Like a lot of good alpine hotels, the Hotel Maria provides the winning combination of being heartwarmingly traditional and simultaneously modern. It’s an attractive mix, which Andreas and Regula have got just right. It is easy to feel at home, whilst simultaneously being able to self-indulge in the many qualities that characterise the hotel.
All the bedrooms have attractive furnishings and offer a good level of comfort and relaxation. Superior bedrooms are available on request. Regula and Andreas are particularly proud of their dining room and this will certainly have positive repercussions on your stay. The dining room itself is an attractive space and a pleasure to be in. Breakfast is robust, semi-continental and buffet-style. A good packed lunch can be ordered daily at 8CHF. And each morning you can fill up your flasks with complimentary tea before you set off on a walk.
To ensure you have an excellent gastronomic experience here, Regula and Andreas have staffed the kitchen and dining room with talented and professional Italian chefs and waiters. A fantastic 4 course dinner with complimentary wine (or beer) is a focal point of each day. It is all very sociable: people with largely common interests, inspired by a day out in the beautiful Engadine mountains, eat at a couple of shared tables. Vibrant chat and laughter prevail, and it is a delightful way to end the day.
As with all our centre-based Classic Walking Holidays, you can stay with us here for as long as you wish, arriving and departing on the dates of your choice. If you are not staying for 7 nights, simply calculate the cost of your stay on a pro rata basis.
During your stay you will have your own house account for packed lunches and drinks. This can be settled on the eve of your departure. Wifi is available, as is parking for an extra daily fee, if you choose to fly-drive or self-drive.
Each early evening, Collett’s takes over one of the lounges for Office Hour, where we will help you plan your time in the mountains the following day, whether you join an organised walk or you opt to self-guide. Office Hour is optional, informal and sociable; a pleasant pre-dinner drink with other like-minded guests.
Price – from £1175 per person per week
Price includes – abundant breakfast buffets & 4 course dinner every day of your stay. Wine excluded.
Free Mountain Pass – for travel on local trains, buses and cable cars, including the world-renowned Bernina Express
Organised Walks & Self-guiding – All prices include participation in our various daily organised walks and everything you need to self-guide on up to 35 magnificent walks, from easy to hard.
Arrive & Depart any day – You can stay as long as you wish, arriving and departing on the dates of your choice. Calculate the price of stays of more or less than 7 days on a pro rata basis.
Our Day Off – Wednesday – there is no Office Hour, nor are there any organised walks.
Deposit – £100 per person. Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.
Apartments in Sils
Delightful options a short walk from the village centre
A Collett’s Classic Walking Holiday in Switzerland is available in a self-catering format by booking an apartment. All our apartments are within the village of Sils and only a short walk from the Hotel Maria where Office Hour takes place. As with all our accommodation, you can stay with us for as long as you wish, arriving and departing on the dates of your choice.
Our apartments are self-contained, usually located in a large alpine chalet, which might house 2 or 3 other apartments. Bedrooms are separate from the living area, which might include the dining table and a small kitchen area. Some are ideal for couples, whilst others will suit a party of 4. With the use of sofabeds in the living area, there is more flexibility, especially where families are concerned. Delightful views can be enjoyed from either a balcony, terrace or garden. If you would like to book self-catering, contact us with your proposed dates and we will quickly send you details of what is available.
Price – One request
Price includes – gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and a small welcome pack (prices are per person per week).
Organised Walks & Self-guiding – All prices include participation in our various daily organised walks and everything you need to self-guide on up to 35 walks, from easy to hard.
Arrive & Depart any day – You can stay as long as you wish, arriving and departing on the dates of your choice. Calculate the price of stays of more or less than 7 days on a pro rata basis.
Day Off – Wednesday – There is no Office Hour; nor are there any organised walks.
Deposit – £100 per person. Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.
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) & 4 course dinner with wine included (6 days).
Calculate price of stays of more or less than 7 days on a pro rata basis.
All prices include participation in our various daily organised walks. Free Mountain Pass – No expensive chairlifts or cable cars to pay for – all local transport is included (for guests staying in the Hotel Maria for stays of more than 3 nights)
B&B prices available on request.
Parking is 5CHF/day outside the hotel in their own spaces. There are around 10 spaces – or – It’s 14CHF/day in the public parking garage. Or 80CHF/week, there are many spaces.
Day Off – Wednesday – Breakfast is served as normal but there is no dinner or Office Hour – nor are there any organised walks.
Deposit – £100 per person – Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.
Self Catering Apartments
Superior Apartments (for 2 or 3)
Superior Apartments (for 4 or more)
Prices are per person per week and include gas, electricity, bed linen and a small welcome pack.
Towels are included in all Apts.
Calculate price of stays of more or less than 7 days on a pro rata basis.
All prices include participation in our various daily organised walks.
Self catering guests are welcome to dine in Hotel Maria with other guests and pay locally – just ask a member of staff.
Deposit – £100 per person – Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure
Arrive & depart on the dates of your choice
Fly-Train – Fly to Zurich & Catch the Train
Train – Take the train to St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps
Airport Transfers to and from Milan Bergamo Airport (every Thursday & Sunday) – £80 per person return.
Fly-Drive – enjoy the flexibility of a car on your days of arrival and departure. Visit places of interest at your leisure – Zurich, Milan & more.
Self-Drive – Calais to the Engadine is 9-10 hours. 10% discount through Collett’s on P&O Ferries Dover Calais.
Zurich City Break – add a day or two in Zurich to the start or end of your holiday
We wanted a holiday in the mountains at a time of year when there would be a good range of flowers in bloom. We liked the idea of moderate walking in view of our ages and levels of fitness. The hotel was very good and the owners were friendly and helpful. Your team of "guides" were excellent, although we walked only with the two Claires.
The staff were fantastic and made the holiday. The fact that you could decide your own degree of involvement in group activities and doing your own thing, with advice from the team, was great. We would love to come with you again but unfortunately we have been to all your other destinations so may have to wait until you have new destinations before we come again. We'll definitely recommend y (...)
Family connection but really impressed with the set up - Office hour a great idea - Reps really welcoming and professional. Went above and beyond, even giving up day off to entertain other guests one evening.
We have had the most wonderful holiday walking the Pyrenean Peaks.
Cat and her team were all terrific and enthusiastic and keen to help us enjoy the Pyrenees as much as they do.
We certainly benefitted from their knowledge of the walks. It is impressive that they go and explore other walks/peaks on their day off.
Thank you very much indeed!
I wholeheartedly recommend this trip. The walks were varied & were challenging without being overwhelming. The scenery was breathtaking. Hotel Sabacos was comfortable & friendly & the evening meals were excellent, often local specialities & all made from scratch. It was a pleasure & delight to be looked after by Sandy, Jo & Ollie who worked so hard to ensure our group got the most from our s (...)
The flexible start & finish dates meant we could combine a walking holiday with some time elsewhere in the region. Having never been on a walking holiday we liked the fact that we could choose the level of walk to suit our capabilities.
All four staff were really great – well informed, good company, and able to motivate two normally less than enthusiastic teenagers! Been with you to the Dolomites and had a great time! We all had a fantastic time - please pass on our thanks to Will, Remy, Claire and Clare for being such lovely hosts!
We left the hotel at 10am which meant we were at the airport at midday. Our flight did not leave until 5pm. We were the only people in the airport for a couple of hours! Perhaps leaving the hotel could be made a bit later for later flight times if it were possible or at least giving warning that this would happen at the time of booking.
Your resort staff are the icing on the cake! Fantasti (...)
We were welcomed extremely warmly by Will – who couldn't have been more helpful. All 4 Members of staff (Will, Claire, Clare and Remy) were friendly, enthusiastic, helpful, careful and professional at all times. They were superb and we would like to thank them
Our second great holiday with Collett's (Pyrenees). Lots of positives - great hotel, great food, superb walks - but most praise is due to the fantastic hosts. They did a great job showing us the way on walks but also brilliant at entertaining our 14 year old son. Jack in particular stood out but all the hosts were lovely. We are already planning our next Collett's holiday.
Many things make this trip outstanding. The tricky but enjoyable central sections of the GR11, the mountains, the lakes, the marmots, the accommodation, food & wine. The group size of eight clients and four Collett's staff (I understand this is normally three) was also perfect. However the biggest single factor that made this trip outstanding was the Collett's staff - Flee, Jo, Olly & Sandy (...)
Booked with you before and always had a good time previously. I don't know where you manage to get your staff from but they are the friendliest, funniest, most helpful and relaxed group of people we've ever walked with. Thank you Ollie, Jo, Sandy and Flee for an amazing holiday.
Collett's was a recommendation from a colleague who had visited both Panticosa and Picos. In resort staff member (Ric) greeted us and made sure we had everything we needed. He was friendly, helpful and professional as well as being very knowledgeable.
Thank you to the great staff that made our week brilliant - Ric, Sam, Amanda and Caitlin - and of course the closely David at dinner!!
We thought that the information provided was fantastic, maybe you could let people know that there is washing up liquid, laundry powder etc. provided in the self catering units and to really emphasis that you need to bring towels.
I know it's hard to include photos of everything but a photo of how great the self catering unit is would be good. thanks for dealing with questions in such a quic (...)
The tapas lunch was lovely and an excellent way to meet up with some of the fellow walkers going on the GR11. Very welcoming and a nice touch. As we were on the GR11 week we didn't attend the normal office hour. However every evening before dinner Hanaa and Bevan went through the route for the following day, handing out maps when required. This worked very well. Have been with Collett's befo (...)
Good reputation and do just what we wanted to get to know walks and to have some independence - We have a property in France and wanted to explore the Pyrenees..and this did just that, giving us some knowledge of the area and a chance to do our own thing too. excellent , mature staff, who worked hard and developed a good understanding of our requirements.
My third walking holiday, been ski ing with the family with colletts out of Arraba many times, the formula is just right, going to Corvara for christmas, we know what to expect and as important don’t have to organise athing
Jack and Alice were old friends from Haus Valentin in February. Their care, patience, constant good humour, friendliness and helpfulness were truly outstanding: it was a great pleasure and reassurance to have them hosting the GR11 walks. The first rate quality of the young staff is always the key to the success of Collett's holidays in my opinion and these two (and I believe the other two) w (...)
User friendly website and easy to navigate. When registering prior to holiday everything worked! Check List was very handy. Printing out the A-Z information at home used a lot of ink! Having found Collett's on the internet, my wife & I were impressed with our entire dealings with the company - from receiving a return call to our initial enquiry on a Saturday afternoon through to easy regist (...)
The GR11 Hike was challenging, as I wanted, and was truly amazing. Joe and Rachel looked after us in a very relaxed way, became part of the team, but did everything needed.
I'll be looking for my next Collett's walk soon
We liked the flexibility of group or non group walks and how many days you could book plus the location. Staff went out of their way to indicate if the trail had any unusual terrain that might make people uncomfortable. Guides were so personable at dinner. So interesting to talk with both at dinner and walks. We only went on one walk on our own. We thought the route could have used some more (...)
The Pyrenees were stunning. Everything was well organised and thought out. The hotels were great. The Colletts staff were wonderful especially Jack. We've already booked another Colletts holiday for next year.
First time I’d used this type of holiday and was not disappointed. Everything ran on rails from start to finish. The walking was spectacular and the views amazing, even in the snow! Accommodation was spot on with great food and comfortable sleeping arrangements.
The maps and route guides made things very easy and still gave you enough latitude to do your own thing at times.
This was our fourth Collett's holiday, and easily equaled our stay in the Dolomites, which I had thought the best walking holiday we'd had. The accommodation and meals were excellent, and the hotel staff were wonderful, even meeting us at our 3am arrival. What really made the difference though were Ric, Mandy, Sam and Caitlin. Although a diverse group they perfectly complemented each other. (...)
We had previously found out about the Dolomites holidays and suggested this type of holiday for our friends who were convening from different countries. Spain was the location of their choice. We and our friends had a great holiday in a spectacular location and we learned a lot about Alpine flora.
We enjoyed interacting with other guests and got to learn their names. On the last day, anothe (...)
A really lovely week in which to celebrate our anniversary. Our second holiday with Collett's and we are currently planning our third. Special thanks to Henry, Becky and Keith for their care and professionalism. Like MacArthur...We shall return !
The four staff at Panticosa were wonderful, and we greatly appreciated their support, advice and hospitality. They are an excellent young team, and a real credit to the organisation. They were great company, but also knowledgeable, caring and sensitive and they worked very hard to make sure the walks were suitable for everyone.
We had an excellent holiday and feel very satisfied with the ex (...)
The four staff at Panticosa are a terrific advertisement for everything that is good about Colletts. Ric, Sam, Caitlin and Amanda were great value - professional, knowledgeable and patient (very important since none of us were in the first flush of youth.) They're a good team and made the holiday that little bit special.
Sam was the perfect host - greeting us and giving us all the information we needed to begin our holiday! All our guides were simply outstanding - with superb social skills, great sense of humour, solicitous for the comfort and well being of every member of the party, and adept at choosing walks suitable for the general ability level of each group of guests.
I would recommend Collett's in a h (...)
Your team in the resort where excellant. They couldn't do enough for us. I didnt take any walking poles but found I needed some. They where happy to lend me theirs for the whole during of my stay. I was very grateful for this. As we didnt have any transport they offered us a lift to the supermarket/spa if we wanted to go. They all made the effort to get to know us and it was a pleasure spend (...)
Although your staff always announce that they are not qualified guides etc the preparation and training your staff receive for the specific area they work in (as opposed to general training most tour leaders receive) is much superior to what I have encountered with other companies offering mountain walking. We chose Collett's because of the combination of guided walks and supported independe (...)
Many thanks for a wonderful trip to the Pyrenees. We only stayed a week, doing hard walks every day, and felt exhausted when we came home. Next year we will try 2 weeks and have a few lazy days in between the hard ones.
I had a great week in the Pyrenees with Colletts. The staff were totally amazing and great company. There were plenty of flowers to be found at each site that had been carefully chosen to provide the enthusiast with different varieties.
Panticosa is fantastic and the Valle de Tena is so beautiful. the welcome at the hotel was warm and office hour was informative and interesting. the staff in the hotel couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly The walks we did were well guided and just super. We would love to come again for longer. One tiny negative about the hotel was that one of our rooms, on the top floor in the (...)
Office hour worked really with with whole family agreing the walk the night before. Everyone then knew what wa expected the next day so everyone got on with it without questioning it. This was a really important aspect to the holiday which we all liked and helped make it such a success. Well done for setting it up that way. We aso liked the chance to meet the other guests that we would walk (...)
The staff in both centres were excellent and were very skilled in making sure everyone was included and all ages were catered for at mealtimes, there company and knowledge was excellent in both resorts,however we would add that the staff in the Picos were outstanding, difficult to put your finger on the reason but they worked very well as a team and provided outstanding hosting skills. we wi (...)
Dear All, I feel that I must email you to say what a wonderful time we had on our holiday last week in Panticosa. The hotel was excellent, the food good and our hosts and their staff ever helpful. Jo, Tom, Sam and Cat were delightful young people and a great credit to you. Nothing was too much trouble and their company was truely enjoyable. Please convey our thanks to the team and wish them (...)
Your staff are superb. Especially Joanna and Sam.who we saw most of. Very knowledgeable, helpful and full of enthusiasm. Your training and choice of staff is first class. I have been on a Colletts holiday in the Dolomites, and I booked my sister and brother in law on a holiday in The French Pyrenees . I visited them there and thought it was lovely. I feel Colletts is an ideal company for peo (...)
We stayed in a family group in Hotel Sabocos in Panticosa. Lovely village, lovely hotel, lovely walks and best of all, Collett's team, Tom, Jo, Cat and Sam: really nice people with great local knowledge. All the other guests we spoke to seemed to be as pleased as we were. The option of organised walks or self-guiding gives plenty of scope, and the loan of maps is very helpful. There is no an (...)
You came up quickly on the website page. Most of all though when I rang you was the excellent quality of your greeting; your knowledge and friendliness. I made my mind up immediately following this conversation. I also want to congratulate you on the quality of your staff in the Pyrenees. Tom, Jo, Sam and Cat were excellent. Friendly, intelligent, humorous and knowledgeable. They made the holiday.
We had a lovely week with an excellent team of Rick, Amanda, Sam and Caitlin. The Collett's team went out of their way to make sure everyone enjoyed their walking and got the most out of the holiday. Their friendly professionalism and sociability really helped. Magnificent scenery and weather thank you!!
We have used Colletts before and have always enjoyed our holidays with you. They are well managed and enjoyable with friendly, professional staff. The team in the Pyrenees were always available to help with anything. Thanks again for a wonderful, memorable holiday.
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed my recent holiday with Collett's - the walk organisers Jo, Ollie and Sandy went out of their way to help guests and were fun to walk with. The hotel Sabocos was of a very high standard and the staff there were very accommodating, even serving gazpacho on the last meal! Many thanks for making this week really enjoyable; I will be back.
First holiday of walking and intend to do it again
Our first walking holiday and was concerned we were fit enough Person on phone very helpful. Our four mountain friends were excellent! First holiday of walking and intend to do it again. Flexibility as could arrive and depart when we wanted to... Really enjoyed the company of your young staff and the general camaraderie of the group was great fun
We were greeted at the resort by the Collett's team, who were very friendly and welcoming. Arrangements at Hotel Sabocos were all fine.David led the flower walks really well and he was very enthusiastic and encouraging - nothing seemed too much trouble - Some good friends of ours recommended Collett's to us. We were looking for flower walks and also some moderate to hard walking in the mount (...)
Words cannot fully describe what an amazing time both myself and my wife had with our recent holiday with Collett's.
We loved the mountains, Panticosa, Hotel Sabocos (wonderful team!), The exceptional guides Sandy, Ollie and Jo, the tractor train, the food, the cable car and our marvellous fellow guests/team Mark and Katie from Macclesfield. Many thanks for making this week memorable. We lo (...)
This is one of the best walking holidays I've had, the Pyrenees are a very striking mountain range and not to be missed.
The selection of walking routes were superb and a full day out in the fabulous mountain scenery. On our walks the companions were considerate to everyone's needs and very knowledgeable superb company as well. The office hours really set you up to understand the next days (...)
This is one of the best walking holidays I've had, the Pyrenees are a very striking mountain range a d not to be missed.
The selection of walking route's were superb and a full day out in the fabulous mountain scenery. On our walks the companions were considerate to everyone's needs and very knowledgeable superb company as well. The office hours really set you up to understand the next days (...)
We know that if Collett's have a base somewhere, it will be outstandingly beautiful, with top notch accommodation. Your staff are always very welcoming, extremely enthusiastic and interested in people. By the end of the week, we felt that we were walking with friends. Sam, Amanda and Caitlin were very helpful and were good at encouraging the less adventurous members of our party without maki (...)
We really enjoyed our week in the Hotel Sabocos. Particularly early in the season, with little open in the village and no lifts or public transport, it was good to have such a welcoming base with good meals and the access to walking information in the folders as well as the advice of the Collett's staff.
Thanks for the welcome pack, arriving to find milk, teabags and a teapot was really nice after a long journey. Online handbook was good, really helped us with our walks. The driving map we used was a bit out of date as they have built a motorway and changed some of the signs. Sometimes the walking maps could have done with a few landmarks especially walking across pasture but if you use the (...)
Best food ever. And David (waiter) lovely. The Hotel Sabocos owners incredibly kind. The routes are not as well marked here (vs. Dolomites, for example), so we did not feel as comfortable branching out on our own. The laminates are helpful but one can still take the wrong path - often many - and cairns may have blown over.
Mountains were outstanding, everything we'd hoped for. Other partic (...)
Will, Claire, Clare and Remy all did a great job of describing the routes on offer each day, and how to get to the start, water sources, refreshments etc. It was "beastly" hot and they were great on details of shade vs sun exposure as well.
You have a great bunch of young people! I had met Will and Claire before, but they were all great, interesting to talk to, well informed, pleasant and h (...)
We have been to the two centres in Austria, and the old Arraba centre in the Dolomites in the last few years. Many thanks to the team at Panticosa (Jack, Rachel, Jo and Rebecca) for helping us to have a very enjoyable holiday. Nothing was too much trouble, and Jack was very welcoming even though we arrived at nearly midnight after a delayed fight from Stansted.
Have recently returned from a wonderful 8 days in the Pyrenees with Collett's. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, and the organisation of the walks in those beautiful mountains was exceptional. Not only do they look after everyone and plan each walk well, they also managed to keep everyone amused maintaining great humour throughout some quite arduous walks whilst carrying packs conta (...)
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed my recent holiday with Collett's - the walk organisers Jo, Ollie and Sandy went out of their way to help guests and were fun to walk with. The Hotel Sabocos was of a very high standard and the staff there were very accommodating, even serving gazpacho on the last meal! Many thanks for making this week really enjoyable; I will be back.
Outstanding time in the Pyrenees! Our holiday in the Austrian Tyrol with Collett's last year was so successful we wanted to book a different location for a week's walking this year. Apart from the Austrian Tyrol which we visited last year, we have heard other guests speak very highly of the Dolomites as a Collett's destination.
This was our first walking holiday and we couldn't have picked a better destination! The Hotel Sabocos is very comfortable and Panticosa is a great base for walking in the Pyrenees. Jack and the team were extremely welcoming and took the time to answer everyone's questions and make recommendations for hikes suited more to our level. We found some of the walks a bit challenging but the vie (...)
Fabulous holiday. We were able to do a number of proper mountain walks with a real sense of seclusion, altitude and spectacular views. Saw a good variety of flowers and animals despite it being late August, the Pyrenees demand further exploration. The walk leaders were great company and making sure everyone was looked after and entertained!
Thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with the other g (...)
Hotel staff/owners wonderful. Improved English translations of evening menu would help! Tuna in what appeared to be a vegetarian option would not suit a lot of people(personally not a problem). Staff extremely good, knowledgeable and helpful all round except for the following comment: A number of routes had not been walked by any of staff in resort and none of the staff had been there before (...)
The Collett's team were fantastic - very confident, considerate and helpful. A really good flag to be waving for employing your people.
I understand that walking to the slowest pace is important but when some members of the group have another agenda - ie flower spotting, they perhaps needed a bit of chivying along for the sake of the rest of the group.
Just back from a 10 day stay at Hotel Sabocos, Panticosa after our best Collett's holiday yet, having previously been to The Dolomites and Picos. The hotel accommodation, food and staff were excellent, especially David who made dinner times a delight.
The Collett's staff, as always, were brilliant and it was nice to be greeted on arrival by Ric who remembered us from 3 years ago. We did mos (...)
We needed to be warned about a closed road (the round Spain bike race was in the valley) and Rick succeeded in contacting us in time.
We like the flexibility of the holiday dates, the ethos of the company and the way the staff are so enthusiastic, helpful and informative. The Picos de Europa holiday was excellent last year. Friends who recommended Collett's stayed at the Dolomites centre.
We wanted an 'easy' holiday with transfers, hotels and varied walking. We certainly got this and more with great and attentive Collett's staff, a really good hotel and stunning walks in the central, highest part of the Pyrenees. The Colletts staff were excellent with their attention to detail, great humour and calm approach. A really good holiday and many thanks to all concerned.
The week on the GR11 in the Pyrenees was one of the best walking I have had recently. The two leaders - Rick & Caitlin ensured
that everything ran smoothly & that the whole group enjoyed their walking.
A cracking 2 weeks in the Pyrenees staying at the Sabocos Hotel, there is very little that can be faulted. The hotel was very comfortable and well located for all the walks in the region, the staff were friendly and the rooms cleaned daily and the food was excellent,plenty of breakfast to keep us going in the morning and not one duff meal from the 3 courses in the evening which were introduc (...)
Just enjoyed a fabulous week walking the Collett's classics. This is the 2nd time we have holidayed with Collett's (Dolomites in 2018). Great location, lovely hotel and excellent food. No trouble catering for one of our friends (Ray) in the party who was 100% gluten free.
The walking was fabulous and even on the one rainy day Collett's arranged a magical ride up into the mountains on a litt (...)
We both enjoyed an excellent holiday at Panticosa. The hotel was comfortable and the food was excellent. The staff - Rich, Sam, Caitlin, Amanda and Cam - were all welcoming, considerate and great company.
Inevitably, I compared Panticosa with my previous experience at Haus Valentin. As I expected, this area of the Pyrenees does not offer quite the range of walking as the Dolomites. Probably (...)
As ever with a Collett’s holiday the staff were superb and the whole experience was fantastic. Lovely hotel (loved the menu translation each night) and really lovely walking made extra good by the friendly and helpful Cat, Monty, Cam and Abi. Beetroot sandwiches rule!
Fantastic holiday, with some of best high Pyrenees walking one could wish for. Daily walks gave plenty of options for extensions and deviations with detailed local knowledge of conditions, exposure and difficulty. Took the guess work out of route finding and made sure we had a great day on the mountain everyday, getting the very best out of the location.
Just returned from a fantastic stay with Collett's in the Pyrenees. The hotel was brilliant and the hotel staff so helpful, friendly and professional. Panticosa and the Pyrenees is fantastic. We did the self-guided option and the staff at Collett's - Jo, Olly and Sandy - were great hosts and gave us detailed advice which enabled us to do some really dramatic and challenging hikes. They also (...)
1. Ric, Amanda, Sam and Caitlin were extremely friendly and knowledgeable, nothing was too much trouble. On one particular day I was the only client who wanted to do the organised walk, for safety reasons Ric organised Amanda to join us, as three is the minimum number for a walk. I had been prepared to do a walk on my own that day but Ric and Amanda we more than happy to ensure that the (...)
Very good holiday overall.
The walk leaders were very competent, friendly and professional. I couldn't fault them.
We were also very happy with the Hotel Sabocos.
Some of the walks were more strenuous than I had anticipated. I personally would have appreciated a greater choice of walks that were less demanding. Even the easiest of walks seemed to include challenging terrain/steep climbs and (...)
I stayed with you in the Dolomites last year and the hospitality of your "non-guides" was as outstanding as a remembered. Knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and just always eager to help...but none of it forced. A great combination with excellent non-guides. choice of hotel was also excellent with equally friendly and accommodating staff. Why Collett's? I travelled with you last year and (...)
We were the youngest in the group, 39 and 40. This average age was 50, not that this was a problem - we quite liked this as the company and conversations were entertaining and insightful. As a young couple it gave us something to aim for in life. We did two hikes, I made a video of our first hike https://animoto.com/play/Yl3acRKhyasFJ41MWvOfkw
Bevan, our guide, was great. Kind Regards -Adrian
Arrival Comments: Despite arriving later than expected, we were immediately greeted, shown to our rooms, and invited to join the other guests,(already at dinner) as soon as we were able to do so. Your staff were so friendly and helpful, tailoring our needs to various route possibilities. They are very impressive young people. Entirely comfortable and happy with being "at your own risk", hope (...)
just returned from a great week in the company of Jack, Alice, Bevan and Hanna, all were first class hosts. there wasn't a day we didn't enjoy to the full which included a day driving around the southern area to see the vultures.
highly recommend this as an ideal way of being introduced to the Pyrenees.
make sure Jack finds you the elusive Black Woodpecker, he knows just where to look!
We arrived just after office hour had started. We were met by a staff member, shown to our room, left our cases and immediately proceeded to join office hour. Well under way by then. Routes for next day explained etc. However we did not receive an actual briefing re the hotel amenities and Collett's initial intro. We did ask lots of subsequent questions and did eventually have all the info w (...)
Another fantastic trip with Colletts walking GR11 in The Pyrenees. Our guides were Cam and Beth who were both very professional and informative. The five days walking consisted of hard, long treks but were just what we expected. Both hotels we stayed in were very comfortable and the food was really good. The night in the refuge was also a great experience.
Thanks guys for a most enjoyable week!
We're repeat customers and enjoy the holidays Collett's offer. Office Hour is one of the key strengths of Colletts. It works well and always addresses our needs. Your staff are always excellent, friendly and attentive. They seem to enjoy the work they do and it shows. They take an avid interest in their guests and consequently guests have a fabulous time. Delightful company and a very conviv (...)
The Collett's staff are always delightful young people, efficient, friendly and helpful and who have a genuine love of the mountains, which is transmitted to the guests. In addition to the stunning mountain scenery, the staff are what makes Collett's holidays so special.
We enjoyed the wide open spaces of the Pyrenees and the relative lack of other walkers compared to the Dolomites. Howeve (...)
Thank you yet again - great, enthusiastic and friendly staff
Panticosa - beautiful. Fab view from our appartment
We did 4 great long walks in 5 days - all different, our teenagers enjoyed the zip wire recommendation and a lovely spot reading books by a waterfall - thanks Jack for that
I thought your staff were excellent. We walked with Sam twice and he was entertaining and very knowledgeable on both occasions. His love of Outdoor Pursuits shines through and he made us feel extremely welcome. Jo was of course AWSOME - and Scottish! (She will get that!). Cat and Tom exuded a quiet confidence which meant it was so easy to listen to advice - which was accurate and relevant.
The staff went out of their way to welcome us even though it was their day off (Wednesday). The organisers (Alice, Jack, Hanaa and Bevan) were absolutely brilliant. They made a very special holiday extra special. Best Brochure plus holiday met our needs which were self-catering in the Spanish Pyrenees and to be able to decide whether or not to join in walks (which in the end we did all 7 day (...)
After seeing advert and calling the office I got a good feeling about our holiday in the Pyrenees from the conversation I had with the staff.I was confident I had made the right choice. The holiday was everything I was looking for and so pleased I used Collett's. I must also give great credit and praise for our guides Jo and Tom,both of whom were fantastic and really worked hard to make it a (...)
I very much enjoyed my stay in Panticosa. Rick and his team tried very hard to meet the needs of the whole group (which was very mixed in terms of age, ability and character) and to make everybody feel welcome. The hotel and food were excellent.
What a fantastic first experience with Collett's. Just back from an excellent week walking the High Pyrenees. Cat and her team were great, very professional, choosing the right routes on the right days to take best advantage of the weather. Hotel Sabocos exceeded expectations; very friendly. Being able to relax with a beer at the end of a long walk with new friends in comfortable surroundin (...)
We have walked with Collett's before in the Dolomites and thoroughly enjoyed that holiday and were attracted to the idea of the Collett's GR11 holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees too, as we'd never been there. It was fab!
Value for money? Definitely.
We were particularly taken with the care of us by the staff. On our last day, everyone's flights back to the UK were put back very late to 9pm (R (...)
It was great being welcomed by the staff and shown the hotel. I think it is just fine to make all of us responsible for ourselves. I did have a minor accident–fell and cut a finger–and it was all handled just fine. I was looking for walking holiday in the area and found excellent reviews on the web. Overall, this was a fantastic holiday! Thanks so much for making it happen.
The Colletts staff and the hotel staff were outstanding and made the holiday a great success for us. I would definitely recommend Collett's. I can't say enough good things about the staff. The formula suits us very well, where you can stay with the group or do something quite different (we went horseriding and canyoning while we were there).
Looking forward to coming back again!
As a long standing customer and previous visitor to the Pyrenees, the brochure and website were not important in our planning of the trip. Weather forecasting for the Pyrenees is not the best, but this is not the fault of the staff, they found the most accurate forecasts that they could. Given that the route marking in the Pyrenees is not to the same standard of the Dolomites, we thought the (...)
Really enjoyed walks esp the new walks which Jo and Dan are finding as snow line was low
Have said to Jo she needs to find 6 new Mod/hard walks so we come back next year!!!! et again a really enjoyable holiday. Look forward to next year ???Dolomites or back to Panticosa?