A holiday of memorable days on beautiful walks
Join stunning walks of your chosen grade on a daily basis
or self guide… or do a mix of both
Once in the mountains you do just as you please. Walking is the main attraction and – with their mountains, National Parks or UNESCO World Heritage status – our destinations offer sensational walks in areas of outstanding beauty. Over the years we have discovered and even created many magnificent walking routes, from idyllic strolls at low and medium level, to awe-inspiring treks at high level. These tracks and trails comprise our weekly programme of organised walks, any of which you are welcome to join on a daily basis during your stay. They are optional and free of charge. Simply drop into Office Hour (see third tab above) to find out which walks are on offer the following day and sign up to the one that appeals to you. Our walks take place in a relaxed atmosphere – armed with a packed lunch, 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, maybe over a drink on your sun terrace or a stroll into the village.
Whilst we offer the ‘must-do’ local classics, many of our walks are the ones you would not discover if passing through independently. They are tried and tested gems, off the beaten track, rich in flora and fauna. At every turn you will be stopped in your tracks by your surroundings. Throughout the season in each destination, we offer at least two organised walks daily except Wednesdays – as follows:
Our Daily Organised Walks – Optional & Free of Charge
Walk 1 – Moderate Walk – Height Gain: 300m – 600m, 4–6 hours. Upland flower pastures, woodland trails, riverside tracks, sleepy hamlets and easier high paths.
Walk 2 – Harder Higher Walk – Height Gain: 600m – 1200m, 5-7 hours. Venture into the massifs on high trails amidst awe-inspiring landscapes.
Special Interest Walks & Cycling Tours – Optional & Free of Charge
Flower Walks – Dolomites, Picos de Europa & Pyrenees – Join our wildflower enthusiasts in profuse and vivid pastures and on carefully selected routes, where rare species flourish. Height Gain: 150m – 300m, 3-5 hours. Free of charge, optional & daily – except Wednesdays & Saturdays. Dolomites – June & July. Picos de Europa – 21 May to 9 June. Pyrenees – 4 to 23 June 2017.
Painting Strolls – Dolomites – Wander to an idyllic location and enjoy the informal tuition of our artist whatever your standard. Height Gain: 150m, 4-6 hours. Free of charge, optional & daily – except Wednesdays & Saturdays.
World War Walks – Dolomites – Walk among the remnants of a fascinating WWI military arena, lying in a high level area of real beauty, featuring tunnels, protected paths and trenches. Free of charge, optional & daily – except Wednesdays & Saturdays – later season only.
Cycling Tours – Dolomites – Local cycling tours on routes made famous by the Giro d’Italia. Itineraries vary from easy to hard. Free of charge (except for bike hire), optional & daily – except Wednesdays & Saturdays.
Guided Walks – At a supplement
Glacier Trek – Dolomites – join a trek across the glacier of our highest mountain, the Marmolada (3343m). Every Wednesday. Pre-book at £75 per person – maximum group size of 6.
Via Ferrata – West Ridge of Marmolada – Dolomites – trek to the western end of the Marmolada’s vast south wall before using one of the area’s most exposed Via Ferrata to access the summit. Pre-book at £95 per person – maximum group size of 4.
A Sample of our Organised Walks Programme
Below is an example of a weekly walks programme in the Dolomites. Something similar is produced on a weekly basis in each of our destinations, although remember we offer a few extra options in the Dolomites. The essential details of each featured walk can be browsed in our ‘Ideas & Information Files’ – or you can chat with our hosts at Office Hour about any walks which take your fancy. In the Dolomites, we have a separate timetable for Wildflower Walks in June and July and another for War Walks in August and September.
Ideas & Information – Easy access to our extensive local knowledge every day.
Day to day you can choose whether to join an organised walk or to self-guide. For self-guiders, our favourite walks – and many more gems – are available to you in our Ideas & Information Files, which are dotted around our properties – and widely available at Office Hour. They detail numerous stunning walks, which we categorise by degree of difficulty in categories, such as: Easy & Easy Moderate – Moderate & Moderate Hard – Hard & Very Hard. For each walk we give a ‘step by step’ route description, the duration, ascent, degree of difficulty and the relevant section of map. For the record, our Ideas & Information Files also contain Via Ferrata itineraries (Dolomites & Austria only), bike rides, scenic drives and other days out.
At Office Hour (see third tab above), self-guiders can also chat extensively with our own walkers, who will be happy to propose some appropriate walking options for you. Over a drink and a good walking map, you can glean useful information and opinions about the walks that take your fancy. To facilitate preparation and navigation, we can lend you a Route Card for your chosen walk, whether it is a gentle stroll in the beauty and peace of an idyllic valley, or a hardcore hike up in the dramatic massifs.
Route Descriptions & Laminates
- Each route contains the following details:
Grade; distance; ascent; descent; approx. walking time; Map #; Terrain; how to get there.
- They have a written outline of the walk, sometimes with numbers (in brackets) corresponding to specific points on the route itself.
- The route is also shown on a highlighted section of a specific map, which has not always been reproduced to the scale 1:25,000 due to size restrictions
- They use our ‘Layman’s grading system:
Easy – Easy/Moderate – Moderate – Moderate/Hard – Hard.
- This is not easily compared to any other type of grading system, but a rule of thumb would be that a hard here would be no harder than a big day out in the Lake District, north Wales or Scotland.
- There is a CAUTION NOTES, HINTS & TIPS section for particular dangers and points of interest we feel need extra focus.
- There is also an ALTERNATIVES/ VARIATIONS section which suggest ways of lengthening or shortening each route where applicable.
These route descriptions are NOT meant to be used as ‘stand-alone’ guides, in fact, they are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with a 1:25,000 scale map.You should not attempt these routes or any mountain walk without a suitable map and the ability to read it.
In all our destinations, Office Hour takes place each early evening at your accommodation or within easy walking distance of it. It is entirely optional and far less formal than its name suggests. Over maps and a relaxing, pre-dinner drink, you can chat with our own walkers about the following day’s organised walks. Together you can decide which walk might suit you best, signing up to your preferred option. In the Dolomites, we also offer flower walks, painting strolls and cycling tours, so simply chat with our flower walkers, artists or cyclists in case you want to join them the following day.
If you plan to self-guide, our Ideas & Information Files are available for you to browse numerous wonderful walks of all grades. Our own walkers will be happy to chat with you about any walks that take your fancy, offering you their opinions, advice and any poignant logistical information.
If you feel like a day off the walking, each of our destinations provides you with the opportunity to partake in a variety of alpine pursuits, such as mountain biking, horse riding, Via Ferrata, climbing, paragliding, rafting, canyoning etc. Simply ask us if you would like to book any such activity and we will be happy to organise it for you. Similarly, at Office Hour we can propose a host of local places of cultural or historic interest, which you might like to visit.
Office Hour is a popular feature of a Collett’s holiday. Like-minded guests, stimulated by great days out, relax over a drink. Flower lovers compare photographs and gather around digital cameras to identify species. Walkers mull over trails, from the idyllic to the awe-inspiring. Adventure seekers plan Via Ferrata excursions or other alpine pursuits, whilst many guests just drop in for a drink to chat about their day.
In pictures – Organised & Self-Guided Walks & Planning Your Days
Great formula, keep it going and don't sell out! Bavarian Alps and Lakes would interest me, although we have been to Ehrwald.
I think we've been to all of Collett's Walking Holiday locations except Andalucia and Tuscany although we have been to both of these locations independently.
I think your formula is ideal for the older, more experienced walker. Part of the trick is that your guys take the pace from the participants, rather than Alpine guides who lead from the front!
Keep it up!
I have probably had enough of end-to-end trekking at the age of 71. Your formula allows for the odd day off as well as a mix(Read more...)
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
The fact that I keep coming back to Haus Valentin shows how much I enjoy my holidays there.
Because it is a relatively small family run guesthouse there is a feeling of intimacy and friendliness that would not be possible in a hotel. The food is excellent and necessarily plentiful for hungry walkers.
Above all it is the enthusi(Read more...)
Combination of guided and self-guided walks. Self-contained stay in central location. Great staff members for our trip. Knew the routes, suggested good alternatives based on weather, our skills and the like, plus they made all activities fun.
Once again you delivered a superb mountain holiday for us in Austria, Location in Zugspitz Arena was delightful, hotel Sonnenspitze was well up to standard and your efficient and dedicated staff once again excelled in helping to make this a memorable week in the Tyrol. Thanks again Collett's!
Excellent - we had a great time and so appreciated the care and attention of the staff and the great information for our hiking. Collett's have a variety of options for hiking daily and knowledge of the area!
We stayed in both a hosted chalet in Badia before our hut to hut and in a hotel following in Corvara - the above rating appl(Read more...)
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.
We had a wonderful week of Moderate Walks in the Picos de Europa. Our fellow walkers were all very friendly and the Collett’s staff of George, Rachel and Ross took excellent care of us and they had boundless good humour, energy and enthusiasm. The walks were very scenic, taken at a steady pace with time to admire views and stop whe(Read more...)
Thank you for a great holiday. The transfer from the airport was friendly and efficient, enabling four strangers to bond immediately and form a friendship grouping that lasted the whole week. A great welcome at the bar - such friendly staff and a much appreciated complimentary beer. The walks were all very well organised and led, wit(Read more...)
The laminates for my solo trek were well-done. The descriptions were easy to follow. I was concerned only 1 day, when the clouds hung in the mountains, and I doubted that I would be able to find the trail. Fortunately, a local couple took me with them to the next hut. I might have otherwise hiked back down to the valley and hoped to r(Read more...)
A week with Collett's in the Dolomites staying at Haus Valentin. Well organised, friendly and well priced. What’s not to like. 3rd time with Collett's and absolutely no reason we won’t use them again.
I was very impressed with how any queries I had were answered. Also, I had to change my departure date and was shocked to be given a refund - thank you! It was a lovely touch to have someone there to say hello and get me settled in! The sandwiches made by the team for lunch were a nice touch - and delicious. It was good to be offered (Read more...)
This is my second visit to Collett’s in Italy. First time with the missis, second with my mate, both times I’ve had a great time. The staff are always helpful, there is a joint interest with all the customers so there’s very much a family type atmosphere, the food and accommodation has been great and the office hour is great for hints(Read more...)
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 out(Read more...)
I had heard of Collett's Mountain Holidays and wanted to try it out... I enjoyed the holiday and found staff very helpful. I liked the personal approach of the office hours! I did two walks on my own and staff were very helpful in providing information and details for local travel. The hotel is very good and the staff very helpful... (Read more...)
This was our second year at Pension Angelo and once again we throughly enjoyed ourselves. It is stunning area with plenty of varied routes. This year we didn't do Colletts-arranged scheduled walks but organised the days ourselves. Nevertheless the team were very helpful in advising us and helping us sort out our days. We can't praise (Read more...)
I thought the team, Anna, Andy, Ben and Kate, seemed to work very well together - all very professional.
I did an Inntravel holiday in the Appennines, near Porretta Terme - thought it might be a good Colletts destination, though not mid-July-August. Have you thought of North-west Italy - Val d-Aosta or similar? Or Ireland
We have had several previous holidays with Collett's. Collett's provides an excellent combination of flexibility, great locations, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff and a good range of accommodation including self-catering. Office hour always entertaining. Other guests tend to be like minded people and this time it was great to hav(Read more...)
Friendly and helpful staff when first called. Reasonable prices and good/flexible walking itinerary. Receieved a very warm and friendly welcome from a great group of Collett's staff - very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We had a very enjoyable holiday. Your staff at in Corvara were excellent
I loved Office Hour, for both the information on the next day's walks and socialising with the other guests. I thoroughly enjoyed all the walks. Anna, Andy, Kate and Ben were wonderful. The location appealed to me, and I liked the flexibility of choosing my arrival and departure dates. It was important to me to know that my holiday wo(Read more...)
We enjoyed our holiday thank you. The social aspects of our holiday were unexpectedly good.
We met a wide variety of very nice people in both Haus Valentin and Chalet Angelo and the communal tables (and plenty of wine) made for very convivial evenings.
I had been with Collett's many years ago on a summer holiday in Arabba and their first winter holiday, again based in Arabba.
We felt the family deal for going in August represented good value for what we had at the hotel. The rooms were comfortable, plentiful food at mealtimes. We packed in a great deal and the advice/ideas from t(Read more...)
We love the dedication by all your staff helping us through the detail of walks and alternatives. Huge thank you Max, Adele, Henry, Helen, Ben, Kate. Thank you everyone - just fab, so friendly and dedicated.
Our 2nd holiday with you, so good last time! Keep up the great work!
Staff were super helpful and responsive to all our questions before the trip. The quality of that initial service was definitely why we chose to go with your company. Pete was fantastic!
Love that you recycle and compost; appreciated the non-dairy milk at breakfast!
The maps for the self-guided 7-day trek were excellent. Great r(Read more...)
Googled walking holidays and found you! The great thing about this holiday was it enabled us to do more challenging walks than we would have done if we had been organising walks ourselves and this was extremely enjoyable and satisfying. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff, and stunning scenery.
The staff were fantastic, with a special mention for Max, Helen and Adele, all of whom were great guides and wonderful company. Previous customer having had excellent experience in the past!
I was with a group and Collett's was discovered by one of our members. We all liked staying in one chalet and hiking out form there as well as having a variety of levels of difficulty to choose from.
The young staff at Haus Valentin was most excellent. They were fun, friendly, prepared, on time, knowledgeable and able to converse e(Read more...)