Our unique formula for walking holidays in Italy’s Dolomites & Austrian Alps
Something for everyone - whatever your level of fitness - choice at every stage
• Choose delightful half-board or self-catering accommodation. Choose your arrival date & stay as long as you wish. Fly-drive, self-drive or use our airport transfers.
• Choose day to day to self-guide or join our own walkers on stunning walks of your chosen grade from easier moderate walks to harder high level hikes.
• Plan your days each evening over maps and a sociable pre-dinner drink with our walking team and other guests. Enjoy your evenings with everything sorted for the next day.
A Collett’s flexible walking holiday is (1) choice (2) unforgettable walks and (3) the human touch.
Glorious Destinations, Delightful Accommodation Options, Flexibility on Dates – Our 3 destinations rival each other in beauty. Their amazing backdrops hide many stunning walks, whether you seek idyllic strolls or dramatic high trails. In each resort, our base is a delightful hotel, but you might prefer to self-cater in an attractive apartment nearby. In the Dolomites – our original destination – we also offer our ever-popular alpine chalets. Arrive on the date of your choice, stay as long as you wish. Most guests stay for 7 – 14 nights but some drop in for 4 or 5. Travel as you please – fly-driving, self-driving or using our airport transfers.
Join Organised Walks or Self-guide – Plan your days at Office Hour – Our impressive Ideas & Information Files – Each early evening, come and enjoy a pre-dinner drink at Office Hour. Optional and informal, this will ensure you a succession of memorable days out, whether you crave gentle meanders or challenging adventure. Browse our extensive ‘Ideas & Information Files’ and chat with our resident team of walkers over local maps. Simply choose day to day whether to self-guide or join other guests on our free and optional walks. Each day – except Wednesdays – we offer a hard, high level walk (6-7hrs / Height gain: 600m-1200m) and also a moderate easier one (4-6hrs / Height Gain: 300m-600m). Both walks are off the beaten track, tried and tested gems, rich in flora, fauna and breathtaking scenery. Our ‘Ideas & Information Files’ document about 40 local walks from easy to hard, giving you the duration, ascent, degree of difficulty and the relevant section of map. There is a Route Card for each itinerary, which you can borrow on a daily basis. They also feature alpine activities, via ferrata, bike rides, scenic drives and places of interest.
Lazy days are fine by us. It’s easy to unwind in these idyllic mountain retreats, whether you seek out a local beauty spot to read a book, take a scenic drive or write a postcard on the sun terrace of a village café.
Flower Walks – these are only available in the Dolomites, as a part of our daily walks programme in June and early/mid July – although we do offer dedicated flower holidays in the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa – Click here for an overview of our alpine flower holidays.
Painting, Road Cycling, World War Walks, Glacier Treks, Via Ferrata & Alpine Activities. In the Dolomites, we offer free and optional painting strolls and cycle tours each Monday & Friday. World War I Walksare available in the Dolomites from 4 to 30 August. We keep abundant route information on Via Ferrata (Dolomites & Zugspitz Arena) and we can help you hire kit and book guides for Via Ferrata, glacier excursions, climbing etc.. All our destinations offer various alpine activities (such as e-biking, mountain biking, rafting, canyoning, paragliding, horse riding etc.), so if you fancy doing something different, just ask.
The Human Touch – and attention to detail is ever-present at Collett’s from your initial enquiry onwards. In the mountains, our painstakingly-recruited hosts and walkers set us apart from the rest. They don’t wear uniforms or try to sell you excursions. Careful not to interfere, they will make you feel welcome and relaxed, passing on their knowledge enthusiastically so you have wonderful days to suit your level of fitness. Here in the UK, most of our team have lived and worked in our destinations. Our aim is to use our first-hand knowledge to make your booking experience a reassuring pleasure.
A holiday of memorable days on beautiful walks
Your holiday will surely be enhanced by our resident team of walkers, whether you self-guide or join their walks. Researched over many years, we pride ourselves on the quality of our walks, from the easy flower-strewn strolls to the dramatic high level treks. All waymarked, they comprise our weekly programme of organised walks, any of which you are welcome to join on a daily basis during your stay. Naturally, we include the local classics but many of our walks are off the beaten track, tried and tested gems, rich in flora, fauna and wonderful mountain landscapes.
Every day of the week (except Wednesdays) throughout the season, we offer two organised walks – one is harder and higher – the other is easier and more moderate – both are stunning, free of charge and entirely optional. In addition, in the Dolomites, we also offer easy walks, flower walks (June & July), painting strolls (Mon & Fri), cycling tours (Mon & Fri) and World War walks (Aug), which are also free of charge – see below. Simply drop into Office Hour each early evening to see which walks take your fancy. Our walks unfold in a relaxed atmosphere of like-minded people. Armed with a packed lunch, we set out at about 9am and 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.
Our daily programme of organised walks
The following walks are optional, free of charge, unfailingly beautiful and available 6 days a week (or as indicated below).
Please note – there are no organised walks (nor Office Hour) on a Wednesday, which is our day off in resort.
Scroll down to see a sample of a weekly programme of organised walks. It is from the Dolomites, our original destination, where we often offer three walks a day as opposed to two.
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
Dolomites, Picos de Europa & Pyrenees only
Daily except Wednesdays & Saturdays
Height Gain: 150m – 300m, 3-5 hours.
Join our wildflower enthusiasts in profuse and vivid pastures and on carefully selected routes, where rare species flourish.
Dolomites – June & July. Dedicated flower holiday packages are available in the Picos de Europa & Pyrenees.
Dolomites only – Mondays & Fridays
Height Gain: 150m, 4-6 hours.
Wander to an idyllic location and enjoy the informal tuition of our artist whatever your standard.
World War Walks
Dolomites only – 4 days a week between 4 and 30 August
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.
Dolomites only – Mondays & Fridays
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).
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. For an overview of daily walking options, special interest walks and alpine activities click here.
At Your Own Risk
You join us on our organised itineraries at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer in this respect, which is expanded upon here.
Planning Your Days
Join organised walks or plan self-guided itineraries
Easy access to our extensive local knowledge every day.
In all our destinations, Office Hour takes place each early evening. 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 and you sign up accordingly. Self-guiders can chat with us and we will use our extensive local knowledge to propose appropriate and memorable walks for you. You can also browse our favourite walks – and many more gems – in our Ideas & Information Files, which are dotted around our properties – and widely available at Office Hour. These files detail numerous stunning walks, which we put 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. 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. Our Ideas & Information Files also contain Via Ferrata itineraries (Dolomites & Austria only), bike rides, scenic drives and other days out.
“It’s Office Hour that really makes the holiday…“
Sarah & John Gilman, New Mills
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, whilst many guests just drop in for a drink to chat about their day. Either way, another memorable day in the mountains takes shape, leaving you to enjoy the evening with everything sorted.
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 pictures – Collett's Mountain Holidays
Admittedly we were blessed with near-perfect snow and weather conditions, but much of the success of this skiing holiday in the stunning beauty of the Dolomites lies at the door of Collett's in recruiting a delightful set of staff, providing good, well-priced accommodation with excellent food, and organizing "social skiing" which we (Read more...)
The staff at Haus Valentin, Justin, Olly, Millie, James and Jim, did an excellent job looking after us. They were good company, had plenty of patience, and nothing was too much trouble for them. They made our holiday very enjoyable.
As a couple of staff members were quite new, overall knowledge was excellent, but always outstanding from more experienced staff.
Ski Day in Kronplatz should be limited to just a mini bus group, so that access to the main Kronplatz area is only one lift. Going by ski bus transfer leads to lots of lifts up to the main ski area and a(Read more...)
This per-departure admin was faultless and personal so no issues...the proverbial breath of fresh air and glad to see that some people can get it right!
Your team at the airport and attendance to and at resort were really good despite having had a long inbound journey due to heavy snow. Dinner at Hotel Malita was always something t(Read more...)
Your team were very accommodating and added considerably to our stay. They are a credit to you company.
We have traveled with you for 6 consecutive years now and are totally bought into your service model.
You have a unique concept and delivery which is reflected in the level of your repeat business!
We have travelled with you previously - you are the only company we are aware of that provides the mix of skiing and snowshoe walking that we enjoy, and the staff and guests are great company.
I just wanted to say what a fantastic holiday I had recently with Collett's. Not only is the whole concept of a Ski Safari such a brilliant idea, but Collett's go the extra mile in every way to make it an outstanding experience.
The 2nd night's accommodation was unreachable due to adverse weather conditions (lifts and ski runs clos(Read more...)
What an amazing place! We have just returned from a fabulous week in Badia, staying at Haus Valentin where we were royally looked after by Justin, Alex, James, Ollie & Millie. The food was exceptional & the winter walking great! We will be back....soon! Thank you so much.
A great week at Chalet Angelo skiing and snow-shoeing. The team at the chalet are welcoming, knowledgeable and great fun, and Cat's cooking is superb. Can't praise them enough. Scenery is stunning, and the good variety of guided snow-shoeing made it a memorable holiday. Thanks to all!
Fabulous ski holiday in Corvara 20-27 January
We were an extended family group of varying ski ability and age, a return visit for us, and we all had a fantastic week. We very much enjoyed the ski itineraries organised by Greg and Sandy who had excellent knowledge of the pistes and rifugios. They were also great company, had immense (Read more...)
Thanks to Clare, Ben and Robin for an excellent week and for the hard work of them and all your staff in getting us out of the resort after heavy snowfalls on the last couple of days.
We have just returned from another great week at Ciasa Roch in Corvara. We have to commend you on the recruitment of your teams as once again they were so efficient and friendly and helped to make the week such a great experience. Greg, Sandy, Ali and John worked so well as a team but were also delightful individuals. Petra and her(Read more...)
You undersell the level of accommodation that I experienced during last week's ski safari. 'Often surprisingly comfortable' doesn't do justice to the splendid accommodation that I was lucky enough to have - particularly regarding cuisine. Yes, there was sharing a twin bed with another client and there was one night in a bunk bed, but (Read more...)
Great staff & accommodation in a beautiful location!
Lots to do including snowshoeing & skiing.
Food was superb, traditional, fresh & plentiful.
Would (& will) return.
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday with Collett's staying at the Haus Valentin in Badia. The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff was outstanding,We loved Badia and enjoyed the village feeling! On the staff’s night off they very kindly booked a local pub which was a very good choice! The food and accommodation were e(Read more...)
Take a ski break to the Dolomites with Collett's and you'll never be alone on the slopes. The young confident and enthusiastic team organise whole day ski trips throughout the week as well as taking care of you when back at the Chalet. Thank you to the wonderful team at Chalet Angelo.
A very warm welcome on arrival at Haus Valentine by Milly and her fantastic team. The enthusiasm and efficiency of all the staff was admirable. I had two supper days skiing with Jim, another great day with Ollie to the ‘James Bond’ run (not sure of name) and a good day with Milly.
I really enjoyed the week, all made possible by the(Read more...)
We had a great week skiing. The weather was perfect and the scenery is stunning. We were looked after very well in Chalet Angelo. The staff were all great and worked hard. We enjoyed the ski hosting, no need to look at maps or plan routes, just ski and enjoy. Would love to return.
Our grateful thanks to the excellent staff at Chalet Angelo. They welcomed us and looked after us throughout week with charm, good humour and attentiveness, both in the Chalet and on our guided skiing. You can be justly proud of them. Thank you so much!.
I have never been as happy with any staff on any holiday I have ever been as I was with Claire, Ben, Ben and Robin. They are truly a credit to your company. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They regularly went above and beyond.
Been with you before and we are big fans. Even more so now. Will be returning.
My wife and I have just returned from a Collett's walking holiday in the Dolomites.Cant recommend it enough it was fantastic, we stayed at Haus Valentin in Badia all the staff were fantastic and met some nice people.
The team in Arabba were outstanding throughout. Claire, Robin, Ben and Ben were really terrific - not just helpful they were great company. Really excellent throughout! Thank you for a truly terrific holiday.
I loved my first attempt at cross country skiing so much that I would love you to organise a beginners week.
We have had a wonderful holiday.
ALL your staff are amazing. We really admire you for taking on people like Danny and for giving your young resort staff such a great opportunity. Thank you for an absolutely brilliant holiday.
All very well handled. Thank You - Collett's team were excellent in every regard. So friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our holiday and would definitely use Collett's in the future.
All really well organised. Best I’ve ever experienced on a winter holiday.
We came away with other friends who were staying at A(Read more...)
This was our first holiday with Collett's and won’t be our last.
The hosted apartments in Arabba suited us perfectly. Our hosts Claire, Ben, Ben and Robin made us feel so welcome . They were totally committed to ensuring we had a wonderful skiing holiday, nothing was too much trouble. Their attention to detail was amazing and was v(Read more...)
Enjoyed a great week in Hotel Panorama, Corvara which was very comfortable, with delicious breakfasts and dinners and very friendly and helpful staff. Collett's were very efficient and helpful both in England and Italy. I had a bad knee so only snowshoed once, but James was very encouraging and kind when our projected route lengthene(Read more...)
We had a great week in Corvara, skiing. Nearly every day we benefited from, and enjoyed, the company of Sandy, Ali and John from Collett's. It was great not to have to get our heads around the piste maps, but to say where we fancied skiing, and using the local knowledge to use the best slopes and restaurants. We found their recomme(Read more...)
Truly outstanding holiday with Collett's in Chalet Angelo, Corvara. Staff were awesome. Food great. Cleanliness great. Skiing advice and hosting really appreciated. Thanks!