A Collett’s Centre-based Walking Holiday - How it all works
Delightful Accommodation Options
Arrive and depart in majestic locations on the days of your choice. Stay as long as you wish in half-board or self-catering accommodation.
Or self-guide - or do a mix of both
Free and optional, we organise 2 awe-inspiring walks daily. Choose an easier moderate walk or a harder high level trek. For self-guiding, you can borrow Route Cards for up to 40 stunning walks from easy to hard.
Via Ferrata & Cycling
Glacier Treks & WWI Walks
It’s easy to partake in special interest walks, bike rides, via ferrata and alpine activities. We can also advise you on local events and places of interest.
An abundance of knowledge & ideas
Plan your days each early evening over maps and a relaxed drink with us. Subscribe to walks or use our extensive knowledge for self-guiding and other days out. Enjoy your evenings with everything sorted.
Explore Europe's most majestic mountains - just as you wish
A unique formula from a genuine specialist
A Collett’s Centre-based walking holiday is (1) choice and flexibility (2) unforgettable walks in majestic mountains (and more besides) and (3) the human touch.
Stunning Destinations, Delightful Accommodation – Arrive & Depart Any Day – Our 5 destinations rival each other in beauty, awe and character. Each has amazing backdrops and is close to the area’s best walks, whether you seek idyllic strolls through wildflower-strewn pastures or dramatic ventures on high rocky trails. In each resort, we have a delightful hotel, which is our local base. 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 chalet hotels. 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. These are daily in the Dolomites; twice a week in Austria and on request in the Pyrenees. In the Picos de Europa, having your own transport is essential.
Plan your days at Office Hour – Join Organised Walks or Self-guide – Our impressive Ideas & Information Files – Choose day to day whether to self-guide or join other guests on our free and optional organised walks – or do a mix of both. 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, featuring breathtaking scenery, flora and fauna. You can plan your walks – or other days out – each early evening over maps and a sociable pre-dinner drink with our own hosts and walkers, who will describe the walks they are offering the following day. This is Office Hour, a popular Collett’s institution, which is optional and informal. For self-guiding, our Ideas & Information Files are widely available for you to browse. They document 30-40 local walks in each destination 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. Our files also feature alpine activity options, via ferrata, bike rides, scenic drives and places of interest. Simply choose the itinerary that takes your fancy. In short, at Office Hour we will help you create a succession of memorable days out and each evening you can relax with everything in place for the next day. Lazy days are fine too and it’s easy to unwind in these idyllic mountain retreats.
Flower Walks, Painting, Road Cycling, World War Walks, Glacier Treks & Via Ferrata – all our destinations boast exquisite and spectacular flora. Our flower walks are free, optional and available five days a week in the Dolomites (June & July) and in early season in the Picos de Europa and Pyrenees. In the Dolomites, five days a week we also offer free and optional painting strolls, World War I walks, cycling tours and easier rambles. At a supplement, you can join guided glacier treks and a Via Ferrata ascent to the summit of our highest mountain, the Marmolada (3343m).
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 – myself included. Our aim is to use our first-hand knowledge to make your booking experience a reassuring pleasure. The most common request from the guests who stay with us year after year is to keep it personal. Their wish is our command.
A holiday of memorable days on beautiful walks
Join stunning walks of your chosen grade or self guide… or do a mix of both. Your holiday will surely be enhanced by our own walks and walkers. We pride ourselves on the quality of our walks and over the years we have researched many magnificent walking routes, from idyllic itineraries at low and medium level to awe-inspiring high level treks. These waymarked 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. 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 to these walks (and depending on destination) we offer organised flower walks, painting strolls, easy walks, World War walks and cycling tours, which are also free of charge – see below. In the Dolomites – at a supplement – there is a guided weekly glacier trek and a via ferrata summit ascent of our highest peak, the Marmolada at 3343m. Simply drop into Office Hour each early evening to see which walks are on offer the following day and sign up to the one that takes your fancy. Our walks take place in a relaxed atmosphere of like-minded people. 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.
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).
Our resort day off is Wednesday and there are no organised walks, nor is there Office Hour.
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 & daily except Wednesdays & Saturdays
Dolomites, Picos de Europa & Pyrenees only
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. Picos de Europa – 21 May to 9 June. Pyrenees – 4 to 23 June 2017.
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
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. Mid-August to mid-September.
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
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
– 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. 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. 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 our own walkers, whose local knowledge is extensive. They will be happy 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. They 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
Collett's is an excellent company and its staff are a credit to it. They manage to combine friendliness and professionalism in a very engaging way. The company has obviously grown significantly since we last used it (16 years ago!) but it retains the flexibility which has always been its USP. We would love to come back to the Dolomite(Read more...)
Offered flexibility of dates, accommodation and offered transfers to the Dolomites.Liked the personal approach when I phoned - no call centre.
Thank you for a lovely holiday. The staff you employ are all excellent and enthusiastic.
An excellent well-organised company with friendly helpful staff at head office and at the resort. We could not have wished for a better holiday and would highly recommend Collett's.
Been with you before and enjoyed the way things work, the staff and the company of fellow walkers. You should be very proud of what you do and the way your staff deliver your product.
We travelled by train from Innsbruck . The journey is very pretty . The taxi you recommended was at the station to meet us .
Danni met us at the hotel and made us feel most welcome.
The website enabled us to make an informed choice . The holiday exceeded our expectations. We wanted guided walks from one centre . The scenery and l(Read more...)
We stayed with Colletts in a hosted chalet in Arabba 10 years ago with our daughters, 5 days at base and 3 nights hut to hut walking. I think it was our best family holiday ever. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Corvara. All the staff went out of their way to make it a great holiday. Thank you!
'Office Hour' was very good with a chance to plan the next days walk and meet up and socialize with your fellow travellers.I thought it worked very well just planning out each day the night before. The staff were really good and friendly to all.
The staff in the Panorama hotel were very friendly and welcoming. It had a very warm an(Read more...)
We loved Hotel Panorama in Corvara and can happily say it is the best hotel we have stayed in (there have been a few over the years!). The staff and service was outstanding!
We were not specifically booked for Wildflower / WW1 walks, but these were easily catered for during a number of our walks. So we were very happy.
Just a bi(Read more...)
Wildflower walks. Very flexible unlike doing a similar thing with another company. We did go on every flower week available during the 2 weeks but it's nice knowing it's not automatically expected.
Hotel Panorama was a first class hotel. All the staff were so pleasant & obliging. The shuttle service to / from Corvara available from the hotel was excellent. A lovely family atmosphere. The food was a gastronomic adventure - outstanding.
This was our first holiday with Collett's Mountain Holidays. We stayed in The Hotel Panorama in Corvara, In The Dolomites. We had a fabulous time, both enjoying everything the hotel had to offer and the varied guided walks. We will certainly be back next year!
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(Read more...)
Had an absolutely wonderful 4-night stay at Chalet Haus Valentin! Particularly grateful to Sonny and Beth for all their help. Unfortunately this trip I had prior plans and so didn't attend any of the guided walks, but would really want to join the next time I go. And I'm pretty sure that the next time I'm back in the region, I will st(Read more...)
The scenery was stunning and the walking was just right for us. The hotel was very comfortable and all the staff ensured we had a wonderful holiday. It was the best walking holiday we have done and worth coming all the way to Europe from Australia .
Just spent a week in Corvara being looked after by the ever helpful staff at Collett's. Everything went well during the week from the transfers to the accommodation (Tino 5 - great views lovely apartment) to the walks. Even when we went off by ourselves on the odd day the staff could not have been more helpful. Never felt any pres(Read more...)
It appeared Collett's had everything we required...and mostly did that. Variety of walks, no transport needed to do the walks, a personal service, transfer arrangements, small independent company that offers help and support throughout the stay as needed, the personal touch. Your staff are fabulous, warm, helpful, funny, full of energ(Read more...)
Friend recommended & you seem to provide a competitive comprehensive service which suited our needs. We did 6 day high route hut to hut so spent night in angelo arrival & verena at end. very impressed with all staff & facilities.
Collett's treats you like a member of the family - the friendliness and family dinner, where everyone eats the same meal at the same time, was a real pleasure.
Great holiday, staff great, location brilliant and looking forward to another Collett's holiday next year!
You offer flexibility - I wanted to walk two weeks in the mountains and other walking companies only seem to offer a week. As a Collett's rookie, I am very impressed by the model you use: flexibility, multi-activity, and particularly the calibre, enthusiasm and customer orientation of the young staff (many rookies themselves this seas(Read more...)
We couldn't have expected any more from the staff member, Jordon, who met us. He was courteous, informative, friendly, poured us a beer and seemed to have all the time in the world. We hadn't realised that he would be on hand for most of the day so hung around a bit in Corvara so that we weren't early. It appears that there are staff (Read more...)
Overall a superb first holiday with Collett's. Every member of the Erwald team was so supportive, their enthusiasm was infectious & it was a pleasure to be in their company.
Choice of guided walks, family feel of the company, ease of website and finding what I was looking for. The staff at Haus Valentin could not do more for us all. Wonderfully helpful, good company, excellent knowledge.
What a wonderful stay it was. All staff there were wonderful, but I'd specifically like to thank Josh, he was very p(Read more...)
We've been with Collett's many times and the way the holidays are run suits us all with our varied interests and abilities. The staff are always excellent and it's nice to see familiar faces sometimes!
Thank you for another excellent holiday! Fantastic staff, accommodation, food and scenery - what more could you ask for! Matrei, Er(Read more...)
Thanks to your staff and to the Hotel staff who were very helpful, warm and welcoming throughout our stay. We really enjoyed our stay in Matrei and the walks offered and the help and guidance given.
This is the third time we have travelled with Collett's. The flexible nature of your business model works very well for us in terms of length of stay, arrival date and time and variety of daily itineraries available. We also enjoy the sociable nature of your holidays. Your guides are always full of enthusiasm and are very professional(Read more...)