A Collett’s Centre-based Walking Holiday - How it all works
A uniquely flexible formula from a genuine specialist
Delightful Accommodation Options
Arrive and depart in majestic locations on the days of your choice. Stay as long as you wish in delightful half-board or self-catering accommodation. Fly-drive, self-drive or book an airport transfer.
Or self-guide - or do a mix of both
Free & optional, we offer 2 awe-inspiring walks daily - an easier moderate walk or a harder high level trek. For self-guiding, borrow Route Cards for up to 40 stunning walks from easy to hard or glean ideas direct from our own team.
An abundance of knowledge & ideas
Each early evening use our intimate local knowledge to plan your days over maps and a sociable drink. Subscribe to group walks, plan self-guided itineraries, book alpine activities or arrange other days out. Enjoy your evenings with everything sorted.
Painting Strolls, Cycling
World War Walks & Alpine Activities
Join free & optional flower walks early season in the Dolomites, Picos & Pyrenees. Join painting strolls & cycle tours all season in the Dolomites. We can also help you with via ferrata, alpine activities & places of interest.
Explore Europe's most majestic mountains - just as you wish
Choice & flexibility at every stage
A Collett’s centre-based walking holiday is (1) choice and flexibility (2) unforgettable walks in majestic mountains (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.
Join Organised Walks or Self-guide – Plan your days at Office Hour – 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 research and subscribe to our organised walks – or other days out – each early evening over maps and a sociable pre-dinner drink with our own hosts and walkers. Our walkers are also there to offer their first-hand knowledge to self-guiders. Moreover, 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 activities, via ferrata, bike rides, scenic drives and places of interest. Simply choose the itinerary that takes your fancy. This is Office Hour, a popular Collett’s institution. It is optional and informal and it will help you create a succession of memorable days out. Essentially, you can relax every evening with everything in place for the next day.
Lazy days are fine by us. It’s easy to unwind in these idyllic mountain retreats, whether you seek out an idyllic local spot to read a book, take a scenic drive or write a postcard on the sun terrace of a village café.
Flower Walks, Painting, Road Cycling, e-Biking, World War Walks, Glacier Treks, Via Ferrata & Alpine Activities – – all our destinations boast exquisite flora. Our flower walks are free, optional and available 5 days a week – throughout June & July in the Dolomites and in early season in the Picos de Europa and Pyrenees. In the Dolomites, 5 days a week and throughout the season we also offer free and optional painting strolls, cycling tours and easy rambles. World War I walks are available from mid-August to mid-September. 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 and other adventures. 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 – 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, cycling tours and World War walks (Aug/Sept), which are also free of charge – see below. 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).
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 & 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.
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 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
Another wonderful holiday with Colletts. This was our second holiday in Corvaro but our first time in Chalet Angelo and we were very pleased with both the location and the facilities.
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We have stayed with the company before. We would be reluctant to book with anyone else as we find the whole experience with Collett's outstanding
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This is the 5th time I've stayed at Chalet Angelo but the 1st time I travelled alone! I was slightly apprehensive but I needn't have worried, the staff and other guests made me feel very welcome. The guided ski days are the main attraction for me and I wasn't disappointed. Many thanks Colletts once again for a brilliant ski holiday, I'll be back.
As always, the Colletts' Team excelled themselves - great company, great guiding (and even great driving skills on a snowy return journey!). Thanks to all of you - both in Arabba and back in Saffron Walden.
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A fantastic holiday from start to finish, stunning scenery,super skiing & guiding, fabulous food, wine & company. Our appetite is whetted for the ski safari next.
Everyone I speak to is friendly, helpful and well informed.
We had a VERY snowy trip from Corvara on our departure and we thought our driver was superb and told him so.
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Could I ask that you please send on my sincere thanks to Tom personally and all the team for another splendid holiday in Corvara. This is our 10th trip with Collett's and we have enjoyed this as much as ever made all the more special given a three year gap. It is a delight to be able to ski such a lovely area we know so well with all (Read more...)
I've been using Collett's for 8 years now, always at Haus Valentin, and every single holiday has been brilliant without fail.
Special mention to the staff at Haus Valentin who as usual were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble and they were a a real credit to themselves and an asset to Collett's.
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Have travelled with Collett's before and hope to do so again. The experience of being a client of Collett's is excellent and I will continue to recommend you!
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Another great ski holiday with Colletts!
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Yes, but is is a shame that Ryanair have changed their flight times so we were unable to get the free transfer. Luckily you kindly arranged new transfers.
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As Angelo was booked, we were unsure where best to stay (in Corvara or Badia), the guy in the office was really helpful on the phone. Chalet staff were all wonderful, very welcoming!
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The holiday was fantastic and chalet & ski-ing amazing. The guiding (which we didn't technically have!) was also top quality and a new standard has been set by Jack who located and arranged our skis, ready for us to jump on to, by the time we emerged from our lunch stop. This was despite 3 of us interchanging skis then placing them in(Read more...)
Another wonderful holiday at Chalet Angelo in Corvara!...............it's like a home away from home.
Wonderful service, great hospitality, lovely food and such a friendly atmosphere.
Thank you Team Angelo..............I'll be back!
Skiing in the Dolomites has exceeded expectations. This was our second year with Collett's. The whole package is excellently executed - a good standard of accommodation at Chalet Angelo, great food from Brendon and the outstanding team led by Mike and Emma.