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
As this was our first time with Collett's and to the Zugspitz Arena. We were not sure what to expect, we were not disappointed as the holiday lived up to our expectations and more! Many thanks to the caring team who looked after us superbly: from organizing the walks, adapting the routes to our ability, and their friendliness through(Read more...)
Lovely walks and views with great company from all parts of the globe, both near and far. Dani and the team were excellent and helpful and we miss them telling us what bus to catch, which hill to climb, what to have for lunch, when to have more red wine (always). Stress levels were reduced brilliantly and we miss Tina.
Having recently returned from Chalet Roch in Corvara and Hotel Hinteregger in Matrei, I'd like to thank the staff in those locations for continuing to provide the winning formula for which Collett's are renowned. It certainly takes the pain out of organising a holiday for a mixed ability group.
The salad bar in the Gran Fanes restau(Read more...)
Apologies to the Colletts team in Ehrwald for the slow feedback, mainly due to filling out insurance claims for a damaged hire car (not done by us!) and a German speeding ticket (who said you could drive as fast as you want in Germany!), but all that is another story!
I think this is our summer trip 18 but starting to lose count. As (Read more...)
Lots of lovely organised walks, plus great advice on self-guiding from Dani, Cam and the team. For hardier walkers there is plenty of scope for pushing your limits, and we returned home well satisfied (if tired).
We didn't hire a car this time and didn't need to. The train from Munich Airport worked well and is incredibly cheap!
From the off, our lovely Colletts hosts Sonny, Izzie, Anna, and Emily made this a wonderfully convivial holiday, added to by an interesting and friendly mix of guests. The Colletts 'office hour' every evening gave us an opportunity to investigate and discuss each walk that was offered, and to consider its merits. Beers and G&Ts, deliv(Read more...)
Thank you once again for a special holiday, particularly with it being our Wedding Anniversary when we arrived; Danni, Cam, Kate and all the staff made us feel so welcome as always, plus the hosts and facilities at Hotel Spielmann were simply brilliant.
The Zugspitze Arena really is a fabulous adventure playground and the more Mounta(Read more...)
We chose you because my friends and I have been with your Collett's in the Dolomites before and last year in Austria. We have always had a lovely walking holiday with your company. We did the hut to hut in the Dolomites and you sent lots of information, maps etc so we could be prepared to do our walking well. We might do an Austria hu(Read more...)
Wonderful time in the Dolomites. Walking was great, instruction helpful and facilities what we were looking for. As a family with 2 kids of 7 and 11 this worked great, despite being the only family in the group.
Excellent holiday. Great accommodation, trips to suit whatever mood takes you, and the chance to make new friends from all over the UK. We felt really well looked after on this trip and really enjoyed being able to relax and go out for well thought through walking expeditions, without the hassle of planning the logistics. It really (Read more...)
6 day hut to hut - faultlessly organised, great trip notes.
4 days in Chalet Angelo - the usual very high standard I’ve come to expect from Collett's. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, accommodation of excellent quality and plentiful good food. All add up to a brilliant holiday experience and the reason why I and many others are (Read more...)
Loved every moment at Haus Valentin. The staff, atmosphere, walks and activities were terrific and as guests came and went the ambience remained. The family Valentin and the chalet are lovely too.
This was our second time with Collett's and our first time in Ehrwald. We had a really good holiday. Dani, Cam, Kate, Ted and Tim were excellent hosts; warm, friendly and very knowledgeable regarding the walks and other things to do around Erhwald. They couldn't do enough for us to help make our holiday a success. The guided walks(Read more...)
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(Read more...)
Probably the best Collett's holiday so far (it's my 5th time) - great location, stunning mountains, comfortable and roomy hotel (and rooms) and excellent staff. What I particularly appreciated was that two of the guides (Dani and Cameron) were older than usual. Given the average age of your clients (I'm guessing 50+) it's helpful to h(Read more...)
Great few days on hut to hut in Erhwald. Hotel Alpin was a lovely stop at either end of the walk. Hostess very friendly and welcoming.
We really enjoyed the huts- two very different in character. Wolfrathausen friendly, quiet and great food. Coburger bustling, good hearty food, fantastic setting and we really appreciated having o(Read more...)
Second time staying here for taking part in the maratona cycle race. The location is perfect, the staff are great, the food is great, storage for our bikes. My friend has been coming here for several years and I don't think we could find better.
Wonderful holiday, made enjoyable by your staff Sonny, Emilie, Izzy and Anna, a great group of people, very helpful, knowledgeable and good fun. Accommodation and variety of walks were brilliant and Sonny & Emilie managed the entire trip with skill and laughter.
We looked at your holiday information and then chose to return to the Sport Hotel Panorama in Covara... We don’t normally repeat holiday destinations so this is the exception! Thank you, once again, the Sport hotel is exceptional and in combination with all that Collett's offer, we once again had a fabulous walking holiday.
We had a fantastic walking holiday in the Dolomites. The views from our room were stunning, the food was delicious , the walks were amazing and all the Collets staff were brilliant. We could not fault any of it and will definately return.
We were a group of 12 family and friends including three US visitors in Ehrwald. For some it was the first Colletts holiday , for others it was our third . To everyone it was "special" . The location, hotel, walking, food and friendliness provided everything we wanted. Cameron, Danni ,Tim, Ted and Kate did everything to ensure succes(Read more...)
My friend and I had the most wonderful holiday in Ehrwald, Austria.
All aspects of it were spot on...the hotel, the food, the beauty of the Austrian Alps and the wonderful led walks.
However, as always, it is your staff that are the icing on the cake. They are warm, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and good company.
We will c(Read more...)
Had a great stay at Chalet Angelo in Alta Badia having turned up a couple of days before cycling the Maratona dles Dolomites with a couple of friends who had stayed there before. Beautiful and very convenient location, good facilities and friendly staff with excellent local knowledge. Joey, Jess and the rest of the team were extremely(Read more...)
Thank you for a wonderful stay in the Picos. We really enjoyed the walking, the supportive and helpful staff in particular, the scenery and the company. The hotel was good, too. Great.
As a regular Collett's visitor to the Dolomites this was our first visit to Austria and, whilst it's very different to the Dolomites it is equally majestic with stunning scenery and amazing walks. Massive thanks to Jo, Jack, Katie and the Hotel Hinteregger team for making us so welcome.
The food and company was excellent and I'm su(Read more...)
We had a lovely holiday and were very impressed by Collett's. Thank you very much and we thought the staff at Chalet Angelo were great, plus all the Rifugio bookings and taxi bookings you did for us were really efficient and lovely.
This was our second visit to Haus Valentin, Badia and it was just as wonderful second time around. Chalet Haus Valentin is delightful with good rooms, (we had one with a balcony and fantastic view), boot room, lovely bar with honour system and the most delicious food (and wine). But the most important factor was the amazing staff - u(Read more...)
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 throu(Read more...)