View of Achensee, Austria

Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

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Trip code: 
TDF
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
New - Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16

Stretching along the valley at the northern end of Tyrol’s largest lake, the quiet village of Achenkirch is the perfect base for a week of walking. Surrounded by the lush meadows and jagged peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountain ranges, the walking trails throughout the area are plentiful. With such a great variety of walks, two grades are offered each day (moderate and challenging) with one leader escorting each grade. After 35 years in Trins, we have now moved our walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol to Achenkirch.

Highlights

  • Beautiful Tyrolean scenery
  • Moderate and challenging walks
  • Traditional local cuisine

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Fischerwirt, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus 1 UK leader per grade.
  • Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
  • Altitude maximum 2298m, average 2080m

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local Transport

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings
  • Single rooms; Double rooms for single use - limited availability.
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Day by day breakdown
Day 220.0km/12.0miles
Day 317.0km/10.0miles
Day 419.0km/11.0miles
Day 613.0km/8.0miles
Day 715.0km/9.0miles
View of Achensee, Austria

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Itinerary

Achenkirch
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Achenkirch

Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners included

Weather

It is fair to say that the weather in the Alps can be changeable in summer, and Austria is no exception. Temperatures during the day can be very warm, especially in July and August, and the resulting humidity can cause some spectacular storms in the late afternoon/early evening. Clear, fresh mountain air in the Alps means that effects of the sun are often not noticed until it's too late, so it is important to make sure that sun block and lip balm is administered regularly. Given the depth of the valleys, it is also difficult to predict when rain is on its way, so carrying waterproof clothing is also to be advised.

Is this trip for you?

Our walks have been selected to make the most of the area. Each evening, our leaders explain what level 3 and 5 walking is on offer for the next day so you can choose which walk to join. This is the main advantage of a multi-grade holiday, as friends with differing ability can travel together.

At both Moderate and Challenging levels there are steep ascents and descents often over quite rocky and uneven terrain. Due to the nature of the terrain on this trip, neither walking level is recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.

Level 3 entails walking between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and way-marked. Even so, paths will be rocky and on occasion exposed.

Level 5 entails walking between 6 and 8 hours per day at an easy but steady pace. We will be using established trails and mountain paths; these will often be steep, rocky and more exposed than the level 3 walks.

In Achenkirch, most days are around 6 hours of actual walking for Level 3 and 7 hours for Level 5, and the level of ascent for level 3 is up to 800m and level 5 usually 1,000m. Please note that when we use lifts, the descent is usually greater than the ascent described.

The exact itinerary (and therefore the exact length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary if and when necessary. Early weeks in June may need to be limited to lower level routes due to late-lying snow conditions. However, this is an ideal time for abundant alpine flowers and, as it is quieter, there is a good chance of seeing more wildlife.

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Accommodation

Hotel Fischerwirt***

The Hotel Fischerwirt opened its doors in 1875 as a traditional and rustically furnished 3-star hotel. Directly located on the north shore of the Achensee Lake the hotel offers easy access to a variety of trails. All rooms are en suite, and double and twin rooms offer a balcony or deck with view of the Karwendel mountain range or of the lake. Facilities include satellite TV, telephone, sitting area, safe and hair dryer. All floors are served by a lift. WIFI connection is also available in most rooms and in the common areas. This excellent base offers a very warm welcome, nice rooms and a lovely spa. Some single rooms as well as double rooms for single use are available; please contact our Sales team for available and prices. 

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2017
    Richard Fenn

    Great trip

    Superb walking in a beautiful area. This was a great trip reaching several peaks surrounding lake Achensee. The hotel is fantastic as well, you get your lunch from the breakfast buffet.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All of it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Two leaders, both well organised and looked after us brilliantly.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Claire Ferguson

    Great walks

    My husband and I completed this in July this year and it was a really enjoyable trip. The weather was poor all week but it didn't dampen our spirits and that of the guide, Paul. Everyday was filled with laughter, sarcasm and plenty of hard walking on the level 5, all of which was worth it for the views and the overall experience!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting fantastic people and seeing some amazing views!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was honest about the walks each night before so we could decide which level to do, not only that but he was just like a member of our new group of friends we had made, friendly, approachable and definitely up for a challenge and a laugh! He was happy to accommodate extra things we wanted to do like a zip wire and jump in the freezing cold lake, what's more he joined in for all of it! He really made a difference to our holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for poor weather but he experience is worth it no matter what!
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Emily Smith

    Emily

    A superb trip, highly recommendable. The level 5 walks were varied and very satisfying - with beautiful flowers, varying terrain and sometimes gave opportunity for a welcome beer / strudel. Led by a good humoured and knowledgable Paul, every day was a happy challenge. The level 3 walks sounded beautiful as well, and there was high praise for their experience of Bob's tasty cakes! Authentic Austrian hotel with a sauna for sore limbs, swims in the fresh lake, good hearty food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Highlights include the zip wire, the mountain chamois, and all the group laughs. Thank you for an excellent trip.
  • Reviewed July 2017
    James Baxter

    Superb location and walks

    We originally planned to go on the Classic Dolomites trip but decided to take the plunge and try this much newer trip. We're very glad we did and had an excellent time. The area is very well chosen for various reasons, mainly because it is beautiful and offers superb views. We were very lucky with the weather and had a couple of fantastic days with great views all around the neighbouring mountains and valleys. In addition there are excellent public transport links i.e. bus, cable car and ferry which make getting around throughout the week very easy. The trip includes a travel card for all of these which is also a big bonus on the free day, and there's plenty to see and do. The trip offers both grade 3 and grade 5 walks with a different leader for both. It was nice to have the choice and you do of course have the option to pick and choose. We did Level 5 walks on all but the first day and found them challenging in places but perfectly manageable for someone of good fitness, although you do need to be quite sure-footed on all grades. The only point I would make for me personally was that there was more descent than ascent on several of the days which I found hammered my knees. I got the impression that the level 3 walks were somewhat more leisurely and had a much greater emphasis on refreshments, with at least one cake stop at the many mountain huts! We were generally all finished by around 4-5pm which gave plenty of time for a couple of relaxed hours before the evening meal. The surrounding area and the views were of course stunning and there were an abundance of wild flowers and various wildlife. The very friendly cows and goats deserve a special mention too with their clanking bells audible all around. The accommodation and local area in general were very pleasant and the hotel staff very friendly. The food and drink were excellent and of good quality and the rooms were clean and comfortable. An important aspect of any group trip is of course the people and we enjoyed some excellent company. I feel any Exodus trip is going to attract interesting, likeminded and well-travelled people and it took hardly anytime at all for people to get to know each other.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed all of the walks but the climb up to peak of the Rofanspitze and the subsequent views was very rewarding.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both group leaders were friendly and approachable. Paul McDermott took the level 5 walks and was laid back and was happy for people to go at their own pace. Paul was quite new to the area himself but had obviously made the effort to learn about the local area as well as the various flora and fauna. Bob Mason led the Level 3 walks and has many years of experience in the region and in Austria in general and had a wealth of knowledge. We were travelling onwards from the trip but hadn't had much time to organise anything, and he was more than happy to give us advice on places to visit which we were very grateful for.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The level 5 walks in particular involve quite a lot of descent and this can be quite hard going on the knees. I'd advise the use of walking poles as the ground can be very uneven, steep in places and gravel covered and requires quite a degree of sure-footedness. The weather can be very changeable too with rain and thunderstorms typically rolling in later the afternoon. Packing a waterproof coat and trousers is a must.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only that if you enjoy alpine scenery, walking and cake this is the trip for you!
  • Reviewed July 2017
    David Mullett

    Wet but worth it!!

    This has been my first walking trip and our first booking with exodus. We chose the level 5 walks on all of our days out. The walks were challenging but manageable even in poor conditions. The hotel was clean and tidy with great views over the lake and within easy reach of the local shops and bus stop . The food was great and it's a nice that the hotel let you make a pack up for your trips out......ham sandwich anyone???

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not so much inspirational but my highlights include, Thursdays summit of Vorderunutz was fantastic with clear views of Achenkirk and the lake below. Swimming in the lake . Meeting some fantastic people who made my experience amazing!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul's knowledge and relaxed attitude was brilliant. He was happy for everyone to go at their own pace and help those that needed it most as and when required. On a personal level, I felt Paul was not only a great leader but a great member of our team, he'd happily join in with suggestions that aren't in the itinerary, whether it's a dip in the lake, a blast down a zip line or an evening run around the town ,Paul would give it a try. Do leaders come any better than this??? I don't think so!!!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I'd recommend using some walking poles. I chose not to but by Wednesday my knees were the throbbing from the decents. I'd also recommend a trip to Insbrook on the free day

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall a great trip that I'd happily recommend ! Well done level 5's
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Steve Rollason

    Very good

    The resort and general area are stunningly beautiful, the hotel is very good and the two leaders are also very good

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Any time there was a view of the lake on the walks

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I have come across both leaders before and gained a positive view the first time round. That view hasn't changed and I would be happy to see either on future trips.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring a walking pole. I've never used one before but found one useful here to help keep balance on some slightly gravelly descents

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Plenty of cake stops on the level 3 walks, what's not to like?
  • Reviewed July 2017
    francis mcconnell

    The Hills are Alive with the taste of Cake !

    Just finished a brilliant week in Achenkirch at the Fischerwirt Hotel, Grade 3 walks all the way with our Guide Bob Mason, Bob never ceased to amaze us everyday with his extensive knowledge of all things Austrian and especially the Tirol flora, fauna, wildlife and his speciality subject of the best cake. Cake miraculously appeared where it had no right to exist and each cake stop was surpassed by the next, the walking was on a par with the cake on every level, thanks again Bob from Francie, Tracey and Carmel.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Day 4 at the Pasilalm route was remote and wild with most astounding views at every turn, longest walk but so worth the effort, voted for by the three of us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Arnold used to be Mr Austria before he moved to America, Bob has now taken his title.
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Martyn and June Cribb

    Great Walking in the lovely Austrian Tyrol

    This is a great holiday offering two levels of walking with experienced and very able leaders. Great environments to explore. Good food and a great hotel.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip is multi-faceted with some very good walking and also the opportunity to explore the natural and village environments of the beautiful Tyrol. Hard to pick a single moment that was inspirational as there were many such occasions.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The holiday benefits from very able and extremely experienced leaders. Caring, thoughtful, knowledgeable and helpful - what more could you ask for? They provided accurate and very useful information that enabled the group to decide at which level to walk. They had a good knowledge of the local flora and fauna. They worked well as a pair of leaders.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to switch between levels to get what you want from the holiday. The travel card which is part of the holiday provides really outstanding opportunities to use bus, rail and boat to access many areas of the valley. This provides excellent value for money especially on the "day-off". The leaders provided super advice on where to go and a comprehensive file of documents to consider when choosing where to go.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is great and the rooms well appointed. Meal were very good and the arrangement to prepare your own lunch from the breakfast table provided outstanding vale for money. The staff at the hotel were very caring and helpful. Their knowledge of English far better than our German. Great beer and the wine is good.
  • Reviewed July 2017
    jonathan Dorward

    Mr Jonathan A Dorward/ Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

    Great holiday,good choice of walks.Team Leaders very helpful,Good hotel with lovely food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Mountain Scenery and Lake Achensee.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent,very informative of the area,always happy to help.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The grade 5 walks could do with a coffee stop ! not just a lunch stop.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In the brochure it says no packed lunch available,but you can as the Trek leaders told us that the hotel will let you take food at breakfast time for your packed lunch for a small fee ( 10 euro's ) this is for the week.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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