Winter Walking in Tyrol

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Trip code: 
CAS
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Winter
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

The picturesque Tyrolean town of Seefeld is a perfect base for a week of winter walking. With an extensive network of prepared trails, we venture into pristine winter scenery, walking through forests to higher plateaux and discovering quaint villages and quiet valleys. Staying in a charming hotel just a few minutes' walk from the centre of town, we also have plenty of time to discover the local culture and sample some delicious food.

Highlights

  • Explore an extensive network of trails
  • Sample traditional Tyrolean cuisine
  • Discover pretty villages and cosy mountain cafes

Key information

  • 5 days guided winter walking
  • 7 nights 3-star hotel
  • Moderate walking on prepared tracks
  • No previous experience needed

What's included

  • 7 nights half board at Hotel Menthof
  • 5 days of guided winter walking
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)
  • Return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Innsbruck; transfer to Seefeld.

    Fly to Innsbruck; transfer to our hotel in Seefeld (approx. 40minutes)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    Three guided winter walks all on prepared tracks.

    Walking routes start directly from Seefeld and include a circular walk to Neuleutasch; a linear walk via the Löttensee to Leutasch; and another linear walk via Scharnitz to Mittenwald in Germany!

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day.

    Free day to relax, try cross-country skiing, or make an excursion to Innsbruck.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    Two further guided winter walks.

    These include a linear walk from Weidach back to Seefeld and a circular walk to/from Seefeld via Mösern.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Innsbruck; fly to London.

    After breakfast, transfer to Innsbruck airport; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

The hotel serves continental breakfasts with plenty of choice. The dinners are usually made of 4 courses, with a choice of 2 or 3 different mains. The cuisine is very much Tyrolean with dishes such as knoedle or spaetzle on offer during the week. Lunches are usually taken in huts or cafes. 

Weather

Seefeld is situated at 1180m and at this height snow can lie from December to mid-March, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter are around -5ºC, though they can fall as low as -15ºC with approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Is this trip for you?

Winter Walking is offered at Grade 3 - Moderate, no previous experience required, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Winter walking is ideal for those who want an active week in magnificent scenery, but are not tempted by snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The emphasis is on relatively gentle walking at a relaxed pace, with plenty of time to admire the scenery. We walk mostly on paths and forest tracks, many of which are cleared or rolled after new snowfall. While there may be some walking in unprepared snow, winter walking weeks do not use snowshoes.
Each day the leader will carefully assess the situation and choose the route according to current conditions and those forecast, with the over-riding priority being group safety. Our leaders are required not to proceed with any proposed route (including those mentioned in brochure or trip notes) if they believe the risk to be too high.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel Menthof

Hotel Menthof is a charming hotel set amid stunning Tyrolean scenery. The family-run hotel, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Seefeld, is traditional in style and has a homely atmosphere. Our rooms are all en suite and the meals are prepared with local produce. There is a sauna, usually available from 5pm.

A word of warning about Austria for people sharing 'twin-bedded rooms': these often contain a single unit with two separate mattresses and separate bedding; it is not usually possible to move them apart, though it may sometimes be possible to add an extra bed - please check with us if this is important to you.

Single rooms are available for a supplement (please check price and availability with our sales team). There may be some double for single use available on occasion, please check with us for prices and availability.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed January 2018
    Grigor and Irene Paterson

    Winter Walking in Tyrol

    This was our first Christmas away and we were really glad that we chose this holiday. The town of Seefeld was stunning and scenery was like a winter wonderland. The walks were very good and not too challenging which allowed for stops at Mountain Huts for coffees, hot chocolate and lunch. Overall it was an excellent relaxing way to spend Christmas.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery especially the day after it snowed - it was even more stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was an excellent leader. He went out of his way to meet the group needs, especially on the day off when he arranged several different activities for members of the group, including cross country skiing, tobogganing and curling. We had a late flight home and had to be out of the hotel room by 10.00 am. Paul arranged a short walk for the group and lunch. He also arranged for some of the group to go to Innsbruck by train and we met them at the airport later. He went above and beyond and this was appreciated.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not take a "water cooker" (kettle) - the hotel don't like to use one in your room!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There are plenty of winter activities that you can do in Seefeld on your day off - it is a lovely place with a great winter atmosphere.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Maggie Holt

    Winter walking in Tyrol

    Bright blue skies, crisp snow and great walks. Lots to do and see in the whole region. Paul our leader worked really hard to create a great walking holiday. A great way to enjoy Christmas!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Group walking through lovely snow covered forest tracks. Beautiful scenery.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Louise Bottomley

    Winter wonderland walking (mit Rhum)

    A lovely week with lots of snow, great walks, nice hotel, fab group, excellent fun!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were really lucky with the weather - lots of snow when we arrived, then blue skies for a couple of days before it snowed again and was so pretty walking through the trees. The week ended with more blue sky - perfect! Great stops for morning coffees (rum optional) and traditional Austrian food for lunches (sausage and saurkraut for Xmas lunch - yum!) Walks were really well planned and through lovely scenery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was fab!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's a really nice trip, great walks, not too tricky (with spikes on!). I really liked the hotel, amazing food. Seefeld is a great town, lots to do on the day off (we went tobogganing which was great fun and then curling.). Because of the late flight home on the Saturday Paul offered us on an extra walk, so it seemed like a lovely long holiday.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For a new trip everything ran really smoothly. Highly recommended!

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? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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