Cross Country Skiing and Winter Walking - Leutasch and Seefeld

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Trip code: 
K07LS
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cross-Country Skiing
Min age:
12

Leutasch is a real winter wonderland with horse-drawn sleighs, tobogganing, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Leutasch is truly a winter wonderland - its high level plateau and tranquil valley provide some of the prettiest and most extensive cross-country skiing and walking trails in Europe. The Winter Olympics have been held here twice! Leutasch also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, tobogganing, curling, ice skating, snowshoeing and alpine skiing. 

Highlights

  • Luxury 4-star hotel with heated indoor pool, saunas, steam bath and solarium
  • 250km of immaculately groomed cross-country skiing trails; 140km of prepared winter hiking paths - guided and independent choices
  • Other activities: snowshoeing, sleigh rides, alpine pistes
  • Pretty villages, onion-domed churches, cosy mountain cafes
  • No single supplement on 17, 24 and 31 March departures

Key information

  • 7 Nights, single centre
  • 6 Days activity
  • Departs Saturdays from 23 Dec '17 to 31 Mar '18
  • Buffet breakfast, afternoon coffee and cake and evening meals
  • Ski equipment hire and lessons included

What's included

  • 7 Nights in luxury 4-star hotel
  • Buffet breakfast, afternoon coffee and cake and evening meals
  • Ski equipment hire and lessons included

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.

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Itinerary

Leutasch
to
Leutasch
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Leutasch

    We meet you at Innsbruck Airport for the short drive to Leutasch (40 mins). Depending on your chosen activity week, we'll kit you out with your skis, poles, passes, etc, and organise your walking poles, in the afternoon.(Staying at Hotel Xander)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 2-7

    Typical Itinerary

    Depending on which week you have chosen (a mix of both skiing and winter walking or just skiing), the local snow conditions and group ability, your leader, James Robertson, will soon have you skiing and walking up and down the beautiful Leutasch Valley. You'll head towards Scharnitz by the German border, or up to the Olympic village of Seefeld, discovering a number of the surrounding Tyrolean villages. In the afternoons you have the option to stay and explore, or to head back to the hotel in time for a fine spread of afternoon snacks, coffee and cake. We have left one day free for you to explore independently or to try one of the many other activities available locally.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Return Home

    We take you to the airport in time to connect with your flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Buffet breakfast, afternoon coffee and cake and evening meals.

Austria is renowned for its wholesome, robust food and you will be thankful for this after a hard day’s skiing. Typically, you will be set up for the day by a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, along with the traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunchtime and less in the evenings; you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables in a style similar to English cooking. Desserts are often fruit based - such as Apfelstrudel - or cream pastries. Rehrucken is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake On average Austrians, drink twice as much coffee as beer. There are many different types to choose from, particularly in the larger towns and cities and are often drunk in specialist coffee houses, known locally as a Kaffeehaus. It is often served in large cups and finished off with a healthy dose of whipped cream.

Austrian wines tend to be sweet white varieties, similar to German Mosel wines. The three best-known areas for producing white wines are Krems, Klosterneuburg and Gumpoldskirchen. The main red wine producing area is Voslau. Of course Austria is better known for its beer and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gösser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.

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?

Our experienced Headwater Leader, James Robertson, provides various activity weeks during the winter months, aimed at different abilities. This includes weeks where you'll be both skiing and walking, weeks solely for beginner skiers, an intermediate skiing week and weeks for groups of mixed ability skiers. (Please see 'other details' in Dates and Prices). 

On a typical winter walking day you'll walk 8-10km (3-4 hours), depending on the group's ability. You'll discover a selection of idyllic plateau, forest, river and valley trails taking you through some of the finest Austrian scenery and the prettiest of Tyrolean hamlets. If, at any time, you feel like doing your own independent exploring, there's clear signposting and we'll also provide a local walking map. 

There's plenty of skiing here for all levels, with gentle plateau trails, peaceful valley runs and more challenging routes on the wooded hillsides offering stunning valley views. There's clear signposting and an excellent free trail map available if you feel like doing your own thing, along with superb downhill skiing in Seefeld, just 10 minutes away. 

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.

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Accommodation

Hotel

Kirchplatzl is at the heart of the Leutasch valley, with doorstep access to some of the best skiing and walking in the area. Tucked away next door to the onion-domed village church is the Hotel Xander, owned by the Ennemoser family. 

The oldest inn in the valley, it has been sensitively modernised to incorporate all the luxuries you would expect of a four star establishment. 

The bedrooms are large with sofa, easy chair and bathroom with bath and shower, and hairdryers are also available.

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

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