Walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol

“A week of centre based hiking in the Austrian Tyrol, fully guided choosing between moderate and advanced walks. Depending on your energy. And knees.”


Rofan & Karwendel mountain ranges | Base in Achenkirch village | Walk to Seewaldhütte | Karwendel cable car | Bärenkopf (1,991m) | Pertisau | Kögljoch mountain pass | Enzianweg path

Description of Walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol

A week long walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol, staying in a three star hotel in village of Achenkirch from where we can take on different mountain trails every day. Surrounded by summits and peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountain ranges, this village and hotel are also located by the region’s largest lake, Achensee and three of our hikes take us up into the mountains and then descend to different points along the lake where we take a boat trip back along the lake to base.

There is great flexibility built into this trip, allowing you to choose between a moderate or more advance walk every day, with two mountain leaders available to take each group on their trek. Walking between 13-20 kms every day for five full days of walking, we aim for some impressive heights including Bärenkopf (1991m), although we do take the Karwendel cable car up part of the way. Or the col at Steineres Tor (1978m) which we reach following the well Enzianweg or Gentian Path, which takes us up through stupendous mountain pastures.

Like all elevated walking holidays, the itinerary on this holiday may need to be altered depending on weather conditions and this will be up to the judgement of your mountain leaders. Even as late as June, if snow has not melted, we may need to alter our course; however, wild flowers are abundant at lower levels during this time. The hotel is a very traditional mountain hotel, dating back to 1875, and has glorious views of Achensee Lake or the mountains, with double and twin rooms having balconies to enjoy these sights.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol

One of the strengths of this centre is the use of the Achensee Holiday Card. This enables us to use all the local transport services: buses, steam boats on the lake, a steam train and the two lift systems. This is not only very convenient for us, but provides support for local facilities and employment for local people. The card also provides free or discounted access to many of the local museums and cultural sites.
By supporting the local community we are demonstrating how responsible tourism can still make a difference in a ‘developed’ area of Western Europe. The bonus for our clients is that they can see how they are supporting directly the local economy and the warm welcome they receive from the local inhabitants.

Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation for the week is in the family run Hotel Fischerwirt in the Tyrolean village of Achenkirch. The Fischerwirt is a traditional Tyrolean inn and as such is a member of the "Tiroler Wirtshaus". This association exists to ensure that members maintain authentic Tyrolean cuisine with local influences. The focus is on local ingredients with proof of origin (AMA seal of approval), the diverse native culinary delights as well as down to earth Tyrolean ambience, coupled with good hospitality. For over 20 years, the initiative focuses on values such as seasonality and regionality.
The most basic elements of the initiative are the:
• love of Tyrolean cooking
• freshness of the produce sourced from local farms, rivers and forests
• particular emphasis on authentic atmosphere and architecture.
The atmosphere of a traditional Tyrolean inn can probably be best summed up by the expression "Tyrolean hospitality". The dishes prepared in every inn are based on traditional Tyrolean recipes.
We use the services of a local family run bus/taxi company based in Maurach for our airport transfers. Where clients are not able to make use of our transfers arrangements, we are able to recommend a family run company from Innsbruck, which provides a convenient and reasonably priced service.

Local Craft and Culture
Clients are encouraged to stop at mountain huts and restaurants and other local businesses, where our visit makes a valuable contribution to their trade.
When there is a village event, such as a band concert, we make every effort to attend, especially as the tourist board provides a convenient bus service!
Our Achensee Holiday Card, gives free access to a number of local museums, including Sixenhof Heimatmuseum (opposite our hotel); the Achenseer Museumwelt in Maurach and the Tiroler Steinöl Vitalberg in Pertisau.
On the free day, it is possible visit the nearby city of Innsbruck, where there are many interesting cultural sites, but the Tyrolean Folk Museum is one of the most popular.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

Reviews of Walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most memorable part of the holiday was everyone waving me off as I left before the rest of the group. We all got on well and shared many enjoyable moments. The stunning scenery around Trins was absolutely breathtaking, and climbing up to the mountain huts for elderflower water and delicious soup was a truly memorable experience! We all had such a good laugh and really enjoyed each others company, particularly during the evening meals where we shared many a
banter and good laugh!!

Chris and Bob really went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable from day 1 and throughout the trip. I cannot thank them enough for their kindness and taking care of us all so well. They really couldn't do enough
for us. I was particularly grateful to Bob who helped me organise my onward journey from Trins to Zurich early in the holiday, so my mind was at ease to enjoy the trip. I cannot speak highly enough of our two knowledgable and caring
tour guides.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring walking poles and clothing for all seasons as the tour involves alot of climbing. Good walking boots are essential.

Be prepared to join in with the group as the good social interaction we had on this trip made the holiday more enjoyable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We used local buses as transport links and were strongly encouraged to purchase our lunch from the local shop and mountain huts. Chris and Bob both spoke German and obviously had built good relationships with local people in the
community. We respected the environment and surroundings with guidance from our tour guides.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Top marks! 10/10! Had a fabulous time, mainly down to Bob and Chris' commitment to make sure everyone was happy and having a good time. They really looked after us well and ensured we felt comfortable and at ease from day 1. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wishing to go to Austria.


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