Austria family activity holiday

“Discover the active side of Austria on a fabulous tailormade family activity break amid alpine splendour.”


Oetz Valley | Alpine nature resort | Flexible diverse activities including canyoning, rafting, Via Ferrata, high ropes, cycling, archery, climbing and Alpine rollercoaster

Description of Austria family activity holiday

Departures dates from May to September 2020
PLEASE NOTE: 2020 prices are provisional and subject to change

This is the perfect flexible family activity break, offering a host of activities in the picturesque Alpine setting of the Oetz Valley in Austria. Tailor your holiday in every way: the blend of exciting activities you choose; how you get there; plus the style of accommodation, from a room at the resort to a family-run hotel in the pretty town of Oetz.

Included in the cost of the holiday are 20 activity points for each member of the family (additional points can be purchased for €6.50 each on arrival), which can be spent on activities of your choice. Varying in duration and intensity, the broad range of activities - from rafting and cycling to Via Ferrata and archery – means there are things everyone can enjoy. But if you have a favourite – or find one on the trip – you can concentrate on that to your heart's content.

The self-drive option for this holiday means added independence to also explore this stunning alpine region – from fabulous nearby lakes for swimming to charming towns for some of Austria's famous coffee and cake! But if you would prefer not to drive all the way to Austria, flights and car hire can be arranged. We can also arrange flights and airport transfers to the Oetz Valley if you don't want to drive at all!

Please note some activities require a minimum of six people, so detailed itineraries cannot be confirmed until your welcome meeting.

There is a choice of accommodation on this holiday:

Feel Free Nature Resort: nights 1-8
The idyllic resort sits surrounded by beautiful mountains and presents a wonderful base for families looking for both escapism and adventure. Constructed in a traditional alpine style, the resort combines alpine charm with modern facilities.

Hotel 3 Mohren: nights 1-8
This charming hotel has been owned and run by generations of the Haid family since 1910. The hotel has seen some changes since then of course, but the friendly hospitality has remained the same and it presents a charming mix of nostalgia and comfort for families. The hotel is located in the centre of the village of Oetz and just a five-minute walk from the Feel Free Resort. You also have easy access to the small selection of shops in this traditional village centre.

Other option

Feel Free nature Resort Apartment Upgrade
In addition to its charming twin rooms, the Feel Free Nature Resort also has a small number of apartments available for those families who would like to upgrade and enjoy a bit more space during their stay.

These are all traditionally and comfortably decorated, reflecting the alpine-style of the hotel. They vary in size but each has one or two bedrooms as well as a living area, kitchen and one or two bathrooms.

These apartments also have terraces where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine after a day of family fun.

On booking your holiday you will be provided with 20 activity points. These points are used to book activities, all of which have a points value attached so you can pick and mix the activities you would like to participate in. On the arrival day (Saturday) there is a 7 pm welcome evening where the programme is explained. Clients occasionally need to be a little flexible as we need a minimum of six people for some programmes. Because of this, the itinerary cannot be confirmed until your welcome meeting. Additional points can be purchased for €6.50 each on arrival. We have been operating this holiday for almost 5 years and have only ever received positive feedback from clients following their holiday in this slightly unusual format.

The wonderful range of activities to choose from and their Adventure Card point values are listed below.

* Flights: This is a self-drive holiday (we can arrange for flights and car hire on request – please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation)
* Accommodation: 7 nights' resort chalet room or traditional hotel accommodation in Oetz
* Meals: 7 breakfasts
* Activities: 20 activity points to spend on a wide range of activities (additional activity points can be purchased locally for €6.50 )
* All equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors
* Use of the wellness area and free mountain bike hire (for guests staying at the Feel Free Resort only)

Short & Soft
This is a fantastic experience to introduce you to the world of canyoning. The experience will involve water slides, abseiling, swimming and jumping in plunge pools, and scrambling across rocks. The instructors will help build the confidence of everyone in the group so by the end of the activity you will definitely want to try it again! Minimum age 10 years and over (accompanied by an adult).
Adventure Card points: 10
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

Short & Heavy
This activity is slightly more demanding but you are guaranteed to have a fantastic experience. This course involves some more dramatic descents which will either be completed by longer abseils or exciting pool jumps (of between 10 – 16 metres) guaranteed to leave you on an adrenaline high! You must be in reasonably good physical shape and have some previous knowledge of canyoning. Minimum age 14 years and over (accompanied by an adult).
Adventure Card points: 10
Duration: 3 to 4 hours

This is a medium level tour which requires a good level of fitness. You will combine a mixture of hiking, climbing, jumping, abseiling and sliding to make your way down this exciting course. The course leads over imposing canyons, beautiful waterfalls and picturesque pools of clear water. This tour is of a longer duration to ensure you get the utmost from your experience. Minimum age 12 years and over (accompanied by an adult).
Adventure Card points: 12
Duration: 4 to 5 hours

This course is designed to offer maximum action and adrenaline kicks. With huge breathtaking jumps of up to 14 metres, lots of brilliant water slides to race down and large rock faces to abseil down, this is a fast-paced, exciting activity for adventurous individuals. You will need to have a good level of physical fitness and to have enjoyed canyoning before. Minimum age 14 years and over (accompanied by an adult).
Adventure Card points: 14
Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Ultimo XXL
The Ultimo XXL is a very demanding course with several difficult passages that offer the ultimate in excitement. It is a very long, steep course, the majority of which is made up of long abseil descents and long jumps. Difficult passages with high abseiling and pool jumps are the key aspects of this tour – you have to be in good shape and some previous knowledge is compulsory. Minimum age 14 years and over (accompanied by an adult).
Adventure Card points: 16.5
Duration: 5 to 6 hours

White water rafting - Blue-Water Classic
This is the perfect trip for beginners to get a grip on the basics of rafting. With about an hour and a half on the water, you will have enough time to learn the basics. Your journey will take you over 14km through the beautiful Imst Gorge. This is the perfect way to experience a new activity, have lots of fun and relax amidst the beautiful scenery. Minimum age 10 years and over (accompanied by an adult).
Adventure Card points: 8
Duration: 3 hours (1.5 hours on the river)

Alpine Via Ferrata
An introduction to a Via Ferrata in a wonderful alpine setting. All equipment will be provided and your expert instructors will provide full tuition based on any previous experience as you make your way up and across the mountain.
Adventure Card points: 10
Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours

High ropes course - Half day
On this activity, you will explore the mountain world of the Ötztal Alps and the natural forest environment on a thrilling high ropes course. Children under the age of 10 need to be accompanied by a parent.
Adventure Card points: 5.5
Duration: 3 to 4 hours

AREA 47: High ropes course including entrance to Water Area
AREA 47 is a 10-minute drive from your base in the Oetz Valley and is a new adventure centre that has recently opened in the area. These points include access to the fantastic high ropes course and entrance to the water park - this is no ordinary swimming pool with slides, flying foxes, bouldering rocks, slacklines and speed tubes.
Adventure Card points: 7

AREA 47: Mega swing/ flying fox
For a real adrenaline rush, this mega swing offers the ultimate adrenaline rush and offers a wonderful view over the water park facilities.
Adventure Card points: 4

AREA 47: Water area - full-day pass
For a full day exploring this awesome water park (a great option for older children or adult-only summer holidays). Transfers are not included but the park is just a short drive away from your accommodation.
Adventure Card points: 3.5

Rent-a-bike - Full day
Full day
Explore the many bike trails in the area and take your lunch with you to enjoy a full day out in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Adventure Card points: 3.5

Mountain biking
Soft - Half day
You will discover various lovely nature spots nearby riding alongside the Ötztaler Ache, with its beautiful green meadows and atmospheric forests.
Adventure Card points: 6.5
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

Sporty - Full day
You will enjoy the wonderful unique natural landscape on bike trails through valleys on the Tyrolean Oberland plateau. The tour includes a demanding section through alpine territory but the reward is rustic mountain pastures, impressive mountain scenery and a fantastic downhill section.
Adventure Card points: 8.5
Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Archery - Introduction to archery
The archery range is located at the camp and the lesson will take 1.5 hours. All equipment will be provided and a guide will teach you the basics and help you improve your skills.
Adventure Card points: 3
Duration: 1.5 hours

Climbing Tower - Introduction to climbing
This introduction will last 1.5 hours and will include a fully qualified guide and all the equipment you will need. This is the perfect opportunity to try a new exciting activity with the help and guidance of an instructor.
Adventure Card points: 3
Duration: 1.5 hours

Alpine Rollercoaster
This is a mix between a rollercoaster and a toboggan run and a fantastic way to enjoy the scenery! The rollercoaster is located 20 minutes from the resort. Transfers are not included.
Adventure Card points: 2

Sauna Nature Resort
There are wonderful sauna facilities for you to enjoy at the nature resort every day between 4 and 8 pm.
Adventure Card points: 2

Suitable for:
Families with children aged 10 years and older (this does not preclude families with children younger than 10 but they may not be able to take part in all activities).

Minimum age:
Rafting Blue Water classic: from 10 years
Rafting Professional: from 14 years
Canyoning Short & Soft: from 10 years
Canyoning Sporty: from 12 years
Canyoning Short & Heavy, Ultimo & Ultimo XXL: from 14 years

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This resort is built in a truly beautiful part of the world. On the outskirts of a small town the resort is built and furnished with robust timber from local forests: The wood used includes larch, Swiss stone pine and spruce with nothing artificial, processed using old traditional methods. To build these houses members of the local community are employed and all building processes and materials are as environmentally friendly as possible. The resort has recently seen an expansion in the number of rooms but careful planning from our partners here in Austria has ensured that the buildings are all as environmentally friendly as possible and all built in a sympathetic style to the local buildings.

All waste from the chalet accommodation, the onsite restaurant and the bar area all sort and recycle as much waste as possible to avoid unnecessary waste pollution. For all of the activities included in the programme the guides take every measure to minimise the impact on the local environment. An example of this is during hiking trails the guide will always discuss the impact that the increased footpath traffic is having on the environment, and our guides will lead by example in collecting litter left by less well informed parties along the way, and our clients are encouraged to do the same. We also try, wherever possible, to avoid tourist bottlenecks at peak times and a trip with us gets you away from the main tourist areas.

The onsite restaurant wherever possible local produce is served which not only serves to educate the clients about the traditional local cuisine but also to support the local farmers and small independent shops in the vicinity of the nature resort. We operate a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy on all of our activities.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our local partners are heavily integrated into the local community. All our guides and employees in the hospitality side of the resort are from the area. To promote responsible tourism we try to keep to small sized groups, as we believe that the growth of adventure tourism can lead to the over commercialism and overcrowding of these sensitive areas. With small groups participating in carefully chosen locations, or walking on established marked out trails, we can introduce our clients to this spectacular area without compromising the environment and the finely balanced eco system. The small size of the nature resort guarantees that all activities are led in small groups and with only 60 beds on site this ensures that there will not be an overcrowding of visitors to this small, charming working town.

We always ensure that we work with local suppliers and accommodation wherever possible. In Oetz Valley we work with local guides whose passion for the area is infectious, in a family run resort. This means that our clients get to meet the local people and gain fantastic experiences from them. This remote resort is located approximately 40 minutes from Innsbruck and 2 hours from Salzburg. These areas have more facilities for tourism and their history and culture attracts large number of visitors each year. By selling this destination it attracts tourists away from this area and into a smaller more genuine and traditional town where the community benefits from our groups and our groups benefit from the experience.


2 Reviews of Austria family activity holiday

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019 by

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

We all enjoyed the white water rafting although there were many memorable experiences.

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

When you attend the welcome meeting on arrival there is a lot more information about the activities than we were given in advance so be prepared to take some time to go through the options. Some activities were offered that we weren't aware of in advance.

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

The holiday benefited the local community in that the area relies on tourism for income, but there weren't any environmental or conservation benefits.

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

Great holiday, beautiful setting in the mountains and the resort is very well maintained with lovely grounds. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Lots of fun activities but still time to relax and enjoy the amazing scenery. Would highly recommend!

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2016 by

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

The mountain scenery, butterflies and flowers and white water rafting!

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

Go careful cycling down a mountain! Ask for a fan in your hotel room.

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


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

Very exciting, varied with plenty to do to keep teenagers from being bored.

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