Austrian walking vacation

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03 Jun 2017
€ 800
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10 Jun 2017
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24 Jun 2017
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01 Jul 2017
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08 Jul 2017
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22 Jul 2017
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05 Aug 2017
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19 Aug 2017
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02 Sep 2017
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16 Sep 2017
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23 Sep 2017
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Responsible tourism: Austrian walking vacation

Environment

MoaAlm is situated at 1800m, it is 2km up the mountain from the settlement of Taurer.

Some days may involve carrying a picnic on a hike - guests will be actively involved in carrying out waste. Our water is supplied directly from a mountain spring and our heating system is a brand new 'eco' pellet burning system. The P4 pellet system has won many international quality awards in EU and USA, the most prestigious of all are the Blue Angel and the Austrian Ecolabel. Even in winter our south facing position can also provide supplementary energy from our solar bank.

Community

Guests will eat out for lunch on occasion and one evening at local recommended restaurants.

The area also has an excellent ski school and advanced mountain guiding network of instructors that guests may choose to take advantage of. All fresh food and drink and will be sourced locally where possible.

We will be employing a team of 4 full time staff who will receive a generous package of accommodation, food, ski pass and salary. Opportunities will also be available through our staff incentive scheme to participate in training courses annually. This scheme is in place to encourage staff to make this a rewarding full time lifestyle choice that can be sustainable rather than just a seasonal short term option.

Local tradesmen have been involved in the renovation of MoaAlm and we have pleased to find a number of high quality, locally produced materials to use in the refurbishment. These tradesmen are highly skilled particularly in mediums of wood, stone and locally produced felt.

Reviews of Austrian walking vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation 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 17 Sep 2016 by

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


The whole experience of being in such a beautiful place away from everything. We particularly enjoyed the hillwalking and climbing Figerhorn mountain
with the outstanding panorama on top including the Grosglockner. We had such a sense of achievement are getting to the summit. Our guides both
Barbara and Hubert made every effort to ensure that we had a most enjoyable and memorable vacation. Waking up to yoga every morning set me up for the
day so well. The food was also outstanding with local produce and also wild mushrooms form the forest in many of the dishes. There was so much attention
to detail and it all tasted so delicious inculding the Indonesian feast. Thankyou so much

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


To go out and see as much as you can of this beautiful area while you are there. It is such a special place but it is only through exploring its many valleys,
mountains, forests and villages that you feel the essence of this place.

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


It benefited the local restaurants which we went to daily while on our walks. Little hidden away places. We did everything in our local area with little use of
transport. Only using on our feet and lots of energy!

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


Our vacation was so memorable and we have loads of beautiful photos to look back on for many years to come. There was such attention to detail in Moa Alm.
The whole experience was really personal we felt part of this place. We all ate together, walked together, laughed together and talked together. I highly
recommend it.

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2015 by

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


The absolutely superb location in a remote and largely unspoilt part of the Austrian Alps. Lots of lovely hiking routes in the vicinity as well as enough quiet enjoyment of the magnificent mountain scenery to warrant the description "Mountain Retreat".

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


-Don't go if really good cooking doesn't do anything for you! Everything the chef puts on the table is delicious and deserves to be appreciated.
- Do get up a bit early in the morning to join the yoga classes. Barbara will tailor them to your needs and abilities. Ask her to keep the music low if you don't like it!
- Despite the remote location - some 40 minutes' drive from the nearest town, Lienz - you can leave the car at home. Lienz is easily accessible by train and the hosts at MoaAlm will collect guests from the station.

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


Neither yes nor no; can't judge after just one week on a first visit. However, my feeling is that paragliding is not a conservationist practice....

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


See above, + The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with stupendous views; the hosts are extremely flexible and attentive to guests as individuals; they themselves and the way days are structured help you to feel really comfortable in the group. In other words: TOPS! I even congratulate myself for finding and booking this vacation!!

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