Walking vacaton 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

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2019: 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 7 Sep, 14 Sep
2020: 6 Jun, 13 Jun, 20 Jun, 27 Jun, 4 Jul, 11 Jul, 18 Jul, 25 Jul, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 5 Sep, 12 Sep, 19 Sep
Vacation type

Small group vacation

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, traveling 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 vacation, 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 travelers’ 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 vacation 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?
Travelers 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 vacation.

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

Less confident travelers
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 travelers 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 travelers!”
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 travelers 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 vacaton in the Austrian Tyrol

One of the strengths of this centre is the use of the Achensee Vacation 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 Vacation 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.

3 Reviews of Walking vacaton in the Austrian Tyrol

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by

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

Getting to the top of the mountains and having amazing views as ever day was sunny

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

Make sure you are fit enough and have done at least two days every week at home going up steep slopes and walking up to 5hrs on these days so you are really ready to enjoy the mountains

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

Yes used tap water no plastic bottles stayed in family run hotel kept on paths.

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

Had a great time, 19 of us, guides were brilliant had best walking , food was great and loads of fun.

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2018 by

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

Summiting Rofanspitze

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

Pack your swimming costume as you can swim in the nearby lake! Be sure to take poles, and try both levels of walking trips.

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

Yes, we used public transport, ate in local restaurants and split into small groups of around ten people each. We re-used our water bottles.

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

It was amazing; the guides were excellent. The only negative was the hotel as there was no vegan food, the internet was slow & charged for, the rooms were
not cleaned or replenished well and I had to walk 3 km to an ATM because they would not accept my debit card (denomination in Euros)

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2013 by

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

The most memorable part of the vacation 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 vacation, 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 travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation more enjoyable.

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 vacation 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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