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This is a holiday for people who love fresh air, good food, stunning mountain scenery, well paced hiking, local culture and good company. The spectacular Austrian province of Tirol abounds in picturesque villages and remote valleys, with friendly hosts and hearty food and drink.
We offer scheduled small group departures each Spring and Autumn, ideal for people who want to explore the lesser known corners of this beautiful region in the company of like minded people. The trip is also available on a tailormade basis all year round except for winter months when the hiking trails are covered in snow.
The programme includes two extended half days of hiking and walking in spectacular mountain scenery, with guided cultural visits to nearby Innsbruck and the picturesque village of Goetzens with its traditional wooden farmhouses. Hiking is along well laid out trails, with regular stops at traditional mountain restaurants, in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. It is not all action though – you will have plenty of time to slow down, relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air and scenery.
Accommodation is provided in a comfortable traditional guesthouse, with a hearty traditional Tirolean breakfast included, and you will have the opportunity to learn more about the history and traditions of the Tirol and to participate in local festivals and cultural events whenever possible.
Young at Heart (50+ years) and family friendly holiday. Customised group holidays can be organised on request all year round, with skiing options in the winter season.
Your holiday base
Your hiking holiday in the Austrian Tirol is based in Goetzens, a small traditional Tirolean village just 15 minutes from the historic city of Innsbruck. The village still has many original wooden farmhouse buildings, window boxes full of colourful flowers, and impressive views of the surrounding mountains. There are also a number of small local bars and restaurants, a bank, 3 bakeries, a supermarket and other shops.
This unspoiled area is popular with local people for hiking, mountain biking and skiing, but you will not find many other international visitors. If our usual guesthouse is fully booked, we offer other similar accommodation instead.
This holiday can also be organised on a tailormade basis all year round for a minimum of 4 persons. Ideal for families and groups of friends, and for special celebrations. The accommodation is child friendly.
The holiday starts and finishes in Innsbruck, the capital of Tirol, with direct flights and train links from all over Europe and the UK.
Guided hiking and cultural activities
Guided hiking and walking are key elements of this holiday, all accompanied by a knowledgeable local English speaking guide. We will be hiking on well marked mountain paths for roughly 4-6 hours at a measured pace, with a stop for lunch on the way. Small traditional mountain alms provide hearty local food and drinks all year round. In addition to guided hiking, we will also visit a local farm to see traditional cheesemaking (summer only), and on another day will learn about the traditional method of making schnapps in a small scale home distillery.
In late Spring, the winter snows have melted from all but the very tops of the surrounding mountains and colourful flowers can be seen in the meadows all around this area. In September we may be able to witness the annual Almabtrieb, when farmers bring their flower and bell bedecked cows down from the high summer pastures to the village for the winter months. This is an occasion where Tirolean food and drinks are served at long wooden tables, and local musicians play Tirolean music whilst the cows arrive in a long procession. Highly visual and a wonderful opportunity for keen photographers to capture local life.
Other cultural activities include visiting Innsbruck, the capital city of the Tirol since the 15th century, with its impressive architecture and museums and the Hofburg Imperial Palace; a visit to Schloss Ambrass, a 16th century castle and palace; visit to the Winter Olympic Bergisel ski jump, designed by top architect Zaha Hadid with a fascinating exhibition on the history of the Winter Olympics. Free time in Innsbruck will depend on when your return flight is scheduled.
The hikes are well paced and there is plenty of time to stop and admire the view or take photos. The trails are not technically challenging and are suitable for all levels of ability. There is no age limit, although travellers under 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
We will be staying in a small guesthouse right in the middle of Gotzens village, with comfortable rooms and within easy walking distance of all of the village facilities. There are good hiking trails starting just 10 minutes away. The views over the mountains are truly breathtaking. Breakfast is included, and lunch is available at local mountain alms serving traditional food and drinks. If this guesthouse is not available, we will book similar accommodation instead.
Accommodation is in double or twin rooms with comfortable beds with plump duvets and pillows and ensuite bathrooms.
How to get there
The most convenient airport for this trip is Innsbruck where we will pick you up at the start of your holiday. Direct Easyjet flights from London Gatwick fly all year round and also from London Luton in the winter season. Other nearby airports are Munich (2 hours drive) and Salzburg (2.5 hours drive). Shared airport transfers are available with private companies, or from Munich airport there is the Flixbus service, with regular bus journeys from the airport terminal into Innsbruck city centre. Prices range from €20 upwards one way and you can book your tickets online. We can organise a private transfer from Innsbruck if you prefer.
There are also regular European train services to Innsbruck and direct air links from all over Europe.
Scheduled small group trips run each year in May/June and September. Minimum number of participants is 6, maximum 12.
2022 dates: 30 May – 2 June and 12-16 September (subject to minimum numbers)
The holidays are also available for other dates all year round as a tailormade holiday, for individuals or groups. Contact us to discuss alternative dates and programmes.
£ to be confirmed:
Innsbruck airport/train station return group transfers to Gotzens
Accommodation x 3 nights including breakfast. Shared rooms only, with limited options for a single room. (For sole occupancy, there is a supplement of £25 per night).
2 fully guided hiking trips with an experienced local guide, including visits if the season permits to a local farm to learn about traditional cheesemaking (with tastings, of course!) and another visit to learn about local schnapps production (again with tastings included). Half day visit in September to the local Almabtrieb event when the farmers bring their flower bedecked cows down from the high pastures to barns in the village for the winter.
Innsbruck old town tour on foot with local guide
OPTIONAL EXTRAS: German language lessons – additional nights before or after the hiking holiday – please note that any additional activities not included in the cost of the programme