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The Stubai Alps

A week in the picturesque Stubai valley has everything you could wish from a summer holiday in the Alps.

From£1,149

  • Austria

  • 7 nights
  • Flora

  • Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

Moderate Challenging

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Tour codes: 19650

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Challenging

Grade 8

Hard mountain walking every day in the Alps, the Balkans and the Pyrenees, with long ascents, descents and scrambling.

Stamina and a good head for heights are essential.

Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but cumulative ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m each day.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk through the Schlicker Valley.
  • Hike the scenic Panoramaweg to Pinnistal or the high level circuit to the Starkenburger hut, especially good for flowers in early summer.
  • A good head for heights is required as we ascend the Peiljoch, visit the snout of a glacier, a mountain lake and hut (grade 6 and 8)
  • Capture the Stubai Glacier, 3333m at its highest point, and visible on many walks.
  • Explore with the Stubai Valley Super Card, with free use of the local cable cars and buses.
  • 3 highlights in one day - Visit the Top of Tyrol (3,210m) Stubai Glacier by cable car, the immense Grawa Waterfall and ‘Wild Water’ Way (grade 5/FL and 5)

If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on the Stubai & Brandenberg Alps.

A week in the Stubai Valley has everything you could wish from a summer holiday in the Alps. The picturesque valley villages, with their window boxes and surrounding hay meadows give way to woodland and high alpine pasture. Here cows roam, the views stretch far away down the valleys, and alpine huts dot the alms. We have a great selection of walks on offer opening up the magical world of the high Alps. Cable cars allow easier walking above above Fulpmes and Neder, and at the southern end of the stubai valley, the Eisgratbahn top station (2,900m) gives us access to the Stubai Glacier. The Stubai Glacier, whose highest point is 3333m, is visible on many walks. We will never exhaust the almost endless selection of walks on offer. Cable cars to the Kreuzjoch above Fulpmes and the Dresdner Hut at the southern end of the valley open up the magical world of the high Alps.

Our base is Fulpmes perfectly located in the Stubai Valley. It is just a 40 minute journey through the mountains from the beautiful city of Innsbruck which can easily be visited on a free day. Throughout the summer there is a Tirolean folk song and dance evening, plus brass band performances to enjoy in Fulpmes. 

Our holiday departure on 21 June will be at a more leisurely pace to allow time to appreciate the flora. Please refer to this dates specific Holiday Information sheet specific. 

Our holiday departure on the 19 July is a two grade, two leader tour date where grade 6 and 8 walks can be enjoyed. Please refer to this dates specific Holiday Information sheet specific. 

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways or Lufthansa)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation with coffee and cake
  • Two walks, two leaders, two grades on some dates
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fulpmes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulpmes for 7 nights.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2 to 7

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walks examples below.

  • Time

    3-3.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

The Autenalm Circuit. A scenic view point from the top station using the Elfer cable car up to start the walk. We take the path up to meet the Panorama trail, then visit the Elfer hut for coffee. We take a narrow stoney woodland path downwards, to find the ancient and very hospitable Autenalm, where we have lunch. We return to the Elfer top station, on a lovely balcony path through woodland, and take the cable car down to Neustift. Here we pick up the riverside path and then walk back to Fulpmes along the valley side.

  • Time

    3.5-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/980m

The Starkenburger Circuit. A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for refreshments, and from the middle station, take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    864/899m

Pinnistal Panoramaweg. We take the Elfer cable car up, and walk up to the Panoramaweg, at around 2000m. We take the lower path descending until we are deep in the valley. We drop down to the popular Karalm hut for lunch and continue along the valley floor a short distance to Pinnissalm, before contouring woodland path back up to the cable car. We descend on the cable car and return to hotel. This walk is at the top of grade 5, with the ascents and descents being more of a low grade 6. However, we walk on good, well established paths / tracks, some narrower, rockier paths. With truly unforgettable scenery.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/600m

Stubaier Glacier and Wild Water Weg. An impressive gondola uplift of 1500m to the glacier watershed between the Ötztal and Stubaital, with superb panoramic views over several glaciers. Optional visit to an ice cave, and the top platform of Stubia with coffee at the Jochdohle (3150m), Austria’s highest eating place. (Clients can if they wish to relax at an intermediate station terrace of the cable car). We descend to the mid-station Dresden Hut terrace for early lunch with fantastic views, then to the valley to follow the ‘Wild Water Weg’, an impressive glacial riverside walk past the Grawa Waterfall, the widest waterfall of the Eastern Alps. The walk distance is variable due to distance walked along the valley – the whole wanderweg is up to 36km – we aim to walk to Doadleralm or Ranalt.


A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently, perhaps take a day trip to Innsbruck or to Maria Waldrust sanctuary. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.

Day 8

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast

We bid farewell to Fulpmes and transfer by road to Munich Airport for our return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,149

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Jun 2020 - 28th Jun 2020 (7 Nights)

20th Jun 2021 - 27th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways or Lufthansa)
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hrs
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fulpmes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly from London Heathrow to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulpmes for 7 nights.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2 to 7

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walks examples below.

  • Time

    3-3.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

The Autenalm Circuit. A scenic view point from the top station using the Elfer cable car up to start the walk. We take the path up to meet the Panorama trail, then visit the Elfer hut for coffee. We take a narrow stoney woodland path downwards, to find the ancient and very hospitable Autenalm, where we have lunch. We return to the Elfer top station, on a lovely balcony path through woodland, and take the cable car down to Neustift. Here we pick up the riverside path and then walk back to Fulpmes along the valley side.

  • Time

    3.5-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/980m

The Starkenburger Circuit. A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for refreshments, and from the middle station, take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    430m

Pinnistal Panoramaweg. We take the Elfer cable car up, and walk up to the Elfer Hut. From here we pick up and walk along the Panoramaweg at around 2000m, until we are deep in the valley. We drop down to the popular Karalm for lunch and continue along the valley floor a short distance, before taking a gently climbing path back up to the cable car. We descend on the cable car and return to hotel. This walk is on good, well established paths / tracks, some narrower, rockier paths. With truly unforgettable scenery. 

A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently, perhaps take a day trip to Innsbruck or to Maria Waldrust sanctuary. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.

Day 8

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast

Transfer by road to Munich Airport for check-in and return flight to London Heathrow.

From (GBP)£1,279

Departure dates for your selected tour

5th Jul 2020 - 12th Jul 2020 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways or Lufthansa)
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hrs
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fulpmes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulpmes for 7 nights. 

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2 to 7

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Please see the walks below for both grades. Our days may include one or more of these examples.

  • Time

    3.5-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/980m

The Starkenburger Circuit (Grade 6). A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for refreshments, and from the middle station, take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut.

  • Distance

    9 or 13.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    460 or 775/420 or 775m

The Joint valley route (Grade 6 and 8). A pleasant walk on low level paths and tracks through meadows and forest to reach the beautifully located Kartnallalm for lunch. We continue downhill to the valley and follow the river to Neustift, from where we take the bus back to Fulpmes. Expect an excellent valley walk with peak and glacier views. The grade 8 group walk back from Neustift to Fulpmes.

  • Distance

    7 or 9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    45 or 1050/840 or 1050m

The Gloatsteig (Grade 6 and 8). This is a classic, mid-level Alpine traverse, starting in the Schlicker valley at Froneben, reaching the Pfarrachalm for lunch and returning to Fulpmes steeply down through forested areas. We go over some narrow paths, small scree areas and steep, constructed steps, with mild exposure. Experience super views across to the Kalkogel and over to Serles. The grade 6 group use the cable car to reach the start of the walk at Froneben. The grade 8 group walk from the hotel to Froneben.

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1375m

The Rotspitzel (Grade 8). A tough but rewarding walk from the valley to the remote and wild Rotspitzel (2379m), which gives excellent views across the surrounding 3000m peaks. We can visit two remote and characterful alms. Expect steep tracks and mountain paths.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1225/1900m

Grade 8 A big day ideal for finishing the holiday, climbing a substantial and formidable peak. We take the cable car and walk over to Maria Waldrast to access the route up. We climb steadily to the col (Serlesjochl 2384m), then we use a ladder to climb up to the steep, stony summit path. We return to the col, and continue with a steep descent over loose scree to reach Wildeben. Here we can stop for refreshments, a fresh mint tea perhaps, and there follows a prolonged descent to Fulpmes and the hotel. Expect steep mountain paths, moderate to strong exposure, ladder.

A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently, perhaps take a day trip to Innsbruck or to Maria Waldrust sanctuary. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.

Day 8

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast

We bid farewell to Fulpmes and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,309

Departure dates for your selected tour

19th Jul 2020 - 26th Jul 2020 (7 Nights)

4th Jul 2021 - 11th Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

14th Aug 2021 - 21st Aug 2021 (7 Nights)

4th Sep 2021 - 11th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways or Lufthansa)
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hrs
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fulpmes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly from London Heathrow to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulpmes for 7 nights.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2 to 7

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walks examples below.

  • Time

    3-3.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

The Autenalm Circuit. A scenic view point from the top station using the Elfer cable car up to start the walk. We take the path up to meet the Panorama trail, then visit the Elfer hut for coffee. We take a narrow stoney woodland path downwards, to find the ancient and very hospitable Autenalm, where we have lunch. We return to the Elfer top station, on a lovely balcony path through woodland, and take the cable car down to Neustift. Here we pick up the riverside path and then walk back to Fulpmes along the valley side. 

  • Time

    3.5-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/980m

The Starkenburger Circuit. A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for refreshments, and from the middle station, take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    864/899m

Pinnistal Panoramaweg. We take the Elfer cable car up, and walk up to the Panoramaweg, at around 2000m. We take the lower path descending until we are deep in the valley. We drop down to the popular Karalm hut for lunch and continue along the valley floor a short distance to Pinnissalm, before contouring woodland path back up to the cable car. We descend on the cable car and return to hotel. This walk is at the top of grade 5, with the ascents and descents being more of a low grade 6. However, we walk on good, well established paths / tracks, some narrower, rockier paths. With truly unforgettable scenery.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/600m

Stubaier Glacier and Wild Water Weg. An impressive gondola uplift of 1500m to the glacier watershed between the Ötztal and Stubaital, with superb panoramic views over several glaciers. Optional visit to an ice cave, and the top platform of Stubia with coffee at the Jochdohle (3150m), Austria’s highest eating place. (Clients can if they wish to relax at an intermediate station terrace of the cable car). We descend to the mid-station Dresden Hut terrace for early lunch with fantastic views, then to the valley to follow the ‘Wild Water Weg’, an impressive glacial riverside walk past the Grawa Waterfall, the widest waterfall of the Eastern Alps. The walk distance is variable due to distance walked along the valley – the whole wanderweg is up to 36km – we aim to walk to Doadleralm or Ranalt.

A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently, perhaps take a day trip to Innsbruck or to Maria Waldrust sanctuary. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.

Day 8

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast

We bid farewell to Fulpmes and transfer by road to Munich Airport for our return flight to the UK. 

From (GBP)£1,179

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Aug 2020 - 16th Aug 2020 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways or Lufthansa)
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hrs
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Aktivhotel Donnerhof

Fulpmes is a delightful alpine village famous for its century old tram line connecting the village to Innsbruck. It is a beautiful village with many services you would hope to find, including supermarkets, bakeries, ATM, tourist information office, post office and cafes. 

We stay in the very comfortable, four-star family run Aktivhotel Donnerhof in Fulpmes. Elisabeth Villgrater and her team have made us very welcome here for many years. The hotel has a swimming pool partly inside and partly outside the hotel, table tennis and a lovely garden to relax in and is very close to a variety of small shops. 

Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical 'Austrian type beds' which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. In most cases the twin rooms will also contain a sofa-bed as well as the Austrian type bed, which will make a more comfortable sleeping arrangement for room sharing. Rooms are equipped with either a shower only or a bath and shower combined. They include a TV, hairdryer and some of the rooms have a balcony. Wifi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 8 challenging holiday. It will include hard mountain walking every day with long ascents and descents and scrambling. Stamina and a good head for heights is essential. Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but ascents and descents will normally be between 1,000 and 1,500m. Expect long and exhilarating days. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Austria

The currency in Austria is the euro.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are between London Heathrow and Munich with British Airways. On dates where regional flights are offered with Lufthansa from Birmingham and Manchester, please be aware that there may be a wait at the airport until all flights have arrived as the transfers may be combined. Transfers between Munich and Fulpmes (approximately 3 hours) are by road.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Buffet breakfasts are plentiful and excellent four course dinners (including a salad buffet and soup/ or a starter on alternate days) will be provided at the Aktivhotel Donnerhof. The hotel caters very well for special diets so please advise us at the time of booking of any dietary requirements. Lunches are not included; the hotel can provide packed lunches for €4.50 which can be ordered the previous evening. Alternatively you can buy picnic food in the local supermarket or buy food at the many mountain Alms / Huts, as you go. Coffee and cake and served on the terrace between 16:00-17:00.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Austria

In Austria the electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ 

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The following maps cover our walking in the Stubaital and are easily available in the village.

  • Kompass 83 Stubaier Alpen 1:50,000
  • Freytag & Berndt WK241 Innsbruck. Stubai. Sellrain. Brenner. 1:50,000
  • Mayr XL EDITION Stubaital 1:25,000 – available in the local supermarket.


Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holidays in Austria. The local tourist office website www.stubai.at has a section on walking holidays which will whet the appetite. Alternatively many pictures of the area are available on picture storage websites such as www.flickr.com. Just enter ‘Stubai summer’ into the search engine.

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Austria

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Austria. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Austria

  • Capital

    Vienna

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    German

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -3°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • February

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • March

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • May

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 92mm

  • June

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 122mm

  • July

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 132mm

  • August

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 114mm

  • September

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • October

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • November

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

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