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The Zugspitz Arena

Valley deep, mountain high! This hidden gem of the Tirol has dramatic peaks, lakes, high tarns and an abundance of wildflowers. Ehrwald, at a height of 1000m, is one of the most spectacularly located villages in the Alps and is an excellent base for easy mountain walking.

  • Austria

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Mountains

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the epic scenery of Austria's Tirol region.
  • Explore the charming Alpine town of Ehrwald.
  • Travel with ease using the local z-ticket (included in the cost of the holiday).
  • Let chairlifts and gondolas take you straight to the best areas without any long walks.
  • Ride a spectacular cable car to the top of the Zugspitze (2,962m) to look out over four countries.
  • Stroll around the turquoise waters of Heiterwang and Plansee lakes.

Wild and dramatic, the incredible landscapes of Austria's Zugspitz Arena in the Tirol are home to some of the most astoundingly beautiful walking in the world. Famed as a winter destination, they are less well-known as a summer playground. But it’s here that you’ll experience Austria at its most magnificent on this leisurely seven-night walking holiday. The landscape majors in big, bold scenery, offset by traditional Alpine hospitality and design; travel here offers a matchless combination of wilderness with exceptional lodgings in Ehrwald, on the Austro-Grerman border.

This leisurely tour combines the tradition and hospitality of the attractive village of Ehrwald with the unbounded adventure on offer among the surrounding rugged limestone mountains. Travel with ease using the local Z-Ticket (included in the price of your holiday) and extensive network of cable cars and chairlifts to access the high slopes without the need for any long walks. The Zugspitze itself – Germany’s highest mountain – is commanding but can be conquered by gondola; on a clear day you’ll be able to see four countries from the viewing platform on the summit. It’s a gondola ride to discover the glacier below too. By contrast you also have the lush green fields and wildflower meadows in the valley to enjoy. Elsewhere, some of the most beautiful views can be found lakeside in the height of summer when the turquoise waters have never looked so inviting – stroll the shores of Heiterwang and board a boat to drift among the mountains.

Note: You will notice that this information sheet contains two different spellings of ‘Zugspitz(e)’. ‘Zugspitze’ is the name of the mountain, but ‘Zugspitz Arena’ is the name given to the area!

  • Return flights from London to Munich.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite four star hotel on half board basis.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train.
  • 6 day Z-ticket for free and unlimited use of local transport, facilities and activities.
  • All local tips.
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

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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Tour Codes

53200

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

Ehrwald

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Munich and transfer by road to the attractive Austrian village of Ehrwald.

Transfer Time = 2 hour 30 minutes

Day 2

Three Villages Walk

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Ehrwald is a mountain resort which of course experiences mountain weather. The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent

    50m

Walk between the three villages of the Zugspitz Arena. There are wonderful 360° views as you experience the rugged cliffs of the Wetterstein range, with the impressive Zugspitze and Sonnenspitze mountains always in view. Take the Marienberg chairlift up to Sunnalm at 1620m to get a different perspective of the Arena. After lunch descend by chairlift and can continue walking to complete the circuit or return to the hotel by bus in time for afternoon tea at the hotel.

Day 3

Panoramaweg to Lermoos and The Grubigstein

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Walk along the Panoramaweg to Lermoos for some excellent views of the Grubigstein Mountains where you'll later make the easy ascent to 2050m by gondola! There are spectacular views down to the Fernpass lakes below from a viewpoint just a short walk away.

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Descent

    300m

After lunch take the gondola to the mid-station at Brettalm (1334m) and gently descend on foot back to Lermoos or take the gondola all the way down. Here you can return by bus or walk back to the hotel through the Moos.

Day 4

The Zugspitze, Top of Germany

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    60/300m

Today may well be the highlight of the holiday as you experience some wonderful high mountain scenery with perfect picture opportunities. A spectacular cable car takes you to the top of the Zugspitze at 2,962m. The views are phenomenal and you will be amazed! Crossing the border into Germany by the top cable car station, you can watch walkers climbing the golden cross – the ‘Top of Germany’. On a clear day an impressive 360 degree panorama opens up with the views of 400 mountain peaks in four countries. The cable car down to the glacier (2600m) is equally spectacular and you can explore the area on foot. There is time to visit the museum for a historical insight into the Zugspitze itself. After returning to the bottom station we walk back to the hotel via the Gamsalm and take a break for refreshments in a delightful setting by a small lake. Can views get better than this?

Day 5

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day – there are many ways in which you can use your Z-ticket to visit the surrounding areas, please see below. 

Use the Z-ticket to explore more of the local area on foot. There are plenty of opportunities for further walks at all grades.

Eibsee. This is one of the most beautiful walks in all of Bavaria. The Eibsee lies at the base of the Zugspitze at around 1000m near the resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The surrounding mountains create a fantastic backdrop against the unique emerald green water and its eight islands. The full trail takes approximately 2½ hours.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This ski resort in Bavaria is a mixture of contemporary and tradition as Garmisch has a 21st Century atmosphere whilst Partenkirchen has retained its local alpine village ambience. 

Garmisch-Classic TicketThis cable car tour enables visitors to enjoy breathtaking mountain views. The Alpspitzbahn lift whisks you up to the 2,050m high Osterfelderkopf. Walkers can hike down a well maintained trail in around 30 minutes to the top station of the Kreuzeckbahn lifts, from where the cable car to the valley starts. Return by catching the cog railway back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 

Partnach Gorge. Breathtaking waterfalls and caves provide a look into Germany's geological past. The gorge is 702m (2,303 ft) long and, in places, over 80m (260 ft) deep. It was designated a natural monument in 1912.

Highline 179 Bridge. At 114m high and with a 402m span this is the longest footbridge in Europe and the longest Tibet-style suspension bridge in the world. The name comes from the bridge crossing over the B179 route that winds through and beyond the borders of the Austrian Tirol.

Oberammergau. This quiet centre is located within the forests and peaks of the Ammergauer Alps. The area has maintained custom with its traditionally painted houses and woodcarving shops. There is access to many cross country hikes from Oberammergau. Tourists gather for the famous Passion Play every ten years.

Day 6

The Lakes of Heiterwang and Plansee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    80m

Visit the Lakes of Heiterwang and Plansee, the second largest water area in the Tirol. The scenery here is sublime and not unlike the Fjordland of New Zealand. A path leads around the lakes, offering fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and we combine this with a relaxing boat trip along the lake. The walk can easily be shortened by taking the boat from the half way point.

Day 7

Seebenalm, Seebensee and Almsee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5-2 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    240m

A gondola takes you effortlessly up to the Ehrwalder Alm hut at 1502m where you can take a short 10 minute walk to admire the reflections in the Almsee. Start your walk to the hut at Seeben Alm (1575m) gently ascending through the mountain scenery where you can have lunch. 

  • Time

    20 hours

  • Distance

    1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

From here you can take an optional short walk to the Seebensee for some classic views of the Zugspitze. With its bright turquoise water and fantastic backdrop, it is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the Austrian Tirol. Walk back to the gondola and descend to the bottom station, where you can take the bus or walk back to the hotel on an easy track in about 30 minutes.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to say goodbye to this picturesque idyll. A private transfer transfers you to Munich airport with many memories of the spectacular scenery in the Zugspitz Arena.

Departure dates for your selected tour

29th Jun 2024 - 6th Jul 2024 (7 Nights)

6th Jul 2024 - 13th Jul 2024 (7 Nights)

20th Jul 2024 - 27th Jul 2024 (7 Nights)

24th Aug 2024 - 31st Aug 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

We fly from London to Munich and return. The flight takes approximately 2 hours.

On some dates we offer regional flights from Manchester and Birmingham with Lufthansa. There may be a wait for some clients arriving and/or departing as there will only be 1 transfer on arrival and departure. 

Our transfer from Munich Airport to Ehrwald is by private coach and will take around about 2 ½ hours. During the week we’ll travel on foot, by bus and cable car.

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.

Alpen Residence

Ehrwald is a beautiful alpine village set in a wide and sunny basin at a height of 1000m. It is one of the most spectacularly located villages in the Alps and is an excelled base for walking at all levels from demanding hikes at altitude to easy lakeside walking. The area is surrounded by mountains and eight lakes and waterfalls. In winter, Ehrwald is a busy ski resort but a hiker’s paradise in summer. The main street in Ehrwald is lined with trees and there are very attractive green spaces in the centre of the village. All the amenities you would expect to find are close by. You can gaze at the stunning views from the terraces of cafes and bars. There are shops, banks, and a tourist office. The village also has an indoor swimming pool with attractive landscaped grounds which is also free with the Z-Ticket

The four star Alpen Residence is a family run hotel in Erhwald. It is a typical Austrian hotel in a quiet location just a few minutes walk from the village centre and has wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel is ideal for relaxing inside and out. There is a hotel bar where you can enjoy a drink and large extensive gardens where you can relax on a sun lounger and enjoy the beautiful Alpine views. You can also unwind after a day’s walk in the hotels spa facilities. The indoor swimming pool has a contra-flow system, underwater massage facility and a bubbling fountain effect. There are also Aroma and salt steam rooms, a Kneipp foot bath, relaxation rooms, a Finnish sauna and a Bio sauna. You can enjoy massages, beauty treatments and use of the solarium and whirlpool at an additional cost. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day’s exploration.

Most of the bedrooms have balconies and mountain views. 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. Single rooms are double for sole use. All rooms have the following facilities: 

  • En suite facilities with a bath (no shower)
  • Cable TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • WIFI
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer 
  • Mini fridge 

There are no tea/coffee making facilities in rooms.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Three of your walking days will take you to around 2200m and on two days you will be walking at around 1600m. On the day you ascend the Zugspitze you reach 2962m. It is advisable to arrange cover up to 3000m.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs and 6 day Z-Ticket

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.

The 6 day Z-Ticket is included in the cost of the holiday. This provides free and unlimited use of local transport, local facilities and local activities. This includes the use of mountain railways, boat trips, local buses, swimming pools and much more! The pass provides unlimited travel on all the local trains and cable cars used in our proposed itinerary.

Currency in Austria

The currency in Austria is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Fly from London to Munich and return. On some dates regional flights are offered. There may be a wait for some clients arriving and/or departing as there will only be one transfer on arrival and departure. 

The transfer from Munich Airport to Ehrwald is by private coach and will take around about 2 ½ hours. During the week you'll travel on foot, by bus and cable car.

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Ehrwald, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). 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

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

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

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are include din the holiday. You'll enjoy an excellent buffet breakfast with hot and cold traditional local delicacies and international cuisine. Each evening you will indulge in a dinner in the hotels restaurant. This consists of a starter, soup, a choice of main courses, a salad bar and a choice of dessert. There is also a cheese buffet with fresh fruit if you are still hungry after! 

It is more than likely that you will need to select your menu choices for the evening dinner during breakfast. Dietary requirements are well catered for if advised in advance so please advise us at the time of booking.

Once a week you can enjoy traditional hot and cold regional specialities during the Farmers Buffet. If that’s not enough then afternoon tea and cake await you after a day out walking!

Lunches are not included in the price of the holiday – normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a mountain restaurant or café.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

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
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

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

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information 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 currency
  • 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 Power Plug Sockets.

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

The best map of the area, and one which covers all of our walks, is the 1:25,000 map by Mayr: Tiroler Zugspitz Arena XL - Wander, Rad und Mountainbikekarte. The Kompass Zugspitze 25 Mieminger Kette covers a wider area and the hotel also has an excellent 1:50,000 map readily available from reception for €6.90.

The Ehrwald Tourist Office’s website has lots of information on Ehrwald itself and links to the other villages in the area.  

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

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 Health 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

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 3000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

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. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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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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