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  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    An excellent weeks walking with flexibility built in for those who preferred to have the option of easier walks on some days. Both leaders were very knowledgable and were always prepared to answer questions on the history, flora and fauna of the area. Hotel atmosphere and food were excellent catering very well for vegetarians as well as meat eaters

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk past Maria am See and up to Italian border at the Portjoch, the views from there are superb. The walk to the Tribulaunhaus and crossing the screes beyond amongst spectacular mountain scenary.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both leaders were excellent being easy to talk to and very knowlegable. They worked hard to ensure all members of the group were catered for, including those who wanted to do things on their own sometimes. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go and enjoy it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The holiday was enhanced significantly because all members of the group were easy to get along with and determined to enjoy themselves. 

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    Beautiful location in a very pretty valley, surrounded by alpine forests, flowing river and mountains.  Stunning walks to relax the mind and fuel the body.  Lovely cosy hotel with excellent and varied vegetarian meals and cake!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the moon and stars through the windows on the first few nights. Seeing the mist clear as the sun broke through. Stunning walks through meadows, valleys and along rivers as well as climbing mountains and feeling that the only moment that really mattered was right now and right here and everything else just faded into nothingness. Seeing people look after the land just as they have done for centuries. The pretty huts scattered in the mountains. Turning a corner and seeing magnificient views that give the 'wow' factor. Being with a group of people that were just fantastic company - on both weeks. Having an ayurvedic massage and relaxing to beautiful music in the relaxation room.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Bob and Chris were extremely knowledgable about Austrian culture, flora and fauna.  They were both caring, considerate, efficient and organised and had a great sense of humour.  They worked hard behind the scenes so that we just got to see the smooth running of everything such as transport, meals and timings.  They take responsible tourism seriously whether that is about using local transport, buying local items or picking up rubbish along the trails.  They care about the needs of both us as a group and the local community and find ways of integrating both such as organising concerts and talks by the mountain rescue team.  Sharing the walks each day meant that no-one was competing to be in one group or another. A great comedy act but also enough experience to make you feel safe and secure.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Think about taking walking poles as the downhills can bea bit scary at times. Definately take out European health cover before you go. Consider a waterproof back-pack cover if you have not invested in one as yet.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Consider going for two weeks - it was just as stunning the second week as the weather conditions were different and there was enough choice of walks to not go over the same ground if you did not want to. Walks are not overly difficult.

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    A wonderful walking holiday with stunning scenery and excellent food. I'd thoroughly recommend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All of the walks were absolutely beautiful, with views of the local mountains and even the Dolomites (which was a very unexpected surprise!). The concert we went to was absolutely lovely and was a real highlight for me. Also, there was (lovely) complimentary cake every single day which was definitely very inspirational whilst you were assessing the hill in front of you.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    They were both excellent.  I don't think I've ever encountered such exceptional organisation skills! Every possible requirement or eventuality was planned and communicated with the group.  They managed the different requirements and abilities of the group very well and, on top of all that, were both lovely (which really helped when you were contemplating the chair lift!)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If possible, try and plan to take some time in Innsbruck (which has some really interesting places to visit) and Munich.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is the perfect holiday if you're not too sure which grade you'd like to do.   You can pick whether you want a bit of a challenge or a slightly more relaxed pace depending on how you are feeling.  It also works out really well in terms of cost as breakfast and evening meals are included (and they are vast) which means I spent a lot less than I normally would on a trip. Basically, it's really beautiful with some excellent walking.  I hope to go back as soon as possible!

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    A hiking trip that is well organized with the base in a small town in a beautiful valley.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each hike had great views so I can not choose....although it was kind of neat to lunch sitting on the Italian side at the summit with views of Italy down below.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob had a lot of experience hiking in this area and it showed....new about every little change that had occurred (over the last years) along the trails  and enjoyed providing information about the wildlife. Chris was just as pleasant and  helpful with any little problems (in my case the laundry!!!) we had.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes are quite accurate so no.   

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I book this trip as my travel agent out of Toronto suggested it when I found out that my vacation dates were changed.  I had asked for a hiking trip in an area that was not too hot nor crowded.  Could not be more pleased with the outcome. The food at the hotel was very good every day. 

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    Beautiful scenery, warm hospitable people, a cozy hotel, great and very varied meals. Our guides have obviously created, and actively maintain, a high degree of good will between Exodus and the local people we met over the course of the week. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Morning mist filling the Gschnitztal valley. Crossing into Italy at altitude. Hiking through clouds on the one rainy day we got. A young bull running up to give me what-for as I crossed "his" meadow.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were well looked after. Chris and Bob have extensive knowledge of, and genuine affection for, the area. They also seemed to know most everyone we ran into. You'd think they grew up here themselves. A special thanks for getting our teenage son an extra helping on the occasions when the gourmet-sized dinner courses didn't slake his ravenous appetite.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not, as our family did, neglect to bring proper equipment (walking poles, modern day-packs, worn-in boots). The descents each day are hard on the knees, and the right equipment can at least mitigate this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 6

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    This was a really pleasant, relaxing holiday - lovely area, lovely hotel, lovely food, lovely people. I had not done a centre-based Exodus for many years, preferring hut to hut, village to village, trekking. So, when circumstances 'forced' me to take this holiday rather than something a little more 'basic', I was a little apprehensive how I would cope with the 'luxury' of hotel accommodation. I soon accustomed myself to 'slumming it in comfort'. I enjoyed it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being in the Alps, being up in mountains in general, is always inspirational. Strenuous climbing, getting above the tree-line into rocky landscapes, onto narrow ridges, reaching cols/summits with stunning new vistas - together they make for a great holiday. On the Trins holiday we got some of these.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    An amusing 'double act'. Well informed about all things 'Trinsian' and Tyrolean. They were both well organised, and very good at looking after their flock. Their evening briefings were very precise, if not concise. As well as the day walks they had also planned two very entertaining, and very different, evening events - a visit to hear a concert by the village wind band (very high standard of performance here, some virtuosic solo playing) and a talk by two young members of the local mountain rescue team (they had a presentation showing the surrounding mountains in the different seasons, and they showed us all the equipment they take up into the mountains when they are called out - excellent).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go and enjoy yourselves, but don't expect particularly strenuous walking. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I enjoyed the holiday, enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, enjoyed the hotel and its facilities and food. I was disappointed by the walks. The trip is billed as B/C grades - with both B and C walks offered on all of the six days. All my previous Exodus walking/trekking trips have been C grade. In my opinion, none of the walks on this Trins holiday were C grade walks. Yes, maybe the walks did meet the various grading criteria for Cs but my experience was that they didn't feel like C walks - I didn't return to the hotel each evening feeling as though I'd had a good, strenuous day out.  

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    A perfect introduction to walking in Austria - left me with the inspiration to do more. I don't know why it's taken me so long to go there.  Excellent idea to have two grades of walks on the same trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was an inspiration - mountains, mountains, and more mountains.  Even the view from the bedroom was full of mountains.  And so few people - we certainly didn't get the crowds you often met on some UK tops.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob and Chris are a great double act.  Both very knowledgeable about the area and both experienced walk leaders.  Keeping the group safe and involved seemed to be their prime objective - as well as giving each of us the holiday we wanted.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you ask for a single room, you might want to check out if you have been allocated room 202.  It's VERY small.  This might not be an issue for some, but could be for others. Remember what goes up must come down.  Long ascents can mean long steep descents, so be prepared if you are prone to knee problems.    

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had a great time.  An injured foot meant I had to downgrade to group B walks (normally a slow but steady C group walker), but I didn't feel I lost out on the Austrian walking experience.  A very relaxing holiday - a great sociable group helped (I hope you are as lucky as I was).

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    A memorable week - good value, excellent walk leaders, interesting company and plenty of food!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Steadily zig-zagging up a steep slope and finding the most amazing flower-strewn meadow opening up in front of us, surounded by higher peaks on all sides, was a real 'Maria' moment. There may have been singing... Actually, all the views were spectacular, and I loved watching how they changed and developed as we walked. We had slightly mixed weather, so we saw the mountains in cloud and rain as well as sunlight and shadow. But the single most inspirational moment of the whole holiday was the achievement of one member of our group who conquered her fear of going in a chairlift.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob and Chris were fantastic leaders. They are both very experienced and Bob in particular knows Trins so well that he's practically gone native. They worked together well and although their personalities are quite different I very much enjoyed walking with both of them and found them both to be good sources of information and encouragement.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If having a reliable internet connection is important to you, make sure you ask for a room in the main building. And do read the trip notes before you go - you will need clothes for absolutely every type of weather.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first group walking holiday and I ended up really pleased with what I'd achieved during the week. I certainly got to a load of wonderful places that I would have been too lazy to tackle on my own. The flexibility of the two-group structure was an added bonus as it meant that my husband could dash competitively up the various summits while I had the chance to look around at the views, admire the alpine flowers and arrive at a more considered pace. I would definitely recommend this holiday and would love to go back. I've been at home for two days now and England seems rather flat...

  • 8

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    The alpine scenery is absolutely beautiful.  It was an especially good time to visit at the beginning of July because of all the flowers.  After conquering a peak walking back down beside the alpine meadows was a delight.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I would say all of the walks had something special about them but what I did love was the complete peacefulness, clean air, scenery and cow bells it was like something out of a film!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chris and Bob were excellent leaders. They were really experienced and organised. The walk briefings the evening before were very thorough so you knew exactly what was involved.  They were very knowledgeable about the local area.  They had great communication skills with the group. In our group everyone got on fine but if you had one or two difficult members you could tell that Chris and Bob would be able to deal with them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the reasons I booked this trip was that there was no single supplement and breakfasts and evening meals were included so it was good value.  The room although a bit on the small side was clean and comfortable. Having a sauna was a bonus and helped ease aches and tiredness at the end of the day.  The food was excellent there was plenty of it and it was fresh and tasty.  The Hotel staff were lovely, really hard working and pleasant. The only disappointing things I would say is that we were a small group - 9 of us.  We all got on well but I think it would have been nice to have a few similar aged people to me (I was the youngest there and I'm 36). Overall though I would definately recommend this trip the scenery was spectacular and you are really well looked after. 

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    I was really nervous at going on a walking holiday by myself but Chris and Bob were amazing, the hotel was great and the walks were fantastic. Would totally recommend - think I'll be going back!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many great times - climbing over the border from Austria to Italy, crossing the snowfield, going up in the ski lift (despite it looking so scary and never having been in one before I absolutely loved it!), just being part of a group of people all having a great time doing amazing walks etc. Couldn't decide what favourite walk was but being at top of Peilspitze was incredible, but every day was great!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chris and Bob were both fantastic. They were so knowledgeable about the local nature, the flowers, the history and everything else! They put everyone at ease and were great walking companions too. They were so well-organised and everything just fell into place.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes were really useful - everything you needed to know was there!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you, the holiday was great and totally what I needed. Having 2 groups meant that you could choose a walk to suit how you felt that day. The mountain huts were great for lunch. Totally recommend.

  • 8

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    well organised 6 days of interesting walking

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Bob and Chris were knowledgeable and adaptable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    an excellent walking holiday in beautiful mountains - good use of local transports allows access to other valleys - having a choice of 2 grades of walking each day is a really good idea and should be used on other holidays.  It was also a real bonus to have 6 days of walking.  On a holiday which is only a week, I often find it frustrating to have a rest day and it was great that this trip did not have one.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    No heart stopping single moment.  Just a series of wonderful mountain walks with great views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both leaders were excellent.  Very experienced and worked well as a team.  They alternated leading B and C walks which worked really well.  The organisation and descriptions of the walks were accurate which gave the group confidence to choose the right grade walk on a daily basis.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    the hotel bedrooms tend to face the road and although a small village, there is traffic so if you are likely to be disturbed by the noise, take earplugs.  Also the curtains are not that heavy so do not filter much light so an eye shade might be useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    this is an excellent location for a week of walking; not having a forced rest day is great so you can do 6 days of walking; the two leaders - two grades system worked really well and some members of the group did swap between B and C grade walking through the week

  • 10

    Trins 75

    First class trip, the walking, scenery and guiding were excellent and the accommodation good. There was the usual eclectic Exodus mix of company and we were blessed with good weather. Meeting up at the hotel afterwards for tea and cake and a chat was a new experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our walk round the Obernsee and onto the panoramic walk into Italy was all that could be wished for. I did the walk to the Padasterhutte with one othe guest on our rest day and found that was really good in all 6 days good walking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chris and Bob were excellent. I especially appreciated their organisation of food rnk and payment at the huts we used which saved much time and hastle.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take poles unless you are really good.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    Probably the most enjoyable Exodus holiday I have had so far! Great walks in a fantastic location with beautiful views and plenty of wild flowers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching chamois on two (!) occasions, daily urge to sing "the hills are alive with the sound of music" - views were that spectacular, especially Portjoch - the Italian border with South Tirol and the walk to Tribulauhutte. 4-course dinners at the hotel were delicious and wonderfully presented.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob and Chris are fantastic: easy-going, quirky and very good story-tellers! As I had most of my walks with Bob, I have to mention his excellent knowledge of the wild flowers, local history and geology and his amazing ability to spot chamois and marmots at an impressive distance.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ear plugs for Sunday morning only, as the rest of the week the Church bells ring much quieter; definitely a fleece or jumper  to put on or a spare top to change to when stopped for a break or lunch. The digital camera charger and enough memory space to put your mind at easy - there are so many views, animals and flowers to photograph.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had a very good bunch of people from all walks of life. I felt rather lucky with the fellow travellers. Great holiday all around!

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    Trins is a great location to explore the mountains and enjoy fantastic scenery.It is also a great place to observe local rural life and feel you are in a small way contributing to its survival.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting up high enough to see the mountains properly. Walking through Alpine meadows. Exploring rural villages.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Chris and Bob were knowlegable,well organised and enthusiastic leaders.Having two leaders allowed for two grades of walk each day.This was ideal for our family of mixed fitness!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take clothes for every type of weather-cold,wet,warm,sunny-we had it all in the week and were glad we had packed light weight and heavier jackets. The wild flowers were still good in August but they must be brilliant earlier in the summer.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    Great walking in a very beatiful area, it was lovely to see so many flowers normally only seen earlier in the year in other areas. Afternoon tea was an added pleasure

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking  under the snow, seeing the chamois  and marmots and enjoying visiting local villlages in the Tyrol

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chris was a great leader, with lots of local knowledge, clearly interested in the area and happy to talk about the area without talking for the sake of talking, always a bonus

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    go for it just be aware of added transport costs

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    great holiday, lovely hotel, great food

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    The best walking holiday of the four that I have done over the last couple of years.  A great location, good food, excellent leaders and, above all, a fantastic group of people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking over the Portjoch onto the 'balcony path' just inside the Italian border with views of the snow-topped Marmolada and famous ridges in the Dolomites in the distance.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob and Chris were both excellent at organising and leading the walks and all other aspects of the trip.  Between them they had very good knowledge of the local area, German language, local politics, wildlife, flowers and geology - all of which added to the interest and enjoyment of the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As others have said, warm clothing may be needed as it can suddenly turn cold at altitude even when the day has started apparently warm.  Also be careful about the strength of the sun.  Be aware that if you are 'follicly challenged' like me, then you need a hat that will stay on when you get strong wind and sun at the same time!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I booked quite late and therefore ended up staying at an alternative hotel nearby but with all meals (including breakfast) taken with the group in the Hotel Wienerhof.  This was hardly any inconvenience and as I had travelled to Trins by car was actually an advantage for me as the other hotel has a large car park (some parking is available at the Wienerhof but there are a limited number of spaces).

  • 8

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    Most enjoyable. But remember to take awoolly hat and gloves - it can turn cold!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Several.  When you stand on high and see the world at your feet.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Two leaders.  Both competent and knowledgable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Remember what I said about hat and gloves.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks to all concerned.

  • 10

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    An excellent holiday in a lovely country. Good walking, good food, and the best Exodus group I have walked with on a European  trip. Wild flowers galore. 50 years since I last walked in Austria, so lots of very happy memories were revived.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Over the top into Italy on Portjoch

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chris Burke and Bob Mason  two excellent leaders, and great organisers. Made all the walks very pleasurable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Follow the advice already given on this Review site. Do take a warm hat and gloves and top quality wet weather gear. You will need them and always take them on each walk. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had a very sad and unsettling 2010, and this holiday gave me a great boost and I arrived home refreshed and happy and ready to face the rest of 2011. This was due to the two leaders and the group. In spite of a mixed age range and walking abilities  lots of laughs and great good humour was enjoyed by all of us on this holiday.

  • 6

    TRINS: THE AUSTRIAN TYROL

    Austria in July is great for wild flowers, good weather without being too hot to walk, and stunning views of snow-topped mountains.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of each mountain and looking at the view all the way down to the valley floor and across to other snowy mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our leaders were extremely helpful, good company and careful leaders. Bob's interest and knowledge of wild flowers, birds and the Austrian way of life was very helpful. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do check in the trip notes that you know how many metres you will walk daily. Because the brochure mentions there will be ski lifts and local buses, I had not anticipated that each and every walk would involve a climb of 800 meters every day. However the climbs are gradual and do-able. The earlier you book, the better the room  you will have in the hotel.  Rooms at  the back of the annexe hear the church bells for 5 minutes at 6.00am and 6.00 pm every day! There is only 1 ski lift locally which does not operate unless Exodus argues for it once a week . This is new since the brochure was published.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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