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Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Trins is located in a beautiful unspoilt valley a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are umpteen walks and trails located within metres of the door of the comfortable hotel which serves tea and cake upon your return! Perfect.
The daily walks are divided into two walking groups - moderate and challenging - giving you the chance to choose a walk that matches your ability and interests. Having opted for a 'challenging' walk I loved the day where we wandered over the Italian border, around a stunning balcony ridge and found a picnic lunch stop with breath-taking views across the valley and not another person in sight. (We're not counting the 2 'nerves of steel' mountain bikers on this occasion). On the last day we walked to the summit of Peilspitze (2392m). I found this a testing climb (!) but worth the effort in every respect. The panoramic views were spectacular and the walk down across a knife-edge ridge gave us all a great sense of achievement. Of course, the cable car ride and the 'Three and a Half Summit' walk took some beating as we walked across a wide ridge with views to the distant Dolomites under a blue sky followed by a gentle descent back to Trins via a mountain hut serving welcome cold drinks.
This trip has two leaders. Chris and Bob have an excellent knowledge of the local area and have obviously worked hard to build good relationships with the local residents. Each evening after dinner there was a briefing about the next day. Bob was the meteorologist and Chris gave comprehensive details about the next two walks on offer meaning we could all weigh up our options and make choices. The walks were paced well and plenty of anecdotes, knowledge, information and random quiz questions (thanks, Chris!) made the days most enjoyable and kept spirits high.
A four course dinner is served every night. There are tea and cakes available each afternoon, The mountain huts serve a wide range of hearty and delicious food including the traditional Kaiserschmarrn. It is possible to take a day trip to Innsbruck and try some Original Sacher-torte in Café Sacher. Do not expect to lose any weight on this holiday!
Our leaders organised a trip to a local band concert on one evening where we enjoyed the music along with many local residents. On another evening some of the local mountain rescue team came to give an inspirational and eye-opening presentation about their work in the area. Their time is given voluntarily and as part of 'responsible tourism' a collecting box is placed in the hotel to enable vital equipment to be purchased to support their work.
Trins is located in a beautiful valley surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. For some reason Trins is off the main tourist trails and so walks in the forest and mountains were quiet and peaceful, apart from the gently murmuring conversation and tinkling laughter of the Exodus group.
There were two grades of walks available each day, moderate and challenging. The leaders, Bob and Chris, gave a full summary of the walk routes, length, ascent, descent and any particular difficulties every evening after dinner to allow people to make a decision about the next day's walk.
Witnessing (from a respectful distance) the moderate walk group lined up in a flower-speckled Alpine meadow singing a mid-afternoon "Sound of Music" medley with passion and feeling. They'd carried the sheet music in their rucksacks all day in readiness. For the benefit of any non-singers thinking of going on this trip, I should make it clear that the tour leaders said this performance had no precedent and it is certainly not a compulsory part of the trip ... yet.
More seriously I was amazed by the sheer number and variety of wild flowers that I saw. I've been on several mountain holidays where the flowers have not lived up to their billing. On this trip, different pockets of climatic and soil conditions meant that we could encounter everything from late winter flowers to midsummer flowers in one day's walking.
One day, as part of a very small challenging walk group, I got very close to a marmot that seemed fairly unconcerned by our presence.
And there were too many spectacular mountain and valley views to talk about.
Bob and Chris paced the walks perfectly. They shared their encyclopaedic knowledge about the local area, its people and history, wildflowers, geology, and musical theatre set in Austria during the late 1930s. Besides being very knowledgeable they were good fun on the walks and at dinner.
There is no need to take extra rations of food on this trip. The hotel provides a huge breakfast buffet. On several days we visited mountain huts which offered very hearty cooked lunches. On our return to the hotel we were served with tea and cakes. The hotel dinner consisted of four courses.
Do go easy on the large Austrian dumplings or "Knoedel". Knoedel are delicious to eat; and if you need to repair a load-bearing wall you can use them for that too. Knoedel can be served as a bewildering, gastro-busting accompaniment to soup, salad, fish courses, main courses and dessert. Read menus carefully to ensure you are not ordering too many inadvertently. Some people were averaging six or seven a day with goodness knows what consequences for their digestive tracts.
This was my first ever exodus experience so i didnt really know what to expect. Having experienced this thrilling adventure, all i can say is that it ticked all the boxes for me. The scenery was breathtakingly stunning, the friendly staff at Hotel Wienerhof made my stay very comfortable and provided us with tasty and substantial breakfasts and 4 course evening meals with plenty of choice. Our walks were at two levels, moderate and challenging. There is no need to worry that you wont be able to keep up, as our experienced leaders paced all the walks to suit everyone. Our two leaders were so thorough in organising all aspects of our trip. Their professionalism was second to none! I have been so impressed with my first exodus experience that i'm already thinking about next year's destination with Exodus!
Having reached our summits safely, taking in the beautiful views of snowcapped mountains.
Another one was surviving the chairlift up the valley and being rewarded with stunning scenery when we climbed to the summit of the Egger Berg.
Both were superb. They passed on lots of interesting information re flora and fauna during our treks. They were also good fun!
Read the trip notes carefully, they explain all aspects of the trip. If you are reasonably fit then go for it! You won't be disappointed!
Thank You Exodus!
The start hotel is approximately 1 hour from Innsbruck airport and will cost around 10 Euros to reach by public transport. Yoiu can also get there from otehr cities and airports, please contact for more details.
Rachel George - Customer Operations
Hotel Wienerhof is a comfortable base situated in the heart of the village of Trins. The traditional main building has a cosy dining room and separate bar, while just across the narrow village street the modern annexe houses a sauna and enhanced relaxation area (no charge) along with the opportunity for a massage (not included).
The hotel is renowned for its food; most evenings we have three choices of main course, plus a vegetarian option, and there is always a plentiful salad buffet. Complimentary tea, coffee and cake are served each afternoon. Austrian-twin and single rooms have shower and WC and may be in either the main building or the annexe. All rooms are equipped with TV, telephone, hair dryer and code operated safe.
A word of warning about Austria for people sharing ‘twin-bedded rooms’: these often contain a single unit with two separate mattresses and separate bedding; it is not usually possible to move them apart, though it may sometimes be possible to add an extra bed - please check with us if this is important to you. It is possible to share a room with someone on the concurrent winter walking holiday.
Rachel George - Customer Operations
There's really no restiction, whatever feels comfortable for you. Whether that's a wheelie case or a rucksack, you won't be carrying it too far so don't worry!
Amanda Ceraolo - Product Manager
Yes, this trip is centre based so if you would prefer to take off any of the days, you're free to do your own thing. Obviously we hope you'll take advantage of all that is on offer, but it's still a holiday, not a forced march!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
All the staff at Exodus share a passion for adventure travel, and are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can find an expert for the area you are interested in here and can contact them to get further information. If you don't see your specific country listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get the answers you need!