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Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Pertisau

On the shores of Achensee in the Tyrol
Learn cross-country skiing with like-minded Inntravel guests in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Between lessons, enjoy other winter activities, and make the most of your highly regarded 4-star superior hotel, which boasts an unrivalled spa complex and beautiful setting near a lake.
Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Pertisau. 7 nights
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Holiday information


A cross-country beginners’ ski week

in Pertisau, Tyrol
The friendliness of fellow skiers, the feeling of being close to nature, and the chance to fully take in your surroundings make cross-country skiing a very enjoyable activity. What’s more, it’s suitable for almost anyone, regardless of age! It doesn’t normally take long to master the gliding stride, and steering is easy as you ski in ‘tramlines’ cut daily by a special machine.
Our Try It Out Weeks for complete beginners are a perfect introduction to cross-country skiing. We include lessons and equipment hire, and you learn in the company of like-minded Inntravel guests during the quietest weeks of the season, ensuring the atmosphere is very relaxed and informal. After learning the basic techniques, you will be gently tutored to improve your skills.
With such a first-rate ski school, not to mention such a wide range of beginners’ trails in the valleys radiating from beautiful Lake Achensee, Pertisau is a great place to learn. Our long-standing partnership with the school’s owner, Christoph Leithner, means that Inntravel guests are very well looked after here. This extends to the convivial Romantik Hotel Wiesenhof too, where owner Hansi Entner and his family welcome you warmly.

Our expert says

“We’ve worked with Christoph Leithner, owner of the ski school, for many years. He and his staff offer the best possible learning opportunity and will put you completely at ease. Hopefully you’ll end up completely hooked!”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert

Winter activities

Other than the lessons, there’s no fixed itinerary, so during your free time you can take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • Hone your technique over three lessons
    Sunday starts with a visit to the equipment-hire outlet for the fitting of your skis, hire of which is included for the week. Your first two-hour ski lesson is on Monday and takes place at the ski school, just 300 metres from your hotel. The instructors are excellent and provide a wonderful introduction to the sport. We include two further lessons over the course of the week – cross-country skiing is relatively easy to master, so this should be sufficient to master the gliding stride and hone your technique as the week progresses.
    Learn with a first-rate instructor
  • Winter walking, snowshoeing & more
    You will probably want to spend a lot of your free time practising what you have learned – there are plenty of easy beginners’ trails around the village to explore initially, with more routes (use of which is free) in the three valleys which radiate out from Pertisau. To ring the changes, however, you could explore some of the many winter walking paths (there are 65km of trails around Pertisau) that lead alongside the lake, through the three valleys and into the mountains (the information we send you includes suggested walks, but not detailed route notes, as the winter walking paths are well signposted), or enjoy a spot of ice-skating, curling or tobogganing. It is even possible to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride from the Entner family's farm (pay locally). Depending on snow and weather conditions, we also include a panoramic snowshoe excursion into the surrounding mountains on one day.

    Of course, if you are returning to the hotel at midday for the complimentary light lunch of home-made soup and salad, you may find the hotel’s huge state-of-the-art spa complex and 25-metre indoor pool too hard to resist!

    Cross-country trails: 201km to 1200m in Achensee region (105km classic and 51km skating) with 95km around Pertisau

Where you stay

Set on the south-western shore, Pertisau (altitude: 952m) is one of the main villages on Achensee which, at 9km long by 1km wide, is the largest lake in the Austrian Tyrol. Although small, Pertisau offers a good range of facilities, including a post office, a bank, sports and souvenir shops, several restaurants, bars and cafés, plus an interactive museum devoted to Tyrolean mineral oil (Tiroler Steinöl), a natural healing product that is extracted from shale oil in the Karwendel Mountains near the lake. It is worth taking a trip in the Karwendel gondola for the sweeping views over the surrounding area – a perfect way to get your bearings. Pertisau was a favoured holiday spot for Emperor Maximilan I (1490–1519), who built a country residence here, and the village remained the preferred hunting and fishing ground for many Habsburgs until the early 20th century.
Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Hotel Wiesenhof
  • 4-star superior



Options to extend or shorten your stay

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  • 7 nights: 25 January 2020 - 08 February 2020 & 29 February 2020 - 07 March 2020

    Start Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    25 Jan - 25 Jan 2020 £1630
    01 Feb - 01 Feb 2020 £1645
    29 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £1630
    Single traveller supplement £95

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A  supplement is also payable for a single room - see 'Additional prices' below

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow or Gatwick to Innsbruck# (2h05) (hold luggage included; times vary, please call for details) or Inghams charter Gatwick-Innsbruck (2h) (out dep 0605, home arr 1105; hold luggage included); connecting transfer (0h50)
    # Supplements apply on 15 & 16 Feb 2020; please contact us for details

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau
    Family: 25 Jan - 06 Mar 2020 £38
    Junior suite: 25 Jan - 06 Mar 2020 £38
    Single room: 25 Jan - 06 Mar 2020 £18
    South view: 25 Jan - 06 Mar 2020 £38
    X-Large: 25 Jan - 06 Mar 2020 £12
    XX-large: 25 Jan - 06 Mar 2020 £24
    Innsbruck (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck Charter (contact us) 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
    7 light lunches
  • afternoon cakes
    guided snowshoe excursion
  • 6 days' ski hire
    3 x 2-hr lessons
  • free use of cross-country trails
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Gatwick (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Innsbruck Airport

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  • They are two mattresses (each with separate bedding) on one large base. They are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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