Specialist European tour operator Inghams is introducing a number of exciting new additions to its Lakes & Mountains programme for summer 2017. Along with three newly-opened French hotels and four new Italian destinations, highlights include three brand new holiday options: ‘Lakes & Peaks’, which combines Austria and Germany, a ‘Treasures of Tuscany’ small group tour, and ‘Cycling Adventure Week’ in Morzine, France.
The newly expanded Inghams Lakes & Mountains programme features over 100 top resorts, cities and tours across Europe, with direct flights from 23 local UK airports. Inghams guests can now enjoy more savings, special offers and flexibility, choosing from short breaks, week-long trips or longer stays of ten, 11 or 14 nights, as well as twin-centre holidays.
NEW ‘CYCLING ADVENTURE WEEK’ IN MORZINE
Inghams Lakes & Mountains’ first ever ‘Cycling Adventure Week’ will run from Saturday 1st – Saturday 8th July 2017 and offers cycling enthusiasts a chance to climb mountains and take in Morzine’s breathtaking scenery with a professional guide. In the spirit of the Tour de France, Cycling Adventure Week guests will traverse the Col de Jeux Verte (1,700m), which links Morzine to Avoriaz, passing the stunning Lac de Montriond. All of Morzine’s Inghams hotels provide bike storage and cleaning facilities. Bikes are available to hire locally from £26.50 per day, otherwise, guests can arrange bike carriage to bring their own (prices start from approximately £60 return). Inghams is offering a seven-night Cycling Adventure Week holiday to Morzine departing 1st July 2017 from £834 per person on a half board basis including return flights and airport transfers.
NEW EXPLORER HOLIDAY: ‘TREASURES OF TUSCANY’
Inghams Lakes & Mountains offers a range of specialised small group Explorer Holidays, each led by an experienced Inghams Explorer Guide, with a maximum of 25 guests per holiday. The newly introduced ‘Treasures of Tuscany’ tour offers seven-nights’ accommodation at either the four-star Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale or the five-star Grand Hotel Bellavista Palace, both of which are proudly located in the Tuscan Riviera town of Montecatini, near Terme. Highlights of the trip include a visit to The Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchino, as well as to Tuscany’s capital, Florence, home to the world-famous Uffizi where guests can enjoy a guided tour. Other top features include visits to Siena and San Gimignano, the Chianti countryside, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and a walking tour of Lucca. Prices start from £1,229 per person, on selected departure dates.
NEW ‘LAKES AND PEAKS’ HOLIDAY: AUSTRIA AND GERMANY
Inghams’ new ‘Lakes and Peaks’ twin-centre trip combines Austria’s stunning Lake District ‘Salzkammergut’ region with Germany’s idyllic town of Berchtesgaden, in the heart of the Bavarian Alps. Guests can choose to stay in the beautiful Austrian lakeside resorts of St. Wolfgang, Fuschl or St. Gilgen before travelling onwards to Berchtesgaden. Inghams is offering a 14-night ‘Lakes and Peaks’ holiday, with seven nights in Fuschl and seven nights in Berchtesgaden, from £1,051 per person including flights and resort transfers.
THREE NEW HOTEL OPENINGS IN FRANCE
Inghams is introducing a number of additional hotels to its summer 2017 Lakes & Mountains programme, including three brand new hotel openings in France:
Cristal de Jade Apartments, Chamonix
The five-star Cristal de Jade Apartments opened in winter 2016/17 to bring luxury self-catered residences with fantastic facilities to the very centre of Chamonix. The 51 spacious apartments come with high-spec kitchens as well as robes and access to the spa area with its gym, Jacuzzis and large indoor swimming pool leading to an outdoor terrace. The Cristal de Jade Apartments are located next to the Aiguille du Midi lift for easy access to see the breathtaking Mont Blanc and surrounding glaciers and also fantastic hiking along the Grand Balcon Nord from the lift's mid-station. Inghams is offering seven nights at the five-star Cristal de Jade Apartments from £615 per person (based on four sharing a two-bedroom apartment) including accommodation on a self-catered basis, flights and resort transfers. Ten, 11 or 14-night holidays are also available.
Hotel RockyPop, Les Houches
Winter 2016/17 saw the successful launch of the three-star Hotel RockyPop in Les Houches in the popular French resort of Chamonix, which brings modern design, a playful atmosphere and great value accommodation to the town, breaking the mould of traditional hotels in Chamonix. The 148 guest rooms can accommodate between two and 12 people and each comes with an en-suite bathroom, TV, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The stylish communal lobby houses a central bar, foosball, arcade games and TV screens, while the hotel’s two outdoor patios offer a vibrant alfresco bar and a relaxing outdoor lounge. Inghams is offering seven nights at the three-star Hotel RockyPop from £669 per person including accommodation on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and evening meals, flights and resort transfers, plus, exclusively for Inghams guests, free daily packed lunches and tea and coffee. Ten, 11 or 14-night holidays are also available.
Hotel Beau Site, Lake Annecy
Located in the picturesque French village of Talloires, on the shores of Lake Annecy, the newly reopened Hotel Beau Site is ideal for those looking for a tranquil setting and features its own private garden, tennis court, beach and boat. From here, guests can explore the beautiful nature reserve of the Roc de Chère, the impressive waterfall at Angon or the lovely village of Menthon with its fairytale castle. Inghams guests receive a free return boat trip to Annecy as well as complimentary tea and cake once per week. Inghams is offering seven nights at the four-star Hotel Beau Site from £929 per person including accommodation on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and three-course evening meals, flights and resort transfers. Ten, 11 or 14-night holidays are also available.
FOUR ADDITIONAL ITALIAN DESTINATIONS
Inghams Lakes & Mountains is now offering four additional Italian resorts for summer 2017, from the shores of Lake Levico and Lake Garda to the idyllic Venetian Riviera coastline:
Located in northern Italy, the Blue Flag accredited Lake Levico is one of Italy’s cleanest lakes and an unspoilt thermal spa resort, known for its crystal clear waters. The area is popular for hiking and cycling, boasting numerous mountain bike trails. Accommodation options include family-run hotels Hotel Ariston and Hotel Elite, the three-star Hotel Ambassador and the former summer residence of the Austrian Royal Family; the four-star Grand Hotel Imperial. Prices start from £649 per person.
Lazise, Lake Garda
Historic Lazise is a medieval walled town located on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, to the south of Bardolino. Once a major trade hub, today Lazise offers a picturesque and authentic travel experience for visitors, with a largely traffic-free historic centre lined with shops, bars and restaurants, the Scaglieri castle, several churches and a pretty harbour. The three-star Hotel Bella Lazise is an ideal base for guests looking to escape the crowds, with excellent facilities including a large outdoor pool and garden. Prices start from £729 per person.
Como, Lake Como
Located at the south-western tip of Lake Como, Como is a historic bustling city and the capital of the province. The city’s top attractions include the Gothic Como Cathedral, the scenic funicular railway and the waterfront promenade. Overlooking the lake, the four-star Hotel Barchetta boasts an enviable location in Como’s main square and features a sun terrace, bar and top quality restaurant. Prices start from £909 per person.
The Venetian Riviera invites beach lovers to relax with Inghams’ four hotels, Hotel Luxor & Cairo, Hotel Miami, Hotel Le Soleil and Hotel Frank, all situated no more than two or three streets from the beach in the resort of Lido di Jesolo. During the summer, the town’s main road is closed and becomes the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe, whilst an excellent choice of excursions allow guests to explore beyond the local area, to locations such as Venice and the Lagoon Islands, Treviso and the Dolomites. Prices start from £559 per person.
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