Despite the economic down turn, Inghams customers are bucking the latest trend by booking early for Summer 2010 to save money and secure their chosen holiday destination. With many customers returning every year, the demand for advance bookings can be attributed to high customer satisfaction levels with 92% of customers rating their Inghams 2008 summer holiday as either good or excellent.
The new Summer 2010 programme boasts the very best Lakes & Mountain destinations throughout Europe including the ever popular Austria, Italy and Switzerland as well as exciting destinations outside the eurozone such as Montenegro, Croatia, Iceland and Canada.
The programme is packed full of highlights from each region with information on the best walking and hiking trails, local culture, cuisine, and top tips on how to get the best from a Lakes and Mountains holidays.
Litsa Constantinou, CEO of Inghams "Recent demand from Inghams loyal customer base shows that despite the current climate, they are still keen to book early for Summer 2010 to secure their chosen destination. To reward our customer's loyalty, we are delighted to be able to offer Summer 2010 programme at 2009 prices."
Highlights for Summer 2010
1. Oberammergau Passion Play
A "must see" for Summer 2010 is the world famous Passion Play in which more than 2,000 villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria come together from mid May to the beginning of October to perform their world famous play, a tradition which first started back in 1634. The performance involves a full orchestra and a vast stage and commemorates Christ's journey into Jerusalem, his death and resurrection. Inghams excursions to Oberammergau are available from Igls, Seefeld and Innsbruck. Famous throughout the world it is expected that over 500,000 people will attend the performances in 2010 and in the past Oberammergau Passion Playhas proved to be extremely popular. Visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 020 8780 4454 for more information.
2. Discover the Great Canadian Outdoors
Canada is the perfect playground to enjoy outdoor summer activities such as biking, hiking or water sports. Inghams has an extensive Canadian summer programme and organises exciting excursions from each destination including Bear Viewing in Whistler, Wilderness Hiking in Jasper and kayaking in Gulf Island Victoria. To truly discover the Great Outdoors, take an Alaskan Cruise along the Inside Passage to marvel at ancient glaciers, narrow fjords and the forests of Alaska's wilderness. Prices start from £1,435 based on 10 night trip, spending 3 nights at the 4* Holiday Inn in Vancouver on a room only basis and 7 nights onboard NCL's Norwegian Sun on a full board basis. Visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 020 8780 4454 for more information.
3. Marvellous Montenegro
Situated outside the eurozone and boasting a stunning 293km coastline, Montenegro's is now firmly positioned on the tourist map and promises to be a holiday hotspot for 2010. With spectacular mountain ranges, magnificent canyons, picturesque lakes and mountain ranges, Montenegro has long been a playground for the rich and famous with stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton holidaying in Budva in the 1950s. Known as the St Tropez of the Adriatic, Montenegro now attracts a host of "A listers" including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and Madonna and offers all the glamour and glitz of a celebrity destination without the costs. Prices start from £451 for 7 nights staying at 3* Hotel Danica, Petrovac on a half board basis. Visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 020 8780 4454 for more information.
4. Austrian Alpine Adventure
A growing number of British and Irish visitors are discovering Austria's long, sunny summer and its pristine lakes and mountains as a refreshing, affordable and increasingly fashionable alternative to the beach. Inghams offers an extensive summer Lakes & Mountains programme to the Austrian Alps including extremely popular destinations such as St Anton with its beautiful and dramatic scenery and extensive walking paths, to the lesser known traditional villages of Serfaus and Fiss which boast some of the best mountain biking in the Tyrol. Austria offers a varied terrain for walkers and mountain bikers alike, set against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery, crystal clear lakes and abundant wildlife. The traditional Austrian Alpine villages provide the perfect setting to enjoy the local culture and culinary delights. Stay at the 3* Waldhotel, Seefeld from just £467 on a half board basis and enjoy daily afternoon tea, packed lunches and free bike hire. Visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 020 8780 4454 for more information.
5. Spectacular Swiss Spas
The Alps have a long spa tradition using the very best indigenous ingredients to provide signature treatments that make the perfect wellness mountain retreat. The Swiss village of Grindewald makes the ideal destination to relax and re-energise. Enjoy a relaxing spa break on a holiday to Switzerland that won't break the bank and stay at the 4* Hotel Eiger. Inghams offers guests staying for seven nights a free spa treatment as well as afternoon tea and cakes and a half price Swiss travel card, allowing guests to explore the local region. Prices start from £660 per person based on 7 night's half board stay including breakfast and evening meals. Visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 020 8780 4454 for more information.