Summer lakes and mountains holidays in 2017/2018 Summer lakes and mountains holidays in 2017/2018
From the lakesides of Garda to the foothills of the French Alps, our summer walking holidays lead you worlds away from the daily grind. Whether you prefer short strolls or lengthier legwork; nature trails or historic tours, the opportunity is as big and beautiful as the landscape.
Our summer mountain holidays are terrific for walking/hiking and exploring the majestic mountains of Europe and Canada, while our Italian lakes holidays have all the glamour of the Riviera plus the vistas and activities to keep families and couples as culturally stimulated or physically active as you like. Slake your summer thirst for travel and exploration in the most beautiful places on the planet.
Italy’s biggest lake is surrounded by fascinating old towns, colourful marinas, ancient churches and fairy-tale castles. Mother Nature outdoes herself here with clear blue water reflecting mountain peaks, rolling hills, tiddly islands and jagged cliffs. Walk, cycle, swim, sail or windsurf ‘til the cows come home, or find your favourite gelateria and watch the world go by…
Captivating Como: a feast for the eyes with colourful cobbled towns, sky-high mountains and rolling vineyards around glittering water… Waist deep in la dolce vita, with beaches, chic cafes and waterside wine bars… And a lesson in class, from the grand hotels and villas to designer silks and gourmet restaurants.
Not just known for its nosh, this is a nation of colourful lake towns and the most magnificent mountains resorts. Plan a stay as active or relaxed as you please, setting off on hikes and bike rides or sitting in cafés to soak up the sights.
The land that inspired Byron, Tolkein and Twain makes a marvellous holiday destination, whether you’re planning long walks to waterfalls, bike rides down mountainsides or a snooze-filled spa break. Grand hotels will see you well fed and watered - positioned on glittering lakesides, streets in full bloom and mountains high.
If there was ever a place to escape the everyday and relish the rural, it’d be the Austrian Alps. Swap high rise buildings for snow-capped peaks and split your time between edelweiss meadows, medieval market towns and scenic shepherd’s huts. Ride on horseback or mountain-bike, stretch your legs on short strolls or long-haul hikes – and leave the daily grind far, far away.
Culture, architecture, cuisine and scenery! The movie star haunts of our Italian lakes holidays include the world's most famous resorts on the shores of Lake Garda. Holidays as active or cerebral as you like, with incredible history and culture sitting cheek by jowl with walking cycling and watersports in some of the most spectacular scenery on earth.
Austrian and Swiss mountain holidays remain the most popular places to explore in the summer and we have more options there than any tour operator, plus hundreds of summer mountains package holidays in the popular mountain resorts of France, Germany, Slovenia and more. For a super cheap summer mountain break check out Andorra too.
If you prefer "travel" to "holiday" and emphasise "discovery" over plain "relaxation" then you'll want to browse our discovery packages and tour holidays. For people who can't bear the idea of the traditional "fly and flop" beach holiday, pack the most into your summer adventures with travel packages designed to feed your mind and body and spirit.
Whether you’re cruising panoramic pathways or storming down mountainsides, our lake and mountain destinations are awesome to explore on two wheels. E-bike facilities are cropping up all over the shop to provide more pedal power, and the best cycling resorts have rental and repair facilities to cater for every cycling need.
From leisurely rambles to leg-testing hikes, walks are a wonderful way to explore mountain and lake resorts worldwide. Guided tours put you in the path of a local expert, while with self-guiding it’s just you and incredible landscape. Which alone will make you weak at the knees: think snow-capped peaks, craggy cliffs, glittering lakes, gushing waterfalls and history-rich buildings.
Time away together’s super in the summertime, and our packages come in every shape and size to suit all family age groups. Take the tribe to the mountains for fresh air, activities and amazing scenery, explore historic towns and cities or relax on beaches and lakesides under glorious sun.
Naturally stunning surroundings (snow-capped peaks, rolling meadows, bright blue lakes…), knee-deep history (churches, castles, monuments…) and captivating culture (good food, local wines, artisan creations…) make our finest lake and mountain resorts spot on for high-end holidays.
Wake up to the waterfront from elegant lakeside hotels, fresh-as-can-be air from mountain spa resorts and views of endless peaks from five star chalets. Whether you spend your days exploring old towns, hiking high mountains or whiling away hours in wellness centres, there’s no shortage of ways to spend a five star stay.
Europe has some of the most legendary lakes on earth, with Italy’s gorgeous Garda, Como and Maggiore and Lake Geneva in Switzerland, home to iconic Montreux. Lakeside towns and villages ooze historic charm, with generations-old restaurants and cafes, ancient churches and a ton of activities.
When it comes to mountains, the pastoral delights of Austria, dramatic peaks of Switzerland and famous slopes of France are just the beginning, with Italy’s incredible Dolomites and stunning Slovenia being just as worthy of visiting.
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