Travel Challenge: A summer mountain-walking holiday in Europe
Saturday 06 June 2009
Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: a summer walking holiday in the mountains of Europe. Prices are for two people, departing for seven nights on 4 July.
Collett's Mountain Holidays
£950: The Italian Dolomites & South Tyrol. Includes B&B and six dinners at the Haus Valentin in Pedraces, transfers from Venice, as well as five days of optional high- or intermediate-level walks, Via Ferrata, flower walks and casual painting days; travel to Italy is not included. "This holiday is as relaxing as it is invigorating, whether you are the energetic adventurer seeking out the exhilaration of the high trails and Via Ferrata, or you simply dream of an alpine retreat, strolling through woodland, picturesque Tyrolean hamlets and wildflower-strewn meadows," says Tom Collett, the managing director of Collett's Mountain Holidays. (01763 289660; colletts.co.uk ).
£1,016: Salzkammergut's Lakes and Mountains, Austria. Includes B&B and five dinners, luggage transported between hotels, walking maps and notes; travel to Austria is not included. "To the east of Salzburg, in the shadow of the mighty Dachstein, majestic mountains plunge into sparkling blue lakes. Known as the Austrian lake district, this region is perfect for exploring on foot. Inviting paths lead alongside the water at the foot of the mountains, and cable cars give easy access to the high mountains for gentle walks," says Rebecca Bruce of Inntravel. (01653 617906; inntravel.co.uk )
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays
£1,424: Austria's Upper Inn Valley. Includes half board at the four-star Hotel Goies in Ladis, return flights from Heathrow to Zurich, transfers and the services of a tour leader. "This trip offers a superb variety of alpine walks, taking in high grassy ridges, remote valleys, peaks and picturesque villages. The flowers in early July are stunning and in the evening one can enjoy a four-course gourmet meal, as well as the hotel's swimming pool and sauna," says Tony Maniscalco, Sales and Markeging Manager of Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. (01707 331133; ramblersholidays.co.uk )
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