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Lakes, Mountains & Ski

A handdful of select and specially privileged European countries just happen to have been born beautiful! Lakes and mountains, rolling hills full of wild flowers (or sometimes covered in virgin snow) and deep, fertile valleys with rivers and streams tinkling through are abundant in Austria, France and Italy. Often, these scenic beauties are like a well kept secret, so we need to dig a little to uncover the pleasures that lie within..... 

Ski holidays take fulladvantage of these marvellous destinations and the popular resorts of Chamonix, Alpe D'Huez, Kitzbuhel and Zell am See are paradise for the ski enthusiast. Fairytale villages nestled amongst steep mountains have a magical dusting of silvery white snow in the winter months and the nearby hills provide the complete infrastructure for careering down the piste at whatever speed your little heart desires! With gondolas, cable cars and ski-lifts to cater to the masses, ski holidays in Italy, Austria and France are now legendary and not just because of the infamous apres-ski culture.... La Plagne, Seefeld and Solden, St Johann, Saalbach and Lake Annecy roll off the tongue as perennially popular ski resorts. will organise your skiing holiday in any of these lovely destinations, so call us today for availability and the best possible price. 

Don't be fooled that fabulous France, amazing Austria and incredible Italy are only geared towards skiing holidays because their lakes and mountains are not always snow-clad, nor is everyone necessarily interested in sliding down a crevice. Au contraire! Stroll through lush green pastures, take a healthy hike up a steep, flower strewn slope or take a refreshing paddle through a sparkling mountain stream. Feel completely alive in the lakes and mountains of northern Italy and enjoy the utter beauty of Lake Garda and its vibrant and lively lakeside towns and villages. the captivating landscapes that surround Lake Maggiore in Italy are the stuff of legend and dinky Lake Como hamlets need little introduction. 

Postcard pretty villages that dot the landscape in rural France are the perfect pivotal point for enjoying the lakes and mountains where walking, cycling, trekking, hiking and hill climbing are energetic outdoor pursuits to keep you healthy and restore some equilibrium. Life balance is ultra important and there is nothing better than fresh, clean air to clear out the cobwebs and offer a new perspecive on life's little problems. Lakes and mountains scenery with the faint sound of a musical cow bell is enough to restore faith in the universe and perhaps bring Heidi and a sprig of edelweiss to mind! Envisage the dramatic outline of the majestic Austrian Alps and use this as your backdrop for the daily walk in emerald green meadows before stopping off in a traditional wooden chalet for hot chocolate and a rich Austrian pastry or slice of linzertorte. The picturesque Lake Annecy in France is an absolute delight to explore and is further enhanced by the lure of delicious French cuisine at the end of every day. Hire a boat for the day or enjoy an excursion on a chartered yacht to explore the lovely lakes and their shorelines. A good selection of watersporting activities is on offer during the summer months, so there is plenty of diversity and lots to keep eveyone occupied.  

There is nothing like a good, fast paced walk in the open air to whet the appetite and there are many cute little cafes and open air coffee shops in the surrounding towns and villages to rest up and watch the busy world go by. The hamlets and villages that lie close to the lake and mountain areas of France, Austria and Italy have great infrastructure and are well served by excellent stores, local shops and trendy boutiques and, naturally, quality restaurants where typical and traditional specialities form the basis of delicious cuisine, so for bon viveurs, there is more to lakes and mountains than a hike up a hill! Remember, all these countries have fertile vineyards too, so superb wines can be enjoyed in each destination. 

Aer Lingus operates direct flights to these lovely lake and mountain resorts and offers a great range of accommodation options. 


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