A fabulous new tour for 2021 combining two of the most scenic parts of the Continent, the majestic mountains and glaciers of the Austrian Tyrol and the beautiful lakes of Northern Italy. Making this tour perfect is the choice of two outstanding hotels, firm favourites of our clients the Arlberg in St Anton and the Astoria in Stresa.
The 4 star Arlberg, under the personal supervision of its resident proprietors the Ennemoser family, has been affording a warm welcome to our groups for over 30 years and in our opinion is the best hotel in St. Anton. All rooms have private facilities, hairdryer, a TV and radio. The hotel has comfortable spacious lounges, a bar and restaurants noted for their fine cuisine. We offer a four course dinner with salad bar and, of course the sumptuous buffet breakfast. To help you relax there is an indoor pool, sauna and solarium and free use of bicycles. A lift serves all floors.
The superb family run hotel Astoria is considered to be one of the best hotels in Stresa and guaranteed to offer a truly warm welcome. This modern hotel is centrally situated on the lakeside promenade. All the tastefully furnished bedrooms are en suite with satellite TV, air conditioning, a telephone, hairdryer and a balcony. There is a spacious and welcoming restaurant, lounge and bar. The leisure facilities include a swimming pool, secluded garden with snack bar, gym and panoramic roof garden with whirl pool, solarium and table tennis. Lifts serve all floors.
Saturday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the morning train a glass of fizz and snacks set the holiday mood. On through France to our overnight hotel, on the French/German border.
Sunday Over the Vosges Mountains and through the distinctive Alsace to Strasbourg where we cross the mighty Rhine. A relaxing drive through the scenic Black Forest to spend time in the delightful lakeside town of Titisee. This afternoon we drive along the shores of Lake Constance to reach Austria and St Anton, arriving at the Hotel Arlberg late afternoon.
Monday A day to explore St Anton. Make use of the Guest Summer Card which allows a complimentary return ride on a cable car, explore the town or make use of the hotelís leisure facilities.
Saturday Today we drive along the broad Inn Valley to Mosern and the ĎPeace Bellí before spending time in Seefeld, a year round resort with a fine pedestrianised centre. Later we include a tour one of the great Baroque treasures of Austria, Stams Abbey. The interior of the church is truly magnificent with beautiful ceiling frescos, stucco work and amazing wrought-iron screens.
Sunday Mountain scenery at its very best today with our visit to the Kaunertal and its fabulous glacier road climbing past a beautiful reservoir then via a series of hairpin bends to over 9000ft above sea level where year round skiing takes place. At the top, itís possible to take a chair lift offering unrivalled views of the snow-capped mountains and glaciers. Later we spend time in busy Landeck on the River Inn before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Tuesday Today we drive south to our next holiday centre, Stresa in Italy. We take the valley road to Feldkirch and the River Rhine. We drive though the tiny principality of Lichtenstein en-route to the awesome Mala Gorge where the River Rhine has forced its way through the surrounding mountains, a must for photographs. Now over the scenic San Bernardino Pass to spend time in fashionable Locarno set at the head of Lake Maggiore. Later we take the lakeside road affording wonderful views of lake, villages and mountains. We arrive at our next hotel, the Astoria in Stresa mid afternoon.
Wednesday A morning visit to Pallanza and the world famous Villa Taranto Gardens. Created by a Scottish gentleman and now owned by the Italian Government, the gardens are wonderfully landscaped with terraces, lotus and lily ponds, waterfalls and over 20,000 species of rare and exotic plants. This afternoon we visit lovely little Lake Orta and include a land train ride for easy access to the cobbled streets of delightful Orta San Giulio.
Thursday This morning we drive eastwards to Lake Lugano, the Swiss Riviera, to spend time in elegant Lugano wonderfully situated between the peaks of Monte Bre and San Salvatore. We also visit popular Paradiso before our return which includes a visit to the Colossus of San Carlos Borromeo an enormous bronze statue towering over the southern lake resort of Arona.
Friday A day at leisure in Stresa to enjoy the summer sunshine, explore the quaint old town or we can arrange a boat trip to the nearby Borromean Islands.
Saturday We bid farewell to Italy and head north through the mountains of Switzerland. This afternoon we drive into France and across the Vosges Mountains to arrive at our overnight hotel.
Sunday Through France to pass Reims, heart of Champagne country with its magnificent cathedral, then on to Calais for the afternoon shuttle train to Folkestone. We return to our home areas early evening.
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