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CARLTON HOTEL ST. MORITZ

Current Alpine Promotion:

Enjoy a 4 night stay while only paying 3 nights!

  • 4 nights during the pre- and mid-season
  • Valid dates: March 3 – 23, 2019
  • Rates starting from CHF 3’960 per stay in a Junior Suite 55 sqm

The rate already equates 1 free night and includes the daily breakfast buffet, CHF 100 food & beverage credit per person and day, minibar, butler service, 1’200 sqm Carlton Spa, high speed internet, ski shuttle to the Corviglia ski station, 24 hrs limousine service in St. Moritz, VAT and service charges. City Tax of CHF 5 per person and day is excluded.

This promotion may be booked upon request and availability.

Virtuoso Amenities:

  •  Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  •  Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests, in Restaurant or room service
  •  $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  •  Early check-in/late check-out
  •  Complimentary Wi-Fi

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz

When you step inside the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, you are instantly captivated by its winsome décor. A palette of purple, yellow, pale blue, green, orange and red bursts throughout the 60 suites and junior suites in this luxury boutique hotel, the first in St. Moritz. All accommodations feature butler service and offer views of the Lake of St. Moritz and the Swiss Alps. Reach new heights in pampering at the tri-level Carlton Spa, and relish the remarkable views from the bar’s sun terrace. Beyond the slopes, you’ll find everything from curling and ice-skating to an Olympic bob run.

KEMPINSKI GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS, ST. MORITZ

Virtuoso Amenities:

  •  Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (A one-category upgrade will be extended if available at the time of booking. Upgrades from Tower Suite to Presidential Suite are excluded)
  •  Full breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests, served in restaurant
  •  $100 CHF Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  •  Late check-out/early check-in upon availability
  •  VIP welcome amenity
  •  Round trip transfer to St Moritz train station
  •  Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •  In Winter, for stays of 5 nights or more: comp ski pass pp per night, excludes Christmas and NY Period

Kempinski les Bains

Discover Alpine settings, Swiss peacefulness and award-winning gastronomy at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. Located in the heart of the Alps, this hotel has direct access to the mountains and sits next to the legendary Mauritius Springs. Enjoy the best from the Swiss Alps and taste it in the three awarded restaurants, including Michelin-star Cà d’Oro. Rejuvenate in the Kempinski Spa with its purifying spring water dating back to the Bronze Age. There are 184 rooms and suites and 27 residences. The chalet suites with one to four bedrooms in the grand building are elegantly and timelessly appointed and offer views of the mountains.

Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt

Virtuoso Amenities:

  •  Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  •  Daily buffet breakfast for up to two in-room guests or Continental via room service
  •  $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  •  Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  •  Complimentary Wi-Fi

MCP front

Built in 1852, Mont Cervin Palace stands as the oldest hotel in Zermatt, and a renovation has given this grande dame a gorgeous new aura.

The 150 smartly updated accommodations include cozy chalet rooms with beamed ceilings, as well as family suites with fireplace, kitchenette and whirlpool or sauna.

Winter brings tobogganing, ice climbing and 220 miles of piste play; the summer season offers glacier skiing, hiking, biking, and golf. Return for a steam bath and herbal massage, followed by Michelin-star Mediterranean fare at Ristorante Capri or perfectly prepared steak at Grill Le Cervin.

Club Med Turkoise, Turks & Caicos

Adult-only resort south of the Bahamas in the Caribbean

Group trip with Marion Johnson

October 31 – November 04, 2019

Your package includes:

  • 4 Night accommodation in a Superior room (half twin basis)
  • All your meals and drinks (certain premium brands at a cost)
  • Private cocktail party on arrival
  • All activities as described below including non motorized water sports
  • Lessons by highly trained professionals in the sport of your choice
  • All entertainment at night by the Club Med “G.O’s”
  • Basic travel insurance (medical expenses up to only $1000 per person)
  • Assistance from an Anywhere Adventures representative.

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to the resort (80$ round trip per person)
  • Additional insurance coverage available Please sign up individually using the attached link in Payment Details
  • All personal expenses

Pricing:

$612.00 per person/double occupancy
$125.00 Single supplement

$300.00 per person deposit is required now to hold your spot.

Final balance is due July 31, 2019.

For all details, please contact our ski travel specialists Marion Johnson
1-800-755-1330 Ext 208

Stroll along the stunning shores of Grace Bay, on the island of Providenciales, awarded the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Club Med Turkoise Village is located on the island of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos, which is south of the Bahamas in the Caribbean.

Discover a breathtaking, secluded resort exclusively for adults comprised of colorful bungalows perched along a 12-mile beach.

This adult-only resort features 211 comfortable and refreshed Superior rooms and 80 brand new Deluxe rooms in colorful, 3-story bungalows for a casual, Caribbean feel. Take in the magnificent ocean view from the balcony of the newly designed Deluxe rooms.

Each room comes equipped with a flat-screen television, ironing kit, hairdryer, safe and mini-fridge.

Club Med Turkoise

The facilities:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing kit
  • Security safe(s)
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Television(s)
  • U.S. electrical sockets / 110 Volts

The vast beach at Club Med Turkoise is considered by many to be the best beach on the island of Providenciales, and possibly the best beach in the Caribbean. Beach sand is as soft as talcum powder, and water is clear turquoise.

Chaise lounges are plentiful and the water is seductively warm, enticing swimmers to stay in long.

With such a gorgeous beach, few guests at Club Med Turkoise prefer spending time around the pool during the day. That said, it’s a lovely spot to linger after dinner, sipping a tropical drink, gratis in the all-inclusive rate.

Wherever you’ve spent the day, return to the beach at sunset for the best show on the island.

Explore the ocean depths in this divers’ paradise, one of the world’s top wall-diving destinations.

Popular beach sports at Club Med Turkoise include scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, beach volleyball. and waterskiing. There’s no charge for lessons in kayaking, sailing Hobie Cats, windsurfing, or snorkeling.

The snorkel boat at Club Med Turkoise departs twice a day (no charge) to different locations and provides equipment. Water temperatures are generally in the low 80s.

Some visitors recommend snorkeling at Coral Gardens; a sunken freighter is among its underwater attractions.

Scuba divers wake up early to make the 8 am dive boat, a large catamaran with a snack bar and dive doctor on board. There is a fee for scuba diving which includes most equipment. Wetsuits are additional but due to the warmth of the waters, many divers forgo wearing one.

Kayaking is another of the popular water sports at Club Med Turkoise. Guests can eco-tour Providenciales via kayak, paddling to Iguana Isle and through stands of mangroves that shelter baby nurse sharks, rays, and a variety of tropical fish.

turks and caicos

On land, guests can try their luck with circus athletics (juggling, trapeze swinging, trampoline jumping) as well as tennis, aerobics, pool games, and soccer. Massages are also available.

Other activities include basketball, tennis, body sculpting, dance lessons, and bocce. Golfers can play the course at nearby Ocean Club resort. Yoga classes are also held on the beach.

There’s also a troupe of circus performers who guide trampoline and flying trapeze activities in addition to producing several shows weekly.

Off-premise, take excursions such as taking a powerboat to Middle Caicos for a cave safari or touring the island by boat.

LESSONS FOR ALL LEVELS
Flying trapeze, snorkeling, tennis, sailing and fitness

OPEN ACCESS & ORGANIZED PLAY
Basketball, bocce ball, water polo, football, softball, table tennis, beach volleyball, paddle boarding and snorkeling

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Scuba diving, horseback riding lessons, kiteboarding, deep-sea fishing, massages and green fee packages

CULTURAL AND ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES OFF-SITE
“Heart of the Islands” Ecotour (1 day)
Caicos Cay cruise (1/2 day)
Ecotour: Paddle Board (1/2 day)
Kayak Ecotour (1/2 day)

turks and caicos activities

Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are laden with fresh fruits and vegetables, pasta, seafood, cheeses, breads and desserts. (Guests rave about the white-chocolate bread.)

Food and presentation have a distinctive French touch, and daily changing themes (Italian, Asian, Mexican, etc.) keep things from getting boring.

Inside, communal tables seat ten persons. Those who’d rather keep to themselves can eat outside at individual tables. Beer and inexpensive wines are included with meals.

Evenings at Club Med Turkoise, guests gather at Sharkie’s Bar. (In addition to an alcoholic beverage, Sharkie’s can supply smoothies, frozen drinks, and java jolts from an espresso machine.)

But that’s not the only night-time activity: There’s a weekly sunset cruise, circus performances, and production shows put on by the G.O.s. A DJ spins club music in the disco following the show, and you can always try your luck in a poker tournament or at the slot machines.

There are also two other restaurants including the quieter beachfront Grille. Dinners also have a different nightly theme when it comes to how to dress: Wednesday is a cowboy, Friday is (not very) formal, on Saturday many guests wear black, and for Sunday dinner they’re in white.

turks and caicos

Thailand Adventure

Tropics, temples and tremendous beauty

Group trip with Tessie Kenela

November 01-12, 2019

Your package includes:

  • Hand picked deluxe hotels with daily breakfast
  • Transfer services in air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees and boat fees where applicable
  • Meals as listed in the program prearranged at local restaurants based on local food
  • English speaking local guides
  • Champagne welcome brunch at Bangkok hotel
  • Farewell dinner for group with wine or local beer
  • Fresh water (two bottles/person/day)
  • Tour manager throughout

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Drinks and surcharge for special request on foods and meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide service during free time & other personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
  • Trave linsurance
  • Gratuities
  • All other services not stated in the program
  • Flight Bangkok Chiang Mai & Chiang Mai Phuket (Bangkok Airways economy class) priced extra

Optional:

  • Bangkok: November 3 (evening) Bangkok Food Tour by Tuk Tuk: $62
  • Chiang Mai: November 4 (evening) Lanna Dinner Experience (incl dinner): $95
  • Chiang Mai: November 5 (afternoon) Chiang Mai City Temple & Doi Suthep: $49
  • Phuket: November 7 (full day) Phi Phi Island by Speed Boat (Private Charter): $148

Pricing:

$2,375.00 per person/double occupancy

$250.00 per person deposit is required now to hold your spot.

Second deposit for $1,000.00 due on February 16, 2019.

Final balance is due September 15, 2019.

For all details, please contact our ski travel specialists Tessie Kenela
1-800-755-1330 Ext 202

Itinerary

NOVEMBER 02, 2019

Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport in the late evening, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in and rest

NOVEMBER 03, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Welcome brunch reception with 2 glasses of sparkling wine at the Shangri La

Afternoon Bangkok City and Temples Tour(Approximate Time: 1 PM – 4 PM)

A visit to Bangkok is not complete without a tour of its temples, and this excursion takes in three of the most impressive in the city. Known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, Wat Trimit houses a 700-year-old, three-meter tall golden statue, cast from five-and-a-half tons of solid gold. Equally spectacular is Wat Po, home to a colossal reclining Buddha and a traditional massage school. The temple garden contains a Bodhi tree grown from a cutting of an original tree in India under which the Lord Buddha sat while awaiting enlightenment. Next stop is the “Chedi of the Kings” Wat Benjamaborpit, noted for its elegant white marble façade

OPTIONAL TOUR:
Evening Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk incl. dinner (Approximate Time: 7:30 PM to 11 PM)

Experience the fun of riding around in a Tuk Tuk to discover Bangkok’s magical atmosphere at night. Visit famous local eateries around the city sampling the local street foods a staple favorite is Khao Man Gai (Chicken & Rice), or a hearty helping of the best Pad Thai (fried Rice Noodles) or the best-kept-secret Guay Tiew Kua Gai (Rice noodles with chicken in a warm broth) go behind the scenes to see how it’s made. Explore the amazing flower market with its vivid colors this market really comes to life at night. Visit a magnificent temple for a unique night-time perspective to see the temple spires glistening in the night light. After our trip, your Tuk Tuk driver will take you back to the hotel in Bangkok by midnight

NOVEMBER 04, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast, you will transfer to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Chiang Mai

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in and freshen up or enjoy an optional tour.

OPTIONAL TOUR:
Evening Lanna Dinner Experience incl. dinner(Approximate Time: 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM)

Head south out of Chiang Mai to Bandoo in the Hangdong district. The home you will be visiting belongs to the Raunkaew-Yanon family, who arrived in the area possibly by elephant back, almost 150 years ago. The family is “Lanna family”, continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in the manner now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. You will experience the simple Lanna way of life including the visit to the family orchard with many types of fruit such as banana, mango, coconut and the garden which is filled with herbs for cooking. You will also have the opportunity to join in the preparation of the traditional meal. Your evening meal will be served on the second-floor terrace from where you will enjoy the panoramic view of this Lanna village. The tour is designed to give you real experience and understanding of Lanna life, the traditions and buildings; the relationship between their religion and ancestors, and the way this all works together with nature

Overnight in Chiang Mai

NOVEMBER 05, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning free at leisure or enjoy an optional tour

OPTIONAL TOUR:
Chiang Mai City Temple & Doi Suthep(Approximate Time: 1 PM to 4:30 PM)

The city of Chiang Mai has an abundance of beautiful and historic Buddhist temples and this tour takes in the most interesting. One of the highlights is a visit to the 600-year-old temple of Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, near the summit of Doi Suthep mountain. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, the final climb to the site is via a magnificent Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps. Inside is an intriguing copper-plated chedi topped by a five-tier gold umbrella which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai. Other temple visits on this tour include: Wat Suan Dok, whose large central stupa contains the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family; Wat Chedi Luang, where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined; and Wat Phra Singh, housing a very sacred 1,500-year-old Buddha image
Overnight in Chiang Mai.

NOVEMBER 06, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast, you will transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport to board your flight to Phuket.

Arrive at Phuket Airport and after clearing all formalities, our guide will meet and transfer you to the hotel for check in and you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Phuket.

NOVEMBER 07, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Day free at leisure or enjoy an optional tour

OPTIONAL TOUR:
Full day visit Phi Phi Island by Speed Boat (Private Charter) (Approximate Time: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM)

Koh Phi Phi is known as one of the most beautiful islands in the South of Thailand and a popular must-see tourist destination after the movie “The Beach”. Due to the popularity of this island, most day tours are crowded, stop at the same places, same time of the day. During this “boutique” day tour, you will still visit the popular sightseeing spots around Phi Phi island, but it will be a more pleasant, unique experience as this tour will follow a different itinerary and timing, and avoid the usual touristic traps!

Pick-up and transfer from your hotel to pier 88, a comfortable lounge and restaurant at Marina Bay Pier. For guests who did not have breakfast at the hotel yet, there is the possibility to enjoy American breakfast before leaving Phuket for the famous Phi Phi islands. Included is good quality snorkeling gear and instructions for the day by an English-speaking guide. After about 1 hour journey on the catamaran, you will arrive at Loh Lana Bay for some swimming and snorkeling among colorful fish and explore the coral reefs. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on board around noon. Next, you will head to “Camel Rock” and have the opportunity to take some nice pictures. In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Maya Bay, surrounded by dramatic steep coast limestone cliffs. To avoid the many crowds trying to making that one perfect selfie, you will stop at the smaller, but more intimate Maya Noi Bay instead (Nov – May). From here you also have a breathtaking view of the bay and also a good spot for beautiful pictures. Take your time relaxing on the beach, go for a swim in the emerald colored sea, explore the beautiful underwater world around Phi Phi islands or just enjoy the spectacular views around you. Cruise further through breathtaking scenery for Loh Sama Bay, Pileh lagoon and Viking Cave.

Late afternoon, you will visit Ton Sai Bay at Phi Phi Don Island. An impressive double bay surrounded by white sandy beaches and sunlit crystal water. At the center of the village, you find many cafés, bars and shops waiting to be explored. Before sunset, you will head back for Phuket and arrive at Grand Marina Pier around 6 PM, followed by a transfer back to hotel in Phuket

NOVEMBER 08, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

After checking out of your hotel, you will be transferred by speed boat to Paradise Resort

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy your resort hotel in Koh Yao Noi and/or sign up for their many activities offered

Overnight in Koh Yao Noi

NOVEMBER 09, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Full day visit Phang Nga Bay by Speed Boat incl lunch (Approximate Time: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM)

James Bond Island is located in Phang Nga Bay within the Straits of Malacca, between the island of Phuket and the Malay Peninsula mainland close to southern Thailand. The island’s English nickname derives from the fact that it was the setting for Scaramanga’s lair in the film “The man with the Golden Gun”, starring Roger Moore as Ian Fleming’s legendary British agent, 007. With such a rich and varied natural environment, it’s not surprising that a number of different human cultures also co-exist in the local communities. Fishing is a popular industry, as is harvesting Nypa palm leaves, in addition to catering for the large presence of international tourism that is attracted by the area’s natural beauty. The original community inhabits the island of Koh Pannyi, a village built on stilts because of the tides that cause a water height increase of more than 2.5 meters.

Populated by Muslim sea gypsies, the village lies in the shadow of a large rock, which stands beside the local mosque’s green dome. The village currently houses 300 families with an economy that is heavily reliant on international tourism, people from where visit this unique setting in their droves.

Immortalized in cinema history, this famous rock is often used as the backdrop to striking images known in Thailand as ”Koh Tapu”, which means nail, reflecting its wide peak which narrows towards the base. From Phuket, you can reach the island in about 40 minutes by speed boat.

Return to resort late afternoon

NOVEMBER 10, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Day free at leisure or enjoy the resort’s facilities

Overnight in Koh Yao Yai

NOVEMBER 11, 2019 – NOVEMBER 11, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning at leisure and hotel check out. Transfer from Koh Yao Noi late afternoon to Phuket by speed boat. Check in at the Cachet Dewa Phuket Resort for a whole day of relaxation in your room or the pool.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner on the resort grounds. Late night transfer to Phuket Airport for departure back to the US.

Group Flights and Internal Flights

01 NOV 19 – FRIDAY
KOREAN AIR 36 LV: ATLANTA 1255P
AR: INCHEON/SEOUL 515P ARVL DATE-02 NOV

02 NOV 19 – SATURDAY
KOREAN AIR 653 LV: INCHEON/SEOUL 650P
AR: BANGKOK 1055P

12 NOV 19 – TUESDAY
KOREAN AIR 638 LV: PHUKET 100A
AR: INCHEON/SEOUL 845A

KOREAN AIR 35 LV: INCHEON/SEOUL 935A
AR: ATLANTA 910A

Internal Flights:
04 NOV 19 – MONDAY
THAI INTRNL 110
LV: BANGKOK 115P
AR: CHIANG MAI 225P

06 NOV 19 – WEDNESDAY
THAI INTRNL 2171
LV: CHIANG MAI 940A
AR: PHUKET 1135A

GRAND HOTEL ZERMATTERHOF, ZERMATT

Current Alpine Promotion:

Stay for 4 nights, Pay for 3 nights only

Enjoy four overnight stay, including breakfast buffet and four-course gourmet dinner, for the price of three nights.

Valid in room category: Classic Double Room from Sunday to Thursday every week in February (except February 09 to 24, 2019), March and April.
Limited availability. Only valid for new bookings. Benefits and/or discounts may not be combined.
The price for the 4=3 offer includes the following:

  • Transfer to and from the Zermatterhof and Zermatt station in our horse-drawn carriage or electric bus on the day of your arrival and departure
  • Generous breakfast buffet
  • Fresh fruit and mineral water to welcome you upon arrival
  • Tea and coffee machine
  • Use of the spa, i.e. unlimited access to the pool, steam bath, saunas, ice grotto and gym
  • Wireless Internet in your room and in all public areas

Virtuoso Amenities:

  •  Upgrade upon arrival, subject to availability.
  •  Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in-room guests already included in rates
  •  $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  •  Complimentary Wi-Fi
  •  Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is in the center of the enchanting mountain world of Zermatt. Built in 1879, the hotel combines tradition with the finest modern conveniences. The hotel has 69 rooms including 44 junior suites and suites, many with views to the breath-taking Matterhorn and each individually designed. Culinary diversity can be discovered in three restaurants, Alpine gourmet Prato Borni, Swiss cheese restaurant saycheese!, and Brasserie Lusi. Guests relax and re-energize in the stunning spa and wellness zone “Vita Borni”, featuring a large indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, ice grotto, Jacuzzi, fitness room and 5 atmospheric treatment rooms.

KULM SPA, ST. MORITZ

Current Alpine Promotion:

Suite Deal

Represents a 20 % discount on the best available daily rates for junior suites and suites reservations. Minimum stay of 2 nights required depending on the availability.

Dates of stay are the following:

February 24 – March 25, 2019 inclusive

April 1 – 6, 2019 inclusive

Virtuoso Amenities:

  •  Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  •  Complimentary full breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
  •  $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  •  Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  •  VIP amenity in room
  •  Complimentary Wi-Fi

Kulm Hotel St Moritz

As the 1st hotel of St. Moritz, the Kulm Hotel offers a variety of winter sports for skiers and non-skiers as well as for adults and many attractions for children. With 172 rooms, 5 restaurants and a 9-hole golf course, the hotel is perfect for families, and winter and wellness lovers. The state-of-the-art 2000 sqm Kulm Spa St. Moritz, guests can enjoy relaxing sessions in the open air pool overlooking Lake St. Moritz or indulge in Alpine inspired treatments in the one of the 13 treatments rooms including the Private Spa Suite. The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is the Cradle of Winter Tourism and the history dates back to 1864 with the ground-breaking bet that took place on the terrace of the hotel. The world famous Cresta Run is home at the hotel, while the Bob Run offers adrenaline seekers a one-of-a-kind experience.

From medieval old towns and fairytale castles to rolling green hills and craggy coastlines, the allure of Scotland and Ireland beckons your imagination.

July 06-16, 2019

Optional Pre-trip Extension to London July 02-06

Group trip with Tessie Kenela

Your package includes:

  • 10 nights at 4/5 star hand picked hotels with daily breakfast
  • Welcome cocktail reception (2 drinks per person)
  • Welcome dinner (3 courses with wine tea/coffee)
  • Dinner at your hotel on day 3 (3 courses with tea/coffee)
  • Lunch at a local pub/restaurant with beer tasting on day 7
  • Lunch at the Doolin Music House (light lunch with 1 glass of wine)
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant (3 courses with tea/coffee and 2 glasses of wine)

Visitis:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St. Andrew’s Castle
  • St Andrew’s Cathedral
  • Royal Lochnagar Distillery
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Marble Arch Caves
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  • Traditional Irish music session at the Doolin Music House
  • English speaking guide on all tours
  • Porterage of one bag per person in/out of each hotel included
  • Service charges and taxes
  • All transfers by deluxe motorcoach

Exstension inclusions:

  • 3 nights at 4 star hotel with daily breakfast
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (2 courses with tea/coffee)
  • Farewell dinner at the Swan at The Globe (3 courses with tea/coffee and 2 glasses of wine)
  • All tours and entrances as mentioned
  • Modern motor coach
  • English speaking guides
  • Porterage of one bag per person in/out of each hotel

Not included:

  • Gratuities to guides
  • Restaurant staff or drivers
  • Porterage
  • Transfers where not noted
  • Meals where not noted
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional group flights

Pricing:

  • Base price: $3,125.00 per person/double occupancy
  • Base price with London extension: $4,010.00 per person/double occupancy

FINAL BALANCE IS DUE MAY 10, 2019.

For all details, please contact our ski travel specialists Tessie Kenela
1-800-755-1330 Ext 202

Itinerary

July 03, 2019

Arrive at London Airport. Meet with your driver and local guide.

  • Panoramic tour of London, Discover the iconic landmarks, architectural and cultural diversity, and fascinating history that makes London the most visited city in the world. Your London sightseeing tour will take you on a non-stop procession of recognizable landmarks, including The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, and Marble Arch and much more.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • River Thames cruise

Continue to your hotel in London and check in
*Please note check-in may not be available until 3P
Overnight the at Holiday Inn Kensington High Street


July 04, 2019

Visit the Tower of London

On the banks of the River Thames in the heart of London stands the Tower of London and nearly 1000 years of history and intrigue. The Tower of London has been used at various times as a palace, barracks, military stronghold, zoo and most famously as a prison incarcerating famous names like Sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn, and Guy Fawkes. During a visit to the Tower, you can see crown jewels worth over £20 billion, meet the Ravens who legends say have the fate of the Kingdom in their claws, talk to the distinctive Yoeman guards with their white ruffs, and learn about the gruesome torture that went on within the walls. The Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the only intact medieval buildings on the list. At the Tower, there are also cafes and a shop

Enjoy free time for shopping at Camden Market

Overnight at the Holiday Inn Kensington High Street

Tower of London

Camden Town

JULY 05, 2019 – JULY 05, 2019

Spend the day at leisure in London.

OPTIONAL: Visit Stonehenge

The Neolithic stone circle of Stonehenge in the Wiltshire countryside is one of the most famous wonders of the world. Dating back to approximately 3000 BC, the circle of huge upright and horizontal rectangular stones continues to fascinate academics, spiritualists and visitors. How and why did hundreds of people transport five tonne stones from all over the South of England and Wales to create a monument that has no obvious function? A multitude of theories regarding the origins and purpose of Stonehenge abound – some serious and some a little hard to believe but all have their supporters. Stonehenge could have been an elite burial mound, druid temple or ancient observatory and may have been put there by ordinary people, aliens or by Merlin the mythical wizard. This fascinating stone circle can be toured with audio guides and the modern visitor center includes over 250 artifacts, reconstructions of Neolithic houses, and a 360-degree audio-visual presentation that all help towards understanding the structure.

Return to London

Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Overnight at the Holiday Inn Kensington High Street

Stonehenge England
Stonehenge England

JULY 06, 2019

Transfer to London Heathrow Airport for your Main Tour to Scotland and Ireland
Travel insurance

JULY 06, 2019

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport
On arrival meet your local guide and enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh

  • Discover Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, with a panoramic city tour. From the historical closes of the Old Town to the larges avenues of New Town, explore an outstanding city of contrasts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Along its main thoroughfare, Princes Street, you will witness the most unique sight of Edinburgh Castle, majestically dominating both Old and New Town.
  • See Calton Hill and its National Monument, rightfully giving Edinburgh its nickname: the “Athens of the North”
  • Enjoy lunch under own arrangements
  • Continue to your hotel in Edinburgh (or area) and check in

*Please note check-in may not be available until 3P
This evening enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at your hotel followed by a welcome dinner
Overnight at The Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh

Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh

JULY 07, 2019

This morning visit Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and marvelous views, it continues to spellbound with its wonderful story

Spend the balance of the day at leisure
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Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh, Scott Monument

OPTIONAL: Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland and is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past. Mary, Queen of Scots lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. At the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse visitors can explore the 14 historic state apartments and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

Overnight at The Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh

JULY 08, 2019

This morning depart Edinburgh and journey to Perth

    • Journey along the beautiful Fife coast and stop in villages such as Crail and Anstruther
    • Visit St. Andrew’s Castle
    • On a headland to the north of St. Andrews stand the ruins of the city’s castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews – the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland.
    • Today, a siege mine and counter-mine can be explored, and the ‘bottle dungeon’ viewed. St. Andrews Castle was the official residence of Scotland’s leading bishop (and later archbishop) throughout the Middle Ages. Its scale demonstrated the power and wealth of the bishops, and it was the setting for many important events which determined the course of Scottish history. Some of the key moments leading up to the Scottish Reformation in 1560 were played out within its precinct
    • Visit St. Andrew’s Cathedral, The remains of what was Scotland’s largest and most magnificent church still show how impressive St. Andrews Cathedral must have been in its prime. St. Andrews Cathedral dominated the history of the medieval Church in Scotland, from its construction in the 12th century until the Protestant Reformation in 1560. As Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church, the cathedral was the seat of the country’s leading bishops. It occupied a site used for worship since the 8th century AD, when the relics of St. Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, are said to have been brought here. The cathedral buildings are surrounded by a graveyard and encircled by the most complete and imposing monastic enclosure walls in Scotland
    • Continue to Perth and on arrival check into your hotel
    • Enjoy dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Atholl Palace Hotel

Atholl Palace Hotel
Perth

JULY 09, 2019

Today journey through the Cairngorms

Visit Royal Lochnagar Distillery

A visit to Royal Lochnagar, the local distillery to Balmoral, is a timeless experience. You can see distillers tending the traditional mashtun and the gleaming copper stills. The end product still relies on age old traditions and craftsmanship to produce one of Scotland’s most exclusive whiskies. At the tour end, your complimentary dram will confirm that Royal Lochnagar is a malt whisky worthy of the ‘Royal’ prefix to its name

Visit Balmoral Castle

Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar, is the Balmoral Estate. Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish home of the British Royal Family ever since. Covering about 20,000 hectares (just over 50,000 acres) of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland, and of course the beautiful River Dee nearby. Over the past 150 years, careful stewardship by the Royal Family has preserved the wildlife, scenery and architecture for all to enjoy. In her journals Queen Victoria described Balmoral as “my dear paradise in the Highlands”. The original castle was considered too small for the needs of the Royal Family and under the supervision of Prince Albert a new building was designed. When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Balmoral Estates passed, under the terms of her will, to King Edward VII, and from him to each of his successors. Although it remains largely the same as it was in Queen Victoria’s reign, successive Royal owners have followed the initiative of Prince Albert in making improvements to the estate

Free time for lunch on your own at Balmoral Castle

Return to your hotel for the balance of the day at leisure

Overnight at the Atholl Palace Hotel

JULY 10, 2019

This morning depart Perth and journey to Glasgow

En-route enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond

On arrival in Glasgow, meet your local guide and enjoy a panoramic city tour.

Discover Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, with a panoramic city tour. From the magnificent St. Mungo Cathedral to the People’s Palace and Glasgow Green, explore Glasgow rich past as a religious center and one of the most important industrial cities in Britain. The Victorian architecture of the center offers a striking contrast to the extensive parks of the West End. Among those, Kelvingrove offers a haven of peace in the city, with amazing views on Glasgow University’s striking buildings and the Kelvingrove Museum. It is not hard to imagine why Glasgow is home to Scotland’s most celebrated architect: Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Balance of the day is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: Visit Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular museum. With 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, the extensive collections are wide-ranging and internationally significant. Do not miss Salvador Dali’s “Christ on the Cross”. The RBS Exhibition Gallery and the community exhibition space both have a running program of temporary exhibitions and displays. Please note that some temporary exhibitions are subject to an entry fee. *No supplement applies as this visit is free of charge.

Overnight at Grand Central Hotel

JULY 11, 2019

This morning journey by coach to Cairnryan and take the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast as foot passengers.

On arrival in Belfast, meet your local guide and enjoy a panoramic city tour.

A guided city tour is an excellent way to discover Belfast City. The tour will take in the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower (Irelands answer to the Tower of Pisa) and the Opera House, which is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. Your tour will pass by the City Hall, the Opera house, The Crown Bar (dates from 1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. You will also visit the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built and launched in 1912. A visit to the Shankill and Falls road will be of interest as it will give the visitor an indication of how life was in Belfast during the troubles.

Overnight at the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

JULY 12, 2019

Enjoy a leisurely morning then visit Titanic Belfast

Located in the heart of Belfast, the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in a new iconic, six floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction. Opened in April 2012 to coincide with the centenary of its launch, the self-guided journey begins on entering the building’s giant atrium, where the visitor is surrounded by the four ‘ship’s hull’ shaped wings which house the Titanic Experience. As you journey through the nine large galleries of the interactive exhibition, you will uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900’s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Guided tours are available on request at a supplement. Highlights include breathtaking views to the slip-ways where the Titanic was launched and the Voyage to the bottom of the sea in the unique Ocean Exploration Centre with live links to contemporary undersea exploration.

Enjoy lunch and a beer tasting at a local pub or restaurant

Depart Belfast and journey to Enniskillen

Overnight at the Belmore Court Hotel Enniskillen

This morning depart Enniskillen and journey to Galway

En-route visit the Marble Arch Caves

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is host to one of the finest show caves in Europe. Visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around.

Continue to Galway for the balance of the day at leisure

Overnight at Clayton Ballybrit Hotel Galway

JULY 14, 2019

Today journey through the Burren Region

The Burren landscape covers over 150 square kilometers and is one of Ireland’s 6 National Parks. The region is visually similar to a moonscape, yet shelters a mixture of flora and archaeological sites which have attracted visitors for centuries. Man came here over 6000 years ago, cleared the forests and set in motion soil erosion. Centuries of weathering has produced a terrain of fissured limestone pavements, disappearing lakes, terraced mountains, and underground cave systems. For millennia man has left his mark, megalithic tombs and cooking sites litter the pavements, while medieval tower houses and churches guard the valleys. Today man is absent from most of the upland, leaving behind ancient field systems, route ways and place names. Today’s visitors to the Burren will find Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants growing together.

Visit the Cliffs of Moher

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O’ Brien’s Tower built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, to entertain his lady friends. A visit of the tower is also possible. The sweeping view across the Atlantic has recently been ranked the best ‘cliff-view’ on the planet by Conde Nast Traveler. The respected travel publication has voted the world-famous landmark at the top of a new chart of ‘ Nine Gorgeous Cliff Views That Rival The Grand Canyon’
Enjoy a light lunch, wine and a traditional Irish session at the Doolin Music House.

Christy Barry and his partner Sheila have entertained friends and musicians at their home for many years, sitting around the fire playing music and telling stories. Although the pub sessions are extremely popular they realised that many of their visitors preferred to listen to traditional music in the intimate environment of their home. As a result, they open up their atmospheric home to visitors so they can experience local Irish music in the relaxed surroundings of their home. Christy talks and discusses the history of traditional Irish music and plays great tunes together with his friend James Devitt. You will enjoy the experience of visiting a local home, enjoying local company and listening to a good traditional music session around the fire. Sheila is an artist and her works surround the rooms in the house creating a truly art home atmosphere. Light lunch can be served during your visit – smoked salmon and brown bread, Irish cheeses accompanied by a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Return to Galway

This evening complimentary transfers to town will be provided in Galway City for those wishing to explore

Overnight at the Clayton Ballybrit Hotel Galway

Galway to Dublin
JULY 15, 2019

This morning depart Galway and journey to Dublin

On arrival in Dublin, meet your local guide and enjoy a panoramic tour

First you will discover the north side of the River Liffey. This area offers great striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on the city main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, or the Custom House along the quays, as well as the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares, such as Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found (today owned by an American College), its colourful doors, along with Grafton Street and its quality shops. Not so far from St. Stephen’s Green, in Kildare St., you will see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. This part of the city is also dominated by the students of Trinity College, where the famous book of Kells is permanently exhibited in its library. The university is facing the medieval district where Dublin Castle and the two Anglican Cathedrals can be found.

Spend the balance of the day at leisure

OPTIONAL: Visit the Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making a pint of Guinness – the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion. The exhibition shows how the brew has been marketed and how it is today sold in over 150 countries. Once the tour has finished, the guest is invited to the Gravity Bar to enjoy their pint of Guinness. Regular demonstrations on the art of pulling a pint of Guinness also take place in the Storehouse. Launched on the fifth floor in 2011, “Five” at Guinness Storehouse, includes a small replica authentic Irish Bar, an 18th Century inspired Brewers Dining Hall, and a restaurant named Gilroy’s where guests enjoy a Guinness gastronomical experience driven entirely by the Irish tradition of wholesome local produce. Menus include local foods such as Ardsallagh goat’s cheese, Irish mussels from Carlingford and the Waterford Blaas bread supplied by MD Bakery in Waterford. This area will host from time to time live cooking demonstrations using Guinness in the recipe and it includes an interactive recipe sharing bank that allows visitors to take Guinness recipe cards home.

This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Overnight at the Croke Park Hotel Dublin

JULY 16, 2019

Transfer to Dublin Airport for your journey home

Explore Scandinavian city life and see the stunning nature of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark

Group trip with Join Marion

Date:

  • September 05-18, 2019

Your package includes:

  • 10 nights at hotels in double/twin rooms as mentioned in the program
  • 2 nights overnight ferries outside cabins
  • 12 Breakfasts – Buffet style
  • 4 Dinners as mentioned in the program
  • Deluxe coach for city tours and excursions as mentioned in the program
  • Deluxe coach for transfers as mentioned in the program. Transfers are without assistance
  • City tours of Bergen, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki (with local guides)
  • CruiseBergen– Flam
  • Flam Railway (Flam – Myrdal)
  • Train Myrdal– Bergen in 2nd class
  • Containerporterage service on overnight ferries
  • Welcome dinner at Bryggeloftet and Steune: 3 course dinner incl. coffee/tea and 2 glasses of wine per person or 2 beers
  • Farewell dinner in a local restaurant : 3 course dinner incl. coffee/tea and 2 glasses of wine per person or 2 beers

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Porterage service at hotels
  • Tips
  • All personal expenses

Optional:

  • North Sealand – Full day tour of Kronborg Castle
  • Drottningholm Palace Sweden – Half day tour of Royal Swedish residence
  • Tallin, Estonia – Full day tour of the medieval capital city of Estonia

Pricing:

  • $3,219.00 per person/double occupancy

$1000.00 deposit is required now to hold your spot.

Second deposit for $1,000.00 due on April 15, 2019.

Final balance is due July 19, 2019.

For all details, please contact our ski travel specialists Marion Johnson
1-800-755-1330 Ext 208

Itinerary

SEPTEMBER 05, 2019

Fly from your hometown to Bergen (Norway).
Flight information and pricing to be available late October 2018.
Current average cost from US East Coast to Bergen using S.A.S. is $750 per person.

Bergen, Norway

SEPTEMBER 06, 2019

Hotel Zander K**** or similar
Standard room

Arrival to Bergen Airport and transfer to hotel by private coach and English-speaking guide.
Guaranteed check in from 15.00.

Day is at leisure.

Welcome dinner at Bryggeloftet & Steune (1km walking distance from hotel).
*3 course dinner incl. coffee/tea & 2 glasses of wine per person or 2 beers

SEPTEMBER 07, 2019

Hotel Zander K**** or similar
Standard room

Breakfast at the hotel.

CITY SIGHTSEEING IN BERGEN (4 HOURS)

After breakfast meet your local English- speaking guide for a 4 hours city tour of Bergen including visit to Fantoft Stave (entrance included) and Troldhaugen (entrance included), the home of the composer Edvard Grieg.

Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Flam, Norway

SEPTEMBER 08, 2019

Hotel Zander K**** or similar
Standard room

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, walk to the pier to embark the cruise to Flam (8.00-14.25)
Upon arrival in Flam, visit The Flam Railway Museum (free of charge) and enjoy some time at leisure before embarking the famous Flam Railway, taking you to Myrdal. (16.05-17.03)
In Myrdal change train and continue to Bergen (17.13-19.55)

Upon arrival in Bergen, walk to the hotel (180 meters walking distance).

Please note that timing is 2018 schedule.
2019 schedule still to be confirmed.

Viking Ship Museum

SEPTEMBER 09, 2019

Hotel Scandic Victoria, *** or similar
Standard room

Transfer to the airport by private coach.
Flight to Oslo Upon arrival in Gardermoen Airport, Oslo meet your local English-speaking local guide for transfer to hotel. Before arriving at hotel visit the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included)
Guaranteed check in from 15.00.

Evening at leisure

National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel.

CITY SIGHTSEEING IN OSLO (3 HOURS)

Meet your local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour city tour of Oslo by private coach.
You will see the major sights of Oslo, visit Vigeland Parken, National Gallery and City Hall (entrances included).

In the afternoon transfer by private coach to DFDS pier to embark the overnight ferry to Copenhagen.

DFDS Seaways
2-berth outside cabin

Dinner buffet on board

Copenhagen, Denmark

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

Hotel Admiral **** or similar.
Standard room

Breakfast onboard the ship

Upon arrival in Copenhagen (09.45) meet your English-speaking guide for a combined transfer and city tour.

CITY SIGHTSEEING IN COPENHAGEN (4 HOURS)
See the major sights of Copenhagen, including the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn district, The Royal residence (outside visit), the Parliament Christiansborg Castle (outside visit).
Visit Rosenborg Castle, the home of the Danish Crown Jewels (entrance included)

Tour ends at your hotel for check-in

Guaranteed check in from 15.00

Kronborg Castle, Copenhagen

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Hotel Admiral **** or similar
Standard room

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day at leisure

OPTIONAL: ROYAL CASTLE TOUR (REGULAR DEPARTURE)
Departure from City Hall Square (1,8km walking distance from hotel)
Duration 6,5 hours

We travel from Copenhagen on the beautiful Riviera road, with views of Oresund Strait with the Swedish coast beyond.

Kronborg Castle, known as Elsinore in English, stands at the seaward approach to the Oresund Strait. Its one of northern Europe’s best-preserved Renaissance castles and the most renowned Danish castle, made famous by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Frederiksborg Castle is where you will risk losing your breath by the castles splendor. It is as fantastic on the inside as on the outside with its stunning and beautiful interior and remarkable gardens.

The unrivaled Renaissance castle was built by the legendary Danish King Christian IV and incorporates the best of Renaissance architecture and craftsmanship.

Enjoy photo stop at Royal family’s summer residence at Fredensborg Palace. There is an English-speaking host on board that will guide you through the castles. There is also a six language audio guide on the bus to give you a better insight into Danish history and culture.

During the tour, you can buy lunch and beverages. Please be aware there is a lot of walking on uneven surfaces and stairs during the tour. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.

Stockholm, Sweden

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

Hotel Downtown Camper**** or similar
Standard room

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer by private coach to Arlanda Airport for the flight to Stockholm.
Upon arrival in Stockholm meet you local English-speaking guide for transfer by private coach to your hotel.
Guaranteed check in from 15.00.

Rest of the day at leisure

SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, your local English-speaking guide a 5 hours city tour by private coach.

CITY SIGHTSEEING IN STOCKHOLM (5 HOURS)
See the major sights of Stockholm, including Royal Palace (outside visit), Old Town, City Hall (entrance included) and Vasa Museum (entrance included)

Rest of the day at leisure

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel.

OPTIONAL: DROTTNINGHOLM TOUR

Drottningholm Palace is the residence of the Royal family with several beautiful parks and green areas to experience. Enjoy the luscious palace park with its beautiful landscape design, historic theatre, and artful Chinese pavilion.

The cruise takes one hour one way. Entrance to Drottningholm Palace included

In the afternoon transfer to Tallink Silja pier for overnight ferry to Helsinki (16.45)

Tallink Silja overnight ferry
2 berth outside cabin

Dinner buffet onboard

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

Hotel Scandic Park *** or similar
Standard room

Upon arrival in Helsinki meet your English-speaking guide for a combined 3 hour City tour and transfer to hotel

CITY SIGHTSEEING IN HELSINKI (3 HOURS)
See the major sights of Helsinki including the Senate Square, Sibelius Park, Finlandia Hall, Uspenski Church and Olympic Stadium (all from outside). Visit Temppeliaukio Church (entrance included)

Tour ends at the hotel.
Guaranteed check in from 15.00.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

Scandic Park *** or similar
Standard room

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day at leisure

OPTIONAL: TALLIN ESCURSION (REGULAR DEPARTURE)
Departure from West Harbour (3,5 km walking distance)
Duration 11-12 hours

Departure by boat from Helsinki for Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, in the morning. The city tour by car with English speaking guide will take you around the most important sights, also outside Medieval Tallinn. Walking tour of the Old Town area, a compact maze of cobblestone streets, historical buildings and breathtaking vistas.

After the tour there will be free time to explore the shops and sights on your own before the transfer to the harbor and journey back to Helsinki. Optional lunch is served in one of the charming restaurants in the Old Town.

In the evening farewell dinner in local restaurant (walking distance)
*3 course dinner incl. coffee/tea & 2 glasses of wine per person or 2 beers

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel.

Unescorted transfer by private coach to Vantaa Airport for your international flight

End of services.

Skiing and sightseeing in Zillertal, Tyrol Optional Pre-Ski excursion to Krakow, Poland

Escorted trip with Cynthia Walsh

Dates:

  • February 09-16, 2019
  • Pre-Ski excursion: February 06-09, 2019

Your package includes:

  • Ski Week at The Sport Hotel Theresa, Zillertal
  • Extensive breakfast buffet with a health corner, raw vegetables and fruits, juice-bar and the specific energy breakfast
  • From 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm: we spoil you with a light wellness buffet, fresh salads, soups, hot dishes, homemade cakes
  • In the evening, we serve our five-course menus – enjoy the excellent, light gourmet cuisine by our Tyrolean chef Stefan Egger

Optional Pre-Ski excursion to Krakow

  • Accommodation at Hotel Golden Tulip Krakow City Center
  • Round Trip transfer from Krakow/Airport – Hotel and back
  • Guide/Transfer assistance by arrival (pick up at the arrival terminal with name sign)
  • ½ day City tour of Krakow with an English-speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees to Marien church
  • All taxes and charges for ground services (like local taxes etc…)

Pricing:

  • $2,455, per person/double occupancy
  • $2,765, per person/single occupancy

Included estimated air from Boston. Other airports available, air pricing based on availability at time of booking. Air tax and fuel surcharge not included and can change until ticketed.

Optional Pre-Ski excursion to Krakow

  • $310, per person/double occupancy
  • $485, per person/single occupancy

Deposit due of $500.00 per person due by September 1, 2018. to secure hotel space at sign up plus insurance if purchased

For all details, please contact our ski travel specialists Holly Gagnon
1-800-755-1330 Ext 216

The Sport Hotel Theresa, Zillertal

3000 m ² SPA-experience:

  • Indoor swimming pool (32°C) with a current system
  • Hot whirlpool (36°C)
  • Spacious, heated outdoor pool (32°C)
  • panorama saltwater pool in the garden (35°C) (all pools with oxygenated energy water)
  • more space in the pool area with new cozy couches
  • 6 different saunas (Finnish sauna 90°C, bio-sauna 60°C, herbal grotto, Ottoman steam bath, Roman bath)
  • huge Infrared Sauna
  • Spacious sauna courtyard with two coldwater-plunge
  • 4 quiet relaxing areas: Large light-filled “sun house” to relax with soft music, thermal couches, a fireplace, and panoramic views; the wonderful “relaxing-oasis” in Tyrolean style
  • “Room of Silence” with a breathtaking mountain view (4. floor)
  • Great SPA lounge with SPA reception
  • 15 Beauty and massage cabins overlooking the THERESA garden
  • Refreshment bar, tea, fruits, Grander water, and juices
  • Cuddle robe and slippers you will find in your room
  • Zillertal Tyrol (2)
  • Zillertal Tyrol (3)
  • Zillertal Tyrol (4)
  • Zillertal Tyrol (5)
  • Zillertal Tyrol (1)
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Arlberg, Austria – Specials for Ski season 2017/2018

Ski Packages featuring our favorite properties in Arlberg Region!

Kristiania

Kristiania Lech

Your Trip Includes:

  • 7 nights lodging including à-la-carte breakfast at Kristiania Lech
  • 6 day Arlberg lift ticket
  • Round trip private transfer from Zurich AP to Lech

Travel Dates:

  • January 7th – February 11th, 2018
  • March 19th – 26th, 2018
  • Sunday to Sunday

Package Price Per Person:

  • Single Room Superior: $4,194
  • Double Room Superior $3,204
  • Junior Suite Superior $4,132
  • Suite Deluxe $4,648

Bergkristall Lech 4 star superior

Your Trip Includes:

  • Seven nights lodging in a standard double room at Hotel Bergkristall 4 star superior
  • Daily breakfast and dinner with fresh products from the region
  • Round-trip shared transfer from Zurich Airport to Lech
  • Pick up and drop off from the bus station in Lech
  • VAT and city tax

Travel Dates:

  • December 14th – 23rd, 2017
  • January 07th – 20th, 2018

Package Price Per Person:

  • $2,047

Gasthof Post Lech 5 star

Your Trip Includes:

  • Seven nights lodging in a standard double room at Gasthof Post 5 star
  • Daily breakfast with fresh products from the region
  • Round trip private transfer from Zurich Airport to Lech
  • VAT and city tax

Travel Dates:

  • January 02nd – February 10, 2018
  • March 4th – April 7th, 2018

Package Price Per Person:

  • $4,068
House-Hannes-Schneider-Stuben

House Hannes Schneider Stuben

Your Trip Includes:

  • 7 nights lodging in House Hannes Schneider luxury chalet – fully catered
  • Private chef, butler, and chambermaid
  • Private roundtrip airport transfer included
  • Complimentary book about Hannes Schneider in English

Travel Dates:

  • January 7th – February 4th, 2018
  • March 19th – 26th, 2018

Package Price:

  • $49,890 for 7 nights all inclusive

LEARN MORE ABOUT LECH

For all details, please contact our ski travel specialists:

1 954 564 6722
1 800 755 1330
email: info@alpineadventures.net

Iceland – Europe’s Land Of Fire & Ice!

5 day program reserved for single people only

Iceland is a volcanic island located in the North Atlantic Ocean, 300 km east of Greenland and 900 km west of Norway. Iceland is a land sculpted by lava and ice, where geysers burst and glaciers gleam and emerald valleys stretch all the way to the ocean. On an exhilarating journey, encounter this wonderland of geological extremes close up and experience the mighty forces still shaping the landscape!

Number of days/nights: 5 days/ 4 nights
Dates: NOVEMBER 4-9, 2017.
Place of arrival: Reykjavik
Place of Departure: Reykjavik

Package price:

$1,619 per person based on 2 people
NOTE: TRIPLE ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE BASED UPON REQUEST

SINGLE OCCUPANCY SUPPLEMENT: $400.00
NOTE: TRIPLE ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE BASED UPON REQUEST

Your Package Includes:

  • 4 night lodging including tax and breakfast at the following hotels (or similar):
    • 2 nights Reykjavik at 4* Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
    • 2 nights at 3* Hotel Hvolsvöllur
  • All transfers where noted
  • 2x 3-course dinners or buffet style at Hotel Hvolsvöllur or similar including coffee/tea table water
  • 1x 2 course lunch in Vik or similar incl. coffee/tea and table water
  • 1x lunch buffet at Hotel Geysir including coffee/tea and table water
  • Breakfast upon arrival
  • Bathing fee at the Blue Lagoon and a use of towel
  • Entrance to Skógar Folk Museum
  • Entrance to Thorvaldseyri exhibition and documentary (note this site is not open during weekends)
  • Entrance fee to Tomato Greenhouse with tomato taste and introduction
  • Northern Lights tour in an open scheduled tour (can be repeated in case of no sightings)
  • Tour manager at group’s disposal

Your Package Doesn’t Include:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended at 6% of total cost)
  • Airport transfers if not arriving or departing with group suggested flights
  • Beverages, snack, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted
  • Room outside of normal check-in/check-out times
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Gratuities for the guides and the drivers
  • Optional excursions, activities, museums or pre and post trips not mentioned above
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”
  • Unforeseen admission to nature sites

OPTIONAL TOURS:

To be advised.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Tour activity level is medium to high (hiking, walking)
  • Group schedules, hotels and activities subject to change at any time
  • Group meals are pre-chosen. We can accommodate allergies and intolerances only
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  • Rooms sizes are based on European standards and are considerably smaller than Western standards

Itinerary:

DAY 1 November 5, 2017- Reykjavik City Tour, Village of Hvolsvöllur, Search for the Northern Lights

Arrive in Iceland and meet your guide. Transfer to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, surrounded by incredible landscapes and countless natural wonders. After a refreshing breakfast at Harpa Concert Hall, your discovery of this modern city begins with a drive past the Old Town Center, Parliament, the Cathedral and the bustling harbor area. On to the Pearl vantage point, the National Museum and Hofdi House, site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. Your drive continues past Reykjavik’s largest outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur, heated with waters from natural hot springs, and Hallgrímskirkja Church, whose striking steeple is a Reykjavik landmark. Depart from Reykjavik to visit the Hellisheiði Power Plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill Volcano, where the Earth’s most brutal forces are harnessed and converted to clean energy for space heating. Afterward, continue to the peaceful village of Hvolsvöllur nestled amidst the stillness of rural Iceland. After dinner, meet your tour guide to search the skies for the Northern Lights* (Aurora Borealis) from the comfort of the hotel grounds.Evening:Welcome Dinner Reception with wine/beer at a Grillmarkadurinn (the Grill Market)

DAY 2 November 6, 2017 – South Shore Adventure

Today as you travel along the South Shore, enjoy the gorgeous mountain views including snow shrouded Hekla, the country’s most active volcano, as well as the famous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Continue through the region where one of the best known of the Icelandic classical sagas, Njál’s Saga is set. Stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, tumbling over high rock escarpments. Next visit the Skogar Folk Museum to see first-hand how Icelanders creatively adapted to their challenging environment. Then continue past Dyrhólaey, a magnificent rocky headland with dramatic sheer cliffs to Vik, Iceland’s most southerly village. Relax and enjoy lunch in this beautiful setting encircled by fabulous views of the Reynisdrangar pillars and the shore flanked by steep cliffs. On the return trip to Hvolsvöllur area, visit the Þorvaldseyri Volcano Visitor Centre with its fascinating exhibits and astonishing imagery. Return to the hotel for leisure time and dinner.

DAY 3 November 7, 2017 – Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir, Search for the Northern Lights

Today you will visit some of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Begin at Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water tumbling majestically into a deep gorge. Then, on to the Geysir area with its numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including the world-famous Strokkur Geysir – watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. At the remarkable geological and historical areaof Þingvellir, visit the site of the world’s oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 AD, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the stunning canyon that runs through the park, stand on the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. Lunch en route. At Friðheimar cultivation center you’ll be astounded by the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat. A short and informative talk is followed by a tomato tasting. Return to Reykjavik with time to relax before this evening’s open scheduled tour to the countryside to continue your quest for the Northern Lights*

DAY 4 November 8, 2017 – The Blue Lagoon

Please note: This day is a long day.A truly unique experience awaits you today at the spectacular Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. The high levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its vibrant rich blue color. After breakfast this morning, depart for the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a refreshing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm water reputed for its healing properties. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, an on-site restaurant featuring local favorites and boutiques with seawater products to take back home. Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon. Tonight, you are free to catch up on last minute shopping, or perhaps enjoy a dinner out at one of Reykjavik’s fine restaurants

DAY 6 November 9, 2017 – Depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your departure flight*Please note, Northern Lights tours are subject to correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. If the tour is cancelled locally, another Northern Lights tour will be offered on the evening of Day 5.

Notes:

Deposit and Payment Policy:

Alpine Adventures will collect all deposits, fees and final payments per the schedule below:

Initial Deposit: $650 per person to confirm the program.
Second Deposit: May 1, 2017 – 50% of package cost.
Final Payment: September 1, 2017 – Final Balance.

Airfare is completely nonrefundable once tickets have been issued. For any changes to dates or itinerary once tickets have been issued, a $75 service fee plus any applicable airline imposed fees will apply.

Travel Cancellation and Refunds

We strongly encourage purchasing travel insurance at 6% of the total cost.

Cancellation:

  • Cancellation refundable within 5 days of the initial deposit paid less service fee of $100
  • Cancellation outside 90 days = 80% charge of the deposit paid
  • Cancellation inside 90 days = 100% nonrefundable

Contact us for more details:

Marion Livet Johnson

call 954-564-6722 ext208 or
email: marion@alpineadventures.net

Titlis Resort, Engelberg, Switzerland

 

Exclusive offer from Engelberg and Titlis Resort

Get hotel’s ski pass for $37 per day only!

Engelberg is the location of the Titlis Resort, your new holiday retreat! This village-in-village with its alpine charm and complete infrastructure is situated very close to the Titlis cable-ways, just a few minutes’ walk from the railway station and the historical centre of the monastery village.

The compelling architecture of this holiday village features a simple alpine style. Through the use of stone and various woods from the region, the Titlis Resort blends in harmoniously with the Engelberg mountain landscape. The generously laid-out apartments offer a high level of living quality and a touch of modern mountain romanticism.

Your package includes:

  • 7 nights lodging in One Bedroom Apartment (2 adults and 2 children) at Titlis Resort Engelberg
  • Cleaning costs and VAT taxes
  • Breakfast delivery service available
  • Swiss transfer ticket 2nd class (train transfers from/to Geneva or Zurich AP)
  • Engelberg 6 day lift tickets

Offer valid for following dates:

January 2-22 and March 28 – May 13.

Package price:

From $699 pp based on 2 adults and 2 children under 16 yrs old*

*Other rates, dates and accommodations available. Restrictions may apply.

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Forever Memories Made in the Chamonix Valley

At the foot of Mont Blanc lies the Chamonix Valley and one of the greatest ski vacation locations in Europe. This great value vacation is your chance to make memories of a lifetime for your family. With a great hotel location, close to everything, you are bound to have a great time with this reasonably priced vacation. Ski now, ski here and save your ski memories.

The Chamonix valley cuts deeply through Europe’s highest mountains and glaciers. The views are stunning and the runs are everything really tough runs should be – not only steep but high and long. If you like your snow and scenery on the wild side, give Chamonix a try. But be warned: there are those who try it and never go home – lots of them.

The Hotel de l’Arve is located in the center of Chamonix/ Mont Blanc next to a bus stop that will take you anywhere in the Chamonix valley. Also nearby is the Aiguille du Midi cable-car. Shopping and dining are close, but far away enough to allow a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The Hotel de l’Arve has a lovely terrace which overlooks the water and has great views of the mountains.

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Ski Value and Olympic History Meet in Innsbruck, Austria

There are few ski resorts in Europe with as much to offer as Innsbruck, Austria. Culture, history, multiple ski areas and great transportation add up to a great ski vacation in a great ski location. Don’t miss the ski vacation of a lifetime at the right time.

Innsbruck is cultural, historical and beautiful. When not on the slopes, Innsbruck will keep you entertained with culture, excellent cuisine, shopping, and nightlife. Culture vultures will be happy with world-class opera, gorgeous architecture, and superb museums. Innsbruck is great for anyone seeking an international skiing holiday adventure because you have value added at every turn.

Innsbruck is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful ski centers since it is nestling in the Tyrolean Alps, the area has some 200 trails covering 310 miles and that makes it perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers. Because it’s three miles from the airport and has six ski areas located within one hour of the city, its position makes it very convenient.

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Hosts to European royalty, the fashionable and famous of Europe: St. Moritz, Switzerland

The ski season is in full swing and you don’t want to let another year pass without visiting St. Moritz, Switzlerland. This ski resort has been hosts to European royalty, the fashionable and famous of Europe. Ski now, ski here. Turn your next ski vacation into a romantic experience? Bundle up in a horse-drawn sleigh, take the funicular to the most beautiful vantage point in the ski area, or do a little moonlit mountain cruising. Window shop the fashionable boutiques and grand names of style. Stroll through numerous art galleries or the museums, or through the exclusive five-star hotels. St. Moritz has it all has all the romance you are looking for.

The St. Moritz area also has terrific skiing for all ability levels. There are five well-known ski areas in the immediate vicinity plus many smaller local favorites. All five of the major resorts can be accessed by a general ski pass, which is also valid for the local sports bus transportation system. Continue reading

Zermatt, Switzerland – A Great Ski Experience

You must experience Zermatt, Switzerland. Magnificent scenery, loads of ski village charm, great cuisine and more. An exceptional location for an exceptional ski vacation. Don’t miss this opportunity to ski in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Ski connoisseurs like the fact that there are no gasoline-powered cars in the village of Zermatt. Or maybe it’s the tiny village and its traditional Swiss architecture that’s so attractive to vacationing skiers. Twenty-eight mountains, including the famous and spectacular Matterhorn, stretching as high as 4,478 meters (14,687 feet), surround Zermatt.

Family run, Hotel Perren, Zermatt.The three skiing mountains here are above 3,100 meters (10,200 feet) and are accessible not by the average ski lift, but numerous trams and gondolas. Plus, some trails stretch for over seven miles. And it’s hard to find a ski area that has a longer season–you can ski here all year long.

Hotel Perren was built between 1937 and 1939 by Hermann and Alfred Perren. It has been added onto over the years and is now a 115-bed hotel. The “Rothornstube,” the hotel’s rustic a la carte restaurant, was added in 1982 and serves gourmet Swiss cuisine (known especially for its fondue). The hotel is now owned and operated by the Bregy-Biner family.

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Interlaken; Ski Base For Your European Ski Vacation

It’s hard to beat Interlaken, Switzerland for a great mix of skiing and European vacation adventure. That is because Interlaken is close to the action, but far enough away to engage your other interests. Add to that a great price and you have a great ski vacation in Europe.

Interlaken’s winter resort status became official. However, with the launch of The Jungfrau Top Ski Region. It contains more than 100 miles of trails in ski centers above Grindelwald. They all have a good connection to Interlaken by a mountain railway. Ski pass includes railway fee. The average length of runs in the area is a remarkable four miles.

It’s possible to ski a different ski area every day for a week. Interlaken shares the Jungfrau Top Ski Region with the triumvirate of Wengen, Mürren, and Grindelwald. The largest ski area is Kleine Scheidegg-Mannlichen. It spans the area between Wengen and Grindelwald. This area has some 35 trails, so it will please the intermediate skier or boarder.

Chalet-Hotel Oberland offers guests modern and spacious rooms. Rooms have a TV, alarm-clock radio and mini-bar. The Mercato restaurant offers a wide choice of Italian specialties for lunch and dinner. The Chalet restaurant offers a choice of delicious hot meals throughout the day. This hotel restaurant servs luncheon menus and a variety of a la carte dishes.

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Ski Lovely Cortina, Italy Nestled in the Dolomites

Cortina’s aprés-ski activities rank among the best and most varied in all of Europe. After an evening stroll through the quaint pedestrian center, dining, dancing, and drinking keep the fun rolling into the night. With the alpine charm of a Tyrolean village, all the style of Milan, and all the typical art and architecture of Italy, you should not miss Cortina.

Celebrities, students, and honeymooners alike come from around the globe to take advantage of the resort’s excellent nursery slopes, the profusion of intermediate runs, and challenging expert courses. Cross-country skiers enjoy a variety of trails. Snowboarders find the slopes here friendly and off-trail adventurers seek rough terrain in the pristine backcountry.

Hotel Olimpia in Cortina d’Ampezzo is a stylish and recently renovated bed and breakfast hotel. You’ll find it in the center of Cortina, however, the hotel is in a quiet area away from traffic. The hotel is within walking distance of the ski lifts. All rooms have a bath or shower, telephone and satellite TV. The hotel has a sauna and jacuzzi to help guests relax after a day on the slopes.

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Ski the Beautiful Chamonix Valley in France

The Chamonix valley is not a ski vacation to be missed. At the foot of Mont Blanc, it offers one of the best ski experiences in Europe. Add to all that, the near perfect location of the Hotel de l’Arve and you have a great ski trip experience for a great price.

The Chamonix valley cuts deeply through Europe’s highest mountains and glaciers. The views are stunning and the runs are everything really tough runs should be – not only steep, but high and long. If you like your snow and scenery on the wild side, give Chamonix a try. But be warned: there are those who try it and never go home – lots of them.

The Hotel de l’Arve is located in the center of Chamonix/ Mont Blanc next to a bus stop that will take you anywhere in the Chamonix valley. Also nearby is the Aigulle du Midi cable-car. Shopping and dining are close, but far away enough to allow a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The Hotel de l’Arve has a lovely terrace which overlooks the water and has great views of the mountains.

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Olympic Innsbruck – Great Value and Great Skiing!

If your planning to ski in Europe for the first time, Olympic Innsbruck Austria is a great place to start. With over 200 trails in multiple ski areas, it’s a great place for skiing. Cultural opportunities abound and history is at your beck and call.

Innsbruck is cultural. Innsbruck is historical. When not on the slopes, Innsbruck will keep you entertained with culture, excellent cuisine, shopping and nightlife. Culture vultures will be happy with world-class opera, gorgeous architecture, and superb museums. Innsbruck is great for anyone seeking an international skiing holiday adventure with value added at every turn.

Innsbruck is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful ski centers. Nestled in the Tyrolean Alps, the area has some 200 trails covering 500 kilometers (310 miles) and is perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers. It’s located three miles from the airport and has six ski areas located within one hour of the city.

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Experience Skiing St. Anton. A “Best of the Alps” Resort

There are few ski destinations in the world that can rival St. Anton where you’ll feel like you’re at the center of the skiing universe. This is a lively resort where you will find world-class skiing at its best, as well as non-stop nightlife, excellent food and much, much more.

St. Anton is a favorite for those in the know and draws skiers from every walk of life from beginners to advanced, as well as sports buffs of all ages. They call St. Anton the birthplace of skiing in these parts, as it was the first club of its kind that was organized at the turn of the century. Now, travelers consider it one of the best.

The amazing ski area itself makes St. Anton a remarkable spot, which makes it such a terrific vacation destination. This area offers several tantalizing runs that descend some 192 kilometers (120 miles) off-trail. If you’re an avid skier, no doubt you’ll find the trail you’ve been looking for here, but there’s also plenty of skiing for all levels.

The Hotel Kirchplatz (3-Star) offers homey accommodation and family-run hospitality. Behind the pale green facade, a small reception area gives way to a small lounge and a contemporary-style breakfast room. A sauna, steam room, and heated boot rack are on hand. Guest rooms are simple, with modern wood furnishings and plump duvets on beds. This hotel proves popular with couples, families, and small groups seeking inexpensive lodging just outside the center.

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Stunning, Stylish St. Moritz. A True Romantic Ski Experience

St. Moritz has it all has all the romance you are looking for.

Turn your next ski vacation into a romantic experience? Bundle up in a horse-drawn sleigh or take the funicular to the most beautiful vantage point in the ski area. Do a little moonlit mountain cruising and window shop the fashionable boutiques and grand names of style. Stroll through numerous art galleries or the museums, or through the exclusive five-star hotels of St. Moritz.

Hotel Hauser, St. Moritz SwitzerlandThe St. Moritz area also has terrific skiing for all ability levels. There are five well-known ski areas in the immediate vicinity plus many smaller local favorites. All five of the major resorts can be accessed by a general ski pass, which is also valid for the local sports bus transportation system. Continue reading

Top Hotel Alpina Great Ski Value in Germany’s Winter Sports Capital!

Experience Germany’s winter sports capital with this excellent ski value. The hotel has a central location. Therefore, it ensures that you and your family will have a great time.

The Top Hotel Alpina is in the heart of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It’s just a short walking distance from downtown, the business district and ski areas. Experience Germany with this great ski vacation for a great price!

Top Hotel Alpina is at the top of the mountain. The resort is built around the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze. It is on the altitude of 8,832 feet. There is a glacier with amazing ski terrain for advanced skiers. so you will find terrain ranging from bowls to natural, ungroomed drops. There’s ample opportunity for leisurely, intermediate skiing on the 75 miles of trails.

Due to its location and characteristics, we consider it a unique offer in town. Above all, it’s just a short walking distance from the downtown, business district, and ski areas. In addition, guest can enjoy unforgettable holidays in the world-famous Olympics resort with a magnificent view of Germany’s highest mountain, the 3,000-metre-high Zugspitze.

The H+ Hotel Alpina Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s rooms have bright color schemes, satellite TV channels, and a balcony or terrace.

Guests can use a variety of spa facilities on site, for instance:

  • Finnish sauna
  • Roman steam room
  • Indoor pool
  • Massages
  • Beauty treatments

The country-style Kaminzimmer Restaurant features a fireplace. It offers German cuisine and fine wines. In summer months, they serve meals on the terrace.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Train Station is an 8-minute walk from the H+ Hotel Alpina Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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Ski The “Mighty Matterhorn” in Lovely Zermatt, Switzerland!

Mighty Matterhorn Zermatt has everything you would want for an Alpine ski experience.

Magnificent scenery, loads of ski village charm, great cuisine and more. Don’t miss this exceptional ski vacation in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Ski connoisseurs like the fact that there are no gasoline-powered cars in the village of Zermatt. Or maybe it’s the tiny village and its traditional Swiss architecture that’s so attractive to vacationing skiers. Twenty-eight mountains, including the famous and spectacular Matterhorn, stretching as high as 4,478 meters (14,687 feet), surround Zermatt.

You can access the three skiing mountains here are above 10,200 feet not by the average ski lift, but numerous trams and gondolas. Plus, some trails stretch for over seven miles. And it’s hard to find a ski area that has a longer season–you can ski here all year long.

Hotel Perren was built between 1937 and 1939 by Hermann and Alfred Perren. It has been developing over the years and is now a 115-bed hotel. The “Rothornstube,” the hotel’s rustic a la carte restaurant is an addition since 1982 and serves gourmet Swiss cuisine (known especially for its fondue). The hotel is now owned and operated by the Bregy-Biner family.

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The Amadé Sports Region Salzburg Skiing, Culture and More Skiing

A winter vacation in Salzburg is more than a ski vacation.

This picturesque old city offers an extraordinary cultural experience and serves as a fantastic base for skiing more than 100 resorts throughout “Land Salzburg.” Salzburg is on the site of the Roman town Javavum, once an important crossroad in the empire. The beautiful baroque city that you see today was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Museums and palaces bear witness to the city’s fascinating history.

Salzburg is a city, not a resort.

But the surrounding area offers skiers and snowboarders just about any type of terrain that they could want. There are a number of different ski areas to explore.

The Amadé Sports Region includes the scenic resorts of

  • Altenmarkt-Zauchensee
  • Wagrain
  • Filzmoos
  • Kleinarl

The Gastein Valley is home to three popular resorts:

  • spa resort of Bad Gastein
  • quieter town of Hofgastein
  • family-oriented Dorfgastein

The Europa Sports Region includes:

  • Zell am See
  • Kaprun
  • Hohe Tauern National Park (provides many resorts at lower elevations)

There are also ski safari programs that make it easier to ski several of the resorts in one trip.

The ski season in Land Salzburg generally runs from mid-December to mid-April, with year-round skiing available at the Kaprun glacier.

About 60 percent of the resorts in the overall region is best suited for intermediates, with over 80 mountains to ski. Advanced skiers find fun off-trail terrain at Bad Gastein, Leogang, and Saalbach and for an even greater thrill there are off-trail glacier tours at Altenmarkt/Zauchensee, and the Kitzstein Glacier near Zell am See.

While most of the resorts in the area are small, skiers will find challenging, varied terrain within a short distance of Salzburg.

The Salzburg Super Ski Card is valid in 22 ski regions in Land Salzburg covering 1,250 miles of trails. Passes are available for anywhere between three and 14 days. The Amadé lift pass is valid in 28 ski destinations covering 538 miles of trails and skiers can travel by ski shuttle between different resorts.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of the most popular resorts in the area for snowboarders. You will find two half-pipes, a boardercross, and a fun park that is lit at night. There are 12 kilometers (eight miles) of terrain dedicated only to snowboarders. There are also fun parks at Bad Hofgastein, Flachau, Saalfelden, and Grossarl. There’s plenty of off-trail terrains, but borders must be aware of avalanche risks. There are lessons available to instruct boarders on survival techniques as well as the finer points of snowboarding.

Cross-country skiing enthusiasts enjoy over 220 kilometers (137 miles) of trails in the Wagrain Region, 76 kilometers (47 miles) of trails at Abtenau, and over 200 kilometers (124 miles) of cross-country trails in the scenic Hohe Tauern National Park. Ice climbing is available for those who prefer to scale the frozen stuff rather than ski down it. Climbers can sign up for tours and receive instruction before heading out. Advanced climbers love the Salzach Gorge and waterfalls located 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Salzburg.

Most resorts in Land Salzburg have toboggan runs. Some of the best in the area are at Bad Hofgastein, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, and Wagrain. Most resorts also offer horse-drawn sleigh rides. Many companies offer sleigh rides in the Grossarl Valley and in Bad Gastein, some of which include a stop for snacks at a mountain inn.

Après-ski is lively throughout Austria and the Salzburg region is no exception.

Saalbach has a reputation as the best of the resorts for rowdy nightlife. There are almost 40 bars keeping the night alive. Zell am See is also a good spot for those who like to party. Bad Gastein draws an older, more serene après-ski clientele. In Salzburg itself, there’s a wide range of nightlife opportunities. In the bars that line the left side of the Salzach River, you’ll find everything from Irish music to heavy metal. Along the Steingasse are numerous bistros and bars, among many others in the Old City.

One of the main perks of staying in Salzburg is the abundance of cultural events and activities to experience. Salzburg is famous for being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the city celebrates his life in many ways. From Mozart Square to Mozart’s birthplace, there are ample opportunities to learn more about the composer. Salzburg’s Old City is on UNESCO’s list of world cultural heritage sites and is always popular with sightseers. There are excellent museums in Salzburg including the Museum of Natural Science in the center of the Old City.

With so many Austrian traditions to learn about and enjoy, Salzburg is the perfect choice for vacationers looking for a cultural experience in addition to first-rate skiing.

This post is a reprint from the “Classic” version of the SkiEurope Report Newsletter.  The article gives a great overview of the region’s attractions and various ski resorts.

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Great Ski Vacation deal at Hotel Resch Value in Kitzbühel, Austria

What could be better than a great European ski resort like Kitzbühel, Austria? A ski trip with a hotel that is in the center of the action. Hotel Resch is near the ski areas, excursions, shopping and more.  Don’t miss this great hotel, a great ski resort, and a great price!

The Hotel Resch

Hotel Resch is 500 feet from the Hahnenkamm’s Streif slope, which hosts the World Cup alpine ski races. It also offers free WiFi access.

A stunning mountain panorama frames Hotel Resch. Guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet offering egg dishes as well as Italian and Austrian specialties in the on-site restaurant Hosteria or on the terrace.

Hotel Resch offers a sauna and an infrared cabin. Within 3 miles, you can reach 5 different golf courses. Several hiking trails and cross-country skiing trails start right on the doorstep.

Kitzbühel has four main mountains:

  • Hahnenkamm
  • Kitzbüheler Horn
  • Bichlalm
  • Jochbert-Pass Thurn

There are numerous mountain peaks. They have a connection with 60 lifts

  • five cable cars
  • new bubble gondola
  • new high-speed quad
  • 28 chair lifts
  • 27 ski tows

This system of lifts provides access to over 100 miles of groomed trails.

The Hotel Resch offers comfortable accommodations near the heart of Kitzbühel’s action. Excursions are close by and it’s only a short walk to the ski areas, the Hahnenkamm run, and the Aquarena public swimming pool. The brown and white balconied chalet fronts a busy road, although most of its balconies open to sunny, slope-side views. Guest rooms are homey, and all boast balconies.

Kitzbühel Ski Vacation from $2,198

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Skiing in France; Culture, Cuisine and Powder

France has long attracted skiers to its slopes and even hosted the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix in 1924. The skiers, and now the ‘boarders, are still coming. Whether they’re looking for glamour and upscale accommodations or a more down to earth setting, the resorts of France don’t disappoint. And there’s more than skiing that makes a winter vacation in France a special event. Visitors can take side trips to Paris or Lyon, visit museums and art galleries, and of course, enjoy fantastic French cuisine.

Take a look at a few of the great resorts of France:

Chamonix

The scenic Chamonix valley is among some of the highest mountain peaks in the Alps, including the famous Mont Blanc massif (4,810 meters/15,632 feet). The valley is in the crossroads of three countries. It’s just a 25-minute trip to Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel and about the same amount of time from Chamonix to Switzerland traveling over the Col des Montets.

There are 145 trails weaving throughout the area adding up to 140 kilometers (87.5 miles). The favorite runs in the area are Le Brevent, Vallée-Blanche, and the Grands Montets. Chamonix is known for its fantastic off-trail skiing and snowboarding opportunities, as well. Including the off-trail slopes, the area offers up to 30,000 acres of skiable terrain.

Skiing Chamonix, France from $1,660 per person

Vacation Trip includes; Seven nights accommodation Croix Blanche (3-star), Buffet breakfast at the hotel, Round-trip air via Lufthansa Airlines, local taxes Europe and airline fuel surcharges.

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Courchevel

Beautiful Courchevel is part of the giant Trois Vallées Ski Area. There are four levels to the resort. Courchevel 1300 offers the lowest prices and the most traditional Savoyard village. Courchevel 1850, the highest of the four, is the upscale resort. Restaurants, clubs, and shopping, 1850 attracts the rich and famous from across the world.

Beginning skiers enjoy the Courchevel Valley’s 100 miles of trails designated for them. Gentle, well-groomed beginner runs are found near the Jardin Alpin lifts. Great cruising runs popular with intermediates are near the Courchevel 1850 gondola. There are more slopes to lure the advanced skier than there is time to ski them. Experts choose from runs with names such as the Ugly Sisters, Sous Pylons, Emile Allais, and Téléphérique, just to name a few.

Skiing Courchevel, France.  Ski Vacations from $2,498 per person

Vacation Trip includes; Seven nights accommodation the Au Rond Point Des Pistes (3-Star), Buffet breakfast at the hotel, Round-trip air via Lufthansa Airlines, Round-trip transfer via shuttle bus, local taxes Europe and airline fuel surcharges.

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Méribel

Méribel, a popular purpose-built resort, is filled with slate-roofed, wooden chalet-style buildings and raised walkways. The resort is also located in Les Trois Vallées ski area, and welcomes skiers to a winter playground like no other. With access to the vast ski area’s 200 lifts and more than 600 kilometers of trails, Méribel is an attractive base for skiers and snowboarders. And the partiers love it, too!

While Méribel is often called an “intermediate’s paradise” there’s plenty for beginners, as well. France’s famous ski school, L’Ecole Du Ski Français, is an excellent place for those beginners to upgrade their skills. The resort offers great trails for experts as well as some awesome off-trail areas. Other winter sports abound including cross-country skiing, some of the best ice hiking in the Alps, dog sledding, tobogganing, and even bobsledding on an Olympic run.

Val d’Isère

This resort succeeds at combining spine-tingling skiing and vivacious après-ski for the maximum effect. Skiers and snowboarders have the run of the vast L’Espace Killy, named for the famous French skier, Jean Claude Killy. As the venue for 1992 Winter Olympic ski events, Val d’Isère has seen some of the best skiers in the world.

Beginners have plenty of space to practice their skills with 30% of trails suited for them. Forty-seven percent of Val d’Isère’s trails are devoted to intermediates and provide lots of altitude. Experts enjoy on and off-trail skiing at the resort including the Bellevarde Face considered one of the most difficult men’s downhill courses in the world.

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Ski The Lovely Chamonix, Hotel de l’Arve With This Great Ski Trip Value!

Hotel de l’Arve is in the center of Chamonix, 350 feet from the shuttles to the ski slopes. It offers a terrace with views of the Mont Blanc, and it’s just 250 feet from the L’Arve River Banks.
The hotel offers:

  • sauna
  • weights room
  • small climbing wall

Some of the en suite, heated rooms at Hotel de l’Arve feature a balcony with a view of the mountains. All rooms include a flat-screen TV and a telephone.

You can have a buffet breakfast every morning at an extra cost.

Activities nearby include hiking, skiing, and rafting. The property is close to a number of shops and a supermarket. You can find a laundrette just 50 feet away.

The hotel is 2,950 feet from Chamonix Train Station and a 1-hour drive from Geneva International Airport.

Chamonix City Centre is a great choice for travelers who want to enjoy downhill skiing, nature, and scenery.

The Chamonix valley is something that you must experience.

At the foot of Mont Blanc, it offers one of the best ski experiences in Europe. Add to that, the perfectly located Hotel de l’Arve and you have a great ski trip experience for a great price.

The Chamonix valley cuts deeply through Europe’s highest mountains and glaciers. The views are stunning and the runs are everything really tough runs should be – not only steep but high and long. If you like your snow and scenery on the wild side, give Chamonix a try. But be warned: there are those who try it and never go home – lots of them.

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Great Ski Trip Value And A Great European Resort Innsbruck

There are very few ski resorts in the world that can compete with Innsbruck. Cultural, great cuisine, historical charm, and great skiing. And now there’s a great value to match.

Innsbruck is cultural, historical, beautiful.
When not on the slopes, it will entertain you with

  • culture
  • excellent cuisine
  • shopping
  • nightlife

Culture vultures will be happy with world-class opera, gorgeous architecture, and superb museums. Innsbruck is great for anyone seeking an international skiing holiday adventure with value at every turn.

This is is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful ski centers. In the Tyrolean Alps, the area has some 200 trails covering 310 miles and is perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers. It’s three miles from the airport and has six ski areas within one hour of the city.

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Hotel Olimpia in Cortina d’Ampezzo Ski The Stunning Italian Alps

Hotel Olimpia is in Largo Poste, 1,650 feet from the Faloria ski lifts in the center of Cortina.
Hotel Olimpia in Cortina d’Ampezzo is a stylish and recently renovated bed and breakfast hotel. Even though it’s in the center of Cortina, the hotel is in a quiet area away from traffic. It is within walking distance of the ski lifts. The hotel has a sauna and jacuzzi to help guests relax after a day on the slopes.
Hotel Olimpia features

  • terrace with views of the Tofane Mountains
  • functional, en suite rooms with bath or shower
  • free Wi-Fi and satellite TV
  • comfortable lounge with a bar
  • internet terminal at reception
  • indoor ski and boot storage (in the winter)
  • bicycle storage (in the summer)
  • wellness center with sauna and hot tub

Public transport serves well in the surrounding area. Also, private parking is possible on site.

You will get a generous buffet breakfast early in the morning.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Are you looking for a great ski resort with much more than just skiing? Look no further than Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Beautiful scenery, wonderful cuisine and loads of Alpine charm so the only thing missing is a great price. Therefore, don’t miss this great ski trip value.

Cortina’s aprés-ski activities rank among the best and most varied in all of Europe. After an evening stroll through the quaint pedestrian center, dining, dancing, and drinking keep the fun rolling into the night. With the alpine charm of a Tyrolean village, all the style of Milan, and all the typical art and architecture of Italy, Cortina is not to be missed.

Celebrities, students, and honeymooners alike come from around the globe here. They like to take advantage of the resort’s excellent nursery slopes, a profusion of intermediate runs, and challenging expert courses. Cross-country skiers enjoy a variety of trails. Snowboarders also find the slopes here friendly. Additionally, off-trail adventurers seek rugged terrain in the pristine backcountry.

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Interlaken Ski Vacation Hotel Oberland

Why ski just one resort when you can celebrate skiing an entire region? Hotel Oberland is in the Jungfrau Top Ski Region. The region contains more than 100 miles of ski trails above Grindelwald. There’s also a mountain railway. it will get you to all your ski destinations. A convenient ski pass includes all those ski destinations. The average length of ski runs is four miles.

The charming, historic and family-run Hotel Oberland in the center of Lauterbrunnen. It is only a 5-minute walk away from the train station. Even the Staubbach waterfall is close by.

The Hotel Oberland’s restaurant is the best place to eat in town! That’s what guests described in guidebooks. Come and try yourself! Dip a piece of bread in a pot of cheese fondue or taste one of the famous Röstis!

All rooms come with cable TV. Most also comprise a balcony with views to the waterfall or the surrounding mountains.

Lauterbrunnen is in one of the most awe-inspiring settings in the world – ideal for summer and winter holidays.

Free parking is possible on site.

Chalet-Hotel Oberland offers guests modern and spacious rooms. Rooms have TV, alarm clock radio and mini-bar. The Mercato restaurant offers a wide choice of Italian specialties for lunch and dinner. The Chalet restaurant offers a choice of delicious hot meals throughout the day. This hotel restaurant serves luncheon menus and a variety of a la carte dishes.

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Experience Charm and Ski-in/Ski-out Convenience in Megeve, France

Megeve is beautiful. Megève is rustic and charming. Megève, has delicious French cuisine and Megève has great skiing. Don’t miss this chance to save 20% on a great ski vacation in France.

Book now and save on your ski vacation in rustic, beautiful Megève, France. In Megève, you’ll find delicious French cuisine bathed in Alpine ambiance. Experience the charm and the convenience of a ski-in/ski-out hotel with a great location. And when it snows, it’s one of the best places to ski in the Alps for all but the most expert.

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Megève is the essence of rustic chic. It has a medieval heart, but it was, in a way, the original purpose-built French ski resort, conceived in the 1920s as a French alternative to St. Moritz. Megève’s sumptuous hotels and chalets still attract plenty of beautiful people with fur coats and fat wallets.

Hotel Mont Blanc in Megève, France

The Mont Blanc (4-star) is a great ski-in/ski-out hotel in the heart of Megève, close to the ski lifts and to many shops and restaurants. The breakfast is very satisfying (continental and local) and the lounge is cosy and attractive. The hotel also has an indoor pool and massage/treatment rooms.

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Innsbruck, Austria. Always A Great Ski Vacation Value

Innsbruck is great for anyone seeking an international skiing holiday adventure with value added at every turn, so it is always a great value for your ski vacation.

Innsbruck is cultural, historical, beautiful.
Whether you’re on the slopes or not, it will keep you entertained.

Best things to enjoy:

  • culture
  • excellent cuisine
  • shopping
  • nightlife

Experience the adventure of world-class opera, gorgeous, historic architecture, and superb museums.

This resort is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful ski centers. It is nestled in the Tyrolean Alps. The area has some 200 trails covering 310 miles. Trails are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers. The resort located three miles from the airport and has six ski areas located within one hour of the city.

The Hotel Maximilian is at the edge of the historic pedestrian area, near the ski bus stop. It offers warm hospitality in an excellent location. Occupying a row house on a busy boulevard, the hotel benefits from family-run service and traditional decor. Inside, honey-hued pine paneling covers most surfaces, and embroidered Tyrolean fabrics add flair. The friendly staff, garbed in native costume, welcomes guests in the regional restaurant, the popular hotel bar, and into simple rooms.

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Book Early Ski Early in Europe and Avoid the Crowds

You may not realize it, but a number of Europe’s leading ski resorts are open for skiing in October, November and also December. So why not take advantage of the early ski season this year? You’ll enjoy the uncrowded slopes. Also, you’ll be paying less for accommodation and lift passes.

Early season skiing is usually limited to glacier areas. However, on the positive side, you’re likely to have the slopes to yourself.  You’ll be able to travel leisurely through quiet airports. Also, you’ll be the first to try out the new season’s equipment. And if you’re traveling with family, the advantages continue to accumulate. Are you fed up with limited availability, crowded slopes, and sky-high prices? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy a more relaxing, peaceful and better value ski trip? Then get your skis on the snow in October or November instead.

It’s impossible to predict snow conditions for early season skiing in October or November, it’s hit and miss in the autumn. However, some years lucky skiers and boarders have been riding on powder a meter deep in the first weeks of October!

Early Season Skiing in Austria:

Along with Hintertux, Kaunertal and Pitztal, Austrian autumn glacier ski or board options include the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at Kaprun; the Mölltal glacier, the twin glaciers of Solden; the Stubai glacier close to Innsbruck and the Dachstein glacier, not far from Schladming.

Early Season Skiing in Switzerland:

Well-known areas include Saas Fee and Zermatt. Four other good autumn choices, which may only be open at weekends until the main winter season begins, include Glacier 3000 between Les Diablerets and Gstaad; the Titlis Glacier above Engelberg another; the Vorab glacier at Laax the third and the Diavolezza glacier in the Engadin Valley close to Pontresina and St Moritz the fourth.

Early Season Skiing in France:

Tignes is the only French ski resort opening for almost all of autumn –  re-opening around the last weekend of September after it had closed its summer skiing operation.

Les 2 Alpes traditionally opens its glacier ski area, which it claims is Europe’s largest, for a 10-day period (two weekends and the week in between) at end of October and start of November when they run an autumn snowsports festival with lots of fun events and gear testing.  Then closes until the main season.

Early Season Skiing in Italy:

In Italy Val Senales and Cervinia usually opens at the end of October, offering access from the Italian side to the Klein Matterhorn glacier above Zermatt.  The only other option is the summer ski centre at Passo Stelvio, normally open at least in to October.

Book Your Holiday Ski Trip– It’s Never Too Early

It’s never too early to start planning your holiday ski trip vacation to Europe. The exclusive and popular European resorts fill up fast for American holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many vacationers wait too long and are stuck with lesser choices or no choice at all because they waited too long to book their dream holiday ski vacation trip.

Remember to book your ski vacation to Europe as soon as possible, because when the rooms are full at popular European ski resorts, such as Zermatt, Chamonix, St. Anton and Innsbruck ski areas, they are gone.

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5-Star Luxury in Hotel Altapura, France. Book Early and Save!

5-star Luxury for Less! The stunning Hotel Altapura in Val Thorens.  Book by November 15th 2014 and Save!

There’s nothing like luxury at the top of The 3 Valleys of France. Hotel Altaputa: great food, great views, great aprés-ski activities and conveniently located atop one of the most massive ski areas in the world, close to the center of everything.

Located in Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in the Alps, Altapura offers access to the 3 Valleys’ 372.8 miles of ski routes. It features a pool and a spa.

All of the wood-paneled rooms feature an LCD satellite TV and a minibar. Each has a private bathroom with amenities and bathrobes. Most of the rooms have panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Altapura serves a breakfast buffet and also has 3 restaurants including a chic bistro and a cheese specialist. The bar is ideal for relaxing with a drink and using the free Wi-Fi or reading one of the newspapers.

With ski equipment hire on site, the hotel is ideally located for exploring one of the largest ski resorts in the world. The hotel is 21.7 miles from Moutiers-Salins-Brides train station.

This is our guests’ favourite part of Val Thorens, according to independent reviews.

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Val Thorens! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Culture, Cuisine and Salsburg. The Amadé Sports Region

This article is a reprint from the “Classic” version of the SkiEurope Report Newsletter. While some of the pricing is no longer accurate. The article gives a great overview of the region’s attractions.

A winter vacation in Salzburg is more than a ski vacation. This picturesque old city offers an extraordinary cultural experience and serves as a fantastic base for skiing more than 100 resorts throughout “Land Salzburg.” Salzburg is located on the site of the Roman town Javavum, once an important crossroad in the empire. The beautiful baroque city that you see today was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Museums and palaces bear witness to the city’s fascinating history.

Salzburg is a city, not a resort. But the surrounding area offers skiers and snowboarders just about any type of terrain that they could want. There are a number of different ski areas to explore. The Amadé Sports Region includes the scenic resorts of Altenmark-Zauchensee, Wagrain, Filzmoos, and Kleinarl. The Gastein Valley is home to three popular resorts: the spa resort of Bad Gastein, the quieter town of Hofgastein, and the family-oriented Dorfgastein. The Europa Sports Region includes the well-known resorts of Zell am See and Kaprun, and the scenic Hohe Tauern National Park provides many resorts at lower elevations. There are also ski safari programs that make it easier to ski several of the resorts in one trip.

The ski season in Land Salzburg generally runs from mid-December to mid-April, with year-round skiing available at the Kaprun glacier. About 60 percent of the resorts in the overall region are best suited for intermediates, with over 80 mountains to ski. Advanced skiers find fun off-trail terrain at Bad Gastein, Leogang, and Saalbach and for an even greater thrill there are off-trail glacier tours at Altenmarkt/Zauchensee, and the Kitzstein Glacier near Zell am See. While most of the resorts in the area are small, skiers will find challenging, varied terrain within a short distance of Salzburg.

The Salzburg Super Ski Card is valid in 22 ski regions in Land Salzburg covering 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) of trails. Passes are available for anywhere between three and 14 days. The Amadé lift pass is valid in 28 ski destinations covering 860 kilometers (538 miles) of trails. Skiers can travel by ski shuttle between different resorts for €13 (US $16).

Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of the most popular resorts in the area for snowboarders. There are two half-pipes, a boardercross, and a funpark that is lit at night. There are 12 kilometers (eight miles) of terrain dedicated only to snowboarders. There are also funparks at Bad Hofgastein, Flachau, Saalfelden, and Grossarl. There’s plenty of off-trail terrain, but boarders must be aware of avalanche risks. There are lessons available to instruct boarders on survival techniques as well as the finer points of snowboarding.

Cross-country skiing enthusiasts enjoy over 220 kilometers (137 miles) of trails in the Wagrain Region, 76 kilometers (47 miles) of trails at Abtenau, and over 200 kilometers (124 miles) of cross-country trails in the scenic Hohe Tauern National Park. Ice climbing is available for those who prefer to scale the frozen stuff rather than ski down it. Climbers can sign up for tours and receive instruction before heading out. Advanced climbers love the Salzach Gorge and waterfalls located 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Salzburg.

Most resorts in Land Salzburg have toboggan runs. Some of the best in the area are at Bad Hofgastein, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, and Wagrain. Most resorts also offer horse-drawn sleigh rides. Many companies offer sleigh rides in the Grossarl Valley and in Bad Gastein, some of which include a stop for snacks at a mountain inn.

Après-ski is lively throughout Austria and the Salzburg region is no exception. Saalbach has a reputation as the best of the resorts for rowdy nightlife. There are almost 40 bars keeping the night alive. Zell am See is also a good spot for those who like to party. Bad Gastein draws an older, more serene après-ski clientele. In Salzburg itself, there’s a wide range of nightlife opportunities. In the bars that line the left side of the Salzach River, you’ll find everything from Irish music to heavy metal. Along the Steingasse are numerous bistros and bars, among many others in the Old City.

One of the main perks of staying in Salzburg is the abundance of cultural events and activities to experience. Salzburg is known for being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the city celebrates his life in many ways. From Mozart Square to Mozart’s birthplace, there are ample opportunities to learn more about the composer. Salzburg’s Old City is listed on UNESCO’s list of world cultural heritage sites and is always popular with sightseers. There are excellent museums in Salzburg including the Museum of Natural Science in the center of the Old City.

With so many Austrian traditions to learn about and enjoy, Salzburg is the perfect choice for vacationers looking for a cultural experience in addition to first-rate skiing.

Méribel, France; Great Intermediate Skiing!

Méribel continues to be one of the most popular European ski destinations and with recent improvements to the resort it just keeps getting better. Méribel provides access to the 144 kilometers (90 miles) of trails that snake down the mountainsides into the Méribel Valley. Add on the terrain of the entire Three Valleys (Trois Vallées) area and you have 600 kilometers (1,104 miles) of trails reached by 198 lifts.

Méribel has recently introduced the “hands-free” lift pass which has been accepted by nearly all lift operators in the Three Valleys ski area. The system automatically detects and validates the ticket at the lift departure point. The new pass lets skiers keep their gloves on and stay a little warmer as well as speed entry into the lift gate. A new half-day (hands-free) pass is available for those who prefer early morning skiing. Another tool added by the resort is the GPRS system that allows skiers with mobile phones to access real-time weather reports, snow conditions, and trail openings and closures.

Méribel is known as an “intermediate’s paradise” but beginners will find 15 percent of the resort’s trails dedicated to them, as well as excellent ski schools including the renowned L’Ecole Du Ski Francais. Seventy-one percent of the trails are designated for intermediates. Strong intermediates also enjoy the challenge of the Three Valleys’ off-trail skiing. The remaining 14 percent of the trails belong to the experts as well as all of the off-trail terrain throughout the larger area.

Snowboarders also flock to Méribel because of its reputation for being one of the best resorts for off-trail ’boarding. Terrain includes miles of open slopes and bowls. The Méribel-Mottaret Plattières Snowboard Park is a favorite for freestylers and offers new features including trail signs and information panels, a welcome chalet, security guidelines, detailed mapping, flags and inflatable structures and gates. The Arpasson Snowboard Park, also known as “Moonpark,” provides a competition-level half-pipe 145 meters (471 feet) long with a vertical drop of 45 meters (146 feet) and a 125-meter (81-foot) half-pipe for novices. It also boasts a boardercross with tables and obstacles.

There’s an abundance of other winter sports activities to enjoy here. Cross-country trails run from Méribel to Courchevel and LaTania and a 13-kilometer (eight-mile) track winds in and around Méribel amidst scenic forests. Ice climbing is popular and best done with assistance from the Bureau de Guides. A special treat is a run down the bobsled track built for the 1992 Winter Olympic Games. In addition, visitors can skate at the Olympic skating rink, or try dog sledding, sleigh riding, and snow hiking in the area.

Méribel’s restaurants and bars fill the après-ski hours. Menus vary from delicious local specialties to Italian and Spanish cuisine, among others. A new restaurant, the Darbollées, opened in the Belvedere district near the Adray chair lift and offers skiers high quality meals. Bars and discos keep the party atmosphere going and often have theme nights. There are quieter spots, though, in wine and piano bars, often found in hotels. Many visitors also enjoy a bit of sightseeing and take mini-bus tours of medieval villages, vineyards, and historic churches in the area. Shoppers find goods ranging from local hand crafts to ski gear.

So, Méribel just keeps getting better and continues to welcome skiers and boarders flocking to its slopes with a combination of local tradition and high-tech innovation.

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Skiing the Massive Jungfrau Ski Top Region!

Interlaken’s winter resort status became official however with the launch of The Jungfrau Top Ski Region, containing more than 100 miles of trails in ski centers above Grindelwald, all linked to Interlaken by a mountain railway included in a ski pass. The average length of runs in the area is a remarkable four miles.

It’s possible to ski a different ski area every day for a week. Interlaken shares the Jungfrau Top Ski Region with the triumvirate of Wengen, Mürren, and Grindelwald. The largest ski area is Kleine Scheidegg-Mannlichen, which spans the area between Wengen and Grindelwald. This area has some 35 marked trails, and will please the intermediate skier or boarder.

Chalet-Hotel Oberland offers guests modern and spacious rooms. Rooms are equipped with a TV, alarm-clock radio and mini-bar. The Mercato restaurant offers a wide choice of Italian specialties for lunch and dinner. The Chalet restaurant offers a choice of delicious hot meals throughout the day. Luncheon menus and a variety of a la carte dishes are served at this hotel restaurant.

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Destinations for Early Powder in Europe This Year

If you’re planning a ski trip for this coming season, why not think about skiing a bit early this year.  There are a myriad of reasons for skiing early in the season. It’s cheaper, quieter and you’ll have the slopes to yourself. Here’s a list of European resorts that should be on your radar if you are considering skiing early this year.

  1. Val Thorens, France
  2. Chamonix, France
  3. Ischgl, Austria
  4. Tignes, France
  5. Hintertux, Austria
  6. Breuil-Cervina, Italy
  7. Obergurgl, Austria
  8. Saas Fee, Switzerland
You can read more about these resorts on the SkiEurope website:
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And don’t forget to check out our Best Ski Season Vacation Deals. Skiing in Europe this year starts from $1,498 per person and include: roundtrip air, 6 or 7 nights hotel accomodation (double occupancy), buffet breakfast, transfer as specified, airline fuel surcharges and local taxes and service charges in Europe.
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Spend the Holidays Skiing in Europe

If you want to create lasting memories for you and your family, there’s nothing like spending your holidays skiing in Europe. Culture and history add to the experience of traveling in Europe. Fine cuisine, quaint villages and remarkable scenery await your arrival as you enjoy new worlds of experience.

It’s never too early to start planning your holiday ski trip vacation to Europe. The exclusive and popular European resorts fill up fast for American holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many vacationers wait too long and are stuck with lesser choices or no choice at all because they waited too long to book their dream holiday ski vacation trip.

Remember to book your ski vacation to Europe as soon as possible, because when the rooms are full at popular European ski resorts, such as Zermatt, Chamonix, St. Anton and Innsbruck ski areas, they are gone.

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Plan Your Holiday Ski Vacation Now Before the Ski Season Fills!

Christmas Market Innsbruck, AustriaIt’s never too early to start planning your holiday ski trip vacation to Europe. The exclusive and popular European resorts fill up fast for American holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many vacationers are stuck with lesser choices or no choice at all because they waited too long to reserve space for their holiday ski vacation trip.

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Skiing Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina’s aprés-ski activities rank among the best and most varied in all of Europe. After an evening stroll through the quaint pedestrian center, dining, dancing, and drinking keep the fun rolling into the night. With the alpine charm of a Tyrolean village, all the style of Milan, and all the typical art and architecture of Italy, Cortina is not to be missed.

Celebrities, students, and honeymooners alike come from around the globe to take advantage of the resort’s excellent nursery slopes, profusion of intermediate runs, and challenging expert courses. Cross-country skiers enjoy a variety of trails. Snowboarders find the slopes here friendly and off-trail adventurers seek rugged terrain in the pristine backcountry.

Hotel Olimpia in Cortina d’Ampezzo is a stylish and recently renovated bed and breakfast hotel. It is situated in the center of Cortina, yet the hotel is in a quiet area away from traffic. The hotel is within walking distance of the ski lifts. All rooms have a bath or shower, telephone and satellite TV. The hotel has a sauna and jacuzzi to help guests relax after a day on the slopes.

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Skiing Chamonix, France: History of a Skiers Paradise

The mystique of Chamonix, captured in photographs and vintage ski posters, reflects the ruggedly spectacular scenery and over 200 years of mountaineering history. The legendary Mont Blanc peak draws climbers and sightseers while the picturesque town, complete with babbling river, provides an excellent base for skiing and snowboarding on the surrounding slopes.

The Chamonix Valley was settled by mountain farmers when two Englishmen “discovered” it in 1741. The stories of their travels sparked a new interest among Europeans to experience this scenic paradise in person. The first guest house was opened in 1770 and the first luxury hotel was built in 1816. The village of Chamonix has come a long way since then. While the year-round population is about 10,000, the village opens itself for up to 60,000 guests in the winter and 100,000 during the summer season.

The scenic Chamonix Valley, known as the “Cradle of Mountaineering,” is nestled among some of the highest mountain peaks in the Alps, including the Mont Blanc massif (4,810 meters/15,632 feet). The valley is situated in the crossroads of three countries. It’s just a 25-minute trip to Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel and about the same amount of time from Chamonix to Switzerland traveling over the Col des Montets.

Skiers and snowboarders have the run of 145 trails adding up to 140 kilometers (87.5 miles). Forty-nine percent of the area’s trails are marked for beginners. The best areas for children and beginners include La Vormaine, Les Chosalets, Le Savoy, and Les Planards. Fifty-two percent of trails are best suited for intermediates. The La Tour and Les Houches areas provide good intermediate terrain as well as the more difficult Les Grands Montets, Le Brevent, and La Flégère ski areas. While only 12 percent of trails are designated for experts, the off-trail terrain is extensive. Locals recommend skiing off-trail only with a guide, though. The Les Grands Montets area offers some steep vertical drops and spectacular glacier skiing. Recently, upgrades have been completed replacing double-seater lifts with quad lifts in the new parking area in Le Brévant.

Snowboarders flock to Chamonix for on and off-trail thrills. The Argentière and the Grand Montets provide a challenge for advanced boarders. Chamonix is recommended for experienced boarders rather than beginners. The Le Tour area has a natural half-pipe and at Grands Montets there is a snowpark and a half-pipe. Cross-country skiers have 45 kilometers (28 miles) of trails to explore in two scenic areas designated for classical and skating style skiing. One runs through the Argentière and the other area starts from the center of Chamonix.

Chamonix is well-known for its good ski schools. One of the most popular is the Ecole du Ski Français. Not just beginners benefit from the ski schools as there are specialized courses in ski touring, glacier and couloir skiing, off-trail, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. The Ski Assis Evasion and the Association Handi-challenge are ski schools for the disabled.

Non-ski activities abound at Chamonix and include snowmobiling, ice climbing (also best done with a guide), ice hiking, snowshoeing, sleigh riding, and dog sledding, among others. Snow hikers can explore trails from the foot of the Drus, La Verte, and Les Grande Jorasses peaks. From the arrival station, visitors can see the crystal gallery, the Alpine fauna exhibition, and the ice grotto.

Those who would like to do a little sightseeing in the area may want to visit the Alpine Museum and the Mont Blanc Observatory. Take an unforgettable cable car ride to the Aiguille du Midi (which rises to the elevation 3,482 meters/11,316 feet). A red cog-wheel train climbs to the scenic Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier. There are historic churches and villages nearby to explore and with more than 280 shops and boutiques in Chamonix, there’s lots of shopping to be done. On March 1, 2006 adults and children will dress up and parade through the streets of Chamonix to celebrate carnival week.

Après-ski is an art form in Chamonix. Restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, and even a casino fill time not spent on the slopes. There are more than 100 restaurants in Chamonix and 14 mountain restaurants. Choices range from the Chalet le Cerro, a quaint wooden chalet serving traditional foods of the region with a view of Les Bossons glacier, to L’Eden which serves classic French food with a modern twist. Cafés offering a fantastic array of pastries should not be missed. The Casino of Chamonix is popular with both visitors and locals. A free restaurant guide is available at the Chamonix tourist office.

It is no surprise that Chamonix continues to be one of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps. With the combination of exceptional winter sports opportunities and the beauty of this high-altitude alpine town, it is hard to beat. Not to mention the parties . . .

Austrian Luxury, Style and Skiing … Lech, Austria

Lech, sometimes referred to as the “Aspen of Austria,” promises its guests a wealth of the two quantities which are the ultimate in luxury – time and space.

In addition to the full 110 kilometers (68 miles) of trails within its boundaries, the resort is surrounded by 180 kilometers (112 miles) of off-trail skiing possibilities. Lech assures that space isn’t crowded by limiting the number of skiers on the slopes to a mere 14,000 a day. The limited number of snowsport enthusiasts and an excellent lift system assure that precious ski time isn’t lost in lift lines. Lech operates 34 lifts of which five are cable cars, 18 chairs, and 11 are draglifts.

There is a top-notch ski school for the greenest of beginners, but the skiing may be too challenging for these earliest learners once they leave the gentle slope of the nursery slopes. Lech is designed primarily for intermediates, with 44 kilometers (27 miles) or 38 percent of the 110 kilometers (68 miles) available marked red.

In addition to venturing off-trail, experts can travel to St. Anton and Zürs for more advanced challenges.

Lech is a great resort for beginner and intermediate snowboarders as there is a park and a half-pipe.

Located at an altitude of 1,450 meters (4,757 feet), Lech is a cozy, relaxed, high-class village that provides contemporary comforts without detracting from its commitment to tradition.

After the skiing is done, the village offers a limited amount of high quality après-ski. Restaurants serve mainly Austrian, Italian, and French cuisine. Surprisingly, some of the best food in town is to be found in the hotels. Hotel Montana has the best wine cellar in town. The Arlberg is highly recommended with an Austrian influenced gourmet menu. Hotel Krone is known for local cooking with a delicious integration of local ingredients. The cafés emulate the Viennese style and atmosphere and the handful of bars are lively after the lifts close down. Après caters primarily to an older, more sophisticated crowd in Lech.

After a day on the slopes, your muscles will thank you if you find your way to the Erlebnis Badeparadis (experience swimming paradise). Open throughout the year, it offers 400 square meters (4,306 square feet) of different pools with waterfalls, ground whirl, massage swirl, whirlpools, and a panoramic heated terrace that makes you feel like you have traveled to a different climate.

For those days off the slopes (even if it’s all your days in Lech), there is a full range of winter activities to keep the visitor actively enjoying the area. You will even find activities, such as feeding the wildlife, that aren’t common to ski resorts in other areas. But in between the sleigh riding, snow hiking, ice skating, curling, tobogganing and other activities, visitors will revel in the main activity in Lech – simply taking in the beauty that surrounds them in this magical place.

Obergurgl; One of Europe’s Best Kept Skiing Secrets

Obergurgl is a perfect example of why it’s important to shop around for ski resorts.

While some dedicated fans of this Austrian resort love nothing better than its snowsure beginner and intermediate runs, expert skiers or those with a taste for a high level of nightlife will most likely find themselves bored here.

Obergurgl’s greatest attractions are its slopes and the thick blanket of snow that covers them every season.

Obergurgl consists of two large skiing resorts, Obergurgl and Hochgurgl, which are connected by an eight-seater gondola that opens the magnificent view on the Ferwalltal and the Königstal. The resort includes 110 kilometers (68 miles) of north and south exposed alpine trails of which 35 kilometers (22 miles) are beginner, 55 kilometers (34 miles) intermediate, and 20 kilometers (13 miles) are expert. Continue reading

Great SuperSki Week to Garmisch, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is Germany’s undisputed Winter Sports Skiing and Snowboarding Capital, located only a short distance from the Austrian border. Once the host of the Winter Olympics, Garmisch is a large, cosmopolitan town with plenty to see and do both on and off the ski slopes.

The resort is built around the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze, with an altitude of 2,962 meters (8,832 feet). The top of the mountain is actually a glacier with amazing ski terrain for advanced skiers ranging from bowls to natural, ungroomed drops. There’s ample opportunity for leisurely, intermediate skiing on the 75 miles of trails in the resort.

Vacation Trip includes; Seven nights accommodation Hotel Alpina (3-star), Buffet breakfast at the hotel, Round-trip air via Lufthansa Airlines, Round-trip transfer via bus, local taxes Europe and airline fuel surcharges. Prices based on double occupancy.

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Best Snow-Sure Ski Resorts in Europe

Ski Val Thorens, France

The highest resort in the Alps and one of the most snow sure, with north-facing slopes guaranteeing good snow for a long season, even off the glacier. Val Thorens is Part of huge 3 Valleys. and home to the highest bar of any ski resort. Great for when it’s too warm and slushy elsewhere …

Val d’Isère and Tignes, France Skiing

Val d’Isere and Tignes, France, share the vast, snow-sure Espace Killy ski area, which includes two glaciers where year-round skiing is possible. The terrain is excellent for confident intermediates and experts. Tignes is appreciably higher, more convenient, surrounded by better intermediate terrain, and has quick access to the Grande Motte glacier.

Hintertux, Austria

Hintertux is one of the best glaciers in the Alps, but it also has some additional non-glacial terrain which is also high, shady and very reliable for snow.  At its highest point the ski region reaches a height of 3,250 m (10,660 ft) in the saddle between the peaks of the Gefrorene-Wand-Spitzen. It is open all year round with skiing in the winter, and hiking activities in the summer.

Lech/Zürs, Austria

The slopes in Lech and Zürs do not reach glacial heights, but do share the snowiest major ski area in the Alps.  Grooming and snow-making are also excellent, so snow conditions are very reliable. Lech are Zürs are the most glamorous and expensive resorts in Austria.

Obergurgl, Austria

Arguably the most snow-sure, non-glacial resort in the Alps, Obergurgl has a long season. Its altitude is exceptional by Austrian standards, many of its slopes face north or north-west and the resort claims 100% artificial coverage. Obergurgl has an excellent area for beginners, timid intermediates and families.

Ischgl, Austria

Ischgl does not have a glacier, but it does have the greatest extent of high altitude skiing in Austria – more than 80% of its 238km of pistes are above 2000m.  Ischgl excellent snow-making and snow conditions are highly reliable. The resort has lively après-ski which may or may not be to everyone’s taste.

Sölden, Austria

Sölden boasts not one but 2 high quality glaciers, the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach, that guarantee good snow throughout a long season.  Even outside these glaciers the average skiing height is good by Austrian standards, and snow cover is reliable.  The resort also has short transfers and day trips to nearby Innsbruck.

Cervinia, Italy

Despite the westerly aspect of its main slopes Cervinia is comfortably the most snow-sure of the major Italian resorts.  The village sits at 2050m with slopes reaching 3450m (3820m if you count Zermatt).  Nowhere else in Italy comes close to offering this extent of high altitude terrain. Link with Zermatt in Switzerland provides some spectacular views and good lunches.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Saas-Fee is one of our favorite places. It oozes Swiss charm and the setting is stunning – spectacular glaciers and 4000m peaks surround the place. And good snow is guaranteed, even late in the season: the altitude you spend most of our time at – between 2500m/8200ft and 3500m/11500ft – is unrivaled in the Alps.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Since the Zermatt ski resort stretches across three individual mountains that rise over 10,200 feet (3,100 meters), there’s an incredible amount of skiable terrain here. These three mountains have a northern orientation and they’re quite high, so the winter ski season here, which lasts from late November through early May, is longer than most other resorts in Europe.

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European Ski Resort Openings for 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 ski season will be starting soon, so here are some opening dates for key resorts in Europe.

FRANCE
Tignes – Open November 03
Val d’Isere – Open November 29
Serre-Chevalier – Open December 13

SWITZERLAND
Davos/Klosters – Open November 15
Engeleberg/Titlis – Open October 19
Grindelwald/Wengen – November 16
Les Diablerets/Glacier 3000 – November 02
Zermatt
– Open November 04

AUSTRIA
Hintertux –
Open November 04
Kitzsteinhorn – Open November 04
Molltal Glacier –
Open November 04
Soelden –
Open November 04
St. Johann –
Open December 06

ITALY
Bormio
– Open November 04
Breuil-Cervinia – Open November 04

2014 SuperSki Weeks Are Here!

The 2013-2014 ski season is right around the corner. Now is the time to lock in the best dates and the best prices.

Our 2014 ski weeks trips start from $1,598 per person (Innsbruck) and include: roundtrip air, 6 or 7 nights hotel accomodation (double occupancy), buffet breakfast, transfer as specified, airline fuel surcharges and local taxes and service charges in Europe.

Great ski vacation values include: Chamonix, France from $1,660, Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Italy from $1,698, Kitzbühel, Austria from $1,698, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany from $1,798. We also have stunning locales such as Zermatt, Switzerland from $1,998 and Courchevel 1850 (France) from $2,998. Prices are per person and double occupancy.

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Grindelwald, Switzerland; Experience the Jungfrau Top Ski Region

The small village of Grindelwald is nestled in the Swiss Alps of the Bernese Oberland. Along with the resort towns of Mürren and Wengen, Grindelwald is part of the famed Jungfrau Top Ski Region that offers magnificent scenery, diverse wildlife, and some of the best skiing in Switzerland.

Grindelwald’s history stretches back over 850 years. It wasn’t until the early 1800’s that the farming village turned its eye toward tourism. The first hotel was built in 1818, and the tourists have been coming ever since. The town’s Swiss chalet-style buildings add a traditional ambience to this Alpine town.

Three ski areas surround Grindelwald: the First, the Männlichen, and the Kleine Scheidegg. A Jungfrau Top Ski Region pass covers all of the lifts, trains, and ski buses that connect them. The region provides 213 kilometers (133 miles) of skiable terrain, with 30% designated for beginners, 50% for intermediates, and 20% for experts.

Grindelwald is the best of the three villages for beginners to use as their base. New skiers may want to take some lessons from the resort’s outstanding ski school. Scenic beginner trails run from Kleine Scheidegg down into the town. Beginners may also want to try the First ski area, as well.

Intermediates will have a hard time trying to ski all the slopes available to them in a week’s vacation but they can certainly enjoy the effort. Twenty-eight trails adding up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) of runs descend to Grindelwald itself. Intermediates also enjoy terrain in the larger Jungfrau region and the descent down the Eiger Glacier.

Advanced skiers have less terrain at Grindelwald but with access to the entire Jungfrau region it is still a good base. Grindelwald’s First and Männlichen ski areas boast some steep terrain with long trails to challenge the advanced skier. Experts will want to try the Schilthorn Mountain, the highest skiable terrain in the Jungfrau at 2,971 meters (9,748 feet). A 45-minute train ride takes skiers from Grindelwald to the Schilthorn.

In addition to skiing, there is an abundance of winter activities in Grindelwald. Snowboarders are thrilled by the vast array of boarder-friendly slopes at the resort and throughout the Jungfrau region. Grindelwald’s three ski areas all have their own snowparks.

Ice climbing is another popular sport in the area. Grindelwald lies below the north face of the Eiger Mountain, providing convenient access to climbers. Climbing courses and local guides are available for instruction. Grindelwald, and the larger Jungfrau region, is a playground for winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (30 kilometers/19 miles of tracks), and tobogganing, bobsledding, and sleigh riding.

Grindelwald après-ski activities begin with a meal at one of the area’s 40 restaurants. The local restaurants serve the wonderful specialties of the region including Swiss fondue, Raclette, and Rösti, as well as international meals. A visit to a café is a must with its apple strudels, breads, chocolates, and turnovers. Later in the evening the après-ski scene moves to clubs, bars, and discos.

It would be a shame to travel to Grindelwald and not take a trip up to the Jungfraujoch, known as the Top of Europe. A cog railway climbs to an elevation of 3,471 meters (11,280 feet), offering a spectacular panorama of mountain peaks reaching as far as France and Germany. This train ride takes visitors to the Ice Palace (a glacial ice cave exhibiting ice sculptures), as well as the Aletsch Glacier and the Sphinx observation terrace. Travelers also enjoy the novelty of riding on a sled pulled by a team of Greenland dogs.

Another popular excursion is a trip to the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant perched at the top of the Schilthorn. The restaurant, built for the filming of a James Bond movie, is reached by gondola from Mürren. The view is so spectacular that diners may even forget to eat their meal.

Back down in Grindelwald, visitors enjoy shopping for Swiss souvenirs and ski wear, relaxing in a spa at the sports center, or exploring the local history museum.

After one trip, visitors know that they will have to come back for many winters to enjoy all of the beauty and all the adventures that await them in Grindelwald and the Jungfrau region.

Resorts Openings and Fresh Snow

Austrian Snow and Resorts

In the last few days, the snowy white powder has been falling in Austria. The heaviest snowfall was in the western Austrian resorts but snow fell across the country, so fresh powder skiing be easily located. On Thursday, Mayrhofen (3/25cm) opened for the first time this season, thanks to the fresh snowfall. Pitztal (36/164cm) has three opened lifts and Solden (15/130cm) has six lifts have been operating.

New Snow in France

Significant amounts of fresh snow have been falling across the French Alpine resorts,  advantage to the fresh snow. Tignes (82/140cm) and Val d’Isere (82/140cm) now have remarkable piste depths and there is fresh snow across the whole Espace Killy area. Les Deux Alpes (10/100cm) had a fantastic day skiing on Thursday.

French resorts scheduled to open on Saturday, December 10th,  include Les Menuires (32/80cm) and Meribel (30/80cm) in The Three Valleys. Courchevel (40/70cm) and Val Thorens (100/130cm) are now open. Continue reading

European Ski Resorts, What’s New for 2012

In Austria, Saalbach is ready to welcome the new season with new charilists and gondola. Further upgrades and eplacement lifts are also ready to welcome visitors in Hintertux, Schladming and Kitzbühel.

In France, Val d´Isère, already a top-tier resort, now boasts almost 160 ski slopes. Valpark, one of the best snow parks in Europe has installed 8 new snow cannons. The old Rochassons chairlift in Châtel has been upgraded and to a comfortable 6-seater lift up to the 650km of the Portes du Soleil area! Valmorel also has a new 6-seater chairlift which will open for the Christmas holidays.

In Switzerland, Champéry has replaced the Grand-Conche chairlift to the Portes du Soleil ski area.

More news as it becomes available…

European Ski Resort Season Open Dates 2011-2012

The ski season is closing fast and we’re all looking for a great season of endless white powder. Most of the major resorts look to be opening in the first week of December this years with a few exceptions.
Chamonix (France) has already received substantial snowfall. The official resort open is the first week of December, but the area will be open for the last two weekends in November if snow conditions permit.
Resorts opening during the last week of November include Patscherkofel – Igls (Innsbruck, Austria) and Schmitten – Zell am See (Salzburg, Austria).

Best European Ski Resorts for Early Snow

If you’re planning a ski trip for this coming season, there is a great article in the Guardian UK which lists the top 10 ski resorts for early snow. Of the top 10 ski resorts, the first 8 listed are European:

  1. Val Thorens, France
  2. Chamonix, France
  3. Ischgl, Austria
  4. Tignes, France
  5. Hintertux, Austria
  6. Breuil-Cervina, Italy
  7. Obergurgl, Austria
  8. Saas Fee, Switzerland

European Resorts for Late-season Snow

Don’t worry if you haven’t made plans for your European ski trip yet. As the season winds down in some areas it continues to go strong at high-altitude resorts, especially those with glaciers. There’s still time to book a late-season ski vacation in the Alps.

Take a look at some of the European resorts with good spring skiing and boarding: Continue reading

Try Something Different: Adventure In Paradiski

The giant French Paradiski area that encompasses 20 resort villages which are part of the resorts of les Arcs, la Plagne and Peisey Vallandry, is encouraging skiers and boarders to think outside the snowbox in 2010 and consider trying one of the numerous adrenalin-pumping, side-splitting and quirky sports they offer besides downhill skiing and boarding.

Not for the faint hearted, Paradiski offers the more adventurous the chance to experience bobsleighing on France’s only Olympic bobsleigh run, ski-joering, ice climbing, snow rugby, speed-flying, watersliding and much more.

With the Bobsleigh run at la Plagne, you shoot down the 1.5km Olympic bobsleigh run either in a four man ‘bob-raft’ at 80kph, a ‘mono-bob’ with speeds exceeding 90kph, or go for the awesome 120kph ‘taxi-bob’ steered by a professional driver.

Paradiski is the only ski area in Europe with a special ski-joering course where skiers sign up for a unique horse-drawn skiing experience that is an age-old Scandinavian tradition .

Ice Climbers can scale the heights of Europe’s only 22 metre artificial ice tower in Champagny le Haut. There are 26 different routes that are suitable for intermediate climbers and professionals.

If you’re in resort on St Patrick’s Day you can take to the pistes at an altitude of 2,300 metres for a game of snow rugby on a pitch approved by the French Rugby Federation. Then battle it out in the final at the end of the day in the centre of the Vallandry resort.

Finally speed-flying is a thrilling combination of skiing and paragliding you can try is Les Arcs ( www.alerion.fr)

To end the day put on your skis and take a run up and attempt to cross a 12-metre long swimming pool situated next to the Altipost high-altitude restaurant. What’s more, watersliding is free of charge and to add to the fun you can place bets on who will sink first.

If you do still want to squeeze in some regular skiing and boarding you’ll find Paradiski has 425km of runs divided in to 236 runs, a 2050m vertical, two peaks at over 3,000 m, 153 km of cross country trails, two snowparks, five boardercross courses and two half-pipes.