Inghams Lakes & Mountains is giving guests the opportunity to try something NEW this year, as part of its expanded Summer 2018 programme, which now includes Portugal and Madeira, new programmes in Italy and Austria, and a range of new multi-centre holidays in Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland.
A survey conducted by Inghams last year found that nearly two thirds (over 59%) of travellers try something new on holiday. On Inghams’ new programmes, guests will have the opportunity to go glacier hiking in Chamonix, e-biking in Kitzbühel or ‘Levada’ walking in Madeira, perhaps discovering a new hobby!
Walk The Levadas (Old Waterways) In Madeira
Portugal features in Lonelyplanet.com’s top ten countries to visit in 2018, which states: “Heightening Portugal’s appeal are its incredible affordability and its natural wonders”. Inghams guests can look forward to flexible, good-value holiday options and an unrivalled range of guaranteed excursions and guided walks (some of which are FREE) to help discover this beautiful destination.
Discover the island of Madeira via some of its 800km of ‘Levada’ walks, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The routes range from easy, relaxing strolls to more challenging hikes through tunnels and under waterfalls, and follow the original irrigation channels built to carry water down the mountains. A must for any visitor, they’re one of the best ways to take in the island’s enchanting scenery and they invite nature lovers to enjoy a unique walking experience (each Levada has its own character) through lush green laurel forests in a remote mountain paradise. Inghams’ fantastic programme of guided Levada walks starts from £39 per person for a full day (approx. six – eight hours, up to 13km). S
even nights on a bed and breakfast basis in Funchal, Madeira, start from £679 per person including flights, transfers and a FREE half-day excursion. Save up to £100 per couple on many seven-night holidays (subject to availability) when booked before 31st January 2018! Three, four, 10, 11 and 14 nights are also available and a half board option can be pre-booked. For more information, visit www.inghams.co.uk/summer2018 or call 01483 791116.
Chill Out In Chamonix On The Mer De Glace
In the heat of summer, why not cool off in the newly renovated Refuge du Montenvers and spend an unforgettable night on the Mer de Glace, Chamonix’s famous glacier? Perched up high at 2,050m, Refuge du Montenvers is a place of history: built in 1880 to accommodate the first mountaineers and travellers, the building has been witness to some of the world’s greatest mountain climbers and adventurers, famous artists and writers, and it offers a journey into the past. Watch the sun go down, followed by a three-course dinner and some star gazing. The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, take advantage of being up before the crowds and venture to the ice caves or explore the various walking trails whilst soaking up the staggering scenery. Inghams’ Overnight Glacier Experience, which is new for Summer 2018, can be pre-booked from £105 per person and includes an evening meal and breakfast.
Alternatively, guests can enjoy an exhilarating guided glacier hike as part of Inghams’ Ice, Air & Rapids excursion. The two-and-a-half day adventure invites those seeking a non-stop mountain holiday experience to challenge themselves and relish big thrills, with tandem paragliding and white water rafting also included. The excursion can be pre-booked from £260 per person and includes all equipment. Guests must be aged 12 and over to partake.
Seven nights at Inghams’ Chalet Hotel Sapinière in Chamonix, France, start from £513 per person including flights and transfers as well as buffet breakfasts, afternoon tea and cake and five-course evening meals with complimentary wine for six days. Save up to £100 per couple on many seven-night holidays (subject to availability) when booked before 31st January 2018! For more information, visit www.inghams.co.uk/summer2018 or call 01483 791116.
Glide Through The Kitzbüheler Alps On An E-Bike
Gone are the days when biking in the mountains was reserved only for the ultra-fit experts: e-biking encourages people of all cycling abilities and fitness levels to access and enjoy the mountains on two wheels. The resort of Kitzbühel forms part of the world’s biggest e-biking region! One thousand kilometres of fantastic trails carve through the terrain, offering guests unforgettable journeys to breathtaking scenic hotspots and to some of the network’s most beautiful hidden corners. The routes are graded according to difficulty and range from high altitude climbs, which can be effortlessly mastered thanks to the e-bikes’ electric motors (the batteries in which last for approximately 60km), to relaxing routes alongside streams or through forested valleys.
New for Summer 2018, Inghams is offering a bespoke guided e-biking programme for all guests staying in Chalet Linda. The programme includes five guided rides per week, each varying in levels of difficulty and lasting approximately three hours. Following the tour, guests will have the option to keep the e-bike for the rest of the day, to continue exploring the area on their own. The guided e-bike rides start from €39 (approximately £34) per person per ride and can be booked in resort via the Inghams Representative (subject to minimum numbers).
Seven nights at Inghams’ Chalet Linda in Kitzbühel, Austria, start from £554 per person including flights and transfers as well as buffet breakfasts, packed lunches, afternoon tea and cake and four-course evening meals with complimentary wine for six days. Save up to £100 per couple on many seven-night holidays (subject to availability) when booked before 31st January 2018! For more information, visit www.inghams.co.uk/summer2018 or call 01483 791116.
Take A Ride On Norway’s Iconic Bergen Railway
Combine fantastic fjords, staggering scenery and urban culture on Inghams’ new 10-night escorted group tour: Journey to the Fjords. Stay in Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger, as well as the fjordside village of Ulvik at the Hardangerfjord, which is known as the ‘Orchard of Norway’ due to its plentiful fruit trees. The resort is a great choice for walkers and is a boat ride away from the Eidfjord, home to the impressive 182m Vøringfossen waterfalls and Hardanger Nature Centre. In Oslo, catch a glimpse of Munch’s famous painting ‘The Scream’ in the National Gallery. In Bergen, enjoy a classical music concert in the medievil church Korskirken (Wednesdays at 19:30pm) during the annual Grieg in Bergen Festival, which runs from 18th June – 25th August 2018. In Stavanger, home of the iconic Pulpit Rock, there is the option to visit some of the most spectacular landscaped gardens in Europe. On Day Three, enjoy a ride on the Bergen Railway, often described as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys.
The 10-night Journey to the Fjords escorted group tour starts from £1,549 per person including three and four-star accommodation on a bed and breakfast or half board basis in Oslo, Ulvik, Bergen and Stavanger, as well as return flights, airport transfers, a scenic rail transfer on the Bergen Railway from Oslo to Voss (with reserved seating and a light lunch served), a guided walk with the Inghams guide in Ulvik, walking tours in Oslo and Bergen, and a scenic coastal ferry cruise transfer from Bergen to Stavanger (with buffet dinner included on board). For more information, visit www.inghams.co.uk/summer2018 or call 01483 791116.
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