Plan your holidays around the Olympic Games – with Crystal Summer 2012

Crystal is launching its new Summer 2012 brochure well ahead of the London Games next year to give its customers plenty of notice to choose their favourite holiday.

Designed to appeal to holidaymakers’ increasing demand for ‘experience holidays’, Crystal Summer 2012 is packed with holidays with loads of things to see and do, making the most of the local terrain and cultural experiences.

Crystal Summer 2012 features over 90 destinations in 12 countries, holidays with various activities, beaches, water sports, cultural attractions, spa facilities, escorted and independent tours, cruise plus, excursions and more! 

All inclusive holidays & family holidays

Get away with the family and have fun together. A theme park is sure to be a hit with the kids and Lake Garda has plenty to offer. Enjoy white knuckle rides at Gardaland, Europe’s 3rd biggest theme park, or if you want to cool off, head to the Aqua Park next door. Stay at the four-star all inclusive Parc Paradiso & Golf Resort Hotel in Peschiera with pools, children’s playground, mini and junior clubs plus free tickets to Canevaworld (another theme park) during main season. Prices from £1491 for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children).

Discovery packages

Expand your mind and book a holiday with excursions and activities included. For example, the Lake Geneva – ‘A Regional Flavours Discovery, a seven night stay in the three star Hotel René Capt in Montreux on Lake Geneva in Switzerland with excursions including a journey on the rack railway to the peak of Rochers de Naye, a boat trip to the lakeside castle Chateau de Chillon, a ride on the Chocolate Train with a visit of the chocolate factory with chocolate tasting and a visit of the Gruyere cheese factory. Prices from £939 including half board, flights and all excursions.

Beach holidays

The Croatian resort of Bol on Brac Island is renowned for its windsurfing, but there are other ways to cool off too: jet-skis, pedaloes, parasailing and water skiing – or just take a relaxing swim on its most famous beach, the white pebbled ‘Zlatni Rat’ (Golden Horn). A stay at the three-star b&b Villa Daniela on Brac Island for a week costs from £522 per person, with flights and transfers. 

Finest hotels

Crystal’s finest hotels on Lake Como in Italy will add some sparkle to the summer holiday. The impressive Hotel Belvedere in Bellagio commands an ideal position, with sweeping terraced gardens leading down to the lakefront, and lovely views over the fishing village of Pescallo. Spacious and luxurious accommodation, coupled with an outstanding level of service and hospitality make this great value for money in a convenient yet peaceful location. Prices from £849 per person including half board with flights and transfers.

Walking holidays

If you prefer to explore the great outdoors by foot, we offer a free walking escort service in nine resorts, walking maps and in most of the resorts ‘summer cards’ which give you free access to all lifts and cable cars in the region. If variety is what you’re after, head to Mayrhofen where stunning alpine peaks take you up to 3000m and within short time you are at the Austrian-Italian border. Here, there’s a chance to see golden eagles and marmots, so keep your eyes peeled. Stay at the four-star b&b Hotel Obermair in Mayrhofen for a week with prices from £389 per person, with flights and transfers.

Explore the surroundings

However adventurous you may or may not feel, from a leisurely game of golf to climbing Mont Blanc, we offer land and water based activities in all the countries we feature. The Swiss Alps have rock faces to climb, trails to ride and peaks to launch off. The glaciers provide mountain streams and gullies to explore, white water rafting to excite and fresh mountain lakes to discover.  Prices from £685 for a week’s half board at the three-star Hotel Belvedere in Wengen with flights and transfers.

Managing director Simon Cross said: “We offer anyone – young or old, active or laid-back – who is looking to experience a different kind of holiday, a new feeling of revitalisation and relaxation from their time away.”

Starting price for Crystal Summer 2012 is £332 for seven nights’ b & b at the three-star Doria Apartments in Garda on Lake Garda, Italy, departing between 2 and 15 May 2012 from Gatwick inclusive of transfers.

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