It’s the United Nations year of the water: seduce yourself with holidays around the wet element, such as bathing in a lake or even in a river, stroll along a murmuring beck, re-discover waterfalls, or indulge yourself in thermal waters and mystical treatments.

Today, Crystal Summer is launching the preview programme for 2014 featuring over 80 lakes and mountains resorts in Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

For next summer, Crystal adds 11 new Discovery holiday packages giving customers more choice of resorts and hotel accommodation. These packages include flights, transfers, a week’s stay at a selected hotel, escorted excursions and other activities.

The starting price per person is from £505 for the Mayrhofen Active Discovery which includes: flights, transfers, a week’s b&b at the Hotel Obermair, two of the following activities – river rafting, family canyoning or high ropes course – an excursion to the one of the most spectacular dam’s in the world, the Zillergrund Dam, and an Austrian skittles night to experience some local tradition.

Also new for 2014 just to list a few:

·       Lucerne Discovery: stay in Lucerne, Switzerland; escorted trips to Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, the Stanserhorn mountain and day on a steam boat on the lake.

·       Jungfrau Discovery: stay in Wengen or Grindelwald, Switzerland; escorted tour of Interlaken’s best waterfalls, trip to the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station and to the Schynige Platte mountain

·       Lake Garda Discovery: stay in Riva, Desenzano or Torri del Benaco, Italy; escorted excursions to Venice, a lake tour and a wine tour with wine tasting

·       Classic Italian Discovery: stay in Torbole or Sirmione; escorted day trips to Venice, Verona and to the Dolomite mountains

Crystal continues to offer a walking escort service in 10 resorts in Austria, Italy and Slovenia at least twice a week. They know the walking area well and offer anything from gentle walks to challenging hikes as well as tips on the best routes and recommended places to find authentic hidden gems.

Prices start at £339 for seven nights’ self catering accommodation at the three-star Doria Apartments in Garda on Lake Garda, Italy, departing on 7 May 2014 from Gatwick inclusive of transfers.



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