In its brand new brochure launched today, Crystal the finest Lakes & Mountains offers a range of stylish hotels in Europe’s premier lakes and mountains resorts – from boutique hotels to historic palazzos, and lakeside villas to a luxury 15th century former monastery. Among properties featured are:

  • Hotel Villa Aminta on Lake Maggiore in Italy, a former private villa whose bedrooms are decorated with frescoes. The Villa Aminta has a gourmet restaurant its own private beach and views of the Borromean islands;
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo Palace on Lake Como in Italy, built in 1910 in Art Nouveau style. The outdoor pool ‘floats’ on the lake with its own private lido. In the evening relax at the poolside bar or dine on the terrace overlooking the lake;
  • Hotel Klosterbräu in Seefeld, Austria, a former monastery built in 1516 offers gourmet dining in four restaurants;
  • Landhaus zu Appesbach in St Wolfgang, Austria, originally a private country house frequented by Edward VII is now a boutique hotel containing antique furnishings and a salon with English newspapers;
  • Hotel Eden Roc in Ascona, Switzerland, a member of the ‘Leading Small Hotels of the World’ with original wall paintings and attractively laid marble floors which bring to mind the majestic beauty of an Italian palazzo.

Prices start from £459 for seven nights’ self catering at the four-star Parc Hotel Germano in Bardolino on Lake Garda in Italy, departing between 1st and 12th May 2010 from Gatwick inclusive of transfers. Crystal the finest tel: 0871 971 0364 or visit

Ian Davis, product director Crystal says: “The trend in the last few years in Lakes & Mountains summer programmes has been to better hotels with more facilities. Crystal has recognised this trend and is publishing a new brochure: Crystal the finest, offering exciting new holiday experiences for those who appreciate the finer things in life at affordable prices.”

Three countries and 22 resorts are included in the new finest brochure including ten Italian resorts on Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore as well as Selva in the Dolomites; Lake Lugano, Lake Lucerne and Lake Maggiore in Switzerland and in Austria Lake Wörthersee, Lake Zell as well as the mountain resorts of Kitzbühel and Seefeld.

This year for the first time, the finest brochure is combined with the new Crystal 2010 Lakes & Mountains brochure which offers a choice of revitalising holidays in 66 resorts in the lakes and mountains regions of Europe for all budgets.

Velden is our new resort in Austria, a cosmopolitan and popular town in the area known as the ‘Carinthian Riviera’. Enjoying a Mediterranean climate combined with Austrian hospitality, Velden and its neighbour Pörtschach offer a laid-back atmosphere of café culture and a huge range of water sports on the crystal-clear lake.

In Switzerland, we are offering for the first time Lugano on Lake Lugano in the Ticino region with a Mediterranean climate, Locarno and Ascona on Lake Maggiore are picturesque resorts with spectacular views, excellent hotels and restaurants.

New to the programme is also the Swiss Discovery Tour incorporating William Tell Express’ , a seven, 10 or 11 night independent rail tour and cruise. Travel from Lake Lucerne into the heart of central Switzerland, to the warmth of Locarno in the Italian speaking Ticino region and finally to the peaks of Zermatt and the Matterhorn. The tour includes a journey on the historic William Tell Express paddle steamer and train.

To help to save money and for greater convenience to guests, sixteen resorts in Austria, Switzerland and Germany are providing ‘all-inclusive summer cards’ . This card provides free entry to local sights, pools and museums, use of cable cars, tennis courts, local bus services, children entertainment programmes, boat trips and more. The cards are available to all guests staying in selected accommodation in some of the resorts and provide a saving of several hundred pounds!

Crystal Lakes has also secured tickets for the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play from 16 May to 11 September 2010. Guests staying in any accommodation in Seefeld in Austria are eligible. Prices to Seefeld start from £895 per person for 7 nights’ half board, Oberammergau tickets, return flights from Gatwick and all transfers.

Crystal provides free walking escorts in seven resorts in the Alps, free walking packs and passes and organises dedicated walking weeks in Austria. Most of the resorts in the new brochure are ideal walking bases and for many of these we will provide free walking maps, delivered to your home before your holiday.

We also offer hundreds of discounts to encourage family travel – from free children’s holidays to single parent savers and free excursions for children.

Starting price for summer 2010 is £329 for seven nights’ bed & breakfast at the two-star St. Johann Guesthouse in St Johann, Austria, departing on 19th or 26th May 2010 from Gatwick inclusive of transfers.

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