If you love sightseeing, exploring open countryside and taking in all the details of the local culture, then our brand new ‘Taste of …’ packages in the Crystal Lakes & Mountains 2007 brochure, launched today, give you the choice of a lakes and a mountain resort plus a chance to spend a day in a city near your chosen resort – all in a week. These novel combinations are available in Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.

For the first time, two new countries, Romania and Finland, are added to the 2007 programme as well as four new destinations in the more traditional Alpine lakes and mountains areas: Bad Kleinkirchheim in the Carinthian mountains (Austria); Bad Herrenalb in the Black Forest and Inzell in Bavaria (Germany) and Berne, capital of Switzerland offering trips to the Christmas market.

Also new are three tours:

◙           ‘Transylvania Discovery Tour’ coach tour in Romania, a 7 day tour guided by a local qualified culture guide. The tour includes a tour of Bucharest, the main towns including Pitesti, Medias and Sinaia as well as UNESCO protected monasteries in the Carpathian mountains. The tour also includes a visit to the birthplace of Count Vlad Dracula.

◙           ‘The Colours of the East’ self-drive tour in North America is an independent

8 day tour with car hire included. The tour starts with a few days in Niagara to visit the second highest waterfall in the world. Next stop is Lake Placid in New York State followed by Stowe in New England. Finally the tour takes you to Ottawa, the ‘garden’ and capital of Canada.

◙           ‘Lakeland Tour’ self-drive tour in Finland is an independent 8 day tour with car hire included. Finland used to be called the land of a thousand lakes, but in reality there are about 180,000! You don’t have to visit all of them during one holiday, don’t worry! We provide a full itinerary and suggestions of places to visit, days out and driving instructions for you to discover the lakes at your own pace.

Ever heard of a ‘Cycle Escort’? No? These ‘escorts’ will provide the same services as our walking escorts, but on a bicycle! Our escorts will guide in selected resorts in Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland on gentle paths and provide suggested itineraries, ideas and places for lunch. Bicycles can be pre-booked or hired locally in these resorts.

To help make the holiday choice easier, Crystal has also introduced eleven new flights from the most important regional airports to Malaga (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Stuttgart (Germany), Toronto (Canada) and Helsinki (Finland).

Prices start from £222 for 7 nights’ self-catering in the 3 star Doria Apartments in Garda on Lake Garda, Italy, departing on 14th April 2007 from Gatwick inclusive of transfers.

Reservations: 0870 403 0543

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