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4* Summer in the Austrian Mountains (Lech)
8 days - by Air

Price from £899.00 per person*
Departs 10th Sep 2017

Single person supplement : £140.00 per person

A world away from traffic fumes and noisy cities, busting shopping centres and crowded beaches, Lech has been described as one of the most beautiful villages in Europe, and is particularly known for its sophisticated skiing and royal connections in winter. In summer, though, what dominates instead are lush green flower meadows, sun–dappled rivers and dark pine forests skirting the gargantuan peaks of the Alpine mountains with wonderful opportunities for wildlife spotting. The village has a selection of exclusive boutiques to browse, plus cafes for people–watching, and lots of outdoor sports and activities to enjoy. It's a superb choice for walkers with a range of trails from forest–based walks to high–ridge walks accessed by cable car offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

All visitors staying in Lech are invited to purchase a Lech Card (price TBC) which gives you free use of the Lech and Warth (the adjoining village) summer cable cars and chairlifts, free use of the local and hiking buses (regional bus numbers 42 and 91/92 – though there may be a small environmental charge of around €1) and a range of free outdoor activities.

Things to do in Lech

There are 61 superbly signposted hiking and walking trails starting in or around Lech, including a Green Ring themed trail designed to appeal to children. Selected guided hikes are available FREE with the Lech Card - ask at the Tourist Office.

The local outdoor centre offers a varied sports programme including guided hikes and opportunities to try climbing, diving, paddle boarding, downhill mountain–biking and canyoning.

Outdoor clay tennis courts and beach volleyball court (FREE with Lech Card)

Driving range, putting green and 3–hole golf course (FREE with Lech Card)

In inclement weather head for the village sports centre, sport.park.lech, which offers facilities including a fitness centre, aerobics classes, indoor climbing, bouldering, 10–pin bowling, air hockey and table football, plus a court suitable for all manner of ball sports.

On the banks of the Lech river is an outdoor forest swimming pool with a rock island, warm 25ºC water, daring waterslides, a large children's pool and grassy areas. There is also a nice children's playground. The pool is open during the summer season daily from 9.30 a.m. until 7.00 p.m., weather permitting. (FREE with Lech Card)

Kids' Active Club, for children aged 4 and over. Open weekdays during the summer, 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. (FREE with Lech Card)

Buxbaum Family Play Park with crazy golf, table football, pit–pat (billiards version of crazy golf), open–air billiards and table tennis. Open daily 2 p.m. - 7.30 p.m., weather permitting. (FREE with Lech Card)

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to Friedrichshafen
  • Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Seven nights stay at the 4 star Hotel St Anthonys Alpin, Lech with breakfast
  • Tea, coffee and afternoon cake
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person). Light on–board catering including non–alcoholic drinks
  • Services of an English–speaking representative
  • All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £100pp for the break.

Please note that this tour involves extensive walking and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.

Sunday Meet up at your chosen airport for your flight to Friedrichshafen, where on arrival we will transfer you to the 4 star Hotel St Anthony's Alpin, Lech am Arlberg for check in and free time before the first of seven nights stay.

Monday Breakfast, and then your representative will host a Welcome Meeting, after which you have the day to explore the surrounding area and use the hotel facilities, including free tea, coffee and cake in the afternoons.

Tuesday Free day, or join the optional excursion to Appenzell & Liechtenstein

Wednesday – Thursday Free days. If you fancy an away–day adventure, how about Innsbruck? The nearest rail station is Langen, 20 mins by bus from Lech (line 91), and then Innsbruck is around an hour away by train and it's a gorgeous journey. Half way along the journey is Imst, where they have a great 'white–knuckle ride' in the form of a monorail mountain coaster - you ride down the mountain in your own car, shouting your head off and trying not to hit the brakes. Less hair–raising but definitely smile–raising is the Segway, a bit like an old–fashioned lawnmower that you stand on and tilt to go. Huge fun!

Friday Free day, or join the optional excursion to Lindau and Lake Constance

Saturday Free day. Probably a good time to do your souvenir–hunting...

Sunday Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home

Optional excursions   Supplements apply
Appenzell & LiechtensteinTuesday  price TBC
We embark on today's excursion to find some really good cheese, and explore Liechtenstein. We travel through the scenic Appenzeller countryside whose rich grazing has for the past 700 years provided the raw material for its famous cheese. The uniquely spicy taste of Appenzeller comes from a trade-secret herbal brine, and while they won't be giving away this secret at the Appenzeller Cheese Factory, they will give us a fascinating tour showing every aspect of cheesemaking, with hopefully a chance to taste some of the produce.

We continue along the Rhine valley into Leichtenstein. This is a strange little country, double-landlocked, with virtually no crime, no military, one TV station, two newspapers, the highest per capita GDP in the world and more registered companies than people due to its tax-haven laws. We take a late lunch stop in the capital Vaduz, which has a pedestrianised Old Town, lots of museums and restaurants, and a castle. We continue on in the afternoon by way of Werdenberg, stopping for a break in this pretty town which has two museums and a hilltop castle founded in 1230.
Lindau and Lake ConstanceFriday  price TBC
On this full–day excursion we travel to lovely Lake Constance (Bodensee), which is almost 40 times the size of Lake Windermere. We take a boat trip on the lake, during which we will technically be in no country on Earth, due to the fact that neighbouring states can't agree where the borders are. Part of the eastern shore is Bavarian, and this includes the island of Lindau with what is famously Bavaria's only lighthouse. There are lots of attractive gardens and parks here, as well as interesting little shops selling clothes, local wines and cheeses, antiques, toys and gifts. But Lindau is best known for its beautiful old quarter, full of picturesque café–flanked squares and higgledy–piggledy building styles. A lot of the houses have crow–stepped or staircase–style gables, making the roofs look as if they were built out of Lego bricks. One of these, the Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall), is painted with colourful frescoes bustling with muses, cherubs, dignitaries, sailing ships, biblical allegories and trompes l'oeil. Lindau Rathaus is another exuberant example.
Please note that both excursions are bookable in resort, prices to be confirmed. The tour order and content may vary depending on local conditions.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Hotel St Anthony's Alpin Lech, Lech
Lovely chalet-style hotel right in the centre of Lech, with terrace, sauna and ice grotto...


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