Discover Europe through a cycling holiday from Thomson Lakes & Mountains

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Biking, whether in the mountains around St. Anton, seeking thrills at one of Europe's top bike parks in Saalbach- Hinterglemm, taking it easy by e-bike in the Kitzbüheler Alpen, or following the Giro d’Italia route in the hills above Limone on Lake Garda, is the perfect way to explore the Alps this summer.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm, for example, offers a huge trail network and Mountain Bike Legend Richie Schley has even put his name to it - and if it’s good enough for him then it’s good enough for anyone.

Passionate bikers want variety with relaxation forming part of the day's activities. This could be a dip in a bathing lake along the way or an afternoon stroll, for example, to take a break from pushing the pedals. Those new to the sport and less enthusiastic bikers also need other activities to complete their break. So a biking holiday doesn't just have to mean strenuous physical effort, but also downtime and fun. Several hotels in Austria and Italy offer so much more to do than pure biking.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm, for example, offers a huge trail network and Mountain Bike Legend Richie Schley has even put his name to it - and if it’s good enough for him then it’s good enough for anyone. The ‘Bike-Circus’ comprises both resorts and there are lifts that go up from both town centres. There are trails for every level of rider ability and for every category of rider interest. The four-star Hotel Sonnleiten in Saalbach offers complimentary use of their range of mountain bikes and helmets and with the ‘joker Card’, lift tickets are included at no extra cost, too. Prices from £485 per person including flights from Gatwick, transfers, a week’s half board accommodation with Thomson Lakes & Mountains.

Follow the bike trails of the Giro d’Italia and spend your holiday in Italy which has something for everyone, from the adrenaline junkie to those who just want to relax. From landscapes to language, from famous food to friendly locals, the attractions of Italy are unique and unmistakable. Whether you choose the crystal clear waters of the Italian lakes or the historical and cultural sights of Verona and Venice you won’t be disappointed. Discover your own views, hideaways and restaurants whilst staying in Bardolino, Lake Garda. After a day of sightseeing retreat back to the four-star Caesius Thermae Spa which offers its customers use of the spa and fitness facilities with Turkish baths, Finnish Sauna, aromatherapy showers and whirlpool, without additional charges. This hotel provides an a la carte restaurant, poolside snack bar and occasional live music. The hotel is located a short walk away from the lake which has a wide variety of dining options suitable for the whole family.

For those looking for a new holiday location why not spend some time in one of Europe’s most attractive holiday destinations, and visit Austria; an ideal choice for those who love an active holiday, whether you plan to stroll over gentle slopes or cycle the mountain terrain. Each area is home to many sights and treasures, and any resort you visit is guaranteed to welcome you with the typically friendly Austrian hospitality. Holidaymakers who are looking to discover the culture of their resort through an active holiday will find Alpbach, Austria a great place visit. To experience a traditional hotel and location, stay at the Hotel Alphof from £402 per adult based on four sharing for seven nights. The hotel offers a range of facilities including sauna, steam room, relaxation room, weekly guided walks and live music. Whilst staying in Alpbach all customers will receive a complimentary Alpbach card which entitles them to use of the cable cars, weekly guided walks and mountain biking, guided tour of the medieval town of Rattenburg, entrance to the Tirolean Famhouse open air museum and Reith bathing lake and much more.

Thomson Lakes & Mountains, part of TUI Travel PLC, is the largest holiday company in Europe, delivering memorable and outstanding holidays. They have tailored their holidays to better suit the requirements of their customers and have developed and launched their Discovery Packages. These packages allow customers to explore their chosen holiday destination with each one offering various activities and excursions.

All Discovery packages must be booked by 30 April 2014 and include flights with a choice of 17 UK airports, transfers and accommodation provided as standard. To find out more information or to book a summer holiday contact Thomson Lakes and Mountains on 0871 231 2256 or visit http://www.thomsonlakes.co.uk.

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Marion Telsnig
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