Operator debuts Austria walking vacation

WINNIPEG, Manitoba--Randonnee Tours launched a self-guided winter walking tour of Austria, available for 1998-99.

The program is centered in the town of Seefeld, which is part of the Tirol region.

One of Randonnee's new, self-guided cross-country ski packages is also based in the same town. It gives couples and friends who enjoy two different sports the freedom of a self-guided vacation. In addition, travelers can combine walking programs in Austria with those offered by Randonnee in warmer climates, such as the French Cote d' Azur. Seefeld is a snow sports center, having hosted two winter Olympics.

Additionally, the town and its surrounding region offer a multitude of activities with which walkers can vary their days: ice skating, sleigh rides, tobogganing, cross-country and downhill skiing. It possesses the traditional Austrian array of eateries and shops, while the larger cities of Innsbruck and Salzburg are close enough for a day trip.

The winter packages feature the same sort of inclusions that are offered in Randonnee's existing self-guided walking and cycling tours: Guests receive a choice of accommodations ranging from bed-and-breakfasts to classic inns and luxury properties; breakfasts daily, and a detailed trip dossier with maps, suggested itineraries, recommendations for dining and tips on local lore.

Clients can begin their trip, which can be as short as three nights or as long as seven nights, on any day of the week. Prices start at $460 for three nights.

Munich Airport is the closest transatlantic gateway, with train service also available from Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck. Randonnee Tours' new winter product line also features self-guided cross-country skiing holidays in Austria and France.

Three existing programs are also available during the winter months: another center-based walking tour of France's Cote d'Azur and cycling in England's Cotswolds and Dorset regions. A bike tour that starts and ends in Carcassone, France, features stays in locally owned two- and three-star hotels with private facilities as well as two dinners and daily breakfasts.

The tour calls for six days of cycling, with a daily distance of 25 to 32 miles over moderately hilly to hallenging terrain. Features of the operator's outdoor vacations by bike are maps and detailed route descriptions; suggestions on where to eat and side trips; luggage transfer point-to-point; emergency support 24 hours daily, and the use of a 21-speed hybrid bike with pannier, pump and flat-fixing kit, water bottle and helmet.
Randonnee Tours
Phone: (800) 465-6488 or (204) 475-6949
Fax: (204) 474-1888
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.randonneetours.com

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