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11-Day escorted group SKI trip to BAD HOFGASTEIN


especially designed for Seniors and 50's & over.

Tentatively planned for this winter 2013, depending on response:



+ Escorted from Toronto & return.

+ Leave Toronto Friday evening.

+ Arrive resort hotel Saturday afternoon.  

+ 6 nights in BAD HOFGASTEIN ski & spa resort.

+ 5 days of skiing in the GASTEIN Valley.

+ 3 nights in VIENNA.

+ Return to Toronto Tuesday afternoon.

+  DOUBLE Occupancy tentative price per person $3,200. Canadian *.

+  SINGLE Occupancy tentative price per person $3,300. Canadian *.

     * Travel Agents - Contact us for pricing details.  


+ FLIGHTS: FROM Toronto to Vienna, Friday, in the early evening.

                     Arrive in Vienna Austria, Saturday, in the morning.

                     Then a one-hour flight from Vienna to Salzburg.

                     Arrive in Salzburg Austria about noon Saturday,

                     (About an hour's drive from the airport to the hotel in Bad Hofgastein).

           RETURN from Vienna, Tuesday, leaving late in the morning,

                     Arrive back in Toronto mid afternoon Tuesday.

+ 7 NIGHTS in BAD HOFGASTEIN at the 4-star Kurhotel Osterreichischer Hof or similar,

                     depending on availability, with Breakfasts and Dinners.

+ 3 NIGHTS in VIENNA at the 4-star Hotel Ananas or similar, 

                     depending on availability, with Buffet Breakfasts.


+ TRANSFERS     From Salzburg Airport to hotel in Bad Hofgastein.

                     From hotel in Bad Hofgastein to hotel in Vienna. 

                     From hotel in Vienna to airport in Vienna.

+ LOCAL SKI GUIDE FOR 5 DAYS - Resident Certified Austrian Ski School Instructor

                    and Mountain Guide.

+ ESCORTED from Toronto & back by Ed Pollock. 

     This will be Ed's third ski group trip to the Gastein Valley,

     in addition to more than a dozen previous ski trips to ski areas in the Alps.

     A senior and ski writer, Ed has also skied all over North America.

+ SKI PASS - approx. $250 Canadian for 5 days, purchase at ski area.

+ EQUIPMENT RENTALS - available in hotel and locally if desired.

 DETAILS of TRIP     >> Click on map below to enlarge it <<


Austria's Gastein Valley is an hours' drive south from the city of Salzburg, in the Gasteiner Tal region of the Province of Salzburg.  Arriving in the Gastein valley, you pass through Dorfgastein on the way to Bad Hofgastein, gaining altitude along the way. Dorfgastein has a ski area of its own, called Dorfgastein-Grossarl, which connects over the mountaintops to the next valley.

Bad Hofgastein is linked to Bad Gastein through a series of lifts offering spectacular runs and wonderful little restaurants tucked into the terrain. Restaurants are rustic and recommend local specialties, served indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.

    Skiers can still enjoy the huge public indoor-outdoor swimming pool in Bad Gastein, even though the curative elements have been eliminated, although the water is still heated naturally by the springs. And if skiers are still energetic after so much skiing and a four-course dinner at their hotel, there is the casino for those who like to gamble, or discos for those who like to dance. In terms of night life, the valley generally caters to an older, more serene après-ski clientele.

     There are endless possibilities for all types of skiers on the wide variety of ski runs in Gastein valley's four major ski areas.

 (click to GASTEIN web site)

 4-star HOTEL in BAD HOFGASTEIN  - 7 nights - Saturday to Saturday
Located in Bad Hofgastein. The town centre is a pedestrian zone with a 
nearby quiet spa park. Walking distance to closest ski area lifts and ski bus 
transportation to other Gastein Valley ski areas.
Hotel facilities include - Fax  - Elevators - Concierge - Barber/Hair Stylist 
- Currency Exchange - Photocopy Service - Gift Shop - Doctor On Call 
- Indoor Pool - Health Spa/Massage - Boot Drier - Bar - Breakfast service 
- Room Service (Limited) - Cafe - Car Park - Garage - Hotel safe 
- Laundry Facilities Available - Lounge - Luggage Transport 
- Storeroom for Skis - Terrace - Wake-up Call - Wellness department - Sauna 
- Steam Bath - Fitness room and equipment 
Room amenities available include - Refrigerator - Television (Cable/Satellite) 
- Balcony/Terrace - Mini-Bar - Radio/Alarm Clock - Shower or Bathtub 
- Telephone - Non-Smoking Rooms - Smoke Alarm - Safe  
Close to hotel is one of Europe's most modern alpine thermal/recreational 
facilities.  Guests can make their way to the new Gastein Alpine Spa.  

History of the Gastein Valley (click to skip history) 

The thermal springs of the Gastein valley were known to Stone Age people and the Celts, who recognized the healing powers of the warm springs. Romans also visited the valley to partake of the healing waters.

During the 15th and 16th century people travelled long distances to come to Gastein, where they would take baths in simple wooden tubs for ailments such as gout. In 1828 the spa regained prominence under the sponsorship of Archduke Johann of Austria. It became fashionable to "take the cure" in Bad Gastein. Famous personages including Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany and Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria, along with poets and composers, flocked to the Gastein valley to immerse themselves in the healing waters.

The 20th century brought both progress and health science to the Gastein valley. The railway made the area more accessible and more people became aware of the benefits of the healing waters. Gradually the area changed from an exclusive spa for the rich and famous into a modern health resort.
     Then, in the latter half of the 20th century, Gastein evolved from a health spa catering to people with arthritis, rheumatism, sinus problems and sport related
injuries into the present-day ski resort in winter and hiking paradise in summer. The surrounding mountains and abundance of snow in winter has made the Gastein valley an ideal ski destination.

When skiing became more fashionable after World War II, new lifts and cable cars opened up the surrounding mountains to the skiing public. Today the Gastein valley is a well-known popular year-round vacation destination and one of Austria's top ski resorts.

 4-star HOTEL in VIENNA  - 3 nights - Saturday to Tuesday

The Hotel is located in the centre of the city. Guest rooms are comfortable, clean and bright, being furnished to a very high standard and equipped with bath/shower and WC, hair dryer, cable TV, radio, direct dial telephone, mini bar and air conditioning.
    For breakfast, tuck into a more than ample buffet,  at the end of the day unwind at the hotel's bar or alternatively, relax in the in-house sauna/fitness centre.
    The hotel has a bar, café, fitness centre, garden, jacuzzi, restaurant, sauna, a well-stocked souvenir shop and can provide theatre/opera ticket bookings. 

Vienna Sightseeing (click to web site tour of VIENNA)

                 Strauss Monument                                          Reisenrad                          Spanische Reitschule Lipizzaners 

                                       Imperial Palace                                             Kaiser-Jubiläum-Kirche    Hundertwasser-House

Vienna -

A European city that combines beauty and charm with culture, style and sophistication, Vienna should impress even the most discerning visitor. Mixing the traditional elegance of "Mittel-Europa" with all the necessities of modern 21st-century living, it is a thoroughly cosmopolitan city that offers a friendly, laid back atmosphere, ornate buildings, funky nightspots, wondrous Viennese coffeehouses and more history than you can shake a stick at.

Having once been the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which controlled almost one-third of Europe, reminders of Vienna's glorious past are everywhere. Take a stroll around the Hofburg, Schönbrunn or Spanish Riding School and you begin to realise just how powerful, imposing and far reaching the Habsburg's influence was.
    In recent years, Vienna's vast array of cultural institutions have been further enhanced by flagship projects such as the development of the MuseumsQuartier, while many famous landmarks, including the Karlskirche and Kunsthistoriches Museum, which have been painstakingly renovated.

Modern developments that have also sprung up all over the city, have also been carefully designed to ensure that Vienna's charm and character is fully preserved for the future.
    Easy to explore, Vienna has first-rate public transport (including the clean and efficient U-Bahn tram system, although you can still tour many of the city's major sights on foot, or even by bicycle or horse-drawn carriage.

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