Lakes and Mountains Holidays 2024/2025
Soar off to scenery-stocked spots like Switzerland and Italy’s Lake Garda.Our Lakes & Mountains holidays double down on wow-worthy scenery in top spots like Switzerland and Italy next summer. Spend your days strolling around lively piazzas and through flower-filled meadows on these scenery-stocked holidays.
Save up to £420 per couple of North Macedonia holidays for next summer.
Lakes and Mountains Holidays
in Ohrid, North Macedonia - 4T
Close to the Old Town and right on the waterfront, the Tino's in prime position for exploring Lake Ohrid.
If you're looking for a hotel right in the thick of things, the Tino's got you covered. It's across the road from the lake, and it's just a short stroll from Ohrid's Old Town too, so you couldn't be in a better spot for getting out and about each day. And there are some great facilities – start the day with a tasty buffet breakfast and a view of the lake from the restaurant, hit the spa for a little me-time and round it all off by heading next door to Tino's Pub, where there's live music and live sports screenings too.
in Ohrid, North Macedonia - 2T+
Just metres from Ohrid’s historic centre and the lake, Villa Veron’s a great-value stay if you’re eager to get out and about. This family-run pick is the kind of place you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. It’s known for its excellent personal service too, and the hosts really go above and beyond – from helping with your bags to sharing local tips for exploring the area. Location-wise, you’re on a quiet street set just back from the lake promenade. And the centre of Ohrid is just a 10-minute stroll away, so you can see the sights by day, then quickly pop back to freshen up before checking out the bars and restaurants in the evening.
in Ohrid, North Macedonia - 3T
The Hotel Mizo is right on the shores of Lake Ohrid, and it's got great facilities too – there's an outdoor pool, gardens and sun terrace.
It's all about the location with the Hotel Mizo. You're right on the shores of Lake Ohrid here, and it's just a short stroll along the wooden promenade to get to the Old Town too. There's a beach out back where you can soak up the sunshine or enjoy a refreshing dip. And for a front-row seat to the lake, nab a sunbed on the pontoon – it'll be uninterrupted views of the water and surrounding mountains as far as the eye can see.
When you're not on the beach, the hotel gardens are the place to be. There's a sun terrace and big outdoor pool area with sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as table tennis, a basketball court, handball and football – so whether you're feeling active or in a stop, flop and enjoy the sun mood, the Mizo's got you covered.
in Pestani, North Macedonia - 3T
In a peaceful spot on the lake, the Villa Nika's got great views of the lake and surrounding national park.
The family-run Villa Nika is located in the quiet village of Peštani, a former fishing village on the eastern side of Lake Ohrid. You've got the lake right on your doorstep, just across the road from the hotel, and the pine forests of the Galičica national park just behind. It's conveniently located a 15-minute taxi ride from the centre of Ohrid, and it's just a 5-minute drive in the other direction to the popular Bay of Bones museum too.
in Sveri Stefan, North Macedonia - 4T
Backed by the forest and with views of the lake, the Tino's a great pick on Lake Ohrid.
A 5-minute drive from the centre of Ohrid, the Tino Sveti Stefan Hotel makes for a good base on the lake. It's up on a hill just across the road from the waterfront, so you've got fab views of the lake and surrounding mountains, especially from the outdoor pool area. Inside, the décor's neutral and there are blue accents throughout the spa, bedrooms, reception area and restaurant.
in Garda Italy - 4T
The popular La Perla has everything you need for a fun and relaxing break on Lake Garda. It’s a modern place with quirky touches like pink furniture in the bedrooms and lime green seats in the lounge – which is the perfect spot to kick back with a cocktail and listen to live music. Outside, the highlight is the huge pool where you can swim, splash around or just watch the action from a lounger as you soak up some rays.
in Bardolino, Italy- 3T
The Idania’s a relaxed, family-friendly hotel in a handy spot between the lake and the centre of Bardolino.
It’s pretty typically Italian in style with simple furniture, tiled floors and patterned bedspreads in the rooms – plus big windows that give the whole place a light, fresh feel. And most of the rooms have a balcony so you don’t even have to leave the hotel to feel the sun on your skin.
in Garda, Italy- 3T+
Handy for the lake and Garda town, the Hotel Continental’s a peaceful pick that keeps people coming back summer after summer.
Family-run for generations, there’s a real home-from-home feeling at this place. The local staff are always on hand with tips on where to eat or your favourite aperitif in the bar* – and after your first night, you’ll probably be on first-name terms
in Bardolino, Italy - 4T+
Your perfect Lake Garda base, the Caesius is packed with things to keep you relaxed and entertained all week long.
Surrounded by gardens and pools, this pick is perfect for a week spent lounging in the sun. The lakeshore is just over the road, and Bardolino is a 30-minute stroll along the promenade if feel like exploring. And there’s even a free shuttle there and back for days when you’d rather take things easy.
in Bardolino, Italy - 4T+
The Hotel Nettuno's superb location, lovely rooms and personal service bring people back year after year.
Right by the lakefront, the Hotel Nettuno has pretty gardens and an outdoor pool surrounded by a sun terrace. Grab a drink from the bar* to enjoy it al fresco, or walk a couple of minutes to the centre of Bardolino to explore the town.
in Riva, Italy - 4T+
With its first-class facilities and peaceful ambience, the adults-only Villa Nicolli is the perfect pick if you just want to relax and unwind.
The adults-only Villa Nicolli’s in a beautiful setting. Leafy gardens dotted with palms and ferns wrap around the building and rugged mountains dot the horizon. Add top-notch service and food, and you’ve got all the ingredients for the perfect Lake Garda getaway.
in Riva, Italy - 4T+
Dramatic mountains are the perfect backdrop to the modern and bright Hotel Savoy Palace.
Just a short walk from the centre of Riva and the lake, the family-run Savoy Palace has the best of both worlds. The Tonelli family take pride in providing excellent service to their guests, so you're in great hands here.
in Zell am See, Austria - 3T
A great-value hotel right by the lakefront, with a blend of traditional and modern style.
The Seehotel Sissi is authentically Austrian on the outside – a chalet-style building with colourful shutters and balconies bursting with flowers. On the inside though, it’s been brought bang up to date, with lots of light wood, neutral colours and nature-inspired artwork.
in Baveno, Italy - 3T
With superb lake views and a central location, the historic family-run Hotel Beau Rivage is an appealing place to spend your Italian escape.
Situated in an idyllic spot across from the lakeside, the hotel is close to the centre of Baveno's village and just a few minutes' walk from the ferry terminal. It's been family-run since 1910 and has seen recent updates to its reception, lounge, restaurant and most bedrooms.
in Garda, Italy - 4T
The family-run Hotel Eden is stylish and modern throughout – a great pick for couples.
For fab views over Garda, head up to the roof terrace. Grab a refreshing drink from the bar* and chill out on a sun lounger or take a dip in the hot tub. And downstairs, the garden's got a great outdoor pool and sun terrace where you can soak up the sun on a lounger or cool off under the shade of an umbrella.
in Garda, Italy - 3T
These apartments are modern and welcoming, and the staff are friendly.
The self-catering board basis gives you the freedom to eat in when you fancy, or get out and sample the many local restaurants. The town is within walking distance and there is a small supermarket next door. You can pick up breakfast, snacks and drinks in the Doria's own bar* too. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
in Cadenabbia, Italy - 4T
In a prime position on the lakefront, the Hotel Grand Cadenabbia is an ideal base, whether you want to laze by the pool or venture out to explore the lake.
This classic hotel dates back to the early 19th century and has retained much of its original charm – from the sweeping staircase, chandeliers and artwork in the lobby, to the traditionally decorated rooms. It has some of the best views on the lake, and it's barely 20 steps across the road to the water. The Villa Carlotta and gardens are right next door, and it's a short walk to the ferry point when you want to hop on a boat over to Bellagio or one of the other towns around the lake.
in Riva, Italy - 4T
Hotel Sole has one of the best locations in Riva's historic centre, next to the main square and ferry departure point.
Add comfortable accommodation, efficient service, fine food and a lively terrace with occasional music in the evenings, and the Sole is an excellent spot for a stay in Riva. Those looking for a place to relax need look no further than the rooftop terrace, which has deckchairs and spectacular views over the lake.
in Malcesine, Italy - 3T+
Sleek and sophisticated décor and fab views of the lake and mountains make the Vega a top pick.
With private balconies that overlook the lake, large floor-to-ceiling windows in the restaurant and a lakeside whirlpool, the Hotel Vega really makes the most of its lakefront location. You're just a short stroll from the centre of town here too, so a stay here will put you in prime position for exploring. It's sleek and sophisticated throughout, with light and bright décor that helps to make it feel really spacious.
in Kitzbühel, Austria - 4T+
The pastel-coloured Hotel Tiefenbrunner is right on Kitzbühel's main, pedestrianised high street - just minutes from the Hahnenkamm gondola, for easy access to mountain walks, and the train station for exploring further afield.
It's been welcoming our customers for years and many return for a second stay - possibly due to the stylish design, high-quality cuisine or the friendly and welcoming service - or perhaps all of the above.
in Torbole, Italy - 4T
The stylish Continental is an exceptional hotel packed with leisure facilities, which makes it an excellent choice for couples and families.
Located in the quiet hamlet of Nago, you’ll be sure of a peaceful stay – and it’s just 2km down the hill to Torbole and Lake Garda if you want to explore further. Being in an elevated position, the views across Torbole, Riva and Lake Garda are truly breathtaking and will make for some great holiday snaps.
in Garda, Italy - 3T
The Hotel Bisesti is located in a central but peaceful location, only a minute's walk from the centre of Garda town and 2 minutes' walk to the lake.
The hotel’s swimming pool, complete with hydromassage features and flanked by sun terraces and shady lawns, is an ideal spot for relaxation and a refreshing swim.
in Gardone Riviera, Italy - 4T
The elegant and impressive Grand Hotel Gardone is a distinctive listed building, in a prime position on Lake Garda.
Built at the turn of the 20th century, the Grand sits directly on the waterfront. You’ll have easy access to the ferries, so you can get out and explore the rest of the lake. For a real treat, stay in a room with a balcony and lake view, to make the most of your location.
in Sirmione, Italy - 3T+
The family-run Hotel Catullo offers a high standard of accommodation in the historic centre of Sirmione, right next to the lake.
The hotel is full of character and original features, but with modern touches too. There's a restaurant that overlooks the impressive garden and has a refined selection of wines on offer. And outside, sun loungers are scattered around the gardens and rooftop terrace.
in Stresa, Italy - 4T
With sweeping views of the lake, the Hotel Grand Bristol is an elegant building set in extensive gardens.
Across the road from the lake and only a short stroll to the centre of Stresa, the spacious hotel offers impeccable service and traditional Italian hospitality. It has an impressive range of leisure facilities including an outdoor pool area surrounded by comfortable sun loungers, perfect for a day of relaxation.
in St Johann, Austria - 4T
The Park is an excellent hotel with a great reputation for its high standards of service and cuisine.
The rooms have been decorated to a high standard, helping this become one of St Johann's leading hotels for both comfort and traditional style. You can also expect a warm welcome from the Grander family and their friendly staff.
in Mayrhofen, Austria - 4T+
A firm favourite, the Sport & Spa Strass is in an unbeatable location and has an endless range of ways to help you relax and rejuvenate.
Run by the welcoming Roscher family, the hotel is in the centre of town on the main street. It’s made up of two wings – the Sport and the Strass – both connected by reception areas. Whichever wing you stay in, you’ll have access to all of the facilities, including the spa.
in Achensee, Austria - 4T+
Decorated throughout in classic alpine style, the Post provides a very high standard of accommodation with a contemporary feel.
Hotel Post am See has been a favourite with visitors to Achensee since 1906. The location is one of the main highlights - right on the edge of Lake Achen and a short stroll along the promenade to the ferry port. Other reasons people keep coming back include the friendly service and good food.
in Garda, Italy - 3T+
An apartment complex full to the brim with activity programmes, sports facilities and fun things to do, you'll never be bored at the Poiano.
The Poiano has one of the best positions in Garda - it's set in 60 hectares of Mediterranean gardens, with outstanding panoramic views of the lake. Garda town is 2km away, but there’s a regular free shuttle service for those who'd rather not walk.
in Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy - 2T
A comfy base for exploring the area, which won’t break the bank.
The Alpino’s got a great spot in the centre of town. Step out the front door, and you’re in the heart of Malcesine’s cobbled main square, with its cafés, bars and shops. And when it’s time to venture further afield, it’s just a short stroll to the bus stop and ferry point.
in Bardolino, Italy - 3T
With a great location on the main lake road just outside of town, the recently refurbished, family-run Hotel Bardolino provides surprisingly smart accommodation with a style all of its own.
From the hotel, it’s just one minute to the promenade that stretches between Bardolino and Cisano, and the nearest beach is just a few minutes' walk away – leisurely lake days here we come. The town of Bardolino itself, packed with shops, bars and restaurants, is about a 20 minute lakeside stroll in the other direction. If you don’t fancy the walk in that Italian heat, the hotel offers free bike hire, so you can get there even quicker.
in Stresa, Lake Maggiore - 3T
Set back from Stresa's lakeside esplanade, the family-run Hotel Boston is close to the historical town centre and lakeside bars, and makes a great no-frills base for exploring the town.
Centrally located, you have trains and ferries just minutes from the hotel. Also, the ferry port for the beautiful Borromean Islands is just a 10-minute walk away. There's free Wi-Fi in the rooms and public areas, and a reading and TV lounge to relax in.
in Garda, Italy - 3T
The Hotel Terminus is a traditionally Italian, family-run place sitting in an idyllic spot on the lakeside promenade.
It's managed by the Bendinelli family, who also run the Hotel Continental, and is a real local landmark thanks to its prominent position. You can even use the outdoor pool at the Continental if you like - it's around 1km away from the Terminus.
in Sirmione, Italy - 3T
In the historic centre of Sirmione, on the southern peninsula of Lake Garda, is the elegant Hotel Luna.
The family-run property is proud of its attention to detail, from its beautiful public areas – including a lavish lounge filled with classic European sofas and chairs – to its simple, lovingly-decorated bedrooms, each with their own unique décor and design. Some even have limited views of the lake.
in Bardolino, Italy - 3T
The small, family-run Hotel Marina is excellent value for money, and a very comfortable base from which to explore the area.
The hotel has a homely feel and is in a really convenient location, just a few minutes from Bardolino's historic centre. You can take a short stroll through the pedestrianised town to the lakefront and ferry port, with incredible views all around you.
in Garda, Italy - 3T
The Hotel Imperial in Garda town makes for a convenient, stylish and comfortable base for exploring the lakeside resort and its beautiful surroundings.
You'll find contemporary décor and modern amenities that make your stay just that little bit more special. The Squarzoni family and their team are warm and welcoming, and with over two generations of experience, show both professionalism and passion in their service.
in Molveno, Italy - 4T
A friendly, family-run hotel with great facilities at the foot of the Dolomite mountains.
A lakeside beauty, the Alle Dolomiti has spacious rooms with beautiful views across the lake and the Dolomites. It’s a peaceful retreat right by Lake Molveno that’s great for families and couples looking for a romantic getaway. And your location doesn’t get better for sunset. Head out onto your private balcony, sit back and enjoy the pink hues darkening as the sun lowers behind the mountains.
in Ohrid, North Macedonia - 5T
Sleek and elegant from top to bottom, the Inex Olgica Hotel & Spa is all about leisurely lakeside living.
Spots don’t come much more scenic than this. Woods wrap around the back of the hotel, and out front, you’ve got head-turning views out over Lake Ohrid. And best of all, if you fancy dipping a toe in that bright blue water, simply slip on your flip flops and stroll down to the beach just opposite the hotel.
in Zell am See, Austria - 4T+
From fine dining to friendly local staff, the Tirolerhof is what authentic Austrian stays are all about.
Location-wise, it doesn’t come much better than this. Step outside, and it’s just a short stroll to cafés and boutiques in the centre of Zell. Or if you’re eager to stretch your legs on a mountaintop path, you can be heading to the heights on the CityXpress gondola in minutes.
in Ohrid, North Macedonia - 5T
Add a touch of luxury to your trip at the Unique Resort & Spa – stylish and modern throughout, it’s got a long list of facilities to make your stay extra special.
This is one of Ohrid’s biggest hotels, and it’s got an outdoor pool to match. Slap on some sun cream soak up the summer heat hopping from water to lounger and back again. And when it’s time for a little refreshment, head for the shade of the poolside bar* to sip on a cocktail.
in Riva, Lake Garda, Italy - 4T
The family-run Hotel Luise offers stylish rooms, peaceful gardens and excellent cuisine. It’s on the main road, just a short stroll from the lake and a 10-minute walk from the historical centre, allowing easy access to the shops, bars and restaurants.
Modern and elegant inside, the Luise has a truly relaxing holiday vibe – and the owners, Alberto and Stella Bertolini, will instantly make you feel at home. The rooms are chic and colourful, themed around things like cycling, books or maps.
in Riva, Lake Garda, Italy - 3T
A modern hotel with eco-awareness in mind, with a range of facilities like the wellness area*, fitness room, bike hire and outdoor pool.
The Gabry has plenty of facilities for you to enjoy – make the most of the warm weather and explore the hotel gardens, or grab a drink from the bar* and sip it by the pool. Or soak up some Italian sunshine and take the short walk into Riva town or to the lakeside.
Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy - 3T+
The Hotels Milan and Speranza au Lac stand proudly together across from the lakefront in Stresa's town centre.
This pair of hotels are home to a beautiful, classically styled restaurant that lets you drink in the lovely lake views while enjoying the hotel's excellent cuisine. And when you need to cool off, you're welcome to use the outdoor pool at the nearby Hotel Regina Palace.
Obergurgl, Austria - 4T+
Authentic Austrian hospitality meets first-class modern facilities at the Alpina – one of Obergurgl’s most stylish picks.
You’ll be staying on a hill overlooking the village, so you’ve got great alpine scenery from all over the hotel. As for the décor, white walls and lots of soft lighting give things a modern feel inside, from the restaurant to the rooms.
Riva, Italy - 4T+
Get the royal treatment at the Kristal Palace, a chic hotel with first-class facilities, food and service.
It’s in a quiet spot a short walk from the lake, but you might be tempted to stick around the hotel all day. The rooftop terrace is a real stand-out – here, you can tuck into fresh crepes, fruit, pastries and cheeses for breakfast, then flop on a lounger or do some lazy laps in the pool. Then in the evening, kick back with a cocktail while tapping your toe to live music and watching the sun set over the lake.
Selva Val Gardena, Italy - 4T+
The Hotel Tyrol is a stylish and contemporary pick in the heart of Selva.
The Tyrol has a traditional exterior with brightly coloured flowers and wooden balconies. Inside, the wood panelling, white walls, splashes of colour and animal prints give the communal areas a really chic, stylish feel. The spa area is pretty special too – there’s a real focus on natural materials here and it’s decorated in neutral colours, which makes the bright blue of the pool pop.
Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy - 4T+
Close to the lakefront and the centre of Torbole, Hotel Club La Vela offers guests friendly service in a prime location.
You can choose the trip that's right for you with a stay at Hotel Club La Vela. There are different room types available, and all of them are simply styled with a nod to traditional Italian décor. And one of the best bits about this hotel is its pool and garden area – make a splash with a dip in the huge L-shaped pool, or lie back on one of the sun loungers on the decking to enjoy the warmth of that Italian sunshine. If you'd rather put your explorers hat on, you're close to the lakefront and Torbole town centre too.
Söll, Austria - 3T+
The family-run Hotel Mödlinger is known for its excellent food and friendly service.
The current owner Herbert Mödlinger helps create a calm environment. His real pride is the gardens, where you can relax and soak up the sun while enjoying views of the Wilder Kaiser mountains.
Dolno Konjsko, Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia- 3T+
For a beach break with a twist, try out the Metropol.
Live the summer dream with long days down by the lake, dips in the pool and drinks on the terrace, looking out across Lake Ohrid and the mountains – the views here really are something special. And if you’re looking to get a bit more active, how about a game of tennis or volleyball?
Dolno Konjsko, Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia- 3T+
The Bellevue’s a classic pick on the waterfront, with lake views and a line-up of fab facilities.
Your day kicks off with a buffet breakfast, then you can grab your towel and head to the beach, dive into the outdoor pool, or challenge someone to a round of tennis or volleyball. After lunch, wander to one of the bars for a cold beer or glass of wine, and grab a seat on the terrace to look out over the lake. Cap things off with dinner, live music and a nightcap on your room’s balcony – now that’s a perfect summer day.
St Johann in Tyrol, Austria- 3T+
A warm welcome awaits you at the Hotel Fischer, where there's great service and a real mix of modern and traditional styling.
While the refurbishment has given a refreshing facelift to the Fischer, there's still a very traditional heart beating at its core, and subtle classic features still remain throughout the hotel. There’s a wide selection of facilities, from an atmospheric bar* and lounge to the relaxing and peaceful wellness area.
Lakes and Mountains Holidays
Lakes & Mountains holidays invite you to see a different side of Europe. You can stir up your senses in some truly spectacular destinations, from waterfront towns to mountain villages - and experience sparkling scenery and welcoming accommodations with family - run service. Choose your favourite Italian lake on holidays to Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, and spend your days strolling around lively piazzas and elegant gardens. On a mountain holiday in Austria or Switzerland, you can expand your horizons by admiring extraordinary panoramic views, wandering through flower-filled meadows and taking part in authentic local festivals. Or discover new cultures and unmissable scenery in Germany or Slovenia. If you just can't choose, why not split your time between two destinations on one of our multi-centre holidays, or add in a day trip to a must-see European city, like Venice, Verona or Salzburg? Wherever you go, celebrate your surroundings with a Lakes & Mountains holiday this summer.
North Macedonia Holidays
Holidays to Lake Ohrid (pronounced Ock-rid) are all about exploring Europe’s oldest lake, learning about local history and tucking into tasty traditional food.
Europe’s oldest lake
Lake Ohrid’s got some pretty impressive credentials – it’s Europe’s oldest lake, dating back between 3 and 5 million years. It’s also North Macedonia’s largest, and the deepest in the Balkans too. It’s so big that at first glance you might mistake it for the sea, but it’s a fresh-water lake fed by underground springs that link it with the nearby Lake Prespa, just the other side of the national park. The water here is crystal clear, and it reaches temperatures of 27°C during the summer.
On the shore
It’s all about history at Lake Ohrid – visit centuries-old fortresses, churches and monasteries before tucking into local specialities at family-run kafeanas (taverns). In Ohrid, wander through cobbled streets full of vine-covered buildings, stone archways and shops selling traditional jewellery. Chill out on the beach, stroll along the promenade and visit lakefront restaurants, bars and cafés – some of them are even built over the water so you can have lunch with a front row seat to the lake.
On the water
One of the best ways to see the lake is to get out onto the water. You can swim from the shore or make a splash diving in from a pontoon – lots of the lake beaches have them. Rent a kayak to paddle out and explore for yourself or book a boat tour with a local guide who can show you around and point out all the best bits. And towards the southern end of the lake, the Monastery of St Naum and Bay of Bones Museum make for great day trips, and you can get there by boat.