Outdoor Adventure at AREA 47, Austria

This year one of the most extraordinary outdoor adventure playgrounds in the Alps, AREA 47, has opened its doors. Located at the entrance to the Ötz valley in the Austrian Tirol, this ultimate theme park is exceptional, offering climbing, canyoning, rafting, mountain biking and much more. Combining nature and the latest technology it creates an innovative environment, offering the very best the outdoor world can offer.

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Situated where the Ötztaler Ache flows into the river Inn, AREA 47 derives its name from its location at latitude 47oN. Test your balance 30m above ground on the high rope course, your physical limits on the climbing wall or race against the clock on one of the speed climbing routes. For a thrilling descent, ride 400m on the ‘Flying Fox’, experience a true freefall adventure on the ‘Powerfan’ or swing across the Ötztaler Ache on the ‘Megaswing’. Water lovers will have a splashing time with a rafting or kayaking adventure on the Ötztaler Ache and Inn River, canyon through the picturesque gorges or for speed on dry land try the go-cart or KTM Electro tracks.

And who said a land-locked country can’t have fun on the beach? AREA 47 features sandy beaches and plenty of fun with beach volleyball, beach soccer pitches and a Venice beach style gym. The swimming lake with thrilling waterslide park is complete with diving platform and there is even an area for any budding stuntmen to try and land their creative jump stunts down the water ramp on skis, snowboard or even on a bike.

For an overnight experience you can even stay in one of the authentic Tepee’s or traditional log cabins on B&B, with prices starting from €22 per person per night, sleeps up to seven or from €32 per person per night in a lodge, sleeps up to four.

For those holidaying for a week or longer, choose to stay in one of the villages in the Ötz valley, from Haiming at the entrance to the valley, to centrally located Längenfeld or Obergurgl high up in the Ötz valley. Innsbruck is served by easyjet.com.

For more information visit www.area47.at or call +43 5266 8 76 76.
For more information on the Ötz Valley visit www.oetztal.com or on the Tirol
www.visittirol.co.uk

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Explore Eastern Europe on the Danube Express

Danube-ExpressAs interest in rail holidays continues to rise, the Danube Express has introduced its most flexible service yet, with independent and fully escorted holidays both offered.  Among the highlights of the train’s all-new programme for 2010 is a series of grand tours that are reminiscent of a bygone era yet boasting many of the comforts of modern day living.

Launched in the Autumn 2008, the gleaming Danube Express is a distinctive ‘hotel on wheels’ that whisks passengers on a voyage of discovery through stunning scenery to the heart of some of Europe’s most beautiful cities and destinations of architectural heritage.

danube-express-1The 2010 Danube Express programme will include a choice of four Fully Escorted Holidays and six Danube Express Journeys with departure dates in May, June and September.  Danube Express Journeys include an itinerary with a full sightseeing programme, all meals plus complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks and the services of a Train Manager. New for 2010, guests can opt for a Combined Journey, which joins together two or more journeys to create a greater adventure.  Fully Escorted Holidays additionally include rail or air travel from the UK, half-board accommodation in 4* hotels, additional sightseeing, transfers, porterage and the services of a Tour Manager throughout. There is also the option available at a supplement, to travel from or return to the UK by rail, for those who prefer not to fly.

A blend of modern comfort and traditional service, the Danube Express offers a relaxing way to tour Central Europe without the fuss of formal dress, so often required on cruise trains.  Deluxe twin compartments with lower beds and an en suite shower and WC offer that touch of extra comfort.  For single travellers, the nostalgia-inducing Classic compartments exude the charm and elegance of an earlier age.

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