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Mark Frary

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Lakes & mountains

Mark's verdict:

Most people think mountains are just for winter - they could not be more wrong. Europe's lakes and mountains are perfect for family summer holidays: larking about in sparkling Alpine lakes in surprisingly warm temperatures, messing about on bikes and splashing down wild rivers on rafts. Inghams has a great range of family-friendly hotels too.

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Inghams says

Imagine a family summer holiday with something different to do every day – mountain walks, bike rides, swimming, tobogganing, forest adventure trails, river rafting, horse riding and even paragliding. Our Lakes & Mountains summer holidays offer all this, and they are great value.

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We have free holidays for children aged two to 11 on selected flights and in selected hotels. In destinations such as Morzine and Chamonix in the French Alps, you can get a Resort Card that gives free access to local swimming pools, ice rinks, tennis courts and museums, as well as free rides on chair lifts, cable cars, buses and tourist trams.

We have hand-picked the best family hotels, most of them with family rooms and suites as well as kids clubs, kindergartens and activity programmes. We also offer a range of chalet hotels, ideal for two families travelling together and single-parent families.

We’ve cherry-picked a few of our family favourites below but you can explore the full range here.

At the Parc Hotel in Peschiera, Italy, the all-inclusive meals, family activities and entertainment make for a stress-free holiday and there’s a free shuttle bus for easy access to Lake Garda and the Gardaland theme park.

If you’re looking for a kids club and plenty of activities at the hotel itself, check out Hotel le Cret in Morzine, Club Hotel Villa Paradiso in Italy’s Lake Trasimeno and the Garden Hotel Theresia in Hinterglemm, Austria.

It’s hard to beat the scenic views of Mont Blanc from the Chalet Hotel Sapiniere in Chamonix, France. Chalet Hotel Breithorn enjoys a similarly breathtaking Alpine location in the Italian village of Champoluc, with traditional chocolate box appeal.

Head to Switzerland and you’ll enjoy free travel for children on the entire Swiss transport network.

Our summer 2019 holidays are now on sale, featuring even more family-friendly hotels and resorts.

Discover our full range of family Lakes & Mountains holidays. For more inspiration, check out our Insider’s Guide to the top family summer holiday destinations.

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