Christmas On Lake Garda
8 Day Tour
This brand-new tour for 2022, celebrates the festive season on picturesque Lake Garda. Come and discover the warm hospitality of an Italian Christmas and enjoy some excellent included visits to some of the most enchanting towns of Northern Italy at this special time of year. With a magical wintry mountain backdrop, it can be chilly on Lake Garda in December so wrap up warm to make the most of the cheery festive markets. Boxing Day's unmissable excursion to magnificent Venice takes you to one of the world's most beautiful cities where the mystique of famous sights such as St. Mark's Square and the Bridge of Sighs awaits to be explored, without the summer crowds.
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PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
ItineraryDAY 1 After joining your holiday coach, you will travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Continue into France and on to your overnight hotel at 3* Mercure Saarbrücken Süd with dinner included DBB
DAY 2 Relax and watch the scenery unfold as you continue southwards into Italy for your 5 night stay at the northern end of Lake Garda in the resort of Riva del Garda. DBB
Your festive holiday price includes porterage, a small gift, pre-dinner cocktail on the first evening, two afternoon teas, a pizza evening, a typical Trentino dinner, a special 4-course Christmas Eve dinner with live music as well as a traditional turkey lunch on Christmas Day when have a full day at leisure to relax and enjoy the atmosphere and festivities. Your Christmas tour is escorted throughout by our dedicated tour manager who is there to give you total peace of mind and to ensure that you have a truly magical and memorable holiday experience.
DAY 3 - 6 At leisure in Riva del Garda and three included excursions.
Riva del Garda is located at the north point of stunningly beautiful Lake Garda. This is the dramatic end of the lake where mountains rise steeply on either side and Riva sits on the shore with a backdrop of lake, valley and hills. Your hotel is centrally located on the main piazza of Riva del Garda offering a great base from which to enjoy a gentle stroll along the lakeside promenade or a saunter through the beautifully preserved, pedestrianised Citta Vecchia (Old Town). For those that would like to attend a Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve there is a church approx. 5 minutes' walk from the hotel.
23 Dec - Trento Christmas Market
Head to Trento, the regional capital of Trentino, which sits in the Adige Valley and is surrounded by the Dolomite Mountains with magnificent views. From mid-November until early January, the streets of the old town are decorated with festive lights with pretty wooden huts clustered around the Piazza Fiera and Piazza Cesare Battisti. At this lovely Christmas Market you'll find plenty of local handicrafts, gift ideas and of course, all manner of typical Italian and Trentino delicacies. There is a reason why Trento is known as Citta del Natale (Christmas Town)!
Christmas Eve - Merano
Head to the Süd Tyrol to the pretty spa town of Merano which has an enticing 'Mediterranean meets the Alps' atmosphere. Beloved by generations of middle Europe's movers and shakers, from Austrian Royals to influential writers, attractive Merano, greets visitors with its medieval centre, leafy boulevards and art nouveau villas. During Advent, Merano hosts a popular Christmas Market with stalls and huts all along the Lungopassiria promenade selling local delicacies such as mead, hot punch and grilled buckwheat dumplings as well as pottery, carved wood, textiles and jewellery. Return back to the hotel to get ready for this evening's special Christmas Eve dinner
Boxing Day - Venice, City of Canals
An early start today for the drive to Venice, the ancient and famous city of canals to view St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and much, much more. From the coach park there you will make your way into Venice by boat. To add to a truly memorable day, your tour manager may also offer an optional guided tour of Venice and optional gondola ride. Full details available locally. (NB: Due to the historic nature of the city, this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair and mobility vehicle users).
DAY 7 It's arrivederci to Lake Garda today as you head northwards on the way to your final overnight at 3* Mercure Saarbrücken Süd with dinner included. DBB
DAY 8 After breakfast, continue through France to Calais for the return crossing to England. Back to top
AccommodationPORTICI HOTEL, RIVA DEL GARDA
This welcoming, historic 4* hotel is centrally located on the main piazza of Riva del Garda just 50m from the lake itself. All 55 guestrooms are contemporary in style and come equipped with TV and hair dryer. The hotel boasts a cosy restaurant and bar with vaulted stone ceilings and attractive outdoor seating in the piazza (seasonal). There is a small spa and fitness facility which feature steam and sauna. There is a lift
Lake view rooms with or without balcony are on request and subject to availability and supplement Back to top