Christmas In The Italian Dolomites
5 nights. December 2022. From £1060.00.
BLACK FRIDAY SALE - SAVE UP TO 15% ON ALL TOURS - BOOK BY 4 DECEMBER*
Spend a magical Christmas in the heart of the Alto-Adige, Italy’s scenic, German-speaking part of the South Tyrol. Stay in a delightful hotel surrounded by the majestic Brenta Dolomite mountain range. Enjoy a Gala Christmas Eve dinner, explore the stunning Alpine scenery around you, and perhaps visit the fascinating city of Innsbruck on an optional excursion.
What's IncludedFive nights’ half-board accommodation at the four-star Hotel Ancora, Molina di Fiemme
Three included excursions
Return flights to Italy
Welcome drink at the hotel on day one
Christmas Day lunch at a restaurant
Afternoon tea and cake on Christmas Day
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager, with specialist local guides where applicable
Holiday HighlightsSpend a wonderful Christmas in the Italian Dolomites
Included excursion to Trento and Riva del Garda
Christmas Eve visit to Merano and Bolzano, followed by a special dinner at the hotel
Christmas Day tour of the Dolomites, with included Christmas lunch and afternoon tea
The opportunity to visit Austrian Innsbruck on Boxing Day
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Italy, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. Settle in and unwind, before an included welcome drink before dinner brings the opportunity to meet with fellow guests, no doubt looking forward to a wonderful break ahead.
Day 2Today’s included tour begins with a visit to the former Roman settlement of Trento, the principal town of Italian Trentino, with its wonderful mountain-backed setting looking all the more special during the festive season. Wander the colourful streets and visit the Christmas market, which is held in two places: the Piazza Fiera square and Piazza Cesare Battisti square. The foodstuffs on offer, at the market and in the surrounding restaurants, fuse the flavours of the north with the tastes of the Mediterranean south. If you have time, don’t miss the chance to visit the ancient Duomo cathedral or the vast Buonconsiglio Castle. This afternoon the tour continues to delightful Riva del Garda, nestled on the northern shore of Lake Garda. Its elegant, pastel-painted buildings surround a little port, and its promenade is the perfect place for a wintry afternoon stroll. Visit the traditional Christmas market before returning to your hotel.
Day 3Christmas Eve begins with a morning visit to Merano, a celebrated spa town that was once the favoured refuge of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Here there will be time to enjoy a morning coffee and slice of traditional apfelstrudel in a cafe before the tour continues to Bolzano, a delightful town set amongst slumbering vineyards in the heart of the wine-growing Alto-Adige region, surrounded by the towering, craggy peaks of the scenic Dolomite Mountains. Bolzano is the undisputed ‘Italian Capital of Christmas’, and the wonderful Christmas market on the central Piazza Walther lives up to this reputation. Local crafts folk – including glassblowers and wood-carvers – ply their wares to a wonderfully scenic backdrop. Every inch a wine town, Bolzano offers countless opportunities for sampling the excellent local vintages, and the chance to take a bottle or two home with you. This evening, start your celebrations in earnest back at the hotel with a special Christmas Eve dinner, as is customary in continental Europe.
Day 4Merry Christmas! This morning you’ll head into the dramatic winter landscape of the Dolomites on a wonderful included excursion. As well as the chance to enjoy some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery on the Pordoi and Sella passes, you'll also soak up the warm festive welcome of some Alto-Adige towns and villages, as you stop at Ortisei to visit the Christmas market and traditional wood crib exhibition. Christmas lunch will be served at a restaurant, followed by afternoon tea and cakes when you return to the hotel this afternoon.
Day 5Today you’ll have time to rest and relax at your hotel, perhaps making use of the spa facilities in the hotel wellness centre, or joining the optional excursion to Austrian Innsbruck. With its onion-domed churches and historic old town surrounded by scenic mountains, the city is the perfect winter wonderland. Explore the many stalls of the delightful Christmas market held underneath the famous golden roof, and on elegant Maria-Theresien-Strasse, before returning to the hotel for dinner and a final evening in the Dolomites.
Day 6Transfer to the airport and return to the UK today at the end of a wonderful Christmas in the Dolomites. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 3 hours.
European closing timesShops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Travelling to EuropeRules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though. Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names. Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date"). These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay. Visa - If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total. European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in 2023, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at www.etias.com. Border Control - At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required. Healthcare Cover - You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information. You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Terms and conditions*15% discount applies to specific holidays and tours only. All other holidays and tours will have a 10% discount applied. The Black Friday offer applies to new bookings only booked between 14 November and 4 December 2022 inclusive. The Offer does not apply to holidays with late availability pricing and excludes, Ocean Cruise, River Cruise, Andre Rieu events, Lapland and Wimbledon. This offer cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any other discount, promotion or concession. When booking a holiday as described above, prices shown will automatically have the 15% or 10% applied. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding holiday insurance) at the time of booking. The Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top