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Christmas on Lake Garda

7 days from £539*
Departing: December 2016
* Price shown: 22 December 2016 from - - XLQ

A yuletide break on the scenic lakeside

Join us for an unforgettable festive holiday on the picturesque shores of Italy's largest and most spectacular lake. The emphasis is firmly on rest and relaxation, combined with a little exploration of a place that has drawn visitors to its beautiful shores and surrounding region for the last hundred years.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A guided lake tour and boat trip on Christmas Day
  • A visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Day
  • Two nights' en-route, bed and breakfast accommodation in a comfortable hotel in the Strasbourg/Colmar area of France
  • Four nights' half-board accommodation at the four-star Hotel Sole, Riva del Garda
  • A turkey lunch on Christmas Day
  • A five-course Christmas Dinner with sparkling wine and live music
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Return Channel crossings
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Resort Information

Famous Riva, at Lake Garda's northern tip, has a busy historic centre surrounded by elegant, pastel-painted buildings. A good selection of cafes, gelaterie, bars, restaurants and shops make it one of the lake's most popular spots. Based in a comfortable hotel, you'll enjoy half-board accommodation, including a turkey lunch and five-course dinner on Christmas Day, following a morning visit from Santa with a small gift for everyone.


Day One

Today you'll travel to your Channel crossing and continue into France, making an overnight stop in the Strasbourg/Colmar area.

Day Two

Continue on your journey through Switzerland and into Italy, arriving at beautiful Lake Garda and your hotel.

Day Three (Christmas Eve)

Today is Christmas Eve, and on our half-day optional excursion we explore "fair Verona", the historic backdrop for the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, and home to an annual opera season held in its Roman amphitheatre. Explore, then perhaps head into a cafe on Piazza Bra to watch the world go by.

Day Four (Christmas Day)

Today you'll get to know this beautiful part of Italy on our guided lake tour and boat trip, accompanied by your Tour Manager, who will bring to life not only the lake's various resorts but also Italian Christmas customs and traditions.

There will be a light turkey lunch at your hotel, and then in the evening, take a seat for a five-course celebration dinner with live entertainment. It's a perfect way to spend a special day.

Day Five

Take an unmissable optional excursion to Venice - one of the world's most beautiful cities, and perhaps even more so in winter. Discover its mysterious labyrinth of alleys and waterways, spectacular St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, and the mystique of the Palace of Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs.

Day Six

Board the coach to begin your return journey through beautiful scenery.

Day Seven

We retrace our steps to cross the Channel and head home, after a wonderful Christmas break.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port, Hull Port, Newcastle North Shields Port
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Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Wokingham
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Cumbria Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith
Derbyshire Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston
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County Durham
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Dyfed Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
East Sussex
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London Camberwell, Ealing, Eltham, Lewisham, Streatham, Wimbledon
Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport, St Helens
Mid Glamorgan
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Middlesex Enfield, Feltham, Harrow, Hendon, Hounslow, Ruislip, Uxbridge
North Yorkshire
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Norfolk Dereham, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Thetford, Wymondham
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Northumberland Morpeth
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Sutton In Ashfield, Worksop
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Woodall Services M1
Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford
Somerset Bath, Bridgwater, Bridgwater Services M5, Clevedon, Frome, Glastonbury, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
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Tyne & Wear
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West Midlands
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West Sussex
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West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract, Shipley, Wakefield, Woolley Edge Services M1
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea City
Wiltshire Amesbury, Chippenham, Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester
Date Price From Code
22 December 2016
22 December 2016 £539.00 NB6XLQ02

Hotel Sole (and stopover hotel) 

You will be staying in a comfortable hotel in the Strasbourg/Colmar area of France, and the four-star Hotel Sole in Riva del Garda.

Further Information

European Christmas Closing Times

Shops in Europe will generally be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December.

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Your journey

Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If 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 access

The 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.

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossings

Your Channel crossings will either be by ferry or Eurotunnel and will be confirmed with your final travel documents.

Entrance fees

Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.

Italian hotel room tax

Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 € and 3 € per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.

Christmas in Lake Garda reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas in Lake GardaScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Portsmouth Family
The Hotel was lovely although the bar was not as welcoming as other places we've stayed. The stopover Hotel was lovely and the driver and tour manager were very good. We would use Newmarket again.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2015
Published on: 18 January 2016
(10 out of 10)


London Single traveller
The coach driver and tour manager was fantastic. The included excursions was lovely, the tour manager was very chatty and informative she gave some amazing commentary.

My optional excursion (Venice) was breathtaking.

We had a "disabled" gentleman on the tour, he clearly shouldn't have been alone but the tour manager went out of her way to help him and make sure that his bad behaviour didn't impact on the rest of the tour.

I will recommend this tour. The hotel was on the lake and had lovely views. I went over Christmas and would love to repeat this tour in the summer.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2015
Published on: 05 January 2016
(10 out of 10)


sittingbourne, kent Couple
Our holiday to lake Garda with Newmarket travel was truly excellent value for money. The hotel was outstanding the food was very good, those expecting English will be disappointed. The starters were absolutely fabulous with lots to choose from.

The hotel is situated just yards from the lake it was clean and the service was fast and efficient.

The coach driver was fabulous as was our tour guide, Sally, they just made this a holiday that will be remembered for a long time.

We also enjoyed our day trip to Venice. We cannot thank Newmarket enough for the excellent holiday package they have put together.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2014
Published on: 16 February 2015
(4 out of 10)


birmingham Couple
coach at the rear was blowing freezing cold air from the start , we had to travel with multilayers of clothing being worn , this was notified to staff but nothing could be done about it , very poor food on both stopovers in strasbourg , the hotel in garda was perfectly adequate until we came to the food , the continuous recycling of food had to be seen to be beleived , i am well travelled but have never came across food being used in such a way , it was being done on an industrial scale , it was cheap and demeaning , i am pretty sure i am not the only person to raise this issue , discusting , never again .
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2014
Published on: 04 February 2015
(9 out of 10)


Cheltenham Couple
Loved the break. Be prepared for the long, two day coach journey each way, but with an excellent driver and lovely courier, it was enjoyable. Being on the shores of Lake Garda at Riva was worth the trip. Some of the hotel food could have been better, but on the whole, we had a great time.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2014
Published on: 15 January 2015
(6 out of 10)


Coach was a bit out dated and uncomfortable for such a long journey but having said that both drivers were excellent. Tour guide was disappointing, pointing out points of interest in the middle of the night in pitch darkness !!! Always the one to tell us to be on time but was always late.
Having said all that an enjoyable holiday
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2013
Published on: 09 January 2014