Spend the festive season beside wonderful Lake Garda
Join us for an unforgettable festive holiday on the shores of Italy's largest and most stunning lake, its waters backed by the wooded slopes of craggy mountains and fringed by stylish, elegant resorts, completing a spectacular scene that has drawn visitors for the last hundred years.
Famous Riva del Garda, at the lake's northern tip, is a delightful spot. Its elegant, pastel-painted buildings surround a little port, and its promenade is the perfect place for a morning stroll.
Fly to Italy, and transfer to your hotel.
Spend today relaxing, or join our optional excursion to historic Trento. Beautifully set in the shadow of Monte Bondone, Trento is home to a variety of atmospheric Christmas Markets - perfect for last-minute Christmas shopping.
Today is Christmas Eve, and on our full-day optional excursion we explore "fair Verona", the historic backdrop for the tragic tale of "Juliet and her Romeo" and home to the opera season held yearly in its Roman amphitheatre. Explore, then head into the welcoming warmth of a cafe on Piazza Bra to watch the world go by.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
Return to your hotel via the shoreline of Lake Garda, stopping to admire beautiful vistas of the lake from some of the most popular resorts. In the evening, enjoy a special four-course dinner. Then, if you wish, enjoy midnight mass at the church in Riva del Garda.
As ever, Christmas Day will be packed with relaxation and celebration. In the morning discover the sights of Lake Garda on our included scenic boat trip. Enjoy a turkey lunch, then, in the evening, take a seat for a special, four-course celebration dinner with live entertainment. It's a perfect way to spend a special day!
Day Four (Christmas Day)
Boxing Day's unmissable optional excursion is to Venice - quite simply one of the world's most beautiful cities, and perhaps even more so in the winter months. Discover its mysterious labyrinth of alleys and waterways, spectacular St Mark's Square and Cathedral, the bell tower, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, and the mystique of the Palace of Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs.
Day Five (Boxing Day)
Transfer back to the airport to check in for your flight home.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour from Verona, two hours thirty minutes from Venice, two hours from Bergamo and three hours from Malpensa.
Hotel transfer times
We 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.
Combining hotel transfers
Passengers arriving at the hotel late on Day One will receive either a substitute meal on another day of their stay, or a cold supper once they do arrive.
Shops 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.
European closing times
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.
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.
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.
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.
Italian hotel room tax
Occasionally, 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.