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Christmas on Lake Garda

7 days from £595*
Departing: December 2017
* Price shown: 22 December 2017 from -

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
  • 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 Eve Dinner with sparkling wine and 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 a 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 celebration dinner. 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
Bedfordshire Luton
Buckinghamshire Amersham
Cambridgeshire Huntingdon, St Neots
East Sussex
East Sussex Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings
Essex Benfleet, Witham
Hampshire Fareham, Southampton
Hertfordshire Letchworth
Kent Ashford, Bexleyheath, Canterbury
Lancashire Preston
Norfolk Norwich
Northamptonshire Kettering
Somerset Bridgwater
Surrey Sutton
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Leeds
Wiltshire Chippenham
Date Price From
22 December 2017
22 December 2017 £595

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

Meet at port option

To give you greater flexibility and allow you to travel on the date that suits you best, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at

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.

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.

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.

Foreign Office travel advice

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Christmas in Lake Garda reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas in Lake GardaScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 15 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Taunton Somerset Single traveller
The coach driver and tour manager went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. The trip and excursions were all well organised. The Lake Garda hotel was excellent, but the French hotels were a little basic. All in all, a pleasurable break. I would do another Newmarket holiday of this type.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 15 January 2017
(10 out of 10)


Stoke on trent
The only tour manager we would not travel with is Diane. She is very unprofessional and get too loud.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 14 January 2017
(8 out of 10)


Ammanford Single traveller
Travelling to the destination somewhat tiring, but expected. The hotel was excellent with a continental breakfast better than I had ever seen. All the staff were friendly and helpful, with excellent food, using local dishes. The tours, both included and optional were very good and enjoyable, with plenty of time to explore. Would certainly go again.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 14 January 2017
(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