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.
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.
Today you'll travel to your Channel crossing and continue into France, making an overnight stop in the Strasbourg/Colmar area.
Continue on your journey through Switzerland and into Italy, arriving at beautiful Lake Garda and your hotel.
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 Three (Christmas Eve)
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.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
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.
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.
Board the coach to begin your return journey through beautiful scenery.
We retrace our steps to cross the Channel and head home, after a wonderful Christmas break.