Celebrate in a place full of glamour and tradition
Fly south to warmer climes, to spend the festive season on the colourful shores of the Mediterranean. You'll enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of a delightful, family-run hotel in the heart of the charming resort of Alassio - popular with discerning visitors to the beautiful 'Riviera of Flowers'.
Fly to Nice, before making the scenic journey along the sparkling Cote d'Azur - one of the world's most famous coastlines. Continue across the Italian border to Alassio, set between tree-covered hills and the blue waters of the 'Med'. Rest and relax at the hotel, or venture out to explore the resort.
The first of our optional excursions takes in the chic resort of Rapallo and its exclusive neighbour Portofino. Alternatively, enjoy Alassio's superb sandy beach, seafront promenade and pier, its pedestrianised old town - full of shops, gelaterie and cafes - and its delightful formal gardens and galleries.
Today, a traditional Italian Christmas Eve will include a four-course dinner and games. You might also choose to join an optional excursion to the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo, with its luxury yachts, royal palace and famous casino.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
Enjoy a Christmas Day full of celebration, beginning with a glass of sparkling spumante. A scenic coastal drive will take in some wonderful views, before you round off the day with a five-course, traditional Christmas Dinner with turkey. Afterwards, dance the night away to live music at the hotel.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
Spend a relaxing Boxing Day enjoying the resort and your hotel, perhaps curling up with a book from its small library. You might also join a final optional excursion to two elegant Italian resorts - Ventigmiglia and San Remo, on Italy's famous 'Riviera of Flowers'.
This evening, a four-course farewell dinner by candlelight will conclude your Italian Riviera Christmas.
Return to the airport for your return flight after a wonderful Christmas break.
Shops in Europe will generally be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December.
European Christmas closing times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
Flights from certain regional airports are indirect, and you will need to change aircraft en route. There may be a short wait for your next flight, but your luggage will be checked all the way through to your destination.
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
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.
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.