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Christmas on the Italian Riviera

Relax and enjoy Christmas in the sunshine

Journey south to enjoy the festive season on the Mediterranean's shores. A delightful and welcoming, family-run hotel will be your base in the heart of Diano Marina - a charming and popular seaside setting on the beautiful 'Riviera of Flowers'.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A half-day scenic coastal drive on Christmas Day
  • Two nights' en-route, bed and breakfast accommodation in the Beaune/Dijon area of France
  • Four nights' half-board accommodation at a good hotel in Diano Marina
  • A Christmas Day five-course dinner, followed by dancing
  • Dinner by candlelight on Boxing Day
  • Traditional 'Grande Tombola' entertainment on Christmas Eve
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Return Channel crossings
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Travelling by comfortable coach, you'll leave the local area today and make your way to the Channel crossing. Upon arrival, you'll continue to your overnight hotel.

Day Two

Crossing the Italian border, you'll continue to Diano Marina. Search out its superb sandy beach, seafront promenade and pier, the shops, gelaterie and cafes of its old town, or its delightful formal gardens and galleries. Alternatively, rest and relax at your hotel.

Day Three (Christmas Eve)

Today, a four-course dinner and games will be part of a traditional Italian Christmas Eve. You might also choose to join an optional excursion to glamorous Monte Carlo, famous for its harbour full of luxury yachts, its royal palace and its famous casino.

Day Four (Christmas Day)

A Christmas Day full of celebration will begin with a festive glass of sparkling Spumante, before you enjoy wonderful views on a scenic coastal drive. Round off the day with a five-course, traditional Christmas Dinner with turkey, and then dance the night away to live music at your hotel.

Day Five (Boxing Day)

A relaxed Boxing Day can be spent enjoying the resort and your hotel, or you might choose to join a final optional excursion to the elegant resorts of Ventimiglia and San Remo, on Italy's famous 'Riviera of Flowers'. This evening, conclude your Italian Riviera Christmas with a four-course farewell dinner by candlelight.

Day Six

Board the coach for the return journey to France, where you will spend another night in a comfortable hotel.

Day Seven

Cross the Channel and arrive back in the UK after a wonderful Christmas break.
Departure county Pick-up points
Cambridgeshire Peterborough
Cornwall St Austell
Hertfordshire Birchanger Green Services M11
Kent Sheerness
Lancashire Manchester
London Ealing
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Pontypridd
Northamptonshire Kettering
Oxfordshire Banbury, Witney
Somerset Glastonbury
Suffolk Ipswich
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Leeds

Hotel Helios (and stopover hotel) 

You will be staying in a comfortable hotel in the Beaune/Dijon area of France, and the Hotel Helios in Diano Marina, Italy.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossings

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

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Christmas on the Italian Riviera reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas on the Italian RivieraScores 5.4 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
(4 out of 10)


Leeds Single traveller
The Helios hotel was very good with excellent staff and food, On this basis only I would recommend the holiday but see bad points
The interim hotel in France was abominable. Comfort hotels is a misnomer and to call it basic is to insult the word basic. Exceptionally poor rooms and facilities, and rude, surly and unhelpful staff and management. I would not wish to stay there on any future occasion I will be making a formal complaint to your team.
Confirmed purchase: 28 December 2017
Published on: 12 January 2018
(3 out of 10)


Peterborough Couple
The visit to Monaco and Niece was good.
Sadly Boxing Day was a washout, as rain never stopped, we got out only once for a coffee, and went back to the hotel.
Obviously no ones fault as you can’t help the weather, but a day wasted.
Did not like the length of time to get to France for the one night stopover. This took from 3.30am to 11pm. The coach was old and uncomfortable, the toilet was not available, there were no trays on the backs of the seats. The sound system was so bad, the tour guide had to repeat himself three times along the coach so people at the back could hear what was being said. This coach should not have been in service for such a long journey. In our opinion the Swiss tour guide was not the right type of person doing this this job. We will not comment on his failings. Too much time was spent on the coach and not enough sightseeing. The Italian food in the main hotel, was ok for the Italians but not for us. Breakfasts were ok, but the main meals were only good for Italians. Too many different foods without any satisfaction. Staff were cold, and indifferent to any requests. Would not recommend this trip to anyone else. Extremely disappointing Xmas holiday.
Confirmed purchase: 28 December 2017
Published on: 07 January 2018
(1 out of 10)


Sheerness Family
Reviewer left no comment
The coach was not suitable for long journeys, old, seats gaffa taped, no aircon, poor heating toilets out of use most of the time. Hotel very basic, and was not warned dinners would not have menu choices or include any English meals, stopover hotel was cold, dirty and lacking some facilities, sink plugs missing, showers not working and staff very rude. First time with Newmarket, and last time. Would never recommend to family or friends.
Confirmed purchase: 28 December 2017
Published on: 07 January 2018
(7 out of 10)


Penzance Cornwall Couple
Trip to monte-carlo
Coach company
Confirmed purchase: 28 December 2015
Published on: 19 January 2016
(6 out of 10)


Single traveller
the hotel and resort was lovely,food enjoyable and staff helpful and pleasant
the outward bound ferry arrangements spoilt a big chunk of the holiday,my local pickup on the day of departure was 0.500 which is unavoidable BUT with the unacceptable delay at Dover(which we heard eventually was because a luxury coach company called Ledgers/Legers being fast tracked this resulted in arriving in Beaune at 0.100 the next morning-too much l'm afraid.
Confirmed purchase: 28 December 2015
Published on: 08 January 2016

Hello Maureen, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time in Italy but are very sorry that your outward journey was so delayed. This was entirely out of our control but we can certainly appreciate that it was very frustrating for all.

(8 out of 10)


Hastings Couple
Diana Grand excellently situated right on beach. Our room had balcony overlooking beach.
No tea/coffee making facilities in hotel rooms at Diana Grand.
Evening entertainment could be improved over Christmas period. Not always offered.
Coach could have been more festively decorated for the season.
Confirmed purchase: 28 December 2015
Published on: 05 January 2016
(6 out of 10)


Grimsby Couple
Drivers and tour manager very good.
Hotel excellent service and cleanliness too.
Our feeder coach did not turn up so we were stood in the cold and rain at 3am until 4.30. Ferry was delayed due to weather conditions which led to everything being late so arrived at stop over at 1.15am. Then another day of eight hours travel so arrived at Allisio with 5 minutes to spare before the dining room closed.
Confirmed purchase: 28 December 2015
Published on: 05 January 2016

Hi Susan, we are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay in the hotel but are sorry for the knock on effect caused by the ferry delay. It must have been very frustrating for everyone concerned and we hope that it won't deter you from choosing Newmarket again in the future.