One of Italy's most enthralling regions
Enjoy a Christmas holiday with a difference as you discover a beautiful part of the world famed as much for its food and wine as its historic cities and its breathtakingly beautiful hill-towns surrounding by rolling countryside. A stay in a modern, welcoming four-star hotel in the ancient city of Arezzo completes the holiday pleasure.
Fly to Rome, meet your Tour Manager and make the scenic transfer north into Tuscany to your hotel.
A leisurely guided walking tour introduces the beautiful, unspoilt city of Arezzo, with its medieval heart crowned by the sloping Piazza Grande: an attractive square surrounded by timeless buildings with wooden balconies and ornate Gothic facades, and the site of a small, traditional Christmas market. After the tour you're free to spend the rest of the day enjoying Arezzo's charms; don't miss the church of San Francesco, its walls adorned with restored frescoes of Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca, which depict The Legend of the True Cross.
Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
Join today's fascinating optional excursion, as we journey into the rolling Tuscan hills to the heart of the Chianti wine-making region. Visit a well-known winery to learn about the local production and to enjoy a tasting, before continuing to Siena, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Return to the hotel in good time to begin your celebrations with a Christmas Eve Gala Dinner.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
Enjoy an unforgettable visit to the stunning hill-town of Cortona, today, which stands high above a surrounding land of olive groves and vineyards, and is one of the best-preserved of all the Tuscan settlements. Wander the atmospheric streets and take in the views, before returning to the hotel via beautiful Lake Trasimeno, Italy's fourth-largest body of water. A second Gala Dinner with musical entertainment completes a wonderful Christmas Day.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
Relax at the hotel this morning, before boarding the coach for a last memorable included guided excursion to Renaissance gem, Florence. See the magnificent Florentine skyline, dominated by the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and discover the splendour of Santa Croce and medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge. After the tour, there will be free time to visit the 'Central Market of San Lorenzo', situated on the first floor of the historic Florentine market where many wine bars, craft shops and a very good selection of traditional small restaurants can be found.
Day Five (Boxing Day)
Accommodation today is on a bed and breakfast basis, giving you the opportunity to enjoy an early dinner in the city before returning to the hotel this evening.
Bid farewell to your Tuscan hosts, and transfer back to the airport for your return flight.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours.
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
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.
Joining your holiday
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.
Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.
Meals in Italy
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.
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
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Airport development fees
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.