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Christmas in Rome

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Festive celebrations in the Eternal City

Spend an unforgettable Christmas in the capital of Italy. Take in the sights, and soak up the atmosphere of one of the world’s greatest cities - a place crowded with history and culture where the pursuit of "la dolce vita" can be found on every plaza, and every shop, cafe, restaurant and bar. Enjoy a fascinating guided city tour and a special Christmas meal, pay a visit to the Vatican City to marvel at its wonders, stroll along the city's famous shopping streets - the Via Del Corso and Via Dei Condotti - and perhaps join the crowds in front of St Peter's Basilica for Pope Francis’ Christmas Day address.

What does this price include?

  • Five nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in the three-star Nord Nuova Hotel, Rome
  • A Christmas Eve meal at a local restaurant
  • Return flights from the UK to Rome
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • The services of a friendly, professional Tour Manager
  • One piece of hold luggage per person

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly to Rome and transfer to your hotel. Settle in to your room, then venture out to enjoy your first glimpse of this extraordinary city, and perhaps find somewhere for dinner – Rome is blessed with a vast number of restaurants, as well as a huge variety of bars.

  • This morning, our first included tour takes you across the River Tiber to the Vatican City. Here vast St Peter’s Square, overlooked by the great dome of St Peter's Basilica, is one of the world’s most recognisable sights. Step inside St Peter's to see Bernini’s towering bronze baldacchino above the high altar, Michelangelo’s exquisite Pieta, and the ancient bronze of St Peter himself - his right foot worn smooth by the hands and lips of centuries of visiting pilgrims. There will also be the opportunity to visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s frescoes and ceiling - some of Western art’s greatest masterpieces.

    This afternoon, explore the city at your leisure. Why not climbing to the top of the Vittorio Emanuele monument to take in the views, or head to the Capitoline Hill to look down on the Forum and the Colosseum - a five-acre site from which the vast breadth of the Roman Empire was once controlled? Shoppers can head to the chic Via Condotti, the stores of the Via del Corso or the colourful stalls of Piazza Navona’s Christmas Market. Seek out Rome's current creative culture on the narrow, cobbled streets of bohemian Trastevere, where you'll also find some fantastic restaurants and bars.

  • Join this morning’s guided tour to discover the Eternal City’s major sights. Highlights may include the Capitoline Hill, the Colosseum and the Forum, the jaw-dropping Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Rome’s most famous square), the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, into which many a trio of coins have been thrown.

    After another afternoon left free, begin your Christmas celebrations with a special meal in a local restaurant, and then perhaps even attend Midnight Mass at St Peter’s.

  • Although the city is largely quiet today, you will have the chance to join the crowds in St Peter’s Square for the Pope's annual Christmas Day address to Urbi et Orbi – the city and the world. You'll also have time for a stroll through Rome’s, less crowded than usual, streets and to enjoy a leisurely lunch – many establishments stay open to cater for visitors to the city.

  • You've one last day to explore Rome, today, as the city's major museums, such as the Musei Capitolini, which houses a treasure trove of ancient art and archaeology, re-open. But you'll also have the chance to join our excursion to the stunning Villa d’Este in hill-top Tivoli, a sumptuous 16th-century Renaissance villa surrounded by terraced gardens and beautiful fountains and water features.

  • Bid “Arrivederci, Roma”, as you transfer to the airport to catch your flight home, at the end of a wonderful Christmas break.

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Hotels

Nord Nuova Roma Hotel, Rome

This stylish hotel is close to the Opera House and National Museum, and just a 15-minute stroll from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

  • Tickets for Midnight Mass are free, but very popular. Visit www.papalaudience.org/papal-mass to find out how to reserve your tickets.

  • Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
  • New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    Passport

    British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old; passports which have a longer validity than ten years are not valid for travel once the tenth anniversary of issue has passed. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

    Visa

    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Mobile Roaming

    Roaming charges have been re-introduced by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.

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