Festive Alpine Italy
Spend a magical Christmas in the heart of the Alto-Adige, Italy’s scenic, German-speaking part of the South Tyrol. Stay in a delightful wellness hotel surrounded by the majestic Brenta Dolomite mountain range. Enjoy a Gala Christmas dinner, explore the stunning Alpine scenery around you, and perhaps visit the fascinating cities of Innsbruck and Verona on optional excursions.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Outbound flight to Italy
Fly to Italy, where you’ll be met by your Tour Manager, and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the Italian Alps. After check in you’re free to explore the local area or spend the rest of the day relaxing before dinner this evening.
Day Two: Optional Innsbruck city tour
Today you’ll have time to rest and relax at your hotel, perhaps making use of the pool and spa facilities in the wellness centre, or treating yourself to the extra Christmas gift of a massage or beauty treatment (payable locally). Alternatively, stroll into the nearby village of Cavareno, or join today’s optional excursion to Innsbruck. With its onion-domed churches and historic old town surrounded by scenic mountains, the city is the perfect winter wonderland. Explore the many stalls of the delightful Christmas Market held underneath the famous ‘Golden Roof’, and on elegant Maria-Theresien-Strasse, before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Day Three: Christmas Day
Your wonderful, memorable Christmas Day begins with a leisurely breakfast followed by a morning visit to Merano, a celebrated spa town that was once the favoured refuge of Empress Elisabeth of Austria - Sisi. Here there may be the chance to enjoy a morning coffee and slice of traditional apfel strudel in a cafe before you return to the hotel to enjoy a traditional Christmas turkey lunch.
Spend your afternoon relaxing, before the evening’s celebration gala dinner with music rounds off your perfect Christmas Day.
Day Four: Included Dolomites scenery tour
Head into the dramatic winter landscape of the Dolomites, on today's included excursion. As well as the chance to enjoy some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery, you'll be able to soak up the warm festive welcome of some Alto-Adige towns and villages.
Day Five: Optional Verona city tour
Our final optional excursion gives you the chance to visit Verona, on the banks of the River Adige. The iconic setting for Shakespeare’s tale of “Juliet and her Romeo” is a maze of medieval streets that feed gradually down to the marble-paved Piazza Bra – which itself shelters in the shadow of Verona’s vast Roman amphitheatre. Explore this fascinating city, before returning to the hotel for your last evening in Italy.
Day Six: Fly back to the UK
Say a fond farewell to your hotel and all your newfound friends, today, before you head back to the airport to board your flight home.
European closing times
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.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 3 hours.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
Please note that for two people travelling together on one booking, or a single traveller, one piece of hold luggage is included. Additional hold luggage may be purchased at the time of booking at a cost of £40 per bag.
Foreign Office travel advice
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.