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Christmas in the Italian Dolomites

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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 hotel surrounded by the majestic Brenta Dolomite mountain range. Enjoy a Gala Christmas Eve dinner, explore the stunning Alpine scenery around you, and perhaps visit the fascinating city of Innsbruck on an optional excursion.

What does this price include?

  • Five nights’ half-board accommodation at the four-star Hotel Ancora, Molina di Fiemme
  • Three included excursions
  • Return flights to Italy
  • Welcome drink at the hotel on day one
  • Christmas Day lunch at a restaurant
  • Afternoon tea and cake on Christmas Day
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly to Italy, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. Settle in and unwind, before an included welcome drink before dinner brings the opportunity to meet with fellow guests, no doubt looking forward to a wonderful break ahead.

  • Today’s included tour begins with a visit to the former Roman settlement of Trento, the principal town of Italian Trentino, with its wonderful mountain-backed setting looking all the more special during the festive season. Wander the colourful streets and visit the Christmas market, which is held in two places: the Piazza Fiera square and Piazza Cesare Battisti square. The foodstuffs on offer, at the market and in the surrounding restaurants, fuse the flavours of the north with the tastes of the Mediterranean south. If you have time, don’t miss the chance to visit the ancient Duomo cathedral or the vast Buonconsiglio Castle. 

    This afternoon the tour continues to delightful Riva del Garda, nestled on the northern shore of Lake Garda. Its elegant, pastel-painted buildings surround a little port, and its promenade is the perfect place for a wintry afternoon stroll. Visit the traditional Christmas market before returning to your hotel.

  • Christmas Eve begins with a morning visit to Merano, a celebrated spa town that was once the favoured refuge of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Here there will be time to enjoy a morning coffee and slice of traditional apfelstrudel in a cafe before the tour continues to Bolzano, a delightful town set amongst slumbering vineyards in the heart of the wine-growing Alto-Adige region, surrounded by the towering, craggy peaks of the scenic Dolomite Mountains.

    Bolzano is the undisputed ‘Italian Capital of Christmas’, and the wonderful Christmas market on the central Piazza Walther lives up to this reputation. Local crafts folk – including glassblowers and wood-carvers – ply their wares to a wonderfully scenic backdrop. Every inch a wine town, Bolzano offers countless opportunities for sampling the excellent local vintages, and the chance to take a bottle or two home with you.

    This evening, start your celebrations in earnest back at the hotel with a special Christmas Eve dinner, as is customary in continental Europe.

  • Merry Christmas! This morning you’ll head into the dramatic winter landscape of the Dolomites on a wonderful included excursion. As well as the chance to enjoy some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery on the Pordoi and Sella passes, you'll also soak up the warm festive welcome of some Alto-Adige towns and villages, as you stop at Ortisei to visit the Christmas market and traditional wood crib exhibition. 

    Christmas lunch will be served at a restaurant, followed by afternoon tea and cakes when you return to the hotel this afternoon.

  • Today you’ll have time to rest and relax at your hotel, perhaps making use of the spa facilities in the hotel wellness centre, or joining the optional excursion to Austrian 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 and a final evening in the Dolomites.

  • Transfer to the airport and return to the UK today at the end of a wonderful Christmas in the Dolomites. 

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Hotel Ancora, Molina di Fiemme

This warm and welcoming four-star hotel is located in a historic building in the heart of Molina di Fiemme on the banks of the Avisio River.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 3 hours.

  • 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 now apply on travel within Europe.

    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.

    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:

    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. 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.
    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.

    The current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) remains valid although when this expires you will need to 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 both EHIC and GHIC are only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
    Mobile Roaming
    It seems currently unlikely that roaming charges will be introduced by UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel though, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.
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