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Christmas in Verona & Lake Garda

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Christmas with an Italian twist

A captivating Christmas of celebratory cheer, with a unique Italian twist, in Verona, Lake Garda, and Venice.

A yuletide experience like no other in the incredibly atmospheric Verona, accompanied by a cruise and excursion to the sublime shores of Lake Garda, and an optional outing to delightful Venice.

Interspersed amongst the merriment, there will be ample time to unwind at your own pace, mosey around festive markets and cosy cafés, and peruse sights of your interest.



What does this price include?

  • Five nights' half-board accommodation at the four-star Leopardi Hotel, Verona
  • Guided Verona city tour
  • A cruise on Lake Garda
  • A special Christmas Day lunch and dinner
  • One piece of hold luggage per person
  • Return flights to Verona, with coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager, with specialist local guides where applicable

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly to Italy, and transfer to your hotel, set within the historical district of Verona.

  • A visit to Lake Garda will be the focus of today, as you join the coach in the company of your tour manager and head to the spa resort of Sirmione, home to healing waters and the fairy-tale Rocca Scaligera castle. You’ll board a boat for a leisurely cruise towards the Grotte di Catullo, then head northwest passing the island of Garda and the shoreside resorts of Gardone and Fasano before sailing south back to Sirmione.

    After the cruise, you’ll go to Bardolino for further exploration of one of Lake Garda’s most popular resorts and return to your hotel for dinner in the evening.

  • This Christmas Eve you’ll explore ‘fair Verona’, the historic backdrop for the tragic tale of ‘Juliet and her Romeo’, and home to the opera season held yearly in its Roman amphitheatre. You’ll be led down the cobblestone lanes by your tour manager before heading into the welcoming warmth of a café on Piazza Bra or doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. Then it’s time to return to the hotel for dinner before the big day.

  • Waking up in Verona on Christmas Day will undoubtedly be incredibly special. You’ll have the morning at leisure, and in the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a festive lunch. Following this feast, you may wish to stroll through the illuminated city or along the banks of the River Adige before stopping for a hot chocolate.

    After the sun has set, a celebratory dinner will be served alongside a glass of sparkling wine – the merriest way to mark this moment.

  • Boxing Day’s unmissable optional excursion involves travelling by train to Venice – one of the world’s most beautiful cities, perhaps even more so during the winter months. Wander through its labyrinth of alleys and waterways, passing spectacular St Mark's Square and Cathedral, the bell tower, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of Prisons, and the Bridge of Sighs.

  • You’ll be transferred back to the airport to check-in for your flight home.

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Hotels

Hotel Leopardi

Nestled in the Borgo Milano-Stadio neighbourhood of Verona, Hotel Leopardi enjoys an exceptional location, offering guests easy access to notable landmarks such as the 12th-century church San Zeno Maggiore, Piazza Bra, Castelvecchio, and Teatro Ristori, enhancing the four-star experience.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour from Verona, two hours from Milan Bergamo and three hours from Milan Malpensa.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    An authentic dining experience in Italy can often be a bit different to the Italian food that international tourists might be used to, but it’s one of the best ways to truly appreciate the finer cultural differences of this tourist hotspot. From simpler, but more frequent, courses to regional dishes, here are some points to note when dining in Italy.  

    The first major difference you’re likely to notice is that the dining experience as a whole is much longer; you’ll enjoy a much more social experience than the average dinner back home with multiple smaller courses spread across a longer period of time. While each meal will be prepared to order, you may notice that dishes are served cooler than you might be used to – Italian dishes are rarely served piping hot to preserve the more delicate flavours of each ingredient and to provide a more enjoyable dining experience. The final thing to bear in mind is that it may be tricky to find Italian classics in the same form as they are at home. For instance, while Spaghetti Carbonara is a staple in historic Rome – and made traditionally using egg yolks rather than cream – you’ll often find it replaced with a wild boar ragù in Tuscany.

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel.

    Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names.

    Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date").

    Visa - 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.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at www.etias.com.

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