Lakeside New Year celebrations
Welcome in the first days of 2020 from Garda's colourful shores, enjoying warm hospitality, some delightful excursions, and a five-course New Year celebration dinner. Famous Riva del Garda, at the lake's northern tip, is a delightful spot from which to enjoy the festivities. Its elegant, pastel-painted buildings surround a little port, and its promenade is the perfect place for a morning stroll.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Outbound flight from the UK
Fly to Italy, and transfer to the Europa Hotel.
Day Two: Optional Bolzano day trip
Bolzano, in the heart of the wine-growing Alto-Adige region, is a delightful town surrounded by slumbering vineyards and the towering, craggy peaks of the Dolomites. Here, on the Piazza Walther, you'll find a wonderful Christmas market. Local craftsmen offer their work for sale, and the food and drink available fuses the flavours of Austria, the Alps and Northern Italy with the tastes of the Mediterranean.
Day Three: Optional Verona city tour
Join the full-day optional excursion to Verona, the historic backdrop for the tragic tale of Juliet and her Romeo. Explore the city, then head into the welcoming warmth of a cafe on Piazza Bra to watch the world go by. Return to your hotel via the shoreline of Lake Garda, stopping to admire beautiful vistas of the lake from some of the most popular resorts.
Day Four: Optional Venice city tour
Today's unmissable optional excursion is to Venice - quite simply one of the world's most beautiful cities, and perhaps even more so in the winter months. Discover spectacular St Mark's Square and cathedral, the bell tower, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, and the Bridge of Sighs.
Day Five: New Year's Eve
A special day begins with an included boat trip on Garda's waters, giving you the opportunity to view the lake and its surroundings from a different perspective. Return to your hotel to prepare for this evening's five-course New Year's Eve dinner, a wonderful way to ring in 2020.
Day Six: New Year's Day
Start the new Year with a lazy day relaxing, and perhaps recuperating from the celebrations, either in the hotel or in beautiful Riva. Complete a wonderful festive celebration this evening with a candlelit dinner at your hotel.
Day Seven: Fly back to the UK
Transfer back to the airport for the return flight.
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.
Italian hotel room tax
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.
Hotel transfer times
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.
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.
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.