Italy - Lake Garda Christmas Special

Hotel Bike Caravel

Departure Date:

22/12/2019
No. of Days:

9 days








£659.00 pp


For those of you looking to travel to sunnier climes for Christmas, then you can’t beat Italy and beautful Lake Garda. Enjoy the shores of beautiful Lake Garda, with its smart resorts and lovely lakeside villages, where time seems to stand still.

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting than Lake Garda. The magnificent scenery has inspired artists from around the world. The rich history and perfect Mediterranean climate combine with visits to the must-see cities of Venice and Verona. Poets and politicians, divas and dictators, they’ve all been drawn to captivating Lake Garda (Lago di Garda). In fact, most of the tourists to Italy head for the lake’s shores, picturesque villages and vineyard-clad scenery. Surrounded by three distinct regions – Lombardy, Trentino Alto-Adige, and the Veneto – the lake’s cultural diversity attracts a cosmopolitan crowd.

During our stay, we'll also visit the remarkable city of Venice, romantic Verona, and we will tour the lake, taking in a few of our favorite places during the day.

We wil get into the festive spirit with a traditional Christmas lunch with an Italian twist and lots of Christmas entertainment to celebrate this special time in style.

 

 

 

4* Hotel Bike Caravel

A 5-minute walk from the shores of Lake Garda, this unpretentious bike-themed hotel is also 4 km from both the charming lakeside town of Riva del Garda and the medieval fortress, La Rocca di Riva.

Bright, simply furnished rooms with balconies feature satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. A breakfast buffet is complimentary. There's also a modest restaurant and an outdoor pool.

Sunday

We depart South Wales early this morning and make our way to Dover for our ferry crossing to Calais. Arriving early afternoon, we continue our journey to Metz for check-in at the 4* Mercure Metz Centre Hotel. This evening enjoy free time in the centre of Metz. (Please note that dinner is not included this evening and that the restaurant the hotel will be closed for evening meals, but many restaurants around will be open this evening).

Monday

Departing after breakfast, we continue our journey into Italy. We aim to arrive in Lake Garda mid-afternoon for check-in at the beautiful 4* Hotel Caravel. Enjoy a traditional Italian meal followed by an evening at leisure in the resort. (Please note that the tourist tax is payable at reception).

Christmas Eve

We enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing on our excursion to the fabulous floating city of Venice. Please note that the bus boat is extra & payable locally. Explore the narrow streets, enjoy a little Christmas shopping or just enjoy the view from one of the many cafes dotted about the city. Returning to the hotel later today, enjoy a superb evening meal followed by live entertainment.

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! Join your hosts for breakfast followed by a morning at leisure. Why not take a stroll or a dip in the pool (subject to availability) to build up your appetite for your Italian Christmas Lunch. Relax for the remainder of the afternoon before enjoying dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Boxing Day

Enjoy an Italian breakfast and a day at leisure in the resort. Why not take a dip in the swimming pool or take a stroll down to the town centre. This evening you enjoy another fantastic meal at the hotel restaurant.

Friday

We enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for our excursion to one of the most beautiful cities you will ever see, Verona. As a Unesco World Heritage site, explore the impressive medieval and Renaissance buildings as well as the Roman Arena. Returning to the hotel this afternoon, enjoy dinner in the restaurant before an evening at leisure.

Saturday

On our final full day in Lake Garda, join our coach after breakfast for a scenic drive around the beautiful lakeside towns of Lake Garda including the stylish resorts of Salo, Sirmione & Peschiera. Returning to the hotel later this afternoon, enjoy some free time before joining your hosts for your last evening meal at the 4* Hotel Caravel.

Sunday

We bid a very sad farewell to the Hotel Caravel this morning after breakfast to make our journey back towards Metz for our overnight stay. Arriving once again at the 4* Mercure Metz Centre, enjoy an evening at leisure. (Please note that dinner is not included this evening and that the restaurant the hotel will be closed for evening meals, but many restaurants around will be open this evening).

Monday

Departing early after breakfast, we make our way to Calais for our return ferry back to the UK. Returning to Dover we continue our journey back to South Wales with an aim to start our return drop-offs mid-afternoon.

Venice

Visit the most romantic city in the world. This fabulous floating city has a host of famous sights; visit the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs or the Rialto Bridge. Or simply explore the narrow streets, enjoy a little shopping and watch the world go by from a pavement café in St Mark’s Square. Please note that the bus boat into Venice is extra and payable locally.

Verona

Verona is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities you will ever see and is most famous for being the home of the star-crossed lovers. Today, the city is a Unesco World Heritage Site where you can explore the narrow streets lined with impressive medieval and Renaissance buildings and the spectacular Roman Arena, the city’s grandest sight. For many, ‘Juliet’s Balcony’ is the main point of interest and provides the perfect photo opportunity.

Lakeside Gems

Sit back and relax as you take a scenic drive around the beautiful and diverse lakeside towns of Lake Garda including the stylish resort of Salò. If Sirmione with its picture book castle is the most stunning of all the towns on the lake, then Peschiera is one of its most historic, sitting within the walls of an impressive island fortress, surrounded by canals and dotted with bridges.

  • Reserved coach travel throughout
  • Return ferry crossings
  • 2 overnight hotels on bed & breakfast basis
  • 6 nights in Italy with dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Festive Christmas lunch
  • Festive entertainment
  • Excursions to Venice, Verona and a tour of Lake Garda

We're sorry, but there is a local tourist tax that has to be paid in resort by all visitors to Italy during their stay. The cost is EUR1.50 per person per day.

This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Bristol Aztec West
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff West
  • Chieveley Services
  • Clackett Lane Services, Westernham
  • Clobham Services
  • Folkestone Services
  • Gorseinon
  • Leigh Delamere Services, Chippenham
  • Llanelli
  • Magor
  • Morriston
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Pyle
  • Reading
  • Sarn
  • Skewen
  • Swansea Central
  • Swansea West
  • Swindon, DoubleTree Hilton hotel

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OUR PRICES

Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.

TO NOTE

Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.

Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps.

THIS TOUR

This tour reguires a valid UK passport (with at least 6 months remaining).

You must have travel insurance or sign a disclaimer for this tour.

£160 Single room supplement - Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a standard room.

Other Dates

Departure Date: Sunday 22 Dec 2019
Duration: 9 Days



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