Christmas in the Italian Dolomites

8 days from £699 pp.


About the Tour

Experience a magical Christmas amongst stunning winter wonderland scenery, as we spend the festive season in the Italian Dolomites. We visit the ancient city of Verona, where you can see many of the historical sights, including the Roman Arena. We also visit the mountain resort of Merano, where there will be time to explore the Christmas Market before we join a torch lit walk to Fondo’s church. On Christmas day guests can relax and enjoy time in Fondo before indulging in a delicious four course turkey lunch. On Boxing Day, we offer guests the opportunity to visit the beautiful Brenta Dolomites, and spend time in the ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio, before we return home from our amazing coach holiday with magical memories.

Tour Includes


  • 7 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 5 evening meals and lunch on Christmas Day
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    We continue to Italy for a five-night stay, at either the Lady Maria Hotel in Fondo or the Hotel Panorama in neighbouring Malosco.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Verona

    Verona

    After breakfast, we have an included excursion to the second largest city in the Veneto region, Verona. This beautiful Roman city is situated alongside the River Adige and is the setting for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Verona was a Roman city, and many Roman ruins have been preserved, notably the Arena. Most of the historical sights to see today date from the past 800 years. If you are keen on art history, Verona offers a golden opportunity to see the transition of western European art from late medieval to early renaissance styles, with its rich offering of 12-Century churches and art museums. Verona's military importance has also left city fortifications and an excellent castle.

    To introduce you to the city’s array of spectacular sights, why not join our optional guided walking tour. The many historic buildings, the mighty Roman Arena famous for its summer opera performances (entrance included) and Juliet’s balcony make it a lovely place to explore on foot, and our local guides informative commentary will reveal the history of this magnificent city. You will also have time to browse amongst the shops or take a coffee break in one of the many cafés in Piazza Bra overlooking the Arena.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Merano

    Merano

    Today’s included excursion takes you through beautiful castle-clad mountains to the attractive spa town of Merano. Popular with Austrians, Germans and Italians who come to benefit from the therapeutic waters, this is a delightful town where Austrian and Italian cultures blend to create a unique atmosphere. Stroll along the banks of the River Passirio, or on the Corso Libertà and the Via dei Portici and get into the festive spirit, perhaps picking up some last minute gifts at the Christmas Market.

    This evening, after dinner, why not join a torchlit walk to the local church before returning to the hotel for mulled wine and biscuits.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Merry Christmas! Wrap up warm and enjoy the crisp mountain air on a gentle morning stroll, passing through the village of Fondo, to walk in the peaceful wooded gorge which leads to the stunning Emerald Lake. Although there are some steps towards the end, as you climb to view the lake, this is a relatively easy walk which, taken at a leisurely pace, lasts approximately 45 minutes. For anyone with mobility difficulties, your coach will take you to the lake, and will offer any tired walkers a ride back to the hotel in time for a four-course turkey lunch!

    In the evening enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel. As the ground may be wet or snowy at this time of year, we recommend sturdy footwear for this walk.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Brenta Dolomites

    Brenta Dolomites

    The majestic Brenta Dolomites beckon today on our fantastic optional excursion. This is a wonderful scenic drive high in the breath-taking mountains. Known for its deep valleys and sheer, multi-coloured rocks, this is an area popular with skiers, boasting a wealth of varying sized resorts. Don’t forget your camera to capture some spectacular scenery as we pass through this beautiful alpine region.

    First, we visit the idyllic resort of Madonna di Campiglio, set in dense pine forests and towered over by the breath-taking mountains with their fantastic shaped pinnacles, you will have time at leisure before completing our tour with a short visit to Andalo. Don’t forget your camera to capture the unsurpassable views and colours in this rugged limestone massif. Please note: this excursion will only operate in good weather conditions.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We depart Italy and travel north to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Verona
    • Merano

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Brenta Dolomites
    • Verona Guided Tour

    Notes


     

    Travel Insurance from £35.00 (8 days). Single Room Supplement from £119.00 (8 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for five nights at either the family-run, 3-star Hotel Lady Maria in Fondo, or the 3-star Hotel Panorama in Malosco. The Bonvicin family will ensure you have an enjoyable stay. Both hotels have a restaurant, bar, lounge and a lift to all floors.

    Overnight stays in Belgium are in city-style hotels.

    Italy

    Lady Maria

    Lady Maria

    Lady Maria


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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