Christmas in one of the world's most beautiful cities
A visit to incomparable Venice, perhaps at its alluring, mystical best in its wintertime cloak, some wonderful additional excursion opportunities, and the chance to celebrate, rest and relax in stylish surroundings will make this a very special Christmas break to remember.
Leaving your pick-up point by coach this morning, we'll travel to your Channel crossing. From here, we continue our journey through France, arriving at your overnight hotel in the Strasbourg or Colmar areas in the evening.
We'll continue our journey this morning, crossing into Italy and making our way to the hotel in Mira, where you'll enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and your first dinner this evening.
Our destination on today's optional excursion is Padua. Lovingly restored after WWII, this former Roman stronghold, is a delightful, enchanting university city with outstanding museums, great churches, colourful markets and - in Prato della Valle - Italy's largest town square.
This evening begin your celebrations with a special Christmas Eve meal, a glass of sparkling wine and music after dinner.
Christmas Day begins with a breathtaking cruise on The Venetian Lagoon, stopping at Burano Island and enjoying spectacular views of the city. Returning to your hotel, you'll sit down for a festive turkey lunch and then have the afternoon and evening free to relax until dinner.
Today we visit the centre of Venice. Get a taste of this astonishing city's canals, cobbled pathways and hidden squares on an included walking tour, then head off to explore, or relax, as you see fit. Cross the Rialto Bridge, step into St Marks Square, visit the Palace of the Doge and perhaps even sit back in a gondola or board the Vaporetto with the locals for a trip along the Grand Canal.
Bid farewell to your hosts, and board our coach to begin the journey home. We will stop at a comfortable overnight hotel in the Strasbourg or Colmar areas, once again, before crossing the Channel the following day and arriving back at your original pick-up point by mid to late evening on Day Seven.
A guided tour of incomparable Venice - a picture at Christmastime
Four nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Il Burchiello in Mira
Christmas Eve Festive Dinner with sparkling wine and music
Christmas Day cruise on the Venice Lagoon
A turkey lunch on Christmas Day
Two nights' en-route , bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a comfortable hotel in the Colmar/Strasbourg area of France
Return Channel crossings
Coach travel throughout
The service of a friendly tour manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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