Experience a magical Christmas amongst stunning winter wonderland scenery, as we spend the festive season in the Italian Dolomites. We begin with a tour of Verona, where guests can appreciate the ancient city’s many treasures, including the Roman Arena. On Christmas Eve, we visit the mountain resort of Merano, where we can enjoy time at 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.
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.
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.
<p>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. <p>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 not 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.
<p>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. <p>This evening, after dinner, why not join a torchlit walk to the local church before returning to the hotel for mulled wine and biscuits.
<p>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! <p>In the evening enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel. <p>As the ground may be wet or snowy at this time of year, we recommend sturdy footwear for this walk.
Location: Free Time or Brenta Dolomites
<p>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. <p>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. <i> Please note: this excursion will only operate in good weather conditions.</i>
We depart Italy and travel north to Belgium for an overnight stay.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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