Celebrate the festive season on the shore of glistening Lake Como, in a comfortable hotel situated across the water from beautiful Bellagio. Enjoy half-board accommodation, a splendid Christmas Day lunch, and discover one of Europe's most scenic corners on some wonderful included and optional excursions.
Spend time on the shores of Italy's most romantic lake
Discover Bellagio, 'Italy's most beautiful town'
Como Town Christmas Market and Magic Light Festival
A Lake Como cruise on Christmas Day
A Christmas Day turkey lunch
Fly to Milan, and transfer by coach to your hotel.
Your first unforgettable full day begins with a boat trip across the water to Como's most sparkling settlement, stunning Bellagio, often described as Italy's most beautiful town. Step ashore for a short walking tour and time to explore, before returning across the water for lunch at the hotel.Later, we'll journey by coach to Como Town, where the lakeside Piazza Cavour and nearby Via Plinio, beneath the majestic cathedral, are home to a colourful Christmas Market selling local produce and wares. After dark, a dazzling Magic Light Festival illuminates the historic buildings. Soak up the festive atmosphere before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.
Spend Christmas Eve relaxing in your hotel, or join our extended half-day optional excursion to Switzerland's stylish Lugano, delightfully set on the shore of the smaller lake of the same name. After a chance to explore, return to the hotel to begin your festive celebrations.
Your memorable Christmas Day includes a relaxing cruise on the lake, taking in the sight of the historic villas that dot the wooded shore, and culminates with Christmas lunch, and dinner later this evening.
Join this morning's optional full-day excursion to Milan, one of Europe's most exciting cities. See Sforzesco Castle, the famous Galleria shopping mall, La Scala (one of the world's greatest opera houses) and the great cathedral, Il Duomo (which is Italy's largest Gothic church). Enjoy a tour in the company of a local guide, before returning to your hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing last evening at the hotel.
Bid "arrividerci" to your hosts, and transfer back to the airport to board your flight home.
Five nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Hotel Lario
A four-course Christmas Day lunch (six-course at Hotel Bazzoni)
A boat ride to Bellagio
A visit to Como Town Magic Light Festival
A boat cruise on Christmas Day
Return flights from the UK to Milan
Coach travel and transfers throughout
One piece of hold luggage per person
The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
With more than 35 years’ tour-operating experience, Newmarket Holidays can provide escorted tours, river cruises, cruise holidays and resort-based stays that combine superb value for money and the highest standards of customer care. Having won Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company six years running at the British Travels Awards, the company has become one of the largest and most respected independently owned tour operators in the UK.
Newmarket Holidays offers a huge array of escorted tours, short breaks, long explorations and holiday experiences for just about every interest and activity level, with transfers, excursions, carefully chosen accommodation and many entrances included in the price. All holidays also include a friendly and knowledgeable tour manager to help you make the most of your trip and to ensure your holiday operates as smoothly as possible. And although much of your escorted tour is prearranged, you’ll still have plenty of free time to relax and the flexibility to do your own thing.
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When you choose an air holiday, you can either tour as many attractions and cultures as you can fit in or base yourself at a quiet resort and take your pick from a collection of excursions and day trips. This means that your holiday can be as adventurous or as relaxing as you wish. If a cruise is your ideal group tour, Newmarket Holidays has departures from nearly every major port in the UK and can take you to places in and around Europe, the Canary Islands, the Baltic Cities, Greenland, the Far East, Australia and Africa. You can also choose from a wide range of European and worldwide river cruises or select a Christmas and New Year river cruise along the Danube, the Rhine or the Seine River.
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Please note: After many years of operation, Newmarket Holidays has decided to discontinue the UK and European coach breaks and tours departing from local pick-ups in the UK (as of 2019) to concentrate on its range of UK, European and Worldwide air holidays, ocean cruises and river cruises.