Christmas in Tuscany
- 20 Dec
- 20 Dec
Celebrate Christmas in Lake Garda and immerse yourself in an Italian holiday full of relaxation, beauty and culture amid a stunning natural backdrop. While Lake Garda is renowned for its magnificent landscape it also has a rich culture and intriguing past. History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the quaint medieval villages that dot the lake and there are many attractions of both historical and cultural significance to visit in the region. On this fantastic 7-night guided Italy tour, we’ll experience an Italian Christmas and soak up the relaxing, tranquil and festive atmosphere of Lake Garda. We will also enjoy full day excursions to explore the enchanting warren of canals and squares in Venice and the charming UNESCO World Heritage Site of Verona.
Upon arrival in Italy, we will be met in the arrivals area of the airport by our local representative who will accompany us to our hotel, located in the beautiful town of Riva del Garda. Oour guide will share some information about the local region, suggest activities for you to enjoy and answer any questions we may have.
Today we will explore the enchanting warren of canals, quaint alleys and busy squares that make up the fascinating city of Venice. Known as 'La Serenissima' or The most Serene, Venice is a prized jewel in Italy's glorious crown. In Venice we will witness famous landmarks such as the bustling St. Mark's Square, the stunning Gothic building of Ca' d'Oro, and the imposing marble Palazzo Ducale. Admire 16th and 17th art in the Gallera Franchetti or take a photograph on the Ponte di Rialto. We will also have free time to explore the numerous piazzas, bridges and dwellings that adorn the quaysides of Venice's extensive network of canals.
Following breakfast, we depart by coach for Verona, via the east side of the lake or the motorway. Either way, the journey time is generally about 60 minutes. Verona is very popular among tourists as well as being a significant commercial hub, given its position half way between Venice and Milan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the importance of its historical buildings and is probably best known today for the Roman amphitheatre, now home to the world famous Verona Opera festival, which runs from late June to early September. Also of interest is Juliet's balcony - the fact that the balcony was added to the house in the 20th century doesn't deter the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flock to see and photograph it every year.
Today we can take it easy at our hotel or explore the historic town of Riva del Garda. Local information and great suggestions for places to see and things to do are provided by our Lake Garda team.
Your local guide will offer an optional excursion to the Italian Alps with wine tasting included. (Subject to minimum numbers)
After breakfast, we will take a trip to Bolzano, the provincial capital of the South Tyrol. Bolzano's Northern European and Mediterranean cultural mix combine to make the perfect union, which can be clearly seen in the historic and artistic treasures of this city. For centuries Bolzano has been the privileged centre of commercial exchanges between Italy and Germany. Today, the capital has become a cosmopolitan city which feels lively, cheerful, modern and yet refined all at the same time!
Let's celebrate Christmas! In the evening we will enjoy dinner in our hotel with music and dancing.
Time to relax today and enjoy a Christmas lunch in our hotel today.
Today is another day to relax and enjoy Christmas in Lake Garda.
Time to say 'arrivederci' to Tuscany!
We'll check out of our hotel and depart by coach to the airport for our return flight.
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
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