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Christmas in The Veneto, Italy

Christmas in The Veneto, Italy

Situated between the Adriatic Sea and Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, the towns of The Veneto are really magical at Christmas .....


Situated between the Adriatic Sea and Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, the towns of The Veneto are really magical at Christmas .....

The Vento region of Northern Italy lies between the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomite Mountains and has historically been ruled by the nobles of Venice, whose imprint is still widely seen in its historic and wealthy cities. The style of architecture declares allegiance to the Venetians and the elegant villas of the ruling class are scattered all over the fertile farming estates. This is a fascinating region, as culturally diverse as it is geographically with a pleasant climate all year round – the presence of the warm sea and the Alps shielding it from the north winds. Those same peaks of the Dolomite range are well known for some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and narrow deep valleys. The towns and cities of The Veneto are really magical at Christmas, elegantly decorated, gorgeous piazzas, traditional shops and a Christmas Market that bring a special atmosphere. Our chosen family run hotel pulls out all the stops to make this a Christmas to remember with unique attractions and some festive specials.




Thursday (21st) - Very early morning departure from Dorset to Folkestone for Channel crossing to France and on to Mercure Hotel Saarbrucken Sud for dinner and overnight stay.

Friday (22nd) - After breakfast resume southbound and ascend the Alps with views of snow-covered peaks, entering Italy and descending into Bassano with a welcome glass of Prosecco while the bags are portered. A delicious 3 course dinner this evening with tea/coffee to follow.

Saturday (23rd) - Staying fairly local we shall first "Walk in History" at the medieval town of Cittadella - the only European town to have a complete elliptical walkable parapet to its intact town walls. At 15 metres high they give an amazing view down onto the narrow streets and red roofs. During Advent there is a little Christmas market in Piazza Scalco and the streets are lit with fairy lights and filled with music creating a very festive atmosphere - truly enchanting. Later we make the short drive to Castlefranco Veneto, another walled town, the symbol of which is its impressive twelfth-century castle complete with intact towers. The enclosed old town is very small so easy to explore - the main sight being the Duomo (cathedral) which contains an alter-piece by the famous artist Giorgione who was born here in 1478. Back at the hotel this afternoon we are treated to cakes and tea/coffee before a 4 course speciality dinner this evening.

Sunday (24th) - To the UNESCO city of Verona, backdrop to the story of Romeo and Juliet - there are so many sights to enjoy within the knot of narrow lanes in the heart of the town: see the Roman Bridge and Amphitheatre, the 16th century City Gates, Piazza del Erbe and Juliet's House to name a few. There is a quaint German style Christmas Market with over 100 wooden chalets selling gifts and culinary treats. The streets are festooned with fairy lights and decorations which make it a sight not to be missed. Back at the hotel enjoy another 4 course Christmas Eve dinner followed by live musical entertainment into the night.

Monday (25th) - Christmas morning at leisure to relax in the hotel and exchange gifts. A traditional English style Turkey Christmas meal with roast potatoes and vegetables is served at lunchtime. This afternoon maybe take a stroll into Bassano - under porticoes and through the lanes and squares, past renaissance palaces and medieval churches leading to the river. Here stands the towns most impressive symbol, the Ponte Vecchio is a wooden covered pontoon bridge, rebuilt many times but always faithful to Palladio's 16th century original - the views of the mountains and valley are breathtaking from here. A light buffet of soup and sandwiches is provided this evening.

Tuesday (26th) - Visit another stunning UNESCO heritage city - this time Vicenza. View fabulous palaces in the streets of the historic centre in a harmonious blend of architectural styles. Andrea Palladio, who designed the bridge at Bassano, made Vicenza his adoptive city and had a major impact on its appearance marrying sophistication with rustic simplicity. Not all sights relate to Palladio's 16th century creations - The Basilica St Felice dates back to the 4th century, the Duomo (cathedral) to the 8th among many others that beg a photo. Back at the hotel this afternoon we shall enjoy more delicious cakes and snacks. After dinner there will be another evening of live musical entertainment.

Wednesday (27th) - A fond farewell from our host family as we head back across the mountains bound for Saarbrucken in Germany for overnight stay at Mercure Hotel with dinner and breakfast.

Thursday (28th) - Homewards through France to Calais for afternoon Channel crossing and return to Dorset that evening.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Hotel Belvedere, Bassano del Grappa

The Belvedere is the history of Bassano – the building dates from the 15th century and has been recently renovated to a fabulous 4 star standard while managing to retain much of its atmosphere.  Located just a few steps from the historic squares of the old town and famous Palladio Bridge across the River Brenta, it continues to offer genuine, sincere hospitality in the best Italian tradition. Bedrooms are tastefully decorated and furnished and provide a private bathroom with free toiletries and hairdryer, TV with satellite channels, phone, minibar, heating/air-con, safe and free wifi. The B38 Restaurant offers a gourmet experience with traditional yet innovative menus handed down from generation to generation – and on Christmas day you are treated to an English style Turkey Christmas Lunch. The American Bar is a cosy place to socialise and live musical entertainment is provided on both Christmas Eve and Boxing Day nights. There is a 24 hour front desk, a lift to all floors and English is widely spoken by staff.


Tour Price: £869.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £75.00


Price includes:  All coach travel,  Return Channel crossings, 2 x overnight hotel Saarbrucken, 5 nights hotel Bassano, Half board meals, Christmas Day turkey lunch, 2 x afternoon cakes Bassano,  Welcome Prosecco Bassano, Porterage at all hotels, 2 nights live music Bassano.


NB: Eurotunnel has announced significant increases in coach tariffs for the Christmas period (over £1250.00 increase since last year). We simply can not afford to absorb this increase and do not wish to apply a supplement thereby increasing your holiday price.  We are able to obtain Dover/Calais cross channel ferry crossings at much more reasonable prices and have swapped the tour onto that route.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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