Christmas on the Italian Riviera

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22 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
Duration: 6 days
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The sweeping Italian Riviera is the perfect backdrop for enjoying this special time of year.

It’s Christmas, and what better time to whisk yourself away to the beautiful setting of Italy? The sweeping Italian Riviera is the perfect backdrop for enjoying this magical time of year. Hugged by the Maritime Alps and the warm waters of the Ligurian Sea, it offers incredible scenery and an inviting climate. Together with charming resorts which echo old-world glamour – it’s the perfect destination to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. We stay in one such place, Diano Marina, where you have plenty of time to switch off and relax. You can even join our included excursion to experience the style and panache of the neighbouring French Riviera on our trip to Monte Carlo, followed by free time in the sleepy coastal town of Menton.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Lille
  • Return TGV from Lille to Nice
  • Welcome drink at our hotel
  • Five nights’ half board accommodation in Diano Marina
  • Indulge in a traditional Italian Christmas Eve candlelit dinner and Christmas lunch
  • Enjoy a local festivity of hot chocolate and panettone on Christmas Eve after midnight mass
  • You’ll love wine tasting at our hotel with an evening of live music
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Walking tour of Diano Marina and the medieval village of Cervo
  • Visit to Monaco, Monte Carlo and Menton

Optional excursion available:
San Remo and the hilltop village of Dolceacqua: Call for price information

Day 1: London – Diano Marina

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Lille and continue by TGV to Nice. From here we travel by coach to Diano Marina, where we check in at our hotel and unwind with a welcome drink.

Day 2: Diano Marina

Today is free for you to spend at leisure or take a walking tour with our Tour Manager in our pretty resort. You can relax in our hotel and enjoy the facilities, head to the fine sandy beach, or venture into the old town to browse the shops and sample local delicacies. There’s also an 11th-century castle where traces of the town’s ancient past can be found.

Day 3: Christmas Eve in Diano Marina

Relax in our resort or join our optional excursion visiting San Remo and Dolceacqua. San Remo is Italy’s answer to the French resort of Monte Carlo, where you can explore the atmospheric old town and the port filled with luxurious yachts. The hilltop village of Dolceacqua enjoys a picture perfect setting, with the Nervia river running through its heart and the spectacular medieval bridge connecting it. This evening we enjoy a traditional Italian Christmas dinner by candlelight at our hotel and our Tour Manager will walk to the local church for anyone wanting to attend midnight mass, followed by hot chocolate with panettone on our return.

Day 4: Christmas Day in Diano Marina

Merry Christmas! Relax in resort and enjoy a traditional Italian Christmas lunch at our hotel.

Day 5: Boxing Day in Monaco, Monte Carlo & Menton

Today you can explore the French Riviera on our included excursion by coach. First we visit Monaco, which overlooks a glorious stretch of the Mediterranean coast, and enjoy free time in the popular area of Monte Carlo. Our final stop is Menton, a sleepy coastal town filled with little alleyways, pastel coloured villas and lush gardens that cascade towards the sea.

Day 6: Diano Marina – London

We retrace our route to the Eurostar and return to London.

PROVISIONAL TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 08.19
      Arrives Nice 21.04

    Return Journey

      Departs Nice 10.00
      Arrives London 20.39

Hotel Palace, Diano Marina

This 4 star hotel is perfectly located in front of a sandy beach with the old town and the shopping centre easily reached along the seaside promenade. All of the bedrooms are well furnished and equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, balcony, safe, hairdryer, magnifying mirror, telephone and Wi-Fi. You can enjoy delicious meals and sea views in the restaurant and there is also a wellness room with a sauna and Jacuzzi, and a rooftop terrace where you can admire the views across the bay.