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Lake Garda – And the Trentino Christmas Markets - 6 Days

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From 294 € per person

· Enjoy Christmas Markets in wonderful settings
· Visit fascinating towns and picturesque medieval villages
· Great value for money

Spend some quality time in Northern Italy experiencing the joy of Advent in the mountains. Visit a range of different towns and villages each with their own special character and enjoy white snow-capped peaks and sip mulled wine as you experience the special atmosphere in these authentic traditional Christmas Markets.

Day 1
Arrive at your hotel in Trentino to be greeted by a welcome drink before enjoying dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast we head north to the town of Bolzano, a fascinating town where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and two distinct cultures and languages merge. Here Tyrolean traditions and cuisine meet Latin flavours, and the Christmas markets are heady with the scent of cinnamon and spices, whilst stands offer local delicacies and wonderful handmade gifts and decorated candles. On our way back to the hotel we call in on the market of Trento where we will enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine.

Day 3
Today you have a relaxing day to explore the lakeside resort of Riva del Garda. Take in a stroll along the lakeside promenade or explore the narrow streets of the old town

Day 4
We visit two of Italy’s most beautiful villages to sample their Christmas Markets on a altogether more intimate level. Our guided tour of the ancient villages of Canale and Rango will make you feel that you are experiencing a real life nativity play where you too take part!
Canale is an authentic medieval village dating back to the 1200’s, perched on a hill just a few miles from Riva del Garda which has become reborn since it was abandoned after World War 1. Your guide will explain the history of this village, explaining its rediscovery by artists in the 60’s before you will have some time to soak up the Christmas spirit in its cobbled alleyways and enjoy the delicacy of a Carne Salada roll accompanied by a glass of wine before we continue on to the village of Rango, passing by the hidden gem that is Lake Tenno.
Like Canale, Rango is a member of the Association of the most beautiful historic villages of Italy, and the traditional market stalls are cosily arranged in the porches and cellars of this typical old Trentino village. Here you will get familiar with the centuries old handicrafts and watch artisans as they make their goods and ply their trade. Both stops represent an altogether different but wonderful Christmas market experience.

Day 5
Today we embark on a circular tour taking in two of Trentino’s many ancient castles. Our first visit is to Toblino Castle which sits on a small promontory overlooking the lake of the same name, providing a majestic setting for this 900 year old fortress. You will see grand staterooms and preserved frescoes dating back to the 1500’s.
We continue on through the Cavedine Valley to Drena Castle, which is said to have been constructed on top of a prehistoric settlement. Strategically important and impregnable in medieval times, the castle protected the road that lead from Trento to Lake Garda. Your guide will give you the background on the impressive fortress with its well preserved remains. We will also acquaint you with the local drink grappa as we call in on a local distillery to sample the produce. As we make our way back to Riva we will call in on the town of Arco, dominated too, by its imposing hilltop castle ruins, to wander its narrow alleyways and quiet squares.

Day 6 Sadly today we must return home, and we depart our hotel after breakfast.

 

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • 5 nights with buffet breakfast
  • 5 x 4 course evening meals with salad/vegetable buffet
  • Guided visit to the Christmas Market in Bolzano and Trento with glass of mulled wine
  • Guided visit to the medieval markets of Canale and Rango
  • Round trip shuttle transfers from Coach park to Canale and Rango markets
  • Traditional local speciality snack of Carne Salada and a glass of wine
  • Guided day trip to the Castles of Trentino
  • Visit to a local distillery for a Grappa tasting
     
  • Ground transportation (if chosen) includes:
    2 x private airport transfers from the nearest hub
    Private coach hire for all the excursions
     

 

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23-11-2022 - 28-11-2022 | 6 Days

Grand Hotel Riva 4*

 
Details
  • per person in a twin/double room
    294 €
  • per person on twin/double room GROUND TRANSPORT INCLUDED
    394 €

Additional services

  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
    25 €

Grand Hotel Riva 4*

 
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Location: In the old-town of Riva del Garda with its enchanting little alleys, on the promenade, just 5 walk minutes from the beach

Rooms: 77 rooms with telephone, satellite-TV, safe, hairdryer and air-conditioning/heating

Facilities: Panoramic restaurant on the top floor, bar, lounge, 2 meeting rooms, lift and sun-terrace

Coach parking: At the former bus-station "Stazione Vecchia" 5 walk minutes from the hotel (extra charge)

 

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