Christmas in Santa Margherita

7 Days from £1,299.00

As you spend Christmas on the beautiful Italian Riviera you'll explore the chic resorts of Rapallo and Portofino and discover the delightful cliff-top villages known as the Cinque Terre. A sightseeing tour of Genoa, with its UNESCO-listed palaces, and a festive Christmas lunch in your elegant hotel are two more highlights. You can also opt to admire the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the medieval walled city of Lucca on a fascinating optional day out.

Departure from: Dec 2019 - Dec 2019


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  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways 
  • 6 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
  • 13 meals: 6 breakfasts, Christmas Day lunch, 6 dinners


  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included holiday highlights

  • ​Visit the beautiful Italian Riviera resorts of Rapallo and Portofino
  • Tour of the historical port city of Genoa and its UNESCO-listed palaces
  • Explore the stunning Cinque Terre 
  • Enjoy a stroll in Santa Margherita Ligure on Christmas Day

Your Itinerary


Day 1 UK/Santa Margherita Ligure

​Depart on your flight to Pisa today. On arrival we will transfer you to your elegant hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure, a beautiful seaside resort and fishing town on the Italian Riviera.​

Day 2 Rapallo & Portofino

​You can look forward to a day of exploration in lovely surroundings, as you enjoy an included excursion today. Your discoveries begin in the beautiful riviera town of Rapallo, which boasts a small medieval castle, seaside promenade and an historic centre.
You've plenty of free time here to stop for a spot of lunch if you wish before we visit Portofino, which we'll reach by boat. What used to be a small fishing village is today an exclusive resort favoured by Italy's rich and famous. A walk along the cliff past the church of San Giorgio will reward you with unrivalled views of its picturesque harbour lined with pastel-shaded houses.​

Day 3 Genoa

​You'll discover the large port city of Genoa today on an included guided tour. In the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus, you'll wander through medieval alleyways and admire the UNESCO-listed Palazzi dei Rolli. These magnificent palaces were built in the Strade Nuove district between the 16th and 18th centuries as residences for aristocratic families, as well as to host visiting dignitaries.
You'll have free time for lunch and to explore Genoa further at your own pace. It is home to a wide range of museums and art galleries, as well as Italy's largest aquarium, where you can discover more than 500 species of fish.​

Day 4 Christmas Eve Cinque Terre

​After breakfast you'll head to the area known as the Cinque Terre. These five enchanting villages are perched high on cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea and are accessible only by train, boat or footpath. On your included excursion you will take the train to visit a few of them.
Back at the hotel, enjoy an evening of live music after dinner.

Day 5 Christmas Day Santa Margherita Ligure

​Enjoy a relaxing start to Christmas Day with a leisurely breakfast and a stroll around Santa Margherita Ligure with your Tour Manager. As you walk along the esplanade, which is lined by palm trees, you might see locals out buying cakes and pastries to enjoy on this special day.
Back at the hotel we'll be served a traditional festive lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing at your hotel, before dinner this evening.

Day 6 Boxing Day Pisa & Lucca

​Today is free for you to spend just as you wish. You can relax at the hotel or explore lovely Santa Margherita Ligure further. However, if you'd like to discover more of Italy, why not join an optional excursion, which begins as we visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. One of four buildings that make up the Field of Miracles, this iconic landmark took 176 years to complete and began to lean shortly after construction.
Next, you'll continue to the well-preserved walled town of Lucca, which is renowned for its medieval and Renaissance architecture. It is also famous as the birthplace of the composer Puccini and home of the Volto Santo Crucifix, which is kept in the exquisite cathedral.

Day 7 Santa Margherita Ligure/UK

​After breakfast we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.​


Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.


Day 1 - 6 :

Hotel Continental
You will stay at the Hotel Continental - set within a beautiful hillside garden in the coastal town of Santa Margherita Ligure. Overlooking the sea, picturesque harbour and the old fishing town, this elegant Art Nouveau hotel has a private beach. Guest rooms feature private facilities, TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer and free wi-fi. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, lift and wellness & fitness centre.

Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.


SAT 21 DEC 19

London (Heathrow)




British Airways

Saturday 21 December 2019


08:20 London (Heathrow)


11:30 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

British Airways

British Airways - BA

Friday 27 December 2019


18:15 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)


19:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Italy - Pisa and Lucca at Christmas

FROM £60.00

Head to Pisa to see its famous Leaning Tower. This bell tower resides in the Field of Miracles beside an amazing collection of religious buildings. Head inside the cathedral to see the marble pulpit created by the great sculptor Giovanni Pisano and nearby you’ll see a bronze lamp that according to a popular story Galileo was watching sway gently when the law of the pendulum occurred to him. Whether this tale is true or not, Galileo grew up here, so surely he was inspired by his surroundings. Continue to the perfectly preserved walled town of Lucca where you’ll find fine examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture, charming piazzas and even a tree-topped tower on a stroll through its historic centre.

Please note: Entrance fees are payable locally at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the cathedral.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Must See