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Christmas & New Year on the Italian & French Riviera

11 Days from £1,999

Christmas & New Years holiday on the Italian and French Riviera

Spend Christmas discovering the scenic highlights of the Italian Riviera, then explore the delights of Cannes, Nice and St Tropez as you celebrate the New Year in France.

Departure from: Dec 2019 - Dec 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

​​Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
10 nights half board in  3 & 4-star hotels
21 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners including traditional Christmas Day dinner with live music
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Welcome and farewell drinks
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Included holiday highlights

  • Visit Dolceacqua and Sanremo and enjoy a wine-tasting in Isolabona
  • Candlelit Christmas Eve dinner
  • Discover glamorous Monaco and Monte Carlo
  • Discover the highlights of Cannes and Nice
  • Explore the lovely resorts of St Raphael and St Tropez​

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Alassio

​​After flying to Nice, we'll transfer you to Alassio, a seaside resort on the beautiful Italian Riviera. Your hotel boasts an enviable position right on the seafront and we'll enjoy a welcome drink together this evening. ​

Day 2 Christmas Eve Dolceacqua & Sanremo

​​After breakfast we'll make our way to the ancient village of Dolceacqua. A river divides it into two districts which are connected by a pretty bridge, and you'll have some free time to look around and admire the 15th century castle perched on top of a hill.
We then move on to Isolabona for a wine-tasting and we'll round off our sightseeing in stylish Sanremo. Its Old Town is full of narrow streets and alleyways and the casino here was built in 1905. ​
Back at the hotel, a candlelit dinner will be served this evening.

Day 3 Christmas Day Alassio

​It's Christmas Day, so why not relax and enjoy a leisurely day at the hotel, or maybe go for a stroll along the beach. This evening there will be live music as we sit down to enjoy a traditional Christmas Day dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.

Day 4 Boxing Day Monaco & Monte Carlo

​After breakfast, we're going to make our way to Monte Carlo in nearby Monaco. Oozing glitz and glamour, Monte Carlo occupies a stunning spot between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, and the lavish Casino di Monte Carlo is one of Europe's finest examples of belle époque architecture. Enjoy some time to soak up the atmosphere and make your own discoveries.

Day 5 Portofino & Santa Margherita

​You've a free day to do just as you please today, or if you want to continue exploring, there's an optional cruise to Portofino. What used to be a tiny fishing port is today the Italian Riviera's most exclusive resort offering designer boutiques and a fine selection of cafés and bars. You'll also visit the picturesque seaside resort of Santa Margherita, which is home to a lovely palm-fringed harbour.

Day 6 Cannes

​After breakfast, we're going to say farewell to Italy and cross the border into France. We'll make our way to the city of Cannes, our base for the remainder of the holiday. 

Day 7 Cannes & Nice

​​Cannes is known for its long sandy beaches, designer boutiques, sleek yachts and the renowned annual film festival. Today we'll discover many of its highlights on an included excursion. We'll walk along La Croisette, a palm-lined promenade which curves along the seafront, and explore Le Suquet, a labyrinth of streets snaking out from the picturesque port.
We'll then continue to the glamorous city of Nice, where a drive up Mont Boron will reward us with fantastic views of the city, the Mediterranean Sea and the Bay of Angels. We'll also spend some time in the Cimiez district. Queen Victoria was once a regular at the Regina Palace Hotel here, and her statue still stands at the entrance to the district. Other attractions include an ancient Roman theatre.​

Day 8 Cannes

​Enjoy a leisurely day. Maybe you'll choose to stroll into Cannes this afternoon before dinner is served back at the hotel.

Day 9 New Year's Eve St Raphael & St Tropez

​Today's excursion takes you to the delightful resort of St Raphael, where you can explore its old quarter and take a stoll along its picturesque promenade. Next you'll head to what is one of the most beautiful destinations in the South of France, St Tropez, which boasts sandy beaches, cobbled streets and chic boutiques and eateries. Admire its yacht-lined harbour before taking a walk around the Old Town, which is home to a 7th century citadel.
Back at the hotel there's time to get ready for tonight's New Year's Eve celebration. You'll head to the Salon Riviera for dinner, followed by dancing until the early hours.

Day 10 New Year's Day

​​Today has been left free for you to spend at leisure. A buffet lunch and drinks will be served, followed by a light dinner this evening.

Day 11 Cannes/UK

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


Accommodation

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.

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Day 1 - 5 :

Hotel Eden
3** Hotel Eden in Alassio is a charming liberty style hotel. Today, as in the past, you are fashinated by its splendid position direct on the sea, in the old fisherman borought. Its well-lighted bedrooms have decorated high ceilings and are equipped with TV, minibar and safe.


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.

 
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MON 23 DEC 19

London (Heathrow)

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Outbound
British Airways

Monday 23 December 2019

Departs

12:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

15:05 Nice (Cote D'azur Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Thursday 02 January 2020

Departs

12:30 Nice (Cote D'azur Intl)

Arrives

13:50 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 - Scenic Cruise to Portofino and Santa Margherita

FROM £72

Santa Margherita is one of the most elegant resorts on the Italian Riviera. You can discover its charm on our optional excursion, which also includes a visit to Portofino, which we'll reach by boat (weather permitting). What used to be a quiet fishing village is now one of the region's most exclusive resorts, filled with designer boutiques and a fine selection of restaurants and bars. Take a walk among its maze of streets to the Church of St Giorgio, which is close to the harbour. Perhaps take a seat at a café here and enjoy spectacular views across the bay as you sip a coffee or enjoy a chilled glass of wine.

¾ Day – Moderate Walking – Must See

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