Magic Italian Christmas Markets
Programme: from the 6th to the 24th December 2015
Day 1: Arrival at your hotel on Lake Garda. Welcome drink. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: After breakfast departure to Bolzano. Here the Christmas market is perhaps more important than elsewhere due to the great Germanic and Austrian traditions. The large Christmas market of Bolzano begins in the centre at Walther Platz, the city’s main square, and from there extends throughout the whole of the historic centre where you can admire not only the stands but open air museums, and performances for the young and old. In the afternoon visit to Merano’s Christmas market where you can find typical hand-made gifts crafted by Tyrolese artisans. On the way back to the hotel a short stop in the town of Garda for a taste of Vin Brulè, a typical winter beverage of the area made with spiced hot wine. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast departure to Trento to visit its typical Christmas market, with kiosks and stands that sell many types of local merchandize and hand-crafted products. In the afternoon stop at Arco to visit the traditional Habsburg market in the antique district assembled by little houses built in Austro-Hungarian style. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: After breakfast departure to Venice. Guided visit of St. Mark’s square, the Rialto Bridge and other interesting sites of this enchanting city built on the water on a pleasant walking tour through the Venetian alleys and across the canals. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: After Breakfast departure to Verona for a sightseeing tour. A walk through the historic centre to see the most significant monuments of the city such as the ancient Roman Amphitheatre called the Arena, Juliet’s balcony, the Scaliger Family Tombs, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra, where you can visit an international exhibition of Christmas mangers displayed inside the Arena. Break for cappuccino and pandoro, a typical cake eaten only during the Christmas festivities in Verona, today famous world round. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6: Departure after breakfast.
Pandoro di Verona
This refined, naturally eavened cake is the fruit of an ancient confectionery art. It is the traditional Christmas cake of Verona and probably got its name from its characteristic golden color, due to the eggs in its recipe. Some think it comes from an ancient, more humble family cake that the Veronese used to bake for Christmas: “nadalin”, a star-shaped cake, decorated with sugar, pine-seeds and anisette. The “real” history of Pandoro as we know it today starts in Verona towards the end of ‘800.
• 5 nights, bed and breakfast in a 3* hotel on Lake Garda
• Welcome drink
• Vin Brulè tasting
• Cappuccino and pandoro break
• Entrance to the Mangers exhibition
• Tour escort/guide as per program.
• Single supplement on request
• Europlan luxury coach as per program on request
• Tourist tax where applicable
Prices per person in two bedded room € 328,00