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CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR • Christmas time in Italy – What a better way to start your holiday season then visiting some of the best Christmas markets in Italy! We visit 4 wonderful markets packed with various local artisan crafts, yummy gastronomic specialties from speck to strudel, along with the tempting scent of delicious hot drinks. Each market is different in size and festivities – most are filled with wooden stalls, some are accompanied by songs from local musicians while another holds a Nativity Scene Exhibition with over 400 different scenes to look upon!
The markets have a strong German presence, especially the ones in the Northern region of Italy.
We also enjoy an afternoon cooking class while in Verona, the city most famous for the story of Romeo and Juliet. Come stroll the markets, grab a warm cup of Mulled wine, maybe pick up a few gifts along the way and take in what is the most wonderful time of the year!
DAY 1 | VERONA • If the story of Romeo and Juliet doesn’t pull you to Verona, this annual holiday market should. Verona holds a Nativity Scene Exhibition with over 400 different scenes to look upon! This is Italy’s largest display of nativities from all across the world.
Arrive this afternoon at our hotel in Verona, where we will meet our fellow travelers and enjoy an evening tour of this beautiful city.
DAY 2 | VERONA • We spend the morning shopping one of the best markets in Italy. After lunch we visit some of the best sights Verona has to offer.
DAY 3 | VERONA • Today you have the morning free to relax and do some shopping. We will meet this afternoon for a wonderful cooking class!
DAY 4 | TRENTO & BOLZANO • We depart Verona this morning for the Alps! We stop in Trento to visit their Christmas market, with its 68 wooden huts, this market has made the town of Trento, nestled at the foot of the Dolomites, one of the top destinations for holidaymakers looking for a Christmas atmosphere. Wooden huts sell traditional decorations for Christmas trees and nativity scenes, crafts, cakes, local products original gift ideas and gourmet specialties in a special food section. After an afternoon of shopping, we continue our drive deeper into the mountains arriving in Bolzano where we call home for the next 3 nights.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 | BOLZANO • This morning we explore the biggest and most famous of all the Christmas markets in Italy, the Bolzano market! With over 80 exhibitors, visitors can enjoy the sights, smells and sound of this Medieval borgo characterized by romantic porticoes and palazzi. Small orchestras sound Christmas music, and the stands sell imaginative Christmas tree decorations; artisan objects in wood, glass and ceramics; clothes made of loden (the area’s wool blend); and of course, delicious gastronomic specialties from speck to strudel, mulled wine, and the native sweet, Zelten. This afternoon we explore another small village in the Alps!
DAY 6 | MERANO & BOLZANO • Today explore the town of Merano, the historic health resort and leisure centre of the South Tyrol region in Northern Italy. The scent of hot drinks, spices and sweets blend the air, merging with the music and traditions of the holiday season. To experience the fullest of the joyful and merry festive atmosphere, you cannot go without visiting the outdoor skating rink in Piazza Terme, and the large market with 80 exhibitors offering a rich variety of ideas for gifts: decorations, glass and ceramics, traditional clothes, wooden statues, toys and local pastries. We end our day back in Bolzano for a wonderful farewell dinner tonight.
DAY 7 | BOLZANO • The tour is over after breakfast today with a group transfer to the train station where you can continue on with your travels.
Tour Begins: 4:00pm in our hotel in Verona.
Tour Concludes: In the morning after breakfast in Bolzano.
$4,200 Per person/Double occupancy
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- 6 nights double occupancy lodging in 3 and 4 star hotels w/ private bathroom.
- All breakfasts
- 3 lunches with the local wine
- 5 dinners with the local wine
- All entry fees to parks and museums
- All ground transportation
- All local guides
- Cooking Class
- All tours as described in the itinerary
- Tips to drivers and local guides
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Air transportation
- Transfers to and from hotels at the beginning and end of the tour.
- Hotel tourist tax (see Roommates section below for details)
Required Trip Insurance
Please note that trip insurance is required to join us on a Ciao Darcy trip. Trip cancellation insurance will protect all deposits and payments for land and air costs if you are required to cancel your tour. We recommend www.travelguard.com
Minimum Travelers: We only run trips with 4 or more guests. If a trip has fewer attendees at 30 days before the trip dates, we will cancel the trip. However, if this were to happen, we can give you the option of a private tour with a surcharge applied.
We have partnered with boutique hotels that meet the Ciao Darcy standards of service.
Double Occupancy: Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you’re a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you’ll each pay the double occupancy rate.
Single Occupancy: Need some alone time? We hear you. That’s why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself.
If you do not have a travel partner, you can purchase single occupancy room and have it all to yourself! We do not pair up trip attendees because we find there is not enough privacy in the rooms to allow strangers to room together.
Please note: Many cities in Italy and France have recently implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order to “to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports.” We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check- out. The tax is usually 1 euro per hotel star per person per night. (A four star hotel will usually be four euro per person per night).