Italy’s northernmost province is the stunning destination for this Christmas break. Situated in the heart of the Dolomites, our hotel offers views over an incredible landscape of mountain peaks. Our days are spent exploring the towns hidden in the scenic mountain basins, full of myths, legends, and deep-rooted festive traditions. Medieval legacies and Alpine peaks offer fascinating excursions and make stunning backdrops for Christmas markets that are laden with unique handmade gifts and radiate the tempting aromas of pastries, cakes and spiced refreshments.
5 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Venice. On arrival we make our way to Dobbiaco, located close to the border of Italy and Austria and the Hotel Laurin (3T). A welcome drink will be waiting for us and dinner is included at our hotel this evening.
Day 2 Bolzano
For today we have arranged an excursion to Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, including a stroll around its charming historic centre and the famous Christmas markets. Bolzano owes its unique atmosphere and hospitality to the lively streets and squares which lend themselves perfectly to hosting Italy’s largest Christmas market. We have free time to take lunch and meander amongst wooden market stalls to the sound of barrel organs, or you have time to visit Ötzi - one of the world’s best-known human finds from the ice age - at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. This afternoon we return to our hotel, with dinner arranged here later.
Day 3 Christmas Eve - Brunico and Bressanone
Today we have a full-day excursion starting in Brunico, the main town in the Puster Valley. Located in the middle of a wide basin between the Dolomites to the south and the lofty summits of the central Alpine crest to the north, this picturesque town has been protected by the elegant episcopal Brunico Castle since the 13th century. In the town square, the Christmas market is scented with the spice of culinary delights that fuel the festive spirit. Enjoy free time here before we continue to Bressanone, the oldest town in the Tyrol. The history of this small holiday town can be read from the façades and art, hidden in the archways. Around the splendid Baroque cathedral, encircled by other, centuries-old buildings, you can find a Christmas market filled with hand-carved nativity scenes, candles and local specialities. We return to our hotel in the afternoon to prepare for dinner this evening. If you wish to attend a midnight mass service, you can do so at a local church of your choice.
Day 4 Christmas Day - Baranci
After a leisurely festive morning at the hotel, we enjoy a journey by ski chairlift up to Mount Baranci, a popular ski resort where we’ll be greeted with a warming glass of mulled wine and refreshments, as well as a delicious lunch. The Monte Baranci is part of the Dolomiti di Sesto and is served by the world’s largest ski carousel, Dolomiti Superski. Enjoy the sights before we return to our hotel, where we have a five-course Christmas dinner to look forward to this evening, including wine, spumante and panettone.
Day 5 Boxing Day - Cortina d’Ampezzo
We have a full-day excursion to Cortina d’Ampezzo, considered Italy’s premier mountain resort. On our visit we’ll stroll around its undeniably beautiful historic centre with vine-clad buildings framed by the magnificent Alps. Cortina is queen of the Italian lifestyle, culture and gastronomy and you might choose to spend your free time as many Italian visitors do - perusing the boutiques and the wooden huts of the small Christmas market decked with handmade goods, or by taking a cable car ride up to the Monte Cristallo, one of the tallest mountains in the Dolomites. In the afternoon, we return to our hotel where we take dinner tonight
Day 6 Dobbiaco - Venice - London
We transfer to Venice Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
• The journey time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 2-3 hours dependent upon traffic.
• Due to the nature of some of the included excursions which involve chairlift access, altitude, outdoor steps, snow and slippery terrain, it is advised you take appropriate non-slip footwear and suitable clothing. Customers are advised a good level of mobility is needed, in order to get the most out of the itinerary