About the tour: Christmas on the Italian Riviera, New Year in Tuscany

Looking to escape it all and embark on a festive journey to some of Europe’s premier destinations over the Christmas holidays? Then why not enjoy this brand new two-centre break, spending a memorable Christmas on the spectacular Italian Riviera before moving on and celebrating New Year in style in picturesque Tuscany. This impressive tour will take you to some of Italy and France’s finest destinations including Florence, Rome, Nice, Eze and there’s even the opportunity to visit the world-famous Monte Carlo. So why not sit back, relax and let us take care of you on this incredible Italian festive holiday?

Tour Includes


  • 13 nights hotel with continental breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 11 evening meals
  • Travel by Silver Service
  • Convenient joining points

14 days from $3563 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 020 171 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Continue to Alassio on the Italian Riviera for a five-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we cross the border to the French Riviera on our included excursion to Eze and Nice. Our first stop is the medieval village of Eze and the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory, where we take a guided tour and discover some of the secrets to perfume making.

    After the tour, we have free time to explore Eze. Perched high above the Mediterranean, the village offers a spectacular view of the surrounding scenery, and offering narrow streets filled with quaint craft shops and art galleries, Eze is the perfect place to spend the morning.

    This afternoon we continue to the fashionable resort of Nice, the largest resort on the Mediterranean coast and the fifth largest city in France. You will have the afternoon free to explore all the city has to offer, including the old town, with its pastel façades and ornate balconies, and the flourishing Promenade des Anglais, which with its grand hotels and exclusive boutiques, provides a delightful place to relax.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Nice
    Nice

    Included Highlights

    • Nice
    • Eze

    Enjoy a day at leisure in Alassio, one of the best-known resorts in Liguria, where the ‘budello’, the road that runs parallel to the sea and beaches, is a haven for the shopper.

    We include a Christmas Day lunch and this evening we enjoy live music at the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Alassio
    Alassio

    Included Highlights

    • Alassio

    Enjoy an included visit to the exclusive state of Monaco, with its striking Belle Epoque style casino and the famous Prince’s Palace. The Principality of Monaco’s eight square miles from the smallest and almost certainly wealthiest sovereign-state, with possibly more millionaires than anywhere else on earth.

    Nicknamed “The Rock” this tiny capital is built against the mountains and sprawls down to the glittering shores of the Riviera. There is a fascination with Monaco's ruling Grimaldi family, especially since Prince Rainier III’s marriage to the former film star Grace Kelly.

    One of the few autocratic Monarchies left in the world, the relationship between Monaco and France is an interesting one. Any new law passed in France is automatically sent to the ruler of the principality. If he likes it, it becomes a law in Monaco. If not, it doesn't!

    Take a stroll around the famous Formula 1 circuit; browse the sumptuous boutiques and marvel at the fabulous parks and gardens of this tiny paradise. Spend time in probably the most famous region of Monaco: Monte Carlo. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous, or if you feel lucky, take your chances in the famous Grand Casino where the lavish interiors are still decorated in the Belle Époque style.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Monaco
    Monaco & Monte Carlo

    Included Highlights

    • Monaco & Monte Carlo
    Today, on our optional excursion, we take a countryside tour into the lovely Nervia Valley and onto the charming village of Dolceacqua. Dominated by the ruined castle, this wine-producing village is built on either side of the churning River Nervia and connected by an arching 33 metre medieval stone bridge.

    The surrounding hills and terraced vineyards produce the grapes used to make the local Rossese wine or Vino di Dolceacqua.

    We continue to Menton, once a favourite winter resort of Queen Victoria. There will be free time for you to explore at your leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Menton
    Menton, harbour

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2019
    • Dolceacqua
    TBC
    • Menton
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We leave the Riviera and head to the spa town of Chianciano Terme, our next base for a five-night stay.

    En-route, we make a short stop in Pisa, seeing the Leaning Tower and the equally stunning black and white marble Duomo and Baptistry.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Pisa
    Pisa

    Included Highlights

    • Pisa

    Today, we enjoy a full-day excursion into Umbria, the ‘Green Heart of Italy’. It’s the only Italian region that has neither a coastline nor a border with a neighbouring country, so you can be sure you’re getting an authentic Italian experience here.

    We head to the picturesque hillside town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, one of Italy’s patron saints.

    Visit the Basilica featuring frescoes by Giotto, or for the perfect introduction to Assisi, why not join our optional, guided sightseeing tour?

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Assisi
    Assisi

    Included Highlights

    • Assisi

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2019
    • Assisi Guided Sightseeing
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Enjoy an included visit to the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome. Take in the breathtaking architecture of the ancient palaces and piazzas as we explore the Italian capital.

    With history around every corner and an abundance of culture to uncover, Rome is easily one of Italy’s most popular cities. And, it’s easy to see why… with remnants of the Roman Empire, renaissance art and world-famous landmarks scattered around this impressive place, there’s plenty to discover.

    Our optional guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot will introduce you to the principal sights, including the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum (admission to the Colosseum is at an extra cost).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Trevi Fountain
    Rome

    Included Highlights

    • Rome

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2019
    • Rome Guided Sightseeing Tour
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Today, you have the option to head out on a full-day optional excursion to two delightful Tuscan towns, Sienna and San Gimignano.

    Siena is one of the highlights of any visit to Tuscany. Explore the Piazza del Campo where the famous Palio di Siena horse race takes place, and see the famous Duomo.

    Next, we visit the charming, hill-top town of San Gimignano, which has beautiful views over the rolling Tuscan countryside.

    We head back to our hotel, where tonight we enjoy a gala dinner and live music, as we welcome 2020!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Siena
    Siena

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2019
    • Siena
    TBC
    • San Gimignano
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    After the previous night’s festivities, spend a leisurely day relaxing in resort.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    This morning we leave Chianciano and head to Florence, the artistic capital of Italy, with fashionable shops, museums, cafés and splendid architecture.

    The birthplace of Renaissance, Florence is a city brimming with history and culture. Its entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dominated by the outstanding Duomo, this Tuscan delight is a real treat.

    To get the most out of your time in Florence, why not join our optional, guided tour to get the most from your visit?

    Later, we continue to northern Italy for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Florence
    Florence

    Included Highlights

    • Florence

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2019
    • Florence Guided Sightseeing Tour
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    To northern France for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Christmas on the Italian Riviera, New Year in Tuscany 14 days from $3,563pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 020 171

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    On the Italian Riviera, you will stay for five nights at the 3-star Hotel Adler in Alassio. You will then stay for five nights at the 3-star Hotel Cristallo, in the spa town of Chianciano Terme. Overnight stays in northern France and northern Italy will be in city-style hotels.

    Novotel Reims Tinqueux

    Route de Soissons BP12 - A4-A26 Sortie Reims Tinqueux, 51431 Tinqueux Cedex,

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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