Christmas with an option for New Year too on Italy's beautiful and mild Ligurian Riviera, to enjoy a Christmas with a difference. This festive break offers a leisurely christmas week during which you can relax or sightsee as much as you wish. Daily itineraries are available and range from leisurely strolls around some of Ligurias' most beautiful Riviera resort towns, to full and half-day self-guided walking itineraries along some of the Rivieras' most scenic and often unknown stretches of coast. 4, 6 or 9 nights - XMAS plus New Year extension. Plan to arrive in the afternoon/evening of the 24th. Christmas Eve is the main, most celebrated festive dinner in Italy, so arrive early and allow yourself time to settle in.
What's included |> Accommodation in charming, family run 3-Star hotel |> Dinner on christmas eve and christmas day |> Holiday schedule and Trip Guide |> Daily, self-guided itineraries |> Suggested transfer times and practical tips for using the trains |> English speaking helpline in Italy should you need advice or assistance during your holiday. What's not included |> Flight tickets |> train travel to and from your chosen daily itineraries.
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TRIP OVERVIEW - 24th to 28th December for 4 night stays, 24th to 30th December for 6 night stays, 24th to the 2nd January for 9 night stays.
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Day 1: 24th December, transfer Day.
Fly to Genoa or Pisa airport. Convenient railway services to resort village from Pisa and Genoa airports. Airport transfers from Genoa (1h30) and Pisa (2h15). Arrange to arrive at the airport no later than mid-afternoon. Christmas Eve Dinner, Italian style at the hotel. View photos of your resort village.
Day 2: 25th December, Christman Day.
The morning free to relax. Christmas Day Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon free to do as you please or, take a light & leisurely, self-guided trip around and the resort town where you are staying. Dinner at the hotel. View photos of this Levante Riviera resort.
Day 3: 26th December, Boxing Day.
Free day to do as you please or, take a light & leisurely, self-guided visit to Genoa, and see the historic centre, the port and perhaps even the impressive aquarium or, take a light & leisurely, self-guided trip to Camogli. Dinner at the hotel. View photos of Camogli.
Day 4: 27th December.
Take a light & leisurely, self-guided trip to Santa Margherita and Portofino or, have a free day to do as you please. Dinner at the hotel.
View photos of Portofino.
Day 5: 28th December, transfer day for those staying 4 nights.
Christmas Itinerary: 6 nights & 5 full days. For those staying longer, free day to do as you please or, take a self-guided walking trip along the Cinque Terre or, perhaps a self-guided sightseeing day trip to Milano. Dinner at the hotel. View photos of the Cinque Terre.
Day 6: 29th December.
Take a day trip Pisa or, have a free day to do as you please. Dinner at the hotel. View photos of Pisa.
Day 7: 30th December, transfer day for those staying 6 nights.
Christmas & New Year Itinerary: 9 nights & 8 full days. Free day to do as you please or, take a light & leisurely, self-guided trip to Camogli or, take a shopping trip to Genova. Dinner at the hotel. View photos of Genova.
Day 8: 31st December, New Year's Eve.
Free day to do as you please or, take a self-guided sightseeing trip to Portovenere. Dinner at the hotel. View photos of Portovenere.
Day 9: 1st January, New Year's Day.
Free day to do as you please or, take a leisurely afternoon stroll around the quaint beach resort of Levanto to start the New Year or, for those preferring something more energetic, take a half-day coastal walk from your resort town. Dinner at the hotel. View photos of this beautiful Levante Riviera coastal walk.
Day 10: 2nd January, transfer day.
Plan to fly out in the afternoon.
ADDITIONAL INFO: Choose a festive 'CHRISTMAS IN ITALY' holiday
Spend Christmas and possibly the New Year too on Italy's beautiful and mild Ligurian Riviera. Enjoy a relaxing week just pottering around or walk as many of our self-guided itineraries as you wish, to discover better the Italian Riviera. Daytime temperatures during the winter rarely drop below 12 degrees C, with 14/16 degree maximums possible even on New Year's day - under a blue sky and a winter sun, it is not so uncommon to see 'odd' people taking a swim. Ideal christmas break for those who'd like to get away to somewhere different for the festivities, to relax but have the possibility to better explore the Levante Riviera and resort towns should they wish. Leisurely strolls around coastal towns or full-day, moderately paced walking tours. Extend your stay You need not be especially fit nor used to regular walking for the visits to Liguria's seaside resorts, which are typically leisurely strolls around the resort centre and promenade.
For those wishing to do some of our full and half-day self-guided walking itineraries, a reasonable level of fitness is required and you should at least be fairly used to regular walking.
All of the daily itineraries above are suggestions and can be changed with any of our itineraries described in Italian Riviera Walks & Italian Riviera Towns.
Holiday starts and ends in Genoa.
- 4 nights: B&B costs EUR 395pp, HB costs EUR 525pp.
- 6 nights: B&B costs EUR 535pp, HB costs EUR 725pp.
- 9 nights: B&B costs EUR 555pp, HB costs EUR 910pp.
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