Mediterranean Christmas & Monaco

6 Days

22nd Dec 2018 - From £999 pp

XR12

Free Drinks in Italy

All Info

Overview

This super holiday taking in the Italian and French Rivieras and Monaco, starts with a relaxing, escorted train journey, or flight, to the Mediterranean. Arriving at our 4 star hotel overlooking the sea in Bordighera, Italy, in time for dinner and free drinks, settle in for a warm and welcoming Christmas holiday. On the Riviera enjoy delicious food, free drinks every night and visits to Monaco, Nice, San Remo and Dolceacqua.


Monaco

Nice

Bordighera

Monaco

Dolceacqua

Monaco

Itinerary

Day 1: Eurostar to Nice
Check-in at St Pancras for a morning departure by Eurostar to Lille or Paris (from Ebbsfleet on request). On arrival transfer to our TGV train for the onward journey to Nice where we join our coach for the transfer to Bordighera (approx 45 minutes). Alternatively travel to and from Nice by air from regional UK airports - see flight information. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel,

Day 2: Monaco
After breakfast join our included excursion to Monaco and Monte Carlo where you can enjoy the architecture, including the Casino and the Royal Palace and marvel at the prices in the windows of the designer shops and boutiques. You can also visit the Christmas market. Return to the hotel for dinner and free drinks.

Day 3: Christmas Eve: Nice
We travel by coach to Nice, overlooking the Bay of Angels, the Capital of the Riviera and famous for is stunning Promenade des Anglais and old town. Here we visit the Christmas Market in Place Massena. Return to Bordighera for candlelit dinner and free drinks at the hotel. For those who wish you may like to attend the ‘Foegu Du bambin’ (baby Jesus bonfire’ which takes place in the historical centre of Bordighera after midnight Mass and hot chocolate and mulled wine is available.

Day 4: Christmas Day: San Remo
This morning is at leisure in Bordighera. We travel to San Remo a charming seaside resort known as Italy’s Monte Carlo and the ‘City of Flowers’ with stunning views on all sides, a large selection of bars, cafes and shops, and the casino, the town is known for its splendour and Grandeur. We have lunch in a local restaurant and time to explore the town. We return to our hotel for a Festive dinner and free drinks.

Day 5: Boxing Day: Dolceacqua and Isolbona
Today we have a half day excursion to Dolceacqua, a medieval village at the foot of the Rebuffao mountains. Here you can meander through the village streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single arched bridge with a span of 33 metres to the 15th century ‘new’ town. Afterwards we travel to Isolbona for a wine tasting. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel followed by live music.

Day 6: To UK
Depart the hotel after breakfast for the drive to Nice Station. We board the TGV to Lille or Paris where we transfer to Eurostar for the return to St Pancras (to Ebbsfleet on request). We expect to arrive mid-evening. Alternatively transfer to Nice Airport for a return afternoon flight to the UK.

Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Included

  • Escorted throughout

  • Return Eurostar & TGV rail travel London St Pancras or Ebbslfleet to Nice OR return flights with luggage - see flight information

  • 5 nights sharing a twin/double room bedded room at the 4-star Parigi Hotel, Bordighera with buffet breakfasts & dinners and free drinks 6pm to 11pm every night - local brands of beer, wine & spirits

  • Lunch in San Remo on 25th December

  • Excursions as stated

  • Wine tasting in Isolbona

  • All transfers abroad


Accommodation Options:
  • Single room supplement £125

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

Accommodation

Hotel Parigi
4-star - Hotel Parigi, Bordighera
Run by the Sattanino family, the Hotel Parigi, famous since the early 1900s as the choice of royalty, offers a rich variety of services introduced over the years to satisfy evolving holiday styles. Bordighera is a charming seaside resort with stunning views on all sides, on a clear day you can see Monte Carlo. Less commercial than other resorts along the coast and a large selection of bars, cafes and shops. The hotel is situated on the seafront and offers a wellness centre, private beach, bar and restaurant. All rooms are en-suite and have private balconies, air-conditioning, satellite TV and hairdryers.
Bordighera

Rail Travel




Eurostar – London to Lille or Paris
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 1 hour 40 minutes to Lille and around 2 hours 15 minutes to Paris. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
TGV – Lille or Paris to Nice
Taking the train is easily the most civilised and stress-free way to travel through France. For Nice, on the French Riviera, we hop on the 186mph TGV at Lille Europe station, or Paris Gare de Lyon station. Sit back, relax and let scenic France pass by the train windows. The journey is around 5 to 6 hours. The train has a buffet car which sells drinks and snacks, but there’s nothing to stop you taking your own food and drink (including wine & beer) to enjoy at leisure.
Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.
Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).

Flight Information & Options

Flights available from Heathrow & Gatwick

  • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and the airport. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to two hours, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport early before your return flight check in opens


  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.