You can tailor make your Christmas and New Year holiday by rail to exciting destinations throughout Europe including Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany and Austria.
Why not explore a Christmas market? The beauty of these is that they still convey a real traditional Christmas feel and many gifts are not mass-produced, instead they are craftwork of real quality. Each market has its own character, developed over the centuries and built around regional specialities or local customs. Here you can find all kinds of Christmas goodies and presents, especially traditional items such as crib figurines, toys, wood carvings, marionettes, candles and lambskin shoes. Many are difficult to resist – as are the warming glass of delicious mulled wine, the sizzling sausages or hot chestnuts with their evocative aromas that are so welcome on crisp winter days.
Celebrate Christmas in true style in the magical city of Venice. Treat yourself to the charm and delights of incomparable Venice over the festive season. A short break in this most romantic of cities is the ultimate Christmas gift.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you for all the effort you put in, at very short notice, to organise what was a truly superb holiday.
We had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed everywhere we went. To make a great holiday even better, on our last night on Lake Garda, we got engaged!
Brief Feedback on travel
Rail Travel: All great – real pleasure to travel first class – all on time and smooth running
Ferries: Fine – Genoa (where we entered mainland Italy) was an unexpected pleasure – lovely city
Taxi transfers – all very good – on time and nice people
Brief feedback on Hotels
Marseille – Nice hotel right on the old port – everything within easy walking distance – boat tours literally across the street from the hotel (we visited the Calanques). Nice quiet room and helpful staff.
Stintino – The shuttle service to the beach was excellent and the staff were terrific – really friendly and helpful. And the breakfasts – oh my word! The best we have ever tasted. We read the reviews before we went and everybody was talking about the breakfasts and we thought well, how good can a breakfast be? Answer – unbelievable!
Garda – WHAT A VIEW! Our room was on the rooftop and had a terrace directly looking onto the lake. I would have said the breakfast was tremendous. but we had been spoiled by Stintino! Very helpful staff (we used the hotel’s bikes and they gave good advice on boat trips and train times to Venice).
Once again, many thanks Guy – brilliant holiday thanks to you and your team