Christmas in the Italian Dolomites
Lake Molveno, Italy
- Good Food
- Half board
Have a merry Christmas surrounded by dramatic mountains
With the mountains and a sparkling wintery setting beside the lake, look forward to a Christmas stay at this homely, chalet-style hotel.
7 nights in hotels
15 meals: 7 breakfasts 1 lunch and 7 dinners including Christmas day lunch with all the trimmings
Dedicated Saga Host
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Christmas lunch with all the trimmings
- Traditional Christmas Eve dinner
- Porterage at all hotels
- Borgo Rango visit and Christmas Market
- Wine tasting and Lake Garda
Hotel Alle Dolomiti, Via Lungo Lago 18, Trento, Italy
This boutique hotel is decorated throughout in a harmonious fusion of traditional Alpine and contemporary style, and its green credentials are a point of pride: natural materials furnish the interior – many of which were created by local craftsmen. The hotel also uses no fossil fuels and all food is seasonal and locally sourced.
All 38 air-conditioned and fully heated bedrooms have a balcony. Bathrooms have a shower but no bath.
You can upgrade to a partial lake view, a full lake view or a a junior suite for a supplement, subject to availability.
Food and Drink
Complimentary tea and coffee is available every afternoon.
During your stay, you can enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Activities may change from time to time and some activities may be at an extra charge.
- Orientation walk
- Talk on local food and drink
- Language class
- Travel to Trento
- Cable car rides (seasonal)
- Live music once a week
- English films showing nightly at the hotel
Other Hotel Information
Between exploring independently or on optional excursions why not visit the the brand new Il Bosco Incantato (Enchanted Forest) spa which encompasses sauna rooms and offers a range of treatments (extra charge; any guest booking a spa treatment will also have free entry to the rest of the spa). Guests staying at the hotel over their anniversary will receive a complimentary 25-minute couples’ massage. Cosy up in the mountain lodge-style lounge/bar, relax in the television room or library or maybe take a dip in the outdoor pool. Complimentary tea and coffee is available every afternoon. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
All passengers staying at the hotel will receive a Molveno card that offers discounts at local businesses in Molveno, Andalo and some of the surrounding villages e.g. 50% off boat hire, up to 40% off mini golf and tennis and 15% off tourist mini train. Some of these may be seasonal and unavailable during your stay.
VIP Club Lounge
Outdoor swimming pool
The hotel is located in the flat part of the village, just 300 metres from Lake Molveno where you can walk or cycle along paths that encircle its 12-kilometre edge. A choice of bars, cafes and restaurants are near the hotel too, although some of these may only be open during the summer months.
The transfer from Verona airport to the hotel is approximately two hours' drive away.
Set beneath the Brenta region of the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy, the village of Molveno is perched beside Lake Molveno on the edge of the wildlife-rich Adamello-Brenta Nature Park which is home to ibex and the brown bear. Beautiful beaches and forests surround the lake, making it the perfect place for walking, cycling, and horse riding, or you can go out on the water by rowing boat, windsurfer or pedalo (which can be rented locally).
You can explore further afield on a choice of optional excursions: perhaps spend a day at Lake Garda or venture up into the Dolomites, visit the historic city of Trento or head into South Tyrol to explore the cities of Bolzano and Merano.
22/12/2021 UK to Verona to Molveno
Fly to Verona (journey time approximately two hours, 84.5 miles) and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Alle Dolomiti (4Q) beside Lake Molveno.
After checking in, you'll have time to settle in to your room or perhaps make use of the hotel spa (extra charge) before joining a pre-dinner welcome drinks reception. D
This morning look forward to a welcome meeting and an orientation walk around Molveno with your Saga Host.
Afterwards either relax in your hotel or perhaps join an optional excursion to the winter sports resorts of Merano and Bolzano. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. B, D
24/12/2021 Christmas Eve: Molveno
This morning you're free to enjoy the hotel facilities. Perhaps take a stroll into Molveno with your Saga Host to admire the snowy scenery, take some Christmas card-worthy photographs and build up an appetite.
Alternatively late this morning you might wish to join an optional half-day excursion to La Montanara mountain refuge.
On Christmas Eve in Italy, it is traditional to eat seafood for dinner, so there will definitely be fish on your menu (with international dishes if you prefer) this evening.
After dinner, you may like to walk to a local church for Midnight Mass. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and a slice of the fruited Christmas bread, panettone, when you get back to the hotel. B, D
25/12/2021 Christmas Day: Molveno
Spend Christmas morning at leisure, and look forward to a traditional Italian Christmas lunch at the hotel, with a glass of sparkling wine.
This afternoon you can relax, take a leisurely lake-side stroll to walk off your lunch, or perhaps join in some activities organised by your Saga Host. A light dinner will be served tonight with a glass of mulled wine. B, L, D
26/12/2021 Boxing Day: Borgo Rango
This morning, enjoy an included half-day visit to the quaint and beautiful mountain village of Rango.
Old houses jostle together here, clinging to the slopes as the village extends uphill. Enter by a wide, stepped pathway and thread your way through arches into ancient arcades and atmospheric vaults filled at this time of year with the Christmas market. You'll have time to browse before you return to the hotel for the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps relaxing by the fire.
Look forward to dinner at your hotel this evening. B, D
27/12/2021 Cantina Grigoletti and Lake Garda
Visit the family-run Cantina Grigoletti winery for a tour of the cellars and wine-making facilities, followed by a tasting session and some light snacks, served with views of the vineyard.
Afterwards, return to your hotel, stopping en route at Lake Garda where you can enjoy the scenery and explore waterside communities. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. B, D
Today is yours to do as you please.
You have the option to join an excursion visiting the Andalo Equestrian Centre then finishing with a horse-drawn carriage ride into the mountains. Late, relax by the hotel fire or perhaps start your packing.
Then enjoy a pleasant finale to your holiday with a festive farewell dinner and live music – a perfect way to conclude your Italian Christmas. B, D
29/12/2021 Molveno to the UK
Say goodbye to Lake Molveno and the Dolomite mountains after breakfast, before travelling to Verona airport for your return journey home. B
Horse-drawn ride into the mountains
Visit the Andalo Equestrian Centre and set off for a ride into the mountains, travelling in a horse-drawn cart or, if it's snowing, a sleigh! Enjoy the countryside as you travel along, with a stop at a mountain refuge during your journey.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
You may like to join an optional excursion to the mountain refuge of La Montanara, which you'll reach by chairlift. These open cars seat two, facing forward. You’ll need to board and dismount as the chair remains moving slowly.
Look forward to an included light lunch and the opportunity to admire views of the Brenta Dolomites, before returning to the hotel. You will need to wrap up well to keep warm on this excursion.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Visit to Merano and Bolzano
Merano, an old spa town made popular by the thermal waters, is close to the Austrian border, while Bolzano is known as the 'gateway to the Dolomites'. This lively town, surrounded by vineyards and mountains, is well-known for its food and festivals. Both towns are popular winter sports resorts.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary