Spend an unforgettable Christmas in Rome this year for the ultimate festive break. Take in the sights, and soak up the atmosphere of one of the world’s greatest cities – a place crowded with history and culture where the pursuit of “la dolce vita” can be found on every plaza, and every shop, cafe, restaurant and bar. Enjoy a fascinating guided city tour and a special Christmas meal, pay a visit to the Vatican City to marvel at its wonders, stroll along the city’s famous shopping streets – the Via Del Corso and Via Dei Condotti – and perhaps join the crowds in front of St Peter’s Basilica for Pope Francis’ Christmas Day address.
Christmas in Rome Available Departures
- Fly direct from Edinburgh – departs 22 December 2019 – from £969pp
- Informsation on this page is for the departure from Edinburgh only
- Departures also available from other UK airports – Bristol, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted & Manchester – click here for more information on dates & prices.
Christmas in Rome Tour Highlights
- Staying in a stylish hotel close to Rome’s Opera House
- A guided visit to the Vatican City and St Peter’s Square
- A guided tour of Rome’s most famous sights
- Five nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in the three-star Nord Nuova Hotel, Rome
- A Christmas Eve meal at a local restaurant
- Return flights from the UK to Rome
- Coach travel and transfers throughout
- One piece of hold luggage per person
- The services of a friendly, professional Tour Manager
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.
Day One – Outbound flight to Italy
Fly to Rome and transfer to your hotel. Settle in to your room, then venture out to enjoy your first glimpse of this extraordinary city, and perhaps find somewhere for dinner – Rome is blessed with a vast number of restaurants, as well as a huge variety of bars.
Day Two – Included Vatican City tour
This morning, our first included tour takes you across the River Tiber to the Vatican City. Here vast St Peter’s Square, overlooked by the great dome of St Peter’s Basilica, is one of the world’s most recognisable sights. Step inside St Peter’s to see Bernini’s towering bronze baldacchino above the high altar, Michelangelo’s exquisite Pieta, and the ancient bronze of St Peter himself – his right foot worn smooth by the hands and lips of centuries of visiting pilgrims. There will also be the opportunity to visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s frescoes and ceiling – some of Western art’s greatest masterpieces.
This afternoon, explore the city at your leisure. Why not climbing to the top of the Vittorio Emanuele monument to take in the views, or head to the Capitoline Hill to look down on the Forum and the Colosseum – a five-acre site from which the vast breadth of the Roman Empire was once controlled? Shoppers can head to the chic Via Condotti, the stores of the Via del Corso or the colourful stalls of Piazza Navona’s Christmas Market. Seek out Rome’s current creative culture on the narrow, cobbled streets of bohemian Trastevere, where you’ll also find some fantastic restaurants and bars.
Day Three – Included guided tour of Rome
Join this morning’s guided tour to discover the Eternal City’s major sights. Highlights may include the Capitoline Hill, the Colosseum and the Forum, the jaw-dropping Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Rome’s most famous square), the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, into which many a trio of coins have been thrown.
After another afternoon left free, begin your Christmas celebrations with a special meal in a local restaurant, and then perhaps even attend Midnight Mass at St Peter’s.
Day Four – Christmas Day
Although the city is largely quiet today, you will have the chance to join the crowds in St Peter’s Square for the Pope’s annual Christmas Day address to Urbi et Orbi – the city and the world. You’ll also have time for a stroll through Rome’s, less crowded than usual, streets and to enjoy a leisurely lunch – many establishments stay open to cater for visitors to the city.
Day Five – Optional Villa d’Este excursion
You’ve one last day to explore Rome, today, as the city’s major museums, such as the Musei Capitolini, which houses a treasure trove of ancient art and archaeology, re-open. But you’ll also have the chance to join our excursion to the stunning Villa d’Este in hill-top Tivoli, a sumptuous 16th-century Renaissance villa surrounded by terraced gardens and beautiful fountains and water features.
Day Six – Fly back to the UK
Bid “Arrivederci, Roma”, as you transfer to the airport to catch your flight home, at the end of a wonderful Christmas break.