Monday 09 December 2024 - 5-days

“Every moment in this two-thousand-year-old castle is a magical memory waiting to be made.
This is a place where history isn’t merely observed, but can be experienced first hand … “

08Feb24 - SOLD OUT - waitlist only!

With 2000 years of history, surrounded by 50 hectares of Park & Forest, Castelbrando is much more than just a REAL castle! Located between two of the most beautiful Italian Historic Villages of Northern Italy, (Cison di Valmarino & Follina), between Venice and the Dolomites, it is the ideal  starting point for excursions to the mountains for ski-ing, the beautiful Prosecco Hills, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and of course the Italian Christmas Markets.

Our Festive Short Break this year is all about staying in a REAL castle, the spectacular scenery and gorgeous medieval village of Cison di Valmarino surrounding it. The rooms are all different, but are furnished traditionally and in keeping with the era!

If you joined us last December to the family-run Paganella Hotel in the village of Fai della Paganella, nestled in the western Dolomites, you will re-discover the magic of winter in Northern Italy, but this time, we will be staying in a castle, situated at the ‘base’ of the Dolomites – in Proseccoland! It’s also the perfect location to enjoy the Christmas Markets – and it’s where the Italians go. You won’t see many Brits here!

There is so much to get excited about during exclusive Solent Events Festive Break, that it will hard to resist! Many Solent Events clients have already experienced the magnificence and magic of staying in this incredible 18th Century Castle, in 2016 & 2018, but not, as yet, in the winter. They absolutely loved it! The castle, set on a rocky  promantory, overlooking a medieval village, is surrounded by awesome scenery from vineyards to mountains.  It is one of the most refined examples of Italian historical and artistic restoration, but is also one of the most ancient castles in Europe.

In the heart of the castle, the CastelBrando Hotel offers characteristic rooms, elegant suites and apartments provided with period furniture. The rooms make up the 16th & 18th century wing of the castle and have been restored under the supervision of the Cultural Heritage, maintaining the original size and structure. Access to the Princess Spa Royal Wellness is also open to external guests so reservations are recommended. Payment by resident hotel guests is currently being checked.

Castel Brando, former Castrum Costae, is a medieval castle situated on a dolomite stone rock at an elevation of 370m above sea level. (The name CastelBrando is derived from the name Brandolini, the ancient family from  Forli, who were the Lords of the castle. It was originally built in the Roman Age as a defensive fortress, but during the 13th century the castle was substantially enlarged while under the ownership of the  Da Camino family who lived there from 1233 to 1335. Their architectural additions included surrounding the castle with imposing battlements and building a central tower. Gherado III da Camino, the great Italian feudal lord and military leader, was born in the castle in 1240.

Once again, December 2024 will be refreshingly different from our previous festive breaks in Vienna, Prague, Tallin, Cologne, Bruges, Budapest, Berlin & Valkenburg etc and more reminiscent of our tours last year and to St Wolfgang, Austria or Montreux, Switzerland.

Set amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, Italy’s Tyrolean festive markets beam with magical cheer. Alongside spectacular scenery, the region conjures a merry spirit that can make the blackest heart sweeter than candy! Festively decorated market stalls crafted of fragrant mountain pine to the fresh-from-the-oven aromas tempting your nose to the fascinating handicrafts born deep in the Dolomites, you will find that no place embodies the magic of Christmas quite like here.

This exclusive Solent Events tour is designed for a maximum of 30 passengers, so please book as soon as you have decided to join us, especially if you require a single room (double/twin for sole occupancy), as we only have 6 available to us!


Only £1,150pp

HALF-BOARD x 2nts, B & B x 2nts & ALL Excursions 

Deposit only £150pp

What's Included?

What's Not Included?

For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with Success Tours
who are fully bonded.

PROVISIONAL Itinerary – this will be finalised nearer the time.

Our scheduled BA flights:
09 Dec BA578        0840 LHR | 1155 Venice 
13Dec BA583         1750 Venice | 1910 LHR 

Day 1
Monday 09 December 2024
After an early departure from our four local pickups to London Heathrow airport by Luxury coach, we will relax and enjoy breakfast in an Airport Lounge before our scheduled BA flight to Venice, at 0840. A coach and our favourite English guide, Wendy, (who lives in Italy), will be waiting for us at the airport to transfer us to ‘somewhere very exciting’, where we will have time to a browse around the Christmas Markets and enjoy lunch at leisure from one of the many seasonal food stalls or in a cosy restaurant, before continuing  to the enchanting Castel Brando in the early afternoon for our mid-afternoon check-in – and a much earned rest! There will be free time to take in the wonderful views, relax in the castle or explore the pretty medieval village of Cison di Valmarino below, before a 3-course Dinner in with coffee in the castle dining room at 1900. Dinner is accompanied by water & tea/coffee 

Day 2 – Day 4
Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 December
Christmas Market & Excursion programme, leaving Castel Brando late morning/early afternoon to enjoy the Christmas Markets, atmosphere and local cuisine at its best. We are currently planning visits to the beautiful towns of Padua, Treviso, Vicenza, Bessano del Grappa and Cortina, 1224 metres up in the Dolomites (around the same height as the ski village of  Ortisei where we visited in 2023) for their Christmas Festivities, Markets & historic culture.

Breakfast and 3-course dinner with water, tea & coffee on TWO evenings.
B & B with dinner at leisure (during our Christmas Market excursions) on TWO evenings. 

NB. For your comfort, a maximum of 30 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events Tour (the normal max for Tour Operator tours being around 50!), so early booking is advisable.

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