White Christmas and New Year's Delights

Marvel over a white Christmas in St. Moritz and feast over a New Year’s Eve extravaganza of traditional Tuscan food and wine. Journey through the festive magic in Paris, Reims, Strasbourg, St. Moritz, Florence, Rome and more.


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From $6,899* per person

15 Days | 4 Countries | 22 Meals

Departing 20 December 2019

A magical 15 days of festive lights on snow-dusted cobblestones with a Be My Guest lunch at a family-owned vineyard across the rolling Chianti Hills. Enjoy Christmas Day in St. Moritz, and a New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner in Florence.

Insider Experiences:

  • Experience a magical White Christmas in the village of St Moritz with Christmas Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner at a stunning Italian villa in the rolling hills of Tuscany.
  • Be My Guest lunch with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills.
  • Local Specialist for included sightseeing in Paris, Florence and Rome.

 

The Icons:

  • Paris: View the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.
  • Reims: Visit a Champagne House and explore the Christmas Markets.
  • Verdun: Visit the site of the battle from WWI.
  • Strasbourg: View the Gothic Cathedral and wander through the most famous Christmas markets in France.
  • St Moritz: Included one day ‘ski pass’ for the famous Engadin St Moritz ski region.
  • Verona: View Juliet’s Balcony.
  • Venice: Enjoy a private launch to St Mark’s Square to view the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Pisa: View the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Florence: View the Duomo, Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria.
  • Rome: Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. View the Colosseum and Roman Forum.



Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday 20 December 2019

Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. Relax after your journey or take a wander through the streets of Paris and explore the quaint Christmas markets dotted around this beautiful city. Tonight, meet for a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and then enjoy an orientation drive through the city to admire the Eiffel Tower illuminated. WD

Hotel: Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel



Day 2 - Saturday 21 December 2019

Paris Sightseeing

Drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe on your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Discover the delights of the city on your own this afternoon. This evening consider a night at the most famous cabaret in the world. BB

 

Day 3 - Sunday 22 December 2019

Paris – Reims

Follow the Marne Valley eastwards to Reims, a city with a rich noble heritage as the coronation place of French kings for hundreds of years. Explore the delightful Christmas markets offering seasonal gifts, festive delicacies and street entertainment before an included visit to one of the great Champagne houses where you will discover the secrets of Champagne production. BB, D

Hotel: Mercure Hotel Reims Centre Cathedrale

 

Day 4 - Monday 23 December 2019

Reims – Strasbourg

This morning visit Verdun, site of a heroic stand by the French in the First World War before continuing to the capital of the Alsace region of France, Strasbourg. The city has a unique history and feel as it has been controlled by both Germany and France over the centuries. Admire the Gothic cathedral with its astronomical clock and wander the cobblestoned streets while taking in the most famous Christmas markets in France which were founded in 1570. Take the opportunity to enjoy some of the delicious food on offer for dinner. BB

Hotel: Mercure Strasbourg Centre



Day 5 - Tuesday 24 December 2019

Strasbourg – St. Moritz (3 Nights)

Cross the border into Switzerland where the alpine scenery is simply breathtaking, and travel to the original ski resort – St. Moritz. BB, D

Hotel: Europa Hotel St Moritz

 

Day 6 - Wednesday 25 December 2019

St. Moritz – Christmas Day

Wake up this morning and look out the window at the spectacular scenery and understand the magic of a White Christmas. A festive Christmas Breakfast awaits with champagne, followed by a day where you can choose to relax by the open fire or play in the snow. Enjoy Christmas Lunch and a hearty Christmas Dinner to complete a special day. CB, CL, CD

 

Day 7 - Thursday 26 December 2019

St. Moritz – Alpine Adventure Day

See even more of the spectacular scenery today as you have the choice of using an included ‘ski pass’ for the famous Engadin St Moritz ski region (ski/equipment rental not included), or if skiing’s not for you, using an included ticket for the mountain railways and cable-cars. Travel to the top of a mountain, find a cozy restaurant for lunch and take in the magnificent views. BB

Day 8 - Friday 27 December 2019

St. Moritz – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

Another day of amazing scenery awaits as you travel south across the border into Italy, and stop in the fair city of Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers to view Juliet’s balcony. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. BB

Hotel: Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel Venice

 

Day 9 - Saturday 28 December 2019

Venice Sightseeing

Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doges’ Palace. Gain a Cultural Insight when you watch Venetian craftsmen at work at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island. This afternoon is at leisure for your own exploration; perhaps join a gondola ride for a different perspective of the city. BB

 

Day 10 - Sunday 29 December 2019

Venice – Florence (3 Nights)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Field of Miracles is the first stop today, before you travel on to the city which is home to the Renaissance movement – Florence, for a three night stay. BB

Hotel: Starhotel Michelangelo

 

Day 11 - Monday 30 December 2019

Florence Sightseeing

This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour to view the Duomo, Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria, consider visiting the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo’s most famous sculpture ‘David.’ Later, travel out of the city and enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills. BB, BMG



Day 12 - Tuesday 31 December 2019

Florence – New Year’s Eve Dinner

Enjoy a free day to further explore the wonderful city of Florence or join an included trip to the medieval town of San Gimignano, Italy’s best preserved medieval city. This evening, travel out into the Tuscan hills for a New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner at a house where Niccolo Machiavelli once lived, where you’ll enjoy delicious traditional food, local wine and musical entertainment. BB, HD

 

Day 13 - Wednesday 1 January 2020

Florence – Rome (2 Nights)

Take it easy and sleep in before a midmorning departure to travel south to the eternal city of Rome. BB

Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome

 

Day 14 - Thursday 2 January 2020

Rome Sightseeing

Your Local Specialist takes you on a tour of the Vatican Museums to visit the Sistine Chapel. Later visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, one of the largest and most significant churches in the Christian world where you will view Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. View the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial contests and public events. Spend time this afternoon visiting the sights of your choice. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. BB, FD

 

Day 15 - Friday 3 January 2020

Depart Rome

Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your travelling companions, and return home with memories you will cherish for years to come. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. BB




WD Welcome Dinner
BB Buffet Breakfast
D Dinner
BMG Be My Guest Dinner
HD Highlight Dinner
CB Christmas Breakfast
CL Christmas Lunch
CD Christmas Dinner
FD Farewell Dinner
 
 

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*Terms and Conditions: Prices are in AUD and are per person, twin share. Valid for new bookings only. Valid for travel on 20 December 2019. Prices, offers and inclusions are strictly subject to availability and can change at any time, without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: Trafalgar