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White Christmas and New Years Delights

Duration 15 days

Destinations visited :
  • France
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  • Switzerland
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  • Italy
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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, a traditional Gondola ride in Venice and a New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner in Florence.

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DAY 1

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.
Hotel: Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Paris Sightseeing
Drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe while sightseeing 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.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 3

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.
Hotel: Mercure Hotel Reims Centre Cathedrale
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 4

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.
Hotel: Mercure Strasbourg Centre
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 5

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.
Hotel: Europa Hotel St Moritz
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 6

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.
Meal: Breakfast,Highlight Lunch,Highlight Dinner

DAY 7

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.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8

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.
Hotel: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 9

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. ‘Dive Into Culture’ 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.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 10

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.
Hotel: Starhotel Michelangelo
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 11

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.
Meal: Breakfast,Be My Guest

DAY 12

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.
Meal: Breakfast,Highlight Dinner

DAY 13

Florence – Rome (2 Nights)
Take it easy and sleep in before a mid-morning departure to travel south to the eternal city of Rome.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 14

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.
Meal: Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 15

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.
Meal: Breakfast

Dining Highlights

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 6 dinners
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White Christmas and New Years Delights

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, a traditional Gondola ride in Venice and a New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner in Florence.