Follow the spicy scents of Glühwein and toasty gingerbread hearts to the famous Christmas Markets in Rome. A magical 15 days of festive lights on snow-dusted cobblestones. Enjoy Christmas Day in St. Moritz, a traditional Gondola ride in Venice and a New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner in Florence and relax over a Be My Guest lunch at a family-owned vineyard across the rolling Chianti Hills.
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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 take in some of the breathtaking sights. WD
Hotel: Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Admire panoramic views of the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. 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
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
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 cobblestone 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: Hilton Hotel Strasbourg
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
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
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
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 starcrossed lovers to view Juliet’s balcony. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. BB
Hotel: Hilton Molino Stucky
Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doges’ Palace. Enjoy the sights from a different perspective on a gondola ride, and gain a Cultural Insight when you watch Venetian craftsmen at work at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. BB
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: Roma Hotel
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
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
Take it easy and sleep in before a mid-morning departure to travel south to the eternal city of Rome. BB
Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome
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
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
Your Included Experiences
Booking, Deposit & Final Payment: A non-refundable deposit of $200pp is due within 7 days of booking. Full balance is due no later than 60 days before departure.
For bookings made within 60 days of departure full payment is required within 48 hours.
Fares: All fares are quoted in Australian Dollars. Fares include transport, entrance fees as per itinerary, plus services of a Travel Director and Driver and meals as specified.
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities, all hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes. Single rooms are available on request basis and a single supplement applies.
Cancellation penalties apply:
• For cancellations over 60 days prior to departure date = Loss of deposit
• For cancellations 59 - 22 days prior to departure date = 25% of total price
• For cancellations 21 - 8 days prior to departure date = 30% of total price
• For cancellations 7 - 1 days prior to departure date = 50% of total price
• For cancellations day of departure / no show = 100% of total price
Further cancellation fees may apply.
Passports & Visas: It is the responsibility of each individual passenger to have a valid passport and necessary visas, as well as to comply with entry, health or other requirements for the counties visited.
Single Supplement: The supplement for a single room is $1,635. Whilst information is correct at time of printing, trips are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please contact Trafalgar at www.trafalgar.com or contact your local Travel agent. Trafalgar is a participant of the AFTA Travel Accommodation Scheme 2014. ATAS number: A10534.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that passengers purchase travel insurance