Marvel over a white Christmas in St. Moritz and feast over a New Year’s Eve extravaganza of traditional Tuscan food & wine.
One trip available only, so book early to avoid missing out.
Day 1: Arrive Paris (2 Nights)
Friday 20 December 2019
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 travelers 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: Paris Sightseeing
Saturday 21 December 2019
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: Paris – Reims
Sunday 22 December 2019
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: Reims – Strasbourg
Monday 23 December 2019
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: Strasbourg – St. Moritz (3 Nights)
Tuesday 24 December 2019
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: St. Moritz – Christmas Day
Wednesday 25 December 2019
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: St. Moritz – Alpine Adventure Day
Thursday 26 December 2019
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: St. Moritz – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)
Friday 27 December 2019
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: Venice Sightseeing
Saturday 28 December 2019
Savor 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: Venice – Florence (3 Nights)
Sunday 29 December 2019
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: Florence Sightseeing
Monday 30 December 2019
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: Florence – New Year’s Eve
Tuesday 31 December 2019
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: Florence – Rome (2 Nights) – New Year's Day
Wednesday 1 January 2020
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: Rome Sightseeing
Thursday 2 January 2020
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 traveling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. BB, FD
Day 15: Depart Rome
Friday 3 January 2020
Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your traveling companions, and return home with memories you will cherish for years to come. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. BB
- Visit the Christmas Markets and a Champagne House in Reims and the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
- View the Gothic Cathedral in Strasbourg, Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo, Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria during a walking tour of Florence and the Roman Forum and Colosseum in Rome.
- Enjoy Christmas Day in St. Moritz, a traditional Gondola ride in Venice and a New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner in Florence.
Your Included Experiences
- Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
- 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.
- Cultural Insight: on Giudecca Island while watching the Venetian Craftsmen at work at a glass blowing workshop.
Terms and Conditions
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.