2016 European White Christmas Delights & New Year Lights

See the best of Europe at Christmas time, epitomised by Christmas markets, carollers and snow-covered city squares.

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Join this special guided holiday and see the best of Europe at Christmas time, epitomised by Christmas markets, carollers and snow-covered city squares. 

Over 15 magical days, discover the secrets of champagne production at one of France’s greatest Champagne houses, experience a white Christmas in St. Moritz and enjoy a New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Tuscany with traditional food and local wine.

Price: 15 days from $6,399* per person twin share
Savings: Save $640* per couple
Offer expires: 30 June 2016
Duration: 15 days departing 20 December 2016

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TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1: Tuesday 20 December 2016 – 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 Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and then enjoy an orientation drive through the city to take in some of the breathtaking sights. 

Meal: Welcome Reception
Hotel: Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel

DAY 2: Wednesday 21 December 2016 – Paris Sightseeing

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. 

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3: Thursday 22 December 2016 – 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.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Mercure Cathedral Reims

DAY 4: Friday 23 December 2016 – 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.
 
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Hilton Strasbourg

DAY 5: Saturday 24 December 2016 – 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.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Europa

DAY 6: Sunday 25 December 2016 – 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. 

Meals: Christmas Breakfast, Christmas Lunch, Christmas Dinner 

DAY 7: Monday 26 December 2016 – 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: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8: Tuesday 27 December 2016 – 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.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Hilton Molino Stucky

DAY 9: Wednesday 28 December 2016 – Venice Sightseeing

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 glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10: Thursday 29 December 2016 – 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.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Londra

DAY 11: Friday 30 December 2016 – 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.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch

DAY 12: Saturday 31 December 2016 – 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.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 13: Sunday 1 January 2017 – Florence - Rome (2 nights)

Take it easy and sleep in before a mid-morning departure to travel south to the eternal city of Rome.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino

DAY 14: Monday 2 January 2017 – 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.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


DAY 15: Tuesday 3 January 2017 – 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: Buffet Breakfast

Terms and Conditions

Early Payment Discount: Save $640 per couple (or $320 per person) is a 5% discount if booked and paid in full by 30 June 2016.
Booking Deposit & Final Payment: A non refundable deposit of $200 is due within 7 days of booking. Full balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. For bookings made within 60 days of departure full payment is due within 48 hours.
Fares: All fares are quoted in New Zealand Dollars. Fares include transport, entrance fees as per itinerary, plus services of a driver and Travel Director and meals as specified. (This holiday EXCLUDES airfares).
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation includes twinbedded 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 45 days prior to departure date = Loss of deposit 
• For cancellations 45 - 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. 
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that passengers purchase travel insurance.
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.
Triple Room Reduction, Single Supplement and Child Reduction: A triple room reduction of $253 per person is available - triple rooms are based on existing bedding and may not be comfortable for three adults sharing one room. The supplement for a single room is $1759. A reduction of $638 is available for a child aged 17 years or under sharing a room with one or two adults. 

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. 

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