2017 European White Christmas Delights & New Year Lights

Destinations:

United Kingdom & Europe

$5,625.00 per person, twin share (member) when paid by 23 October

$5,799.00 per person, twin share (non-member) when paid by 23 October

$1,119.00 single supplement

Includes

  • 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.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation, 14 breakfasts (13 Buffet Breakfasts and Christmas Breakfast), Be My Guest and Christmas Lunch, 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Christmas Dinner, New Year’s Eve Highlight Dinner).

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. 

Itinerary Details

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 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 CentreTour Eiffel.

Day 2

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

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 Hotel Reims Centre Cathedral.

Day 4

Reims – Verdun – 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

Strasbourg – St. Moritz (3 Nights). Cross the border into Switzerland where the alpine scenery is simply breathtaking, and travelto the original ski resort – St. Moritz. Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner. Hotel: Europa Hotel St.Moritz.

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. Meals: Christmas Breakfast, Christmas Lunch, Christmas 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: Buffet 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. Meals: Buffet Breakfast. Hotel: Hilton Molino Stucky.

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, 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

Venice – Pisa – 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: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence.

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. Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch.

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. Meals: Buffet 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. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino.

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. Meals: Buffet 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: Buffet Breakfast.

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 Australian 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 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. Information is correct at the time of the website going live but is subject to change. Please confirm all terms and conditions with your National Seniors Travel consultant.