General

On this escorted tour combine Christmas markets and shopping in Paris, Lyon, Annecy and Milan with a 4-night stay in the chic French Alps Resort, Megève.

Imagine spending four nights in the heart of the chic ski resort of Megève surrounded by the beautiful French Alps. Now add Christmas shopping in the boutiques and Christmas markets of Paris, Milan, Lyon and more. Visit Beaune in Burgundy, lakeside Annecy and Chamonix in the incredible Mont Blanc mountain range. Relax in the exclusive resort of Courchevel 1850 in Les Trois Vallées and ride on a glacier train up to Montenvers to enjoy the view down on to the ‘Sea of Ice’.
  • Dates: 7-17 December 2019
  • Cost: $4,489 per person twin share; solo traveller $5,679

Tour Itinerary Summary

Paris to Milan Christmas markets tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Spend 3 nights in vibrant Paris, be enchanted on a special ‘Paris by Night’ illuminations drive
  • Visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles
  • Stay 2 nights in the centre of beautiful Lyon
  • Explore 4 Christmas Markets in Paris, Lyon, Annecy and Milan
  • Visit the fascinating Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy
  • Stay 4 nights in beautiful Megeve surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Mont Blanc massif
  • Visit lakeside Annecy and the ultra-chic ski resort town of Courchevel 1850
  • Explore world famous Chamonix and take the glacier train to the dramatic Mer du Glace
  • Enjoy ice curling and a romantic horse drawn carriage ride
  • Savour Megeve’s dining & elegant shopping

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • Local guides as described
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • 10 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • 16 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B) and 6 evening dinners (D)
  • Welcome drink Paris
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver
  • Tips for local guides

** Newport Travel value-add – guests doing our conjunction tour Swiss Christmas in Grindelwald receive free train travel between Milan and Zurich to connect**

Why not extend your stay with a snow holiday in the French, Swiss or Italian Alps?

Visit our website www.topsnowtravel.com.au for some great ski holiday inspiration!

Your may also be interested in our other European Christmas and New Year tours – please enquire

Christmas and New Year in Europe

Itinerary

Day 1: Paris

Your tour commences this evening in Paris. Dinner tonight is included, but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.
Meals: D
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Paris République

Day 2: Versailles, ‘My Time’ and Paris Illuminations drive

Today begins with a guided tour through Louis XIV’smagnificent Palace of Versailles. The sheer size and opulence of this incredible palace is quite amazing. The royal state rooms, the golden Queen’s bedrooms and the ‘Sun Kings’ classic Hall of Mirrors, are quite extraordinary. Your afternoon is at leisure to immerse yourself in Paris’ wealth of museums or perhaps do some serious Christmas shopping!
Meals: B
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Paris République

Day 3: Paris sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets

This morning we enjoy a guided panoramic tour which will bring alive the city from the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the broad boulevards and myriad of shops and museums. This evening we have included a ‘Paris by Night’ illuminations drive. You will be enchanted by the grand monuments, boulevards and palaces all bathed in glorious light. In addition, department stores around the Opera set up gigantic Christmas trees and light shows in competition with the extravagant, festive street displays. Tonight, dinner will be in a local restaurant. C’est Magnifique!
Meals: B,D
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Paris République

Day 4: Hospices de Beaune and to Lyon

Travelling south we reach Beaune, capital of the Burgundy wine region. On arrival, enjoy lunchtime at leisure amongst the quaint medieval streets and squares. We have included a visit to the fascinating Hospices de Beaune (audio guide included). Covered with multi-coloured, glazed roof tiles the ‘Hotel Dieu’ was built over 550 years ago to help the town’s folk in a time of poverty and famine. Later we continue to France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon, where we stay two nights.
Meals: B,D
Hotel: Mercure Lyon Centre Chateau Perrache

Day 5: Lyon sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets

A wonderful day in Lyon! This morning we explore the historic Roman area to visit the ancient amphitheatre and Musee Gallo, and to see the hilltop Basilica of Fourvière which dominates the whole town. The views from its terrace are splendid. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure. Perhaps stroll through the cobblestoned streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), stop at a riverside café for white wine and oysters, or shop along the pedestrianised shopping mall from Place de la République to Place des Terreaux. The Christmas markets on Place Carnot are excellent, and at night the hilltop Basilica is beautifully illuminated. Lyon is famous as a culinary capital, so this evening explore the old town and discover your own cosy ‘Bouchon’ – a typical, Lyonnais style restaurant.
Meals: B
Hotel: Mercure Lyon Centre Chateau Perrache

Day 6: Annecy, Christmas Markets and Megève in the French Alps

After a leisurely start we enter the Haute Savoie region to enjoy lunchtime exploring the pretty lakeside town Annecy. Here, cobblestoned streets, half-timbered and beautifully painted houses sit beside picturesque canals which are criss-crossed with stone bridges. With its Château d’Annecy, once castle home to the Counts of Geneva, and a back drop of mountains and the turquoise lake, the Vieille Ville (Old Town) is incredibly pretty and the Christmas Markets add to the picture. Later this afternoon we drive deep into the heart of the mighty French Alps to the chic ski resort of Megève. Surrounded by a dozen world class ski resorts, and the enormous mountains of the Mont Blanc massif, Megève’s chalets and ancient rustic buildings date back as far as the 1300’s. At night time the horse and carriages sitting in the pretty town square in front of the illuminated church and enormous Christmas tree, decorated with Swarovski crystals, create one of the most gorgeous festive settings you will ever see. Designer boutiques, restaurants and après ski bars makes this the perfect base to stay the next four nights.
Meals: B,D
Hotel: Aux Vieux Moulin

Day 7: Chamonix, the historic Red Train and ‘My Time’

Today we visit the world famous resort of Chamonix. Here we board the historic ‘Red Train’ which winds its way up through the forests and valleys to Montenvers station. From the café terrace you have spectacular views onto some of Chamonix’s highest and most dramatic peaks. At 1,913 metres you will also be able to look down onto the largest glacier in France, the spectacular Mer du Glace – the ‘Sea of Ice’. Your afternoon is at leisure in Chamonix town. Time to stroll amongst the cafés, restaurants, shops and boutiques set under the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif.
Meals: B
Hotel: Au Vieux Moulin

Day 8: A snow shoe walk and ‘My Time’ in Megève

To start the day we enjoy a guided snow shoe walk into the snow laden fields around the village. Easy to do, this is a great experience. Another highlight of today will be a ride on a horse drawn carriage ride through the delightful old town and local countryside. The rest of the day is completely at leisure. Maybe take a winter walk! A famous walk called the Calvary of Megève starts from near the ice skating rink. There are a series of 14 chapels along the way representing the Passion of Christ – the Way of the Cross. Otherwise simply relax, shop and explore Megève, one of the prettiest ski resort towns you will ever see.
Meals: B
Hotel: Au Vieux Moulin

Day 9: Chic Courchevel 1850 and ‘My Time’

Time for a superb mountain drive – to visit Courchevel 1850. Whereas Megève is located in a valley, this superb ultra-chic, modern ski resort is set at 1850 metres altitude. Part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski area in the world, Courchevel 1850 is a massive ski complex with 8 lifts and gondolas running directly in and out of the central ski station, surrounded by dozens of shops, bars and restaurants of all kinds, tastes and styles, with a constant bustle of colourful sport enthusiasts and elegant sightseers. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking and the wood cabin villages so picturesque. Intriguingly, elegant mountain restaurants have tables with wine lists, fine tableware and crisp white linen, whilst underneath you will see clunky, snow covered ski boots! A terrific experience! Dinner tonight is in your hotel.
Meals: B,D
Hotel: Au Vieux Moulin

Day 10: The Mont Blanc Tunnel to stylish Milan and Christmas Markets

Driving through the Mont Blanc Tunnel which passes under Europe’s highest mountains, we enter the Italian Alps near Courmayeur. We soon reach the stylish city of Milan where we enjoy a guided panoramic tour followed by time at leisure amongst the fashion shops of the luxurious ‘Golden Triangle’ and the Christmas Markets by the elaborate Duomo. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Milanese restaurant.
Meals: B,D
Hotel: Michelangelo Hotel

Day 11: Milan

This morning it is time to say farewell as your tour ends.
Meals: B

** Newport Travel value-add - guests doing our conjunction tour Swiss Christmas in Grindelwald receive free train travel between Milan and Zurich to connect**

To enquire or book call 02 9997 1277 or email info@newporttravel.com.au

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