BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...
We have finalized a fabulous 2-night PARIS pre-trip option with a direct flight to Paris from IAH from January 29th to February 1st! You can experience Paris, using less than 2 and a half days of vacation, for only $399!
This pre-trip includes:
* Air between IAH and Paris via Air France
* Transfer between Charles Du Gaulle Airport and Hotel
* 2 nights accommodations at the Novotel Tour Eiffel, Paris with major tourist attractions steps away!
* Breakfast buffet daily in Paris
* Transfer between Hotel and Gare de Lyon Station, Paris.
* 2nd class rail between Paris and Geneva via TGV (High Speed Train) Train rides are so FUN!
* Transfer to our wonderful Chamonix Hotel
* All local taxes
You are free to experience dinner in Paris, both evenings, anywhere your sense of adventure takes you! Choose a romantic evening for two or a fun group dining experience, however, dinner will be on your own. If I have 20 participants for Paris, I will be able to throw in a special surprise for each of you!
FLIGHT SCHEDULE: (subject to change at any time) – We are currently holding 24 seats
29 JAN. AF 639 IAH / CDG 4:15PM– 8:40AM
Note: The $399 includes no air. The flight above is substituted for the January 31st inbound flight to Geneva if you are doing the pre-trip and the full package. You substitute the Paris air for the regular full package air to get there, then both have the same return air unless you also sign up for the post trip which will have different TBA return air.
Post-Trip To Sicily
Experience an optional 5 to 7 day TSC post trip, offering a unique tour of Sicily, with the following tentative schedule. Flights and approximate prices are being finalized right now and I will update the final details as soon as they are completed. The price for this post-trip will vary depending upon how many participants sign up. The price for the original schedule below was $1545 based on double occupancy, however, due to a Delta flight cancellation either a night in Rome will be added, increasing the above price, or a day will be cut, which could actually decrease the price. The price goes up if the TSC has less than 30 total participants and it will go down if the TSC has more than 35.
RIGHT NOW YOU WILL ONLY BE SIGNING UP FOR THE MAIN TRIP. WHEN YOU SIGN UP YOU WILL BE ASKED IF YOU WANT THE PRE AND OR POST TRIP OPTION, JUST LIKE YOU ARE ASKED WHO YOU WANT FOR YOUR ROOMMATE. YOU WILL ACTUALLY GO BACK IN LATER (PROBABLY ON SEPTEMBER 9TH) TO ACTUALLY SIGN UP FOR THE PRE AND POST TRIPS LIKE YOU WOULD LIFT TICKET OPTIONS. LIFT TICKET SIGN UP WILL BE MUCH LATER.
Day 1: Chamonix/Milan/Palermo
Transfer by coach from Chamonix to Milan. Flight between Milan & Palermo, Sicily on Easy Jet. Arrival in Palermo airport and transfer by private coach to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning departure to Monreale for the visit of its splendid Cathedral covered of golden mosaics, the most extended in the world after Santa Sofia in Istanbul and San Marco in Venice. Visit of the next Benedictine Cloister. At the end, return to Palermo for the visit of the Palatine Chapel, located inside the Normanni Palace, the ancient real palace, and the Cathedral. We will follow along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient “cassaro”, straight down to the Quattro Canti, focus point of the city. Free time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Palermo – Segesta – Erice – Selinunte – Agrigento
Breakfast at hotel and departure to Segesta: Visit of the Doric Temple. Then continue to Erice, a small medieval town perched on top of the mountain. Time for leisure to stroll and visit of the beautiful "Chiesa Madre", the gothic cathedral. Continue to a local farmhouse where you will have an Olive oil tasting and lunch. After lunch departure to Selinunte: guided tour of the archaeological zone. Overnight at the hotel in Agrigento. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Agrigento – Piazza Armerina – Palermo
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we visit the famous Valley of Temples of Agrigento, which was one of the greatest cities of the ancient Mediterranean world, it has been preserved in an exceptionally intact condition. The archaeological Park contains one of the great treasures of Greek still existing. The Doric temples, built in tuff sandstone, are still worth seeing today. The color of the temples changes from deep yellow to pink during sunset. The ‘’Valley of the Temples’’ is a World Heritage Site (UNESCO) since 1997. Departure to Piazza Armerina. Lunch in a local farmhouse with typical products. After lunch, visit the marvelous Villa Romana del Casale (UNESCO heritage) with its perfectly preserved mosaics dating from the late fourth century. A.D. The charm of the place is mainly due to the enchanting decorative mosaics, exceptional in their artistic quality and for their sheer size. Proceed to Palermo. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Palermo – Cefalù – Palermo
Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure to Cefalù, an enchanting small village on the sea that offers a beautiful artistic view of colors and lights. Visit of the impressive "Norman Cathedral” (UNESCO heritage) which dates back to 1131. Free time to stroll among the small streets, which retain their medieval charm, full of elegant shops and jewelers. Return to Palermo. Enjoy a Farwell Dinner at a local Restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Palermo
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Palermo airport for departure flight to USA via Rome or Milan.
The price for this extension will be announced later.