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Italian Alps & Valle d’Aosta plus a touch of Switzerland
St. Vincent, Annecy, Gran Paradiso National Park, Aosta, Superga, Turin, Chillon Castle, Montreaux, Gruyères, Cervinia, Chamonix, Mer de Glasse & Courmayeur
Group 1 20 – 27 August
Group 2 3 – 10 September (8 September – National Holiday)
We will meet our tour leader at 10.30am for our Air Malta flight to Milan Linate airport departing at 1.00pm and arriving at 2.50pm. We will proceed to our 3-star Hotel Elena in St. Vincent in Valle d’Aosta, which is a popular summer resort with mineral springs and a very famous Casino. After check-in, we will go for a familiarisation walk.
This morning’s optional full-day excursion will take us to Annecy, also called “the Little Venice of France”. Here, we will see the Annecy Castle overlooking this medieval town, the Basilica of the Visitation, the St. Claire Gate, the Island Palace, which is perhaps the most photographed in France because of its beauty and grandeur, and other monuments. We will have some free time, during which we will be able to take a boat ride (extra) on the lake. In the afternoon (time permitting), we will be able to do some personal sightseeing before returning to St. Vincent.
We will start our day with a relaxing fullday optional excursion to discover Gran Paradiso National Park, Aosta. The history of the Aosta Valley dates back to at least 3,000 BC. We will then proceed to discover the city of Aosta. Since the 19th century, Aosta has been called “the Rome of the Alps” due to its numerous Roman and medieval sites that make up the history of Aosta.
Today’s optional full-day excursion will take us to visit Superga and Turin. Our first stop is in Superga, where we will visit the Basilica and the splendid views overlooking Turin, the heart of the Piedmont region. Affixed to the basilica wall, is a plaque-monument commemorating the fatal plane crash disaster of Turin’s football team and officials back in 1949. We will later proceed to the city centre where we will see, amongst others, Via Roma, Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama, the Giardino Reale and the Mole Antonelliana. We will visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Shroud of Jesus Christ. We will then have some free time for shopping in Via Garibaldi.
Today’s full-day optional excursion will take us to Switzerland starting with a guided tour of Chillon Castle (extra), which was built in 1536 and situated on the edge of Lake Geneva. We will later proceed to Montreaux, the world-famous spa resort. This town is stunning, consisting of palm trees and camellias lining the lake’s promenade. Our next stop is in Gruyères which is known for its cheese. Here, we will visit the lovely, hill town with its magnificent, medieval appearance.
After breakfast, we will have a fullday optional excursion which will take us to the mountain town of Cervinia, where we shall have the option of going up the Matterhorn Mountain skiing resort (weather permitting), lying on the border with Switzerland (cable car extra). In the afternoon, we will visit Fénis Castle from the outside. This is a landmark of the Valle d’Aosta region. Some free time for a walk. We will end the day with a visit to a typical salami factory (entrance extra).
Today’s optional full-day excursion will drive us up the mountains. After a late morning departure, we will head first to Chamonix, a world-famous skiing resort on Mont Blanc. We will take the tram (extra) to go up the mountain where we shall see the famous Mer de Glasse. Hopefully, we should still find snow during this time of year. On the way back to our hotel, we will also stop in Courmayeur. The narrow streets of this old village are alive throughout the year. It is separated from France only by Mont Blanc and provides many shopping outlets.
Breakfast, check-out and free time before we make our way to Milan Linate airport for our return Air Malta flight departing at 3.40pm and arriving in Malta at 5.30pm.
PRICE PER PERSON
*€559 / €659 Adult in Quad
*€579 / €679 Adult in Triple
*€599 / €699 Adult in Twin
*€749 / €849 Adult in Single
*€499 / €599 Child sharing with 2 adults
*Special Price applies when all excursions are taken.
** There are many restaurants in the vicinity from which one can choose from.
Air Malta return direct flights to Milan Linate airport
7 nights in 3-star Hotel Elena in St. Vincent or similar
Rooms with private facilities & TV
Daily buffet breakfast
Return airport transfers
Services of tour leader
Airport taxes & service charge
€50 / €23 Annecy
€40 / €20 Gran Paradiso National Park/Aosta
€42 / €21 Superga/Turin
€49 / €32 Chillon Castle/Lake Geneve/ Montreaux/Gruyeres
€40 / €20 Cervinia/Fénis Castle/Salami factory
€49 / €32 Chamonix/Mer de Glasse/Courmayeur
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
City tax of €0.80 per person per night is to be paid directly at hotel
Annecy boat ride 1 hour trip €15.80
Chillon Castle Adult approx. €12 – Child approx. €8
Cervinia/Matterhorn cable car approx. €25
Salami Factory €5 Chamonix Skiing resort tram €32