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TSC WINTER EXPEDITION 2020 - CHAMONIX, FRANCE

 

Chamonix, France 
Summary


Trip Start: 1/31/2020
Trip End:  2/8/2020 

Join one of the TSC member clubs listed below and enjoy a stress free, no hassle, winter vacation. 


Participating Clubs: 


 
Everyone loves winter sports and the beautiful mountains that you decide to take on every time you hit the slopes. But what could be better than experiencing some of the most breathtaking views of the French Alps while shredding some powder. Chamonix is a destination that’s popular all over the world and all those who travel come for some of the most authentic alpine flare.

Chamonix has some of the worlds best peaks and glaciers for expert skiing but also is perfect for the shopping aficionado.  Chamonix’s village is flooded with tons of stores ranging from jewelry and designer boutiques to high  performance outdoor gear shops. Also, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy Nordic Trail, ski touring, winter paragliding and also can hit the town for some nightlife hot spots and even the casino! Anyway you decide, there will be something for each and every person to have an unforgettable experience.

You couldn’t travel all the way to France without giving yourself the opportunity to visit Sicily during this time of year. Enjoy the chance to visit Palermo to see some of the most ornate Cathedrals in Monreale while also visiting the Doric Temple and the “Chiesa Madre”, the beautiful gothic cathedral of Elice. Also, you have the amazing opportunity to visit a World Heritage Site, Valley of the Temples, an awe-inspiring aesthetic especially during sunsets and so much more!

Take a look at Chamonix!:            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqAsTQ92cFw

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Basic Chamonix Tour:

January 31 – February 08, 2020


Round trip air transportation between Austin, Dallas, Houston & San Antonio and Geneva via Delta/KLM

 

Round trip transfers between Geneva Airport and Chamonix in private motor coach with English speaking assistance.

 

7 nights accommodations in Chamonix at the 4 Star Hotel Alpina

 

Full breakfast buffet daily.

 

7 included dinners

(First night at your hotel and
then you can choose between 3 different restaurants for the rest of the week)


Welcome drink and resort orientation evening of arrival before dinner.

 

Guide & hospitality desk each evening at your hotel.

 

Gala TSC party night at the Hotel Le Prieure, or other location TBD

 

Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at all hotels.

 

Use of spa facilities at the hotel

 

Optional tour program.

 

Passport cases and luggage tags.

 

TSC/Holidaze credential for Chamonix activities.

 

Special Holidaze/TSC Pin

 

ALL LOCAL TAXES


Sicily Extension Trip:

February 08 – 14, 2020


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 colour 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 marvellous 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 colours 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 jewellers. Return to Palermo. Tonight 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.

 

Check out Sicily via Palermo and more: https://youtu.be/im26MJqhZqg


Trip Coordinator: 

DeAndrea Staes

Deandrea.staes@gmail.com