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Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre

Duration 9 days

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The Italian Riviera meets Italy’s beautiful Lake District on a gourmet-filled encounter with the north and its many treasures. All you need to do is live the high life on this most epic of Northern Italy trips, filled with tales of pirates and princes and the flavours of prosciutto and parmigiano.

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DAY 1

Arrive Milan (2 Nights)
Embrace the glamour of Milan, your introduction to the fascinating sights and sounds of northern Italy. Spend the day exploring this stylish city before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Garibaldi
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Milan Sightseeing and Free Time
Wander through the sophisticated streets of Milan joining your Local Specialist on a walking tour of the city that will reveal the city’s iconic and unexpected highlights. See the Gothic Cathedral, glass-domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House, then it’s time to pound the pavements in your free time. Consider a visit to the medieval fortress of Sforza Castle to admire the magnificent artistry of da Vinci and Michelangelo, including the famous statue of the Pietà Rondanini.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Milan – Baveno Free Time (2 Nights)
Italy’s much-admired Lake District and Lake Maggiore, set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, is the next stop on our northern Italian journey. We ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to the Villa Taranto botanical gardens – scents of azalea, camellia and wisteria linger as we explore its lush gardens filled with rare lilies and 300 varieties of dahlias in bloom. Then it’s on to our home for the next two nights and the gateway to the three Borromean islands, the lakeside village of Baveno. Consider joining an Optional Experience to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the aristocratic Borromeo Palace and its gorgeous terraced gardens.
Hotel: Simplon/Grand Dino
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 4

Baveno Free Day
Lap up gentle lakeside living during a full day spent at leisure in this picture-perfect setting. Spend the day relaxing or take an alpine train journey to see the magnificent panoramic views of the north. This evening, we cross the tranquil waters of Maggiore to secluded Isola Madre where we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ over a Be My Guest dinner.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 5

Baveno – Genoa – Viareggio (2 Nights)
The maritime city of Genoa and birthplace of Columbus is our first stop today as we join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour to view the city’s majestic Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Visit Via Garibaldi, the historic centre of Genoa lined by ancient palaces, before continuing to the seaside town of Viareggio this afternoon.
Hotel: Mercure
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

Viareggio – Full-Day Cinque Terre Excursion
Today we explore the dramatic coastal setting of UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre on an included full-day excursion. The deep blue Ligurian Sea provides a stunning backdrop for the expanse of pastel pinks, yellows and oranges that cling to the rugged seaside cliffs. We join a Local Specialist to visit this remarkable destination.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 7

Viareggio – Langhirano – Parma
Today is a feast for the senses. Crossing the scenic Appenine mountains, we venture towards Parma, renowned for its famous Parma ham and cheese. Dive Into Culture and savour the gourmet delights of this region during a visit to a working prosciutto factory near the town of Langhirano, with a brief photo stop at Torrechiara. Next we’ll learn how to make parmigiano reggiano cheese at a family run caseificio. This evening, consider an unforgettable Optional Experience featuring delicious local flavours in a historic setting.
Hotel: CDH Parma & Congressi
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

Parma – Milan
Delight in the gastronomic and architectural splendour of the Emilia-Romagna region during a guided tour of Parma with a Local Specialist. See the 12th-century Piazzo Duomo with its Romanesque Cathedral and Baptistery, and Garibaldi Square, home to the Palazzo del Governatore with its ornate astronomical clock. We leave the flavours of Parma behind and embark on a scenic drive back to Milan where we’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight with our travel companions and Travel Director.
Hotel: Starhotels Tourist
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 9

Depart Milan
Our sumptuous encounter with the landscapes of Northern Italy has sadly come to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma
  • ORIENTATION of Stresa on Lake Maggiore
  • VISIT the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto and the Cinque Terre
  • VIEW the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan and the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa

Dining Highlights

  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre

The Italian Riviera meets Italy’s beautiful Lake District on a gourmet-filled encounter with the north and its many treasures. All you need to do is live the high life on this most epic of Northern Italy trips, filled with tales of pirates and princes and the flavours of prosciutto and parmigiano.