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Northern Italy including Cinque Terre

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Cinque Terre
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $1,989 per person

Scents of magnolia and lemons linger along the quaint cobblestone roads and promenades of Italy's northern lake villages on this jaunt from Milan to Genoa, and the foodie city of Parma. See the layers of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that cling to the dramatic sea cliffs of Cinque Terre, enjoying the flavors of prosciutto and parmiagiano along the way.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Embrace the glamour of Milan, your introduction to the fascinating sights and sounds of northern Italy. On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Spend the day exploring this trendy city before meeting your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

    hotel:Holiday Inn Garibaldi
  3. We wander through the sophisticated streets of Milan on a walking tour of the city with a Local Specialist to view the city's most magnificent sites, including the Gothic Cathedral, glass-domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Then it's time to pound the pavements in your free time, exploring Italy's fashion capital or visiting the medieval fortress of Sforza Castle to admire magnificent artistry by da Vinci and Michelangelo, including the famous statue of the Pietà Rondanini.
  4. The vacation hotspot of Italy's picturesque Lake District, and beautiful Lake Maggiore, set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, is the next stop on our northern Italian journey. We enjoy a Cultural Insight into the exquisite flora of the local area during a visit to the magical Villa Taranto botanical gardens – the scents of azalea, camellia and wisteria linger as we explore 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 picturesque lakeside village of Stresa. Consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the aristocratic Borromeo Palace.
    meal(s):BB, DW
  5. Lap up gentle lakeside living and la dolce vita during a full day spent at leisure in this picture-perfect setting. Spend the day relaxing or embark on the alpine train to see the magnificent panoramic views of the north. This evening, we cross the tranquil waters of Maggiore to one of the Borromean islands for an unforgettable Be My Guest dining experience.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  6. The maritime city of Genoa and birthplace of Columbus is our first stop today as we join a Local Specialist for an included guided walking tour to view the city's majestic Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and visit Via Garibaldi, the historic center of Genoa lined by ancient palaces. This afternoon, we arrive in the picturesque seaside town of Santa Margherita, where we will stay overnight, spending the rest of the day free to soak up the vacation atmosphere.
    hotel:Lido Palace
  7. Today we explore the dramatic setting of the five coastal villages of the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre (Five Lands) 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 in this beautiful area that can only be reached by boat or train from La Spezia. We join a Local Specialist to visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages.
    meal(s):BB, DW
  8. Today is a feast for the senses. Crossing the scenic Appenine mountains, we venture towards Parma, renowned for its famous Parma ham and cheese. Gain a Cultural Insight into the gourmet delights of this region during a visit to a working prosciutto factory near the town of Langhirano and a brief photo stop at Torrechiara before learning the process of making real parmigiano reggiano cheese at a family-run caseificio. This evening, consider an unforgettable Optional Experience featuring delicious local flavors in a historic setting.
    hotel:CDH Parma & Congressi
  9. Delight in the gastronomic and architectural splendor 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 flavors 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.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:Starhotels Tourist
  10. Our sumptuous encounter with the landscapes of Northern Italy has sadly come to an end. Return transfers on the last travel day will operate from Baveno and arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. . Conditions apply.


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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $330 p.p.

Triple Discount: $70 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $88 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7:30 am and 10:30 am.

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Meal Summary

8 nights, 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Join Signor Telli for an exclusive dinner and ‘bei tempi' at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island on Lake Maggiore

Cultural Insight

  • Amble through the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto with its vertical gardens, water lilies and dahlia maze. Visit a working prosciutto factory and parmigiano reggiano cheese caseificio near Parma

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre, Parma
  • Orientation of Stresa on Lake Maggiore, Santa Margherita
  • Visit the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto
  • View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa, the colorful coastal towns in the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre


Monday, October 9, 2017
Service rating : Well organized and friendly staff
Vacation : Reasonably priced and good itinerary
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Service rating : Grand European travel's partner Trafalgar is simply the best! The tour guides, the hotels, the coaches the coaches and the experiences are outstanding.
Vacation : This trip is a great value.
Service rating : Great. Loved Rudolfo!
Vacation : Great. Loved all the tours
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Service rating : Good variety of activities. Despite large group of 42 people, the guide did a great job of keeping us on track. Although one hotel could have been in a better location, the service there was fine. Our food got better toward the end of the trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments.  Our group sizes vary from trip to trip, but our Travel Directors always provide personalized service.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation : I bought inexpensive costume jewelry and clothing items.
Service rating : Have booked with GET before and all our experiences have been great
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks so much for traveling with us again. Glad you enjoyed the gorgeous Cinque Terre region, it's one of our favorites.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation : Beautiful trip, beautiful area
Service rating : The Trafalgar people did a good job - the tour director was very good, the accommodations were fine, food was good, bus driver was excellent. Too many of the excursions were additional, and some expensive. Too little time to go to museums, no music events, little shopping time, a lot of time on the bus.
Vacation : I had been in this area before and knew it was lovely. I enjoyed going back. The boat excursions made a nice addition.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your return to this beautiful region of Italy.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Service rating : Everything was handled excellently. First with the booking, then with the delivery of documents, transfer from airport to hotel, tour director and driver were excellent, optional excursions were very special and added to the experience.
Vacation : Excellent value for the cost
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink. 

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Italian Lakes

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Alpine Train Discovery

The famous Centovalli Panoramic Train will lead you across dramatic viaducts, past deep ravines and beautiful forests. We'll stop at a typical Italian Alpine Village, where you'll enjoy free time to discover the charms of Northern Italian village life.

Visit Lake Orta And San Giulio Island

Come with us to Pettenasco, on the shores of Lake Orta, to experience northern Italy's best-kept secret with a Local Specialist. After you've had some time to stroll and take in the area's beauty, you'll cruise to the island of San Giulio, famous for its peaceful atmosphere and delightful church.


Treasures Of Milan

Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum.When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.


Dinner And Drive

Discover the cuisine of Parma as you enjoy a delightful dinner of local specialties with wine. Parma is noted for its delicacies, and is considered to be the home of Italian cuisine.

Santa Margherita

Portofino Cruise and Aperitivo

By private boat we will cruise Portofino's bay. After some free time to explore this Mediterranean gem, we will enjoy a very special Italian aperitivo sitting in an exclusive cafè.

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