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Northern Italy including Cinque Terre

9 Days from $2,156 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

From the northern lakes to Parma—see the layers of pastel hues that cling to Cinque Terre's dramatic sea cliffs, enjoying the flavors of prosciutto and parmigiano along the way.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

From the northern lakes to Parma—see the layers of pastel hues that cling to Cinque Terre's dramatic sea cliffs, enjoying the flavors of prosciutto and parmigiano along the way.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. 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 9:30 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Spend the day exploring this stylish city before meeting your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Holiday Inn Garibaldi
  2. 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(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. 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 Stresa. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Simplon/Grand Dino
  4. 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 the secluded island of Isola Madre where we'll connect with locals over a Be My Guest dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  5. 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 center of Genoa lined by ancient palaces, before continuing to the seaside town of Viareggio this afternoon.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Mercure
  6. 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(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  7. Today is a feast for the senses. Crossing the scenic Apennine Mountains, we venture towards Parma, renowned for its famous Parma ham and cheese. Dive into culture and savor 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 flavors in a historic setting.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:CDH Parma & Congressi
  8. 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):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Starhotels Tourist
  9. Our sumptuous encounter with the landscapes of Northern Italy has sadly come to an end. Return transfers will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7:30 am and 10:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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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 $350 per person

Triple Discount: $70 per person

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 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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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

13 meals: 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners with local wine. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

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

Dive into Culture

  • 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, Parma

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre, Parma
  • Orientation of Stresa on Lake Maggiore
  • Visit the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto, the Cinque Terre
  • View the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa
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Reviews

Sunday, October 14, 2018
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Service rating : The tour was very good. The Lake Como tour on Day 3 (optional) was too late in the day and too short. The visit to the meat factory on Day 8 was a waste of time.
Vacation : Need more information in the travel document
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Service rating : They answered every question with patience and promptly.
Vacation : I loved the lakes visited and also being across from the Mediterranean Sea. Cinque Terre, or at least a couple of the towns, was more touristy-souvenir shops and restaurants mainly, than I expected. But, I enjoyed the stops in Genoa, Parma, Santa Marguerita-Ligure, Baveno--places that some tours miss when they concentrate on Rome-Venice-Florence only.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
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Service rating : I called GET in early January concerning this trip. As a single traveler I had noticed that there was no single supplement on a couple of dates in August. I was fortunate to get Alyssa Rucker, as these agent when I made my first call. She informed me that she had to clear the no supplement and would get back to me in a few days. In the next few weeks she continued to update me while I was in Chile. On January 31st I was finally confirmed and paid my initial deposit. Throughout the process she was competent, great to work with and outstanding communication skills. In June, I decided to book another trip and called Alyssa to work with her again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words. We will be sure to share your feedback with Alyssa and appreciate you taking the time to write.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Vacation : Great value for what I received.
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Service rating : I found everything to be well irganizes
Vacation : I would use this company again
Lori Sweeney
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Service rating : The service from our tour guide Giuseppe Cileppi was excellent. This was a first class tour! The restaurants/ service/ food were great. The hotels were very good as well.I have no complaints about anything. The guides for the tours were excellent too. The reps I spoke with on the phone through GET were great as well. They took their time to help with all my questions and needs.
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Thank you so much! We're over the moon to know you had such an amazing trip through Italy and that we could be a part of your travel experience. It's absolutely wonderful to hear you had a trip of a lifetime!
Monday, July 16, 2018
Vacation : This trip was worth every penny! It is a vacation that will be remembered for a lifetime of wonderful knowledge and memories.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Kimberly Young
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Service rating : I thought for the most part GET did a good job considering we had 6 family members with 4 last names to coordinate. My only hesitation to give 5 stars is I had to explain that fact to each agent I spoke to and felt that it should have been in the notes of my file.
Vacation : We had an amazing time and our Trafalgar tour guide Paolo was simply the BEST!!! I thought it was a good value for our money.
Jeffrey Robbins
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Service rating : Excellent tour and location guides. Wonderful site selections. I would recommend GET.
Vacation : Beautiful locations with excellent staff.
Michael Kononchik
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Service rating : This tour featured Northern Italy including Cinque Terre. Our Trafalgar travel director, Rachel was very knowable, polite and took care of every aspect of this trip (excellent). Cost was very reasonable, food was excellent and I would recommend this tour to anybody.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience and your amazing photos! We're so pleased to know you had a wonderful time in Italy. Thanks for your recommendations and for being a part of our travel family!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Vacation : Cost was very reasonable.
Linda Porter
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Service rating : I thought Antonella was wonderful. The whole trip was a joy and I’d definitely use this company again.
Vacation : Great food, great hotels!
Cole Sturm
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Service rating : I would definitely recommend GET!! From booking to the end of the trip it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Well worth the price, excellent planning and communication and our vacation was completely stress free and went off without a hitch. I’ll definitely use them again!
Vacation : Itinerary was perfect, couldn’t have asked to see more! Also they recommended going in May and the weather was perfect so very thankful for that.
Su Chen Li
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Service rating : Hotels and foods are good. Tour directors and tour specialists are well knowledgeable. Points of attraction are extraordinary.
Vacation : worthy the time and money spent
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  • 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.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

Adult Price: €45.00

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.

Italian Lakes

Discover Lake Como

Adult Price: €38.00

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.

Italian Lakes

Discover The Borromean Islands

Adult Price: €41.00

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).

Italian Lakes

Visit Lake Orta And San Giulio Island

Adult Price: €38.00

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.

Italian Lakes

Alpine Train Discovery

Adult Price: €45.00

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.

Santa Margherita

Portofino Cruise and Aperitivo

Adult Price: €44.00

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.

Parma

Dinner And Drive

Adult Price: €65.00

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.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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