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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 $1,796 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. Welcome to Milan, Italy's commercial and financial hub. Relax after check-in and meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.
    hotel:Vacation Inn Garibaldi
  3. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of the city. View the sights of the city including the Gothic cathedral, the glass-domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Enjoy free time this afternoon to experience the stylish lifestyle of Italy's fashion capital, perhaps visit one of the city's fascinating museums including the Pinacoteca di Brera, a world-class museum, or consider an Optional Experience to Sforzesco Castle, which houses several of the city's museums and art gallery collections, including Michelangelo's statue of the Pietà Rondanini.

  4. Drive north-west to the Italian Lake District. Found on the southern side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is one of the most famous sights in Northern Italy and is known for its beautiful waters and picturesque views. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the flora of the local area when you visit the beautiful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto. Depending on the time of the year you can see azalea, maple, rhododendron and camellia avenues, rare lilies and gardens containing over 300 varieties of dahlias in bloom. Later stop to view the sights of Stresa, gateway to the three Borromean islands, on the shores of the lake before checking in to your hotel for a two-night stay.
    meal(s):BB, DW
  5. A full day to relax and enjoy your Italian lakeside experience. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your hotel or consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the Borromeo Palace. A further option is to take the cable car ride up to the summit of Mount Mottarone for magnificent views of both Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta with a stop at Alpino where the terrace at Alpinia botanical garden offers similarly beautiful views of Lake Maggiore. This evening take a private boat to one of the Borromean islands on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dining experience.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  6. Stop in Genoa, birthplace of Columbus, for an included guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. View some of the majestic Renaissance and Baroque palaces of the noble families of Genoa and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Via Garibaldi. Arrive in the seaside town of Santa Margherita, check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore.
    hotel:Lido Palace
  7. Enjoy an included full-day excursion to see the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Five coastal villages with extraordinary old-world charm clad the rugged cliffs in this beautiful area. This magnificent coastline can only be reached by boat or train from La Spezia. Visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages with your Local Specialist.
    meal(s):BB, DW
  8. Today drive across the scenic Apennine mountains towards Parma - Italy's cured meat and parmigiano capital. Near the town of Langhirano visit a working prosciutto factory where you'll sample the best the region has to offer. After a brief photo stop at Torrechiara learn the process of making real parmigiano reggiano cheese at a family-run 'caseificio' near Parma, as you gain a Cultural Insight into local cuisine. This evening consider an Optional Experience featuring local specialties with wine in a historic setting.
    hotel:Parma and Congressi
  9. This morning enjoy a guided tour of Parma with your Local Specialist. This gastronomic city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is famous for its architecture, prosciutto and cheese. See the 12th century Piazzo Duomo with its cathedral and baptistery, and Garibaldi Square where the original Roman colony founded in 183BC had a forum. Enjoy a scenic drive back to Milan where tonight you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:Starhotels Tourist
  10. This morning say ‘arrivederci' to Italy as your fascinating vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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2018 Preview

Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

  • 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

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 Cinque Terre
  • Definite Departure
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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 $300 p.p.

Triple Discount: $70 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $64 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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  • 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 48 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.


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.
Vacation : I bought inexpensive costume jewelry and clothing items.
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
Service rating : Have booked with GET before and all our experiences have been great
Vacation : Beautiful trip, beautiful area
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
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.
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

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.

Italian Lakes

Discover Lake Como

Adult Price: € 38

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

Adult Price: € 41

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

Adult Price: € 45

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

Adult Price: € 38

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

Adult Price: € 45

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

Adult Price: € 65

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

Adult Price: € 44

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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