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Northern Italy including Cinque Terre

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $2,550 per person
Cinque Terre

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Milan, Parma, Baveno, Viareggio ...more Milan, Parma, Baveno, Viareggio
  1. 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.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Holiday Inn Garibaldi
  2. 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Simplon/Grand Dino
  4. 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  5. 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Mercure
  6. 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  7. 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel CDH Parma & Congressi
  8. 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Starhotels Tourist
  9. Day 9 Depart Milan

    Our sumptuous encounter with the landscapes of Northern Italy has sadly come to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

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

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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Optional Add-Ons

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

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.
Adult Price: €41

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the highlights of Milan, including the famous La Scala Opera House, which is still the World's most famous for performing artists and public alike. Afterwards, you’ll visit another of the city’s highlights with our Local Specialist who will bring to life Milan’s eventful history.
Adult Price: €45

Italian Lakes

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands. The island's palazzo and exquisite gardens once hosted the nobility of Europe. (This optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October)
Adult Price: €43

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.
Adult Price: €45

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.
Adult Price: €38

Viareggio

The Walled City of Lucca

Join us as we explore the beautiful city of Lucca, birthplace of the composer Giacomo Puccini. You’ll explore with a Local Specialist as the monumental architecture transports you back to thirteenth century Tuscany.
Adult Price: €37

Parma

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.
Adult Price: €65

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Service
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
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Service
I found everything to be well irganizes
Vacation
I would use this company again
Lori Sweeney
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Service
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.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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.
Kimberly Young
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Service
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
Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Excellent tour and location guides. Wonderful site selections. I would recommend GET.
Vacation
Beautiful locations with excellent staff.
Michael Kononchik
Sunday, June 10, 2018
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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
Sunday, May 27, 2018
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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
Sunday, May 20, 2018
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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.
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