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Northern Italy including Cinque Terre Women Only

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,273 per person
SEP 2022
View of Cinque Terre with flowers, Italy

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Milan, Langhirano, Parma, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Baveno, Genoa ...more Milan, Langhirano, Parma, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Baveno, Genoa
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Milan

    Embrace the glamour of Milan, your introduction to the sights and sounds of northern Italy. Spend the day exploring this stylish city, home to many of the most renowned fashion houses in the world. Later, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, evening orientation drive and hint of the friendship and adventures to come.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Starhotels Tourist
  2. Day 2 Discover Fashionable Milan

    Wander through the sophisticated streets of Milan joining your Local Specialist on a tour that will reveal the city's iconic and unexpected highlights. See the Gothic Cathedral, glass-domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House, one of the finest opera houses in the world. Then it's time to pound the pavements and see Milan your way. Your Travel Director will share their personal favourites. Don’t miss an opportunity to join today’s Optional Experience visit to Lake Como for a cruise past some of the region’s most glamorous lakeside properties.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Journey to Parma

    Leaving sophisticated Milan behind, today is the day to treat your taste buds. Gourmands will adore our Dive Into Culture visit to a prosciutto (ham) factory near Langhirano. There’s time for a photo stop at Torrechiara fortress, perched high above the Parma Valley, before arriving at a family-run caseificio where we’ll learn the ancient craft of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese production – perfected since the 1600s. On arrival in Parma, continue your day of tasting and feasting, deepening your knowledge of Parma’s foodie heritage at an Optional Experience dinner of local specialties paired with Italian wine.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sina Maria Luigia
  4. Day 4 Onwards to the Italian Riviera

    Beyond its obvious attraction as a haven for foodies, Parma is also a fascinating historic centre which you’ll come to discover this morning with your Local Specialist. Learn all about its history as a Roman settlement and medieval trading hub, including such sights as the Piazza Garibaldi, the site of a Roman Forum 2,000 years ago. You’ll have some free time for lunch perhaps indulging one last time in the city’s legendary cuisine, before heading to La Spezia on the Italian Riviera. Slow it right down this evening, taking in the tranquil seaside setting as you walk along its pretty promenade, with an evening to do as you wish.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Firenze & Continentale
  5. Day 5 Admire Colourful Cinque Terre

    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. Starting in Porto Venere, we’ll travel along the coast by boat, joining a Local Specialist who will share how the region’s isolated position protected it from pirates in years gone by. Returning to our hotel in La Spezia, we’ll enjoy dinner with our fellow travellers, sharing stories of the magnificent cliffside villages we’ve spent the day admiring.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  6. Day 6 Off to Genoa and Lake Maggiore

    The maritime city of Genoa and birthplace of Columbus is your first stop today as you 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, and enjoy time for lunch in the city centre, perhaps sampling some of the local focaccia before continuing to Lake Maggiore. Set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, the quiet shores of this lake are your home for the next two nights, as they are for many well-heeled locals. Later, you could choose to join 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 Breakfast
    hotel Simplon
  7. Day 7 Lake Maggiore Your Way

    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, Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience. Join the Cinque family and hear all about the intriguing history of Villa Toscanini situated on a tiny romantic island which was the hideaway of the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini one of the most influential musicians of the 19th century.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  8. Day 8 Farewell Italy

    While your holiday has come to an end, the special memories made with new friends will linger long after you return home. Say farewell to your Travel Director as you prepare to take your transfer from your hotel in Baveno to Milan Malpensa airport for your onward journey home. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre (Women Only)
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Regional Dinner

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Milan, Parma, Cinque Terre and Genoa with a Local Specialist
  • Visit a prosciutto factory near Langhirano, cheese factory in Montechiarugolo and Cinque Terre
  • View the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan and the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa
  • Scenic Cruise to Cinque Terre
  • Connect With Locals Join Signor Telli for a Be My Guest dinner at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island.
  • Dive into Culture Visit a working prosciutto factory and parmigiano reggiano cheese caseificio near Parma.

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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.

Milan

Available on Day 2

Discover Lake Como

We'll travel to Lake Como, where we'll enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as we cruise along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.
Adult Price: € 46

Treasures Of Milan

A fantastic opportunity to take in some of the highlights of elegant Milan. Amongst other sights, we'll visit La Scala, the world's most famous opera house, where Giuseppe Verdi, Maria Callas and others have left their mark. Our wonderful Local Specialist will bring the city’s eventful past to life.
Adult Price: € 45

Parma

Available on Day 3

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: € 68

La Spezia

Available on Day 4

Winery Visit and Sarzana

Near the ancient Via Aurelia, we'll visit a winery to learn about "vermentino" grapes, the pride of Liguria. We'll taste several wines paired with farm-grown treats and tour the 18th-century country farmhouse. We'll then continue exploring the area, as we drive up to Sarzana, a small village founded by the Romans with rich history and heritage.
Adult Price: € 49

Italian Lakes

Available on Day 6

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. Afterward, we'll cruise to the island of San Giulio, famous for its peaceful atmosphere and delightful church. Then, spend time strolling in Orta town, taking in the area's beauty.
Adult Price: € 43

Available on Day 7

Alpine Train Discovery

The famous Centovalli Panoramic Train will lead you across dramatic viaducts, past deep ravines and through beautiful forests, whilst your Local Specialist tells stories of local mountain life. We'll stop at a typical Italian Alpine village, where you'll enjoy free time to discover its picturesque charms.
Adult Price: € 53

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organized a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here, with your Local Specialist, you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes.
Adult Price: € 49

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Marcia Scimecca
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Service
laura was very helpful & infomative when we were booking the trip
Vacation
because of the guide heavy italian accent it was difficult to understand him. the cinquerr terre trip was a disaster. i had to pay for my cab to go to the train station to be on a crowded train for an hour. saw thr beach,went to thr bathroom, ate lunch & went back to the crorded train for another horrribe hour back, our luggage was lost . it seems it never made the bus to milan. upsetting & inconvient next day was found, but we had to lay ourt money to take a csr to & from the hotel to pick up pur luggage. we purchased some necessaryt clothe but ocouldnt by too much cause we didnt have a bag our first tour was wonderful with daisy. loosing the luggage ruined any joy we may have had about the trip.getting it back on the last day only helped because we can wear clean clothes. very dissappointing hotels, one was like a hostel, the other was like straw matteress. if you wanted a guest leave early. very dissapointed with accomadations. if this was a cost saver trip it could pass, we paid good money for your expertice & reputation for inclusive trips. VERY DISSAPOINTED.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest and detailed review. A member of our Guest Relations team will be in touch with you shortly to obtain more information.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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.
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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
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I would use this company again
Lori Sweeney
Sunday, July 15, 2018
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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
Service
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
Service
I thought Antonella was wonderful. The whole trip was a joy and I’d definitely use this company again.
Vacation
Great food, great hotels!
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