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Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre 2014

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Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
    Italy 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Fashion capital Milan gives way to the jagged, sun-drenched coastline of the villages of Cinque Terre, as refined elegance and untamed beauty unite in the contrasts of Northern Italy. It's Insider moments like… the calming splash of fountains as you wander through the Villa Taranto gardens, the classic lines of northern elegance receding as you travel onwards to the Ligurian coast. It's feeling the sunshine and salt spray on your skin and the rich perfume of baking focaccia in the air as you discover the traditions of the fishing villages of Cinque Terre. And marvelling at the rainbow of pastel-coloured houses nestling against rugged cliffs, as you learn about the epic flood of 2011 that threatened their future.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Milan, Italy's commercial and financial hub. Relax after check-in and later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: NH Touring

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Milan. 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 visit a museum or perhaps consider an optional experience to Sforza Castle.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    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 Lombardy and is known for its beautiful waters and picturesque views. Enjoy an Unique Insight into the flora of the local area when you visit the beautiful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto. See azalea, maple, rhododendron and camellia avenues, rare lilies and gardens containing over 300 varieties of dahlias. You will have free time here for lunch. Later, stop to view the sights of Stresa on the shores of the lake before checking in to your hotel for a two night stay. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dining experience.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Simplon

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    A full day to relax and enjoy your Italian lakeside experience. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your hotel or consider taking an excursion to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the Borromeo Palace. This evening dine at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

  • Day 5


    Stop in Genoa, birthplace of Columbus, for an included guided walking tour with a Local Expert. 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 Santa Margherita, check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Park Hotel Suisse

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Enjoy an included full day excursion to see the Cinque Terre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 Expert.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    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. This evening consider an optional experience featuring local specialties with wine in a romantic setting.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Parma e Congressi

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    This morning enjoy a guided tour of Parma with your Local Expert. This gastronomic city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is famous for its architecture, prosciutto and cheese. It is also home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Later this afternoon you will stop at the famous Certosa di Pavia to admire the gothic and renaissance architecture of this monastic complex. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel Milano Ca Granda

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    This morning say 'arrivederci' to Italy as your fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Take a private boat trip for an exclusive dinner on an island in the idyllic Lake Maggiore. Your host will share stories of the history of the island and 'pirates hideaway' and then you will be served a delicious meal.
  • Local Expert in Milan, Genoa Parma and the Cinque Terre.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy an included visit to the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a Parma ham and parmesan cheese museum near Parma.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Milan, Genoa, Parma and the Cinque Terre.
  • Orientations in Stresa on Lake Maggiore, Santa Margherita and La Spezia.
  • Visit the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto and the beautifully decorated monastic complex of Certosa di Pavia.
  • View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa and the colourful coastal towns in the Cinque Terre.


  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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  • Hotels are subject to change.
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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