Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

9 days

from €1339 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"We were treated to a fabulous vacation"
Kevin , Jul 2014

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… feeling sun and salt spray on your skin as you cruise the coast to discover the traditions of the Cinque Terre fishing villages, where a rainbow of pastel-coloured houses cling to the cliffs.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Welcome to Milan. Transfers are available to your hotel in scenic Lake Varese situated at the foot of Mount Campo dei Fiori in the shadow of the Alps. Relax after check–in and meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception this evening.


    Welcome Reception


    Palace Grand

  • 2.


    This morning travel to Milan, Italy's commercial and financial hub. 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. Return to Varese after enjoying some free time for shopping.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.


    A short drive will bring you to the heart of 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 a Cultural 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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining



  • 4.


    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. This evening dine at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

  • 5.


    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 Santa Margherita, check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Park Suisse

  • 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 Specialist.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

  • 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, as you gain a Cultural Insight into local cuisine. This evening consider an optional experience featuring local specialties with wine in a romantic setting.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Parma & Congressi

  • 8.


    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. It is also home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Enjoy a scenic drive back to Milan where tonight you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner


    Crowne Plaza Linate

  • 9.


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


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • 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 ‘pirate's hideaway' and then you will be served a delicious meal.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit a Parma ham and parmesan cheese museum near Parma.
  • Local Specialists

    in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma
  • Orientations in Stresa on Lake Maggiore, Santa Margherita and La Spezia
  • 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
  • Visit the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto


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

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


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.


  • Treasures Of Milan

    Adult Price: €44.00 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.


  • Discover The Borromean Islands

    Adult Price: €38.00 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.
  • Visit Lake Orta And San Giulio Island

    Adult Price: €37.00 Come with us to Pettenasco, on the shores of Lake Orta, to experience northern Italy's best-kept secret. 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.
  • Villas Of Lake Como And Como Town

    Adult Price: €38.00 Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District. Our Local Specialist will show you the sights - and their favourite spots - as you explore the old parts of Como.


  • Dinner And Drive

    Adult Price: €61.00 Discover the cuisine of Palma 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.


  • Portofino Cruise and Aperitivo

    Adult Price: €43.00 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 seating in an exclusive cafè.
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