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Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre

9 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

Take in the sights of Italy, spending time in Milan, Genoa, Parma and the sun-drenched coastline of Cinque Terre.

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About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy 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 i

Trip code: INOR

8 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre

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Day 1

Arrive Milan – transfer to Varese (2 Nights)

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan, Italy

Day 2

Varese – Milan Sightseeing and Free Time

Lake Maggiore, Italy

Day 3

Varese – Baveno (2 Nights)

Day 4

Baveno Free Day

Day 5

Baveno – Genoa – Santa Margherita (2 Nights)

Cinque Terre, Italy

Day 6

Santa Margherita – Full Day Porto Venere and Cinque Terre Excursion

Apennine Mountains, Italy

Day 7

Santa Margherita – Langhirano – Parma

Day 8

Parma – Milan

Day 9

Depart Milan

Day 1

Arrive Milan – transfer to Varese (2 Nights)

Welcome to Italy. Transfers are available to your hotel in scenic 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.

Hotel

Palace Grand

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Varese – Milan Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan, Italy

Day 2

Day 3

Varese – Baveno (2 Nights)

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 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 on the shores of the lake before checking in to your hotel for a two night stay.

Hotel

Simplon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Day 3

Day 4

Baveno Free Day

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 take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dining experience.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 4

Day 5

Baveno – Genoa – Santa Margherita (2 Nights)

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.

Hotel

Lido Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Santa Margherita – Full Day Porto Venere and Cinque Terre Excursion

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
Cinque Terre, Italy

Day 6

Day 7

Santa Margherita – Langhirano – Parma

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 & Congressi

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Apennine Mountains, Italy

Day 7

Day 8

Parma – Milan

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. Enjoy a scenic drive back to Milan where tonight you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director.

Hotel

Starhotels Tourist

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Depart Milan

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 42 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : Excellent effort from tour guide considering the difficult group. Milan and Parma hotels were not up to standard with relation to their location. They would be more suited to a second class tour.All other hotels were of a very good standard and appropriately located.Product :

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    It was good

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    Service:

    Service rating : The service provided by Trafalgar is consistently excellent. And Trafalgar tour directors are the best! Antonella is well organized, attentive to the special needs of individuals, and has a wonderful sense of humour!Product : The itinerary was great: a good variety of places,

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Antonella was fantastic,loved the tour.Product : Loved Cinque Terre very scenic.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Excellent service. Transfers went smoothly. Excellent communication from tour director Antonella. T.D. gave us a cell phone number to call or text if anyone ran into difficulty. T.D communicated effectively and clearly and was very well organized. Style of T. D. firm but kind and

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma.

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy an included visit to the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a Parma ham and parmesan cheese caseficio near Parma.

  • Be My Guest
    Take a private boat trip on Lake Maggiore to an exclusive island for dinner. Your host will share stories of the history of the island and ‘pirate's hideaway' and then you will be served a delicious meal.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma

    • Orientation of Stresa on Lake Maggiore and 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 and the colourful coastal towns in the Cinque Terre


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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