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

Scents of magnolia and lemons linger along the quaint cobblestone roads and promenades of Italy's northern lake villages on this jaunt from Milan to Genoa, and the foodie city of Parma. See the layers of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that cling to the dramatic sea cliffs of Cinque Terre, enjoying the flavours of prosciutto and parmiagiano along the way.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: INOR

8 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

    • Orientation of Stresa on Lake Maggiore and Santa Margherita

    • 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

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 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


Northern Italy Including Cinque Terre

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Day 1

Arrive Milan (2 Nights)

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan, Italy

Day 2

Milan Sightseeing and Free Time

Lake Maggiore, Italy

Day 3

Milan – 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 (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Milan (2 Nights)

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

Hotel

Holiday Inn Garibaldi

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Holiday Inn Garibaldi

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Optional Experiences

Treasures Of Milan

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.

Adult Price: €45.00

Day 1

Day 2

Milan Sightseeing and Free Time Day 2 - Milan Sightseeing and Free Time

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. Enjoy free time this afternoon to experience the stylish lifestyle of Italy's fashion capital, perhaps visit one of the city's fascinating museums including the Pinacoteca di Brera, a world-class museum as extensive as Paris' Louvre, or consider an Optional Experience to Sforzesco Castle, which houses several of the city's museums and art gallery collections, including Michelangelo's statue of the Pietà Rondanini.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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: €38.00

Day 2

Day 3

Milan – Baveno (2 Nights) Day 3 - Milan – Baveno (2 Nights)

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 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, gateway to the three Borromean islands, 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

Hotel

Simplon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Discover The Borromean Islands

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 (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Adult Price: €41.00

Day 3

Day 4

Baveno Free Day 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

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: €38.00

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: €45.00

Day 4

Day 5

Baveno – Genoa – Santa Margherita (2 Nights) 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

Hotel

Lido Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Portofino Cruise and Aperitivo

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.

Adult Price: €44.00

Day 5

Day 6

Santa Margherita – Full Day Porto Venere and Cinque Terre Excursion Day 6 - Santa Margherita – Full Day Porto Venere and Cinque Terre Excursion

Enjoy an included full-day excursion to see the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Five coastal villages with extraordinary old-world charm clad the rugged cliffs in this beautiful area. 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 6

Day 7

Santa Margherita – Langhirano – Parma 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

Hotel

Parma & Congressi

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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: €65.00

Day 7

Day 8

Parma – Milan 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. See the 12th century Piazzo Duomo with its cathedral and baptistery, and Garibaldi Square where the original Roman colony founded in 183BC had a forum. 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

Hotel

Starhotels Tourist

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Depart Milan 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Join Signor Telli for an exclusive dinner and 'bei tempi' at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island on Lake Maggiore

  • Cultural Insights
    Amble through the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto with its vertical gardens, water lilies and dahlia maze. Visit a working prosciutto factory and parmigiano reggiano cheese 'caseificio' near Parma

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

    • Orientation of Stresa on Lake Maggiore and Santa Margherita

    • 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

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 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


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 55 Reviews

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    Service rating : Wonderful tour of N. ITaly..well paced..great tour leader, Roberto.. Lovely hotels great bus..no complaints at all!Product : Great itinerary..well paced with good breaks..time on our own plus great touring experiences

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    Service rating : Overall the experience was good.Product : There were interesting cities some which were not familiar to me prior to the trip.

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    Service rating : The tour director, Roberto was knowledgeable about the places we visited and the trip itself was wonderful. I have only 2 complaints. The first night meal was mediocre at best. The salad and pizza was blah, the finger foods greasy and cold. The 2nd complaint is more concerning

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    The trip was very enjoyable and well planned out. The tour director was excellent, helpful and professional at all times. The spots we went to were excellent and worth seeing. Loved it!

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    Service rating : The lack of fresh fruits etc for brekky and fresh vegies for dinnerProduct : Antonella, the Tour Director was fantastic, the places and scenery fantastic, but NEED healthier food selections, 5th tour for me maybe more, BUT forego a bit of vino and keep coach HEALTHY.

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