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Traveling party of 5, 6, or 7 must travel from same origination point and must be advised at the time of booking. Discount on the land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways. Not combinable with other group allowances. Travelers already traveling at a discount, such as children, do not count toward the party total. Offer reliant on space availability, and applies to new bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
Offer does not apply to Escapes by Globus. Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
This is the perfect vacation for travelers who want to learn more about the culture, food, and traditions of Northern Italy. You'll spend two nights in Milan, Parma, Rapallo, and Turin, and an overnight in Lucca. You'll enjoy an orientation of Lucca, a quaint medieval town with ramparts, and guided sightseeing in Milan, Parma, and Turin. But that's not all…this Northern Italy & Cinque Terre tour offers much more! Globus has arranged out-of-the-ordinary experiences, so you can truly enjoy some of Italy's gastronomic delights. You'll partake in a balsamic vinegar tasting near Modena, a parmesan cheese tasting in Busseto, a risotto lunch at a rice factory in Vercelli, and a wine tasting in Gabiano. Stop in Maranello, the birthplace of the Ferrari car, and visit the Ferrari Gallery. A tour highlight is Cinque Terre, the name given to five medieval villages on the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the rocky cliffs that drop down into the sea. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views. Words cannot describe the magic and spectacular scenery—you must witness it in person. Then, at the end of your tour, more scenery awaits you at Lake Maggiore, where you'll spend three nights. Your guided sightseeing includes a boat ride and visit to the opulent Palace and stunning Gardens of Isola Bella. All services at Lake Maggiore, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. You're sure to arrive back home from your time at Lake Maggiore and this Northern Italy & Cinque Terre tour with lots of photos and stories—an unforgettable and unique vacation experience!
Day 1: Arrive in Milan, Italy.
Welcome to Milan! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at Calafuria Unione restaurant. (D)
Day 2: Milan-Busseto-Parma.
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide. Start with a visit to the SFORZESCO CASTLE GROUNDS and MUSEUM. Then, visit DUOMO SQUARE with its magnificent gothic Duomo, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the famous La Scala Opera House. Stop at Busseto to see Giuseppe Verdi's birthplace, and on your way to Parma, world-famous for its ham and parmesan cheese, stop for [LF] a PARMESAN CHEESE TASTING at a local caseificio. Later, for food lovers, an optional excursion to an original ham factory is available. (B)
Day 3: Parma. Excursion to Modena & Maranello.
Your guided sightseeing will focus on the Romanesque cathedral, the bell tower, and the octagonal baptistry, made of pink Verona marble. Next, [LF] enjoy a BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING near Modena, and learn all about this typical Italian product. Continue to nearby Maranello, birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, for [LF] an exciting visit to the FERRARI MUSEUM. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Parma-Lucca.
In Lucca, enjoy a walk through this quaint medieval town with its ramparts, and spend time in its pretty center. To enhance your stay, an optional dinner outing to an agriturismo is available to try out Tuscan specialties. (B)
Day 5: Lucca-Cinque Terre-Rapallo.
A scenic day! Drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast for your exciting excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five medieval little villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, enjoy a TRAIN RIDE to the beautiful seaside resort of Rapallo. (B)
Day 6: Rapallo. Excursion to Portofino.
Today's highlight is a BOAT CRUISE to nearby Portofino, a small fishing village with brightly colored houses that became home to the "rich and famous." Later, back in Rapallo, time to relax and to browse through the attractive little shops. (B)
Day 7: Rapallo-Gabiano-Turin.
Enter the Langhe area and drive through the vineyards to Gabiano, where [LF] a WINE TASTING, followed by lunch, awaits you at Castello di Gabiano before continuing to Turin, capital of Piedmont and birthplace of the Fiat automobile. This evening you may wish to try out one of Turin's restaurants. (B,L)
Day 8: Turin.
During your sightseeing with a Local Guide, admire the amazing 548-foot-high Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Turin, and walk through the historic center to visit the CATHEDRAL that houses the Holy Shroud. (B)
Day 9: Turin-Vercelli-Milan.
Stop in Vercelli [LF] to visit an original RICE FACTORY, and enjoy a risotto lunch before returning to Milan. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Milan-Lake Maggiore.
Transfer to your hotel in Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay. (B)
Day 11: Lake Maggiore.
Morning guided sightseeing includes a boat ride to ISOLA BELLA for a visit to its opulent PALACE and GARDENS. (B)
Day 12: Lake Maggiore.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)
Day 13: Lake Maggiore.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Milan Malpensa). (B)
SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Special welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit the Sforzesco Castle grounds and museum, and admire Duomo Square and the Galleria
See the birthplace of Verdi; [LF] parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificio
[LF] Balsamic vinegar tasting
[LF] Visit the Ferrari Museum
By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide and by train
Boat cruise to Portofino
[LF] Wine tasting and lunch
Guided sightseeing, admire the Mole Antonelliana, walk through the historic center, and visit the cathedral that houses the Holy Shroud
[LF] Visit a rice factory and enjoy a risotto lunch
Guided sightseeing and boat ride to Isola Bella to visit the baroque palace and peacock gardens
Headsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 special lunches with wine in Gabiano and Vercelli; 2 three-course dinners with wine: special welcome and farewell dinners in Milan
Motorcoach; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; boat ride to Portofino. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Milan:
in single room $139-$335, in twin $90-$171, in triple $76-$162
Extra nights per person in Lake Maggiore:
in single room $202, in twin $140, in triple $114
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