Northern Italy's Highlights and Cinque Terre With Lake Maggiore 2017

Northern Italy's Highlights and Cinque Terre With Lake Maggiore 2017


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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)

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Inclusions

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
MILAN
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

BUSSETO
See the birthplace of Verdi; [LF] parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificio

PARMA
Guided sightseeing

MODENA
[LF] Balsamic vinegar tasting

MARANELLO
[LF] Visit the Ferrari Museum

LUCCA
Orientation

CINQUE TERRE
By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide and by train

RAPALLO
Boat cruise to Portofino

GABIANO
[LF] Wine tasting and lunch

TURIN
Guided sightseeing, admire the Mole Antonelliana, walk through the historic center, and visit the cathedral that houses the Holy Shroud

VERCELLI
[LF] Visit a rice factory and enjoy a risotto lunch

LAKE MAGGIORE
Guided sightseeing and boat ride to Isola Bella to visit the baroque palace and peacock gardens

Headsets throughout the tour

MEALS
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


TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; boat ride to Portofino. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

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Accommodations

Milan: MGallery La Gare Milano Centrale
A luxurious, 141-room hotel directly in the heart of the city. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and the hotel boasts two restaurants, one of which has fantastic panoramic views, two bars and a roof garden. For relaxation there is a spa area with gym, sauna and Turkish bath.
Address:
Via Giovanni Battista Pirelli
Milano , Italy
Parma: Starhotels Du Parc
Contemporary 8-story hotel in the Liberty style; located in the heart of Parma, adjacent to the Parco Ducale; multilingual staff.
Address:
Viale Piacenza, 12/C
Parma , Italy
Lucca: Grand Hotel Guinigi
Modern hotel located near the historic center, offers tasteful decor, meeting facilities, restaurant & bar; staff is multilingual.
Address:
Via Romana,1247
Lucca , Italy
Rapallo: Grand Hotel Bristol
Dating back to 1908, this elegant 83-room property is characterized by its Liberty-style façade and sits on a hillside overlooking the Italian Riviera surrounded by fragrant plants. An exclusive rooftop restaurant offers al fresco dining on its terrace and the seasonal outdoor pool area with sun deck and bar offers stunning views of Portofino's Promontory. Other facilities include a Retro American bar and a wellness area with fitness room, Finnish Sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby; access in the rooms is subject to a fee (payable locally).
Address:
V.Aurelia Orientale 369
Rapallo , Italy
Turin: Starhotels Majestic
Modern Hotel in traditional 5-story building in corner location across from central train station & bus terminal.
Address:
Corso V.Emanuele 54
Torino , Italy
Lake Maggiore: Grand Hotel Bristol
This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is avilable in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The impressive outdoor swimming pool has panoramic views of the lake and mountains and there is also an indoor swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis. Local & international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotels refined restaurants and bar.
Address:
Corso Umberto I , 73
Stresa , Italy

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$631

Triple room reduction per person:
$145

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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