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Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre 2021

Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre 2021


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Tour Itinerary

This is the perfect “off the beaten path” vacation for travelers who want to learn more about the culture, food, and traditions of Northern Italy. Spend two nights in Milan, Parma, Rapallo, and Turin, and an overnight in Lucca. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Milan, Parma, and Turin, and an orientation of Lucca, a quaint medieval town with ramparts. 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 in Modena, a parmesan cheese tasting in Busseto, a risotto lunch at a rice factory in Vercelli, and a wine tasting with lunch in Gabiano. Stop in Maranello, the birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, and visit the Ferrari Museum. A tour highlight is the excursion to Cinque Terre, the name given to five medieval villages by the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the rocky cliffs that drop down into the sea and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views while enjoying the included ride by boat (weather permitting) and train. Words cannot describe the magic and spectacular scenery—you must witness it in person. You’re sure to arrive back home from this Northern Italy and 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 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2: MILAN–BUSSETO–PARMA.
Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour. Visit the SFORZESCO CASTLE GROUNDS and MUSEUM. Then, visit PIAZZA DUOMO with its magnificent gothic cathedral, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the famous La Scala Opera House. Leave Milan and stop at Busseto to see Giuseppe Verdi’s birthplace. On your way to Parma, world-famous for its ham and cheese, [LF] a PARMESAN CHEESE TASTING at a local caseificio awaits.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km (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. Near Modena, [LF] enjoy a BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING, and learn all about this traditional Italian product. Continue to Maranello, birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, for [LF] a visit to the FERRARI MUSEUM. Balance of the day at leisure.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km (B)

Day 4: PARMA–LUCCA.
In Lucca, enjoy a walk through this quaint medieval town with its ramparts, and explore the center at your own pace. To enhance your stay, an optional dinner outing to an agriturismo is available to try out Tuscan specialties.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km (B)

Day 5: LUCCA–CINQUE TERRE–RAPALLO.
A scenic day! Drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast for a fascinating 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.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km (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 Monferrato area and drive through the vineyards to Gabiano, where [LF] a WINE TASTING, followed by lunch, awaits at Castello di Gabiano. Continue to Turin, capital of Piedmont and birthplace of the Fiat automobile. This evening you may wish to try out one of Turin’s fine restaurants.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi / 230 km (B,L)

Day 8: TURIN.
Admire the amazing 548-foot-high Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Turin, during your guided sightseeing, 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, followed by a traditional risotto lunch, before returning to Milan. This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant to celebrate your Italian vacation.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km (B,L,D)

Day 10: MILAN.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

MILAN
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 lunchMotorcoach; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; boat ride to Portofino.

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches in Gabiano and Vercelli; 2 three-course dinners at a local restaurant in Milan


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Milan Hotel was very small 44 people was too large Tour director was knowledgeable and supportive Most optional tours were big meals Cultural events like a concert might have been included

Northern Italy was amazing...

A super tour. Well organized and guided. Coach and driver were top-drawer. A couple of the hotel rooms were very small, but that's Europe. You really need to take the optional excursions, or most of them to get the benefit of the trip, and by the time you do that the cost is well above the advertised cost, but not our first rodeo; we knew that going in. All in all, good value for the money. One thing we did not anticipate was how many things were closed because so many Italians take August off. We have never been disappointed by Globus. In their literature, some of the descriptions are so terse that you don't have a clear idea of what is going to happen. Sometimes that makes for pleasant surprises. Sometimes not.

The only big issue is that taxis in Italy DO NOT accept credit cards and we came without cash. We specifically asked about this. We had a very rough start to the vacation.

I found that while the hotels which were booked by Globus were very nice but they were outside the cities requiring that we take cabs to the city. For instance the hotel in Lucca was a good 2 miles outside the city requiring an expense of 30E combined for cab fare for just 2 trips. In Rappallo a minny bus was available if we traveled during the times it operated. The Milan hotel was very nice but again so far out of the area we came to see. I am a woman who was prepare to walk 2 miles with ease. Also i (as others) understood from the write up that we your go into the Duomo in Milan. No, we stood in front of the Duomo at 8:15 am after passing through the Galleria to see the Duomo. There was no line at that time to enter. We were told the Duomo is the most important site to see in Milan. the write up said we would view the Duomo. I paid extra because i did not want to go to the Paris or London airports ... others found that they were booked on inconvenient transfers. I realize this s a way to cut cost ... but this is not for my travel needs.

Optional tours offered by Globus attracted few takers. Therefore, played a minor role in overall satisfaction. Popularity probably reflected perceived value of fellow travelers. High point was quality of accomadations

Very professional staff. Very clean motorcoach. The itinerary planned daily events were always on time. Alessandro was a great guide and always had time to help with personal issues or questions. The headsets for the group excursions did not work properly. As a point of reference, we took three additional group excursions with companies not associated with Globus after our Northern Italy Globus tours. Most members of our Globus tour group shared the same feelings. All headsets for all three companies worked fine. Also, the Globus side excursion to Genoa. It seem like an afternoon wasted, with not much of interest.

The fact that the weather was perfect only enhanced a wonderful itinerary. We had a great group of fellow travelers, many meals away from hotels/at restaurants and other venues. Nothing but good things to say about this trip.

Amazing trip. Great tour director!

Our tour director was one of the best we have had in all of our trips. Great part of Italy to visit.

The tour guide was very good and very caring, informative and helpful. Nice, clean hotels that were well-situated in most cases.

Affordable Tours was very pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient to work with. I was able to find a roommate long after my original booking. My travel consultant added her on and made all price adjustments easily. We were very happy with the tour!

Loved the trip.. Globus is always right on with hotels, meals and guides.. Our guide, was great.. The driver was great as well

The tour guide, was a pleasure to be with on this trip. He was always available, had a positive attitude and was extremely professional and knowledgeable. The Hotels were very clean and the staff very friendly. The driver was very skilled and I felt completely safe while on the bus.

Everything was great... Location and rooms in hotels at all stops were well chosen, bus was roomy and comfy, tour director and bus driver friendly, knowledgeable and always there to help and give suggestions when needed.

The guide and bus driver were the best. Many of the experiences were well planned and executed.

The only unfortunate experience was the free time to walk around the local area was always during the lunch time 1:30-3:30pm when all the shops close. The only thing we could do is window shop and eat. Suggest accommodating this issue with flexible timing. Also, two of the hotels did not have A/C which was a problem for many participates. Also, the Cinque Terre could have had a walking tour instead leaving folks on their own the entire time and the shops were closed during lunch time.

Affordabletour agents are real amazing and we really enjoy working with them. The trip was absolutely amazing.

The trip was everything in the description and more. I highly recommend it as it was relaxing as well as informative and we saw alot of interesting places but had enough time for rest and free time in between. thank you for the experience!


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