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Tour Itinerary

Parmesan and prosciutto. Ferraris and Fiats. Ruins and the Riviera. Some of Italy’s greatest indulgences can be found up north. Italy’s “Fabulous Five,” the pastel-hued cliffside fishing villages along the Mediterranean, start the count of the numerous joys you’ll experience on this Undiscovered Tour of Northern Italy. In addition to finding the freshest seafood along the coast, you’ll relish a balsamic vinegar tasting in the epicurean city of Modena, a parmesan cheese tasting near Verdi’s hometown of Busseto, a risotto lunch at a Vercelli rice factory, and a wine tasting in vineyard-dotted Gabiano. To spice things up, you’ll speed over to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello and strut your stuff down the streets of Milan. Leading you to the fabulous, the famous, and the fashionable, this tour is the way to see Northern Italy in style.

Countries Visited


  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Style & Taste in Northern Italy MILAN Guided walking tour includes sights of the Sforzesco Castle, the Galleria, La Scala Opera House, and the Duomo. Free time before continuing to Busseto.
    BUSSETO See the birthplace of composer Giuseppe Verdi with free time for lunch before [LF] a Parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificio (cheese-making factory). (B)
    99 mi / 160 km

    LOCAL TASTES Bite into 1,000 years of Italian tradition with a Parmesan cheese tasting in Busseto. Learn about the rich history that has passed the test of time with authentic ingredients of passion and perfected recipes in local caseifici (cheese making factories) of the Italian pastoral landscapes.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Cathedrals & Classic Cars PARMA Guided sightseeing includes sights of the cathedral, bell tower, and octagonal baptistry. Free time to visit the cathedral.
    MODENA Enjoy a [LF] Balsamic vinegar tasting at the renowned Acetaia Leonardi.
    MARANELLO [LF] Visit the Ferrari Museum. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)
    112 mi / 180 km

    CULTURE & TRADITION Creating classic Balsamic Vinegar requires the patience learned through four generations of devotion and respect for the 18th-century traditions at Acetaia Leonardi farm. The farm sits on 27 acres of vineyards where Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes are grown to produce this delicate balance of sweet and sour Modena specialty.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Treasured Time in Tuscany LUCCA Orientation walk, followed by free time this afternoon and evening. (B)
    99 mi / 160 km

    CULTURAL GEMS Within the walls surrounding the medieval city of Lucca, the modern world fades away. Whilst you walk, see the Piazza Anfiteatro, San Michele Square, the Roman Amphitheatre, the soaring clock tower, and the Guinigi Tower topped with a hanging garden roof – just to name a few of the impressive sights you’ll find in this historic city in Tuscany.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Sights to Sea Scenic drive en route to La Spezia.
    CINQUE TERRE Take a guided boat ride (weather permitting) to Monterosso. Free time before continuing the journey by train.
    GENOA Dinner at local restaurant. (B,D)
    124 mi / 200 km

    EPIC RIDE Take a stunning cruise on the coast of Cinque Terre and take in fascinating views of the sea, sky, and centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    The Italian Riviera GENOA Join the guided tour to discover the highlights of the Old Town, including sights of San Lorenzo Cathedral, the Ducal Palace and Christopher Columbus’ childhood home followed by a pesto demo and tasting. Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

    CULTURE & TRADITION Genova may be less well known than other Italian cities, but it never fails to surprise and delight. It has one of the largest medieval city centers in Europe, and its wonderful location, between the mountains and sea, set it up to be a longstanding maritime power. It is the birthplace not only of Christopher Columbus but also of one of the world’s favorite pasta sauces – pesto! This delicious sauce created from garlic, basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil, is proudly present on the menu of many restaurants and is traditionally served with the “trofie” pasta.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Carafes at the Castle GABIANO Enjoy [LF] wine tasting and lunch at the castle. (B,L)
    143 mi / 230 km

    CULTURE & TRADITION Gracing the hills above the Po Valley, the Castello di Gabiano has made history as early as the 8th century. Once the site of sieges and wars, the castle has passed through noble families through time to become one of the oldest and largest manors in Monferrato. Today, its tradition of winemaking is shared with tastings of vintages aged in its cellar barrels in the tradition passed down since the 12th century.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Monumental Mysteries TURIN Guided sightseeing includes sights of the Mole Antonelliana and a visit to the cathedral. (B)

    ART & ARCHITECTURE Turin abounds of a wealth of Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Art Nouveau treasures. Stroll the elegant squares to see the monument of Mole Antonelliana – a former synagogue with its 87-meter-high panorama deck. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which houses the most holy relic in the Catholic Church – the Shroud of Turin.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    The Dish on Risotto VERCELLI [LF] Visit a rice factory followed by a risotto lunch.
    MILAN Farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B,L,D)
    130 mi / 210 km

    LOCAL TASTES Visit Vercelli, the heart of Europe's rice production, where the tradition of delicious risotto is born. It’s here that the round rice grain called japonica is grown. This round grain keeps its shape during the cooking process to release that beautifully creamy texture of risotto that we all know and love. The fine art of rice farming in Italy now combines tradition with technology to tend these fields with loving care.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

    Meals:   Breakfast

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Small Group Discoveries
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Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 3 three-course dinners

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Milan: NYX Hotel Milan by Leonardo Hotels
Featuring a rooftop terrace with views on Milan skyline, NYX Milan by Leonardo Hotels is located in Milan city center, a few minutes' walk from Stazione Centrale Train Station and from Milan Fashion District. Local art is the soul of the city. NYX Hotel Milan embraces that by featuring astonishing artworks by great Milanese artists as part of the hotel design. All 299 guestrooms are fully air-conditioned with 40" HD flat-screen TV with international channels, minibar, and in-room safe. The hotel features an in-house restaurant offering local and international specialties, and a cozy lounge bar. Free Wi-Fi and a business center are also at guests' disposal.
Piazza IV Novembre 3
Milan , Italy
Parma: BW Farnese Parma
The Best Western Hotel Farnese is a four stars hotel near city centre.The elegant lobby has stylish furniture and ethnic accessories, the floor to ceiling windows that open on the garden pool with Jacuzzi, are details that suggest this is a great place. Lino's coffee bar is a fantastic area where have a cappuccino, espresso or the fantastic bicerin, marocchino etc. The Restaurant 51A help you for a great taste of the parmesan and italian cuisine.
Via Reggio 51/A
Parma , 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.
Viale Piacenza, 12/C
Parma , Italy
Lucca: Best Western Grand Hotel Guinigi
Modern hotel located near the historic center, offers tasteful decor, meeting facilities, restaurant & bar; staff is multilingual.
Via Romana,1247
Lucca , Italy
Genoa: NH Collection Genova Marina
As its name suggests, this 140-room nautical style hotel is situated directly in the old harbour area, just a stone's throw away from the Maritime Museum and the famous Genoa Aquarium. The medieval heart of Genoa's city center is also just a short walk away from this property which is the only city hotel surrounded by water and has been designed to mimic a ship setting sail. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there is also a modern fitness area. The sophisticated air conditioned guest rooms all feature hard wood flooring, an electric kettle and mini bar. The chic in-house restaurant serves a mix of Ligurian dishes and modern cuisine, and has an inviting central bar area with its own snack menu. There are two outdoor sea-view terraces which offer charming views of the old port one of Genoa's symbolic landmarks, La Lanterna (light house). A sumptuous buffet style breakfast is also served each morning in this bright restaurant.
Molo Ponte Calvi, 5
Genoa , Italy
Turin: Starhotels Majestic
Modern Hotel in traditional 5-story building in corner location across from central train station & bus terminal.
Corso V.Emanuele 54
Torino , Italy
Milan: Crowne Plaza Milan City
Crowne Plaza Milan City Hotel is located just 600 yards from Milano Centrale Train Station and is also next to Sondrio Metro Station, with direct links to Milan Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. Its 109 guest rooms are sound proofed and spacious; they feature a modern-style decor with satellite TV, air conditioning and Free Wi-Fi, while the elegant marble bathrooms include a bathrobe, slippers, and a toiletry set. The Crowne Plaza's breakfast buffet features an array of sweet and savory food including freshly made Italian cakes and pastries. The in-house restaurant serves international cuisine for lunch and dinner while the lounge terrace - overlooking the hotel¿s Winter Garden - is the perfect place for evening cocktails and R&R. Leisure facilities include a well-equipped gym that face the skyline of Milan and a wellness area offering a Turkish bath, a sauna, and beauty treatments on request. 15
Via Melchiorre Gioia, 73
Milano , Italy

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Children ages 5 to 17 on the date of departure are welcomed if accompanied by an adult.

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Globus Tours met all expectations of excellent itinerary and small group experience--tour director extremely knowledgeable and caring; local tour guides at each major stop increased our learning and enjoyment; excellent excursions off the beaten path that we could not have done on our own; very useful and reliable radio transmitters on tours that offered good hearing of tour guides; lovely hotel accommodations with excellent breakfasts and service; comfortable and not crowded bus experience with very personable bus driver; bus also offered WiFi; good balance of guided tour and time on own; excursion dinners offered excellent way to experience different foods and culture in different areas of italy. Pace of tours was comfortable. The days were full and lots of fun!

This was our seventh trip with Globus and they continue to deliver first class experiences with incredible tour directors.

We have used Aga for years and our trips booked with her never disappointed. She has been wonderful and extremely helpful. Very knowledgeable, always reachable and very conscientious. a Terrific lady.

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

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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