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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

The Italian Riviera meets Italy’s beautiful Lake District on a gourmet-filled encounter with the north and its many treasures. All you need to do is live the high life on this most epic of Northern Italy trips, filled with the flavors of prosciutto and parmigiano.

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Baveno , Cinque Terre , Genoa , La Spezia , Langhirano , Milan , Parma

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Milan
    Embrace the glamour of Milan, your introduction to the sights and sounds of northern Italy. Spend the day exploring this stylish city, home to many of the most renowned fashion houses in the world. Later, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, evening orientation drive and hint of the friendship and adventures to come.Accommodation: Starhotels Tourist
  2. Day 2
    Discover Fashionable Milan
    Wander through the sophisticated streets of Milan joining your Local Specialist on a tour that will reveal the city's iconic and unexpected highlights. See the Gothic Cathedral, glass-domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House, one of the finest opera houses in the world. Then it's time to pound the pavements and see Milan your way. Your Travel Director will share their personal favorites. Don’t miss an opportunity to join today’s Optional Experience visit to Lake Como for a cruise past some of the region’s most glamorous lakeside properties.Accommodation: Starhotels Tourist
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Journey to Parma Dive Into Culture
    Leaving sophisticated Milan behind, today is the day to treat your taste buds. Gourmands will adore our Dive Into Culture visit to a prosciutto (ham) factory near Langhirano. There’s time for a photo stop at Torrechiara fortress, perched high above the Parma Valley, before arriving at a family-run caseificio where we’ll learn the ancient craft of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese production – perfected since the 1600s. On arrival in Parma, continue your day of tasting and feasting, deepening your knowledge of Parma’s foodie heritage at an Optional Experience dinner of local specialties paired with Italian wine.Accommodation: Novotel Centro
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Onwards to the Italian Riviera
    Beyond its obvious attraction as a haven for foodies, Parma is also a fascinating historic center which you’ll come to discover this morning with your Local Specialist. Learn all about its history as a Roman settlement and medieval trading hub, including such sights as the Piazza Garibaldi, the site of a Roman Forum 2,000 years ago. You’ll have some free time for lunch perhaps indulging one last time in the city’s legendary cuisine, before heading to Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera. Slow it right down this evening, taking in the tranquil seaside setting as you walk along its pretty promenade, with an evening to do as you wish.Accommodation: Hotel La Locanda Dell'Angelo, B&B HOTELS Park Hotel Suisse
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Admire Colorful Cinque Terre
    Today we explore the dramatic coastal setting of UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre on an included full-day excursion. The deep blue Ligurian Sea provides a stunning backdrop for the expanse of pastel pinks, yellows and oranges that cling to the rugged seaside cliffs. Cruising along the coast by boat, our Local Specialist will captivate us with tales of how the Cinque Terre region's isolated position protected it from pirates in years gone by. Returning to our hotel, we’ll enjoy dinner with our fellow travelers, sharing stories of the magnificent cliffside villages we’ve spent the day admiring.Accommodation: Hotel La Locanda Dell'Angelo, B&B HOTELS Park Hotel Suisse
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Off to Genoa and Lake Maggiore
    Based on the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, the maritime city of Genoa is also the birthplace of Columbus and your first stop today as you join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour to view the city’s majestic Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Visit Via Garibaldi, the historic center of Genoa lined by ancient palaces, and enjoy time for lunch in the city center, perhaps sampling some of the local focaccia before continuing to Lake Maggiore. Set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, the scenic shores of this lake are your home for the next two nights, as they are for many well-heeled locals. Later, you have the opportunity to explore Lake Orta on an Optional Experience with a Local Specialist to delve into the delights of the Italian Lake District.Accommodation: Simplon
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Lake Maggiore Your Way Connect with Locals
    Lap up gentle lakeside living during a full day spent at leisure in this picture-perfect setting. Spend the day relaxing or take an alpine train journey to see the magnificent panoramic views of the north. Later, you could choose to join an Optional Experience to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the aristocratic Borromeo Palace and its gorgeous terraced gardens. This evening, we cross the tranquil waters of Maggiore to secluded Isola dei Pescatori to Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience. Join the Cinque family and hear all about the intriguing history of Villa Toscanini situated on a tiny romantic island which was the hideaway of the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini - one of the most influential musicians of the 19th century.Accommodation: Simplon
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Farewell Italy
    While your holiday has come to an end, the special memories made with new friends will linger long after you return home. Say farewell to your Travel Director as you prepare to take your transfer from your hotel in Baveno to Milan Malpensa airport for your onward journey home.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Dinner (D)

Be My Guest

  • Baveno: Join the Cinque family and enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dinner.

Dive Into Culture

  • Parma: Visit a working prosciutto factory and parmigiano reggiano cheese caseificio near Parma.

Iconic Experience

  • Milan: See Milan's central highlights on an orientation tour with your Travel Director.
  • Milan: Explore Italy's renowned fashion capital with your Local Specialist. See the magnificent facade of Milan Cathedral, La Scala Theater and the glass-vaulted shopping arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, lined with luxury boutiques.
  • Parma: See the medieval Torrechiara Fortress.
  • Parma: Discover Parma's rich history and cultural highlights with a Local Specialist. See the romanic Piazza Garibaldi and the baroque tower of Palazzo del Governatore.
  • Cinque Terre: Led by your Local Specialist, visit this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, tucked away on the mountainous Italian Riviera coastline. Admire the charming fishing villages and perhaps snap some memorable pictures.
  • Genoa: Explore the birthplace of Columbus with a Local Specialist and see the city's iconic Via Garibaldi.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Milan, Parma, Cinque Terre and Genoa with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit a prosciutto factory near Langhirano, cheese factory in Montechiarugolo and Cinque Terre
  • : View the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan and the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa
  • : Scenic Cruise to Cinque Terre

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.7
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.4
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4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 27 reviews - currently showing 10 reviews with comments only

The experience was great! I just wish some rooms had better air conditioners. We had a fantastic time and was with a fun crowd. The tour leader was outstanding.

Dana was great, very responsive to our questions and very helpful. Thanks Dana!

The first night in Milan at the Holiday Inn was awful- other than that we had nice accommodations and a terrific tour guide.

Our Tour Director, Patrizia, was one of the finest group leader that we've encountered. Her pleasing ways made the trip outstanding!

More expensive than other tour operators. Guide was less than acceptable.

Northern Italy tour with Trafalgar was one of our best vacations ever. Italy was beautiful, tour director great and new friendships amongst fellow travelers made the trip memorable.

The first day (5/5) stayed onHokiday Inn hotel in Milan is not a good place to stay: dirty, small room in a bit safe area.

Good planning and help from Yulanda.

This was my first tour with Trafalgar (I have taken several prior tours with Gate1). I hoped the experience would be a good one, and I am happy to say that it was. The tour leader was outstanding. Hotels were all very good.

The only hotel in Italy we did not like was the Holiday Inn. Our room there smelled heavy with cigarette smoke.

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