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Northern Italy Tour Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma, Italian Lakes, Genoa

Refined elegance and untamed beauty unite on this Northern Italy tour. Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma, Italian Lakes, Genoa, the Italian Riviera, and Tuscany are all included on this escorted Northern Italy tour itinerary. Visit the northern Italy’s regions Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Tuscany, and Liguria.

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Highlights

10 day northern italy tour with cinque terre itinerary map

Italy Tour Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma, Lake Maggiore Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Milan
  • Tour of Genoa
  • Cinque Terre tour
  • Parma tour
  • Visit the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto
  • View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan
  • View the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa
  • Visit the colorful coastal towns in the Cinque Terre

Italy Tour Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma, Lake Maggiore Includes

  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Hand-picked 4-star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All portage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

Optional Tours

Optional Northern Italy Tour Experiences

Below are list of optional experiences that may be available with the Northern Italy tour. These tours are scheduled during what is otherwise free time and are not included in the price of the tour package. The optional tours are subject to change. The price will be confirmed about 30 days before departure.

Day 3 – Treasures Of Milan

Join the local expert tour guide to visit some of Milan’s sightseeing highlights. Typically included are the La Scala Opera House.

Day 3 – Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

Day 4 Parma Dinner And Drive

Discover the cuisine of Parma as you enjoy a delightful dinner of local specialties with wine. Parma is noted for its delicacies, and is considered to be the home of Italian cuisine.

Day 5 – Winery Visit and Sarzana

Near the ancient Via Aurelia, we’ll visit a winery to learn about “vermentino” grapes, the pride of Liguria. We’ll taste several wines paired with local morsels and tour the 18th-century country farm house. Then, we’ll
continue exploring the area, as we drive up to Sarzana, a small village found by the Romans with rich history and heritage.

Day 7 – Visit Lake Orta And San Giulio Island

Come with us to Pettenasco, on the shores of Lake Orta, to experience northern Italy’s best-kept secret. After you’ve had some time to stroll and take in the area’s beauty, you’ll cruise to the island of San Giulio, famous for its peaceful atmosphere and delightful church.

Day 7 – Discover The Borromean Islands

We’ve organized a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you’ll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes.

Day 8 – Alpine Train

The famous Centovalli Panoramic Train will lead you across dramatic viaducts, past deep ravines and beautiful forests. We’ll stop at a typical Italian Alpine Village, where you’ll enjoy free time to discover the charms of Northern Italian village life.

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Accommodations

Lake Maggiore, Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma Tour Accommodations

2 Nights Milan – Starhotels Tourist

1 Night Parma – Sina Maria Luigia

2 Nights La Spezia – TBD

2 Nights Baveno – Simplon

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9-Day Tour Itinerary Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma, Lake Maggiore

This escorted tour of Northern Italy begins in Milan. There you’ll enjoy two nights. Take in the sights of Northern Italy’s fashionable city Milan. Then enjoy time in Northern Italy’s Lakes District, spending time relaxing at the foot of the Italian Alps on the banks of Lake Maggiorre in Bevano in the region of Lombardy. Then take in the sun-drenched Italian Riviera coastline visiting Cinque Terre and touring Genoa, both in the Liguria region. You’ll stay on the Tuscan seaside town Viareggio with time to visit the classic Tuscan town Lucca. Then travel from Tuscany and Liguria to the Emilia Romagna region to enjoy a tour of sophisticated Parma, one of the most refined towns in all Italy. The tour wraps up in the elegant northern Italian city Milan.

Day 1: Depart the United States

Over night flight to Milan Malpensa or Linate airport

Day 2: Arrive Milan

Welcome to Milan. Transfers are available to your hotel. Relax after check–in and meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception this evening.

Meal(s): Welcome Reception

Day 3: Milan Tour & Sightseeing

This morning tour Italy’s largest city and fashion capital Milan. In Milan you’ll be joined by a local expert tour guide who will take you on a walking tour of Milan’s beautiful historic center. Milan landmarks you’ll pass along the walking tour include the amazing gothic cathedral Duomo. You’ll also pass the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan. It is housed within a four-story double arcade in the center with a glass dome.  And you’ll walk by La Scala Opera House.  After the guided walking tour of Milan you have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this exciting world-class city. Perhaps shop at the Made in Italy fashion boutiques. Stroll around the hip Brera district. You may also want to visit the Pinacoteca di Brera, a museum full of treasures including one of the most important works of art Mantegna’s Dead Christ. If you plan your trip early you may also arrange tickets for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper. You may also like to venture out of Milan for an optional excursion to nearby Lake Como.

Milan Optional Tour: Treasures Of Milan Milan Optional Tour: Splendors of Lake Como

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Day 4: Travel From Milan to Parma to Enjoy its Local Gastronomic Specialties

Today drive across the scenic Apennine mountains towards Parma – Italy’s cured meat and parmigiano capital. Near the town of Langhirano visit a working prosciutto factory where you’ll sample the best the region has to offer. After a brief photo stop at Torrechiara learn the process of making real parmigiano reggiano cheese at a family-run “caseificio” near Parma, as you gain a cultural insight into local cuisine. This evening consider the optional dinner and drive featuring local specialties with wine in a historic setting.

Optional Parma Dinner And Drive

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Day 5: Parma Morning then Travel to Italian Riviera

Beyond its obvious attraction as a haven for foodies, Parma is also a fascinating historic centre which you’ll come to discover this morning with your local tour guide. 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.

Then you have free time to enjoy one of Parma’s charming restaurants for lunc. The city is known world-wide for its culinary tradition.

After lunch, depart Parma for the Italian Riviera. Your hotel is located in La Spezia. Upon arrival you have a free evening to enjoy the seaside town.

Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine

Day 6: Full Day Cinque Terre Excursion

Today you’ll enjoy an excursion to the Cinque Terre. These five hamlets are set on the Ligurian sea. From sea level and up in the cliffs, these one of the kind picturesque villages are quintessentially Italian. The Cinque Terre are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cinque Terre tour includes two of the five villages escorted by your local expert tour guide. After return to La Spezia. This evening dinner is included.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Travel from Italian Riviera to Italian Lakes with Genoa

Today you’ll travel from the Italian Riviera north to the Italian Lakes region. Along the way there is an excursion to Genoa, birthplace of Columbus. There enjoy an included guided walking tour of Genoa with a local expert tour guide. The tour includes viewing some of the Renaissance and Baroque palaces of the noble families of Genoa. You’ll also visit Genoa’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Via Garibaldi.

After the Genoa tour, you’ll continue north to Baveno located on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Upon arrival settle in and relax. You may want to join an optional tour the Borromean Islands’ Isola Bella.

Optional Tour Discover Borromean Islands

Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast

Day 8: Baveno Free Day

Today you’ll have a full day to simply relax and enjoy Lake Maggiore. Take in the natural beauty of the Italian Lakes District with the Alps backdrop. This evening you’ll take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special local authentic dining experience among locals.

Optional Baveno Tour: Alpine Train or Visit Lake Orta And San Giulio Island

Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Tour ends in Baveno with Breakfast

This morning say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy as your Northern Italy tour comes to an end. Transfer from Baveno to Milan Malpensa airport.

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