This escorted tour of Northern Italy begins in Milan. There you’ll enjoy two nights. Then the fashion capital Milan gives way to the beautiful Italian Lake Maggiore or the resort town Baveno. Then travel to the jagged, sun-drenched coastline of the villages of Cinque Terre. There you’ll stay on Tuscany’s famous beach side resort, Viareggio. The tour then continues to refined and sophisticated Parma before returning to Milan. 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. For more information about this vacation to northern Italy and for the tour price with airfare submit the form or call ItalianTourism.us today 800.227.1577. For Northern Italy tour Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma, Genoa and Lake Maggiore day by day vacation itinerary click here.
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:
- 13 meals: 8 breakfasts and 5 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 Northern Italy Tour Experiences
Below are list of optional experiences 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 Milan Optional Tour: 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 Milan Optional Tour: 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 Discover The Borromean Islands
We’ve organised 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 5 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.
Day 5 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 Optional: Lucca
Join us as we explore the beautiful city of Lucca, birthplace of the composer Giacomo Puccini. You’ll explore with a Local Specialist as the monumental architecture transports you back to thirteenth century Tuscany.
Day 8 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. For specific information about Parma and its culture click here.
Lake Maggiore, Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma Tour Accommodations
2 Nights Milan – Starhotels Tourist
2 Nights Baveno – Simplon
2 Nights Viareggio – Mercure
1 Night Parma – Sina Maria Luigia
1 Night Milan – Starhotels Business Palace
10-Day Tour Itinerary Cinque Terre, Milan, Parma, Lake Maggiore
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 also 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. 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.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Day 4: Travel from Milan to Italian Lakes District and Bevano
Today you’ll check-out of Milan and travel to Bevano, also located in the region of Lombardy. Located at the foot of the Italian Alps on the banks of Lake Maggiore in the heart of the Italian Lakes District. Lake Maggiore like all the Italian Lakes provides beautiful vistas and a nice laid back feeling. Today includes a tour of the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto and a drive by the lovely town of Stresa. Then you’ll check in to the Simplon hotel in Baveno. This afternoon you may interested to join the optional tour to the beautiful Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands, which includes a visit inside the aristocratic Borromeo Palace and its gorgeous terraced gardens. This evening enjoy an included northern Italian dinner with local wines.
Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine
Day 5: 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 6: Baveno to Viareggio in the Tuscany Region
Stop in Genoa, birthplace of Columbus, for 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 down the Ligurian coast past Santa Margherita adn down the Ligurian coast to Viareggio on the Italy’s Tuscan Riviera. You’ll check-in to your hotel and then have time to stroll around this seaside resort town.
Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast
Day 7: 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 the Viareggio seaside Tuscan town. You have time this afternoon to join an optional tour to Lucca, a quintessential Tuscan town.Optional Lucca Classic Tuscany
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Day 8: Travel From Viareggio 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 9: Tour of Parma then return to Milan
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Parma with your Local Specialist. This gastronomic city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is famous for its architecture, prosciutto and cheese. Enjoy a scenic drive back to Milan where tonight you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director.
Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Day 10: Tour ends in Milan with Breakfast
This morning say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy as your Northern Italy tour comes to an end.Click here for first class accommodation information
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