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11-Day Italian Lakes, Turin, Italian Riviera, Parma, Treviso | Small Group Italy Tour

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Join up to 22 like-minded travelers on this all-inclusive small group Northern Italy tour. Visit the often overlooked gems including Lake Maggiore and the beautiful Isola Bella, thus its name. Visit Turin where the Royal House of Savoy was located. Then travel to the Italian Riviera where you’ll enjoy an excursion to Cinque Terre and Portofino. After its on to the charming towns Parma and Bologna, home to Italy’s finest foods and sports cars. Finally you’ll visit Treviso located in the Veneto region. Like Venice, there are many canals and a rich cultural history. The itinerary includes diverse activities and sightseeing. For more about this Northern Italy small group tour package submit the form or call ItalianTourism.us 800.227.2577.

Highlights

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Northern Italy Small Group Tour Vacation Highlights:

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination & visit places that other tours miss
  • Savor a lakeside lunch on Isola dei Pescatori, or Fishermen’s Island, on lovely Lake Maggiore
  • In the Piedmont region, travel through rice plantations and taste local specialties
  • Explore Turin and discover many famous sights of the House of Savoy, Italy’s Royal Family
  • Take a guided tour of the wine cellars followed by tasting in the famous Piedmont region
  • Stay in Santa Margherita Ligure and enjoy free time in picturesque Portofino
  • Marvel at the cliffside villages of Cinque Terre, “five towns” that seem suspended over the Ligurian Sea
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Parma and savor cheese & prosciutto tastings
  • Take a walking tour of historic Bologna, famous for having the oldest university in Europe
  • Enjoy a Prosecco tasting in its land of origin

Northern Italy Small Group Tour Includes:

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharge
  • Click to review 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • Italian city hotel taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 17 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinner)
  • Wine is included with lunch and dinner
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Accommodations

Northern Italy Small Group Tour Accommodations

2 Nights Stresa – Grand Hotel Bristol

This first class hotel is nestled in a garden and overlooks the beautiful Lake Maggiore.

2 Nights Turin – Starhotels Majestic

This first class hotel is situated in the city center of Turin, nearby the Porta Nuova railway station.

2 Nights Santa Margherita Ligure – Grand Hotel Miramare

This first class hotel is located in the heart of the Italian Riviera.

1 Night Parma – Starhotel Du Parc

This first class hotel is located in the heart of Parma beside the beautiful Parco Ducale.

2 Nights Treviso – Villa Contarini Nenzi Hotel & Spa, Dosson di Casier

This first class hotel is about a fifteen minute drive from the city center of Treviso.

All tour accommodations are 4-star first class hotels.

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Northern Italy Tour Itinerary

 

DAY 1, Thursday – Depart for Italy

Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Friday – Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Stresa

Arrive in Milan, and transfer to your hotel in the town of Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s most romantic destinations. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Stresa
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday – Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta

Today, cruise across Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella. Here, visit the palace of Prince Borromeo, and its splendid gardens with the famous white peacocks. Continue to the charming fishermen’s island (Isola dei Pescatori) that gets its name from the occupation of its inhabitants. Walk along the narrow streets and marvel at the incredible views of the lake before enjoying local dishes for lunch on the island. Upon your return to Stresa proceed to Lake Orta to visit the historical Island of San Giulio. Evening is free to explore Stresa on your own
Overnight: Stresa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday – Travel to Turin, via the Rice Plantations

This morning depart for Turin, the capital of Italy’s Piedmont region, also referred to as the capital of the Alps. On the way, stop in the land of rice and risotto, learn about the varieties of rice grown and taste the local specialties. In the early afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Turin, the industrial capital and nostalgic home to the House of Savoy, Italy’s Royal family. Start with the Baroque Piazza San Carlo, the so-called Italian Living Room; continue to Piazza Carignano, birthplace of the first king of Italy. This palace became seat of the first Italian Parliament. Then walk to Piazza Carlo Alberto and the elegant Subalpina Gallery, a jewel of eclectic art. The tour ends in Piazza Castello known as the heart of the city, with the Royal Palace, the Royal Church of San Lorenzo and Palazzo Madama, where the first Italian Senate was located. Enjoy an aperitif in one of the elegant cafes under the porticos and the balance of the day is yours to explore the city further
Overnight: Turin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday – Wine in Piedmont & Spumante in Canelli

Today is dedicated to Piedmont and its wines. Travel through the regions of Langhe & Monferrato and visit the heartland of Barolo, the most famous & valuable Italian wine, produced by Nebbiolo grapes. Drive through the velvet hills, passing the towns of Cherasco, La Morra, Barbaresco and Neive that link their names to the famous wines of the area. Discover the secrets of the “red gold” with a guided tour of the cellars followed by a wine tasting. Continue to Canelli, the land of Spumante for a visit of one of the “Cathedral cellars” of the area. Return in the late afternoon to Turin
Overnight: Turin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday – Travel to Santa Margherita, Portofino

Today travel to the Ligurian Riviera and spend free time in picturesque Portofino, an Italian gem frequented by the rich and famous. Perhaps, visit the well-known Piazzetta, a small cobbled square along the coast: the symbol of fashionable Portofino that overlooks the harbor with its fishing boats and luxurious yachts. Tonight enjoy dinner with dishes featuring the local specialties of pesto and focaccia at a local restaurant
Overnight: Santa Margherita Ligure
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday – Tour Cinque Terre

Today, visit the spectacular Cinque Terre*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here, five small villages are suspended between sea and earth, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea, set beside hills where the land’s finest wine grapes are grown. Marvel at the scenic coastline while exploring the villages and the beautiful vistas. This active walking tour covers a fair amount of ground including uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation between the towns. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Santa Margherita Ligure
*Exact tour itinerary & operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions and will be advised locally
Overnight: Santa Margherita Ligure
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday – Travel to Parma with a Traditional Food Tasting

Today head to Parma, while passing the Region of Emilia you can’t miss a visit to the world- famous land of balsamic vinegar. Here, you will understand how many years of aging are needed to produce this exquisite gourmet vinegar. Enjoy tasting the various qualities along with the local specialties of the area: Parmesan cheese & Prosciutto! In the afternoon upon arrival in Parma, take a walking tour of the city. The rest of the day is yours to take in the city how you wish
Overnight: Parma
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Friday – Bologna’s Monuments & Cuisine

This morning drive to Bologna. Today’s tour will take you to explore Bologna’s oldest food market called “Quadrilatero”. You will visit the most traditional food shops and learn about the history, culture, and architecture, that make Bologna medieval market so unique. During the tour, you will enjoy a variety of food specialties that have secured Bologna’s reputation as being the foodie capital of Italy. View Piazza Maggiore with the Accursio Palace, the Neptune Fountain – considered one of the most elegant Renaissance fountains in Italy. Continue to St. Petronio Basilica, with its treasures such as its sundial, the Archiginnasio Palace with its frescoed walls, the Two Towers, and Santo Stefano Square. Head to the Treviso area to check-in to your hotel. Later this evening, enjoy a walk in Treviso, stop along the way and savor some Cicchetti, typical Venetian dishes. Continue to view the medieval palaces and houses and the pleasant streets cut across by pretty canals in this lovely, genuine small city in northern Veneto
Overnight: Treviso Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday – Treviso and the Road of Prosecco

Today enjoy tasting Prosecco wine in its land of origin while driving through the countryside, passing castles, villas, medieval towns and churches from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene. Tonight, at dinner, share wonderful memories of your journey together in Italy and bid farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Treviso Area
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday – Depart Italy

Transfer to the airport in Venice for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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