Globus - Northern Italy's Highlights & Cinque Terre

This is the perfect “off the beaten path” holiday for travellers who want to learn more about the culture, food, and traditions of Northern Italy. Spend two nights in Milan, Parma, Rapallo, and Turin, and an overnight in Lucca. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Milan, Parma, and Turin, and an orientation of Lucca, a quaint medieval town with ramparts.

But that’s not all… this Northern Italy & Cinque Terre tour offers much more! Globus has arranged out-of-the-ordinary experiences, so you can truly enjoy some of Italy’s gastronomic delights. You’ll partake in a balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena, a parmesan cheese tasting in Busseto, a risotto lunch at a rice factory in Vercelli, and a wine tasting with lunch in Gabiano. Stop in Maranello, the birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, and visit the Ferrari Museum.

A tour highlight is the excursion to Cinque Terre, the name given to five medieval villages by the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the rocky cliffs that drop down into the sea and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views while enjoying the included ride by boat (weather permitting) and train. Words cannot describe the magic and spectacular scenery—you must witness it in person. You’re sure to arrive back home from this Northern Italy and Cinque Terre tour with lots of photos and stories—an unforgettable and unique holiday experience!

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1:   ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY.

Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Milan's fine restaurants. (D)


DAY 2:   MILAN-BUSSETO-PARMA.

Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour. Visit the SFORZESCO CASTLE GROUNDS and MUSEUM. Then, visit PIAZZA DUOMO with its magnificent gothic cathedral, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the famous La Scala Opera House. Leave Milan and stop at Busseto to see Giuseppe Verdi's birthplace. On your way to Parma, world-famous for its ham and cheese, a PARMESAN CHEESE TASTING at a local caseificio awaits. (B) Today's Distance: 99 mi / 160 km


DAY 3:   PARMA. EXCURSION TO MODENA & MARANELLO.

Your guided sightseeing will focus on the romanesque cathedral, the bell tower, and the octagonal baptistry, made of pink Verona marble. Near Modena, enjoy a BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING, and learn all about this traditional Italian product. Continue to Maranello, birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, for a visit to the FERRARI MUSEUM. Balance of the day at leisure. (B) Today's Distance: 112 mi / 180 km


DAY 4:   PARMA-LUCCA.

In Lucca, enjoy a walk through this quaint medieval town with its ramparts, and explore the centre at your own pace. To enhance your stay, an optional dinner outing to an agriturismo is available to try out Tuscan specialties. (B) Today's Distance: 99 mi / 160 km


DAY 5:   LUCCA-CINQUE TERRE-RAPALLO.

A scenic day! Drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast for a fascinating excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five medieval little villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, enjoy a TRAIN RIDE to the beautiful seaside resort of Rapallo. (B) Today's Distance: 124 mi / 200 km


DAY 6:   RAPALLO. EXCURSION TO PORTOFINO.

Today's highlight is a BOAT CRUISE to nearby Portofino, a small fishing village with brightly coloured houses that became home to the "rich and famous." Later, back in Rapallo, time to relax and to browse through the attractive little shops. (B)


DAY 7:   RAPALLO-GABIANO-TURIN.

Enter the Monferrato area and drive through the vineyards to Gabiano, where a WINE TASTING, followed by lunch, awaits at Castello di Gabiano. Continue to Turin, capital of Piedmont and birthplace of the Fiat automobile. This evening you may wish to try out one of Turin's fine restaurants. (B,L) Today's Distance: 143 mi / 230 km


DAY 8:   TURIN.

Admire the amazing 548-foot-high Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Turin, during your guided sightseeing, and walk through the historic centre to visit the CATHEDRAL that houses the Holy Shroud. (B)


DAY 9:   TURIN-VERCELLI-MILAN.

Stop in Vercelli to visit an original RICE FACTORY, followed by a traditional risotto lunch, before returning to Milan. This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant to celebrate your Italian holiday. (B,L,D) Today's Distance: 130 mi / 210 km


DAY 10:   MILAN.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 

Includes

  • Superior hotels selected for their comfort and convenient location
  • Deluxe coaches with WiFi, and where alternative transport is required (like rail journeys), you'll have first class seats.
  • Immersive experiences - VIP Access to Major Attractions - plus special behind-the-scenes experiences.  
  • INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • Expert tour directors - genuine local experts who are from the region you're travelling - plus they take care of everything including hotel check-ins and sending your bags to your room.
  • Regional cuisine - breakfast is included daily with a range of other meals at local restuarants - these are outlined in the detailed itinerary
 

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