Northern Italy - Leisure Holidays

Northern Italy Italy

From RM7,440 / per person for 8 nights
Take in the sights of Italy, spending time in Milan, Genoa, the sun-drenched coastline of Cinque Terre and Parma.

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Summary

Scents of magnolia and lemons linger along the quaint cobblestone roads and promenades of Italy's northern lake villages on this jaunt from Milan to Genoa, and the foodie city of Parma. See the layers of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that cling to the dramatic sea cliffs of Cinque Terre, enjoying the flavours of prosciutto and parmiagiano along the way.

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Transfer

On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 09.30am, 1pm, amd 3.30pm. Guest arriving later should make own arrangement to the hotel. 

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive in Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am.

Accommodation

Day 1-2: Hotel Holiday Inn Garibaldi

Day 3-4: Hotel Simlon 

Day 5-6: Hotel Lido Palace

Day 7: Hotel CDH Parma & Congressi

Day 8: Hotel Starhotels Tourist

Day 9: Depart Milan

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Milan (2 Nights)
Embrace the glamour of Milan, your introduction to the fascinating sights and sounds of northern Italy. Spend the day exploring this trendy city before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.


Day 2: Milan Sightseing
We wander through the sophisticated streets of Milan on a walking tour of the city with a Local Specialist to view the city's most magnificent sites, including the Gothic Cathedral, glass-domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Then it's time to pound the pavements in your free time, exploring Italy's fashion capital or visiting the medieval fortress of Sforza Castle to admire magnificent artistry by da Vinci and Michelangelo, including the famous statue of the Pietà Rondanini.


Day 3: Milan - Baveno (2 Nights)
The holiday hotspot of Italy's picturesque Lake District, and beautiful Lake Maggiore, set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, is the next stop on our northern Italian journey. We enjoy a Cultural Insight into the exquisite flora of the local area during a visit to the magical Villa Taranto botanical gardens - the scents of azalea, camellia and wisteria linger as we explore lush gardens filled with rare lilies and 300 varieties of dahlias in bloom. Then it's on to our home for the next two nights and the gateway to the three Borromean islands, the picturesque lakeside village of Stresa. Consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the Borromean Islands - Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the aristocratic Borromeo Palace.


Day 4: Baveno
Lap up gentle lakeside living and la dolce vita during a full day spent at leisure in this picture-perfect setting. Spend the day relaxing or embark on the alpine train to see the magnificent panoramic views of the north. This evening, we cross the tranquil waters of Maggiore to one of the Borromean islands for an unforgettable Be My Guest dining experience.


Day 5: Baveno - Genoa - Santa Margherita (2 Nights)
The maritime city of Genoa and birthplace of Columbus is our first stop today as we join a Local Specialist for an included guided walking tour to view the city's majestic Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and visit Via Garibaldi, the historic centre of Genoa lined by ancient palaces. This afternoon, we arrive in the picturesque seaside town of Santa Margherita, where we will stay overnight, spending the rest of the day free to soak up the holiday atmosphere. Consider taking an excursion to the pastel coloured fishing village of Portofino.


Day 6: Santa Margherita - Full-Day Porto Venere & Cinque Terre Excursion 
Today we explore the dramatic setting of the five coastal villages of the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre (Five Lands) 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 in this beautiful area that can only be reached by boat or train from La Spezia. We join a Local Specialist to visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages.


Day 7: Santa Margherita - Langhirano - Parma
Today is a feast for the senses. Crossing the scenic Appenine mountains, we venture towards Parma, renowned for its famous Parma ham and cheese. Gain a Cultural Insight into the gourmet delights of this region during a visit to a working prosciutto factory near the town of Langhirano and a brief photo stop at Torrechiara before learning the process of making real parmigiano reggiano cheese at a family-run caseificio. This evening, consider an unforgettable Optional Experience featuring delicious local flavours in a historic setting.


Day 8: Parma - Milan
Delight in the gastronomic and architectural splendour of the Emilia-Romagna region during a guided tour of Parma with a Local Specialist. See the 12th century Piazzo Duomo with its Romanesque Cathedral and Baptistery, and Garibaldi Square, home to the Palazzo del Governatore with its ornate astronomical clock. We leave the flavours of Parma behind and embark on a scenic drive back to Milan where we'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight with our travel companions and Travel Director.


Day 9: Depart Milan 
Our sumptuous encounter with the landscapes of Northern Italy has sadly come to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Meals

13 Meals as per itinerary - 8 buffet breakfast, 5 dinners (Including Be My Guest) with local wine

Local Specialist

Local specialist to bring locations alive

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director & separate driver

Charges & taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes

Connect with Locals

Join Signor Telli for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner and bei tempi at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island on Lake Maggiore. (Day 4)

Dive into Culture

Amble through the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto with its vertical gardens, water lilies and dahlia maze. (Day 3)
Visit a working prosciutto factory and parmigiano reggiano cheese caseificio near Parma. (Day 7)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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