Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre (LV)

10 days from Milan to Milan

2019 Tour Details

This is the perfect “off the beaten path” vacation for travelers who want to learn more about the culture, food, and traditions of Northern Italy. You’ll spend two nights in Milan, Parma, Rapallo, and Turin, and an overnight in Lucca. You’ll 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 on 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. 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 vacation experience!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

MILAN
Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit the Sforzesco Castle grounds and museum, and admire Duomo Square and the Galleria

BUSSETO
See the birthplace of Verdi; [LF] parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificio

PARMA
Guided sightseeing

MODENA
[LF] Balsamic vinegar tasting

MARANELLO
[LF] Visit the Ferrari Museum

LUCCA
Orientation

CINQUE TERRE
By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide and by train

RAPALLO
Boat cruise to Portofino

GABIANO
[LF] Wine tasting and lunch

TURIN
Guided sightseeing, admire the Mole Antonelliana, walk through the historic center, and visit the cathedral that houses the Holy Shroud

VERCELLI
[LF] Visit a rice factory and enjoy a risotto lunch

Transportation:

Motorcoach; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; boat ride to Portofino. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches in Gabiano and Vercelli; 2 three-course dinners at a local restaurant in Milan

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY. Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Dinner Dinner

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 parmesan cheese, stop for [LF] a PARMESAN CHEESE TASTING at a local caseificio.
Breakfast Breakfast

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. Next, in Modena, [LF] enjoy a BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING, and learn all about this traditional Italian product. Continue to nearby Maranello, birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, for [LF] a visit to the FERRARI MUSEUM. Balance of the day at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

PARMA–LUCCA.In Lucca, enjoy a walk through this quaint medieval town with its ramparts, and explore the pretty center at your own pace. To enhance your stay, an optional dinner outing to an agriturismo is available to try out Tuscan specialties.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

LUCCA–CINQUE TERRE–RAPALLO. A scenic day! Drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast for an exciting 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

RAPALLO. EXCURSION TO PORTOFINO. Today’s highlight is a BOAT CRUISE to nearby Portofino, a small fishing village with brightly colored houses that became home to the “rich and famous.” Later, back in Rapallo, time to relax and to browse through the attractive little shops.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

RAPALLO–GABIANO–TURIN. Enter the Langhe area and drive through the vineyards to Gabiano, where [LF] 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)

Day 8

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

Day 9

TURIN–VERCELLI–MILAN. Stop in Vercelli [LF] 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 vacation. (B,L,D)

Day 10

MILAN. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SIMONETTA PELLICONI

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"With its wide variety of scenery, historical background, and famous works of art, Italy is a little world of its own. I enjoy being a Tour Director in Italy, because every day brings a surprise!"

Tour Director -  SIMONETTA PELLICONI

 Accommodations

LUCCA

GRAND HOTEL GUINIGI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MILAN

NH MILANO TOURING

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

PARMA

STARHOTELS DU PARC

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

RAPALLO

GRAND HOTEL BRISTOL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

TURIN

STARHOTELS MAJESTIC

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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