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Northern Italy Explorer

Offer

New for 2019

Price per person
from £943

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th Oct 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book by 31 October to secure your place for just £99, and to benefit from our early booking Price Pledge - we guarantee that if you find your 2019 holiday being sold directly by us at a better value between 1 Nov 2018 and up to 12 weeks of your tour, we will refund the difference.

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  • 8 days

  • Europe

  • Leisurely pace

  • Cosmos Lite

Cosmos Lite

Bundling freedom, flexibility, and affordability like never before, Cosmos Lite presents the world’s first à la carte tour package. While offering all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos tour, Cosmos Lite provides a blank canvas at each destination for custom tailoring, leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you.

Spend a week travelling with us for an escorted tour of Northern Italy, and let the landscape, art, food and wine transform you into an honorary Italian. This tour explores some of Italy’s most charming and iconic destinations, including Milan, Parma, Bologna, and Verona. Cosmos Lite is the first à la carte touring approach that lets you may explore as you wish—from active excursions, to gazing upon classic masterpieces, to full foodie experiences. So do as the Italians do… at your own pace to soak up the culture like a Northern Italy Explorer.

From the fashionable city of Milan to the classic cuisine of Parma and Bologna, your days are yours to spend as you please. Ask your Tour Director for recommendations, or tap your CosmosGO app for directions to the best spots to eat. Your Cosmos Lite tour continues to the World Heritage Site of Mantua’s centre and the Gonzaga dynasty art collection. Next, get romantic in Verona, setting of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. You’ll travel to the heart of the Prosecco wine region in Treviso—the quintessential north Italian town—and just 45 minutes from Venice. You may choose to spend a leisurely day in Treviso, or take a complimentary round-trip train ride to explore the canals and classic architecture of Venezia.

Your Cosmos Lite tour includes everything you love about Cosmos European guided tours—comfortable accommodations, deluxe transportation, expert Tour Director, and logistics handled. Without set itinerary schedules, you’re free to choose the excursions and activities that are perfect for you. Visit Manage my booking to pre-select your favourite excursions and enjoy your Northern Italy holiday your way, every day.

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Spend a week travelling with us for an escorted tour of Northern Italy, and let the landscape, art, food and wine transform you into an honorary Italian. This tour explores some of Italy’s most charming and iconic destinations, including Milan, Parma, Bologna, and Verona. Cosmos Lite is the first à la carte touring approach that lets you may explore as you wish—from active excursions, to gazing upon classic masterpieces, to full foodie experiences. So do as the Italians do… at your own pace to soak up the culture like a Northern Italy Explorer.

From the fashionable city of Milan to the classic cuisine of Parma and Bologna, your days are yours to spend as you please. Ask your Tour Director for recommendations, or tap your CosmosGO app for directions to the best spots to eat. Your Cosmos Lite tour continues to the World Heritage Site of Mantua’s centre and the Gonzaga dynasty art collection. Next, get romantic in Verona, setting of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. You’ll travel to the heart of the Prosecco wine region in Treviso—the quintessential north Italian town—and just 45 minutes from Venice. You may choose to spend a leisurely day in Treviso, or take a complimentary round-trip train ride to explore the canals and classic architecture of Venezia.

Your Cosmos Lite tour includes everything you love about Cosmos European guided tours—comfortable accommodations, deluxe transportation, expert Tour Director, and logistics handled. Without set itinerary schedules, you’re free to choose the excursions and activities that are perfect for you. Visit Manage my booking to pre-select your favourite excursions and enjoy your Northern Italy holiday your way, every day.

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts

UK - Milan, Italy

Day
1

Fly to Milan where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Early or Fashionably Late - At Your Pace

Start your adventure in the city of fashion. Arriving early will give you a chance to explore the city with the help of your CosmosGO app. Milan is always buzzing with exhibitions, events, and nightlife, so go out and explore. Meet your Tour Director in the late afternoon for a chat about the best ways to make the most of your free time.

Milan

Day
2

Indulge in the Art of Aperitivo

Start your day by taking advantage of our included city orientation tour by motorcoach. You’ll get familiar with local landmarks before taking the day for your own sightseeing or shopping in the central fashion quarter. Sample local specialties like risotto alla Milanese or indulge in an aperitivo in one of the lively bars in the Navigli quarter.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan

Day
3

Milanese Memories

Enjoy another day to discover the city at your own pace or take an opportunity to venture out and spend the day in Como. Make your cruise reservation on MyCOSMOS to see the quiet but elegant town on the lake—a favourite destination of the rich and famous.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan - Parma - Bologna

Day
4

Marvellous Menus and Venues

Now we’re on to Parma. If you are a food lover, this is the place for you! UNESCO’s Creative City of Gastronomy has everything you need for an authentic Italian feast, including Parma ham and Parmigiano cheese. Feed your soul as well as your palate with a visit to Parma’s city centre and its wealth of ornate churches and monasteries, fine-arts museum, and a celebrated theatre, all within walking distance of each other. We invite you to join one of our optional tours or ask your Tour Director for tips on the best sights, venues, and menus, all ready to find with CosmosGO.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bologna

Day
5

Traditions and Tantalizing Tastes

Bologna has three nicknames: “la dotta” (the learned one), due to its ancient university tradition, “la grassa” (the fat one), due to its opulent food tradition, and “la rossa” (the red one), thanks to the red bricks of the town center—now also associated with the traditional color of the Ferrari, conceived in the area. Discover which of Bologna’s personalities suit you best through a choice of optional activities

Bologna - Mantua - Verona - Treviso

Day
6

Masterpieces in Art and Shakespeare

Mantua’s center is a World Heritage Site, and thanks to the Gonzaga family dynasty, a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces. Take a stroll inside the city walls. Then, in Verona, relax in the Piazza Bra and marvel at the Roman Arena while sipping a glass of Valpolicella or Amarone. Discover the Shakespearian connection with the medieval quarters on an optional walking tour to get acquainted with the setting for Romeo and Juliet. Continue to Treviso, a true Italian town set at the foot of the Alps.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Treviso or Venice

Day
7

Veneto Vineyards

Your tour now takes you to the heart of the Prosecco wine region in Treviso, which typifies the small north Italian town with its traditions and beauty. With Venice just a 45-minute train trip away, your round-trip train ticket is complimentary to and from Venice Santa Lucia Station. You can choose to spend as much time as you wish exploring Venice or just spend a romantic evening before returning to Treviso for the night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Treviso - UK

Day
8

Your adventure ends in Treviso this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Milan: Holiday Inn Milano Zara

Bologna: Novotel Bologna Fiera

Treviso: B&B Treviso

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