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Northern Italy's Highlights & Cinque Terre

Price per person
from £1,814

Price based on
London Gatwick
26th Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Italy

  • Comfortable pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

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. 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 holiday experience!

At a glance

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; parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificio

Parma Guided sightseeing

Modena Balsamic vinegar tasting

Maranello 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 Wine tasting and lunch

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

Vercelli Visit a rice factory and enjoy a risotto lunch

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
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.

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Make your own way

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Customer Reviews

Fabulous from start to finish. Tour director and coach...

27th September 2018
Mrs Meryn Baskett

Fabulous from start to finish. Tour director and coach driver were excellent

Cinque terra n portofino was my focus and dream for...

29th August 2018
Ms Sim wai Eu

Cinque terra n portofino was my focus and dream for this holiday n it was awesome

Overview

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. 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 holiday experience!

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

UK - Milan, Italy

Day
1

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

Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at Calafuria Unione restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Milan – Busseto – Parma

Day
2

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 a PARMESAN CHEESE TASTING at a local caseificio.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Parma. Excursion to Modena & Maranello

Day
3

Your guided sightseeing will focus on the romanesque cathedral, the bell tower, and the octagonal baptistry, made of pink Verona marble. Next, in Modena, enjoy a BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING, and learn all about this traditional Italian product. Continue to nearby Maranello, birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, for a visit to the FERRARI MUSEUM. The remainder of the day is at leisure. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Parma - Lucca

Day
4

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucca – Cinque Terre – Rapallo

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rapallo. Excursion to Portofino

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rapallo – Gabiano – Turin

Day
7

Enter the Langhe 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Turin

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Turin - Vercelli - Milan

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Milan - UK

Day
10

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Milan - NH Milano Touring

Attractive 9-story Hotel located in residential area of Republic Square near city gardens, between train station & Cathedral.

  • Location

    Via Iginio Ugo Tarchetti, 2 Milano, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Parma - Starhotels Du Parc

Contemporary 8-story hotel in the Liberty style; located in the heart of Parma, adjacent to the Parco Ducale; multilingual staff.

  • Location

    Viale Piacenza, 12/C Parma, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Lucca - Grand Hotel Guinigi

Modern hotel located near the historic centre, offers tasteful decor, meeting facilities, restaurant & bar; staff is multilingual.

  • Location

    Via Romana 1247, Lucca, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi Bar Restaurant

Rapallo - Grand Hotel Bristol

Dating back to 1908, this elegant 83-room property is characterised by its Liberty-style façade and sits on a hillside overlooking the Italian Riviera surrounded by fragrant plants. An exclusive rooftop restaurant offers al fresco dining on its terrace and the seasonal outdoor pool area with sun deck and bar offers stunning views of Portofino's Promontory. Other facilities include a Retro American bar and a wellness area with fitness room, Finnish Sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby; access in the rooms is subject to a fee (payable locally).

  • Location

    V.Aurelia Orientale 369 Rapallo, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Turin - Starhotels Majestic

Modern Hotel in traditional 5-story building in corner location across from central train station & bus terminal.

  • Location

    Corso V.Emanuele 54 Torino, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

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