2020 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. 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 vacation experience!
Destinations & Sightseeing
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
See the birthplace of Verdi;
parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificio
Balsamic vinegar tasting
Visit the Ferrari Museum
By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide and by train
Boat cruise to Portofino
Wine tasting and lunch
Guided sightseeing, admire the Mole Antonelliana, walk through the historic center, and visit the cathedral that houses the Holy Shroud
Visit a rice factory and enjoy a risotto lunch
Headsets throughout the tour.Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Motorcoach; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; boat ride to Portofino.
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches in Gabiano and Vercelli; 2 three-course dinners at a local restaurant in Milan
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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.
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.Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Day 4 PARMA–LUCCA
In Lucca, enjoy a walk through this quaint medieval town with its ramparts, and explore the center at your own pace. To enhance your stay, an optional dinner outing to an agriturismo is available to try out Tuscan specialties.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.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 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.
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.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 center to visit the CATHEDRAL that houses the Holy Shroud.
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 vacation.Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km
Day 10 MILAN
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else,
we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.
When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination,
so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities.
Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value.
Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences.
We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
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Delicacies of Parma cuisine
Discover the flavors and foods that made Parma famous during a delightful dinner and pasta-making demonstration at an old farmhouse in the Italian countryside.
Price Range: $$
Montechiarugolo Castle and Light Dinner
Visit 13th-century Montechiarugolo Castle with its opulent décor, collection of ancient artifacts unearthed around Parma, and its "gentle ghost", then enjoy a traditional light dinner at a local restaurant!
Price Range: $$
Enjoy a wonderful dinner in the delightful Tuscan countryside, featuring authentic traditional dishes using the finest local ingredients.
Price Range: $$
Gems of Genoa
Discover the best of Genoa on this exciting half-day excursion featuring the city's historic palaces, churches, and even the childhood home of explorer Christopher Columbus!
Price Range: $$
Turin with Piedmont-Style Dinner
Discover the tastes of the Piedmont region on this marvelous 4-course dinner with drinks at a historic Turin restaurant!
Price Range: $$$
Immerse yourself in the royal wonders of Turin as you visit the House of Savoy's 16th-century Royal Palace, followed by a delectable sweet treat at the historic Palazzo Madama's elegant café!
Price Range: $$
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For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.
Here's a sample of the additional cost:6 guests in a party: $2,516*18 guests in a party: $506*
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* Supplement pricing is per person (CA) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.
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