Northern Italy

Day 1 - Arrive in Lake Maggiore, Italy. Check into your hotel in the Lake Maggiore area. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2 - Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Como. Inspiring everyone from Roman senators and world-famous composers to Hollywood actors, Como is the very embodiment of the magnificent Italian lake district. Its cobalt-blue waters are encircled by majestic mountains, lush gardens, and grand villas. Why not join one of the many available boat trips on the lake to see some of the most scenic surroundings in all of Italy? (B)
Day 3 - Lake Maggiore - Vegevano - Pavia - Genoa. Today, visit two more "pearls" of Italy's cultural heritage. First stop is Vigevano to admire beautiful PIAZZA DUCALE. Its castle and arcades preserve remains of early Renaissance decorations. On to Pavia, the Roman "Ticinum" and capital of the Lombard kings from the 6th century. Arrive in Genoa, where you will spend the next two nights. (B,D)
Day 4 - Genoa. This morning, your Local Guide will introduce you to the fascinating city that has grown around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. The rest of the day is at leisure"why not join an exciting optional excursion to enchanting Portofino? (B)
Day 5 - Genoa - Cinque Terre - Parma. Enjoy wonderful scenery as you travel towards Levanto. A short TRAIN RIDE reveals spectacular views of the Cinque Terre, where the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. If accessible, you can walk along the famous Sentiero dell'Amore (Path of Love), a breathtaking trail carved into the rocks that affords dramatic sea views (conditions permitting). Arrive at La Spezia, a small city with a rich naval heritage. Continue to Parma. (B,D)
Day 6 - Parma. Excursion to The Old Duchy. This morning visit SAN VITALE CASTLE at Fontanellato, an enchanting, moat-ringed medieval fortress. The castle is celebrated for its masterpiece by Parmigianino"a ceiling fresco depicting the myth of Diana and Actaeon. Next, visit the MELI LUPI FORTRESS of Soragna, and admire the castle's lavish baroque frescoes, paintings, and furnishings. From here, continue to the fascinating MUSEUM OF PARMIGIANO REGGIANO, turned famous with the export of its Parmesan cheese, also taste this local specialty. This afternoon join your Local Guide for a walking tour of Parma including the Parma Cathedral and Baptistery. Its town center is full of art masterpieces, from different eras. Parma is also recognized world-wide for being the city of Verdi and Toscanini, two of Italy's greatest composers. Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B)
Day 7 - Parma - Milan. Drive through the Lombardy plain and across the Po River to Milan. During your visit of this dynamic city, see the awe-inspiring Duomo. One of the largest cathedrals in the world, this gothic structure took nearly 500 years to complete. Also, an opportunity to take a stroll around Milan's famous fashion district to catch up on the latest designs! (B)
Day 8 - Milan. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Northern Italy
  Tour Code  
6280
  Tour Duration    8 Days
  Start City:   Lake Maggiore
  End City:   Milan
  Price From   USD $1,449.00   See in Cart
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  • City Highlights
  • Individual headsets
    Inside visits and special features:
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
    Sightseeing:
    Visits to Como, Vigevano, Pavia, Parma, Milan
  • Guides
  • Local Guides for city sightseeing in Genoa, Parma, San Vitale Castle of Fontanellato, Meli Lupi Fortress of Soragna; Professional Tour Director while touring
  • Launch Date
  • 09/15/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Buffet breakfast daily; 3 dinners
  • Scenic Highlights
  • Scenic Highlights:
    Lake Maggiore, Cinque Terre, Lombardy Plain
  • Title
  • Northern Italy
  • Transportation
  • Transportation:
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; train Levanto-La Spezia
 

Hotels

    LAKE MAGGIORE Simplon (F)
    GENOA Starhotels President (F)
    PARMA Best Western Farnese (F)
    MILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F) or Holiday Inn Express (ST) at Malpensa
 
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