Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre with Lake Maggiore
About Cinque Terre, Italy
This is the perfect vacation for travelers who wish to visit a specific region in depth and learn more about the culture, food, and traditions of this part of Italy. Enjoy guided sightseeing in the main cities of Milan, Parma, and Turin, and two nights in the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. But this vacation offers much more and is to everyone’s taste! For instance enjoy a Parmesan cheese tasting in Busseto, a balsamic vinegar tasting near Modena, a visit to the Ferrari Gallery in Maranello, and more. The highlight is an included excursion to the Cinque Terre area, named after five small medieval villages standing on stony spurs along the Mediterranean coast, and includes train and boat rides (weather permitting). In Asti, enjoy a visit to a local nougat confectioner (departures July 11-August 22 visit the Tapestry Museum instead); and in Vercelli, a visit to a rice factory, followed by a risotto lunch. An unforgettable and unique experience! Transfer to Stresa, Lake Maggiore; enjoy three nights and guided sightseeing with a boat ride and visit to the opulent Palace and Gardens of Isola Bella. All services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.
MILAN Welcome dinner; guided walking tour, admire Duomo Square and the Galleria; farewell dinner at a local restaurantBUSSETO See the birthplace of Verdi; [LF] parmesan cheese tastingPARMA Guided sightseeingMODENA [LF] Balsamic vinegar tastingMARANELLO [LF] Visit the Ferrari GalleryLUCCA OrientationCINQUE TERRE By boat and trainSANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE Boat cruise to PortofinoASTI [LF] visit a local nougat confectioner (departures July 11-August 22 visit the Tapestry Museum instead)TURIN Guided sightseeing, admire the Mole Antonelliana, walk through the historic center, and visit the cathedral that houses the Holy ShroudVERCELLI Visit a rice factory and enjoy a [LF] risotto lunchLAKE MAGGIORE Guided sightseeing and boat ride to Isola Bella to visit the baroque palace and peacock gardens Headsets throughout the tour
MILAN NH Touring (F)PARMA Starhotels du Parc (SF)LUCCA Grand Hotel Guinigi (F)SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE Best Western Regina Elena (FTURIN Starhotels Majestic (F)LAKE MAGGIORE Grand Hotel Bristol (F) at Stresa. Rooms include lake view
Full buffet breakfast (B); 1 special lunch (L) in Vercelli; 2 three-course dinners (D): a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner in Milan
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; boat ride to Portofino