Tour: LVE - 2013 (LVE) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Milan, Italy

Welcome to Milan! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping Center in Milan, Italy 
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DAY 2Milan–Busseto–Parma

In the morning, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide. Admire DUOMO SQUARE with its magnificent gothic Duomo and the glass-domed GALLERIA. Also see the famous La Scala Opera House. Stop at Busseto to see Giuseppe Verdi’s birthplace, and on your way to Parma, world-famous for its ham and parmesan cheese, stop for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PARMESAN CHEESE TASTING. Later, for food lovers, an optional excursion to an original ham factory is available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Parma. Excursion to Modena & Maranello

Your guided sightseeing will focus on the Romanesque cathedral, the bell tower, and the octagonal baptistry, made of pink Verona marble. Next, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING near Modena, and learn all about this typical Italian product. Continue to nearby Maranello, birthplace of the Ferrari automobile, for an exciting visit to the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite FERRARI GALLERY. Afternoon and evening are at leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Parma–Lucca

In Lucca, enjoy a walking tour through this quaint medieval town with its ramparts, and spend time in its pretty center. To enhance your stay, an optional dinner outing to a local agriturismo is available to try out local specialties. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Lucca–Boat Excursion to Cinque Terre–Santa Margherita Ligure

A scenic day! Drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean coast and enjoy your excursion (including a BOAT RIDE, weather permitting) to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 Santa Margherita Ligure. (Breakfast)

Village of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy 
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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 6Santa Margherita Ligure. Excursion to Portofino

Today’s highlight is a BOAT CRUISE on the Mediterranean Sea to nearby Portofino, a small fishing village with brightly colored houses that became home to the “rich and famous.” Later, back in Santa Margherita, time to relax and to browse through the attractive little shops. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Santa Margherita Ligure–Asti–Turin

Enter the Langhe area and, before arriving in Asti, stop for an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ASTI GANCIA SPUMANTE TASTING, for which the city is famous. Time afterwards in town, then visit a local NOUGAT CONFECTIONER (Departures July 12-August 16 visit the TAPESTRY MUSEUM instead) and savor a piece of hand-made torrone before continuing to Turin, capital of Piedmont and birthplace of the Fiat automobile. This evening you may wish to try out one of Turin’s restaurants. (Breakfast)

Stroll through the historic streets of Turin, Italy 
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DAY 8Turin

During your sightseeing with a Local Guide, admire the amazing 548-foot-high Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Turin, and walk through the historic center to visit the CATHEDRAL that houses the Holy Shroud. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Turin–Vercelli–Milan

Stop in Vercelli to visit a RICE FACTORY, and enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite risotto lunch before returning to Milan. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Milan’s fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 10Milan–Lake Maggiore

You will be transferred to your hotel in Stresa at Lake Maggiore. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Lake Maggiore

Morning guided sightseeing includes a BOAT ride to ISOLA BELLA for a visit to its opulent PALACE and GARDENS. (Breakfast)

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Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore

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"Isola Bella. Beautiful Island. Rising out of the waters of Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, a gardener’s paradise awaits. When Count Carlo Borromeo decided to give his wife, Isabella, a gift back in 1632, he was thinking big. The expansive island villa and garden he planned for her are considered the epitome of Baroque-style architecture and garden design. With terraces built straight to the water’s edge, the island appears as if it is a floating flowering ship. Many of the rooms are of notable historical interest, like the Music Room, where Mussolini hosted the Stresa Conference in 1935 that should have ensured peace in Europe, and Napoleon’s Room, where he often stayed in the company of Giuseppina Beauharnais."
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DAY 12Lake Maggiore

Full day at leisure. Ask your local host for suggestions. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13Lake Maggiore

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Milan Malpensa). (Breakfast)

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