Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre with Lake Maggiore (LVE) - 2014 / 2015

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13 Day Tour from Milan to Lake Maggiore


Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre with Lake Maggiore
Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore
Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore
Isola Bella
Cannero Riviera
Lake Maggiore
Stresa
Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore
Isola Bella
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping Center in Milan, Italy
Lake Maggiore

Vacation Overview

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.

     
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MILAN
Welcome dinner; guided walking tour, admire Duomo Square and the Galleria; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

BUSSETO
See the birthplace of Verdi; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite parmesan cheese tasting

PARMA
Guided sightseeing

MODENA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Balsamic vinegar tasting

MARANELLO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the Ferrari Gallery

LUCCA
Orientation

CINQUE TERRE
By boat and train

SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE
Boat cruise to Portofino

ASTI
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Shroud

VERCELLI
Visit a rice factory and enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite risotto lunch

LAKE MAGGIORE
Guided sightseeing and boat ride to Isola Bella to visit the baroque palace and peacock gardens

Headsets throughout the tour


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 walk 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 arrive in Asti. Visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a local NOUGAT CONFECTIONER (departures July 11-August 22 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)

Isola Bella Lake Maggiore Stresa Lake Maggiore 
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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

Isola Bella


"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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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; boat ride to Portofino



Full buffet breakfast; 1 special lunch in Vercelli; 2 three-course dinners : a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner in Milan


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SIMONETTA PELLICONI

Years of Experience: 19 years

With its wide variety of scenery, historical background, and famous works of art, Italy is a little world of its own. I enjoy being a Tour Director in Italy, because every day brings a surprise!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre with Lake Maggiore:

  • Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands