Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre (LVE) - 2016

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13 Day Tour from Milan to Lake Maggiore

Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre
Isola Bella
Isola Bella
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping Center in Milan, Italy
Lake Maggiore
Isola Bella
Cannero Riviera
Stroll through the historic streets of Turin, Italy
Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

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Montechiarugolo Castle and Light Dinner Visit 13th-century Montechiarugolo Castle, a fortress rising on a slope above the Enza River. It was taken over by the Torelli family, feudal lords of Montechiarugolo, beginning in 1406 and reconstructed in the 15th and 16th centuries. Since the execution of Pio Torelli in 1612, the castle passed through the hands of the ducal dynasties and has belonged to the Marchi family since the early 1800s. Legend has it that the ghost of a Torelli noblewoman, who met with an untimely death, haunts the castle on occasion. Also included is a light dinner at a local restaurant with regional specialties.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Parma Ham Discovery and Dinner Discover the secret of famous Prosciutto di Parma on a delightful outing to a family-run factory which produces this tasty ham using traditional methods. Later at dinner, enjoy this succulent specialty along with other regional dishes. An unforgettable taste experience!

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Tuscan Dinner Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich traditions, long history and culture but Tuscany still has more to offer with its great food and wine. Tonight enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal, including coffee and drinks, in a picturesque country setting. This wonderful dinner with regional dishes is prepared using the finest local ingredients - Realize your dreams and live the Tuscan life for an evening!

Approximate value: €56 EUR per person

Excursion to Genoa Drive north about 18 miles (30 kilometers) to Genoa, Italy's principal sea port and one of the former four Italian maritime republics (the others were Amalfi, Pisa, and Venice). With your local expert, see its main landmarks, including the early 13th-century San Lorenzo Cathedral with its black-and-white striped marble facade, opera house, Palace of the Doges, house where Christopher Columbus is said to have been born, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Strada Nuova, a street lined with Renaissance and Baroque mansions, called the Rolli Palaces, built by the local nobility during the 16th to 18th centuries.

Approximate value: €36 EUR per person

Excursion to Venaria Reale Take a short, 6-mile (10-kilometer) drive to the commanding Royal Palace of Venaria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and architectural complex of unique beauty covering almost 20 acres one of the largest royal residences in the world. This recently restored baroque palace served the Italian royal family during the 17th to 18th centuries.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Flavors of Piedmont Taste some of the local specialties in a typical area restaurant. Drinks are included.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Excursion to Isola Madre Cruise to famous Isola Madre, the largest of the Borromeon Islands. Known for its tranquil, enchanting atmosphere. Its English-style gardens, where all manner of peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam freely, are full of rare plants and exotic flowers such as flowering hibiscus, scented espaliers of citrons and Ginkgo trees, creating the charm of a tropical land. Isola Madre is particularly famous for its azalea, rhododendron, and camellia blossoms but is also home to pergolas of ancient wisteria and two hundred year old Cashmere Cyprus, one of the largest examples in Europe. Explore the reconstruction of period rooms, and the collection of liveries, dolls and porcelain housed there. The exhibition of "Teatrini delle Marionette" (small puppet theatres) dating from the seventeenth/nineteenth centuries is also truly exceptional. Isola Madre leaves the visitor with a feeling of extreme elegance, thanks to the care and attention paid to the gardens and to the interiors.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Lake Maggiore Adventure Park (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Group Excursion for up to 4 passengers

The perfect blend of nature and adventure! Spend a memorable day nestled in the beautiful Lake Maggiore countryside while running wild in the nature! Rock climbing, crossing suspended bridges, bouncing to incredible heights, shooting down breath-taking waterslides, pedaling across rough terrain. Hundreds of ways to have fun and test your limits, as a family or with friends. You'll be in one of the most beautiful spots in Italy, overlooking the shores of Lake Maggiore, in Baveno, nestled between the shimmering gems of the Borromean Islands, dotted along the crystalline lake and the majestic profile of the Mottarone peak.
Approximate value: €160 EUR per group

Picnic in the Gardens of Villa Pallavicino Don't miss out this unique chance to experience a picnic in the park of Villa Parravicino. Your Local Host will provide a picnic basket full of local delicacies. Travel on the local commuter train and arrive inside the park of the stunning Villa. This huge garden situated on the southern part of Stresa has a considerable variety of trees You'll picnic amidst an Italian garden with fish-ponds, hothouses and a very nice rose-garden. Just relax and enjoy the day!

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Three Lakes In one day, you can experience the beauty and majesty of three of the most beautiful Alpine Lake regions in the world. Enjoy a full-day excursion to these "Three Lakes." Starting from Lake Maggiore, with the floating castles of Cannero, cross the mountains to Lake Lugano, Switzerland, for a stroll along the promenade. Later, head back to Italy's Lake Como with Villa Carlotta, famous for its gardens and ceiling frescoes (entrance not included), 14th-century cathedral, and many silk shops.

Approximate value: €65 EUR per person

Tickets For the Lake Maggiore Express With your ferry and train tickets in hand, enjoy an independent day of sightseeing in the scenic area surrounding Lake Maggiore. Take the ferry from Stresa to Locarno, Switzerland. After exploring Locarno, catch the "narrow gauge" Centovalli Railway to Domodossola, Italy, and the train back to Stresa (one ferry ticket and two train tickets included).

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person

Walking Tour and Local Wine Tasting Experience Join now your Local Host for an incredible walking tour to discover the hidden gems of Stresa. Be fascinated by the Belle Epoque atmosphere that you can enjoy strolling along the promenade. Did you know Ernest Hemingway set part of his novel A Farewell to Arms in the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees? Finish off in style enjoying a glass of white and red wine with a plate of local specialties at a local winery.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person