Italian Northern Highlights

Lucca, Milan, Parma, Santa Margherita Ligure, Turin

Day 1 –  Milan Welcome to Milan! Arrival and transfer to the hotel for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2  – Milan – Busseto – Parma In the morning, enjoy a walking tour in Milan with a local guide. 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 factory visit and tasting

Day 3 – Modena – Maranello In the morning, enjoy a walking tour in Modena. Next, enjoy a 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 Ferrari Gallery. Afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Day 4 – Parma – Lucca In Lucca, enjoy a walk through this quaint medieval town with its ramparts, and spend time in its pretty center. Dinner to a local agriturismo to try out local specialties.

Day 5 – Lucca, Cinque Terre – Santa Margherita Ligure Drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean coast and enjoy your boat ride to Cinque Terre: five medieval little villages standing on stony spurs along eight kilometers (five miles) of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corni- glia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, enjoy a train ride to the beautiful seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 6  – Santa Margherita – 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.

Day 7 Santa Margherita –  Asti – TurinThrough the Langhe area and arrival in Asti. Visit a local nougat confectioner and savor a piece of hand-made torrone before continuing to Turin, capital of Piedmont and birthplace of the Fiat automobile.

Day 8 Turin In the morning sightseeing with a local guide and visit to the cathedral that houses the Holy Shroud. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 9 Turin – Vercelli – Milan Stop in Vercelli to visit a rice factory, and enjoy a risotto lunch before returning to Milan. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Milan’s fine restaurant.

Day 10 Departure  Breakfast at your hotel and depart with  you return flight.

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