11 Day Cinque Terre, Parma, Bologna & Lakes

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11 Day Cinque Terre, Parma, Bologna & Lakes
Grand Hotel Bristol Stresa
Starhotels Majestic Turin
Grand Hotel Miramare Santa Margherita Ligure
Starhotel Du Parc Parma
Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese Treviso

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Additional Information:
Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
May 16 departure may be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Dino In Baveno instead of Stresa.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is active as many sites are included. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights: New York-Milan, Venice-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Stresa
    • 2 nights Turin
    • 2 nights Santa Margherita Ligure
    • 1 night Parma
    • 2 nights Treviso Area
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Coffee and tea with all meals
  • Wine is included with lunches and dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination & visit places that other tours miss
  • Savor a lakeside lunch on Isola dei Pescatori, or Fishermen’s Island, on lovely Lake Maggiore
  • In the Piedmont region, travel through rice plantations and taste local specialties
  • Explore Turin and discover many famous sights of the House of Savoy, Italy's royal family
  • Take a guided tour of the wine cellars followed by tasting in the famous Piedmont region
  • Stay in Santa Margherita Ligure and enjoy free time in picturesque Portofino
  • Marvel at the cliffside villages of Cinque Terre, “five towns” that seem suspended over the Ligurian Sea
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Parma and savor cheese & prosciutto tastings
  • Take a walking tour of historic Bologna, famous for having the oldest university in Europe
  • Enjoy a Prosecco tasting in its land of origin

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is active as many sites are included. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Stresa
Arrive in Milan, and transfer to your hotel in the town of Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of Italy's most romantic destinations. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Stresa
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta
Today, cruise across Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella. Here, visit the palace of Prince Borromeo, and its splendid gardens with the famous white peacocks. Continue to the charming fishermen's island (Isola dei Pescatori) that gets its name from the occupation of its inhabitants. Walk along the narrow streets and marvel at the incredible views of the lake before enjoying local dishes for lunch. Upon your return to Stresa proceed to Lake Orta to visit the historical Island of San Giulio. Evening is free to explore Stresa on your own
Overnight: Stresa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday - Travel to Turin, via the Rice Plantations
This morning depart for Turin, the capital of Italy’s Piedmont region, also referred to as the capital of the Alps. On the way, stop in the land of rice and risotto, learn about the varieties of rice grown and taste the local specialties. In the early afternoon take a walking tour of Turin, the industrial capital and nostalgic home to the House of Savoy, Italy’s royal family. Start with the Baroque Piazza San Carlo, the so-called Italian Living Room; continue to Palazzo Carignano, birthplace of the first king of Italy. This palace became the seat of the first Italian Parliament. Then walk to Piazza Carlo Alberto and the elegant Subalpina Gallery, a jewel of eclectic art. The tour ends in Piazza Castello known as the heart of the city, with the Royal Palace, the Royal Church of San Lorenzo and Palazzo Madama, where the first Italian Senate was located. Enjoy an aperitif in one of the elegant cafes under the porticos. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore the city
Overnight: Turin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Wine in Piedmont, Spumante in Canelli
Today is dedicated to Piedmont and its wines. Travel through the regions of Langhe & Monferrato and visit the heartland of Barolo, the most famous & valuable Italian wine, produced by Nebbiolo grapes. Drive through the velvet hills, passing the towns of Cherasco, La Morra, Barbaresco and Neive that link their names to the famous wines of the area. Discover the secrets of the “red gold” with a guided tour of the cellars followed by a wine tasting. Continue to Canelli, the land of Spumante for a visit of one of the “Cathedral cellars” of the area. Return to Turin in the late afternoon
Overnight: Turin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - Travel to Santa Margherita, Portofino
Today travel to the Ligurian Riviera and spend free time in picturesque Portofino, an Italian gem frequented by the rich and famous. Perhaps, visit the well-known Piazzetta, a small cobbled square along the coast: the symbol of fashionable Portofino that overlooks the harbor with its fishing boats and luxurious yachts. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Santa Margherita Ligure
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Tour Cinque Terre
Morning departure to the spectacular Cinque Terre*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here, five small villages are suspended between sea and earth, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea, set beside hills where the land's finest wine grapes are grown. Marvel at the scenic coastline while exploring the villages and the beautiful vistas. This active walking tour covers a fair amount of ground including uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation between the towns. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Santa Margherita Ligure
*Exact tour itinerary & operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions and will be advised locally
Overnight: Santa Margherita Ligure
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Travel to Parma with a Traditional Food Tasting
Today head to Parma, while passing the Region of Emilia you can't miss a visit to the world- famous land of balsamic vinegar. Here, you will understand how many years of aging are needed to produce this exquisite gourmet vinegar. Enjoy tasting the various qualities along with the local specialties of the area: Parmesan cheese & Prosciutto! In the afternoon upon arrival in Parma, take a walking tour of the city. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Parma
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Friday - Bologna's Monuments & Cuisine
This morning drive to Bologna. Today's tour will take you to explore Bologna's oldest food market called "Quadrilatero". You will visit the most traditional food shops and learn about the history, culture, and architecture, that make Bologna medieval market so unique. During the tour, you will enjoy a variety of food specialties that have secured Bologna’s reputation as being the foodie capital of Italy. View Piazza Maggiore with the Accursio Palace, the Neptune Fountain - considered one of the most elegant Renaissance fountains in Italy. Continue to St. Petronio Basilica, with its treasures such as its sundial, the Archiginnasio Palace with its frescoed walls, the Two Towers, and Santo Stefano Square. Head to the Treviso area to check-in to your hotel. Later this evening, enjoy a walk in Treviso, stop along the way and savor some Cicchetti, typical Venetian dishes. Continue to view the medieval palaces and the quaint streets that are cut across by pretty canals in this lovely, genuine small city in northern Veneto
Overnight: Treviso Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday - Treviso and the Road of Prosecco
Today, enjoy tasting Prosecco wine in its land of origin while journeying through the countryside, passing castles, villas, medieval towns and churches from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene. Tonight, at dinner, share wonderful memories of your trip together in Italy and bid farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Treviso Area
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Venice for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Cinque Terre, Parma, Bologna & Lakes, April 2018
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We had a WONDERFUL trip...We were very pleased with the chance to sample local cuisine and wine. We enjoyed the smaller villages and feeling more immersed in the Italian culture. The weather was perfect, seeing the Alps every day was a real treat. Riccardo's choices of where to eat, to sample wines of the region, or try a local food specialty, was very much appreciated. We will continue to explore Gate 1 small group experiences if it continues to follow this model.

Glen B. Eugene, OR
Italy, La Dolce Vita!, September 2016
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Enjoyed our trip, Georgio was an excellent tour director & organized our stay & tours well. He informed us of our schedules in a timely manner. The itinerary was great with diverse activities including tours of churches, palaces, winery & cooking session which we perfect. Liked the small group. All tour guides were passionate, knowledgable about their area & made it interesting. Walking tours gave us a good experience in towns.

Rekha G. Uppr Marlboro, MD