The Italian Riviera meets Italy’s beautiful Lake District on a gourmet-filled encounter with the north and its many treasures. On this female-only holiday, all you need to do is pack your bags and enjoy the most epic of Northern Italy trips, filled with the flavoUrs of prosciutto and parmigiano.
This tour includes:
One departure for 2023!
13 May - 20 May 2023
Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.
Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your holiday!
Day 1 | Welcome to Milan
Embrace the glamour of Milan, your introduction tothe sights and sounds of northern Italy. Spend the dayexploring this stylish city, home to many of the mostrenowned fashion houses in the world. Later, join yourfellow travellers and Travel Director for a WelcomeReception, evening orientation drive and hint of the friendship and adventures to come.
Day 2 | Discover Fashionable Milan
Wander through the sophisticated streets of Milanjoining your Local Specialist on a tour that will reveal thecity's iconic and unexpected highlights. See the GothicCathedral, glass-domed Galleria and La Scala OperaHouse, one of the finest opera houses in the world.Then it's time to pound the pavements and see Milanyour way. Your Travel Director will share their personalfavourites. Don’t miss an opportunity to join today’sOptional Experience visit to Lake Como for a cruise pastsome of the region’s most glamorous lakesideproperties.
Treasures Of Milan - A fantastic opportunity to take in some of the highlights of elegant Milan. Amongst othersights, we'll visit La Scala, the world's most famous opera house, where Giuseppe Verdi, Maria Callas and others haveleft their mark. Our wonderful Local Specialist will bring the city’s eventful past to life. Adult: 45.00 EUR
Discover Lake Como - We'll travel to Lake Como, where we'll enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as we cruisealong Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District. Adult: 46.00 EUR
Day 3 | Journey to Parma
Leaving sophisticated Milan behind, today is the day totreat your taste buds. Gourmands will adore our DiveInto Culture visit to a prosciutto (ham) factory nearLanghirano. There’s time for a photo stop at Torrechiarafortress, perched high above the Parma Valley, beforearriving at a family-run caseificio where we’ll learn theancient craft of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese production– perfected since the 1600s. On arrival in Parma,continue your day of tasting and feasting, deepeningyour knowledge of Parma’s foodie heritage at anOptional Experience dinner of local specialties pairedwith Italian wine.
Dinner And Drive - Discover the cuisine of Parma as you enjoy a delightful dinner of local specialties with wine. Parmais noted for its delicacies, and is considered to be the home of Italian cuisine. Adult: 75.00 EUR
Day 4 | Onwards to the Italian Riviera
Beyond its obvious attraction as a haven for foodies,Parma is also a fascinating historic centre which you’llcome to discover this morning with your Local Specialist.Learn all about its history as a Roman settlement andmedieval trading hub, including such sights as the PiazzaGaribaldi, the site of a Roman Forum 2,000 years ago.You’ll have some free time for lunch perhaps indulgingone last time in the city’s legendary cuisine, beforeheading to La Spezia on the Italian Riviera. Slow it rightdown this evening, taking in the tranquil seaside settingas you walk along its pretty promenade, with an eveningto do as you wish.
Optional Experiences: You will be offered one of the following two optional experiences depending on availability:
Wine Tasting and Sarzana Visit - Near the ancient Via Aurelia, we'll visit a winery to learn about "vermentino"grapes, the pride of Liguria. We'll taste several wines paired with local morsels and tour the 18th-century countryfarm house. Then, we'll continue exploring the area, as we drive up to Sarzana, a small village found by the Romanswith rich history and heritage. Adult: 49.00 EUR
Sarzana Dinner and Drive - Tonight we'll go off the beaten track to the alluring medieval town of Sarzana, a hiddengem. We’ve chosen an elegant venue, where you’ll enjoy dinner with drinks. Its distinctive ambiance is brimming withcharm and unique character which make it a firm favourite with the locals. Adult: 68.00 EUR
Day 5 | Admire Colourful Cinque Terre
Today we explore the dramatic coastal setting ofUNESCO-listed Cinque Terre on an included full-dayexcursion. The deep blue Ligurian Sea provides astunning backdrop for the expanse of pastel pinks,yellows and oranges that cling to the rugged seasidecliffs. Starting in Porto Venere, we’ll travel along thecoast by boat, joining a Local Specialist who will sharehow the region’s isolated position protected it frompirates in years gone by. Returning to our hotel in LaSpezia, we’ll enjoy dinner with our fellow travellers,sharing stories of the magnificent cliffside villages we’vespent the day admiring.
Day 6 | Off to Genoa and Lake Maggiore
The maritime city of Genoa and birthplace of Columbus isyour first stop today as you join a Local Specialist for aguided walking tour to view the city’s majesticRenaissance and Baroque architecture. Visit ViaGaribaldi, the historic centre of Genoa lined by ancientpalaces, and enjoy time for lunch in the city centre,perhaps sampling some of the local focaccia beforecontinuing to Lake Maggiore. Set against the backdropof the Southern Alps, the quiet shores of this lake areyour home for the next two nights, as they are for manywell-heeled locals. Later, you could choose to join an Optional Experience to one of the Borromean Islands –Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the aristocraticBorromeo Palace and its gorgeous terraced gardens.
Visit Lake Orta And San Giulio Island - Come with us to Pettenasco, on the shores of Lake Orta, to experiencenorthern Italy's best-kept secret with a Local Specialist. Afterwards, we'll cruise to the island of San Giulio, famous forits peaceful atmosphere and delightful church. Then, spend time strolling in Orta town, taking in the area's beauty. Adult: 43.00 EUR
Day 7 | Lake Maggiore Your Way
Lap up gentle lakeside living during a full day spent atleisure in this picture-perfect setting. Spend the dayrelaxing or take an alpine train journey to see themagnificent panoramic views of the north. This evening,we cross the tranquil waters of Maggiore to secludedIsola dei Pescatori to Connect With Locals at a Be MyGuest experience. Join the Cinque family and hear allabout the intriguing history of Villa Toscanini situated ona tiny romantic island which was the hideaway of thegreat Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini one of the mostinfluential musicians of the 19th century.
Alpine Train Discovery - The famous Centovalli Panoramic Train will lead you across dramatic viaducts, past deepravines and through beautiful forests, whilst your Local Specialist tells stories of local mountain life. We'll stop at atypical Italian Alpine village, where you'll enjoy free time to discover its picturesque charms. Adult: 53.00 EUR
Discover The Borromean Islands - We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of LakeMaggiore. Here, you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour of the beautiful palace. You will explore thebaroque gardens with its white peacocks and from where you can see the Isola Madre and the Isola dei Pescatori. Adult: 49.00 EUR
Day 8 | Farewell Italy
While your holiday has come to an end, the specialmemories made with new friends will linger long afteryou return home. Say farewell to your Travel Director asyou prepare to take your transfer from your hotel in Baveno to Milan Malpensa airport for your onward journey home.