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Northern Italy plus Cinque Terre - Summer 2018 - Single Traveller - set dep. 21 Jul.18

Northern Italy plus Cinque Terre - Summer 2018 - Single Traveller - set dep. 21 Jul.18

Milan, Italy

From: R 25,345.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 25,345.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9138
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    9 Days
  • Valid From

    21st of July 2018 (Saturday)
  • Valid To

    29th of July 2018 (Sunday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Are you a solo traveller? A guided holiday for the solo traveller is the way to go it is hassle-free and enjoyable and for this set departure tour you are not paying a single supplement as a solo traveller with our own room ... no sharing! This special set departure on 21 July 2018 is also discounted by R2055 WAS R27 400 and is NOW R25435 if you book and pay by 29 March 2018.

Everything’s taken care of, like your day-to-day itinerary, hotel check-ins and luggage. And there’s the opportunity for you to meet and share experiences with like-minded people from all over the world.

This is a fantastic tour of Northern Italy and the quaint vilages of Cingque Terre.

About the Holiday

Scents of magnolia and lemons linger along the quaint cobblestone roads and promenades of Italy's northern lake villages on this jaunt from Milan to Genoa, and the foodie city of Parma. See the layers of pastel pinks, yellows and blues that cling to the dramatic sea cliffs of Cinque Terre, enjoying the flavours of prosciutto and parmiagiano along the way.

Sightseeing highlights

  • City tour in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma

  • Orientation of Stresa on Lake Maggiore and Santa Margherita

  • View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa and the colourful coastal towns in the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre

  • Visit the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Milan (2 Nights)

Embrace the glamour of Milan, your introduction to the fascinating sights and sounds of northern Italy. Spend the day exploring this trendy city before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

Welcome Reception

Hotel: Holiday Inn Garibaldi

Optional Experiences

Treasures Of Milan

Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum. When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.

Day 2 Milan Sightseeing

We wander through the sophisticated streets of Milan on a walking tour of the city with a Local Specialist to view the city's most magnificent sites, including the Gothic Cathedral, glass-domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Then it's time to pound the pavements in your free time, exploring Italy's fashion capital or visiting the medieval fortress of Sforza Castle to admire magnificent artistry by da Vinci and Michelangelo, including the famous statue of the Pietà Rondanini.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

Day 3 Milan – Baveno (2 Nights)

The holiday hotspot of Italy's picturesque Lake District, and beautiful Lake Maggiore, set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, is the next stop on our northern Italian journey. We enjoy a Cultural Insight into the exquisite flora of the local area during a visit to the magical Villa Taranto botanical gardens - the scents of azalea, camellia and wisteria linger as we explore lush gardens filled with rare lilies and 300 varieties of dahlias in bloom. Then it's on to our home for the next two nights and the gateway to the three Borromean islands, the picturesque lakeside village of Stresa. Consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the Borromean Islands - Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the aristocratic Borromeo Palace.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine

Hotel: Simplon

Optional Experiences

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Day 4 Baveno

Lap up gentle lakeside living and la dolce vita during a full day spent at leisure in this picture-perfect setting. Spend the day relaxing or embark on the alpine train to see the magnificent panoramic views of the north. This evening, we cross the tranquil waters of Maggiore to one of the Borromean islands for an unforgettable Be My Guest dining experience.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Visit Lake Orta And San Giulio Island

Come with us to Pettenasco, on the shores of Lake Orta, to experience northern Italy's best-kept secret with a Local Specialist. After you've had some time to stroll and take in the area's beauty, you'll cruise to the island of San Giulio, famous for its peaceful atmosphere and delightful church.

Alpine Train Discovery

The famous Centovalli Panoramic Train will lead you across dramatic viaducts, past deep ravines and beautiful forests. We'll stop at a typical Italian Alpine Village, where you'll enjoy free time to discover the charms of Northern Italian village life.

Day 5 Baveno – Genoa – Santa Margherita (2 Nights)

The maritime city of Genoa and birthplace of Columbus is our first stop today as we join a Local Specialist for an included guided walking tour to view the city's majestic Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and visit Via Garibaldi, the historic centre of Genoa lined by ancient palaces. This afternoon, we arrive in the picturesque seaside town of Santa Margherita, where we will stay overnight, spending the rest of the day free to soak up the holiday atmosphere. Consider taking an excursion to the pastel coloured fishing village of Portofino.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Hotel: Lido Palace

Optional Experiences

Portofino Cruise and Aperitivo

By private boat we will cruise Portofino's bay. After some free time to explore this Mediterranean gem, we will enjoy a very special Italian aperitivo sitting in an exclusive cafè.

Day 6 Santa Margherita – Full-Day Porto Venere and Cinque Terre Excursion

Today we explore the dramatic setting of the five coastal villages of the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre (Five Lands) on an included full-day excursion. The deep blue Ligurian Sea provides a stunning backdrop for the expanse of pastel pinks, yellows and oranges that cling to the rugged seaside cliffs in this beautiful area that can only be reached by boat or train from La Spezia. We join a Local Specialist to visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine

Day 7 Santa Margherita – Langhirano – Parma

Today is a feast for the senses. Crossing the scenic Appenine mountains, we venture towards Parma, renowned for its famous Parma ham and cheese. Gain a Cultural Insight into the gourmet delights of this region during a visit to a working prosciutto factory near the town of Langhirano and a brief photo stop at Torrechiara before learning the process of making real parmigiano reggiano cheese at a family-run caseificio. This evening, consider an unforgettable Optional Experience featuring delicious local flavours in a historic setting.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Hotel: CDH Parma & Congressi

Optional Experiences

Dinner And Drive

Discover the cuisine of Parma as you enjoy a delightful dinner of local specialties with wine. Parma is noted for its delicacies, and is considered to be the home of Italian cuisine.

Day 8 Parma – Milan

Delight in the gastronomic and architectural splendour of the Emilia-Romagna region during a guided tour of Parma with a Local Specialist. See the 12th century Piazzo Duomo with its Romanesque Cathedral and Baptistery, and Garibaldi Square, home to the Palazzo del Governatore with its ornate astronomical clock. We leave the flavours of Parma behind and embark on a scenic drive back to Milan where we'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight with our travel companions and Travel Director.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Hotel: Starhotels Tourist

Day 9 Depart Milan

Our sumptuous encounter with the landscapes of Northern Italy has sadly come to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s):Buffet Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
Excludes
  • Return International flights
  • Visas
  • Health and Travel Insurance
  • Meals not specified
  • Optional tours
  • Non-scheduled airport to hotel transfers
Package Conditions:

Book and pay by 29 March 2018 to qualify for this special single offer for set departure on 21 July 2018.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports.

Milan
Milan is one of the largest cities in Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy, and is one of the most highly developed urban centres in Europe. Milan is also renowned as one of the world capitals of design and fashion.

Around 400 BC, the Celtic Insubres inhabited Milan and the surrounding region. In 222 BC, the Romans conquered this settlement, which received the name Mediolanum. After several centuries of Roman control, Milan was declared the capital of the Western Roman Empire by Emperor Diocletian in 293 AD. Diocletian chose to stay in the Eastern Roman Empire (capital Nicomedia) and his colleague Maximianus the Western one. Immediately Maximinian built several gigantic monuments, like a large circus (470 x 85 meters), the Thermae Erculee, a large complex of imperial palaces and several other services and buildings.

Milan is typically classified as having a humid subtropical climate. In contrast to most of Italy, which is famous for a comfortable Mediterranean climate, Milan's winters are typically damp and cold, while summers are hot and very humid.

Like most cities in Italy, Milan and its surrounding area has its own regional cuisine. Milanese cuisine includes "cotoletta alla milanese", a fried veal (pork and turkey are used, though) fillet in bread crumbs (which some say is of Austrian origin, calling it "Wienerschnitzel").

As one would expect in young cosmopolitan Milan, the nightlife is vibrant. The evening begins with the passegiata, a cultural institution itself in Italy, where everyone, attired in the smartest clothes possible, ’walks out’ - strolling up and down central streets in order ’to see and be seen’. The trend is to move on during the night, visiting two or three locales, thereby demonstrating social savvy and bella figura (being ’with it’ is perhaps the best expression of this notoriously vacuous Italian phrase). Most bars and restaurants stay open until late (0100), after which the energetic move on to the nightclubs (discoteca), which stay open till 0400 (most shut Mondays). The legal drinking age is 16 years.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 01 February 2018.

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