Piemonte and Cinque Terre tour 10days/9nights

Piemonte and Cinque Terre tour 10days/9nights

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Overview

The northwest Italian region of Piemonte borders France and Switzerland. Here you’ll find Italy’s highest mountains, glaciers, lakes, castles, monasteries and Italy’s most elegant cuisine with great wines. We’ve added nerby Ligurian Cinque Terre area to this itinerary.

Tour starts with a three night stay in magnificent Lake Orta, features a boat ride, Centovalli train ride and a visit to the neigbouring Lake Maggiore. Next stop for two nights is charming full of history Turin and overnight in one of Italy’s best wine regions Barolo and Langhe.  End your tour on Cinque Terre for three nights with stunning views.

PRICE: based on the number of people in your group.

  • 7700 euro/person for a group of two
  • 5900 euro/person for a group of four
  • 4900 euro/person for a group of six
  • 4500 euro/person for a group of eight
  • Single room supplement: 800 euro

TOUR DATES: on request

All departures between Nov 1st and March 31st  10% discounted.

Itinerary

Day 1 MILAN AIRPORT-LAKE ORTA

visit italyArrival Milan airport where you will meet your guide and transfered to Lake Orta on watefront Hotel San Rocco 4* or similar for three nights. Later enjoy a welcome drink and a  welcome dinner in a local restaurant overlooking the lake. (D)

Day 2 LAKE ORTA-LAKE MAGGIORE-LAKE ORTA

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We start our day with a boat ride to visit San Gulio island. The island is famous for The Basilica of San Giulio and charming picturesque streets and narrow cobbled lanes. The rest of the morning is free to explore Lake Orta area.

After the lunch break you’ll be transfered to nearby Lake Maggiore for an included private visit of Boromeo Palace on Isola Bella and its remarkable terraced gardens. You’ll end the day with an evening boat ride and a dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, a picturesque fishing village of an earlier era. (B,D)

Day 3 LAKE ORTA-CENTOVALLI TRAIN RIDE-LOCARNO-LAKE ORTA

visit italyPack your passports today and enjoy one of the highlight of the tour Centovalli train ride and reach Switzerland.

You’ll first bord a Centovalli train that run from the Italian town of Domodossola to Locarno, in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland. It runs across 83 bridges, 31 tunnels and along numerous waterfalls as it winds its way through the narrow valleys in the region. Experience not to be missed! After some free time for lunch and shooping in Switzerland you’ll return back to Italy on an equaly exciting Lake Maggiore boat express.  Free evening. (B)

Day 4  LAKE ORTA-TORINO

visit italyAfter breakfast you departure Lake Orta and reach elegant Turin, region’s capital city. Your home for the next two nights is the centrally located Hotel Majestic 4* or similar.

In the afternoon enjoy a company of an expert local guide to explore Turin and its surrundings. Local guide tour includes also panoramic drive to Superga church, Turin’s viewpoint.

Tonight you’ll dine in an elegant Slow food Turin local resturant. (B,D)

Day 5 TORINO-SACRA SAN MICHELE-TORINO

visit italyAfter breakfast start a half day tour to explore Sacra di San Michele – Umberto Eco’s inspiration for Name of the Rose novel!

Sacra di San Michele is a religious complex on Mount Pirchiriano, overlooking alpine valley Susa. The abbey, which for much of its history came under Benedictine rule, is the “Symbolic monument of the Piedmont region”. This monumental abbey served as one of the inspirations for the book The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Learn more about the abbey on an included tour.

Afterwards you’ll be taken back to Turin. Free afternoon and evening(B)

Day 6 TORINO-LANGHE-BAROLO-NEIVE

visit italyLeaving Turin this morning we’re going to explore the most famous of Piemonte wine region’s – Lange and Barolo today. It’s rolling hills and endless vineyards and hazelnuts groves, it’s pleasent villages and little towns are going to be our scenery for the day. We’ll stop here and there for wine tasting and snacks, and we’ll say, yes, this is a good life.

After some free time and lunch in Alba, famous for truffles we continue via scenic route to hill-top town of Neive. Your accomodation is charming Borgese Suites 4* or similar for one night. Dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 NEIVE-GENOVA-MONTEROSSO AL MARE

visit italyDeparture Piemonte and head to Genoa on Ligurian coast this morning.

Genoa was for many centuries one of the grand powers of Italy.  Its historical legacy was to leave behind a beautiful and intriguing city like none other on this marvelous peninsula as our expert local guide will illuminate this morning. Guided visit includes also a Galata Museo del Mare (Museum of the Sea) – a multi-media masterpiece where you can board sailing vessels in one century and emigrate to the Americas in another.

Afterwards leave Genoa and reach Monterosso al Marre on of the five villages on Cinque Terre.

Your hotel rooms in Hotel Porta Rocca 4* or similar for 3 nights feature spectacular views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Free evening(B)

Day 8 CINQUE TERRE

visit italyYou’ll explore Cinque terre today!

We’ll first ride the train back to the first village, Riomaggiore, and do an easy walk along a cliff-side footpath. We’ll pass through Manarola and terminate our walk in Corniglia where we’ll stop for a lunch.  Before returning to Monterosso al Mare you’ll visit via boat/train picturesque Vernazza. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own.

Free evening. (B)

Day 9 MONTEROSO AL MARE-ST.MARGERITA IN LIGURE-PORTOFINO-MONTEROSO AL MARE

visit italyOur exploration of the Ligurian coastline will continue with a morning in Santa Margherita Ligure, a lovely seaside resort with garden villas and grand hotels and Portofino an italian jet-set resort.

Afternoon arrival back to hotel. Included dinner on the hotel terrace with dazzling sea views! (B,D)

Day 10 MONTEROSO AL MARE-AIRPORT

After breakfast departure to the airport. (B)

Towns and places

Lake Orta, Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Locarno, CentoValli train ride, Torino, Abbey of San Michele, Basilica Superga, Barolo, Alba, Neive, Genova, Monteroso al mare, Cinque terre, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, Portofino and St Margerita in Ligure.

What's included?

  • Transportation in modern luxury passenger mini-van with extra leg room
  • Transfer to Orta hotel from Milan Malpensa airport on Day 1 (other airports available for extra cost)
  • Transfer  from Cinque Terre hotel to Genova or Pisa airport on Day 10 (other airports available for extra cost)
  • 9 nights accomodation based on double/twin bed occupancy in a 4 star hotels
  • Full time professional English speaking guide/driver on the tour.
  • Entrance fees to Sacra di San Michele, Genova Museum of the Sea and Borromeo Palace on Isola Bella
  • Boat ride on Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore, Cento valli train, Boat ride on Cinqueterre and train ride
  • Local guides for Borromeo Palace, Turin, Genova and Sacra San Michele.
  • All breakfasts, five dinners with drinks,...
  • Parking fees, permits and motorway tolls.
  • Basic insurance and organization.
  • Overnight city tax

Highlights

  • Lake Orta UNESCO site
  • Borromeo Palace visit with local guide
  • Centovalli train ride
  • Dinner on Pescatori Island
  • Torino Old town walking tour
  • Superga square views
  • Visit of Sacra San Michele abbey
  • Barolo and Lange wineyards scenic drive
  • Genova Old town walking tour
  • Cinque terre stunning views and sunsets
  • St Margerita in Ligure photo stop

Map

Getting there

Piemonte and Cinque terre tour begins: Orta Lake, Italy

Transfers from Milan Malpensa airport on Day 1

Other airports on request.

 

Piemonte and Cinque Terre tour ends: Cinqueterre, Italy

Transfers to Genova or Pisa airport on Day 10

Other airports on request.

Why travel with us?

  • Private travel –  gives you a highly personalized and unforgettable experience that you won’t find on a large group tour. Traveling on a private tour is extremely suitable in this unprecedented times.
  • Unique itineraries– Our carefully designed itineraries are a wonderful blend of the major sites and delightful places that we’ve discovered off the beaten paths, where you’ll find fewer tourists.
  • All included – no optional hidden cost excursions.
  • Best value – our lower prices and high quality make us a great choice for an escorted private tour.
  • The best historic hotels, most are 4 star or 5 star, dating from previous centuries, located inside historic districts to maximize your free time on tour.
  • The best small restaurants where local eat and great wines – all included, as much as you like. No pre-fixed group menu’s, you dine alla cart.
  • Exceptional native tour guides and local guides – experienced, informative, attentive and fun! Essential to an authentic experience!
  • Leisurely pace – your average day on tour begins at 9am and there is ample free time for your own explorations daily.
  • Airport transfer– Choose your arrival airport. Flexibility is one of our motos, so we´ll be glad to pick you up from nearby airports and bring you to/from your hotel.
  • Driving time-we want you to experience your destinations on foot, not from the highway. On average we spend two-three hours a day or less traveling, along scenic roads wherever possible. Our vehicles are modern luxury passenger mini-vans with extra leg room and extremly comfortabile when traveling even longer distances.

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