Italy's Jewels: Cinque Terre & the North - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2023)

Experience all the charm and magic of Italy’s elegant northern provinces, from exquisite food and wine to unique landscapes and cultures to some of the country’s most distinguished cities.

Journey Overview

Experience all the charm and magic of Italy’s elegant northern provinces, from exquisite food and wine to unique landscapes and cultures to some of the country’s most distinguished cities.

Journey Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant colours and rugged cliffs of the Cinque Terre while exploring its famed villages
  • Explore beautiful Lake Como on a private boat cruise, surrounded by charming villas and steep, wooded hills
  • savour delicious meats, cheeses and Italian classics, taking part in a foodie tour in Parma and a pesto cooking class
  • Go behind the scenes on a private tour of La Scala and its workshops
  • Discover Turin, once the royal capital of Italy, and its renowned Egyptian Museum
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Milan, Italy

Transfer to Stresa. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for cocktails and a welcome dinner.

Hotel La Palma | Meals: D

Day 2: Como | Charming Village of Bellagio

Drive to beautiful Lake Como and cruise its sparkling waters. Your private boat will take your group to the village of Bellagio and past the many luxurious villas that dot the lakeshore. Later, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a walking tour of Como and an atmospheric funicular ride. Return to Stresa for an evening at leisure.

Hotel La Palma | Meals: BL

Day 3: Milan | Prestigious La Scala Opera House

Travel to nearby Milan, Italy’s wealthiest city and the heart of its fashion industry. Go backstage on an exclusive tour of the famous La Scala opera house, where some of the greatest singers in the world have performed for over 200 years.

Sina Villa Matilde | Meals: BD

Day 4: Turin | Wine Tasting in Piedmont

Tour Piedmont's famous wine country, enjoying lunch and a wine tasting. In the afternoon, explore the fascinating city of Turin. After Italy was unified as a nation in 1861, Turin was named the capital of the fledgling state. Visit the Egyptian Museum, the oldest of its kind in the world and second only to Cairo in importance.

Sina Villa Matilde | Meals: BL

Day 5: Rapallo | Culinary Secrets of Liguria

Descend to the sunbathed Ligurian coast and the seaside town of Sestri Levante to enjoy pesto making and lunch at a charming local restaurant.

Grand Hotel Portovenere | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Cinque Terre | Beauty Along the Coast

Discover the extraordinary beauty of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), exploring these scenic villages built along the steep coastal cliffs of Liguria on the Italian Riviera.

Grand Hotel Portovenere | Meals: BL

Day 7: Parma | A Tase of Italy

Cross the Appenines this morning to the region of Emilia-Romagna, aptly known as the breadbasket of Italy. In the city of Parma, embark on a food-focused walking tour that introduces you to the bounty of produce and products available here. Spend the afternoon shopping in the many markets and specialty stores, or just sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

Sina Maria Luigia | Meals: BD

Day 8: Verona | Spectacular Roman Remnants

Leave Parma today for Verona, once an important Roman settlement, and still prominent today. On a walking tour, see the old Roman Forum area, the Roman arena and the remains of the original Roman walls. Stand beneath the balcony reputed to belong to Juliet, Shakespeare’s most tragic heroine. Continue to Venice, where our local A&K staff will guide you on an exclusive stroll encompassing some of the characteristic bàcari (wine bars) of the city.

Hotel L'Orologio Venice | Meals: B

Day 9: Venice | Palaces & Canals

This morning, explore the wonders of Venice with a local expert. Stroll the Rialto Market, tour the Doge’s Palace and enter St. Mark’s Basilica. Later, gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Hotel L'Orologio Venice | Meals: BD

Day 10: Depart Venice

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:15 p.m. on Day 9.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Connections Boutique Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Boutique Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 4, 2023 - Jun 13, 2023
Price AU$10,840pp Single Supplement AU$5,205 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jun 18, 2023 - Jun 27, 2023
Price AU$10,840pp Single Supplement AU$5,205 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jul 16, 2023 - Jul 25, 2023
Price AU$10,555pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 3, 2023 - Sep 12, 2023
Price AU$10,840pp Single Supplement AU$5,205 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 17, 2023 - Sep 26, 2023
Price AU$10,840pp Single Supplement AU$5,205 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 24, 2023 - Oct 3, 2023
Price AU$10,840pp Single Supplement AU$5,205 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 10, 2023
Price AU$10,840pp Single Supplement AU$5,205 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 17, 2023
Price AU$10,840pp Single Supplement AU$5,205 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire

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