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Northern Italy (6280)

8 Day Tour from Lake Maggiore to Milan

2016 Tour Details

Experience the sights and landmarks of northern Italy, starting in Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a day trip to Como, surrounded by its magnificent lake. Stop in Vigevano and Pavia, two lesser-known cities but just as captivating with their palace and arcades. Get to know Genoa, home of Christopher Columbus, the largest medieval historical center in Europe and one of the most important Mediterranean ports in history; explore Cinque Terre with its beautiful, rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages; discover Parma, home of the composer Giuseppe Verdi, where you’ll have a walking tour of the city; and spend time in Parma’s fascinating rural surroundings, with castles and fortresses immersed in the gentle hilly landscape and learn about some of its famous regional products such as Parmesan cheese. Your northern Italy vacation ends in Milan, one of the world’s fashion and design capitals and home to the splendid baroque Duomo.

 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Visits to Como, Vigevano, Pavia, Parma, Milan


Local Guides for city sightseeing in Genoa, Parma, San Vitale Castle of Fontanellato, Meli Lupi Fortress of Soragna; Professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Lake Maggiore, Cinque Terre, Lombardy Plain

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Genoa old city and Palazzi dei Rolli


Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; train Levanto-La Spezia


 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfast daily; 3 dinners


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Lake Maggiore, Italy

Check into your hotel in the Lake Maggiore area. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.


Day 2 Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Como

Inspiring everyone from Roman senators and world-famous composers to Hollywood actors, Como is the very embodiment of the magnificent Italian lake district. Its cobalt-blue waters are encircled by majestic mountains, lush gardens, and grand villas. Why not join one of the many available boat trips on the lake to see some of the most scenic surroundings in all of Italy?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Lake Maggiore–Vegevano–Pavia–Genoa

Today, visit two more “pearls” of Italy's cultural heritage. First stop is Vigevano to admire beautiful PIAZZA DUCALE. Its castle and arcades preserve remains of early Renaissance decorations. On to Pavia, the Roman “Ticinum” and capital of the Lombard kings from the 6th century. Arrive in Genoa, where you will spend the next two nights.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Genoa

This morning, your Local Guide will introduce you to the fascinating city that has grown around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. The rest of the day is at leisure—why not join an exciting optional excursion to enchanting Portofino?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Genoa–Cinque Terre–Parma

Enjoy wonderful scenery as you travel towards Levanto. A short TRAIN RIDE reveals spectacular views of the Cinque Terre, where the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. If accessible, you can walk along the famous Sentiero dell’Amore (Path of Love), a breathtaking trail carved into the rocks that affords dramatic sea views (conditions permitting). Arrive at La Spezia, a small city with a rich naval heritage. Continue to Parma.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Parma. Excursion to The Old Duchy

This morning visit SAN VITALE CASTLE at Fontanellato, an enchanting, moat-ringed medieval fortress. The castle is celebrated for its masterpiece by Parmigianino—a ceiling fresco depicting the myth of Diana and Actaeon. Next, visit the MELI LUPI FORTRESS of Soragna, and admire the castle’s lavish baroque frescoes, paintings, and furnishings. From here, continue to the fascinating MUSEUM OF PARMIGIANO REGGIANO, turned famous with the export of its Parmesan cheese, also taste this local specialty. This afternoon join your Local Guide for a walking tour of Parma including the Parma Cathedral and Baptistery. Its town center is full of art masterpieces, from different eras. Parma is also recognized world-wide for being the city of Verdi and Toscanini, two of Italy's greatest composers. Return to your hotel for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Parma–Milan

Drive through the Lombardy plain and across the Po River to Milan. During your visit of this dynamic city, see the awe-inspiring Duomo. One of the largest cathedrals in the world, this gothic structure took nearly 500 years to complete. Also, an opportunity to take a stroll around Milan’s famous fashion district to catch up on the latest designs!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Milan

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

Years of Experience:

Tour Director -


GENOA Starhotels President (F)
PARMA Best Western Farnese (F)
MILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F) or Holiday Inn Express (ST) at Malpensa

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.



Excursion to Portofino
Excursion to Portofino

Excursion to Portofino

Leave the city of Genoa by coach and head to Santa Margherita Ligure where you will reach by boat the famous village of Portofino. Portofino was a little fishing hamlet located in the middle of a deep inlet in the homonymous promontory. Nowadays, it is well known throughout the world as a popular and fashionable tourist center, very much appreciated by celebrities and jet-set stars. The village overlooks the harbor, which is crowded with luxury yachts and is surrounded by the typical Mediterranean vegetation: olive trees, oaks, pines and cypress trees. In case of adverse weather conditions, you will reach Portofino by mini-coach instead of by boat.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

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