12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights

Including return Emirates flights, all accommodation in deluxe hotels, return private airport transfers, small group experience, delicious daily breakfast with some lunches and dinners, and more

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  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
  • 12 day Italian food and wine trail with Cinque Terre and flights
 

Highlights

 

Follow your nose – and your appetite – to the land of pasta, Prosecco and parmesan on a 12 day Italian Food and Wine Trail tour with Cinque Terre.

This tour devotes its time to uncovering the world-class cuisine of Italy’s northern regions, including Lombardy, Veneto, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna. First, is time by the shores of Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. These lakes are regarded as some of the most scenic in Italy, and the itinerary for while in the area sees you travel to some of the small isles – Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and San Giulio Island – where you’ll visit royal palaces, wander immaculately maintained gardens, and enjoy a lunch of local specialty dishes. Pass through a landscape known as the Land of Rice and Risotto as the tour sets its sights on Turin, the capital of Piedmont. A walking tour of the city will see you uncover its royal legacy, as well as other stunning sights including Piazza San Carlo, Galleria Subalpina and Piazza Castello. A second day in Piedmont is all about the region’s acclaimed wine varietals, including Barolo and Barbaresco (both produced from the Nebbiolo grape). This indulgent day encompasses tastings, cellar tours, and a visit to the underground cellars of Canelli.

Turn your attention to the Ligurian coast with an excursion to Portofino, a charming seaside town that is a glitterati favourite. Another day trip while close to the coast is to Cinque Terre. Made up of five towns, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a magnet for travellers seeking to explore these pastel-hued hamlets and the bounty of tiny eateries, pebbly beaches and local boutiques offered in each. Journey through Emilia-Romagna on the way back inland and make a pair of stops to taste two of the region’s most emblematic exports: aged balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano. A walking tour of Parma follows. Then, be shown around Quadrilatero, the oldest food market in Bologna. As well as visiting local food vendors and sampling local delicacies you’ll also take in architectural gems including Piazza Maggiore, Fountain of Neptune, Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio and Santo Stefano Square. The final destination of your food trail expedition is the town of Treviso, located in Veneto. An evening walk is the perfect prelude to an introduction to cicchetti (small dishes typical of the region) and tastings of Prosecco, the legendary sparkling varietal for which the area is so widely acclaimed.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Milan

Make your way to the airport and board your Emirates flight to Italy!

Day 2: Milan – Lake Maggiore (D)

Your flight lands in Milan, the design capital of Italy located in the northern Lombardy region. A transfer waits for your arrival and takes you to your hotel in Stresa, a town located on the picturesque shores of Lake Maggiore. This is the second-largest lake in Italy and also occupies parts of Switzerland. You have the rest of the day as free time upon checking into the accommodation. You might use this downtime to rest after your flight, or you can head straight out into the town to explore. Return to the hotel for tonight’s orientation meeting (approximate start time of 6pm; to be confirmed upon arrival) where you’ll begin to get to know your Tour Director and fellow travellers. A welcome dinner follows.

Day 3: Lake Maggiore (B, L)

Start the day by hopping aboard a boat to cruise across Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella. Here, you will visit Palazzo Borromeo and meander its gorgeous manicured gardens – look out for the white peacocks that strut around the grounds! Continue to Isola dei Pescatori, a fisherman’s island that takes its name from its traditional residents. You’ll have time to wander the isle’s narrow streets and take in multiple perspectives of the lake before sitting down to a lunch of regional specialties at a local restaurant. Return to Stresa to then make for Lake Orta and an outing to San Giulio Island. You have the evening as leisure time once back in Stresa.

Day 4: Lake Maggiore – Turin (B, L)

Depart Lake Maggiore this morning and travel into Piedmont, a region bordering France and Switzerland that is particularly well-known for its wine. There is a stop along the way where you will learn about local rice production and one of Italy’s best-loved cuisines, risotto. Arrive in Turin in the early afternoon and head out on a guided walking tour. Turin is the ancestral home of the House of Savoy, one of Italy’s preeminent royal families, and you’ll see some of this royal legacy at sights including Piazza San Carlo, Palazzo Carignano, Piazza Carlo Alberto and Galleria Subalpina. The final stop of the tour is Piazza Castello, one of the main hubs of the city where visitors will find the Royal Palace, Royal Church of San Lorenzo and Palazzo Madam, the location of the first Italian Senate. It is then time to give your feet a rest and sip on an aperitif at one of the elegant cafes nearby. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 5: Turin (B, L)

Today’s itinerary is devoted to savouring and indulging in Piedmont’s gastronomic clout. Move through Langhe and Monferrato to visit the heartland of Barolo, a renowned Italian varietal made from the Nebbiolo grape. This journey takes you through the towns of Cherasco, La Morra, Barbaresco and Nieve. Your day’s excursion sees you experience guided cellar doors and tastings at the vineyards. Continue to Canelli, a commune in an area prominent for the production of spumante, to tour a ‘cathedral cellar’. These underground stores create ideal conditions for ageing and development of wine, and have been in use for decades. The tour returns to Turin in the afternoon.

Day 6: Turin – Santa Margherita Ligure (B, D)

Seek out a stretch of the Italian Riviera around the Liguria region, and soak up some time in the photogenic fishing village of Portofino. Beloved for its pastel-hued houses, stellar seafood restaurants and clusters of high-end boutiques, Portofino is a favourite with the well-heeled travel set. Meet up with your group for dinner at the hotel, located in the Santa Margherita Ligure area.

Day 7: Portofino – Cinque Terre – Santa Margherita Ligure (B)

Your destination today is Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the most glittering of jewels in the Ligurian coast. This string of five cliff-perched fishing towns are nestled between azure ocean and hills strewn with vines and pasture. Uncover the treasures of each town – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare – as you amble past tiny food shops, hole-in-the-wall eateries, gorgeous boutiques and ocean-facing restaurants. Please note that the walking tour of Cinque Terre covers uneven ground, as well as stairs, steps and significant slopes. Your group travels between towns using the train or boats. You have free time back in Santa Margherita Ligure following the tour.

Day 8: Santa Margherita Ligure – Parma (B, L)

The tour travels to Parma today. This journey takes you through Emilia-Romagna, a region renowned for its production of balsamic vineyard. A pitstop in the area sees you learn about the ageing process of this dark and intensely-flavoured condiment. A second tasting is an opportunity to savour another of the region’s most famed exports, Parmigiano-Reggiano! Join an afternoon walking tour of Parma upon arrival in this pretty city and take in its streetscape of Romanesque buildings, grand palazzos and restaurants dishing up some of the region’s iconic produce. You have free time following the tour.

Day 9: Parma – Bologna – Treviso (B, L)

Drive to Bologna this morning. A tour on arrival sees you head into the oldest food market in the city, known as Quadrilatero. This area is a hive of activity and its streets are lined with shops and stalls manned by food merchants, vendors and artisanal craftsmen. Learn about Quadrilatero’s history and its place in modern Bologna culture as you are shown around and delight in samples of some of the city’s best bites. Some of the sights you’ll see along the way include Piazza Maggiore and Palazzo d’Accursio, Fountain of Neptune, Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, Two Towers and Santo Stefano. Travel to Treviso later on and check into the hotel. A walk around the town makes a magical evening activity and you’ll be introduced to cicchetti, a Venetian style of small dish. Admire Treviso’s palaces, canals and quiet streets as you explore.

Day 10: Treviso (B, D)

Treviso is located in a region known as being the birthplace of Prosecco, and a tasting of this style of sparkling is something to eagerly anticipate today as the tour journeys through a countryside dotted with castles, villas and tiny hamlet towns. Tonight, there is a farewell dinner where you’ll be able to share stories and experiences of your time in Italy with your travelling companions.

Day 11: Treviso – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

A transfer takes you to the airport at the appropriate time for your return Emirates flight back to Australia.

Day 12: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with Emirates
  • Return private airport transfers 
  • Option to extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Intimate small group experience with a maximum of 22 guests 
  • 9 nights’ twin share accommodation in deluxe hotels, including hotel porterage
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 5 lunches and 3 dinners with wine 
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the tour itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking Tour Director throughout

 

Highlights: 

  • Admire Lake Maggiore and cruise across its waters for an outing to Isola Bella, and then dive into regional cuisine with a lunch of local specialties on Isola de Pescatori
  • Move through the land of rice and risotto on the way to Turin, and join a walking tour past the city’s historic sights, including the birthplace of the first king of Italy
  • Visit the heartland of Barolo in Piedmont, be guided through wine tastings of renowned varietals, and continue to Canelli for a tour of the town’s unique underground cellars
  • Spend time in Portofino, and make the day trip to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Cinque Terre to explore these five villages waterfront eateries and pebbly beaches
  • Delight in tastings of exquisite balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano in Emilia-Romagna on the way to Parma
  • Visit Bologna and tour the city’s oldest food market, known as Quadrilatero, and sample local bites ahead of departing for Treviso for an evening walk that includes tastings of cicchetti
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Payment Information:

  • A deposit of $299 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 2-3 weeks of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Tour Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $999 per person. Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement.

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date.

Group Size: This is an independent tour. Accompanying guides are not provided except where mentioned in the tour itinerary.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Stresa: Grand Hotel Bristol or similar 
Turin: Starhotels Majestic or similar 
Santa Margherita Ligure: Grand Hotel Miramare or similar 
Parma: Starhotel Du Parc or similar 
Treviso: Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese or similar 

Please note: all accommodation star ratings are based on local ratings.

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum Room Capacity: 2 people

Triple Share: Not available

Child Policy: Same price as an adult – Minimum age 8 years.

Coach transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences.

Tipping: Whilst gratuities for the Tour Manager and a driver are included, if you have enjoyed the service of the cruise staff, a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally.

Fitness Level Requirement/Mobility:  Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchairs access, so, unfortunately, our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair or walkers users and those less mobile.
Please note: this tour can accommodate passengers with walking sticks. A reasonable level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

2 April 
16 April 
7 May
14 May
21 May
4 June
11 June
18 June
25 June
3 September
10 September
17 September
24 September
1 October
8 October 

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy airfares departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Emirates Airlines and their codeshare partners
  • Flights include one piece of carry-on and one checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email.
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package.
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with Emirates
  • Return private airport transfers 
  • Option to extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Intimate small group experience with a maximum of 22 guests 
  • 9 nights’ twin share accommodation in deluxe hotels, including hotel porterage
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 5 lunches and 3 dinners with wine 
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the tour itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking Tour Director throughout
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