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Northern Italy & Cinque Terre Walking Tour

11 days Walking
Go north and step into a land where rock spires rise above lush landscapes, Austrian influences characterize the village streets and tranquil lakes and perfumed vineyards spill across the horizon. An epic coastline runs alongside towering cliffs and terraced vineyards. From Lake Maggiore and the staggering Dolomites to the “Five Worlds” tucked within the Riviera’s Cinque Terre, tread through Italian landscapes at their most surreal and surprising.

Let us handle the details

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 3.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including unpaved trails, cobblestone streets and slippery walkways, with some steep hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch with wine tasting, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 4 guided walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Lake Maggiore Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Italy

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to the Lake Maggiore region. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Lake Orta & Sacro Monte walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into a region famed for its classic Italian landscapes as you make your way to picturesque Lake Orta. 

• Explore the UNESCO-recognized Sacro Monte, a series of small, fresco-lined chapels and ornate statues dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi

• Walk along the lakeside trail, then relax and enjoy free time in the village

• Hop aboard a water taxi and cruise to San Giulio Island, which is home to a massive, ancient monastery now serving as a convent for cloistered nuns

Day 4: Free day in the Lake Maggiore Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Lake Maggiore region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Maggiore Cruise & the Borromean Islands $99pp* Details

The Borromean Islands, a three-island archipelago on the western arm of Lake Maggiore, prove that great things come in small packages. Cruise to Isola Bella, a tiny isle that boasts a 16th-century palace and stunning, terraced gardens. After exploring the estate, hop back on your boat and sail around Isola Madre, the largest island in the chain. End your excursion on Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), the only continuously inhab¬ited member of the group, with 50 year-round residents. The traditional fishing village contin¬ues to pride itself on its heritage—look out for fishermen untangling their nets on shore. You’ll have the chance to sample the island’s special¬ties during an included lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Dolomite Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Valpolicella vineyard walk & wine tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Leave the waters of Lake Maggiore behind for the rolling vineyards of Valpolicella, a countryside region acclaimed for its olive groves and superior wine vintages. 

• Embark on a Tour Director-led walk through some of the area’s beautiful vineyards and olive trees

• Head to a local wine estate to have lunch and taste some of the region’s most famous labels: Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto

• Continue to Bolzano, the region’s capital, set against the UNESCO-listed Dolomite mountain range

Day 6: Dolomites walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience the Dolomites from Seiser Alm, a sprawling meadow set amidst the surreal limestone peaks. (Please note: Depending on local weather conditions, the activities and sequence of your included walk may change)

• Board a cable car and ride to the village of Compatsch to begin your walk on the scenic Bullaccia Ring Trail (Please note: Depending on the season, Compatsch may be reached by bus) 

• Take in panoramic views of the surrounding stone spires and mountain valleys

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Bolzano

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Bolzano (or Bozen in German), a city comprised of two distinct cultures. 

• Starting in the main city square, Piazza Walther, make your way through the famous open markets to the Gothic-style cathedral

• Step into Piazza del Grano, the heart of Bolzano’s medieval village

• Tour the main streets, including Via dei Portici-Laubengasse 

• Enter the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see Ötzi the Iceman

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Dolomite region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Earth Pyramids & Panoramic Landscapes of Ritten $95pp* Details

Experience the stunning landscapes of Northern Italy up close (and from nearly every angle). Begin by boarding one of the world’s longest-running cable cars and riding through the Dolomite-dotted skies to Soprabolzano, a provincial village set on a plateau. From here, jump aboard the panoramic railway to Collalbo, soaking in views of rolling pastures and soaring limestone peaks along the way. Once in Collalbo, journey on foot to one of Italy’s most surreal sights: the towering Earth Pyramids. After exploring these pinnacle formations, make your way back toward town, stopping to eat dinner at a local restaurant on the Ritten Plateau. Please note: The exact itinerary of this excursion may vary depending on weather conditions and seasonal closures.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Italian Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to the Italian Riviera

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wave goodbye to the Dolomites as you travel south to the Italian Riviera.

Day 9: Cinque Terre walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get a taste for the unique villages of Cinque Terre. (Please note: Depending on the season and weather, activities in Cinque Terre may vary) 

• Meander from Monterosso to Vernazza, absorbing the local scenery as you traverse cliff-top bridges, vineyards, olive groves and lemon orchards

• Continue to Manarola by train to the Via dell’Amore, the “Way of Love”

• Make your way to the artsy outpost of Riomaggiore before taking the train back to your hotel

Florence 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Florence via Lucca

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Florence, tour the town of Lucca with a local guide 

• Walk along a section of the almost three-mile Renaissance-era walls 

• Take in impressive views of the classic red-tiled rooftops and cypress trees below

• Descend into the center of town to view the Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca Cathedral, Guinigi Tower, Basilica of San Frediano and the Church of San Michele in Foro

• Enjoy free time to peruse the local shops 

Continue to Florence and gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue your tour in Florence.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch with wine tasting, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 4 guided walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Lake Maggiore Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Italy

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to the Lake Maggiore region. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Lake Orta & Sacro Monte walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into a region famed for its classic Italian landscapes as you make your way to picturesque Lake Orta. 

• Explore the UNESCO-recognized Sacro Monte, a series of small, fresco-lined chapels and ornate statues dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi

• Walk along the lakeside trail, then relax and enjoy free time in the village

• Hop aboard a water taxi and cruise to San Giulio Island, which is home to a massive, ancient monastery now serving as a convent for cloistered nuns

Day 4: Free day in the Lake Maggiore Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Lake Maggiore region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Maggiore Cruise & the Borromean Islands $99pp* Details

The Borromean Islands, a three-island archipelago on the western arm of Lake Maggiore, prove that great things come in small packages. Cruise to Isola Bella, a tiny isle that boasts a 16th-century palace and stunning, terraced gardens. After exploring the estate, hop back on your boat and sail around Isola Madre, the largest island in the chain. End your excursion on Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), the only continuously inhab¬ited member of the group, with 50 year-round residents. The traditional fishing village contin¬ues to pride itself on its heritage—look out for fishermen untangling their nets on shore. You’ll have the chance to sample the island’s special¬ties during an included lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Dolomite Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Valpolicella vineyard walk & wine tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Leave the waters of Lake Maggiore behind for the rolling vineyards of Valpolicella, a countryside region acclaimed for its olive groves and superior wine vintages. 

• Embark on a Tour Director-led walk through some of the area’s beautiful vineyards and olive trees

• Head to a local wine estate to have lunch and taste some of the region’s most famous labels: Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto

• Continue to Bolzano, the region’s capital, set against the UNESCO-listed Dolomite mountain range

Day 6: Dolomites walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience the Dolomites from Seiser Alm, a sprawling meadow set amidst the surreal limestone peaks. (Please note: Depending on local weather conditions, the activities and sequence of your included walk may change)

• Board a cable car and ride to the village of Compatsch to begin your walk on the scenic Bullaccia Ring Trail (Please note: Depending on the season, Compatsch may be reached by bus) 

• Take in panoramic views of the surrounding stone spires and mountain valleys

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Bolzano

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Bolzano (or Bozen in German), a city comprised of two distinct cultures. 

• Starting in the main city square, Piazza Walther, make your way through the famous open markets to the Gothic-style cathedral

• Step into Piazza del Grano, the heart of Bolzano’s medieval village

• Tour the main streets, including Via dei Portici-Laubengasse 

• Enter the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see Ötzi the Iceman

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Dolomite region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Earth Pyramids & Panoramic Landscapes of Ritten $95pp* Details

Experience the stunning landscapes of Northern Italy up close (and from nearly every angle). Begin by boarding one of the world’s longest-running cable cars and riding through the Dolomite-dotted skies to Soprabolzano, a provincial village set on a plateau. From here, jump aboard the panoramic railway to Collalbo, soaking in views of rolling pastures and soaring limestone peaks along the way. Once in Collalbo, journey on foot to one of Italy’s most surreal sights: the towering Earth Pyramids. After exploring these pinnacle formations, make your way back toward town, stopping to eat dinner at a local restaurant on the Ritten Plateau. Please note: The exact itinerary of this excursion may vary depending on weather conditions and seasonal closures.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Italian Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to the Italian Riviera

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wave goodbye to the Dolomites as you travel south to the Italian Riviera.

Day 9: Cinque Terre walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get a taste for the unique villages of Cinque Terre. (Please note: Depending on the season and weather, activities in Cinque Terre may vary) 

• Meander from Monterosso to Vernazza, absorbing the local scenery as you traverse cliff-top bridges, vineyards, olive groves and lemon orchards

• Continue to Manarola by train to the Via dell’Amore, the “Way of Love”

• Make your way to the artsy outpost of Riomaggiore before taking the train back to your hotel

Florence 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Florence via Lucca

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Florence, tour the town of Lucca with a local guide 

• Walk along a section of the almost three-mile Renaissance-era walls 

• Take in impressive views of the classic red-tiled rooftops and cypress trees below

• Descend into the center of town to view the Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca Cathedral, Guinigi Tower, Basilica of San Frediano and the Church of San Michele in Foro

• Enjoy free time to peruse the local shops 

Continue to Florence and gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue your tour in Florence.

Add Florence Starting from $339 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Make your stay in Tuscany last a little longer with two more nights in Florence, the capital of the Renaissance. Once home to the world’s artistic, literary and architectural greats, Florence is bursting with beautiful things to explore, from the Church of Santa Croce to the iconic Duomo.

Florence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, with a local guide. 

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo 

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio

• Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life

• Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo

Enjoy a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Florentine Dinner $89pp* Details

Enjoy a traditional meal at a bustling trattoria in the heart of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. Sit back as you sip a glass of wine, charmed by the rustic restaurant's atmosphere and warm Italian hospitality. Enjoy a delectable and satisfying meal beginning with antipasto or soup. Then, enjoy a main course featuring pork, beef, veal or lamb, as well as seasonal vegetables. Finish with a dish of creamy gelato or biscuits and a glass of sweet dessert wine. This evening promises to be not only an exceptional dinner, but an authentic Tuscan experience.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 12: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Florence or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $85pp* Details

Travel the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the medieval village of San Gimignano. During the Renaissance, the rival Guelph and Ghibelline political factions flexed their muscles by constructing tall towers throughout San Gimignano; fourteen of those towers survive today. Later, visit a local winery for a taste of the area’s wines and a sample of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch with wine tasting, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 4 guided walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Lake Maggiore Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Italy

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to the Lake Maggiore region. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Lake Orta & Sacro Monte walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into a region famed for its classic Italian landscapes as you make your way to picturesque Lake Orta. 

• Explore the UNESCO-recognized Sacro Monte, a series of small, fresco-lined chapels and ornate statues dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi

• Walk along the lakeside trail, then relax and enjoy free time in the village

• Hop aboard a water taxi and cruise to San Giulio Island, which is home to a massive, ancient monastery now serving as a convent for cloistered nuns

Day 4: Free day in the Lake Maggiore Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Lake Maggiore region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Maggiore Cruise & the Borromean Islands $99pp* Details

The Borromean Islands, a three-island archipelago on the western arm of Lake Maggiore, prove that great things come in small packages. Cruise to Isola Bella, a tiny isle that boasts a 16th-century palace and stunning, terraced gardens. After exploring the estate, hop back on your boat and sail around Isola Madre, the largest island in the chain. End your excursion on Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), the only continuously inhab¬ited member of the group, with 50 year-round residents. The traditional fishing village contin¬ues to pride itself on its heritage—look out for fishermen untangling their nets on shore. You’ll have the chance to sample the island’s special¬ties during an included lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Dolomite Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Valpolicella vineyard walk & wine tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Leave the waters of Lake Maggiore behind for the rolling vineyards of Valpolicella, a countryside region acclaimed for its olive groves and superior wine vintages. 

• Embark on a Tour Director-led walk through some of the area’s beautiful vineyards and olive trees

• Head to a local wine estate to have lunch and taste some of the region’s most famous labels: Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto

• Continue to Bolzano, the region’s capital, set against the UNESCO-listed Dolomite mountain range

Day 6: Dolomites walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience the Dolomites from Seiser Alm, a sprawling meadow set amidst the surreal limestone peaks. (Please note: Depending on local weather conditions, the activities and sequence of your included walk may change)

• Board a cable car and ride to the village of Compatsch to begin your walk on the scenic Bullaccia Ring Trail (Please note: Depending on the season, Compatsch may be reached by bus) 

• Take in panoramic views of the surrounding stone spires and mountain valleys

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Bolzano

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Bolzano (or Bozen in German), a city comprised of two distinct cultures. 

• Starting in the main city square, Piazza Walther, make your way through the famous open markets to the Gothic-style cathedral

• Step into Piazza del Grano, the heart of Bolzano’s medieval village

• Tour the main streets, including Via dei Portici-Laubengasse 

• Enter the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see Ötzi the Iceman

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Dolomite region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Earth Pyramids & Panoramic Landscapes of Ritten $95pp* Details

Experience the stunning landscapes of Northern Italy up close (and from nearly every angle). Begin by boarding one of the world’s longest-running cable cars and riding through the Dolomite-dotted skies to Soprabolzano, a provincial village set on a plateau. From here, jump aboard the panoramic railway to Collalbo, soaking in views of rolling pastures and soaring limestone peaks along the way. Once in Collalbo, journey on foot to one of Italy’s most surreal sights: the towering Earth Pyramids. After exploring these pinnacle formations, make your way back toward town, stopping to eat dinner at a local restaurant on the Ritten Plateau. Please note: The exact itinerary of this excursion may vary depending on weather conditions and seasonal closures.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Italian Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to the Italian Riviera

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wave goodbye to the Dolomites as you travel south to the Italian Riviera.

Day 9: Cinque Terre walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get a taste for the unique villages of Cinque Terre. (Please note: Depending on the season and weather, activities in Cinque Terre may vary) 

• Meander from Monterosso to Vernazza, absorbing the local scenery as you traverse cliff-top bridges, vineyards, olive groves and lemon orchards

• Continue to Manarola by train to the Via dell’Amore, the “Way of Love”

• Make your way to the artsy outpost of Riomaggiore before taking the train back to your hotel

Florence 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Florence via Lucca

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Florence, tour the town of Lucca with a local guide 

• Walk along a section of the almost three-mile Renaissance-era walls 

• Take in impressive views of the classic red-tiled rooftops and cypress trees below

• Descend into the center of town to view the Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca Cathedral, Guinigi Tower, Basilica of San Frediano and the Church of San Michele in Foro

• Enjoy free time to peruse the local shops 

Continue to Florence and gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue your tour in Florence.

Add Florence Starting from $339 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Make your stay in Tuscany last a little longer with two more nights in Florence, the capital of the Renaissance. Once home to the world’s artistic, literary and architectural greats, Florence is bursting with beautiful things to explore, from the Church of Santa Croce to the iconic Duomo.

Florence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, with a local guide. 

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo 

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio

• Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life

• Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo

Enjoy a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Florentine Dinner $89pp* Details

Enjoy a traditional meal at a bustling trattoria in the heart of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. Sit back as you sip a glass of wine, charmed by the rustic restaurant's atmosphere and warm Italian hospitality. Enjoy a delectable and satisfying meal beginning with antipasto or soup. Then, enjoy a main course featuring pork, beef, veal or lamb, as well as seasonal vegetables. Finish with a dish of creamy gelato or biscuits and a glass of sweet dessert wine. This evening promises to be not only an exceptional dinner, but an authentic Tuscan experience.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 12: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Florence or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $85pp* Details

Travel the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the medieval village of San Gimignano. During the Renaissance, the rival Guelph and Ghibelline political factions flexed their muscles by constructing tall towers throughout San Gimignano; fourteen of those towers survive today. Later, visit a local winery for a taste of the area’s wines and a sample of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Stresa, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
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  • DEC

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, contact the Italian consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Health

Travelers should be reasonably fit (see “Walking on Tour” for more information). Take proper care for sun exposure. Consult your doctor at least eight weeks prior to departure about possible preventive measures and personal travel requirements.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive at Malpensa Airport and depart from Florence. After you arrive at Malpensa Airport and clear customs, a Go Ahead representative will escort you to your hotel. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. Destinations on tour are all easily walkable, although some local buses may be available.

Walking on tour

Will I be able to keep up?
This is a moderately demanding walking tour, but all walks can be carried out at your own pace. Travelers should be able to walk comfortably over hilly or uneven terrain while carrying water, and be prepared for some moderate inclines. Hiking boots or a pair of sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes are highly recommended. We also recommend carrying a walking stick.

What happens if it rains?
The day-by-day itinerary is an outline of daily activities. This kind of program requires maximum flexibility, and events are likely to be rearranged as local conditions demand. If you experience inclement weather, we will arrange more activities in town and fewer in the countryside.

Who is my guide?
Go Ahead Walking Tour Directors have been trained on how to lead a program of this kind. They not only have a comprehensive knowledge of the region, but also a genuine enthusiasm for Italy. All tour directors are bilingual.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Your Italian itinerary focuses on the outdoors, so your clothing should be casual and appropriate for outdoor use. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses, and a bathing suit are recommended. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are crucial. Occasional rain showers are common in the areas you will be visiting, so pack light rainwear.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Cuisine

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting aspects of traveling to Italy is sampling the local cuisine. Eating isn’t just an activity here—it’s an art form. Be sure to sample the homemade pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Italian fare often varies slightly by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialities. Northern Italy is known for its meats and pastries. For more authentic meals, try the local trattorias—small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas. Italians are known for indulging in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by after-dinner drinks, such as grappa or limoncello.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Stresa, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, contact the Italian consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Health

Travelers should be reasonably fit (see “Walking on Tour” for more information). Take proper care for sun exposure. Consult your doctor at least eight weeks prior to departure about possible preventive measures and personal travel requirements.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive at Malpensa Airport and depart from Florence. After you arrive at Malpensa Airport and clear customs, a Go Ahead representative will escort you to your hotel. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. Destinations on tour are all easily walkable, although some local buses may be available.

Walking on tour

Will I be able to keep up?
This is a moderately demanding walking tour, but all walks can be carried out at your own pace. Travelers should be able to walk comfortably over hilly or uneven terrain while carrying water, and be prepared for some moderate inclines. Hiking boots or a pair of sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes are highly recommended. We also recommend carrying a walking stick.

What happens if it rains?
The day-by-day itinerary is an outline of daily activities. This kind of program requires maximum flexibility, and events are likely to be rearranged as local conditions demand. If you experience inclement weather, we will arrange more activities in town and fewer in the countryside.

Who is my guide?
Go Ahead Walking Tour Directors have been trained on how to lead a program of this kind. They not only have a comprehensive knowledge of the region, but also a genuine enthusiasm for Italy. All tour directors are bilingual.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Your Italian itinerary focuses on the outdoors, so your clothing should be casual and appropriate for outdoor use. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses, and a bathing suit are recommended. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are crucial. Occasional rain showers are common in the areas you will be visiting, so pack light rainwear.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Cuisine

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting aspects of traveling to Italy is sampling the local cuisine. Eating isn’t just an activity here—it’s an art form. Be sure to sample the homemade pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Italian fare often varies slightly by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialities. Northern Italy is known for its meats and pastries. For more authentic meals, try the local trattorias—small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas. Italians are known for indulging in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by after-dinner drinks, such as grappa or limoncello.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Stresa, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, contact the Italian consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Health

Travelers should be reasonably fit (see “Walking on Tour” for more information). Take proper care for sun exposure. Consult your doctor at least eight weeks prior to departure about possible preventive measures and personal travel requirements.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive at Malpensa Airport and depart from Florence. After you arrive at Malpensa Airport and clear customs, a Go Ahead representative will escort you to your hotel. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. Destinations on tour are all easily walkable, although some local buses may be available.

Walking on tour

Will I be able to keep up?
This is a moderately demanding walking tour, but all walks can be carried out at your own pace. Travelers should be able to walk comfortably over hilly or uneven terrain while carrying water, and be prepared for some moderate inclines. Hiking boots or a pair of sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes are highly recommended. We also recommend carrying a walking stick.

What happens if it rains?
The day-by-day itinerary is an outline of daily activities. This kind of program requires maximum flexibility, and events are likely to be rearranged as local conditions demand. If you experience inclement weather, we will arrange more activities in town and fewer in the countryside.

Who is my guide?
Go Ahead Walking Tour Directors have been trained on how to lead a program of this kind. They not only have a comprehensive knowledge of the region, but also a genuine enthusiasm for Italy. All tour directors are bilingual.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Your Italian itinerary focuses on the outdoors, so your clothing should be casual and appropriate for outdoor use. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses, and a bathing suit are recommended. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are crucial. Occasional rain showers are common in the areas you will be visiting, so pack light rainwear.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Cuisine

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting aspects of traveling to Italy is sampling the local cuisine. Eating isn’t just an activity here—it’s an art form. Be sure to sample the homemade pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Italian fare often varies slightly by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialities. Northern Italy is known for its meats and pastries. For more authentic meals, try the local trattorias—small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas. Italians are known for indulging in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by after-dinner drinks, such as grappa or limoncello.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

TERRIFIC TOUR TO NORTHERN ITALY

The Northern Italy & Cinque Terre Walking Tour was a wonderful experience filled with wonderful sights and it was a tremendous experience. I really enjoyed all of the venues on this tour, the highlight for me was the walk on the meadow surrounded by the Dolomite Mountains, the beauty and the serenity of this excursion is one that I will cherish for many years to come. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the areas of Lake Maggiore and the Italian Riviera and all of the hotels were very good to excellent. Our tour guide, Sabra, was a excellent guide who was very conscientious snd caring toward all of the tour members. Our group was very small and all of the group members were genuinely nice people who have travelled extensively throughout the world. My only issue is that the tour was too short, it would have been better if it had been a few days longer with a visit to another city or region. Overall, my friends and myself had a great time and we were very pleased with the tour director and the itinerary of the tour. I would highly suggest this tour if you are looking to see some of the more interesting, but, off the beaten track parts of Italy.

 

Hi Brendan! It’s fantastic to know that you enjoyed your time on tour. We can understand how the breathtaking views of the Dolomite Mountains would be the highlight of your trip, and we’re so glad you were able to experience that. It’s wonderful to learn that your Tour Director was helpful and that your group members were great company. We appreciate you letting us know that the trip felt too short, and we will be sure to convey this to our Product Development team. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we look forward to your next!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 25, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Terrific Walking Tour! Take It!!

We returned less than three weeks ago from a walking tour of Northern Italy. I cannot say enough good things! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly! Our director, Tini, is a star, with great local knowledge, great English skills, patience for us, and her recommendations enhanced the experience immensely. All three tour directors we've had on Go Ahead, Stefania, Valerio, and now Tini, have been phenomenal! We had great hikes, saw lovely sights, and ate great food. I must say the included meals were not memorable, but the food we ate was overall scrumptious. The hotels were fine, I must say we wish we had stayed closer to the action in Lake Maggiorre. We traveled with wonderful new friends. A great trip, I would take the exact trip again. Don't miss it!

 

Hi James! We’re so glad you’ve enjoyed all your Go Ahead Tour Directors over the years. We are very proud to work with the most knowledgeable and passionate staff! We’re also pleased to learn that you enjoyed your tour overall. We appreciate your feedback regarding the meals and accommodations and will be sure to pass it along to our teams internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Diverse Landscapes and Food

I am a walking tour fan and this tour gave plenty of opportunities to walk,as our weather held out. Be aware that it is dependent on dry days so plan your dates carefully. The Dolomite walk was cold and rainy at first,however our group was focused on going and it was well worth it. The Cinque Terre time was too shot as we were only able to do the first walk between Monterosso to Vernazza. The highlight of our trip was Giordano, our tour guide-the expert of food, wine, and of course the best gelato places. He even provided a picnic lunch in Lucca to us and gelato cups on another day. Our group was small and gelled quickly. We even had our own evening wine parties. The strongest feature of this trip was the diversity of the regions. Each had it's own character and foods. From German, to Italian Riviera seafood.

 

Hi Lisa! We're so glad you had a great time on tour. We're pleased to learn that your group dynamic was enjoyable. That's one thing we love about traveling in groups -- you can make lifelong memories and friendships! The picnic lunch in Lucca and the gelato cups sound absolutely amazing. We're so glad your Tour Director was able to arrange some unique experiences for your group. The evening wine parties sound fabulous, too! Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 06, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Italy!

From beginning to end, this trip was magical! The hotels were amazing, most of them in the city center. "Our Georgio" hosted us in his native country with class and excellent information on many topics. A walking tour is the way to go: exploring cities, mountains, the wine country, seaside villages..all were perfect! And our companions were so much fun! Just do it.......

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Unbelievable for 'First Timer's'!

We were amazed (daily!) in all aspects of this tour. Thoughtful & outstanding itinerary. Wonderful & knowledgeable leader, Sabra! Excellent group, thank you LORD! For first time travelers to Europe, this experience will never be forgotten. The beauty of Italy, the wonderful people - what a grand time we had!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour director

Sabra was the best ever. Very familiar wherever we went, kind friendly helpful put all of us at ease and most of all a lot of fun' Great tour!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy Comes Alive!!

We had a wonderful time walking and hiking in Northern Italy and the Cinque Terre. Our tour director, Sabra, tirelessly ensured we were always in the know about history, art, architecture, music and food and countless other topics. Sabra went out of her way to ensure all of our fellow travelers had an outstanding experience. The tour itinerary kept us very active and entertained. One of my personal highlights was the optional dinner in Firenze. This culinary feast should not be missed. I would happily choose Go Ahead for future journeys. Feel confident in using this travel company.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Taste of Northern Italy

I was attracted to this tour due to the diversity of areas in Italy it visited. For a first trip to Italy, it was ideal. It certainly has made me wish to visit Italy again, and given me ideas of where I will go next time. The success is in large part due to our tour director, Sabra. Her enthusiasm/passion for introducing us to the customs, culture, history, etc of Italy was remarkable, as was her energy and attention to detail. This trip ranks among the best and most memorable I've taken.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Family trip- beyond our expectations!

The Northern Italy and Cinque Terre tour was my first ever organized tour. I have to say that I wouldn't consider myself a "tour type", and had some reservations going into this adventure. With that being said, this trip will rank as one of the best vacations I've ever experienced. Being able to sit back and let someone else organize everything seamlessly was not only refreshing, but allowed my family to enjoy our time together with no stress or hassles. Emilio, our master tour guide, took great care of us and ensured that our needs were always met. Some of our family are vegans, and Emilio made sure that our dietary needs were met at every meal with the tour group. The tour itself was spectacular and beyond my expectations. Every location on the tour was more breath taking. I am grateful to my daughter for suggesting we go on this tour, grateful for meeting a great group of wonderful people on the tour and most of all grateful for an amazing tour director that went above and beyond the call of duty in order to ensure our comfort and enjoyment. I will definitely be traveling again with Go Ahead Tours.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Don't Miss This Tour!

A group of 4 of us signed up for the Sept 2015 tour. No reviews that I read prior or pictures I saw posted on this site adequatly converyed how wonderful the trip would be. it was great and exceeded our expectations. There is so much more to the trip that what the itinerary describes and the tour director, Emilio, was fantastic. Also, group members in their 50's, 60's and 70's were able to participate in the walks. It was challenging, but not overwhelming. Everyone was able to go at their own pace. If you like walking and seeing amazing natural beauty this trip delivers.

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