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Overview

Come with us on this exciting escorted holiday taking in: Turin, including an ‘Italian Job’ film location tour, the world heritage Cinque Terre on Italy’s Liguarian coast comprising five stunning fishing villages clinging to a dramatic coastline, picture-perfect Portofino, magnificent Milan; Lake Como and the pretty seaside town of Rapallo, where we stay for four nights and enjoy free drinks every night.

Highlights

  • Stay in Turin, Rapallo and Milan
  • All excusrions included
  • Wine Tasting in the famous Asti Region
  • Visits to Cinque Terre, Potofino & Lake Como

Included

• Escorted throughout
• Return Eurostar & TGV rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet. Flight option available From Gatwick – a surcharge may apply, please contact the office for further information
• 2 nights sharing twin/double rooms at a hotel in Turin with buffet breakfast
• 4 nights sharing a twin/double room at the Hotel Giulio Cesare (or similar), Rapallo with buffet breakfasts & dinners and free drinks 6pm to 10pm every night – local brands of beer, wine & spirits
• 2 nights sharing a twin/double room at the Ibis Milano Centro on B&B basis in Milan
• Excursions as stated
• Wine tasting in Asti region
• All transfers abroad

Accommodation Options

• Single room supplement £160
• Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras – 2 to 4-star options – call for availability and prices

Departures

By RAIL
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
16/09/19 – £1399pp – RPR9
7/10/19 – £1379pp – RPR10

By AIR
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
16/09/19 – £1299pp – RPA9
7/10/19 – £1249pp – RPA10

Travel

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By Air – See ‘Flights’ section
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Flights

Return flights are possible with Easyjet from Gatwick direct to Turin Airport outbound and from Milan return. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. Transfer time from Turin Airport to the hotel is approximately 40 minutes.

Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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Best of Northern Italy & The Italian Job

9 days by Rail or Air, September & October 2019, from £1249 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Turin
Morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Paris, continuing by TGV train to Turin where we transfer to our overnight hotel. Flight options direct to Turin from UK regional airports listed on the right. On arrival transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Turin
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and board our coach for a city tour taking in many of the locations used for the classic 60s film The Italian Job. Michael Caine and his accomplices pulled off a daring gold bullion robbery in the city using Mini Coopers as getaway cars, driving through, around and over some of the cities architectural masterpieces in spectacular style. This afternoon is at leisure in Turin.

Day 3: Turin – Asti – Rapallo
We check out of the hotel and board our coach and drive to a local vineyard in the famous Asti region where we have a wine tasting with a buffet of local products, before continuing to the coastal town of Rapallo arriving mid afternoon. Check-in to our hotel for the next four nights. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 4: Portofino
This morning we stroll to the jetty where we board the boat for the short cruise to Portofino. The approach to Portofino by boat is spectacular with coastal views not available by other transport. We return to Rapallo for an afternoon at leisure. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 5: Cinque Terre
Walk to Rapallo train station where we board the train for the picturesque coastal journey to the higgledy piggledy towns that make up UNESCO and world famous Cinque Terre. We are free to visit the towns during the course of the day and in the mid-afternoon we board a boat for a view of the stunning coastline from the water (Please note that it is not possible to visit all 5 towns in one day). We return to the hotel by train during the afternoon. Dinner and free drinks included this evening.

Day 6: Rapallo
Today is free in Rapallo, you may like to take the vintage cable car up to the Santuario Basilica di Montallegro for stunning views over the area, visit the 16th Century castle or just enjoy a stroll along the seafront. Dinner and free drinks included this evening.

Day 7: Rapallo – Milan
We depart Rapallo after breakfast and drive to Milan. Here we have a guided tour of the historic centre followed by time at leisure before checking into our hotel for a two night stay.

Day 8: Lake Como
Drive to Lake Como, the third largest of Italy’s famous Lakes, with a stunning backdrop of the Rhaetian Alps and said to be the most spectacular of the lakes. Here we visit the town of Como and the smaller town of Bellagio in the centre of the inverted V on the lake’s southern shore which gives stunning views from all around the town. We return to Milan late afternoon for our final evening in the city.

Day 9: To London
After an early breakfast we depart the hotel and transfer by coach the short distance to Milan Garibaldi Station to take the morning train to Paris, continuing by Eurostar to London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet. Arriving late evening. Alternatively transfer to Milan Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Accommodation

Turin/Milan hotels:/

Hotel Giulio Cesare, Rapallo

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The Hotel Giulio Cesare is located in the elegant and peaceful town of Rapallo, a short walk from the beach and the centre. The hotel has a rooftop terrace with wonderful views. The bedrooms are en-suite, with air conditioning, hair dryer, Satellite TV, and telephone. Breakfasts and dinners are served in the restaurant and there is a free bar each evening from 6pm to 10pm offering a selection of local brands of soft drinks, house wines, beer and spirits.

What Our Customers Say

Good variety of places to enjoy the country and meet the people. The vineyard and wine tasting was excellent. The boat tours to Portofino and Cinque Terre excellent. Very good tour manager who was fun and very caring. Read more “The Best of Northern Italy”

Penelope Bricknell