Venture further from Milan and explore the beautiful Lake Como and Lake Maggiore or visit Parma and learn more about their famous Parma ham and Parmesan cheese. Take advantage of Italy's great rail network and get to know the local nearby towns and people.
Small group tour of Northern Italy and the Cinque Terre:
Our Northern tour of Italy is a 22-day journey designed for the mature traveller.
This small group tour of Italy is set to draw you into one of the most fascinating regions of this country, including the Cinque Terre and northern Italy's lakes and alps. On this trip, we will teach you about the history of Northern Italy while giving you time to relax and take in the region's fabulous natural beauty.
The stunning lakes of Northern Italy have long attracted the world's rich and famous but there is still plenty for the senior or mature-aged couple or solo traveller to enjoy.
Northern Italy Tour Itinerary
Our guided tour begins in the cosmopolitan city of Milan. Milan is the centre of Italy's world famous fashion industry, with luxury designers concentrated around the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. From Milan the tour ventures up into two of the most beautiful and famous Italian lakes - Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. On Lake Garda we take a boat ride around the lake and visit the well-preserved Roman Villa of Desenzano. We then travel into the Alps, including a visit to the ski town Cortina d'Ampezzo.
We then base ourselves for four nights in a hotel in the town of Cividale to explore Italy's north-east, which is defined by a multi-cultural mixture of Italian, Venetian, Austrian and Slovenian influences. We also take short day trips to Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its well-preserved medieval town, and to Venice by train, with a walking tour encompassing the city's must-see sights, including St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.
We then head back west towards one of our highlights: the Italian Riviera, where we explore the five villages of the world famous Cinque Terre region. Finally, we drive north again for a two-night stop at Ispa.
This trip to Italy uncovers a wealth of natural beauty, castles, serene waters, snow-capped mountains, and breathtaking scenery. As we journey through Alto Adige, Friuli, Emilia Romagna, and Liguria, stories are told. We will enjoy short walking tours around many of these locations, learning about the lives of the locals who inhabit them.
Northern Italy, arguably, also has the planet's greatest concentration of Italian cuisine expertise. On our trip, we make sure to stop for either breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a local restaurant, to give you an authentic experience of Northern Italy's rich food culture. We also make a visit to a vineyard in the Collio Hills for a wine tasting and sampling of local delicacies.
Highlights of the tour:
Some of the highlights of our destinations include:
Enjoy the beauty and history of Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore.
Visit the archaeological museum of Cividale which features many precious finds from centuries past.
Explore the walking paths of the villages of Cinque Terre with their fabled views of mountain and sea.
Our guided Northern Italy tour is a 22-day program for senior travelers. It will appeal to all those who like time to explore on their own as well as enjoy all that our expert guides have to offer. There is also a short version of this tour for those who are pressed for time.
If you're more interested in visiting Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, or Southern Italy, you can explore our country profile of Italy, where all other tour departures are listed as well.
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Articles about Italy published by Odyssey Traveller
The following list of articles published by Odyssey Traveller for mature aged and senior travellers to maximise their knowledge and enjoyment of Italy when visiting;
- Questions About Italy
- Trip Advice for Travellers going to Italy
- The Roman Empire
- Who were the Roman Emperors
- 10 Great Books to Read Before You Visit Italy
- Secrets of Venice
- History of Genoa, Rival to Venice
- Southern Italy
- Key Men and Women of Renaissance Florence
You can also browse all the articles published on Italy by Odyssey Traveller.
External articles to assist you on your visit to Italy
- Italy’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites
- The 10 dishes you cannot leave Italy without eating
- History of Italy
- Planning Your First Trip in Italy
- 15 Best Places to Visit in Northern Italy
- Group size is limited to a maximum of 18 participants.