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Bologna, Ravenna & Parma

6 days from £709*
Departing: September 2017
* Price shown: 15 September 2017 from London Stansted - STN

Renaissance treasures and regional delicacies

Join us, in the lovely city of Ferrara, on a fascinating escorted tour of Italy's historic north east. See glorious Bologna, former Roman port Ravenna, San Marino - one of the smallest republics in the World - foodie, Ferrari-worshipping Modena and Parma.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Discover Ferrara, Renaissance home to the Dukes of Este
  • A walking tour of Bologna brings to life the capital of Emilia Province
  • Foodies will enjoy tastings and a tour to Modena and Parma
  • See the famous mosaics in UNESCO-listed Ravenna
  • Tiny San Marino - one of the world's smallest republics
  • Five nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Orologio, Ferrara
  • Two evening meals
  • Return flights to Italy
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Fly to Italy and transfer into the heart of Emilia-Romagna, to your four-star hotel in the shadow of the ancient walls of Ferrara - an elegant city that was once home to the wealthy and powerful Dukes of Este.

Day Two

Join our tour manager to explore Ferrara on a walking tour, this morning. The old town is dominated by the moat and fortifications of the Castello Estense, and the ancient streets are lined with restaurants and trattorie that hint at the region's vibrant tradition of fine food.

After the tour, you're free to wander Ferrara's piazzas and museums under your own steam, before returning to the hotel.

Day Three

Today's included excursion continues the food-loving theme. After learning the secrets of cheese production at a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy, this morning, we'll visit Bologna, nicknamed 'La Grassa' (the Fat) and world-famous for its food and regional wine.

A guided walking tour will introduce the city, including the mouth-watering produce on Via Clavature's market stalls, the Gothic church of San Francesco, Piazza del Nettuno's famous fountain and the sweeping Piazza Maggiore.

Day Four

Today's included excursion takes us to Modena and Parma. Visit a Parma ham-curing specialist, and Modena's historic produce market. There will also be a short, guided tour of historic Parma, and dinner will be included this evening.

Day Five

Our last included excursion visits the tiny republic of San Marino, an independent state completely encircled by Italy. Enjoy spectacular views from the ancient old town, then head to majestic Ravenna. Enjoy a walking tour and relax in a cafe in elegant Piazza del Popolo before returning to Ferrara. Dinner will be served at your hotel this evening.

Day Six

Bid "arrivederci" to Ferrara, transferring back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham 05 September 2017 £809
Bristol 15 September 2017 £779
East Midlands
East Midlands 15 September 2017 £729
East Midlands
East Midlands 20 September 2017 £729
Edinburgh 15 September 2017 £799
Edinburgh 20 September 2017 £799
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 September 2017 £749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 September 2017 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 September 2017 £709
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 September 2017 £789
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 September 2017 £759
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 September 2017 £759
London Stansted
London Stansted 05 September 2017 £739
London Stansted
London Stansted 15 September 2017 £709
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 September 2017 £799

Hotel Orologio ★★★★

Set beside the ancient walls of the city, with easy access into the narrow streets that witness the population's nightly passeggiata (evening stroll), this welcoming hotel is a perfect touring base.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour from Bologna, one hour and 45 minutes from Venice and two hours from Treviso.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Meals in Italy

During your included hotel meals, you will typically be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Entrance fees

Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Italian hotel room tax

Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 € and 3 € per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.