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Bologna, Ravenna & Parma

6 days from £669*
Departing: September 2017 - October 2018
* Price shown: 22 April 2018 from London Stansted - STN
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Historic charm and culinary delights

This wonderful escorted tour of north east Italy is based in the lovely city of Ferrara. In addition to included visits to glorious Bologna and the historic former port-city of Ravenna, you'll discover one of the smallest republics in the world - San Marino - and the foodie cities of Modena and Parma.

North East Italy Tour Highlights

  • Discover Ferrara, the Renaissance home to the Dukes of Este
  • A walking tour of Bologna brings to life the capital of Emilia Province
  • Foodies will enjoy our visits to Modena and Parma, and opportunities to taste local produce
  • See the early Christian mosaics of UNESCO-listed Ravenna
  • Tiny San Marino - one of the world's smallest republics

What does the price include?

  • Five nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Orologio, Ferrara
  • Return flights from the UK to Italy
  • The chance to taste local produce
  • Dinners at your hotel on two evenings
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

North East Italy Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Italy

Fly to Bologna, Venice or Treviso and transfer into the heart of Emilia-Romagna, to your four-star hotel in the shadow of the ancient walls of Ferrara. This elegant city was once home to the wealthy and powerful Dukes of Este and after check-in you'll be free to rest and relax, or perhaps take a stroll into the town's atmospheric historic centre (depending on your arrival time).

Day Two: Included Ferrara guided tour

Join our tour manager, this morning, and explore Ferrara on a walking tour. 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: Included Bologna guided tour

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: Included day trip to Modena and Parma

Highlights of today's excursion include a visit to one of the oldest balsamic producers, who have been distilling and aging vinegar in Modena since 1605, and the chance to browse the city's wonderful produce market during our walking tour.

We'll also take a short, guided tour of Parma to discover its ancient university, churches, cathedral and historic, Baroque Teatro Farnese, before we return to Ferrara for dinner at our hotel.

Day Five: Included San Marino and Ravenna city tours

Our last included excursion visits the tiny republic of San Marino, an independent state completely encircled by Italy. Take in the spectacular views from the ancient Citta (old town), and then head to majestic Ravenna.

Join our guided walking tour to discover this former capital of the Western Roman Empire and the stunning Byzantine mosaics preserved in eight different UNESCO World Heritage sites that are dotted around the compact city. Stop in a cafe on the elegant Piazza del Popolo aftert the tour, then return to Ferrara for the final evening of your foodie holiday to North East Italy.

Day Six: Fly back to the UK

Bid "arrivederci" to Ferrara, and return to the airport to board your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham
Birmingham 05 September 2017 £809
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 September 2018 £779
Bristol
Bristol 15 September 2017 £779
Bristol
Bristol 22 April 2018 £699
Bristol
Bristol 20 May 2018 £749
Bristol
Bristol 17 June 2018 £769
Bristol
Bristol 09 September 2018 £779
Bristol
Bristol 14 September 2018 £769
Bristol
Bristol 19 September 2018 £769
East Midlands
East Midlands 15 September 2017 £729
East Midlands
East Midlands 20 September 2017 £729
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 15 September 2017 £799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 20 September 2017 £799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 22 April 2018 £739
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 20 May 2018 £789
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17 June 2018 £809
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 September 2018 £819
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 September 2018 £809
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 19 September 2018 £809
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 Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 April 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 May 2018 £699
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 May 2018 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 June 2018 £739
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 June 2018 £739
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 September 2018 £749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 September 2018 £749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 September 2018 £739
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 September 2018 £739
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 October 2018 £699
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 Heathrow
London Heathrow 22 April 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 May 2018 £749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 May 2018 £769
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 03 June 2018 £789
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 June 2018 £789
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 September 2018 £799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 September 2018 £799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 September 2018 £789
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 September 2018 £789
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 October 2018 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 05 September 2017 £739
London Stansted
London Stansted 15 September 2017 £709
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 September 2017 £799
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 April 2018 £669
London Stansted
London Stansted 13 May 2018 £699
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 May 2018 £719
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 June 2018 £739
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 June 2018 £739
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 September 2018 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 09 September 2018 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 September 2018 £739
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 September 2018 £739
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 October 2018 £699
Manchester
Manchester 13 May 2018 £749
Manchester
Manchester 03 June 2018 £789
Manchester
Manchester 04 September 2018 £799
Manchester
Manchester 07 October 2018 £749

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

2017 itinerary variations

Customers travelling in 2017 will visit a Parma ham producer on Day Four, instead of a balsamic vinegar producer.

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.

Bologna, Ravenna & Parma reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Bologna, Ravenna & ParmaScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
(9 out of 10)

KATHRYN

Batley Couple
Having travelled many times with Riviera there were a few mins points, but in general good value for money.
Confirmed traveller: 28 April 2017
Published on: 26 May 2017
(9 out of 10)

DOREEN

Hertfordshire Friends
To many people on organised trips,and to many very early mornings.
Confirmed traveller: 28 April 2017
Published on: 25 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

ANN-ELAYNE

Newcastle upon Tyne Single traveller
The nearest airport was Edinburgh. I travelled by train from Newcastle. We reached the hotel Orologio at 8.45 p.m. Others flying from Stansted and south arrived by 10.00 a.m. so had a full day in Ferrara and in hotel. Same comment for return flight. We left before 8.00 a.m. and arrived back in Edinburgh at 2.30 p.m. Passengers from southern airports stayed in hotel and Ferrara until 3.00 p.m. Again, a longer stay for them.
The chosen included dinners (2) were shocking: a plate of Iceberg lettuce and tomatoes BUT no tomatoes left for our table and no replacement. Pasta course ok, main meal dried up pork or chicken, depending on the night. Dessert a dried cake when fresh fruit and some cheese would have been better.
Confirmed traveller: 28 April 2017
Published on: 25 May 2017