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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bid "arrivederci" to Ferrara, transferring back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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.
Hotel transfer times
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
Meals in Italy
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.
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.
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.
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.
Italian hotel room tax
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.
Airport development fees
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.