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Bologna, Ravenna & Parma



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.

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.

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*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 31st October 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Bologna, Ravenna & Parma reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Bologna, Ravenna & ParmaScores 7.4 out of 10 based on 31 reviews
(7 out of 10)


Christchurch Friends
Too long on coach and not enough time to spend at some places.
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2017
Published on: 19 October 2017
(7 out of 10)


Crich, Derbyshire Couple
The hotel's appearance and location came as a shock to our party, although the hotel itself was quite good. After a long days travel, having to go into a strange town to eat was a downer. Would it have been so hard to have had the hotel provide a meal?
The included trips were excellent, despite the variable weather, but tried to do too much in a day. I would suggest that dropping Modena would not diminish the holiday at all.
Our room in the hotel was badly underlit, airless and stuffy, although very spacious (especially the bath room!). The static shower jets were all blocked with scale (?) And so only the hand shower could be used. A word with maintenance?? It didn't seem advisable to open the patio doors at night to give us some air as they opened onto a publicly accessible area. The air conditioning was non adjustable as far as I could see, so was of no help.
Lastly, may I suggest moving one of the 2 included evening meals to the night of arrival? (See earlier comments).
All said, we enjoyed the holiday and would recommend it, but with a slightly less frantic schedule- we're only crumblies you know!
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(9 out of 10)


It was a very good way to visit the interesting towns in this part of Italy.There was a fair amount of traveling, but that is the only way to see so much.The guides in the towns we visited were very good and our tour manager,Lucia,was exceptional.Ferrara was a delightful town in which to be based.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(8 out of 10)


somerset Family
it was a great holiday. shame we did,nt have an extra day we would have liked to spend another day in bologna but our flights worked against
Confirmed traveller: 15 September 2017
Published on: 21 October 2017
(8 out of 10)


Bristol Friends
Places we went and things we saw were brilliant, but quite long journeys to get to them each day. Group size of 43 was too large as there were big variations in people's ability to walk at a reasonable pace. Lucia, our tour manager, was lovely but young and inexperienced. However, she was extremely helpful to me personally. Some of the local city guides were heavy on the religious side when explaining things we saw.
Confirmed traveller: 15 September 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(9 out of 10)


Manchester Airport was a nightmare. We arrived well early expecting to take a leisurely breakfast, but after all queues only just managed a snack. Venice airport similar.
Excursion itinerary was good except for time wasted going to see hams hanging in ham processers leaving too little time to see Modena.
Confirmed traveller: 15 September 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(5 out of 10)


The description of the holiday in the brochure was misleading - it gave the impression that it was based in Bologna,not Ferrara. There was no emphasis about how fit one needed to be to do the walking tours, hence some in our group really struggled or did not go. The quality of the hotel was poor and its description, once again, misleading - not having a restaurant and how far it was to reach the town, leaking roof in the bedrooms etc.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2017
Published on: 19 October 2017