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Itinerary

Day 1

We meet at our designated pick up points and travel by coach to London Gatwick Airport for our direct scheduled Easyjet flight to Bologna. On arrival in Italy we are met by our professional tour manager, who will accompany us throughout our tour. We travel by executive coach to the centrally located Hotel Touring in Bologna for a five night stay. A welcome dinner without drinks will be served at a restaurant near our hotel on the first evening, and the remaining four nights are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the buildings and porticoed streets of Bologna, home to medieval palaces and the oldest university in Europe. Our tour includes the Anatomical Theatre, built in 1637 by Antonio Levanti and constructed entirely in wood. This afternoon we visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale, housing works of the great Northern Italian artists including Giotto, Raphael and Preugino. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure in Bologna.

Day 3

This morning our guided tour of Ravenna, the city that was once the capital of Rome’s Western Empire and one of the great seats of Byzantine art in Europe, takes in the magnificent 6th century church of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and the mosaics of Basilica di St Vitale and Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. En route back to Bologna this afternoon we visit the beautifully decorated Basilica of Sant’Apollinare at Classe, dating back to the early 6th century.

Day 4

Our full day in Mantova begins with a guided tour of the Palazzo Ducale, once one of Europe’s largest palaces and now housing a wonderful art collection including the frescoes in the ‘Camera degli Sposi’ by Mantegna. After time for lunch we visit the magnificent Palazzo Te and Giulio Romano’s ‘Room of Giants’.

Day 5

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Ferrara which introduces us to one of the region’s greatest walled towns and one of Italy’s hidden gems, with many attractive streets and medieval houses, a 12th century cathedral and the palaces of the d’Este dynasty. The rest of the day is at leisure, or you may choose to visit the 14th century Castello Estense, with its 15th century frescoes, dungeons and beautiful views from the Torre dei Leoni.

Day 6

After checking out of our hotel this morning, we travel by coach to Bologna Airport for our direct scheduled Easyjet flight back to London Gatwick Airport, and onwards coach travel back to our original pick up points.

NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Flight details may be subject to change. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply. This holiday and the flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Tailored Travel's ATOL number is 5605.

Featuring

Centrally located Bologna hotel

Welcome dinner included

All excursions & guided tours included

Return UK airport coach transfers included

Direct scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Bologna

Professional tour manager in Italy

Executive coach throughout

Audio listening headsets Days 2 to 5

Bologna – guided city tour, guided tour at the Anatomical Theatre & the Pinacoteca Nazionale

Ravenna – guided city tour, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, mosaics of Basilica di St Vitale & Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

Basilica of Sant’Apollinare at Classe

Mantova – guided tour of Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te

Ferrara – guided city tour

Hotel

We stay five nights at the 3* Hotel Touring in central Bologna (www.hoteltouring.it). Located close to Piazza S. Domenico, facilities at the hotel include a breakfast room and a lounge. All rooms are en suite and feature television, telephone, hairdryer and a mini-bar. A welcome set three course dinner without drinks is included at a carefully selected restaurant close to our hotel on the first evening, and the remaining four nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

Extras

Insurance £36

Single room supplement £119

Entrance fees to places visited as part of the itinerary

Gratuities

Local accommodation tax to be paid directly to the hotel (approximately €2 per person per night)

Optional Excursions

All excursions & guided tours included