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A Taste of Medieval Italy

8 Days from £819

Northern Italy is renowned for its many historic and artistic treasures, which you will uncover on this enlightening holiday. From your base in the resort of Lido degli Estensi, explore Bologna with its beautiful medieval centre and enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed town of Ferrara. You'll also visit Dozza, said to be one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy.

Departure from: May 2019 - Sep 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
  • Wi-Fi on board your coach
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Included holiday highlights

  • Discover the beautiful town of Bologna
  • Explore medieval Ferrara
  • Explore the artists' town of Dozza

 

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Bologna

After your flight to Bologna we'll transfer you to your hotel in the resort of Lido degli Estensi. A drink is waiting to welcome you before you enjoy dinner here tonight.

Day 2 Dozza

Today your included excursion will take you to medieval Dozza, which is renowned as one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy. Set on a hill and home to an imposing fortress, you'll explore its cobbled streets in the company of your Tour Manager and a Local Guide.Once every two years, many stunning murals are painted on the walls of houses in its historic centre. This event, the Biennale del Muro Dipinto, attracts artists from all over the world, who turn the village into a lovely open-air gallery.​

Day 3 San Marino

The choice is yours today – you can spend the day at leisure at your hotel or the nearby beach, or join a full-day optional excursion.
This is your chance to visit one the world's smallest countries, and possibly its oldest republic, San Marino. Enjoy a walking tour of its fortified historic centre, located on a mountain top, and wander winding cobblestone streets. From here, the views of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic Sea are simply stunning.
In the early afternoon your tour takes you to the charming town of Santarcangelo di Romagna to visit the Collina dei Poeti farm. It occupies a beautiful setting and is surrounded by ancient cypress trees, olive groves and a vineyard which grows Sangiovese grapes. We'll taste a variety of local produce here and get to sample some lovely wines.

Day 4 Bologna

After breakfast you're going to head to Bologna, where in the company of a Local Guide, you'll explore its beautiful medieval centre. One of the largest in Europe, it is home to many fine palaces, churches and arcades. There's plenty of free time here too, and your Tour Manager will be able to help you find a restaurant if you want a stop for lunch. Bolognese sauce originated here, so it would be a shame not to sample this local speciality. Another recommendation is a Spritz – a favourite aperitif in Northern Italy.​

Day 5 Padua

You can enjoy a day at leisure in Lido degli Estensi, or if you'd like to explore further afield, we offer two fantastic optional excursions. 
You could join a trip to Padua, which is thought to be the oldest city in Northern Italy. During a sightseeing tour here you'll see its ancient university, founded in 1222, and the 13th century Basilica of St Anthony. Another option today is to enjoy a relaxing cruise on the River Po Delta, with lunch included as you sail. Much of the Po Delta is protected and the region is known for its abundance of wild birds, so look out for purple herons, cormorants and more.

Day 6 Ferrara

You'll be let into one of Italy's best-kept secrets on today's included tour, as you discover the UNESCO-listed Renaissance town of Ferrara. Your Local Guide will escort you through a maze of winding streets, pointing out numerous palaces dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. You can also stroll along the ancient red-brick city walls before we head to Castello Estense. You'll step inside this moated medieval castle, where highlights include the state apartments and the dungeons - said to be daubed with markings made by those imprisoned here.​

Day 7 Ravenna

Today is free for you to make your own discoveries. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional trip to Ravenna to view some of its famous Byzantine art on a morning tour. You'll visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica di San Vitale, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Galla Placidia Mausoleum, where you'll see glittering 5th and 6th century mosaics. After your sightseeing, you can try one of Ravenna's regional dishes, piadina. This traditional flatbread served with cheese will give you all the energy you need to explore further at your own pace.​

Day 8 Lido degli Estensi/UK

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 7 :

Hotel Plaza,Lido degli Estensi
Hotel Plaza is a 4-star hotel in the resort of Lido degli Estensi, north of Ravenna. Located just a few steps from the seafront, your hotel features a restaurant, lounge and garden terrace. Guest rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, TV and safe.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
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8 days

Saturday 11 May 2019

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£674

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Saturday 18 May 2019

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£694

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8 days

Saturday 08 June 2019

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£844

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8 days

Saturday 15 June 2019

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£864

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8 days

Saturday 31 August 2019

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£834

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8 days

Saturday 07 September 2019

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8 days

Saturday 14 September 2019

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8 days

Saturday 28 September 2019

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SAT 11 MAY 19

Manchester

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£1,068

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Saturday 11 May 2019

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06:40 Manchester

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10:05 Bologna (G Marconi)

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10:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

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12:05 Manchester

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London (Heathrow)

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£969

£819

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British Airways

Saturday 11 May 2019

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08:00 London (Heathrow)

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11:10 Bologna (G Marconi)

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Saturday 18 May 2019

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13:20 London (Heathrow)

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SAT 18 MAY 19

Manchester

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£1,088

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Saturday 18 May 2019

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06:40 Manchester

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Saturday 25 May 2019

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12:05 Manchester

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London (Heathrow)

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£839

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Saturday 18 May 2019

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11:10 Bologna (G Marconi)

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Saturday 25 May 2019

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SAT 08 JUN 19

Manchester

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Saturday 08 June 2019

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06:40 Manchester

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Saturday 15 June 2019

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10:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

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London (Heathrow)

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Saturday 08 June 2019

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Saturday 15 June 2019

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SAT 15 JUN 19

Manchester

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Saturday 15 June 2019

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London (Heathrow)

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Saturday 15 June 2019

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Saturday 22 June 2019

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SAT 31 AUG 19

Manchester

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Saturday 31 August 2019

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Saturday 07 September 2019

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London (Heathrow)

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Saturday 31 August 2019

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Saturday 07 September 2019

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13:20 London (Heathrow)

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SAT 07 SEP 19

Manchester

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Saturday 07 September 2019

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06:40 Manchester

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Ryanair - FR

Saturday 14 September 2019

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10:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

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12:05 Manchester

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London (Heathrow)

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Saturday 07 September 2019

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08:00 London (Heathrow)

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11:10 Bologna (G Marconi)

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British Airways - BA

Saturday 14 September 2019

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13:20 London (Heathrow)

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SAT 14 SEP 19

Manchester

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£1,048

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Saturday 14 September 2019

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06:40 Manchester

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10:05 Bologna (G Marconi)

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Saturday 21 September 2019

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London (Heathrow)

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Saturday 14 September 2019

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Saturday 21 September 2019

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Manchester

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Saturday 28 September 2019

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06:40 Manchester

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Saturday 05 October 2019

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10:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

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12:05 Manchester

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SAT 28 SEP 19

London (Heathrow)

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£869

£819

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Saturday 28 September 2019

Departs

08:00 London (Heathrow)

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11:10 Bologna (G Marconi)

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British Airways

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British Airways - BA

Saturday 05 October 2019

Departs

12:00 Bologna (G Marconi)

Arrives

13:20 London (Heathrow)

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British Airways

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Italy Prebookable Package - San Marino and Wine Tasting - Padua - Ravenna

FROM £106

Italy Prebookable Package - San Marino and Wine Tasting - Padua - Ravenna

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Italy - San Marino and Wine Tasting

FROM £28

The origins of San Marino are based on the charming legend of Saint Marinus, who founded the community and the republic in AD301 after taking refuge on Mount Titano. What the tiny city state lacks in size, it makes up for in history, museums and priceless architectural monuments. Meanwhile, a wealth of assorted crafts and souvenirs provide a vast, pleasant shopping experience. After your visit to San Marino enjoy a wine tasting.

Half Day – Moderate Walking – Must See

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Italy - River Po cruise with lunch

FROM £52

Starting from Porto Garibaldi your tour boat will sail along the Adriatic coast and up to the river delta where you will stop at the Love Isle, the land dividing the river from the sea. Afterwards sail along the branches of the Po di Goro and the Po di Gnocca, to observe “Isola dei Gabbiani” and “Sacca degli Scardovari”. Your 5 hour cruise includes transport to & from the starting point of your cruise, a light lunch and an English commentary of your journey and surroundings.
Please note: In case of bad weather, the journey will be through the Comacchio lagoons. This cruise is only available from the end of May until mid September.

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Italy - Ravenna

FROM £52

Your discoveries begin in Ravenna, as you view some of its famous Byzantine art on a morning tour. You will visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica di San Vitale, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Galla Placidia Mausoleum, where you will see glittering 5th and 6th century mosaics.
After your sightseeing, you can try one of Ravenna's regional dishes, piadina. This traditional flatbread served with cheese will give you all the energy you need to explore further at your own pace.
Full day – moderate walking – Fantastic Experience

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Italy - Padua - FIMET

FROM £32

Padua, thought to be the oldest city in northern Italy. On a tour you'll discover its ancient university, founded in 1222 and the 13th century Basilica of St Anthony.

Three quarter day – Moderate Walking – Must see

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Local Knowledge

We asked one of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

I always head to my favourite restaurant in Bologna for tortelloni in brodo, a hearty pasta dish of the region.

ROBERTO VULTAGGIO - TOUR MANAGER

A Taste of Medieval Italy