Itinerary

Thu 29 Nov

Early evening arrival in Bologna and transfer to Ravenna by coach (approx. 1 hour). We check in at the 4-star NH Hotel Ravenna, located in the centre of the city and close to many of the historical sights. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Fri 30 Nov

This morning meet your guide for a walking tour of Ravenna. We see some of the most important buildings which contain mosaics of the early Christian and Byzantine eras, including the San Vitale Basilica and the Galla Placidia Mausoleum. We also visit the Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra, one of the most important recent archaeological discoveries in Italy. Dating from the Roman Republic through the Byzantine time, this particularly interesting find was a small palace, in which every room boasted a floor covered with marble tarsia or mosaics. After being restored, the 'carpets' of stone were placed in an underground room that can be entered from the 18th-century Church of Sant’Eufemia. Afternoon at leisure before the first evening performance at Teatro Alighieri.

Sat 1 Dec

Today we take a tour ‘in the footsteps of Dante’, visiting the Basilica di San Francesco where his funeral was held in 1321, and his tomb. We also see the Battistero degli Ariani, before taking a short coach ride to the Battistero Neoniano. Afternoon at leisure and evening performance at Teatro Alighieri.

Sun 2 Dec

This morning we visit the Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Basilica by foot, and then travel by coach to the Mausoleum of Theodoric, built in 520 AD, and the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, which contains exceptional Byzantine mosaics. Return to Ravenna for some free time before the mid-afternoon final performance, followed by a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Mon 3 Dec

Check out and transfer to Bologna airport for your homeward flight.

Programme

PROGRAMME AT TEATRO ALIGHIERI, RAVENNA

30 Nov 20.30

NABUCCO VerdiInc

D: Cristina Mazzvillani Muti

C: Pietro Borgonovo

New production

1 Dec 20.30

RIGOLETTO VerdiInc

D: Cristina Mazzvillani Muti

C: Hossein Pishkar

2 Dec 15.30

OTELLO VerdiInc

D: Cristina Mazzvillani Muti

C: Nicola Paszkowski

Casting to be confirmed nearer to the date of departure.

Flights

British Airways

29 Nov London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 14.30 arr: 17.40

3 Dec Bologna – London Heathrow dep: 12.35 arr: 14.00

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1495
Single room supplement £160
Club Europe flight upgrade from £250
Land-only tour price £1410
Deposit required £350
Tour code RAN1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.