SMART TOUR 08 - EMILIA ROMAGNA GOURMET JOURNY - NEW

Immerse yourself in gourmet Italy; from Bologna to Modena and Parma. Enjoy an expert cooking class, Lambrusco wine tasting and traditional delicacies and fantastic accommodation on this expertly planned smart tour. The focus is on the fabulous food in this region famous for it in Italy. Mangia!

SMART TOUR 08 - EMILIA ROMAGNA GOURMET JOURNY - NEW

Immerse yourself in gourmet Italy; from Bologna to Modena and Parma. Enjoy an expert cooking class, Lambrusco wine tasting and traditional delicacies and fantastic accommodation on this expertly planned smart tour. The focus is on the fabulous food in this region famous for it in Italy. Mangia!

Tour Highlights

  • Fantastic new culinary focused smart tour.
  • Excellent accommodations.
  • Cooking class in Bologna.
  • Small groups when touring (max 16 passengers).

Smart Tour Includes

  • Six (6) nights accommodations total, with three (3) nights in Bologna, two (2) nights in Modena, and one (1) night in Parma.
  • Breakfast daily (except day of arrival), three (3) lunches, and one (1) dinner.
  • Walking Guided Visit of Bologna.
  • Cooking Class in Bologna followed by Bolognese Dinner.
  • Driver Disposal to visit Faenza and Ravenna.
  • Guided Visit of Ravenna.
  • Driver at Disposal to visit Modena.
  • Commented tasting at Balsamic Vinegar cellar.
  • Entrance fee to Ferrari Museum.
  • Transfer from Modena to Parma with en route stops.
  • Visit and commented tasting at Parmigiano-Reggiano farm.
  • Visit and commented tasting at Parma Ham producer in Langhirano.
  • Guided visit of Parma.

Hotel Options

  • Bologna: Il Convento Dei Fiori Di Seta, Metropolitan, I Portici or similar
  • Modena: Agriturismo Sereni or similar
  • Parma: Park Hotel Pacchiosi

Additional Notes

Arrival and departure transfers are not included but can be added during the booking process.


Itinerary

Day 01: Bologna

Morning arrival in Bologna. Optional transfer to your Bologna hotel is available at time of booking. If not elected, please make your way to your hotel. Meet with your local assistant in the late afternoon for a welcome briefing. Bologna is yours to enjoy independently. Overnight in Bologna.

Day 02: Bologna, Enogastronomic Capital of Europe

Meet your guide at your hotel to discover Bologna, the capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna, and according to many, also a gastronomic capital of Europe. The city, home to the oldest university in the western world, has precious cultural life and intriguing historical legacy, linked to the Etruscans, the Gauls, and Romans. You'll visit the Piazza Maggiore, with the Basilica di San Petronio. You'll walk through the knot of tiny alleys behind the church, getting a flavor of the city, one that is pervaded with music and youthful energy. This afternoon, complete your immersion in the local culture by joining a cooking class at a lovely location. Learn how to make tortellini or tagliatelle al ragu. At the end, enjoy a wonderful dinner in one of the city's great osteria. Overnight in Bologna (B,D) 

Day 03: Lambrusco Wine & Byzantine in Ravenna

Today meet your driver escort and motor to Faenza, where you will visit an olive grove of Brisighella PDO oil and a wine's cellar for a commented wine tasting followed by lunch. You will also taste the famous fresh cheese Squacquerone PDO. The king of wines is here the sparkling red Lambrusco, that takes its name from a brightly colored grape variety grown in several Italian wine regions, including Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna’s neighbor. In the afternoon, visit Ravenna. This is a Byzantine town, totally different from any other Italian city, known for the colorful mosaics decorating many of its central buildings, like the Basilica di San Vitale, the 6th-century Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the cross-shaped Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. Return in Bologna late afternoon. Overnight in Bologna. (B,L)

Day 04: Modena, Balsamic Vinegar & Motors

Today, you will reach the hills around Modena, where you will spend the next 2 nights. We will stop in Modena for a short walking tour of the heart of the city and a visit to a traditional Balsamic Vinegar cellar with commented tasting. Then, a lunch with tigelle (typical bread) and typical cold cuts. In the afternoon, we will visit the marvelous Ferrari Museum, then we will continue to your charming country-relais. This evening, you will enjoy a gourmet dinner facing the beautiful view of the hills. Overnight in Modena. (B,L,D)

Day 05: The Culture of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese and Parma Ham

Today, motor to Parma. On the way, we will visit a cheese factory of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO near Reggio Emilia with a tasting of this delicious food. Then, we will visit Torrechiara castle and its village imbued with loves and battles. Lunch will be served in a small farmhouse near the Castle. Finally, we will reach the village of Langhirano, to learn about the tradition of Parma Ham. We will arrive in Parma late afternoon. Overnight in Modena. (B,L) 

Day 06: Parma with Lunch

In the morning, visit to Parma's old town center and to the most charming monuments, such as the pink marble Baptistery, the wooden Farnese Theatre, and the Romanesque Cathedral frescoed by Correggio. Lunch will be served at Corale Verdi, a typical Trattoria in the very heart of Parma where is still possible to taste traditional recipes. Overnight in Parma. (B,L) 

Day 07: End of tour

After breakfast today, independent transfer to your departure airport (unless booked at time of reservation). End of tour. (B)

Please note: documents are not available for Smart Tours until approximately three (3) weeks prior to departure. Documents may be provided electronically.

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Featured Hotels

Smart Touring - Emilia Romagna Gourmet Journey - ST08
Bologna Hotel Bologna
Modena Hotel Modena
Parma Hotel Parma

Tour Details

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(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

Centrally located Bologna Hotel

Bologna -

Hotels used in conjunction with escorted and smart tours in Bologna are the: Il Convento Dei Fiori Di Seta, Metropolitan, I Portici or similar Note: hotel will be advise approx. 21 days prior to departure [more]

Centrally located Modena Hotel

Modena -

This tour uses excellent centrally located hotels in Modena [more]

Centrally located Parma Hotel

Parma -

This tour uses excellent centrally located hotels in Parma [more]

Pricing

This package is based on a minimum of two (2) persons traveling based on sharing one double room. This tour can be booked online or via our call center. A max of 6 passengers can be booked online. If you have more than 6 passengers, you must contact reservations in our call center.

This tour does not include:

  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Items not noted on the itinerary 

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start/end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) months from the date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Tour dates are the date you would arrive in Italy. Please plan your air accordingly, as most flights overseas are overnight flights and you would depart the US one day earlier.