Day 1 UK - Bologna
You'll fly to Bologna today, transferring on arrival to San Marino, your base for the next four nights. Close to the Apennines and just a few kilometers inland from Rimini, this tiny nation boasts grand fortresses and stunning views of the Adriatic from its hilltop location. This evening we will head to Restaurant La Terrazza, one of the best restaurants in San Marino with amazing views, for a welcome dinner. Sample typical dishes made with local ingredients as you get to know your travelling companions.
Day 2 San MarinoThis morning, enjoy a walking tour in the company of a Local Guide. You'll see the Government Palace and pay a visit to the San Marino Basilica, the heart of both the city and the republic. The rest of the day is free for you to explore San Marino at your own pace. Perhaps visit one of the many museums or take a panoramic stroll to the hilltop Cesta fortress. Enjoy views from the Piazza della Libertá or wander round the elaborate carvings of the Palazzo Pubblico. Alternatively, join an optional guided tour to learn about San Marino's role in WWII. You'll discover where the bombs fell and hear stories of the Jewish community of San Marino.
Meals included: B
Day 3 Urbino & PesaroWe'll travel into the Italian region of Le Marche today on an included excursion. Our first stop is the hill town of Urbino, an enchanting jumble of medieval and Renaissance houses, churches and palazzos. The splendid 15th century Palazzo Ducale was built by some of the finest craftsmen of the time and towers above the rooftops. We'll join a Local Guide for a tour of this architectural masterpiece.
Later we'll visit Pesaro, a pretty town on the Adriatic coast and the birthplace of Rossini. The composer was so fond of Pesaro that he left the town all of his possessions, which are now housed in Casa Rossini, a museum celebrating his life.
Meals included: B
Day 4 San Marino - at Leisure
Enjoy a leisurely day in San Marino. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Ravenna, where a guided tour will introduce its historical centre. Highlights include the Basilica di San Vitale and the Basilica di Sant'Appollinare Nuovo. We'll also view the 5th and 6th century mosaics at the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia – they are some of the finest in the world.
This evening you can choose to enjoy an optional farewell dinner in a restaurant.
Day 5 Bologna - UK
Transfer back to Bologna airport for your flight back to the UK.