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Gastronomic Italy

(Tour code: FBS17)A First Class rail holiday and Italy's finest cuisine

This delectable tour is a true indulgence as we experience mouth-watering cuisine, fantastic wines, charming cities and glorious scenery. We visit Florence, Bologna and Parma, taste the region's famous local produce and learn the secrets of Tuscan cooking during a delicious itinerary in this unspoilt part of Italy.


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Tour Highlights
  • Renaissance Florence including a tour
  • Guided tour of Bologna
  • Cookery course in Bologna
  • Sightseeing tour of Parma
  • Parma ham tour and tasting
  • Guided tour of a Parmesan cheese factory
  • Agriturismo lunch in the Tuscan countryside
  • Wine estate tour and tasting with an expert
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Days 1-3

London to Florence via Turin

Our holiday begins at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras. From here we travel to Paris on the Eurostar, continuing with our onward journey to Turin. On Day 2 we have the chance to explore before our journey to Florence. We check in for three nights at the Hotel Mediterraneo ahead of dinner in a local restaurant. On Day 3 we enjoy a guided tour of the city's many treasures, including the fabulous Duomo and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio. Your afternoon is free to explore, and tonight we dine out at the atmospheric Piazza del Vino, where an expert from one of the local vineyards talks us through the different wines we will be tasting.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Days 2-3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5

At leisure in Florence and on to Bologna

Your day is free to explore Florence at leisure, then on Day 5 we travel by coach towards Bologna. We stop en-route at a local 'agriturismo' for a traditional rustic lunch. On arrival we check in at the 4-Star Royal Hotel Carlton.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch
Days 6-7

Discovering Bologna

This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Bologna, taking in the city's many fascinating sights including the Duomo, the Basilica Santo Stefano and the Basilica di San Petronio. You are free to continue exploring Bologna at leisure on Day 7.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
Days 8-9

Bologna cookery school and Parma

Today we put on our aprons for a morning's cookery course under the expert tuition of local chefs. Afterwards, we enjoy our own creations, washed down with some delicious local wine, for lunch. On Day 9 we travel to Parma for a tour of the Parmesan cheese factory and a visit to a local Parma ham producer for a tour and tasting. Later we enjoy a guided tour of the city before travelling to a local wine estate for a tasting, visiting the vineyards and the wine cellar, followed by a wonderful rustic three-course dinner.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 10-11

Return to London

We depart Bologna this morning, travelling by train via Milan and through the Alps into Switzerland. We continue across the border into France, arriving in Strasbourg for the night. This evening we enjoy a final farewell meal together at a local restaurant. After breakfast on Day 11 we continue by First Class rail to Paris where we transfer to the Eurostar for our final journey back to London St Pancras.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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