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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 in this unspoilt part of Italy.

  • 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
  • Wine estate tour and tasting
  • Stunning 4-Star Accommodation
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    2 Lunches
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Gastronomic Italy 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-4 Bologna

London to Lyon and Bologna

Our holiday begins at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras International. After meeting your group and Tour Manager, we travel directly to Lyon on the Eurostar. We spend two nights in Lyon, enjoying our first group dinner at a 'bouchon' restaurant this evening.

On Day 2, we enjoy a guided tour of Old Lyon, then transfer to Les Halles food hall, visiting Bellecour Square on route. In Les Halles, we enjoy a light lunch of meats and cheeses. We travel to Bologna on Day 3, via Milan, where your afternoon is at leisure to settle in. This evening, we enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. On Day 4, we discover Bologna on a walking tour, seeing some of it's most beautiful sights, including the Basilica di San Petronio and the Piazza Maggiore.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 Parma


We enjoy a sample of one of the regions' most famous cheeses today, Parmesan cheese. We take a tour around the factory, and delight in a cheese making demonstration, after which, we are invited to taste the product. We then continue to a Parma ham factory, where we embark on another guided tour to discover how this delicious meat is cured, as well as a tasting. After a guided tour of Parma's town centre, we continue to our final tasting of the day, at a balsamic vinegar estate in Modena. After a food filled day, we visit a local Agriturismo, where we enjoy a delicious meal made with local ingredients, as well as sampling local wines.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Bologna

Cookery school

Discover how to make your own authentic Italian food today with a morning session at a cookery school. After, we enjoy our creations made during the class for lunch, then transfer back to Bologna for some time at leisure. Why not wander the beautiful streets, lined with historic buildings, or perhaps search out a café, enjoying a coffee as the world goes by. This evening, we gather together to eat a farewell meal, sampling a menu made up of traditional delicacies.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Eurostar

Homeward bound

After breakfast this morning, we transfer to the station for our rail journey to Milan, continuing by train to Basel. Our final journey today is to Strasbourg, where you may enjoy some time at leisure ahead of dinner this evening at a local restaurant. On Day 8, we transfer to the station to travel to Paris. From here, we catch the Eurostar back to London, where our tour ends on arrival.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 18 - Breakfast

Please note

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

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail throughout
  • All coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation including 2 nights at the Mercure Lyon Centre Chateau Perrache in Lyon, 4 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Internazionale in Bologna and 1 inbound overnight stay in Strasbourg

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals, including 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, including lunch at a cookery school in Bologna, and 5 dinners, including a dinner in a 'bouchon' restaurant in Lyon, a dinner at an Agriturismo, and a final farewell dinner in Bologna

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tours of Bologna, Lyon, and Parma
  • Visit to a Parma ham producer and a Parmesan cheese factory in Parma, with tastings
  • Visit to a balsamic vinegar estate

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys from £85 per person each way


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
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Gastronomic Italy

A First Class rail holiday and Italy's finest cuisine


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