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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bologna with British Airways. Transfer to Ravenna and stay at the historic Palazzo Bezzi Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to Sant’Apollinare in Classe, which demonstrates the form and function of early Christian basilical churches. (D)Day 2: Ravenna
Visit the so-called mausoleum of Galla Placidia, which contains fine Early Christian vault mosaics. Continue to San Vitale, one of the most significant centrally planned Byzantine churches to survive. Afternoon visit to the Residenza dei Vescovi to view masterpieces from the Museo Arcivescovile, the archiepiscopal chapel and Ravenna’s 18th-century cathedral. Visit a modern mosaic studio to see mosaics being created (subject to confirmation). (B)Day 3: Ravenna
Visit Theodoric’s Palace and the octagonal Orthodox baptistery. Continue to the basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, built by Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths, as a palatine church; the late fifth-century octagonal Arian baptistery, with a mosaic of Christ’s baptism; Dante’s tomb and the basilica of San Francesco. Visit the city art museum to see a display of contemporary mosaics. Continue to Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra. Only discovered in 1993, this Byzantine palace contains marble inlays and mosaics. (B, D)Day 4: Ravenna • Fly to London
Morning visit to the mausoleum of Theodoric. This unique 10-sided mausoleum was built from huge blocks of ashlar masonry on the outskirts of Ravenna. Drive to San Pietro in Silvis, which dates from the seventh century and provides useful comparisons with the churches in Ravenna. Lunch at Bagnacavallo, before continuing to Bologna. Fly to London. (B, L)Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Superior tour
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This tour is fully escorted throughout by the lecturer, as well as an experienced local guide where necessary.Accessibility
This tour involves some long walks over uneven ground and therefore requires a good level of fitness.Private visits
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also, churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.Expert lecturers
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also, churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.Rowena Loverance
Rowena Loverance is a Byzantine art historian, specialising in sculpture, mosaics and icons. She worked for more than 20 years at the British Museum and is a visiting research fellow at King’s College, London.Dr Sally Dormer
Dr Sally Dormer is a freelance art historian and lecturer. She read history at the University of Durham, before gaining an MA in medieval art and a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is a course tutor and lecturer at the Victoria & Albert Museum and also lectures for the Art Fund and the Arts Society.
This elegant converted palace in the historic centre of Ravenna is located in a quiet street, but close to the shops and restaurants of the atmospheric town. It is also only a 10-minute walk from Ravenna train station and 0.6 miles from the Basilica of San Vitale. Guestrooms are stylishly decorated in contemporary colours.Features: 32 rooms, spa, gym, lobby lounge, courtyard garden, buffet breakfast, bar, room service.<br>Room amenities: Safe, minibar, air conditioning, television, Wi-Fi.
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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