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Discover the beautiful coastline of the Adriatic Riviera and uncover a hidden area of northern Italy. We’ll discover San Leo, listed as the ‘most beautiful village in Italy’, the elegant city of Ravenna and San Marino, one of the smallest republics in the world.
Gabicce Mare is the eastern coast of Italy, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. This delightful town boasts an array of parks, shops, bars and restaurants, making it a perfect base to relax and explore. It is also home to popular sandy beaches for making the most of the Italian sun.
We’ll enjoy a trip to picturesque San Marino and San Leo. San Marino is a country itself – the world’s fifth smallest! This landlocked micronation is home to the Citta di San Marino, a medieval settlement on the slopes of Monte Titano and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which offers tremendous views. You’ll definitely want to remember your camera for this excursion, as San Leo is listed as the most beautiful village in Italy!
We’ll also journey to the Le Marche region, where we’ll visit Fano and Urbino. The small hill-town of Urbino is a hidden gem of Italy, and is bursting with architecture and art. Fano has a historical town centre and a pebbly beach which makes for a pleasant stop this afternoon.
We also enjoy an excursion to Ravenna, which is fondly known as the ‘city of mosaic art’ with a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. The eight buildings were all constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Be sure to visit these wonderful buildings of great artistic skill including the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian Baptistery, the Archiepiscopal Chapel, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Church of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe.
Day One: Depart UK
After being picked up at a local joining point we’ll then make our way from the UK to France, via Calais, and will continue our journey through the night on our overnight express coach.
Day Two: Arrive in Bellaria
We arrive in Bellaria, Rimini early afternoon and have time to settle into our hotel, the Hotel Miramare, for our first night in this delightful destination. (D)
Day Three to Seven: Bellaria
We’ll spend another five nights in the wonderful Bellaria, exploring the area at leisure and relaxing at our hotel. Make the most of our included excursion programme, with a fantastic selection of destinations to visit. Join us as we enjoy a trip to San Marino and San Leo, Fano and Urbino, as well as Ravenna, home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Why not also join our optional excursions to Rimini, and Gradara and Pesaro? (B,D)
Day Eight: Depart Bellaria
As a holiday draws to a close, we’ll say goodbye to the Adriatic coast and will travel through the night to Calais. (B)
Day Nine: Arrive in UK
We’ll return to the UK via Calais and will take the coach back to our local joining points.
The Hotel Miramare is in an excellent beachfront position and offers guests comfortable rooms, with a balcony in each. Spend time relaxing in the pool, and explore the local area of Bellaria and Rimini.
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Full Day: Ravenna
Enjoy a full day visit to Ravenna, famous for its intricate mosaics, ancient churches, magnificent monuments, and with an impressive eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites to discover.
Ravenna is the capital of the Province of Ravenna, and its eight UNESCO World Heritage Site buildings were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. Boasting some of the finest early Christian architecture in the world, these buildings include the Orthodox Baptistry, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Arian Baptistry, the Archiepiscopal Chapel, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Mausoleum of Theoderic, the Basilica of San Vitale, and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe.
Each of these buildings show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Greco-Roman tradition, Christian iconography and oriental and Western styles. Be wowed by the ancient architecture to be found here, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the entire world.
Full Day: San Marino And San Leo
Explore pretty San Leo, listed as the 'most beautiful village in Italy', before continuing on to discover San Marino, one of the smallest republics in the world, set amid beautiful scenery.
Join us as we explore Rimini with an optional transfer to this splendid city. Situated on the Adriatic Coast, Rimini is known for its artistic heritage, and for its ancient Roman and Renaissance monuments, such as the Tempio Malatestiano, the Roman triumphal arch - the oldest of its kind in Northern Italy; and the Roman Amphitheatre.
Explore at leisure during our time here - visit its fascinating museums and art galleries, go shopping, or simply take in the atmosphere.
Gradara And Pesaro
We explore two amazing Italian towns during this excursion, beginning with historical Gradara. This town is famous for its imposing castle, one of Italy's best preserved, and its ancient town walls, which date from the 12th century. Onwards then to Pesaro, the birthplace of classical composer Rossini and home to many beautiful sights, such as the Cathedral of Pesaro and the Ducal Palace.