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Italy - Emilia Romagna - Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting the home town of the famous Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi
  • Indulging in the best Italian food; Parma ham in Parma and Parmigiano in Reggio
  • Gently cycling through beautiful countryside
  • Visiting local slow-food producers and sampling their tasty produce
  • Exploring modern and bustling Modena
  • Taking in the vibrant university city of Bologna

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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
1 Arrival in Verona or Milan Bergamo Airport - Transfer to Cremona      
2 Cremona to Busseto 25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx. 100 Metres Approx. B  
3 Busseto to Parma 34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx. 200 Metres Approx. B  
4 Parma to Reggio Emilia 43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx 300 Metres Approx. B  
5 Reggio Emilia to Modena 34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx. 100 Metres Approx. B  
6 Free Day in Modena or Optional Loop Ride 31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx. 200 Metres Approx. B  
7 Modena to Bologna 34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx. 150 Metres Approx. B  
8 Departure from Bologna - Transfer to Bologna Airport     B  

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software

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Holiday Information

Our self-guided cycling tour in Emilia Romagna will take you from the splendid classical musical town of Cremona in the north to bustling Bologna in the south, all while cycling on quiet country roads and cycle paths. All along the route you will enjoy panoramic views of the northern Italian plain, quaint historic village and town centres, Renaissance art and architecture and delicious food and wines.
Starting from Cremona you will follow the River Po to Busseto, the home town of Giuseppe Verdi and then you'll slowly make your way to Parma, a cultural and culinary gem and the home town of Parma ham. Making your way further south from Parma to Reggio Emilia you will pass fortified hamlets and imposing castles.
The second part of your journey will take you to Modena and Bologna, both important towns boasting splendid historic centres, and both featuring on the UNESCO world-heritage list. Here you will cycle through lush countryside and visit towns and villages that fiercely guard the recipes of some of Italy’s most well-known foods (like Aceto di Balsamico!).
We're sure that by the end of this cycling tour you will not only have admired some of Italy’s most marvelous cultural sights and learned about its history, but having sojourned in the heartland of Italian cuisine, you'll also have tasted some of the country's most famous products: this is where Parma ham, Parmesan and balsamic vinegar are all produced so you'll be spoilt for choice! 

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Departure Dates:

Duration: 8 days
Return: 08/01/2050

Prices From:

£1,165 p.p.

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Holiday Summary

Duration:
8 days
Prices From:
£1,165
Estimated flight price:
£200

Optional

Bike Hire:
£115
Bike Hire:
£115
Single Room:
£240
Single Room:
£240

Holiday Details

Season 1: 01/03 – 02/04 – £1165

Season 2: 03/04 – 14/04 – £1255

Season 1: 15/04 – 21/04 – £1165

Season 2: 22/04 – 02/05 – £1255

Season 1: 03/05 – 31/10 – £1165

Place to place

7 nights small hotel/agriturismi/guest house accommodation

5 days riding

1 rest day / loop ride

Breakfast included

Self-guided

Route notes and maps provided

Luggage transfers

Airport transfers

Minimum two people

Saturday, Monday, Tuesday Thursday and Friday Departures

(No Wednesday or Sunday starts)

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