• The ‘city of mosaics’ welcomes us for a five-day tour brimming with some of the most impressive early Christian monuments in the world
• Stand opposite Ravenna’s earliest mosaics in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, including an intense portrayal of the martyrdom of St Lawrence
• The ancient port of Classe, founded by Augustus, awes us with its immense Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, shimmering with gold and turquoise
archaeologist and Time Team presenter
Depart London Heathrow 0840 on British Airways, arriving Bologna 1150. Transfer to Ravenna for four nights at Hotel Bisanzio.
Morning lecture followed by visits: 5th century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (exceptional late antiquity mosaics), Basilica of San Vitale (famous mosaics of Justinian and Theodora), National Museum of Ravenna (archaeological objects from early Christian and Byzantine periods), cathedral, Neonian Baptistery (outstanding early Christian mosaics).
Morning lecture followed by Arian Baptistery (built by Theodoric), Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo (splendid frieze of martyrs), 7th century Domus of the Stone Carpets (beautiful floor mosaics), return visit to Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.
Morning: excursion to 11th century Abbey of Pomposa (interior repainted in 14th century by Vitale de Bologna). Afternoon: Mausoleum of Theodoric and ancient port of Classe for Basilica of Sant’Apollinare (gold and turquoise mosaics) and museum.
Transfer to Bologna for 1240 departure, arriving Heathrow 1405.
14 Sep — 18 Sep 2020
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Please note this tour is conducted primarily on foot from the hotel. While coffee breaks provided at suitable intervals, the majority of visits are an hour long with few opportunities to sit down, and pax should therefore be comfortable walking and standing for a minimum of 60 mins.
Cost of £1295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £95, double room for single use supplement £145.
Own flight reduction: £140.