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Program #14299RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 5 — Oct 16, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, October 05 - Departure from points in North America
In Transit: Overnight flights cross the Atlantic Ocean and arrive the following day.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 06 - Arrivals/Welcome Reception
Morning: Arrival Pisa Airport. Transfer to the program site.

Lunch: A buffet lunch served at the hotel.

Afternoon: After settling in, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 07 - Orientation Session and Walk / San Terenzo
Note: The seafront promenade connecting Lerici and San Terenzo is about 1 mile long.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel is served buffet style with a variety of breads, pastries, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and juices. Enjoy the view of the marina and castle of Lerici from the 6th floor breakfast room.

Morning: An information session covers the details of the program activities and excursions. A walk in and around the seaside town of Lerici follows.

Lunch: Scenic walk along the seaside promenade to San Terenzo. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A lecture focus on the unique rock formation, river valleys and natural harbors that form the eastern end of the Italian Riviera. Learn how inhabitants created vineyard terraces along the mountainside in the Cinque Terre.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant that features Ligurian dishes.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 08 - Culinary Traditions / Portovenere
Note: The traffic-free streets of Portovenere have slight inclines. Stone steps to the promontory of San Pietro.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Morning classroom session on the Culinary Traditions of Liguria and the Lunigiana.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Boat to Portovenere for a stroll along the tightly stacked houses, colorful and tall, that were constructed in a row as an impenetrable fortress. The expert-led walk continues to the marina and to the 12th century chapel set on the promontory. The rocky Byron Grotto is dedicated to Lord Byron who once swam the waters of Portovenere. The heart of the town is closed to traffic and has a mix of shops, art galleries and cafés. Boat ride across the bay to Lerici and the waterfront hotel that serves as our program site.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Lerici.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 09 - Boat Excursion to the Cinque Terre
Note: Tourist boat has open-air and inside seating. Easy walking in the villages of Monterosso and Vernazza. Approx. 30 steps to the train stations. An optional 2.5 hour trek (guided) along a park trail is for seasoned hikers (uneven graded footpath and no railings). Portions of the park footpath may be closed to hikers if there has been erosion damage.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Weather permitting, on a boat ride from Lerici marvel at the sight of the rocky coast and terraced vineyards of the Cinque Terre to Monterosso, the northernmost town of Five Lands. Free time to test the waters at the sandy beach or visit the shops in the center.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: In Monterosso, board the boat for Vernazza. Explore the church, fortress or tiny natural harbor. Free time to continue your exploration of the Cinque Terre. For those accepting a physical challenge, a licensed guide will lead a walk along a park trail. As of August 2014, the trail is open from Vernazza to Corniglia but closed from Corniglia to Manarola. Alternative activity is a leisurely afternoon in Vernazza or Monterosso before catching the boat to Lerici with the group leader.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 10 - Pontremoli / Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo
Note: The small town of Pontremoli is traffic-free. Roads and sidewalks, paved with cobblestones, follow the rise of the hill town. The coach drop-off point is at the bottom of the Malaspina castle. A graded ramp of low steps to reach the entrance. Stairs to the upper floor for panoramic view of the valley below.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: In a classroom session learn how the tradition of booksellers in Lunigiana dating back to the middle ages still flourishes today. After a break, board a coach to Pontremoli, town in the northwest area of Tuscany know as Lunigiana (about 30 miles from Lerici).

Lunch: Sample a variety of local Tuscan dishes at Antica Trattoria Pelliccia in Pontremoli.

Afternoon: Excursion continues with a coach ride through the Lunigiana hills to Fosdinovo. Expert-led visit of the medieval Malaspina Castle. Nine hundred years of history are rooted in the watchtowers and pathways, courtyards, crenellations, and cornerstones of this well-preserved fortress where the Marchesi Torrigiani Malaspina family resides to this day.

Dinner: Excursion continues to a winery near the hills above Luni. Enjoy a dinner and sample wines from the Lunigiana

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, October 11 - Market Day / San Giorgio Fortress / Free Afternoo...
Note: The fortress, situated on a hill, has a graded walkway to the main gate. Inside the castle there are more graded walkways leading to the exhibition area.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore the colorful Saturday morning market in Lerici. All along the sea walk vendors sell clothing, accessories and household goods. Coach to La Spezia to the castle/fortress of San Giorgio. A local historian gives an illustrated presentation on prehistoric monoliths (which have a surprisingly modern 'look') found in the area. From the terrace of the fortress enjoy the panorama of La Spezia's natural harbor. Coach to Lerici stops first at the train station in La Spezia facilitates free afternoon activities in the Cinque Terre.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Lerici.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, October 12 - Cinque Terre Winery and Scenic Paths
Note: From the coach drop-off point, an optional 15 min. walk (single file) along narrow uneven paths of a terraced vineyard (no railings). If you suffer from heights, you can wait on a park bench for the group to return from the short walk. The village of Manarola is traffic-free; the walk down the paved road is graded. Minor incline and uneven pavement along the panoramic path with spectacular views of the sea and Cinque Terre village.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the hills above the Gulf of La Spezia. Vineyard walk above Manarola at Volastra. Visit a winery and experience first hand the terraced vineyards and local wine products. Reboard coach for short ride to Manarola, one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: After lunch, explore the village of Manarola and the scenic paths with vistas of the mountains that plunge into the sparkling Mediterranean sea. The Via dell'Amore is currently closed for repairs (update August 2014), but you will stroll an easy path with spectacular views of the village, sea and terraced mountain. Very short train ride to Riomaggiore. Train to La Spezia where the private coach is waiting to return to Lerici.

Dinner: Dinner a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Nine: Monday, October 13 - Poets and Writers in Lerici / Tellaro
Note: The walk between Lerici and Tellaro is a paved road 2.5 miles long. There are no sidewalks but the traffic is very light and pedestrian-friendly as the road ends in the small village of Tellaro.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Classroom session on the English poets and writers who lived in and around Lerici and for whom the bay is called the "Gulf of Poets." After a short break, board a coach for Tellaro, colorful village at the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia. A leisurely stroll along the narrow paved path to the small church dedicated to St. George winds down to the marina.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Tellaro.

Afternoon: Return by public bus or walk the paved road that connects Tellaro and Lerici. The walk takes about an hour including stops for panoramic vistas of the sea below.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Ten: Tuesday, October 14 - Life in Italy Today / Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Learn about the institutions and traditions that prevale in Italy today. Topics include the education system, healthcare and the role of the family. Q & A follows

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon

Dinner: Enjoy the catch of the day at a local restaurant specializing in a seafood menu.

Lodging: Hotel Shelley e delle Palme

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is a modern business class hotel located .62 of a mile from the Pisa Airport (Galileo Galilei). Shuttle bus to the airport.

Contact info:
Via Darsena, 1
Pisa, 56121 Italy
phone: +39 050 507 111
web: www.hotelgalileipisa.it

Room amenities: Private bath, individual control for air conditioning and heat, room safe for valuables, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, minibar, hair dryer and toiletries.

Facility amenities: WiFi in the lobby area. Business Center. Restaurant. Shuttle bus to the airport.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
The hotel is a staging for departures from Pisa Airport.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 15 - Carrara Marble Quarries / Transfer to Pisa
Note: Miminum walking from the coach drop-off area to the observation terrace overlooking the marble quarry. Some walking and standing on the brief visit in the center of Carrara.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Following a classroom presentation on Michelangelo and Carrara Marble, board a coach for the 30 minute ride to Carrara, at the foot of the Apuan Alps. An expert guide takes us to the still active marble quarries of Carrara, where centuries earlier Michelangelo chose the pure white stone blocks for his statues. We learn the fascinating technique of modern stone excavation.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant and wine bar in the heart of Carrara.

Afternoon: A local guide leads an informal walk through Carrara. Board the coach for late afternoon check-in at the hotel in Pisa.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Galilei

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Thursday, October 16 - Transfers to Pisa Airport
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Pisa Airport. The hotel has a shuttle van for the short (5 min) ride to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Lerici
Hike the Cinque TerreHike the paths of the Cinque Terre. Maps available at the bookstore and newsagents in Lerici and at park offices/shops in the villages of the Cinque Terre.
For additional information, visit: www.aptcinqueterre.sp.it/english/home_eng.htm
La Spezia MuseumsThe Naval Museum has a collection of ancient and modern model ships as well as interesting figureheads. The Lia Museum houses a unique collection of seals used to render documents official and authentic.
For additional information, visit: www.castagna.it/musei/mal/ ; www.castagna.it/musei/museodelsigillo/
San TerenzoA half hour stroll along the seaside walking path to San Terenzo, charming seaside town of the bay of Lerici where Shelley and his family had a home. In 1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley set sail from San Terenzo and died in a boating accident.
ViareggioAlthough it is a half hour from Lerici, Viareggio's coast has sandy beaches with colorful bathing establishments that stretch along the shore, many in the decorative Art Nouveau style. Across the street from the beaches is an extensive public park shaded by centuries-old umbrella pines.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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14 Field trips

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