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Program #21620RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Elevation Note
Neuschwanstein Castle near Munich is 6561 feet above sea level.

Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 24, 2014

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Day One: Monday, October 13 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart from US/Canada on international flight.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.

Contact info:
Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest, 1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
web: www.accorhotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, concierge services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, October 14 - Arrival in Budapest / Transfer to Hotel / Welcome...
Arrive To: Budapest, Hungary

Lunch: Depending on when your flight arrives, you may want to get something at the airport or wait until you arrive at the hotel and have lunch in the area.

Afternoon: Transfer to hotel. Hotel check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, you will have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: For our welcome dinner, enjoy a three course dinner featuring regional cuisine plus a glass of Pálinka, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Continue getting to know your fellow participants and get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.

Contact info:
Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest, 1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
web: www.accorhotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, concierge services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, October 15 - History of Hungary / Railway Museum / Budapest Ci...
History of Hungary / Railway Museum / Budapest City Field Trip / Free Evening

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Central European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.

Morning: We take a guided field trip to the Hungarian Railway Museum, featuring more than 100 exhibits of rail transport including vintage locomotives, some of which are still operational. Explore interactive exhibits and learn about the history of railways in Hungary. At the museum, attend a presentation by an historian on the ancient, exotic, often turbulent history and colorful present day life of Magyarország (Hungary).

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon we have a guided field trip by motorcoach including a short walk around the Hero’s Square and in the Castle District. During our field trip, you will get acquainted with the layout of the city: the Grand Boulevard, the main avenues, and large parks. We will crown our day at Fisherman's Bastion. With spectacular panoramic views from Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) recalls both a medieval fish market and the guild of fishermen responsible for protecting this section of the city walls during the Middle Ages. The decorative structure itself is relatively recent, designed and built from 1895-1902 for the Hungarian Millennium celebrations. Its seven towers represent the seven original Magyar tribes.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most – or simply relax. If you would like to attend a performance on your own, the program staff will have a list of current offerings and can offer suggestions and give directions.

Lodging: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel

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

Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.

Contact info:
Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest, 1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
web: www.accorhotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, concierge services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, October 16 - Gödöllo Royal Palace / Free Afternoon to Explore ...
Gödöllo Royal Palace / Free Afternoon to Explore / Danube Dinner Cruise with Folklore Entertainment

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Our field trip this morning is to the Royal Palace of Gödöllo, the largest Baroque palace in Hungary, second in size only to Versailles. It served as a summer residence for the Emperor Franz Joseph and Queen Elisabeth (“Sisi”) from 1867-1916. The complex includes the palace with its richly decorated rooms, a church, a theater, a riding school, and gardens amid a vast park, vividly representing the lifestyle of royalty. Of particular interest is Grand Hall, resplendent in white and gold and lit by great chandeliers.

We return to Budapest at the conclusion of the field trip.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions, give directions.

Dinner: We re-group for a delightful experience with a cruise on the Danube including a buffet dinner and an authentic folklore show. Major sites such as the Parliament building, Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, the New National Theatre, etc., are illuminated and provide a gorgeous backdrop.

Lodging: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel

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

Description: The four-star Austria Trend Hotel Ananas is conveniently located next to the Pilgramgasse underground station, only two stops from the bustling city center of Vienna. Some of Vienna's cultural highlights, including Charles Square, Ring Boulevard, the Vienna State Opera and Vienna's largest market, Naschmarkt, are all within a 20-minute walk from this elegant and relaxing hotel.

Contact info:
Rechte Wienzeile 93-95
Wien, 1050 Austria
phone: +43 1 546 20
web: www.austria-trend.at/wan

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, hardwood floors, under-the-floor heating, individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, business corner, air conditioning, souvenir shop and free wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, October 17 - Depart Budapest via Train to Vienna / Hotel Check...
Depart Budapest via Train to Vienna / Hotel Check-in / City Orientation

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we transfer to the train station and depart for Vienna, arriving at approximately Noon.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Hotel check-in is after lunch. We then begin getting to know Austria’s capital city on a motorcoach excursion with commentary along the "Ringstrasse" -- the circular boulevard where city walls once stood around the Innere Stadt (Inner City). In 1857, Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of Vienna's medieval fortifications and ramparts to make room for expansion. The resulting magnificent boulevard, officially opened in 1865, was soon lined with mansions of the nobility and wealthy as well as important political and cultural institutions such as the Hofburg (royal palace), Parliament and Town Hall, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, the University and the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the leading museums in the world. Today it recalls the glory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

We will continue our exploration with a guided walk through the Inner City along winding streets from the State Opera to St. Stephan's Cathedral and on to the Imperial Palace.

Dinner: Enjoy an authentic taste of Vienna in the city’s most famous coffeehouse, the splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel that once housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian central bank. A Viennese institution since 1876, the Café was a meeting point for important figures in the arts, literature, politics and science from all over Europe.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

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

Description: The four-star Austria Trend Hotel Ananas is conveniently located next to the Pilgramgasse underground station, only two stops from the bustling city center of Vienna. Some of Vienna's cultural highlights, including Charles Square, Ring Boulevard, the Vienna State Opera and Vienna's largest market, Naschmarkt, are all within a 20-minute walk from this elegant and relaxing hotel.

Contact info:
Rechte Wienzeile 93-95
Wien, 1050 Austria
phone: +43 1 546 20
web: www.austria-trend.at/wan

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, hardwood floors, under-the-floor heating, individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, business corner, air conditioning, souvenir shop and free wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, October 18 - Overview of Cultural Vienna / Schönbrunn Palace a...
Overview of Cultural Vienna / Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens / Free Afternoon to Explore

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Central European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.

Morning: A local expert will introduce the historical background of cultural Vienna. This great cosmopolitan center that blends European, Eastern, and Western modes of thinking has been a melting pot for cultural identities throughout the centuries. Thanks to the Hapsburg Dynasty, major cultural institutions are housed in splendid palaces and other edifices in Austria's capital city.

We then take a field trip to Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, one of Austria’s most important cultural monuments and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It was the imperial Hapsburg residence from the end of the 17th Century until 1918. In accordance with Baroque ideals, the palace and its grounds are an interconnected whole. The magnificent architecture and exquisite décor of its state rooms identify Schönbrunn as a national and international treasure. The gardens have survived more or less intact from the days of Empress Maria Theresa. The park at Schönbrunn was opened to the public around 1779 and has been popular recreational area for the Viennese and visitors alike ever since.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions, give directions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: Music is the beating heart of Vienna. We conclude our sojourn in this city with a delightful lecture concert.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

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

Description: The four-star Hotel Innsbruck is located directly in the Old Town, constructed on the historic walls of the city. Just around the corner from the Hotel Innsbruck is the famous Golden Roof, among other major landmarks of the Tyrolean capital. Also within walking distance is the pedestrian zone.

Contact info:
Innrain 3
Innsbruck, A 6020 Austria
phone: +43 512 59868 0
web: www.hotelinnsbruck.com

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, safe box, television, high speed Internet LAN connection, telephone and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, two spa areas, air conditioning, laundry facilities, Internet access in the lobby, free wireless Internet in the rooms and a safe box.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, October 19 - Depart Vienna / Transfer to Innsbruck via Salzbur...
Depart Vienna / Transfer to Innsbruck via Salzburg / Salzburg Old Town / Innsbruck Hotel Check-in

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we board our motorcoach and depart for Innsbruck via Salzburg.

Lunch: In the heart of Salzburg, we will have lunch at St. Peter's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery that is one of the oldest in Europe. Its restaurant, St. Peter Stiftskeller, dates back to 803 C.E. and is the oldest restaurant in Central Europe.

Afternoon: Guided by our expert, we take a walking field trip through Salzburg's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg was at one time an independent city-state ruled by a Prince-Archbishop and did not become an official part of Austria until 1816. Nestled amid stunning mountain landscapes, this is one of the loveliest cities in Europe. Strict preservations laws protect its architectural heritage with notable structures from the Middle Ages, Romanesque, Baroque, and Renaissance periods as well as elegant classical houses. Beyond physical beauty, Salzburg’s greatest claim to fame is its cultural richness. It was here that Mozart’s professional career began in the employ of the Prince-Archbishop. Today the atmosphere is redolent with the arts, especially world-renowned music festivals, theatre, dance, and literature in addition to local events.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we reboard our motorcoach and continue to Innsbruck for hotel check-in.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Innsbruck

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

Description: The four-star Hotel Innsbruck is located directly in the Old Town, constructed on the historic walls of the city. Just around the corner from the Hotel Innsbruck is the famous Golden Roof, among other major landmarks of the Tyrolean capital. Also within walking distance is the pedestrian zone.

Contact info:
Innrain 3
Innsbruck, A 6020 Austria
phone: +43 512 59868 0
web: www.hotelinnsbruck.com

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, safe box, television, high speed Internet LAN connection, telephone and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, two spa areas, air conditioning, laundry facilities, Internet access in the lobby, free wireless Internet in the rooms and a safe box.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, October 20 - Innsbruck History and Culture / Old Town Walking ...
Innsbruck History and Culture / Old Town Walking Field Trip / Imperial Palace

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Central European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.

Morning: Learn from a local expert about the thriving Alpine city of Innsbruck, an important center of commerce for nearly a millennium thanks to its strategic location at the junction of two major routes across the Alps and now capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol.

The Hapsburg Emperors turned Innsbruck into a booming cultural and economic center, which we see in the compact Old Town, characterized by brightly colored medieval houses with narrow alleyways and a spacious central square. During an expert-led walking field trip, you will see important landmarks including the Golden Roof and Helbling House. The Golden Roof is an elaborately carved, three-storey balcony attached to one of the buildings facing the square, built by a 15th Century archduke as a luxurious vantage point for watching tournaments and entertainments. Its nickname derives from spectacular gilded copper roof tiles. Das Helblinghaus (Helbling House) is an outstanding example of bourgeois grandeur. Built in the 15th Century, its appearance evolved over the years with changing architectural styles. Gothic was replaced by Baroque, then decorated with Rococo flourishes so that it now resembles an extravagant wedding cake.

Lunch: We will have lunch in the Bergisel Ski Jump Tower restaurant with panoramic views overlooking the town and mountains. Bergisel Hill has been the site of two Winter Olympics.

Afternoon: During a field trip to the Imperial Palace -- known as Innsbruck’s Hofburg -- we explore this magnificent palace that, with Schönbrunn and the Vienna Hofburg, ranks as one of the three most important historical building in Austria. Over centuries it became a lavish royal residence of the Hapsburgs. Domed towers at each corner encompass state apartments filled with superb furnishings and art. We will also visit the Imperial Chapel with emperor Maximilian's cenotaph and see a remarkable collection of German Renaissance sculptures, some designed by Albrecht Dürer.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for your personal independent exploration.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Innsbruck

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

Description: The four-star Hotel Innsbruck is located directly in the Old Town, constructed on the historic walls of the city. Just around the corner from the Hotel Innsbruck is the famous Golden Roof, among other major landmarks of the Tyrolean capital. Also within walking distance is the pedestrian zone.

Contact info:
Innrain 3
Innsbruck, A 6020 Austria
phone: +43 512 59868 0
web: www.hotelinnsbruck.com

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, safe box, television, high speed Internet LAN connection, telephone and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, two spa areas, air conditioning, laundry facilities, Internet access in the lobby, free wireless Internet in the rooms and a safe box.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, October 21 - Mittenwald / Neuschwanstein Castle
Note: Considerable walking and many steps at Neuschwanstein Castle, including a 15-minute uphill walk.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we leave for a full-day motorcoach field trip to Bavaria. Our first stop is Mittenwald, a small, traditional village that is one of the prettiest in the Bavarian Alps. A statue of master craftsman Matthias Klotz commemorates his distinction in bringing violin-making here in the 18th century. Mittelwald became famous for violins that were the equal to those of Italy, known as the "Bavarian Stradivari." Mozart himself played on a Mittenwald violin, and the tradition is still very much alive today.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Aboard our motorcoach, we continue to Schwangau, where we will visit the Neuschwanstein Castle for an expert led presentation. Built as the private retreat of “mad” King Ludwig II, Neusschwanstein is perhaps the most romantic fairy-tale castle in the world. Construction began in 1868 on top of a cliff! The final decorations and fittings of the royal apartments were completed in 1884, and the remainder of the structure we see today in 1892. An eclectic mix of styles, it was Ludwig’s homage to the operas of composer Richard Wagner, with many of the castle's rooms inspired by Wagner's characters. As a result of Ludwig’s increasing eccentricity and spending vast sums on grandiose building projects, he was declared insane and deposed. He died in mysterious circumstances in 1886, never having seen the completed castle.

We return to Innsbruck after the field trip.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Innsbruck

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

Description: The four-star Palace Bonvecchiati has one of the most privileged locations of any hotel in Venice. Located in Calle dei Fabbri, it is a three-minute walk to Saint Mark's Square and a five-minute walk to the Rialto Bridge. Enjoy contemporary design, luxury and modern comforts at this elegant hotel amidst historical Venice.

Contact info:
Calle dei Fabbri 4680
San Marco District
Venice, 30124 Italy
phone: +39 041 296 3111
web: www.palacebonvecchiati.it

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, Pay television, telephone, mini bar, safe, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant with terrace, bar, 24-hour front desk, water landing, laundry services, wellness center and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel (for a fee).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Wednesday, October 22 - Depart Innsbruck, Transfer to Venice via Verona /...
Depart Innsbruck, Transfer to Venice via Verona / Verona World Heritage Site / Evening Arrival in Venice

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: After hotel check-out, we board a train to Verona.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Verona's historical center.

Afternoon: Situated in the Veneto region of Italy, Verona was founded in the 1st Century B.C.E. The entire city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the inscription states, “In its urban structure and its architecture, Verona is an outstanding example of a town that has developed progressively and uninterruptedly over 2,000 years, incorporating artistic elements of the highest quality from each succeeding period.” An expert-led walking field trip takes us ti explore the ancient town center with its marvelous palaces, enchanting squares and alleys, the grand amphitheater, and the castle of the Scaligeri family who ruled Verona during the 13th-14th centuries and were responsible for much of its beauty.

You should have just enough free time on your own to enjoy an Italian coffee or a Veneto Prosecco before we board a late afternoon train to Venice, arriving in the early evening and transferring to our hotel via vaporetto (water taxi).

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Palace Bonvecchiati

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

Description: The four-star Palace Bonvecchiati has one of the most privileged locations of any hotel in Venice. Located in Calle dei Fabbri, it is a three-minute walk to Saint Mark's Square and a five-minute walk to the Rialto Bridge. Enjoy contemporary design, luxury and modern comforts at this elegant hotel amidst historical Venice.

Contact info:
Calle dei Fabbri 4680
San Marco District
Venice, 30124 Italy
phone: +39 041 296 3111
web: www.palacebonvecchiati.it

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, Pay television, telephone, mini bar, safe, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant with terrace, bar, 24-hour front desk, water landing, laundry services, wellness center and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel (for a fee).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Thursday, October 23 - Venice
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Central European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.

Morning: A local historian will provide an overview of the history of Venice, with emphasis on the city’s golden era of trade, political, and military power. The Serene Republic of Venice enjoyed remarkable stability for more than a millennium, resisting both external forces and internal turbulence. Great artists, architects, and musicians were attracted to “La Serenissima” for centuries.

With this background, we will take a guided walking field trip in the San Marco district down to the Rialto Bridge. San Marco (Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco -- Saint Mark's Basilica) is named for the city’s patron saint. It is one of the most famous churches in the world and a prime example of Italo-Byzantine architecture, sometimes called the Church of Gold for its spectacular design and ornamentation. Nearby is the Doge’s Palace, residence of the supreme leader of Venice, elected for life by the Great Council of aristocrats. The Rialto Bridge, the oldest of four that span the Grand Canal, has been one of the city’s icons since it opened in 1591.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: For our farewell dinner together, enjoy traditional Venetian cuisine at a local restaurant. Venice is one of those cities where eating is a combination of favorite pasttime and art. Venetian cuisine has its own distinctive dishes and flavors.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy your final evening with new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

Lodging: Palace Bonvecchiati

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, October 24 - Program Concludes / Departures
Breakfast: In the hotel. The program concludes with breakfast.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for departures.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Vienna
Kunsthistorisches MuseumThis museum of fine arts houses several collections, whose foundations were laid, and emphases set, in the 17th century. The museum presents paintings from such artists as 16th century painters Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto, 17th century Flemish painters Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck, early Netherlandish painters Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and German Renaissance painters Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. The Picture Gallery was developed from art collections of the House of Hapsburg, and today is one of the largest and most important of its kind, presenting pictures by Peter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Italian Baroque painters.
For additional information, visit: www.khm.at
Leopold MuseumThe Leopold collection is one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. More than 5000 exhibits were collected by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold over five decades, which were consolidated in 1994 to become the Leopold Museum Private Foundation. This museum contains the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world, together with major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Albin Egger-Lienz, and holds masterpieces of the Viennese Secessionist Movement, the Viennese Modernist Movement and the Austrian Expressionist Movement.
For additional information, visit: www.leopoldmuseum.org
Sigmund Freud MuseumFor almost half a century, from 1891 to 1938, Dr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in his home before he was forced to emigrate following the Anschluss. This house, which was both his office and private apartment, is now a museum. Thanks to Dr. Freud's daughter Anna, the museum holds the original furniture from his waiting room, nearly eighty pieces of Freud's collection of antiques and some of his personal belongings. Also available for viewing in the museum's media room are the few existing original film and sound recordings of Sigmund Freud and his family.
For additional information, visit: www.freud-museum.at
Budapest
Museum of Fine ArtsThe Museum of Fine Arts, one of the major art galleries of Central Europe, has more than 100,000 artifacts. They are divided up amongst six collections: Egyptian Art, Classical Antiquities, Old Master Paintings, Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, and Art after 1800. It is the main collection in Hungary of non-Hungarian works of art.
For additional information, visit: www.szepmuveszeti.hu
Szechenyi Baths, Spa, Swimming PoolThe Szechenyi Baths, Spa, and Swimming Pool is the largest wellness complex in Central Europe. It uses curing thermal water, and is located both outdoors and in historic buildings. Make sure to bring your bathing suit.
Venice
Ca’ RezzonicoA museum of eighteenth century art, the palace on the Grand Canal was designed by a Baroque architect of Venice, Baldassare Longhena, for the aristocratic Bon family. The museum shows works of art, furniture and interior furnishings by master artists such as Guardi, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Longhi, and important Venetian school paintings from the 15th-20th centuries which are a part of the Martini Collection.
For additional information, visit: www.museiciviciveneziani.it

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5 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
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