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Program #18206RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 27 — Oct 10, 2015

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Day One: Sunday, September 27 - Flights depart from North America.
Note: Suggest sleeping on the flight; it makes it easier to adjust to the new time zone.

In Transit: Overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Arrivals in Rome the following day.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.

Contact info:
Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar

Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.

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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 28 - Orientation and Welcome Reception
Note: Handle luggage from terminal to the coach. Transfer to the Hotel Diana near Piazza della Repubblica and the Termini train station and Rome's Opera house.

Arrive To: Rome airport and clear customs, join others for transfer.

Morning: Transfer to hotel. Check-in time is afternoon. Your room might not be ready for occupancy if you arrive early morning, however, the staff at the reception desk will accept your luggage and place it in the deposit. After which you can explore the area around the hotel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant

Afternoon: Program overview and orientation, distribution of on-site materials including the detailed and most updated daily schedule. At the Welcome reception a chance to meet your fellow Road Scholars. A brief neighborhood walk to locate ATM's, banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, eateries.

Dinner: At a local restaurant for a typical Roman dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

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

Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.

Contact info:
Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar

Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.

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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 29 - Welcome to Rome / Forum and Colosseum
Note: Steep steps to reach the top level of the Colosseum. An elevator for disabled visitors is available through special request. The walk around the Roman Forum is on uneven paths and original pavement of cobble stone.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Orientation session continues. A Classicist begins to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history with a lecture in the classroom.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Following lunch, board coach for an expert led visit to the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Following the visit return to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

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

Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.

Contact info:
Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar

Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.

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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 30 - Palazzo Massimo Antiquities / Galleria Borghese B...
Palazzo Massimo Antiquities / Galleria Borghese Bernini and Caravaggio

Note: Small, manageable museums, with some steps

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Expert-led visit of the National Museum at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. The collection includes some masterpieces of Roman art including frescoes from the dining room walls from the Villa of Livia, wife of the Emperor August Caesar. Notable as well are the bronze pieces of the Seated Boxer and a Doryphoros (Spear Holder.)

Lunch: At a local restaurant serving typical Roman dishes.

Afternoon: Coach to the Borghese Gallery, the private pleasure and reception villa of Cardinal Scipio Borghese, an avid art collector and patron of the young Bernini. On display in the Gallery are important paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Botticelli and Titian and the emotionally charged sculptures by Bernini, a true evocation of the Baroque. Return to the hotel by coach.

Dinner: Dinner on your own, suggestions given on site.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

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

Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.

Contact info:
Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar

Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.

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
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 01 - Exclusive off-hours private on-site lecture by an...
Exclusive off-hours private on-site lecture by an art historian to the Stanze of Raphael and Sistine Chapel / Piazza walks: Spanish Steps, Trevi, Pantheon and P. Navona

Note: Leisure walk in the heart of Rome along uneven pavement and cobblestones. Crowd free walk to the Sistine Chapel along the museum corridors.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the drop off point for the Spanish Steps where our expert explains its misnomer; continue to the Trevi Fountain; over to the Pantheon; the celestial and solar observatory was engineered by the Emperor Hadrian around 122 CE, the interior forms a sphere of 142 ft across and vertically. The oculus is 29 feet across and is the sole source of light when the doors are closed. Raphael is buried in the far left niche. Piazza Navona, now the quintessential Baroque piazza, in antiquity was a stadium for track and field games built by the will of Emperor Domitian (81-96). Following lunch, return to the hotel or remain down town. Meet for the next appointed time.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time after lunch.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Coach to the Vatican Museums for the highlight of the trip, an exclusive private visit to the Stanze of Raphael and the Sistine Chapel along the long corridors. On-site lecture by an art historian illuminates the masterpieces. Enjoy a two hour block of time for the crowd-free experience. The appointment is from 6-8, dinner follows. Please note, the other rooms and galleries are not open for this visit, one must stay with the custodians.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

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

Description: Beautifully appointed hotel, located between the apse of the Duomo and the Bargello Museum. Convenient to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia.

Contact info:
Via del Proconsolo 3
Florence, NA 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055-266-271
web: www.albergocavour.it

Room amenities: Individual controls for AC and heat; free Wi-Fi for registered guests; request access code and password from personnel at the reception desk; mini-bar; safe; satellite TV with LCD screens; direct dial telephones; heated towel rack; hair dryer and allergy-free cotton sheets. Nicely appointed furniture with desk.

Facility amenities: Marble floors and columns, comfortable lounge, American bar, free Wi-Fi for guests; request access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk, 24 hour desk, roof garden overlooking the Florence skyline offers spectacular views of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. There is a MiniSPA with Turkish bath, aromatherapy and a tea corner; exercise room with the latest equipment such as stationary bikes and treadmill machines.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, October 02 - St. Peter's Basilica / Train to Florence / Mediev...
St. Peter's Basilica / Train to Florence / Medieval Florence and Michelangelo

Note: Expert leads a visit through S. Peter's, no sitting possible, return to hotel for hand luggage, coach to train station for comfortable high speed ride to Florence. Taxi from station to hotel; short walk around town for orientation in Florence.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Prepare luggage for transfer by van to Florence. Deposit hand luggage with the porters for retrieval after lunch. Coach St. Peter's Basilica where our expert expounds on the history of the site, the construction of "New St. Peter's" and focuses on some of the major works of art, including Michelangelo's Pieta'.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Travel by high speed train to Florence. Check into hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening walk to orient you to the location of ATM's, pharmacies, stores and shops. Florence is much smaller than Rome and can easily be traversed in 30 minutes. On a walk, you will see the Duomo, the main cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th C. city hall, still in use.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Cavour

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

Description: Beautifully appointed hotel, located between the apse of the Duomo and the Bargello Museum. Convenient to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia.

Contact info:
Via del Proconsolo 3
Florence, NA 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055-266-271
web: www.albergocavour.it

Room amenities: Individual controls for AC and heat; free Wi-Fi for registered guests; request access code and password from personnel at the reception desk; mini-bar; safe; satellite TV with LCD screens; direct dial telephones; heated towel rack; hair dryer and allergy-free cotton sheets. Nicely appointed furniture with desk.

Facility amenities: Marble floors and columns, comfortable lounge, American bar, free Wi-Fi for guests; request access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk, 24 hour desk, roof garden overlooking the Florence skyline offers spectacular views of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. There is a MiniSPA with Turkish bath, aromatherapy and a tea corner; exercise room with the latest equipment such as stationary bikes and treadmill machines.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, October 03 - Renaissance Florence / Uffizi Gallery
Note: A small elevator for disabled visitors may be available at the Uffizi. There is a long flight of stairs to reach the exhibition rooms of the gallery. Expect some crowding in the museum; it is a popular destination for the art enthusiast.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Morning lecture on medieval and Renaissance art in preparation for the visit to the Uffizi Gallery.

Lunch: Lunch at a local eatery.

Afternoon: A little free time before our appointed time for the Uffizi. For the self guided visit we will enter as a group, but you are free to spend as much time as you wish. This is the most extensive collection of art, tracing the development from Gothic to medieval to Renaissance to Mannerist paintings in the world. You will find many recognizable masterpieces, including DaVinci's Annunciation, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the Primavera, some Titians, Michelangelo's Holy Family, and a few Caravaggios as well as Artemisia Gentileschi. There is a coffee bar at the end of the second corridor, on top of the Loggia, with a wonderful view of the watch tower and Duomo where you can get a refreshment and rest.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Cavour

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

Description: Beautifully appointed hotel, located between the apse of the Duomo and the Bargello Museum. Convenient to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia.

Contact info:
Via del Proconsolo 3
Florence, NA 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055-266-271
web: www.albergocavour.it

Room amenities: Individual controls for AC and heat; free Wi-Fi for registered guests; request access code and password from personnel at the reception desk; mini-bar; safe; satellite TV with LCD screens; direct dial telephones; heated towel rack; hair dryer and allergy-free cotton sheets. Nicely appointed furniture with desk.

Facility amenities: Marble floors and columns, comfortable lounge, American bar, free Wi-Fi for guests; request access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk, 24 hour desk, roof garden overlooking the Florence skyline offers spectacular views of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. There is a MiniSPA with Turkish bath, aromatherapy and a tea corner; exercise room with the latest equipment such as stationary bikes and treadmill machines.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, October 04 - Powerful Families of Florence / Accademia
Note: Stairs to reach the second floor of the Accademia

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Learn of the intrigues of the influential Medici Family. Free time to explore the lively market area of San Lorenzo.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Expert-led visit of the Accademia Gallery where the newly restored David by Michelangelo is prominently displayed.

Dinner: Imagine having dinner at the palace of Pauline Borghese (you remember her sculpture by Canova in the Borghese Gallery.) In anticipation of her brother Napoleon Bonaparte's visit, she had her palace remodeled. Now as a conference and entertainment center, enjoy a nice Renaissance dinner complete with musicians and dancers.

Evening: Take a meandering walk back to the hotel, enjoy a gelato along the way.

Lodging: Grand Hotel Cavour

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

Description: Beautifully appointed hotel, located between the apse of the Duomo and the Bargello Museum. Convenient to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia.

Contact info:
Via del Proconsolo 3
Florence, NA 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055-266-271
web: www.albergocavour.it

Room amenities: Individual controls for AC and heat; free Wi-Fi for registered guests; request access code and password from personnel at the reception desk; mini-bar; safe; satellite TV with LCD screens; direct dial telephones; heated towel rack; hair dryer and allergy-free cotton sheets. Nicely appointed furniture with desk.

Facility amenities: Marble floors and columns, comfortable lounge, American bar, free Wi-Fi for guests; request access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk, 24 hour desk, roof garden overlooking the Florence skyline offers spectacular views of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. There is a MiniSPA with Turkish bath, aromatherapy and a tea corner; exercise room with the latest equipment such as stationary bikes and treadmill machines.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, October 05 - Bargello Museum / Restored "Gates of Paradise" / ...
Note: Leisurely walk to the museum. Expert continues to the nearby Duomo Museum. Free time.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: An art historian leads you through the the Bargello museum and examines the development of sculpture from antiquity through the Renaissance with special emphasis on the works of Ghiberti, Donatello and Michelangelo. Notable works include Donatello's David and bronzes by Cellini and Giambologna. Expert continues to the Duomo Museum to talk about the restored original "Gates of Paradise" and the Pieta' of Florence, which Michelangelo began for his own tomb.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Following the Duomo Museum, your ticket is valid for 24 hours for the: the octagonal Baptistery where you will view the beautiful 13th C. mosaics depicting scenes from the Bible and the last judgment; the excavations of S. Reparata under the Duomo (enter adjacent to the Bell Tower; the hearty may wish to climb the 414 steps of the Bell Tower or the 463 to the top of Brunelleschi's dome, where you can view Vasari's frescoes up close.

Dinner: At a local restaurant

Lodging: Grand Hotel Cavour

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Tuesday, October 06 - Transfer to Venice / Introduction Venice
Note: High speed train to Venice, minimal walking around Venice.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Train to Venice, short walk to the hotel. Your bags will be delivered by courier. Venice's public transportation system operates boats, called Vaporetto. All participants will be given a pass valid for the duration of the stay.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore and discover Venice and get a feel of the Grand and minor canals. Contrast the architecture with what you saw in Rome and Florence. See how her wealth, a result of her trade with the near East, allowed the city to grow into her present grandeur. Neighborhood walk will indicate the location of ATM's, pharmacies, stores and shops.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 07 - St. Mark's Square: Basilica and Ducal Palace
Note: Transportation to S. Mark's Square. The Square is very often crowded. Walk through the Doge's Palace requires climbing a few flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Piazza S. Marco along Venice's famed Grand Canal on a Vaporetto. Notice the patrician palaces, with arches indicating near-Eastern influence. Some of the houses have names based on the prominent mosaic, e.g. Ca' d'Oro, the "Golden House." Mark's Cathedral, built during the 13 C., shows Byzantine influence. There are more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics adorning the church, giving the impression of streets of gold.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: In St. Mark's Square the guided visit continues to the Ducal Palace, seat of civic and political power. Doges embellished the palace to demonstrate their wealth and importance. There are murals by Tintoretto and Veronese.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Thursday, October 08 - Accademia Museum / Free Time / Gondola ride
Note: Boat taxi ride to the Accademia, climb a few flights of stairs. Assistance is offered for boarding and disembarking the gondola.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: On-site lecture and visit to the Accademia museum; the paintings are grouped according to period and school. It contains a great collection of art by such notables as Veronese, Veneziano, Bellini, Tintoretto and Giorgione. Not far from the Accademia is the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, during your free time you might stroll over there if you appreciate modern art.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit of the Frari to admire works by Bellini, Titian and Donatello. Later, experience the city from a different point of view as you enjoy a gondola ride along the canals of Venice.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Friday, October 09 - Glassmaking demonstration in Murano
Note: Enjoyable boat ride to the island, minimal effort to walk around the town.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to the island of Murano for a glassblowing demonstration by master artisans. Some free time to stroll the narrow streets along the canals.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. With your vaporetto pass you can easily take the boat from Murano to explore the island of Burano, whose leaning tower rivals that in Pisa. Here you can find Venetian lace and small shops where you can watch the crafters create their handiwork. Or return to the center of town.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Saturday, October 10 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel; continental style for participants with early morning departures.

Morning: Departure transfer to Venice Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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12 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Performances

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