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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.

Itinerary for Jul 18 — Jul 31, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, July 18 - Transatlantic overnight flight to Rome
Note: Suggest sleeping on overnight flight; it will make adjusting to the new time zone easier.

In Transit: Overnight Flight to Rome.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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 system www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.com. 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 in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, July 19 - Check-in \ Orientation \ Welcome Reception
Note: Minimum exertion on arrival day, neighborhood walk.

Arrive To: Rome airport. Go through passport control, baggage claim and customs. In the first public area of the terminal, look for the person holding a Road Scholar sign.

Morning: Transfers to the hotel. A light walk will be organized for those with early morning arrivals while waiting for lunch and hotel check-in.

Lunch: Lunch at a local informal restaurant with a fixed menu. Mineral water (choice of sparkling or still) is included at this and every group meal during the program. Soft drinks at your own expense; likewise, for adults, beer or wine at your own expense.

Afternoon: Settle in room, meet at appointed time for Orientation and Welcome Reception. Brief neighborhood walk points out banks, pharmacies and stores.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near the hotel. Plated table service with a fixed menu. We keep the Italian custom of dinner at 7:30 pm. It may be later than you are used to at home, but when in Rome . . .

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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 system www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.com. 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 in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, July 20 - History of Rome \ Trevi Fountain \ Forum and Colo...
Note: Walk through the Forum is on original cobble paving stones, uneven dirt path, a gentle incline. For an authentic experience at the Colosseum, climb the 4 flights of steep stairs to the top level. There is an elevator at one end of the Colosseum for the truly needy. If you take the elevator down, you will have to retrace your steps to reach the exit at the opposite end of the oval arena.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Each day the buffet in this and other program site hotels will have an egg dish, sliced meat and cheese platter, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli, pastries, cakes, breads, jams, juice, coffee, whole milk, tea, water.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, a local expert presents the History of Rome, a general background as preparation for your explorations. After a short break, set out for a walk (1/4 mile) to the Trevi Fountain. The famous fountain is currently drained and under scaffolding as it undergoes a cleaning and restoration. You can still see some of the details of the public artwork walking along a safe catwalk built into the scaffolding. The municipal authorities have left a small pool for the traditional coin toss. Walk back to the hotel. Coach to the closest drop-off point for the Colosseum.

Lunch: At a modern café near the Colosseum a seasonal fixed menu with plated table service.

Afternoon: Meet the local expert for the reserved entrance to the most famous site of ancient Rome, the Colosseum. The amphitheater had seating capacity of up to 50,000 people. Imagine watching gladiatorial games and the pageantry. The expert-led visit continues to the Roman Forum. Walk along the Via Sacra, final destination for "all roads lead to Rome" and where triumphal processions passed. In front of the remains of buildings the local expert will describe what took place in the Forum centuries ago. See remains of the temple built over the spot where Julius Caesar was cremated. The visit concludes on the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Short walk to the restaurant.

Dinner: At a restaurant at the base of Trajan's column. Fixed menu of seasonal Roman dishes, plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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 system www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.com. 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 in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, July 21 - Treasures of the Vatican \ Sistine Chapel \ S. Pe...
Treasures of the Vatican \ Sistine Chapel \ S. Peter's Basilica \ Spanish Steps

Note: Expect crowds at the Vatican Museums. Climb a few flights of stairs to visit the various galleries and art filled rooms. To reach the Sistine Chapel, all visitors pass through multiple long corridors decorated with artwork and precious tapestries Some steps to reach the Sistine Chapel. Uneven pavement and cobblestones along the walk to the Spanish Steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: In the meeting room on the lower level of the hotel, an art historian gives an illustrated presentation on the artistry of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican Museums. Coach transfer to the Vatican.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in the Vatican. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: Short walk from the restaurant to the entrance of the Vatican Museums, where we have a reserved entrance time. Meet the local expert who will lead us through a number of galleries. Learn about singular pieces, such as the Laocoon; Apollo Belvedere; gilded Hercules; and the rooms by Raphael including the "School of Athens", and of course, the Sistine Chapel. The visit continues to the "new" S. Peter's Basilica (only 500 years old) to see Michelangelo's Pieta' and works by Bernini.Once inside S. Peter's Basilica, you will see up close that all the "paintings" are actually micro-mosaics and that mosaics decorate much of the interior. Coach back to the hotel.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel (fixed menu of multiple courses with plated table service.

Evening: The group leader leads an informal walk to the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps).

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from early spring to late autumn.

Contact info:
Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome, 00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.

Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the bar in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.

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 system www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it or reservation@leonardihotels.com. 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 in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, July 22 - Mosaic Workshop \ Piazza Walk \ Underground Roman...
Note: Extensive walking in the heart of Rome's pedestrian only area around Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Streets may be uneven and cobblestoned.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to a studio art workshop. Come to appreciate the art form of mosaics as you participate in creating your own mosaic with instructors at a local art school. Keep your decorated piece as a memento.

Lunch: At the studio art café, served buffet style. Coach back to the hotel.

Afternoon: A few blocks from the hotel is the site of an excavated Roman patrician house. Reserved entrance to the multimedia presentation that brings the past alive. Learn what we can about life of a wealthy family in ancient Rome. Walk to Piazza Navona where our local expert will discuss how an ancient stadium of Roman Emperor Domitian (81-96) was transformed into the quintessential Baroque piazza, at the center of which is Bernini's famous Fountain of the Four Rivers.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and restaurant/trattoria/café of your choice. The choices are many in the area of Piazza Navona. The group leader will offer suggestions and give directions.

Lodging: Hotel Pace Helvezia

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

Description: Hotel Adriatico is located between the church of S.M.Novella and the Arno River, a short walk from the city’s sites and neighborhoods of interest. The classroom and breakfast room are on the ground floor; elevators access all guest rooms.

Contact info:
Via Maso Finiguerra, 9
Florence, 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 279 31
web: www.grandhoteladriatico.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, upgraded furniture and linens.

Facility amenities: Modern newly renovated business class hotel. 24 hr. reception desk; Wi-Fi in common areas; comfortable lounges and sitting areas. American bar serving drinks, and Italian bar serving caffe' and cappuccino. Rich breakfast buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, July 23 - Capitoline Museum \ Train to Florence \ Accademia...
Note: The incline of 20 steps to the Campidoglio and the entrance to the Capitoline Museum, is facilitated by very long tread steps with very low rise. Coach to the Rome train station. Sit in first class comfort on a high speed train to Florence. Walk from the Florence train station to the hotel is about 1/4 mile. Walks in the heart of Florence may be along narrow and uneven sidewalks.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Have checked luggage ready for van transfer to the hotel in Florence. Take with you the minimum amount in your small bag or day pack. Walk to the Capitoline Hill passing the Monument to Victor Emanuel II, king of unified Italy. A local expert leads the visit to the Capitoline Museum of Roman antiquities. See the busts of various consuls, emperors and women who figured in Roman history. See the She Wolf, symbol of Rome; the imposing equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, the foundations of the most important temple--Jupiter Capitolinus; the Dying Gaul, and the Capitoline Venus. From the Tabullarium, ancient Rome's archives, there is a commanding view of the Roman Forum. Coach directly to Termini, Rome's main train station.

Lunch: At a self-service restaurant at Termini station. Choose from wraps, sandwiches, salad, fruit and bottled water. High speed train to Florence departs 1:20 pm, arriving 2:50 pm.

Afternoon: Walk to the hotel. Check in and settle into your room. Meet in the lobby at 4:00 pm for the late afternoon reserved entrance to the Accademia Museum. Admire Michelangelo's David and other marble sculptures. The walk to the Accademia is about one mile.

Dinner: Walk back to the hotel with a stop in Piazza del Duomo for dinner at a nearby restaurant that features a multiple course fixed menu of Tuscan dishes with plated table service.

Evening: With the group leader, stroll the historical section of Florence to orient yourself on the layout of the city, locate landmarks, find ATM's and pharmacies, as you make your way back to the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Adriatico

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

Description: Hotel Adriatico is located between the church of S.M.Novella and the Arno River, a short walk from the city’s sites and neighborhoods of interest. The classroom and breakfast room are on the ground floor; elevators access all guest rooms.

Contact info:
Via Maso Finiguerra, 9
Florence, 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 279 31
web: www.grandhoteladriatico.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, upgraded furniture and linens.

Facility amenities: Modern newly renovated business class hotel. 24 hr. reception desk; Wi-Fi in common areas; comfortable lounges and sitting areas. American bar serving drinks, and Italian bar serving caffe' and cappuccino. Rich breakfast buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, July 24 - Fresco Workshop \ Welcome to Florence
Note: The walk from the hotel to the Piazza della Signoria is about 3/4 of a mile.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to the Piazza della Signoria. At the Palazzo Vecchio an art teacher leads you to the fresco workshop and goes over the steps required to paint using the fresco technique. From creating the lines with a sack of coal dust, to spreading the fresh plaster and mixing the pigments, create your own frescoed tile. After the 6" x 9" tile dries, you may choose to keep it, otherwise it is recycled. Expert-led visit follows of stately rooms of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's city hall, to showcase original pieces of art, including Donatello's Judith and Holofernes and sculptures by Michelangelo. See Machiavelli's study when he was Secretary of State for the Republic.

Lunch: On your own. In and around the Piazza della Signoria there are numerous snack bars, coffee shops, cafés and sit down restaurants to choose from.

Afternoon: Some free time to explore Florence at your own pace or relax back at the hotel. At 4:30 pm at the hotel meeting room, an art historian gives some background of the city of Florence and the region of Tuscany.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel. Plated table service consists of multiple courses (fixed menu).

Lodging: Hotel Adriatico

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

Description: Hotel Adriatico is located between the church of S.M.Novella and the Arno River, a short walk from the city’s sites and neighborhoods of interest. The classroom and breakfast room are on the ground floor; elevators access all guest rooms.

Contact info:
Via Maso Finiguerra, 9
Florence, 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 279 31
web: www.grandhoteladriatico.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, upgraded furniture and linens.

Facility amenities: Modern newly renovated business class hotel. 24 hr. reception desk; Wi-Fi in common areas; comfortable lounges and sitting areas. American bar serving drinks, and Italian bar serving caffe' and cappuccino. Rich breakfast buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, July 25 - S. Maria Novella \ San Lorenzo \ Mercato Centrale...
Note: The walk from the hotel to the San Lorenzo market is about half a mile.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Short walk (a few blocks) to Piazza Santa Maria Novella. With your new found knowledge of fresco painting, an expert expounds on the frescoes by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio in the church. Walk continues through Florence's central food and soft goods market to San Lorenzo, parish church of the Medici family. The plain brick facade belies the harmonious beauty of its interior. An art historian leads the visit of the Medici Chapels.

Lunch: On your own. In the food court of the newly renovated indoor market, there are many choices for fast food Italian style. The vendors serve strictly farm to table offerings; choose from sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads, local cheese or cold cut platters.

Afternoon: Free time before the 4:30 pm lecture at the hotel. A local expert gives an introduction to Tuscany.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant or the hotel. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Adriatico

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

Description: Hotel Adriatico is located between the church of S.M.Novella and the Arno River, a short walk from the city’s sites and neighborhoods of interest. The classroom and breakfast room are on the ground floor; elevators access all guest rooms.

Contact info:
Via Maso Finiguerra, 9
Florence, 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 279 31
web: www.grandhoteladriatico.it

Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, upgraded furniture and linens.

Facility amenities: Modern newly renovated business class hotel. 24 hr. reception desk; Wi-Fi in common areas; comfortable lounges and sitting areas. American bar serving drinks, and Italian bar serving caffe' and cappuccino. Rich breakfast buffet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, July 26 - Renaissance Art \ The Galileo Museum of Science \...
Note: Walk from the hotel to Galileo Museum is 3/4 mile. Short walk to the Uffizi. The Gallery has multiple floors with high stately ceilings. The painting collections are situated on 3rd fl. A small elevator (max capacity 4 persons) for disabled visitors may be available. A separate staircase at the end of the gallery's long corridor leads back down to the ground floor. The restrooms are located between floors 3 and 2 and in the level below ground floor as you exit the museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: In the hotel's meeting room an art historian gives an illustrated lecture on Renaissance Art in preparation for the self-guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery. Set out on foot for the Galileo Museum. Learn about the scientific revolution in the science themed museum. See Galileo's telescope which aided in his studies of celestial orbits. The docent will talk about the wooden conceptual models of the planets and their orbits, some 10 feet tall, which were used to argue whether the solar system was geocentric or heliocentric. If you have a medical background you may find interesting the collection of surgical instruments. Many interactive exhibits for the curious visitor.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the heart of Florence. Seasonal menu (fixed) with plated table service.

Afternoon: For the self guided visit we will enter the Uffizi as a group, but you are free to spend as much time as you wish. This museum holds a most extensive collection of art, tracing the development from Gothic to medieval to Renaissance to Mannerist paintings. 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and type of restaurant of your choice. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lodging: Hotel Adriatico

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. Laundry service available.

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: Monday, July 27 - High Speed Train to Venice \ The Building of Veni...
Note: Walk (1/4 mile) from the Florence hotel to the train station with your carry-on luggage. Once in Venice short walk to the hotel (250 yards).

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel. Your checked luggage will be sent by van and delivered to the hotel in Venice; keep your hand bag with you. Walk to the train station to board a high speed train to Venice; the trip is 2 hours.

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant is a fixed menu with plated table service. Check-in and settle into your room.

Afternoon: In the meeting room of the hotel, a local historian presents an introduction to the Serenissima with The Building of Venice. The group leader will lead a neighborhood to introduce you to the unique urban layout of Venice.

Dinner: At a local restaurant to savor Venetian cuisine. Fixed menu, plated table service.

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. Laundry service available.

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: Tuesday, July 28 - Glass Bead Workshop \ S. Mark's Basilica
Note: Vaporetto vessels are often crowded in the summer months. They are the sole public transportation of Venice; no bicycles or scooters are allowed. As the only alternative to walking, the vaporettos are crowded with tourists and residents alike. After the visit to San Marco, the group leader will take you on a shortcut route (1/3 mile) to the Rialto.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Receive vaporetto pass and ride the boat to the island of Murano. Learn about glass making and create your own glass tile decoration under the supervision of an instructor at a glass working school. The tile you create will be fused in the kiln and delivered to your hotel before the final day of the program.

Lunch: On your own. In the small island of Murano there are many choices for a quick snack or sit-down light lunch.

Afternoon: Travel to Piazza S. Marco on the vaporetto for an expert-led visit to the Byzantine style S. Mark's Cathedral, built during the 13 C. There are more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics adorning the church, giving the impression of streets of gold. On the second floor is the original "quadriga" a team of four gilded bronze horses that was looted from Constantinople. Replicas now stand in the elements above the entrance to the Basilica. See illuminated manuscripts and other documents related to the church. The group leader leads the walk (shortcut) from San Marco to the lively Rialto.

Dinner: At a restaurant at the foot of the Rialto Bridge. Fixed menu of Venetian dishes, plated table service. Vaporetto back to the stop closest to the 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. Laundry service available.

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: Wednesday, July 29 - Dragon Boat Race \ Doge's Palace
Note: Row, row, row your boat hard if you are intent on beating the other teams; otherwise sit at the stern and enjoy the ride. Visiting the Doge's Palace requires going up two flights of stairs. Narrow passages through the rooms of the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to the Venetian Crew Club docks. Split up into teams as instructors give a dragon boat lesson and safety tips for a ride along the canal. Vaporetto back to the hotel.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the hotel, served buffet style. Choose from the various stations serving pizza, entrée or pasta.

Afternoon: Board the vaporetto to St. Mark's square for an expert-led visit of the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace. Walk through the many rooms of the palace, seat of civic and political power. Doges embellished the Palazzo to demonstrate their wealth and importance. From the grand halls of the palace, the visit concludes with a walk through the narrow passages over the Bridge of Sighs to the Prisons. It is said that those condemned sighed at knowing it would be their last sight of the sky.

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

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. Laundry service available.

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: Thursday, July 30 - Rialto Bridge \ Guggenheim Collection
Note: Leisurely walk around the market area, up and over numerous bridges in the Rialto district.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to the Rialto. Meet the local expert and explore Venice's oldest settlement. Stroll along the colorful carts selling fresh produce of the mercato. Walk to an artisan's workshop to learn about the carving techniques of making gondola oars and oar locks. Walk or ride the vaporetto to the Accademia stop.

Lunch: At a trattoria near the Accademia. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: Short walk to Palazzo Venier on the Grand Canal. Having been surrounded by ancient and Renaissance masterpieces and structures, enjoy the modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Relax in the courtyard of the Palazzo Venier while the docent introduces the life and times of the wealthy American collector. The group splits in two with a docent for the adults and another for young visitors who will be making general discoveries of form and expression in modern art.

Dinner: Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories with your fellow participants at our farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Friday, July 31 - Departure day
Note: You and your luggage transfer to the airport by water taxi. From where the water taxi docks it is a 500 yard walk under a canopy to reach the terminal. With a 1 euro coin you can release a luggage cart at the dock; the coin is refunded at the carriage stand inside the terminal.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Sack breakfast for those with early departure times.

Morning: Transfer by boat to the Venice Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Florence
Boboli GardensAt the Boboli Gardens which extend behind the Pitti Palace enjoy a stroll along the stone and dirt paths paths lined with shrubs and copies of statues from the Medici collection and take in a unique view of Florence from the hill. Green lawns are artfully placed among the geometric walking paths of this peaceful Renaissance garden.
Botanical Gardensextensive gardens and greenhouses where the Univiversity of Florence maintains 4 million botanical specimens in a wooded urban park, the "Giardino dei Semplici"
MuseumsVisit other museums in Florence such as the Palazzo Pitti, residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. The museum complex includes collections of silver and porcelain, period dress and decorative arts, and an impressive collection of paintings by Perugino, Tiziano, Bronzino, and Rubens.

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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Included
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12 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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