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E-Bike the Alps: St. Moritz to Verona Using the Newest Trend in Cycling Adventures

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Program #20415RJ
10 Days | 9 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
Elevation will range between 3500-7100 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Helmets will be available, but we recommend you bring your own to ensure a better fit. We would also like to note that if you wish to ride a regular mountain bike and not an E-Bike, this will also be available.

Itinerary for Jul 7 — Jul 16, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, July 07 - Depart the USA for Zurich, Switzerland
In Transit: Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Zurich, Switzerland.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The theme of the hotel is "your home in St. Moritz" created by the owner of the hotel Urs Degiacomi, and run by him and his brother, Enrico. Hotel is for people who are looking for comfort and tradition. Hotel was built in 1905 and has it's original Art Nouvesu. Ice Bear is the mascot of the hotel and greets each guest as it enters the lobby. Excellent location, 5 minute walk to the center of St. Moritz and the famous Corviglia cable car and views of the lake.

Contact info:
Via Somplaz 17
St. Moritz, 7500 Switzerland
phone: +41818308500
web: www.hotel-soldanella.ch

Room amenities: Private bathroom with bath or shower, telephone, radio, flatscreen satelite TV, i-phone station, free wireless service, safe, minibar, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, Bacchus wine cellar, spa bath, massage service, foot reflex therapy, and shiatsu therapy.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
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: Monday, July 08 - Arrivals / Transfer to St. Moritz
Note: Transfer to St. Moritz approximately 3 hours. Cycle path: well developed paths which are partly gravel, tarmac and dirt trails.

Arrive To: Meet your group at 11:15 AM at Zurich airport for the group transfer by private coach to St. Moritz (approx. 3 hours).

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in St. Moritz.

Afternoon: After check-in pick up your "flyer" bike and proceed to take a test ride. A brief orientation with a welcome drink prior to dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: HOTEL SOLDANELLA

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy the unspoiled nature, mystical valleys, and abundance of open spaces at the only hotel in the Il Fuorn National Park. This hotel is ideally located in the middle of the park, close to hiking trails and wildlife.

Contact info:
Il Fuorn
Zernez, 7530 Switzerland
phone: +41 (0)81 856 12 26
web: www.ilfuorn.ch

Room amenities: Hair dryers are available at hotel reception.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine.

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

Bathroom: Some rooms have a shared bathroom.


Day Three: Tuesday, July 09 - St. Moritz to Zernez
Note: Approximately 38 kilometers/24 miles of biking today. Cycle path: well developed paths, partly tarmac and partly gravel. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Set out on your "flyer" for Zernez. The luggage will be loaded into a van, which will follow you throughout the program. Bike ride along the Inn River down to the Unterengadin, or Lower Engadine, into the Swiss national park.

Lunch: Stop en route to explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Arrive in Zernez and check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Il Fuorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Sit above the town and is family owned and operated.

Contact info:
Staatsstr.5
Mals, I-39024 Italy
phone: +390473831186
web: www.biohotel-panorama.it

Room amenities: Private bath, TV, telephone and safe.

Facility amenities: Lounge and restaurant.

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

Bathroom: Shower only.


Day Four: Wednesday, July 10 - Ofenpass to Vinschgau, Italy
Note: Approximately 52 kilometers/33 miles of biking today. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: In the morning "fly" across the Ofen Pass to Muestair (5325 feet) with a lunch stop in the Muenstertal. Biking northeast through Switzerland to the South Tyrol of Italy. As you bike, stops will be made and you will hear field lectures regarding details of the land, people, and culture of the area you are riding through.

Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own in Muenstertal.

Afternoon: Afternoon excursion and field trip to the convent of St. John. Continue on across the border into Obervinschgau (5000 feet) in the South Tyrol. Hear a lecture by a docent at the convent regarding this ancient Benedictine Monastery in Mustair village of Val Mustair, Switzerland. The convent is an exceptionally well-preserved heritage of Carolingian art and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Continue on to Vinschgau for an overnight.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Bio-Hotel Panorama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Ten minute walk to center of Meran located in the noble Quartere Obermais (exclusive residential area) and not far from the famous promenades.

Contact info:
via Cavour 101
Meran, I-39012 Italy
phone: +390473253200
web: www.kolpingmeran.it

Room amenities: Private bath, television, telephone, hairdryer, safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, wine cellar, heated outdoor pool, internet access, and a chapel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, July 11 - Vinschgau to Meran - Biking through the South Tyr...
Vinschgau to Meran - Biking through the South Tyrol, in Italy known as the Alto Adige

Note: Bike approximately 62 kilometers/39 miles. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: The constant companion on today's route is the River Etsch and the target, Meran (1100 feet), a town of Mediterranean flair. From asphalt surfaces to gravel roads, the cycle tracks lead through beautiful forests, green meadows, orchards and numerous keeps and castles. Hear a field lecture about the history of Vinschgau and the culture of this Alpine region.

Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own along the River Etsch.

Afternoon: Continue along the River Etsch to Meran. Meran offers cultural, musical and sporting events along with traditional celebrations making this town a unique experience. Enjoy some free time in Meran to discover the small avenue, art, history, nature and culture of this town.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Kolping hotel

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

Description: 30 minute walk to the center of the town and surrounded by verdant fields and fruit orchards.

Contact info:
Sigmundskronerstrabe 27/b
Bolzano, I-39100 Italy
phone: +390471631166
web: www.premstaller.it

Room amenities: Private bath, hairdryer, TV, telephone, wireless access, safe and AC.

Facility amenities: Lounge, dining room, fitness room, internet access, Finnish Sauna, turkish Steam Bath, and an English Garden.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, July 12 - Meran to Bolzano
Note: Bike approximately 40 kilometers/25 miles. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.

Morning: Cycle along the old wine route through the Etsch valley, along numerous orchards and vineyards to the village of Bolzano (860 feet), the chief town of the Alto Adige. Together with Innsbruck, Bolzano is officially the capital of the Alps, and of course is known as the home of "Otzi," the iceman. Today's field lectures will explain the agriculture of the Etsch Valley and the economics of the numerous orchards.

Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own in Bolzano.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the old market town, and the world famous Museum of Archaeology with the Iceman and the Messner Mountain Museum. Bolzano is a city full of mountaineering history and culture.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Garden Hotel Premstaller

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Originally constructerd in 1923 and family owned and operated. Located in the historical town center and a short walk to the Castle del Buonconsiglio and the Dom cathedral.

Contact info:
via Torre Verdes
Trento, I-38100 Italy
phone: +390461983010
web: www.hotelamerica.it

Room amenities: Private bath, TV, mini-bar, AC, telephone, hairdryer, internet wireless.

Facility amenities: Bar, Lounge, dining room, internet access.

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

Bathroom: Bath and/or shower.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, July 13 - Bolzano to Trento via Kaltern am See
Note: Bike approximately 62 kilometers/39 miles. (Bolzano to Kaltern is approximately 17 kilometers/10.5 miles.) Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Bike today on an unused stretch of railroad through undulating countryside, past numerous farmsteads, keeps and castles to Kaltern am See (1394 feet), one of the best known wine villages in South Tyrol. Learn about the history of this area and the vineyards and how important the wine is to the economics of this area. You will also learn why Kaltern am See is one of the best known wine villages.

Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own in Kaltern am See.

Afternoon: In Kaltern there is plenty going on in the market square or the quaint side streets and there is always a wine tasting at one of the many venues. There will also be enough time to visit the Tyrolean Wine Museum (on your own) or just enjoy exploring the village before continuing on to Trento (630 feet). Upon arriving in Trento learn the history of the "old town" where in the 16th century it was the site of the Council of Trent. Trento is a major educational, scientific, financial and political center in Trentino-Alto Adige. Modern day Trento is a cosmopolitan city with highly-developed and organized modern social services.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: America Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the historical town center. Family owned and operated in the best Italian tradition. The atmosphere is warm with stylish furniture and wood floors along with famous artists paintings on the walls in the public areas.

Contact info:
C'so Rosmini 82/D
Rovereto, I-38068 Italy
phone: +390464435222
web: www.hotelrovereto,it

Room amenities: Sound-proofed room doors, private bath, TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe, AC, and wood floors.

Facility amenities: Lounge, dining room.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, July 14 - Trento to Rovereto
Note: Bike approximately 30 kilometers/19 miles. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: In the morning explore the picturesque provincial town of Trento, and visit the Trento Cathedral "Duomo di San Vigilio," the most important religious edifice in northern Italy. Duomo was built in the Gothic style in the 6th century over a pre-existing temple with a rose window as the facade.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in Trento before continuing the bike route to Rovereto.

Afternoon: After lunch "fly" through the hilly vineyards of Trentino. Travel through the Etschtal (valley), which becomes increasingly narrower as we head south. A field lecture introduces "then and now" of the Etschtal valley. Trails end for today at the second largest town in Trentino, Rovereto (669 feet).

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Rovereto Hotel

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

Description: Located in the town center with a hotel built within a Medieval era building.

Contact info:
Via Adua 8
Verona, I-31121 Italy
phone: +39045590566
web: www.hotelvictoria.it

Room amenities: Private bath,TV, telephone, safe, mini-fridge and bar, AC, warming pot with coffee/tea,

Facility amenities: Lounge, dining room, fitness room, computer room, Wi-Fi, table tennis, and billiard table.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
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 Nine: Monday, July 15 - Rovereto to Verona via Belluno
Note: Bike approximately 75 kilometers/47 miles. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Due to the topography of the valley, today's path follows the Etsch canal. Cycle on a predominantly flat route via Belluno to Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. Belluno (2300 feet) is located about 100 kilometers north of Venice, the capital of the province of Belluno, one of the 15 municipalities of the Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi. During today's field lectures, learn why Belluno is the most important city in the Eastern Dolomite region, along with the legend of Romeo and Juliet and about the historical sights of Verona.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in Belluno before continuing on to Verona.

Afternoon: Continue on to Verona. Upon arrival there will be an excursion of Verona (223 feet). Discover all the interesting historical sights. A main attraction in northern Italy - due to the artistic heritage, shows, and operas in the Arena - is the Roman ancient amphitheatre. This town is positioned close to Lake Garda, one hour from the sea and two hours from the Dolomites, and it has a long-standing tradition of kindness to their guests.

Dinner: Enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Victoria

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Tuesday, July 16 - Departures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Departure to Verona airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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