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Program #18206RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
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Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 25, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, October 12 - Flights depart from North America.
Note: Suggest sleeping on transatlantic flight; makes adjusting to new time zone easier.

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, October 13 - Arrivals / Orientation / Welcome Reception
Note: Leisurely walk to orient you to the neighborhood of the hotel on the Viminal Hill.

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. The group leader will be at the reception desk to assist you with safekeeping your luggage after which you can explore the area around the hotel before lunch at 12:30.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: A brief neighborhood walk to locate ATMs, banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, eateries. Program overview and orientation, distribution of on-site materials. At the Welcome Reception a chance to meet your fellow Road Scholars.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel's rooftop restaurant.

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, October 14 - Welcome to Rome / Forum and Colosseum / Treasures...
Note: Steep and uneven steps to reach the upper levels of the Colosseum. The walk around the Roman Forum is on uneven paths and original pavement of cobblestone.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Program Orientation and overview. Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight of a professor who will set the stage for your explorations. A local expert leads the visit to the Roman Colosseum. The Flavian Amphitheater or Colosseum was built in the 80 CE.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near entrance to the Forum.

Afternoon: Guided visit continues to the Roman Forum. The forum dates back to the 7th century BCE and was the religious and civic center of the city. Later in the afternoon a classroom lecture explores the Treasures of the Vatican in preparation for the visit that you will have of a portion of the immense art collection of the Vatican.

Dinner: Dinner at a characteristic Roman trattoria.

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, October 15 - Palazzo Massimo Antiquities / Pantheon / Trevi Fo...
Palazzo Massimo Antiquities / Pantheon / Trevi Fountain / Piazza Navona

Note: Palazzo Massimo is situated behind the hotel. Few stairs to reach the entrance, elevators inside. Piazza Navona to the Spanish Steps are in the heart of Rome's pedestrian only area. Piazza walks just over one mile.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, an expert-led visit of the collection of Roman Art at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, around the corner from the hotel. Notable is the Bronze Boxer and the frescoes from Villa Livia, Augustus Caesar's wife.

Lunch: Coach drops off near Piazza Navona. Lunch at a restaurant just off the elegant square.

Afternoon: A local expert leads the walk in the heart of Rome to four impressive landmarks: Piazza Navona, whose buildings follow the footprint of the stadium of Domitian; the Pantheon, Roman temple built in 126 CE, the Trevi Fountain from the Baroque period and ending at the Spanish Steps.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

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 16 - Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel / St. Peter's Ba...
Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel / St. Peter's Basilica / Free afternoon.

Note: Reserved entrance time at Vatican Museums diminishes the wait in line. The visit requires negotiating multiple flights of steps and walking the long corridor to the Sistine Chapel (distance is about 1/2 mile). Year round you can expect crowds; thousands of people visit the museums daily.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Expert-led visit of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. The extraordinary works of art in the museum collection will amaze you, notable are: Roman statuary: Laocoon, Belvedere Apollo, gilded bronze Hercules, Raphael's Stanze and of course Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. If security permits, your guide will lead you out a back way which puts you at the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica, where you will see Michelangelo's Pieta' and Bernini's bronze canopy over the main altar. Coach back to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the city on your own. Suggestions are given on site.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

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

Description: The centrally located 4 star superior hotel is an ex Franciscan convent from the15th Century. The hotel has undergone a modern restoration that showcases the ancient frescoes, stone arches and vaulted ceilings.

Contact info:
Via della Scala 33
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 27 861
web: www.hotelrivoli.it

Room amenities: mini-bar, air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, safe for valuables.

Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi; request access code from the reception desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, October 17 - Borghese Gallery / Train to Florence / Neighborho...
Note: Stairs to reach second floor of Gallery. Short walk from the hotel to the train station, comfortable ride on the train, short walk to hotel and city orientation in Florence.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel. Your bags will be delivered to the hotel in Florence. Coach to the Borghese Gallery, the private pleasure and reception palace 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. However, most people go there to see the sculptures by Bernini which are emotionally charged, a true evocation of the Baroque. Coach back to restaurant for lunch prior to retrieving hand luggage and transferring to Florence

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to Florence by high velocity train. Travel on the train with just your carry-on bag. Check in and settle into the hotel. Late afternoon neighborhood walk to orient you to the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores and shops. Florence is much smaller than Rome and can easily be traversed in 30 minutes. On the walk, you may pass the Duomo, the main cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th C. city hall, still used for that purpose.

Dinner: Dinner at Ristorante Benedicta.

Lodging: Hotel Rivoli

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

Description: The centrally located 4 star superior hotel is an ex Franciscan convent from the15th Century. The hotel has undergone a modern restoration that showcases the ancient frescoes, stone arches and vaulted ceilings.

Contact info:
Via della Scala 33
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 27 861
web: www.hotelrivoli.it

Room amenities: mini-bar, air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, safe for valuables.

Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi; request access code from the reception desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, October 18 - Medieval Florence and the Medici Family / Bargell...
Medieval Florence and the Medici Family / Bargello Sculpture Museum / Accademia for the David.

Note: Leisurely walk to the Bargello, one flight of steps. After lunch walk to the Accademia museum. Free afternoon follows.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A classroom session on Medieval Florence and the Medici family. Walk to Bargello for an on-site lecture of Florentine Renaissance sculpture. Break for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Walk to the Accademia for an on-site lecture on Michelangelo's David. Remainder of day at your leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Rivoli

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

Description: The centrally located 4 star superior hotel is an ex Franciscan convent from the15th Century. The hotel has undergone a modern restoration that showcases the ancient frescoes, stone arches and vaulted ceilings.

Contact info:
Via della Scala 33
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 27 861
web: www.hotelrivoli.it

Room amenities: mini-bar, air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, safe for valuables.

Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi; request access code from the reception desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, October 19 - Renaissance Art / Uffizi Gallery
Note: An elevator for disabled visitors may be accessible at the Uffizi Gallery. 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 art afficionados.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

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

Lunch: Enjoy some Tuscan dishes at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: For the self guided visit of the Uffizi 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: Hotel Rivoli

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

Description: The centrally located 4 star superior hotel is an ex Franciscan convent from the15th Century. The hotel has undergone a modern restoration that showcases the ancient frescoes, stone arches and vaulted ceilings.

Contact info:
Via della Scala 33
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 27 861
web: www.hotelrivoli.it

Room amenities: mini-bar, air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, safe for valuables.

Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi; request access code from the reception desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, October 20 - S. Lorenzo Market / Duomo Museum Complex / Renai...
S. Lorenzo Market / Duomo Museum Complex / Renaissance Dinner and Entertainment

Note: Leisurely walk through the Market area to the Duomo Museum Complex. Free time until dinner.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: The Market of S. Lorenzo is the downtown fresh fruit and meat market. Along the road, "Bancarelle" vendor carts sell various Florentine specialties: leather, scarfs, pottery and souvenirs. The exploration of Florence continues to Piazza del Duomo where an expert illuminates the panels of the "Gates of Paradise" in the Duomo Museum complex.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: After the Duomo Complex visit, some free time to visit other venues (Baptistery, Bell Tower, Cupola). The views from the Cupola and Bell Tower are well worth the extra effort of climbing the 400 stairs to reach the top. Meet back at hotel for next appointed time.

Dinner: Imagine yourself attending dinner with Napoleon and his sister Pauline Borghese, (you will remember her from Canova's statue in the Galleria Borghese.) Her house was decorated in Imperial style in anticipation of his visit, but he did not make it. Now the Palazzo hosts a gala Renaissance dinner, with madrigal singers and musicians, court jester and dancers--all make for a lively entertaining evening. Dress attire is not required.

Lodging: Hotel Rivoli

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 21 - Transfer to Venice
Note: High speed train to Venice, minimal walking around Venice on arrival day.

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: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: A resident of Venice will share insights into different aspects of Venetian culture. Topics vary according to their expertise; details will arrive with the final mailing. Neighborhood walk will indicate the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores and shops.

Dinner: Dinner at a neighborhood 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 22 - St. Mark's Square and Basilica / Accademia Pictur...
Note: Vaporetto (public boat) from the Accademia stop to S. Mark's Square. All walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the minor canals.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Piazza S. Marco on the vaporetto along Venice's famed Grand Canal. The expert leading the visit of S. Mark's Cathedral points out the architectural elements from the Byzantine style of the 13th century. The interior of the basilica is dazzling with more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics on the walls and ceiling, giving the impression of streets of gold.

Lunch: Lunch at a characteristic trattoria that features Venetian cuisine.

Afternoon: On-site lecture and visit to the Accademia. The collection of paintings, grouped according to period and school, contains works by such notables as Veronese, Veneziano, Bellini, Tintoretto and Giorgione.

Dinner: 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 Twelve: Thursday, October 23 - Rialto / Doge's Palace / Gondola Ride / Free Time
Note: Walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the minor canals. The visit through the many rooms of the Doge's Palace requires climbing a few flights of stairs. Narrow passages through the rooms of the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to the Rialto Bridge. Expert-led visit of the Frari Church to admire works by Bellini, Titian and Donatello. Walk through the Rialto district, the lively open air market.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit continues to the Doge's Palace, seat of civic and political power. Experience the city from a different point of view as you enjoy a gondola ride along the canals of Venice. Some free time before your independent dinner.

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 24 - Glassmaking demonstration in Murano
Note: Enjoyable boat ride to the island, minimal effort to walk around the streets of Murano.

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 the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Saturday, October 25 - Departures
Note: Transfer to the airport may be by water taxi from the hotel dock. Your bags will be loaded onto and off the water taxi but at the imbarcadero there are 3 steps from the dock to the road. Under a covered path, the walk to the terminal takes about 8 minutes. If you have trouble managing your luggage on the flat path you can use an airport cart (euro coin deposit) or engage a shuttle van that provides assistance from the imbarcadero to the terminal for a small per bag fee.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel; continental style for participants with early morning departures.

Morning: Departure transfer to Venice Airport.

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
1 Performances

Ratings

4.7
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