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Program #21311RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Apr 28 — May 11, 2014

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Day One: Monday, April 28 - Depart from points in North America to Italy
Note: Suggest sleeping on flight, it makes it easier to adjust to jet lag.

In Transit Overnight: Flight to European destination

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Europa in Desenzano del Garda is just across the street from Lake Garda. Lakefront views, near the public beach and port, it is ideally situated close to the historical center.

Contact info:
Lungolago C. Battisti, 71
Desenzano del Garda, 25015 Italy
phone: +39 030 914 2333
web: www.desenzanohoteleuropa.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning; modern furniture; free wifi; satellite and flat screen TV; direct dial telephone, mini bar; safe, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 24 hour desk service, free wifi and internet point, elevator, comfortable lobby and American bar--take your beverage out to the veranda and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and lake. Restaurant and conference center.

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.desenzanohoteleuropa.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, April 29 - Arrival \ Neighborhood Walk \ Welcome Reception
Note: Minimal activity

Morning: Arrivals Verona airport. Coach transfer to Desenzano.

Lunch: Light lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Meet in the appointed room for an Orientation session. The group leader will distribute the final and detailed schedule. A neighborhood walk follows to locate bank ATMs, pharmacies, stores, port, etc. Back at the hotel gather for a Welcome Reception.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Europa in Desenzano del Garda is just across the street from Lake Garda. Lakefront views, near the public beach and port, it is ideally situated close to the historical center.

Contact info:
Lungolago C. Battisti, 71
Desenzano del Garda, 25015 Italy
phone: +39 030 914 2333
web: www.desenzanohoteleuropa.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning; modern furniture; free wifi; satellite and flat screen TV; direct dial telephone, mini bar; safe, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 24 hour desk service, free wifi and internet point, elevator, comfortable lobby and American bar--take your beverage out to the veranda and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and lake. Restaurant and conference center.

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.desenzanohoteleuropa.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, April 30 - Explore Roman Desenzano \ Free Time for Lake Boat...
Note: Uneven pavement in the archaeological site of the Roman Villa.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Lecture on the Roman and Medieval History of the area. Explore the archaeological area and a 4th century Roman Villa with decorative mosaic floor.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to take a boat ride to a village on Lake Garda or a stroll along the lakefront garden in Desenzano.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Europa in Desenzano del Garda is just across the street from Lake Garda. Lakefront views, near the public beach and port, it is ideally situated close to the historical center.

Contact info:
Lungolago C. Battisti, 71
Desenzano del Garda, 25015 Italy
phone: +39 030 914 2333
web: www.desenzanohoteleuropa.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning; modern furniture; free wifi; satellite and flat screen TV; direct dial telephone, mini bar; safe, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 24 hour desk service, free wifi and internet point, elevator, comfortable lobby and American bar--take your beverage out to the veranda and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and lake. Restaurant and conference center.

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.desenzanohoteleuropa.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, May 01 - Sirmione and the Roman bath complex
Note: Ferry ride across the lake, typically not rough, 2 mile walk around island, small elevation.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to port and board a ferry to Sirmione. Expert-led exploration of the island and the ancient Roman thermal bath complex.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time suggestions: visit the Scaligeri castle in Sirmione; take a public boat to other lake towns such as Bardolino or Lazise; rent a small motorboat.

Evening: Dinner at a restaurant in Desenzano.

Lodging: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Europa in Desenzano del Garda is just across the street from Lake Garda. Lakefront views, near the public beach and port, it is ideally situated close to the historical center.

Contact info:
Lungolago C. Battisti, 71
Desenzano del Garda, 25015 Italy
phone: +39 030 914 2333
web: www.desenzanohoteleuropa.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning; modern furniture; free wifi; satellite and flat screen TV; direct dial telephone, mini bar; safe, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 24 hour desk service, free wifi and internet point, elevator, comfortable lobby and American bar--take your beverage out to the veranda and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and lake. Restaurant and conference center.

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.desenzanohoteleuropa.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, May 02 - Verona \ Independent Exploration
Note: Leisurely paced walk through the ancient city of Verona

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Train to Verona to explore the sites with a local expert. Explore the Arena of Verona, Italy's third largest Roman amphitheater in excellent state of conservation.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The local expert and/or group leader will give suggestions for Flex time exploration, chose among: Piazza delle Erbe; the supposed house where Juliet's family lived; the archaeological museum and Roman theater; the Scaligeri monuments; Piazza dei Signori and the Castelvecchio museum, the Duomo or simply enjoy a stroll along the Adige River. Meet at the designated time and place for the return train to Verona with the group leader. You are free to stay longer and take a later train.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Europa in Desenzano del Garda is just across the street from Lake Garda. Lakefront views, near the public beach and port, it is ideally situated close to the historical center.

Contact info:
Lungolago C. Battisti, 71
Desenzano del Garda, 25015 Italy
phone: +39 030 914 2333
web: www.desenzanohoteleuropa.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning; modern furniture; free wifi; satellite and flat screen TV; direct dial telephone, mini bar; safe, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 24 hour desk service, free wifi and internet point, elevator, comfortable lobby and American bar--take your beverage out to the veranda and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and lake. Restaurant and conference center.

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.desenzanohoteleuropa.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, May 03 - The Gonzaga Court \ Ducal Palace and Castle of Ma...
The Gonzaga Court \ Ducal Palace and Castle of Mantua \ Wine and Cheese Tasting

Note: The terrain is level and the downtown area is closed to vehicles, some distance on foot.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Lecture on the Gonzaga Dukes and the art of Giulio Romano and Andrea Mantegna. Coach to Mantua. Following the expert-led visit of Palazzo del Te on the outskirts of the city, we will be dropped off near the traffic-free center of Mantua.

Lunch: Suggestions onsite for cafes, trattorias and places to have a light lunch.

Afternoon: The expert and group leader will offer suggestions for Flex time options, including the Ducal Palace and in the Castle enter the Bridal Chamber by Mantegna. The dome is decorated with a fresco - the cherubs seem to be peering down from the open sky; the walls depict scenes of the family. Meet at appointed time and place for coach back to Desenzano for a tasting of locally produced wines and cheeses.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Desenzano.

Evening: Free time to stroll along the river walk.

Lodging: Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda

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

Description: Business class hotel adjacent city park, 400 yards from the train station and 30 yards from the pedestrian zone of downtown old Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with its Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

Contact info:
Viale Roma, 21
Vicenza, 36100 Italy
phone: +39 0444-545-700
web: www.hotelcampomarzio.com

Room amenities: A/C controls; free wifi, safe for valuables, mini bar, satellite TV, soundproof windows. The hotel is a non smoking facility

Facility amenities: 24 hour reception, welcoming lounge with restaurant and bar; non-smoking rooms; sound-proof windows. Business center and conference hall. Air conditioning, free wifi in common areas as well as in each room. Laundry and dry cleaning services available at a determined cost.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, May 04 - Transfer to Vicenza \ Soave Wines \ Architecture ...
Note: Minimal extertion

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Board coach to transfer to Vicenza.

Lunch: En route, stop at a vineyard in the Soave appellation to sample the wine and enjoy a light lunch.

Afternoon: Proceed to check-in at the hotel. Time to settle in, then meet for a lecture on the Architecture of Palladio. Walk of discovery around the center of town to find ATMs, pharmacies and stores. Identify Palladian themes discussed in the lecture.

Dinner: Dinner suggestions given on site, some might select the local specialty Baccala' alla Vicentina, cod fish baked in the style of Vicenza.

Evening: Stroll in the city park adjacent to the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Campo Marzio

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

Description: Business class hotel adjacent city park, 400 yards from the train station and 30 yards from the pedestrian zone of downtown old Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with its Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

Contact info:
Viale Roma, 21
Vicenza, 36100 Italy
phone: +39 0444-545-700
web: www.hotelcampomarzio.com

Room amenities: A/C controls; free wifi, safe for valuables, mini bar, satellite TV, soundproof windows. The hotel is a non smoking facility

Facility amenities: 24 hour reception, welcoming lounge with restaurant and bar; non-smoking rooms; sound-proof windows. Business center and conference hall. Air conditioning, free wifi in common areas as well as in each room. Laundry and dry cleaning services available at a determined cost.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, May 05 - Palladian Palazzi \ Duomo
Note: Light walking, Vicenza center is a pedestrian zone over a slight rise in elevation.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A walk of discovery in Vicenza with a local expert. Explore some of the public buildings and palazzi designed by Palladio.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Campo Marzio

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

Description: Business class hotel adjacent city park, 400 yards from the train station and 30 yards from the pedestrian zone of downtown old Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with its Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

Contact info:
Viale Roma, 21
Vicenza, 36100 Italy
phone: +39 0444-545-700
web: www.hotelcampomarzio.com

Room amenities: A/C controls; free wifi, safe for valuables, mini bar, satellite TV, soundproof windows. The hotel is a non smoking facility

Facility amenities: 24 hour reception, welcoming lounge with restaurant and bar; non-smoking rooms; sound-proof windows. Business center and conference hall. Air conditioning, free wifi in common areas as well as in each room. Laundry and dry cleaning services available at a determined cost.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, May 06 - Teatro Olimpico
Note: Minimal walk in town. Find shelter from the sun or rain under the porticoes.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Expert-led visit to Palladio's Teatro Olimpico, an indoor theater that takes its inspiration from the Greek theaters typically built on the side of a hill. It is decorated with sculptures and the vanishing perspective gives the illusion of depth.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Make your own architectural treasure discoveries with maps of Palladian villas and palaces in town. Find the road named after Della Porta, he wrote the first version of the story of Romeo and Juliet.

Dinner: Dinner on your own, you probably spied a restaurant on your stroll that caught your attention.

Lodging: Hotel Campo Marzio

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

Description: This family run hotel has been operated as such since the 18th century. Just minutes off the Grand Canal and in walking distance from the Rialto Bridge, it is the perfect starting point for a traveler’s exploration of Venice. A short walk (and no bridges to cross) from the Ca' d'Oro, the nearest vaporetto stop. Short walk to the Rialto with a few bridges to cross over minor canals.

Contact info:
Calle Larga dei Proverbi 4507
Venice, 30131 Italy
phone: +39 041-522-5810
web: www.hotelgiorgione.com

Room amenities: The recently renovated rooms are furnished in typical Venetian decor and have private bath, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe, air-conditioning, direct phone line, radio, color TV with satellite and Internet connection.

Facility amenities: To connect to the internet the hotel offers free wifi. If you don't have a computer you can use the internet point in the lobby. Complimentary newspapers in the lobby, laundry service available. Complimentary tea service offered in the late afternoon. Relax in the courtyard.

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.hotelgiorgione.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Wednesday, May 07 - Transfer to Venice \ Villa Rotonda \ Brenta Canal...
Transfer to Venice \ Villa Rotonda \ Brenta Canal Boat Ride Passes Palladian Villas

Note: Leisure ride down a ferry boat with minimal walking on estates with Palladian Villas

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Drop your checked luggage at the appointed place in the lobby; it will be transferred to the hotel in Venice, making the canal ferry ride more enjoyable.

Morning: Board coach to the Rotonda, perhaps Palladio's most famous design for an expert led visit to the interior. Reboard coach to Oriago along the Brenta Canal.

Lunch: Lunch en route to Oriago, the dock for the ferry.

Afternoon: After lunch you will board the Burchiello Ferry for a half-day cruise along the Brenta Canal on into Venice. The boat stops at the patrician Palladian Villa Foscari a.k.a. La Malcontenta for an expert-led visit. You will notice also other villas where wealthy noble Venetians built their sumptuous retreats. The boat passes through a few locks, before reaching the Adriatic Sea and the lagoons of Venice.

Dinner: The ferry is scheduled to dock near the Bridge of Sighs late afternoon, from there you will board a vaporetto (public boat) to the stop closest to the hotel. Dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood specializing in Venetian cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Giorgione

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

Description: This family run hotel has been operated as such since the 18th century. Just minutes off the Grand Canal and in walking distance from the Rialto Bridge, it is the perfect starting point for a traveler’s exploration of Venice. A short walk (and no bridges to cross) from the Ca' d'Oro, the nearest vaporetto stop. Short walk to the Rialto with a few bridges to cross over minor canals.

Contact info:
Calle Larga dei Proverbi 4507
Venice, 30131 Italy
phone: +39 041-522-5810
web: www.hotelgiorgione.com

Room amenities: The recently renovated rooms are furnished in typical Venetian decor and have private bath, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe, air-conditioning, direct phone line, radio, color TV with satellite and Internet connection.

Facility amenities: To connect to the internet the hotel offers free wifi. If you don't have a computer you can use the internet point in the lobby. Complimentary newspapers in the lobby, laundry service available. Complimentary tea service offered in the late afternoon. Relax in the courtyard.

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.hotelgiorgione.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Thursday, May 08 - Welcome to Venice \ Murano
Note: Traffic free Venice implies walking almost everywhere over low bridges or by Vaporetto.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Illustrated lecture introduces the art and history of Venice. A neighborhood walk explores the area of Ca' d'Oro or the Rialto around the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Vaporetto ride to the Island of Murano to observe an artisan produce items of Venetian glass. Followed by free time to continue to Burano, where Venetian lace is crafted or return to the main islands to visit one of the museums, e.g. Peggy Guggenheim or Accademia.

Dinner: Suggestions will be given on site for local restaurants.

Lodging: Hotel Giorgione

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

Description: This family run hotel has been operated as such since the 18th century. Just minutes off the Grand Canal and in walking distance from the Rialto Bridge, it is the perfect starting point for a traveler’s exploration of Venice. A short walk (and no bridges to cross) from the Ca' d'Oro, the nearest vaporetto stop. Short walk to the Rialto with a few bridges to cross over minor canals.

Contact info:
Calle Larga dei Proverbi 4507
Venice, 30131 Italy
phone: +39 041-522-5810
web: www.hotelgiorgione.com

Room amenities: The recently renovated rooms are furnished in typical Venetian decor and have private bath, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe, air-conditioning, direct phone line, radio, color TV with satellite and Internet connection.

Facility amenities: To connect to the internet the hotel offers free wifi. If you don't have a computer you can use the internet point in the lobby. Complimentary newspapers in the lobby, laundry service available. Complimentary tea service offered in the late afternoon. Relax in the courtyard.

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.hotelgiorgione.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Friday, May 09 - Saint Mark's Square and Cathedral \ Venetian Wom...
Saint Mark's Square and Cathedral \ Venetian Women of the Renaissance \ Musical Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to St. Mark's Square for an expert-led visit of the Basilica of St. Mark's, Venice's patron saint. Admire the more than 86,000 sq. ft. of mosaics.

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

Afternoon: Late afternoon lecture on Venetian Women of the Renaissance.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Venice is a city of music, consider that Monteverdi, Mozart, Vivaldi, and Wagner lived in Venice. A recital of opera arias or a chamber group performance will be offered. The program and venue will be announced onsite.

Lodging: Hotel Giorgione

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

Description: This family run hotel has been operated as such since the 18th century. Just minutes off the Grand Canal and in walking distance from the Rialto Bridge, it is the perfect starting point for a traveler’s exploration of Venice. A short walk (and no bridges to cross) from the Ca' d'Oro, the nearest vaporetto stop. Short walk to the Rialto with a few bridges to cross over minor canals.

Contact info:
Calle Larga dei Proverbi 4507
Venice, 30131 Italy
phone: +39 041-522-5810
web: www.hotelgiorgione.com

Room amenities: The recently renovated rooms are furnished in typical Venetian decor and have private bath, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe, air-conditioning, direct phone line, radio, color TV with satellite and Internet connection.

Facility amenities: To connect to the internet the hotel offers free wifi. If you don't have a computer you can use the internet point in the lobby. Complimentary newspapers in the lobby, laundry service available. Complimentary tea service offered in the late afternoon. Relax in the courtyard.

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.hotelgiorgione.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 consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, May 10 - Doge's Palace \ Bridge of Sighs \ Gondola Ride \ ...
Note: The walk through the many rooms of the Doge's Palace requires climbing a few flights of stairs, one of which is a monumental staircase with elaborate ceiling and wall decorations. Periods of standing as the local expert expounds on the history of the Venetian Republic through its art. The gondolier will offer assistance on and off the elegant craft.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Return to St. Mark's square for a guided visit of the Doge's Palace. This is the residence and offices of the Venetian ruler. See the great halls, richly decorated with paintings, frescos and sculptures. From the palace, you will have the best seats in the house to look over the Canal. Cross over the famous Bridge of Sighs and visit the dungeons called, I Piombi. Enjoy a gondola ride through the back canals of Venice.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. At your own pace visit the Correr Museum. Entrance is free with your ticket stub from the Doge's Palace.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Final walk for a gelato and return to the hotel to pack your bags.

Lodging: Hotel Giorgione

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, May 11 - Departure day \ Taxi boat ride to the Airport
Note: Taxi boat drops you off at the dock, you will need to handle your luggage from there to the terminal. It is an 8 minute walk on a path with an overhead canopy. At times one can find a luggage cart at the dock, utilize a coin to free the cart, it is returned once you click it to other carts.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. For early departures, a sack breakfast will be provided.

Morning: Transfer to the airport by taxi boat, luggage and you. Early morning flights require ample time prior to check-in, consider that it takes about 30 minutes from the hotel to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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12 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Performances

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