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Program #21050RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 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.
Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended). Walking sticks are also recommended.

Itinerary for Oct 10 — Oct 18, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, October 10 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart on international overnight flight to Pisa.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Royal Sporting Hotel is a sea-side hotel overlooking the majestic "Golfo dei Poeti," which inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron. It is located near the historical center of Portovenere, a charming medieval sea village which dates back to the Roman era. Because of its central location, the Royal Sporting Hotel is the ideal starting point to visit the "Cinque Terre," one of Italy's most beautiful areas.

Contact info:
Via dell’Olivo 345
Portovenere SP, 19025 Italy
phone: +39 (0) 187 790 326
web: www.royalsporting.it/en

Room amenities: Garden-facing rooms are equipped with a television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a panoramic restaurant, bar, spa, sea water swimming pool, tennis, garden, laundry services, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

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: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, October 11 - Program Orientation / Introduction to the Liguria...
Morning: Arrive at Pisa airport (PSA) and transfer to Portovenere (approx. 1 hr 30 mins). Hotel check-in.

Afternoon: At 5:30 PM meet in the hotel conference room for an orientation to the program and introduction to your fellow participants.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Royal Sporting Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Royal Sporting Hotel is a sea-side hotel overlooking the majestic "Golfo dei Poeti," which inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron. It is located near the historical center of Portovenere, a charming medieval sea village which dates back to the Roman era. Because of its central location, the Royal Sporting Hotel is the ideal starting point to visit the "Cinque Terre," one of Italy's most beautiful areas.

Contact info:
Via dell’Olivo 345
Portovenere SP, 19025 Italy
phone: +39 (0) 187 790 326
web: www.royalsporting.it/en

Room amenities: Garden-facing rooms are equipped with a television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a panoramic restaurant, bar, spa, sea water swimming pool, tennis, garden, laundry services, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

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: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, October 12 - Cinque Terre - Monterosso to Corniglia
Note: 2 hour and 15 minute hike, approx. 2.5 miles. Please note that you will be walking on trails with little shade, some steep ascents and descents, and mixed terrain including steps, cobblestone, and rugged narrow paths with dirt and rocks. In order to reach the cliff-top town of Corniglia, you must climb nearly 400 steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by boat for Monterosso (approx. 1 hour). From Monterosso, hike trail number 2 to Vernazza and Corniglia.

Lunch: Enjoy a little free time for lunch and explore local fare on your own at one of the restaurants or cafes in Corniglia.

Afternoon: From Corniglia, return to Riomaggiore via train and then by boat (approx. 35 minutes) to Portovenere. At 6:00 PM, hear a lecture on the Ligurian Region, which will provide an overview of the history of this part of Italy beginning with the Roman Empire.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Royal Sporting Hotel

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

Description: Royal Sporting Hotel is a sea-side hotel overlooking the majestic "Golfo dei Poeti," which inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron. It is located near the historical center of Portovenere, a charming medieval sea village which dates back to the Roman era. Because of its central location, the Royal Sporting Hotel is the ideal starting point to visit the "Cinque Terre," one of Italy's most beautiful areas.

Contact info:
Via dell’Olivo 345
Portovenere SP, 19025 Italy
phone: +39 (0) 187 790 326
web: www.royalsporting.it/en

Room amenities: Garden-facing rooms are equipped with a television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a panoramic restaurant, bar, spa, sea water swimming pool, tennis, garden, laundry services, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

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: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, October 13 - Palmaria Island
Note: 2-3 hour hike, approx. 5.5 miles. Please note that there is a change in elevation of approx. 656 feet. Depending on what trail the group takes, be prepared for both asphalt and dirt trails with some rocks, and some uphill climbing.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by boat to Palmaria Island (approx. 15 minutes) from where the famous Portoro Marble was quarried. Enjoy a 2-3 hour hike through this beautiful island.

Lunch: Lunch at Locanda Lorena, a restaurant with picturesque views of the Ligurian Sea.

Afternoon: Return by boat to Portovenere. After a bit of rest and just prior to dinner, enjoy a lecture entitled "Portovenere & The Pirates."

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Royal Sporting Hotel

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

Description: Royal Sporting Hotel is a sea-side hotel overlooking the majestic "Golfo dei Poeti," which inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron. It is located near the historical center of Portovenere, a charming medieval sea village which dates back to the Roman era. Because of its central location, the Royal Sporting Hotel is the ideal starting point to visit the "Cinque Terre," one of Italy's most beautiful areas.

Contact info:
Via dell’Olivo 345
Portovenere SP, 19025 Italy
phone: +39 (0) 187 790 326
web: www.royalsporting.it/en

Room amenities: Garden-facing rooms are equipped with a television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a panoramic restaurant, bar, spa, sea water swimming pool, tennis, garden, laundry services, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

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: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, October 14 - Colonnata - Carrara Marble
Note: 2.5 hour hike through forest trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel via coach to Colonnata (approx. 2 hours). Upon arrival, we will hike a trail through a chestnut forest and arrive at the abandoned village of Vergheto. The village is beautifully maintained and provides a majestic view of the open-air Carrara caves, from which the famous Carrara marble is quarried. Walk back to Colonnata for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at the Ristorante Venanzio situated in the beautiful main square of Colonnata that is paved in white marble.

Afternoon: On the return to Portovenere, visit a unique 'bottega' which sells local food specialties and has maintained its original 1950's decor.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own at one of the restaurants in Portovenere.

Lodging: Royal Sporting Hotel

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

Description: Royal Sporting Hotel is a sea-side hotel overlooking the majestic "Golfo dei Poeti," which inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron. It is located near the historical center of Portovenere, a charming medieval sea village which dates back to the Roman era. Because of its central location, the Royal Sporting Hotel is the ideal starting point to visit the "Cinque Terre," one of Italy's most beautiful areas.

Contact info:
Via dell’Olivo 345
Portovenere SP, 19025 Italy
phone: +39 (0) 187 790 326
web: www.royalsporting.it/en

Room amenities: Garden-facing rooms are equipped with a television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a panoramic restaurant, bar, spa, sea water swimming pool, tennis, garden, laundry services, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

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: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Thursday, October 15 - Cinque Terre - Manarola to Corniglia
Note: 4 hour hike, approx. 4.5 miles. Please note that you will be walking uphill for approx. 1 hour to Volastra. Also, in order to reach the cliff-top town of Corniglia, you must climb nearly 400 steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Manarola. Set out on a hike upwards to Volastra. Continue on to Corniglia through one of the most beautiful areas following the path right along many vineyards.

Lunch: Enjoy a little free time for lunch and explore local fare on your own at one of the restaurants or cafes in Corniglia.

Afternoon: Depart Corniglia by train to La Spezia, where the coach will be waiting to take you back to Portovenere. In the late afternoon, hear a lecture about such famed writers as Shelley and Keats entitled "The Gulf of Poets and Lerici."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Royal Sporting Hotel

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

Description: Royal Sporting Hotel is a sea-side hotel overlooking the majestic "Golfo dei Poeti," which inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron. It is located near the historical center of Portovenere, a charming medieval sea village which dates back to the Roman era. Because of its central location, the Royal Sporting Hotel is the ideal starting point to visit the "Cinque Terre," one of Italy's most beautiful areas.

Contact info:
Via dell’Olivo 345
Portovenere SP, 19025 Italy
phone: +39 (0) 187 790 326
web: www.royalsporting.it/en

Room amenities: Garden-facing rooms are equipped with a television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a panoramic restaurant, bar, spa, sea water swimming pool, tennis, garden, laundry services, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

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: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Friday, October 16 - Cinque Terre - Riomaggiore to Portovenere
Note: 6 hour hike, approx. 8 miles. Please note that trails #1 and #3 have mixed terrain including stone, forest-floor and rocky, narrow paths with some uphill climbing. This walk is challenging and not advised for participants who suffer from vertigo.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Riomaggiore. Today's hike will include the most quintessential Cinque Terre trail which follows the ridge separating the coast from the inland regions.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Continue your hike ending in Portovenere at around 4:30 PM. At 5:30 PM, attend a lecture on "The Via Francigena," an ancient road and pilgrimage route running from France to Rome.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Royal Sporting Hotel

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

Description: Royal Sporting Hotel is a sea-side hotel overlooking the majestic "Golfo dei Poeti," which inspired famous poets such as Shelley and Byron. It is located near the historical center of Portovenere, a charming medieval sea village which dates back to the Roman era. Because of its central location, the Royal Sporting Hotel is the ideal starting point to visit the "Cinque Terre," one of Italy's most beautiful areas.

Contact info:
Via dell’Olivo 345
Portovenere SP, 19025 Italy
phone: +39 (0) 187 790 326
web: www.royalsporting.it/en

Room amenities: Garden-facing rooms are equipped with a television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: This hotel offers a panoramic restaurant, bar, spa, sea water swimming pool, tennis, garden, laundry services, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

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: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Saturday, October 17 - Sarzana / Fosdinovo Castle
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Take advantage of some extra time this morning to start packing for the trip home. At 10:00 AM, depart by coach to Sarzana. This town, at the entrance to the valley of Marga, lies along the pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome called "La Via Francigena." It is featured prominently in Italian history for its political and religious influence. This morning's field lecture will discuss Sarzana's history and the important role of pilgrimage during the Medieval Period. Your guided excursion will highlight the unique character of Sarzana, including its medieval walls, Roman city gate, as well as its cathedral and picturesque town square.

Lunch: Lunch in a historic restaurant called "Il Loggiato."

Afternoon: Guided excursion of Fosdinovo Castle, which dates back to the 12th century. In 1306, the Malaspina family, who still own the castle today, hosted Dante Alighieri here. Coach to Massa.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in Massa at "La Scurtarola," whose proprietor, Mr. Lorieri, is the President of the Lunigiana Wine Route. The farm house is situated on top of a hill between Apuan Alps and the sea. Mr. Lorieri will welcome you personally and give presentations on local specialties including the little known wine produced in this region called Vermentino Nero as well as local cheeses and focaccias.

Lodging: Royal Sporting Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Sunday, October 18 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Pisa airport (PSA) for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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