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From the Alps to Verona: A Cycling Odyssey Through Northern Italy

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Program #20865RJ
12 Days | 11 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.
Equipment Requirements
Participants must bring and wear their own bicycle helmet.

Itinerary for May 17 — May 28, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, May 17 - Departure
Evening: Board an overnight flight.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Contact info:
Hauptstraße 42
San Valentino alla Muta, 39027 Italy
phone: +39 0473/634 666
web: http://www.hotel-stocker.com/

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, May 18 - Arrival Innsbruck/Coach to San Valentino/Bike Fit...
Arrival Innsbruck/Coach to San Valentino/Bike Fitting & Testing/Welcome Dinner

Afternoon: Join your fellow travelers at the Innsbruck Airport for the coach transfer to our hotel in San Valentino alla Muta in Italy. Our route will take us through the Passo di Resia, an Alpine pass connecting the Inn River Valley with the Val Venosta. This pass was formerly part of the Via Claudia Augusta, an ancient Roman road that allowed people and goods to pass from the Adriatic Sea to Donauworth, Germany. En route to the hotel, we’ll enjoy an excursion to a fascinating site near Curon to see a striking landmark - a 14th-century church steeple towering from the lake. Lake Resia is an artificial lake created in 1950, when two smaller lakes were unified for the sake of power generation, submerging several villages and 1300 acres of cultivated land. On arrival at our hotel in San Valentino, we’ll fit your bicycle and test your biking skills to insure that you are safe and comfortable for the days ahead.

Dinner: Join us tonight in the hotel dining room for our welcome dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Stocker

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A family-operated hotel in the center of the beautiful village of Silandro in the heart of the Vinschgau Valley. The hotel offers a restaurant featuring typical Tyrolean cuisine.

Contact info:
via Dante, 6
Silandro, 39028 Italy
phone: +39 0473/730 188
web: http://www.goldener-loewe.it/

Room amenities: Shower, hairdryer, telephone, Internet access and TV

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Private Outdoor Gardem, Indoor Heated Swimming Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, May 19 - Bicycle to Glorenza/The Lasa Marble Industry
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: After a typical Tyrolean breakfast of meats, cheeses, cereals, yogurt and delicious rye breads, attend a lecture on safety, rules of the road and the IBT corner system. Our cycling begins at an altitude of 1500 meters which means you’ll almost forget how to pedal your bicycle today. Vistas of the snow-covered Alps and the fresh mountain air will energize you as we follow dedicated cycle paths along the Adige River. Enjoy a visit to the intriguing village of Glorenza with its perfectly preserved city walls with parapet walks, seven towers and three gates. This smallest town in South Tyrol was an important trading center for bringing ores and salt to Innsbruck.

Lunch: Sample the local fare in Glorenza on your own.

Afternoon: We'll discover the origins of the famous pure white marble mined from the mountains near Lasa, which was used extensively in many of the world's monuments and statues. Our cycling continues to the village of Silandro, located in the heart of fruit orchards and green pastures. The landmark of the city is the 97-meter high bell tower of the parish church, believed to be one of the highest in Tyrol.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Learn more about your fellow travelers at group introductions.

Lodging: Hotel Goldener Löwe

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

Description: A family-operated hotel in a quiet residential district ten minutes by foot from the historic district of Merano.

Contact info:
via Parrocchia, 6
Merano, 39012 Italy
phone: +39 0473/231 133
web: http://www.thurm.it/

Room amenities: Shower, WC, Television, Telephone

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Coffee Shop/Bar, Outdoor Swimming Pool with Private Garden, WiFi

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, May 20 - Fruit Cultivation/San Procolo Chapel Frescoes
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We'll start the day with a lecture on the age-old tradition of fruit cultivation and its importance to this area. The Val Venosta runs from Passo di Resia to Merano and has a special micro climate of dry and sunny days that is perfect for fruit cultivation. Our route takes us through the town of Laces, sometimes called the “apple capital," where many of the largest cooperatives of the valley are located. In Naturno, we’ll visit San Procolo Chapel, home to magnificent 8th-century frescoes, the oldest in the German-speaking world.

Lunch: Free to sample local fare on own.

Afternoon: Our day culminates in the aristocratic spa town of Merano, famous for its picturesque promenades, towering cathedrals and lush gardens.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Siegler (Albergo alla Torre)

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

Description: A privately-owned hotel located in a quiet residential district ten minutes from the historic center of Bolzano. The hotel had its origins as an ancient coach station and boasts a restaurant with fresco cycles by Rudolf Stolz. A Liberty-style facade adorns the hotel.

Contact info:
via Brennero, 11
Bolzano, 39100 Italy
phone: +39 0471/976 222
web: www.scalahot.com

Room amenities: Shower/Bath, WC, Hairdryer, LCD Television, Internet Access, Minibar, Safe

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Seated Lounge Area, Internet Access Points & Computer For Customer Usage, Outdoor Terrace, Private Garden with Swimming Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, May 21 - Historic Merano Guided Walk/Bicycle to Bolzano
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We’ll trade our cycling shoes for walking shoes this morning for a guided walking introduction to Merano’s old town to view its elegant architecture and learn the vivid history of this former Roman crossroad. Marvel at the Street of “Portici," a corridor of arches supported by masonry columns, which connect Piazza Duomo to Piazza del Grano.

Lunch: Free to sample local fare in Bolzano.

Afternoon: After sampling some of the culinary delights of South Tyrol (try the speck and dumplings or the local asparagus), we pedal along the Adige River through acres of vineyards to Bolzano. The town feels and looks more German-Austrian than Italian, and German is the predominant language spoken.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Scala (Hotel Stiegl)

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

Description: A privately-owned hotel located in a quiet residential district ten minutes from the historic center of Bolzano. The hotel had its origins as an ancient coach station and boasts a restaurant with fresco cycles by Rudolf Stolz. A Liberty-style facade adorns the hotel.

Contact info:
via Brennero, 11
Bolzano, 39100 Italy
phone: +39 0471/976 222
web: www.scalahot.com

Room amenities: Shower/Bath, WC, Hairdryer, LCD Television, Internet Access, Minibar, Safe

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Seated Lounge Area, Internet Access Points & Computer For Customer Usage, Outdoor Terrace, Private Garden with Swimming Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, May 22 - Bolzano/South Tyrol Archaeology Museum/Independen...
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Discover the artistic and cultural treasures of Bolzano with a local historian on a guided walk of the city. Marvel at the pink sandstone and multi-colored roof tiles of the Duomo (cathedral) as you discover the delightful medieval center. Visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, featuring Ötzi, the Iceman, the remarkably intact 5300 year old mummy, discovered twenty years ago in Alpine ice. You are in for a special treat as a new exhibit opened recently showing the new, naturalistic reconstruction of Ötzi the Iceman. Using 3D images of his skull as well as X-ray and CT images, two Dutch artists, Adrie and Alfons Kennis have recreated Ötzi.

Lunch: Free to sample local fare in Bolzano.

Afternoon: Take the balance of the day for independent exploration of Bolzano. Wander through the market squares, take the shuttle to Runkelstein Castle to view its spectacular wall paintings, or ride the oldest levitating funicular world wide from Bolzano to the mountain village of Colle for a panoramic view of Bolzano. Your feet will welcome the rest at dinner tonight in the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Scala (Hotel Stiegl)

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

Description: A family operated hotel located in the historical town center, a short walk to the Castle del Buonconsiglio and the Dom Cathedral. The hotel offers individually decorated guest rooms.

Contact info:
Via Torre Verde 50
Trento, 38100 Italy
phone: +39 0461/983 010
web: http://www.hotelamerica.it

Room amenities: Shower/Tub, WC, Hairdryer, Television, Telephone,

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Restaurant Terrace

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, May 23 - Bicycle to Trento/Wine Production
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We leave the German-speaking region of Southern Tyrol behind to enter the land of medieval castles, manor houses, orchards and vineyards. Wine is king in this area and we'll be cycling through scores of vineyards. There are twenty grape varieties used in the production of this region's top quality red and white wines. The most popular is the red Vernatsch grape, which accounts for 55% of the grapes grown.

Lunch: Free to sample local fare.

Afternoon: Learn about the passion of the wine-making process during a visit to a unique production facility. We cross the Italian-German speaking border at Salorno, where Italian influences surpass that of northern Italy. Take the opportunity tonight at dinner to sample some of the region's wines.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel America

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

Description: A family operated hotel located in the historical town center, a short walk to the Castle del Buonconsiglio and the Dom Cathedral. The hotel offers individually decorated guest rooms.

Contact info:
Via Torre Verde 50
Trento, 38100 Italy
phone: +39 0461/983 010
web: http://www.hotelamerica.it

Room amenities: Shower/Tub, WC, Hairdryer, Television, Telephone,

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Restaurant Terrace

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, May 24 - Historic Trento
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Learn about modern Italy during a lecture this morning. Explore Trento, whose Duomo was once the meeting ground for the Council of Trent. The remains of the old Roman town of Tridentum, complete with mosaic floors and a water heating system, remind us of the golden olden days. We'll discover the rich artistic and historic heritage of this city's elegant Renaissance style monuments and landmarks during a guided walking excursion of the archaic city center.

Lunch: Free to sample local fare.

Afternoon: Your afternoon is free for further independent exploration of this unique Alpine city.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel America

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

Description: A full-service hotel located a short walk to Lake Garda in the center of Torbole sul Garda.

Contact info:
via Strada Granda, 2
Torbole sul Garda, 38069 Italy
phone: +39 0464/505 940
web: http://www.lavelahoteltorbole.it/

Room amenities: Shower, WC, Telephone, Television

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Terrace

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, May 25 - Bicycle to Lake Garda
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We mount our bikes and follow the bicycle path along the Adige River to Rovereto, whose surrounding mountains were heavily fought over during World War I. A former railway track leads us through a low pass to an awesome descent to the deep blue Lago di Garda, Italy's largest lake.

Lunch: Free to sample local fare.

Afternoon: Our hotel is located on the northeast corner of the lake, known for its beaches, windsurfing and sailing.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Club Hotel La Vela

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

Description: A family-owned and operated hotel set on the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel is a ten-minute walk from the historic downtown area of Peschiera and features a large garden area. Evening meals will be on the the terrace of a former historic fort which has been converted into a restaurant with magnificent lake vistas.

Contact info:
via Giacomo Puccini, 2
Peschiera del Garda, 37019 Italy
phone: +39 045/640 1428
web: http://www.hotelpuccini.it/

Room amenities: Shower/WC, Air Conditioning, Television, Telephone, Internet Access

Facility amenities: Large Garden Area, Breakfast Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Swimming Pool and Sun Terrace

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, May 26 - Ferry Cruise Lake Garda/ Sirmione
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Start the day with a ferry cruise on Lake Garda from Torbole sul Garda to Sirmione, which affords a unique perspective of the resort-studded shores lined with olive, lemon and orange trees. Watch the windsurfers skimming across its temperate waters.

Lunch: Free to sample local fare.

Afternoon: After disembarking the ferry in Sirmione, we'll explore this peninsular tourist enclave, renowned for its thermal baths and ancient villa ruins of Veronese poet Caio Valerio Catullo. Our cycling route continues to Peschiera del Garda, one of the most characteristic towns on the lake, which in Roman times was an important trading center for fish and agricultural products. Our hotel is located on the southern shore of the lake. After arriving at the hotel, you may want to visit Peschiera's old town center which is located in the middle of an enormous fortress in the shape of a five-pointed star.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a former historic fort which has been converted into a restaurant with magnificent lake vistas.

Lodging: Hotel Puccini

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

Description: A family-operated hotel which provides a unique exclusive environment, furnished in a minimalist, sophisticated style. The hotel is located within a ten-minute walk to the old city center. The group will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant featuring typical local cuisine.

Contact info:
corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 32
Mantova, 46100 Italy
phone: +39 0376/288 170
web: http://www.hotelcasapoli.it/

Room amenities: Shower/WC, Air Conditioning/Heating, Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, WiFi

Facility amenities: Breakfast Room, Internal Private Garden, Reading Room

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact IBT for rates.
Please refer to the OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS section of your preparatory materials for rates.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Tuesday, May 27 -
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Our last day of cycling will be on the level towpath along the Mincio River, which is Lake Garda's only outgoing stream flow. We'll explore the unique hamlet of Borghetto, the first settlement that developed near the ford across the Mincio River. The three ancient water mills that seem to rise out of the river were used during the Venetian Republic to mill wheat and rice.

Lunch: Free to explore local fare.

Afternoon: On arrival in Mantova, surrender your bicycles and explore this historical enclave bordered on three sides by lakes. Mantova is known for its cultural history and abounds with historic piazzas, palaces, and great Renaissance structures.

Dinner: Enjoy your farewell dinner at a local restaurant featuring regional cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Casa Poli

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twelve: Wednesday, May 28 - Departure
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Group coach transfer to Verona Airport for flight departures. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you return on more rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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