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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Itinerary for Sep 12 — Sep 25, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, September 12 - Flights depart from North America.
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. Enjoy a snack, small plate and refreshment at the brasserie in the lobby. Dry cleaning and laundry service available. Free wifi.

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: Sunday, September 13 - Arrivals / Orientation / Welcome Reception
Note: Hotel check-in is available from 2:00 p.m.

Arrive To: Rome airport and clear customs. In the first public area of the arrivals terminal, meet the Road Scholar representative who will lead you to the coach.

Morning: The group leader will be in the lobby of the hotel to greet arriving travelers. Leave your luggage with the desk clerk and join the group leader for a walk in the neighborhood late morning. Guest check in is available from 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: We will gather in the lobby at 12:30 where the group leader will lead the way to the hotel restaurant for a multi-course lunch with plated table service.

Afternoon: After you have the key to your room, settle in, freshen up and relax, then meet back in the hotel lobby area at 4:00 p.m. for an orientation walk in the neighborhood to identify ATMs, pharmacies, stores, restaurants, etc., The short walk circles back to the hotel where you will gather in the meeting room for a briefing session. The group leader will greet everyone and lead introductions with a Welcome Cocktail (or fruit juice). We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel's rooftop restaurant. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

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. Enjoy a snack, small plate and refreshment at the brasserie in the lobby. Dry cleaning and laundry service available. Free wifi.

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: Monday, September 14 - Welcome to Rome / Forum and Colosseum / Treasures...
Note: Good walking shoes are a must for the visits to the archaeological sites. Steep and uneven steps to reach the 3rd tier of the Colosseum. You will be on your feet most of 2 hours in the large open area of the Forum. Walk along uneven paths and original pavement of cobblestone.

Breakfast: This day and for the next four mornings, the breakfast buffet at the hotel offers juice and water, an egg dish, sliced cold cuts, assortment of cheeses, cereal, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, breads and pastries, jams, honey and butter, and a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight of a professor who will set the stage for your explorations. After a short break, board the coach for the brief ride to the closest drop off point in the pedestrian only area of the Colosseum/Forum. A local expert leads the visit to the Colosseum, built in the year 80 CE and unveils some interesting anecdotes of entertainment so many centuries ago.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the Piazza del Colosseo. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: Guided visit continues to the Roman Forum. The forum dates back to the 7th century BCE. The local expert's description will bring the columns and arches to life as you learn about how the Forum was central to the commercial, civic and religious activity of Rome. At the conclusion of the visit, board a coach back to the hotel. Later in the afternoon in the hotel meeting room an art historian illustrates the Treasures of the Vatican in preparation for a visit to view a portion of the Vatican's immense art collection.

Dinner: At a characteristic trattoria near the hotel that features Roman dishes. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Evening: At leisure.

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. Enjoy a snack, small plate and refreshment at the brasserie in the lobby. Dry cleaning and laundry service available. Free wifi.

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: Tuesday, September 15 - Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel / St. Peter's Ba...
Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel / St. Peter's Basilica / Free afternoon.

Note: Coach drop off point is a few blocks from and an uphill walk to the museum entrance. 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). Please note that even with a reserved entrance you can expect crowds as thousands of people visit the museum collections and Sistine Chapel every day of the year.

Breakfast: At the hotel served buffet style.

Morning: Coach to the closest drop off point for the Vatican Museums. Meet the local expert who leads the visit of the Museums and Basilica. The extraordinary works of art in the museum collection will amaze you, notable are: Roman statuary (Laocoon, Belvedere Apollo, and 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 Pietà and Bernini's bronze canopy over the main altar. The Vatican issues a morning bulletin detailing which parts of the vast collection may be closed for maintenance, including the passageway from the Sistine Chapel directly to the Basilica entrance. If the stairway is not accessible, we will exit the Museum, and walk along the external Vatican fortress wall to enter the Basilica. At the conclusion of the visit, walk across the Piazza San Pietro to board the coach back to the hotel.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore a museum or a city neighborhood on your own. Suggestions are given on site.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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. Enjoy a snack, small plate and refreshment at the brasserie in the lobby. Dry cleaning and laundry service available. Free wifi.

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: Wednesday, September 16 - Piazza Navona / Trevi Fountain / Pantheon / Spani...
Piazza Navona / Trevi Fountain / Pantheon / Spanish Steps/ Palazzo Massimo Antiquities

Note: Extensive walking (about a mile) in the heart of Rome's pedestrian only area from coach drop off point and between the area from Piazza Navona to the Spanish Steps. For the afternoon visit, the Palazzo Massimo is situated right around the corner from the hotel. Few stairs to reach the entrance, elevators inside.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, a local expert leads the walk in the heart of Rome to four landmarks: Piazza di Spagna, the Baroque Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon, Roman temple built in 126 CE. The walk concludes at Piazza Navona, whose buildings are set on the seating of Domitian's stadium.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant just off the elegant Piazza Navona. Fixed menu of Roman dishes, plated table service.

Afternoon: Coach to the hotel. After a short rest, walk to Palazzo Massimo alle Terme to see a fine collection of ancient Roman art with spacious and light filled exhibition spaces. Notable is the seated bronze boxer and frescoes from Villa Livia, Augustus Caesar's wife's dining room.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the type of eatery that fits your budget and taste. The group leader will have suggestions where to go for small plates, or a full-course dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

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: Fine dining at Ristorante Benedicta accessible from the hotel lobby, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi. Laundry service available through the hotel; self-serve wash and dry shop in the neighborhood.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, September 17 - Borghese Gallery / Train to Florence / Neighborho...
Note: Stairs to reach second floor of the Gallery. Short walk (350 yards) from the hotel to the train station, comfortable ride on the train, short walk (300 yards) to the Florence hotel. The 1/4 mile orientation walk explores the neighborhood of the hotel and the Duomo.

Breakfast: Served buffet style 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. The highlight of the collection are the emotionally charged sculptures by Bernini, a true evocation of the Baroque. Coach to a restaurant in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the hotel, enjoy a light lunch, fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: Short walk to the hotel to pick up your carry-on bags stored in the hotel's safe room. Walk to Termini, the train station. Travel on the train with just your carry-on bag. High speed train to Florence takes 2 hours. Short walk from the Florence train station to the hotel. Check in and settle in. Late afternoon neighborhood walk to orient you to the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores and shops.

Dinner: Enjoy Tuscan dishes at Ristorante Benedicta, the fine restaurant in the lobby of the hotel. Fixed menu, plated table service.

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: Fine dining at Ristorante Benedicta accessible from the hotel lobby, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi. Laundry service available through the hotel; self-serve wash and dry shop in the neighborhood.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, September 18 - Medieval Florence and the Medici Family / Bargell...
Medieval Florence and the Medici Family / Bargello Sculpture Museum / Accademia

Note: The walk to the Bargello, about 3/4 mile, traverses the heart of Renaissance Florence. One flight of steps to reach the upper gallery. After lunch the walk to the Accademia museum is a little over 1/2 mile.

Breakfast: This day and for the next four mornings, the breakfast buffet at the hotel offers juice and water, an egg dish, sliced cold cuts, assortment of cheeses, cereal, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, breads and pastries, jams, honey and butter, and a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Morning: A classroom session on Medieval Florence and the Medici family. After a short break, set out on foot for the National Museum of the Bargello where an art historian will give insight on Florentine Renaissance sculpture.

Lunch: At a restaurant either near the Bargello or along the way to the Accademia. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: Walk to the Accademia for an onsite lecture on Michelangelo's David, one of the most famous statues in the world. Admire the unfinished statues known as the “Prisoners” because they appear to be forcefully emerging from the marble. After the art historian concludes the explanations, feel free to remain in the Accademia to visit other exhibitions, such as early musical instruments, or the museum book shop. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner: At the hotel. Fixed menu, plated table service.

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: Fine dining at Ristorante Benedicta accessible from the hotel lobby, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi. Laundry service available through the hotel; self-serve wash and dry shop in the neighborhood.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, September 19 - San Lorenzo Market / Renaissance Dinner and Enter...
Note: The walk from the hotel to the San Lorenzo market is less than half a mile. From the Palazzo Borghese the walk to the hotel is 3/4 mile.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Set out on foot for the Market of San Lorenzo, the downtown historical fresh fruit and meat market. Along the road, "bancarelle" vendor carts sell various Florentine specialties: leather, scarves, pottery and souvenirs. A local expert leads the visit of the Duomo, Florence's cathedral and most famous landmark and another site of interest in the Duomo Museum complex since the museum is currently closed for a major renovation project and schedule to reopen in November.

Lunch: On your own. There are many choices in the area of the Mercato and the Duomo to suit every palate and budget. The group leader will offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to visit other venues with your cumulative ticket of the Duomo Museum complex, or explore other sites in the heart of Florence at your own pace.

Dinner: Walk to Palazzo Borghese. 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, which never materialized. Now the Palazzo hosts a multi course dinner in its elegant dining hall, with Renaissance themed music and entertainment featuring a court jester and dancers--all make for a lively entertaining evening. Dress attire is not required. Dinner consists of an antipasto sampler, a choice of first and second course, wine and dessert.

Lodging: Hotel Rivoli

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: Fine dining at Ristorante Benedicta accessible from the hotel lobby, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi. Laundry service available through the hotel; self-serve wash and dry shop in the neighborhood.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, September 20 - Renaissance Art / Uffizi Gallery
Note: The walk from the hotel to the Uffizi is .6 of a mile. A small elevator (cap. 3 persons) 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 aficionados.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room an art historian gives an overview of medieval and Renaissance art in preparation for the visit to the Uffizi Gallery. The group leader will add on a brief information session to go over the logistics of moving about in Venice. Set out on foot for the Piazza della Signoria.

Lunch: Enjoy some Tuscan dishes at a local restaurant. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: Walk to the Uffizi. For the self guided visit 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 Leonardo da Vinci'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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the type of eatery that fits your budget and taste. The group leader will have suggestions where to go for small plates at a wine bar, or a full-course dinner at a trattoria or restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Rivoli

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. Laundry service available.

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: Monday, September 21 - Transfer to Venice
Note: Walk from the hotel to the train station is 350 yards. High speed train to Venice. The walk from the Venice train station (Santa Lucia) to the hotel is about 400 yards.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel, depositing your bags in the lobby. They will be loaded onto a van headed directly to Venice and once there, transferred to a barge to be delivered to the hotel. Set out on foot for the train station. High speed train to Venice takes about 2 hours. Short walk to the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: Check into your room after lunch. Settle in and meet in the lobby around 4 pm. In the hotel meeting room, a local historian will share insights into different aspects of Venetian culture. Topics vary according to their expertise; details will arrive with the final mailing. Set out with the group leader on a Neighborhood walk that will point out the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores and vaporetto stops.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel. Fixed menu, plated table service.

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. Laundry service available.

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: Tuesday, September 22 - St. Mark's Square and Basilica \ Ducal Palace
Note: Ride the public vaporetto to St. Mark's Square. Walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the canals. The visit through the many rooms of the Ducal Palace requires climbing a few flights of stairs. Narrow passages through the rooms of the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs.

Breakfast: This day and for the next four mornings, the breakfast buffet at the hotel offers juice and water, an egg dish, sliced cold cuts, assortment of cheeses, cereal, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, breads and pastries, jams, honey and butter, and a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Morning: Travel along Venice's famed Grand Canal on a vaporetto boat (Venice's public transportation system) to St. Mark's Square. The cathedral, built during the 13 C., shows Byzantine influence. There are more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics adorning the church, giving the impression of streets of gold. You will be issued a vaporetto pass valid for unlimited rides on the major routes for your stay in Venice.

Lunch: Sample some Venetian dishes at a trattoria. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit continues to the Ducal Palace, seat of civic and political power. Doges embellished the residential quarters and ceremonial chambers of the Great Council with lavish artwork, including murals by Tintoretto and Veronese. The visit concludes in the spacious courtrooms and the Prisons, connected by the Bridge of Sighs. Those convicted of crimes walked from the courtroom to prison across the infamous bridge, so called because of the prisoners reaction knowing it was their last glimpse of light and air. A local expert will lead our exploration. Vaporetto back to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Fixed menu, plated table service.

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. Laundry service available.

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: Wednesday, September 23 - Frari and Scuola Grande S. Rocco \ Rialto \ Gondo...
Note: Walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the canals. Assistance offered getting in and out of the gondola.

Breakfast: Served buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Ride the vaporetto to the stop near the Frari. Onsite lecture at the Church of the Frari where you can admire works by Titian and Bellini. The guided visit continues to the nearby Scuola Grande di S. Rocco. Scuole are lay charitable organizations whose meeting halls were decorated by the great Venetian painters. Learn about their activities and some of their illustrious members. The visit ends at the Rialto Market.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the Rialto, sample a variety of Venetian dishes. Fixed menu, plated table service.

Afternoon: 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the type of eatery that fits your budget and taste. The group leader will have suggestions where to go for small plates, or a full-course dinner.

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. Laundry service available.

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: Thursday, September 24 - Master Glassblower Demonstrates the Craft in Mura...
Note: Enjoyable boat ride to the island, minimal effort to walk around the streets of Murano. Low bridges to cross if you explore more of Murano or venture to Burano on your free time.

Breakfast: Served buffet style 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: On your own. There are various cafes and trattorias on the small island of Murano.

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 main cluster of islands that make up Venice by getting off the vaporetto at San Marco or the stop closest to the hotel.

Dinner: Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories with your fellow participants at our farewell dinner at the hotel. Fixed menu, plated table service. Wine is included with this meal to toast new friendships.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Friday, September 25 - Departures
Note: Transfer by water taxi from the hotel's private dock. Your bags will be loaded onto and off the boat but at the airport dock there are some steps to reach the road. Under a covered path, the walk to the terminal (about 300 yards) flanks the parking lot. If you have trouble managing your luggage on the flat path you can use a baggage cart. Drop in a euro coin to release the trolley at the airport dock; it will be returned to you when you lock the trolley at the terminal's baggage cart stand.

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

Morning: Program concludes. 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.

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12 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
1 Performances

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