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

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

In Transit: Overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Arrivals in Rome the following day.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.

Contact info:
Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar

Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, March 13 - Arrivals / Orientation / Welcome Reception
Note: Minimum exertion, short walk around neighborhood

Arrive To: Rome airport and clear customs, join others for transfer.

Morning: Transfer to hotel. Check-in time is afternoon. Your room might not be ready for occupancy if you arrive early morning. The group leader will be at the reception desk to assist you with safekeeping your luggage after which you can explore the area around the hotel before lunch at 12:30.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: A brief neighborhood walk to locate ATMs, banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, eateries. Program overview and orientation, distribution of on-site materials, including the daily schedule. Note that the schedule distributed on site will reflect any changes to the times or venues of lectures, site visits, and events. At the Welcome Reception a chance to meet your fellow Road Scholars.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel's rooftop restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

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

Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.

Contact info:
Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar

Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


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

Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style. At the hotel in Rome (Florence and Venice as well) the buffet spread has coffees, teas, water, milk, juices, breads, jam, cakes and pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, a variety of cereals, cooked eggs, cold cuts and sliced cheese.

Morning: Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight of a professor who will set the stage for your explorations. A local expert leads the visit to the Roman Colosseum. The Flavian Amphitheater or Colosseum was built in the 80 CE. In late 2013 scaffolding was erected on part of the structure as workers restore (and close) small sections at a time, allowing visitors to enter and experience the ancient amphitheater.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near Via dei Fori Imperiali.

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

Dinner: Dinner at a characteristic Roman trattoria.

Lodging: Hotel Diana

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

Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.

Contact info:
Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar

Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, March 15 - Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel / St. Peter's Ba...
Note: Reserved entrance time at Vatican Museums diminishes the wait in line. The visit requires negotiating multiple flights of steps and walking the long corridor to the Sistine Chapel (distance is about 1/2 mile). Year round you can expect crowds; thousands of people visit the museums daily. Free time allows one to remain in the area of S. Peter's or coach back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Expert-led visit of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. The extraordinary works of art in the museum collection will amaze you, notable are: Roman statuary: Laocoon, Belvedere Apollo, gilded bronze Hercules, Raphael's Stanze and of course Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. If security permits, your guide will lead you out a back way which puts you directly at the foyer of St. Peter's Basilica. If the shortcut is closed to the public, the guide will take you the long way along the Vatican walls to enter St. Peter's Basilica from the square. In the basilica you will see Michelangelo's Pieta' and Bernini's bronze canopy over the main altar. Coach back to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. Suggestions offered on site.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

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. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies by season
If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, March 16 - Art Treasures in the Borghese Gallery / Palazzo M...
Art Treasures in the Borghese Gallery / Palazzo Massimo alle Terme (ancient Roman art)

Note: To view the Borghese Gallery painting collection requires ascending 2 flights of stairs, whereas the sculpture collection is on the ground floor. The visit of the Palazzo Massimo museum will require ascending two flights of stairs from street level. Once inside, there is an elevator to reach the upper floors.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Borghese Gallery, the private pleasure and reception palace of Cardinal Scipio Borghese, an avid art collector and patron of the young Bernini. On display in the Gallery are important paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Botticelli and Titian. However, most people go there to see the sculptures by Bernini which are emotionally charged, a true evocation of the Baroque.

Lunch: Coach back to the hotel, lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Later in the afternoon, an expert-led visit of the collection of Roman Art at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, around the corner from the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, March 17 - Piazza Walk /Train to Florence / Neighborhood Wal...
Note: Nice walk from P. Navona to Pantheon to Trevi and to Spanish Steps. Short walk from the hotel to the train station, comfortable ride on the train, short walk to hotel and city orientation in Florence.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel. Your bags will be delivered to the hotel in Florence. Coach to Piazza Navona where a local expert leads the walk in the heart of Rome to four impressive sites: P. Navona; the Pantheon, Roman temple built in 26 CE; the Trevi Fountain from the Baroque period, and the Spanish Steps. Transportation provided to the restaurant.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Brief stop at the hotel to gather your carry-on bags from the hotel's secured luggage storage. Short walk to the station. Transfer to Florence by train. Check in and settle into the hotel in Florence. Late afternoon neighborhood walk to orient you to the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores and shops. On the walk, you may pass the Duomo, the main cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th C. city hall, still used for that purpose.

Dinner: Dinner at Ristorante Benedicta, the fine restaurant of the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Rivoli

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, March 18 - Welcome to Florence / Bargello / Duomo Museum
Note: Walk from the hotel to the Bargello museum is about .7 mile. Visit continues to the nearby Duomo Museum. Leisurely walk from the Renaissance Dinner venue back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: In a classroom session learn about Florence from its beginnings as a camp in Roman times to its rise centuries later to the European center of art and culture. After a short break, the professor leads the walk and visit to the Bargello and Duomo Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. With cumulative ticket from the Duomo Museum consider visiting the other sites of the Duomo Complex. The Baptistery and Duomo (cathedral) are impressive spaces filled with art treasures. If you accept the physical challenge, consider climbing the 414 steps up and down the Bell Tower or the 463 steps up and down the Cupola for unforgettable views of the city roof-tops and surrounding hills.

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

Lodging: Hotel Rivoli

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, March 19 - Renaissance Art / Uffizi Gallery
Note: 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: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Morning lecture on medieval and Renaissance art in preparation for the visit to the Uffizi Gallery. A little free time before our appointed time to enter the Uffizi.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: 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 DaVinci's Annunciation, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the Primavera, some Titians, Michelangelo's Holy Family, and a few Caravaggios as well as Artemisia Gentileschi. There is a coffee bar at the end of the second corridor, on top of the Loggia, with a wonderful view of the watch tower and Duomo where you can get a refreshment and rest. You may want to browse the extensive book store and gift shop. Some free time before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, March 20 - Medici and Medici Chapels / Accademia / Free Late...
Note: Leisurely walk on city sidewalks (some narrow) to the Accademia Gallery. The walk back to the hotel is .8 mile.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A classroom session on the intriguing Medici family. The local expert will lead the visit to the Medici Chapels of San Lorenzo. Admire the tombs of prominent Medici family members sculpted by Michelangelo. Some free time to explore the nearby Mercato Centrale where you will find merchants' carts displaying leather goods, decorated Florentine paper, souvenirs, and in the steel building, the fresh food market, selling local produce.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the San Lorenzo market.

Afternoon: Expert-led visit continues. Short walk to the Galleria dell'Accademia where Michelangelo's statue of David is on display. The guided visit concludes by 4:00 pm. At your own pace continue the visit to the other collections of the small museum, browse the bookshop, or explore another part of Florence.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

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.

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

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Train to Venice, short walk to the hotel. Your bags will be delivered by courier.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: A local historian presents Welcome to Venice and illustrates how Venice's wealth, a result of trade with the near East, allowed the city to grow into its present grandeur. Then, with the group leader, explore the neighborhood and get a feel of the Grand and minor canals. The walk will indicate the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores and shops.

Dinner: Dinner at a neighborhood restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Saturday, March 22 - Frari and Rialto / St. Mark's Square and Basilica
Note: Leisurely vaporetto (public boat) ride to S. Mark's Square.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Ride the vaporetto (public boat) to the Rialto area. Your vaporetto pass will be valid for the duration of your stay. Expert-led visit of the Gothic church known as I Frari to admire works by the artists Bellini, Titian, and Donatello.

Lunch: Sample Venetian dishes at a trattoria.

Afternoon: Continue to Piazza S. Marco on the vaporetto along the Grand Canal. The expert-led visit to S. Mark's Cathedral, built during the 13 C., highlights the Byzantine influence. There are more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics adorning the church, giving the impression of streets of gold. Some free time late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or restaurant near the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Sunday, March 23 - Doge's Palace / Gondola Ride / Accademia Museum
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. A flight of marble stairs leads to the Accademia galleries. Assistance is offered for boarding and disembarking the gondola.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to S. Mark's square. A local guide leads the visit of the Doge's Palace, seat of civic and political power. Doges (rulers) embellished the palace to demonstrate their wealth and importance. See impressive murals by Tintoretto and Veronese. Walk through the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs. Experience the city from a different point of view as you enjoy a gondola ride along the canals of Venice.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in the Dorsoduro neighborhood.

Afternoon: On-site lecture and visit to the Accademia museum, a great collection of art by such notables as Veronese, Veneziano, Bellini, Tintoretto and Giorgione. Not far from the Accademia is the Peggy Guggenheim Museum; during your free time in the late afternoon you can consider a visit. Ride the vaporetto or wind your way on foot back to the hotel on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

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

Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.

Contact info:
Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it

Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: varies by season
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, March 24 - Glassmaking demonstration in Murano / Free Aftern...
Note: Enjoyable boat ride to the island, minimal effort to walk around the streets of Murano.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto to the island of Murano for a glassblowing demonstration by master artisans. Some free time to stroll the narrow streets along the canals.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. With your vaporetto pass you can easily take the boat from Murano to explore the island of Burano, whose leaning tower rivals that in Pisa. Here you can find Venetian lace and small shops where you can watch the crafters create their handiwork. Or return to Venice to explore at your own pace.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Principe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Tuesday, March 25 - Departures
Note: Transfer to the airport may be by water taxi from the hotel dock. Your bags will be loaded onto and off the water taxi but at the dock there are a few steps from to the road that leads to the terminal. Under a covered path, the walk to the terminal takes about 8 minutes. If you have trouble managing your luggage on the flat path you can use a trolley (euro coin deposit) available up at the airport dock.

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

Morning: Departure transfer to Venice Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

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