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Program #20415RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Elevation Note
Elevation will range between 3500-7100 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Helmets will be available, but we recommend you bring your own to ensure a better fit.

Itinerary for Jul 6 — Jul 15, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, July 06 - In Transit
In Transit: Overnight flight from US/Canada to Zurich, Switzerland.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Soldanella is located in a quiet neighborhood in the town center of St. Moritz, 6000 feet above sea level in the Engadine Valley. The Engadine is a uniquely beautiful landscape with forests, majestic glaciers and crystal-clear mountain lakes. The hotel offers a great view to Lake St. Moritz and the surrounding mountains. Museums, restaurants, bars and the Corviglia hiking and skiing area are within walking distance. St. Moritz is a sophisticated spa town where the rich and wealthy meet, particularly in wintertime. Its center is dominated by luxurious shops and fancy 5-star hotels.

Contact info:
Via Somplaz 17
St. Moritz, 7500 Switzerland
phone: +41 81 830 85 00
web: www.hotel-soldanella.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, radio, safe, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, Bacchus wine cellar, beautiful terrace overlooking the lake, wellness center, computer in the lobby and free wireless Internet access.

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: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 07 - Arrivals / Transfer to St. Moritz
Note: Transfer to St. Moritz approximately 3 hours. Cycle path: well developed paths which are partly gravel, tarmac and dirt.

Arrive To: Meet your group at 10:15 AM for the group transfer to St. Moritz (approx. 3 hours).

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own. We recommend you purchase something at the airport since you will not arrive in St. Moritz until the afternoon.

Afternoon: After check in pick up your "flyer" bike and proceed to take a test ride. A brief orientation with a welcome drink prior to dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Soldanella

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The farming estate of Il Fuorn was first mentioned in a document in 1490, and in 1509 it was already being referred to as an "inn." Workers from the numerous ore mines along the Ofen Pass used it as lodgings; however, its primary guests over the centuries were travellers, pack trains and smugglers. Enjoy the unspoiled nature, mystical valleys and abundance of open spaces at the only hotel located in the Il Fuorn National Park.

Contact info:
Il Fuorn
Ofenpass, Zernez, 7530 Switzerland
phone: +41 81 856 12 26
web: www.ilfuorn.ch

Room amenities: Hair dryers are available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine and hiking trails.

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


Day Three: Tuesday, July 08 - St. Moritz to Ofenpass
Note: Bike approximately 24 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, partly tarmac and partly gravel. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Set out on your "flyer" for Zernez. The luggage will be loaded into a van, which will follow you throughout the program. Bike ride along the Inn River down to the Unterengadin, or Lower Engadine, into the Swiss national park.

Lunch: Lunch in Zernez and then continue toward Ofenpass to the hotel.

Afternoon: Arrive and check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Il Fuorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Bio-Hotel Panorama is a unique hotel that sits above the town of South Tyrol in the Upper Vinschgau Valley. Local cuisine, a beautiful garden and views of a sunny mountain landscape are just the beginning of what this cozy hotel offers it guests.

Contact info:
Staatsstr. 5th
South Tyrol, I-39024 Italy
phone: +39 0473 831186
web: www.biohotel-panorama.it

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone and safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, wellness center with sauna and solarium, and free wireless Internet access in public areas.

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


Day Four: Wednesday, July 09 - Ofenpass to Vinschgau, Italy
Note: Bike approximately 33 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths which are partly paved, dirt and gravel. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: In the morning "fly" across the Ofen Pass to Muestair (5325 feet) with a lunch stop in the Muenstertal. Biking northeast through Switzerland to the South Tyrol of Italy. As you bike, stops will be made and you will hear field lectures regarding details of the land, people and culture of the area you are riding through.

Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own in Muenstertal.

Afternoon: Afternoon excursion and field trip to the convent of St. John. Hear a lecture by a docent at the convent regarding this ancient Benedictine Monastery in the Mustair village of Val Mustair, Switzerland. The convent is an exceptionally well-preserved heritage of Carolingian art and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Continue on across the border into Obervinschgau (5000 feet) in the South Tyrol.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Bio-Hotel Panorama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Kolping Hotel is located in the noble Quarter Obermais in the town of Merano. Known for its vineyards and excellent wine, Merano has a wonderful history and culture to explore. Within walking distance is the city center, and the famous promenades can also be found nearby.

Contact info:
Via Cavour 101
Merano, I-39012 Italy
phone: +39 473 253200
web: www.kolpingmeran.it

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, safe, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, wine cellar, pool, chapel and free wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, July 10 - Vinschgau to Meran - Biking through the South Tyr...
Vinschgau to Meran - Biking through the South Tyrol (known in Italy as the Alto Adige)

Note: Bike approximately 39 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, asphalt surfaces, gravel roads, and through forests, meadows and orchards. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: The constant companion on today's route is the River Etsch, and the target, Meran (1100 feet), a town of Mediterranean flair. From asphalt surfaces to gravel roads, the cycle tracks lead through beautiful forests, green meadows, orchards and numerous keeps and castles. Hear a field lecture about the history of Vinschgau and the culture of the Alpine region.

Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own along the River Etsch.

Afternoon: Continue along the River Etsch to Meran. Meran offers cultural, musical and sporting events along with traditional celebrations making this town a unique experience. Enjoy some free time in Meran to discover the small avenue, art, history, nature and culture of this town.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Kolping Hotel

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

Description: Surrounded by verdant fields and close to downtown Bolzano, the Garden Hotel Premstaller is a wonderful place to relax and experience the beauty of Italy. The hotel offers a sunny atmosphere, warm staff, and beautiful views of the fruit orchards that are growing right outside the windows.

Contact info:
Sigmundskronerstrasse 27/b
Bolzano, I-39100 Italy
phone: +39 0471 63 11 66
web: www.premstaller.it

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, fitness room, sauna and wireless Internet corner (for a fee).

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, July 11 - Meran to Bolzano
Note: Bike approximately 25 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, along orchards and vineyards. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Cycle along the old wine route through the Etsch valley, along numerous orchards and vineyards to the village of Bolzano (860 feet), the chief town of the Alto Adige. Together with Innsbruck, Bolzano is officially the capital of the Alps, and of course is known as the home of "Otzi," the iceman. Today's field lectures will explain the agriculture of the Etsch Valley and the economics of the numerous orchards.

Lunch: A stop will be made to explore local fare on your own in Bolzano.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the old market town, and the world famous Museum of Archaeology with the Iceman and the Messner Mountain Museum. Bolzano is a city full of mountaineering history and culture.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Garden Hotel Premstaller

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

Description: Hotel America is located in the heart of Trento's historical center. Built in 1923, the hotel is now run by the Giovannini family. It is within walking distance from Castle del Buonconsiglio and the Dom cathedral, and surrounded by the beautiful Trentino Mountains just outside of the city.

Contact info:
via Torre Verde 52
Trento, I-38100 Italy
phone: +39 0461 983010
web: www.hotelamerica.it

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, July 12 - Bolzano to Trento
Note: Bike approximately 39 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, as well as an unused railroad trail and undulating countryside. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Bike today on an unused stretch of railroad through undulating countryside, past numerous farmsteads, keeps and castles. Learn about the history of this area and the vineyards and how important the wine is to the economics of this area.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: Continue biking through the beautiful countryside, arriving in Trento in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the center of the delightful little town of Rovereto, the Hotel Rovereto is nearby the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Tower of Apponale, along with the railway station. Comfortable rooms, friendly staff and a pleasant atmosphere await its guests.

Contact info:
C'so Rosmini 82/D
Rovereto, I-38068 Italy
phone: +39 0464435222
web: www.hotelrovereto.it

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and lounge, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, July 13 - Trento to Rovereto
Note: Bike approximately 19 miles. Cycle path: well developed paths, along hilly vineyards. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: In the morning explore the picturesque provincial town of Trento, and visit the Trento Cathedral "Duomo di San Vigilio," the most important religious edifice in northern Italy. Duomo was built in the Gothic style in the 6th century over a pre-existing temple with a rose window as the facade. Learn the history of the old town, the site of the Council of Trent in the 16th century, during a field lecture. Trento is a major educational, scientific, financial and political center in Trentino-Alto Adige. Modern day Trento is a cosmopolitan city with highly-developed and organized modern social services.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in Trento before continuing the bike route to Rovereto.

Afternoon: After lunch "fly" through the hilly vineyards of Trentino. Travel through the Etschtal (valley), which becomes increasingly narrower as we head south. Trails end for today at the second largest town in Trentino, Rovereto (669 feet).

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Rovereto

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

Description: Welcoming guests since 1980, the Hotel Giberti is a hotel of great prestige and elegance. It is centrally located in Verona, only minutes from the internationally-known Arena di Verona.

Contact info:
Via Giberti 7
Verona, 37122 Italy
phone: +39 045 8006900
web: www.hotelgiberti.it

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, safe, tea facilities, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a dining area, bar, safe at reception, laundry services and free wireless Internet access 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:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Monday, July 14 - Rovereto to Verona
Note: Bike approximately 47 miles. Cycle path: flat, well developed paths. Snacks are available throughout the morning while biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Due to the topography of the valley, today's path follows the Etsch canal. Cycle on a predominantly flat route to Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. Hear about the legend of Romeo and Juliet and about the historical sights of Verona.

Lunch: En route to Verona.

Afternoon: Continue on to Verona. Upon arrival there will be an excursion of Verona (223 feet). Discover all the interesting historical sights. A main attraction in northern Italy - due to the artistic heritage, shows and operas in the Arena - is the Roman ancient amphitheatre. This town is positioned close to Lake Garda, one hour from the sea and two hours from the Dolomites, and it has a long-standing tradition of kindness to their guests.

Dinner: Enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Giberti

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Tuesday, July 15 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Departure to Verona airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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