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9 Days | 8 Nights
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.
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Patricia Hlafter Feb 28, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Sylvia, Our British Airways flight arrives in Venice at 12:10. If you will wait for us, let's agree on a place to meet. Pat Hlafter
Sylvia Johnson Mar 02, 2015 at 04:28 PM

Hi Pat, Marcia, Maryann, and I will wait for you to arrive. Our flight is KLM 1651 from Amsterdam. The travelers on earlier trips met at baggage claim #3. Shall we try that?
Patricia Hlafter Mar 03, 2015 at 01:43 PM

OK. Jon and I will meet you at Baggage claim #3.

Darlene Marashlian Feb 26, 2015 at 10:48 AM

We are signed up for the March 5 program,and a private airport-hotel door-to-door transfer by the hotel March 6. Would you like to join us?

Patricia Hlafter Jan 31, 2015 at 04:53 PM

My husband and I have signed up for the program that begins April 9. Who would like to share a water taxi?
Sylvia Johnson Feb 26, 2015 at 03:21 PM

My two friends and I are on the April 9 program. We arrive in Venice at 10:55 AM on April 10 and would be happy to share a taxi. Sylvia Johnson

George Dillon Nov 04, 2014 at 06:30 PM

Debby, If my wife and i miss connecting with Linc and the others. Maybe we can connect. Thanks.

Sterling Lauer Nov 04, 2014 at 03:45 PM

I am so jealous of all of you going on this trip. As mentioned in a previous post, we did this trip last November, and it was great. We loved Christina Gregorin, our resource person. She gave wonderful lectures and field trips and knows everything about Venice. I hope you have safe travels, and a marvelous experience. Please post and let us know how it goes. And I'm interested to find out how the transport from the airport worked out for everyone. (Mrs.) Sterling Lauer, Fort Worth, TX
Debby and Phil Lewis Nov 04, 2014 at 04:01 PM

Thank you!
George Dillon Nov 04, 2014 at 06:25 PM

Linc, All,Thanks. I will meet all of you at baggage claim #3. I am looking forward to this trip

Robert "Linc" Clay Nov 04, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Good Afternoon George - I have read the water taxis take from 6 to 8 depending on baggage. I would suggest we all meet at baggage claim #3 and then we can get a count and see what our options are. I have also read that at high or low tides the water taxi may have to drop us at the Rialto Bridge (which is the about where the orange Alilaguna leaves us as well). We are hitting the spring tides with the high on Friday around 10 AM and the low around 5 PM. That would put us mid-tide so presumably/hopefully if we opted for the water taxi it could get us to the hotel. There is also a 60% chance of rain on Friday which may decrease the attractiveness of the walk from Rialto. See you there. Cheers.
Mary Williams Nov 04, 2014 at 05:59 PM

Lincoln, you are a mine of useful information! We might ask the taxi driver about the tide situation before we get on. It looks like we'll have seven, and I think Road scholars generally travel with relatively little luggage.
Mary Williams Nov 04, 2014 at 06:04 PM

I didn't say Lincoln ! My computer is putting words in.my mouth again.
Robert "Linc" Clay Nov 05, 2014 at 06:30 AM

No worries Mary, it actually is Lincoln; Linc being the short form.

George Dillon Nov 04, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Hello Judy, et al,

My wife and I will be arriving at 12:05 p.m. on Lufthansa and are wondering if you still need additional passengers for the water taxi. Sorry to be late in the conversation. Thanks.
Debby and Phil Lewis Nov 04, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Hi George - If you find you're too late for the group water taxi, Phil and I arrive SwissAir at 2:04. Planning to take the Alilaguna Orange Line to Rialto. Glad to have you join us if you feel like waiting.

Judith Leipnitz Oct 31, 2014 at 01:36 PM

Hi Mary, Linc, Dixie - My sister Sandy and I are scheduled to arrive on Air France Flight 8516 from Paris at 11:55. Looks like we should have enough people to make the water taxi a viable option if we all arrive on time. I have info on free carts (need Euro coin) and the walkway to the piers, where the water taxi and Alilaguna are near each other. We should not buy our Alilaguna tickets until we see which means of transportation we will take. I suggest we meet at the public transportation counter in the arrivals terminal. We will look for you first at baggage claim 3. We should be able to check the info boards at the airport to see if the other flight is on time. We should set a time beyond which we won't wait. How about 1:20? At least now, we'll all have a group, as the three of you are on the same flight. How does this plan sound?
Robert "Linc" Clay Nov 02, 2014 at 07:58 AM

That sounds fine to us (Linc and Dixie). We will look for you at baggage claim 3.

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