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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Start of Program
Mar 31, 2014
Lunch provided for morning arrivals. Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Meet in lobby at 4:00 for neighborhood walk
You will be staying at the Hotel Palazzo Carpegna that night.
Location: Rome
Nearest city or town: Rome
Nearest highway: autostrada
Nearest airport: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino
Transportation to site: To reach the hotel on your own, from the Rome airport terminal, you have the two options for door to door service (taxi; fare from the airport to the hotel is set by the city at EUR 48. Max 3 persons per vehicle). Follow the signs in the terminal for Taxi. You may choose to contact the hotel a week or so before to request a car and driver to meet you at the airport exit, fare is about EUR 50. Provide your name, flight n. and arrival time, n. traveling with you, max of 3. Inform the hotel if more seats are needed and they will provide a larger vehicle.) For public transportation option from the airport to the hotel, follow the signs with the train icon in the arrivals hall of the airport terminal to the platforms; purchase tickets at the ticket counter or the tobacco shop on the station platform, stamp the ticket in the yellow box on the platform, and board the Leonardo Express to Roma Termini, the main train station in Rome. Fare is about EUR 14 pp. The ride takes 30 min. Once off the train, follow the platform toward the front of the station to the exit, there you will find the queue for taxis. The fare should be about EUR 25 to the hotel. Another option is to reserve shared ride shuttle van service. Book online at www.rome.airport-shuttle.com. First fare is EUR 30; discounts for other travelers in your party.

End of Program
Apr 12, 2014
Check out of hotel by 11:00 am. No activities other than departure transfers to Rome airport
You will be staying at the Hotel Principe the night before.
Location: Venice
Nearest city or town: Venice
Nearest highway: autostrada
Nearest airport: Marco Polo
Transportation to site: To reach the airport on your own, there is public transportation via land available from Piazzale Roma to the Venice Airport for about EUR 6 per person. Piazzale Roma, the area at the end of the causeway connecting Venice to the mainland, is 500 yards from the hotel. To reach Piazzale Roma from the hotel you can take the vaporetto one stop or walk. Keep in mind you will be handling your luggage on the short vaporetto ride or, if you choose to walk to the bus stop, you will have to cross a modern glass bridge with low steps and no ramp for wheeling your bag. For direct service from the hotel dock to the airport, it is possible to book a water taxi. The hotel front desk will make the reservation for you. Fare is approx. EUR 100. Max 10 passengers per taxi boat. If you are continuing your travels by train you can reach the train station easily on foot (3 min. walk from the hotel).
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A calm oasis in a metropolitan city with a private park and garden and its own Renaissance style church on the property. Business class hotel with conference center equipped with large and medium size meeting halls. Built in neoclassical style architecture with echoes of the Renaissance.

Contact info:
Via Aurelia 481
Rome, 00165 Italy
phone: +39 06 660011
web: www.palazzocarpegna.com

Room amenities: Individual climate control; free Wi-Fi or wired or TV internet service; flat screen TV with satellite connection; mini-bar, hair dryer, electronic safe; direct dial telephone; toiletries; desk with chair; modern appointments.

Facility amenities: 24 hour desk operation; spacious and comfortable common areas; free high speed Wi-Fi in common areas, three full service restaurants. "Cornelia" metro stop about 400 yards from the hotel, makes an easy way to reach other areas of Rome.

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
You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.palazzocarpegna.com. 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 make reservations through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM

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

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