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Program #19400RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Start of Program
Mar 7, 2014
Venice, Italy. 4:00 PM Meet in the hotel lobby.
You will be staying at the Hotel Bonvecchiati that night.
Location: Venice
Nearest city or town: Venice/Mestre
Nearest highway: Highway A4 to Trieste and Milano
Nearest airport: Marco Polo Airport
Transportation to site: Considering the fact that Venice is built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected by 409 bridges, you will understand that traveling is more complicated than in other cities. We suggest the following routes. Water roads: - Take the airport shuttle bus to the wet dock from where you can take a private water taxi directly to the hotel (approx. 40 minutes, 120 Euro per water taxi; water taxi can load 6 to 8 persons with luggage). Be aware that with high or low water the taxi has to stop at Rialto and can’t reach the hotel directly. Get information at the tourist point in the airport. If this is the case you can take the Alilaguna line motorboat to Rialto. After docking at Riva del Carbon, enter CALLE BEMBO (very small alley between two palaces), continue straight ahead in CALLE DEI FABBRI, turn right into CALLE DE LE BALANZE and then left into CALLE GOLDONI. Hotel Bonvecchiati will be on your right hand side before the bridge. This is the only walking route from Rialto to the hotel without bridges. Land roads. - Take the ATVO shuttle bus to Venice-Piazzale Roma (approx. 3 Euro). From there you can continue via water taxi (approx. 6 Euro), which takes you in 15 minutes directly to the hotel. Or take line 1 of the public water boat service to Rialto (7 Euro per person, 20 minutes) and then follow the recommended walking route to the hotel as outlined above.

End of Program
Mar 14, 2014
Venice, Italy. After breakfast on the last day.
You will be staying at the Hotel Bonvecchiati the night before.
Location: Venice
Transportation to site: Water roads: - Take a water taxi from the hotel directly to the airport (from the water taxi dock you must take a shuttle bus to the departure area). You can share the taxi with 6 to 8 persons. - Walk to Rialto and take the Alilaguna airport line directly to the airport. Land road: - Walk to Rialto water boat station line 1 and take the boat to Piazzale Roma Station. Take the shuttle bus to the airport.
Additional transportation information same as above.
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Venice, the four-star Hotel Bonvecchiati has been welcoming guests since 1790. It is only a 5-minute walk from St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, and the Rialto waterbus stop on the Grand Canal. If you cross the bridge in front of the hotel and walk along the Fondamenta Orseolo, you pass the Orseolo basin, a picturesque gondola station that holds scores of boats creating one of Venice's most characteristic sights. Then pass under the portico and the magnificent St. Mark's Square opens up before you.

Contact info:
Calle Goldoni 448, San Marco District
Venice, 30124 Italy
phone: +39 041 528 50 17
web: www.hotelbonvecchiati.it

Room amenities: Each room has satellite and pay television, telephone, mini bar, safe, individually controlled air conditioning, bathrobe and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, restaurant with terrace, bar, water landing, lobby, wireless Internet access (for a fee), computer in lobby, laundry service, fax, fitness and wellness center and international newspapers.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact the Road Scholar program office in Amherst, MA if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (413) 253-9736

Check in time: 2:00 PM

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Venice, the four-star Hotel Bonvecchiati has been welcoming guests since 1790. It is only a 5-minute walk from St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, and the Rialto waterbus stop on the Grand Canal. If you cross the bridge in front of the hotel and walk along the Fondamenta Orseolo, you pass the Orseolo basin, a picturesque gondola station that holds scores of boats creating one of Venice's most characteristic sights. Then pass under the portico and the magnificent St. Mark's Square opens up before you.

Contact info:
Calle Goldoni 448, San Marco District
Venice, 30124 Italy
phone: +39 041 528 50 17
web: www.hotelbonvecchiati.it

Room amenities: Each room has satellite and pay television, telephone, mini bar, safe, individually controlled air conditioning, bathrobe and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, restaurant with terrace, bar, water landing, lobby, wireless Internet access (for a fee), computer in lobby, laundry service, fax, fitness and wellness center and international newspapers.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact the Road Scholar program office in Amherst, MA if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (413) 253-9736

Check out time: 11:00 PM

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7 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 1 dinner,
5 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
1 Performances

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