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Discovering Lake Garda, Verona, Palladio's Villas and Venice

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Program #21311RJ
14 Days | 13 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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
Start of Program
Apr 29, 2014
Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Meet in the lobby at 4:00 pm. for Orientation.
You will be staying at the Hotel Europa Desenzano del Garda that night.
Location: Desenzano del Garda
Nearest city or town: Verona
Nearest highway: Autostrada A 4
Nearest airport: Verona (VRN) "Catullus" Airport
Transportation to site: To reach Desenzano by train: take one of the frequent shuttle buses from the Verona Airport to the Verona train station. At the train station purchase a ticket for Desenzano. Stamp the ticket before boarding the train. The fare is about EUR 5 (EUR 9 for Eurostar express train). The ride is about 20 min. You must handle your own luggage on and off the train. Exit the Desenzano train station and take a taxi to the hotel. Fare will be about EUR 12. For door to door service from the airport to Desenzano a taxi is a more expensive option. Look for the TAXI stand as you exit the Verona airport. The fare will be about EUR 100 for the 40 min ride on the highway. It is always good practice to ask the driver what the fare will be before beginning the ride.

End of Program
May 11, 2014
Hotel check out by 11:00 am. Morning transfers to airport.
You will be staying at the Hotel Giorgione the night before.
Location: Venice
Nearest city or town: Venice
Nearest airport: Venice Marco Polo
Transportation to site: Group transfers are arranged by water taxi from the hotel to the Venice airport on group departure day. If one is not departing with the group, there are various options: hotel dock to airport dock by water taxi is the most direct, fare about EUR 100. Boat service "Alilaguna" depart frequently from the Fondamenta Nuova dock, a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Fare is about EUR 17 per person. The water taxi or Alilaguna boat arrives at the airport dock. Continue on foot along a canopy covered path, a 10 min walk to the airport terminal. You can get a cart at the dock and deposit it at the terminal. By ground one would need to take the water boat (vaporetto) to Piazzale Rome, the bridge connection to the mainland. From there buses depart for the Venice airport about every half hour, price around EUR 7 per person. The bus drops off passengers right at the airport terminal.
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Europa in Desenzano del Garda is just across the street from Lake Garda. Lakefront views, near the public beach and port, it is ideally situated close to the historical center.

Contact info:
Lungolago C. Battisti, 71
Desenzano del Garda, 25015 Italy
phone: +39 030 914 2333
web: www.desenzanohoteleuropa.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning; modern furniture; free wifi; satellite and flat screen TV; direct dial telephone, mini bar; safe, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 24 hour desk service, free wifi and internet point, elevator, comfortable lobby and American bar--take your beverage out to the veranda and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and lake. Restaurant and conference center.

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.desenzanohoteleuropa.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 2:00 PM

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This family run hotel has been operated as such since the 18th century. Just minutes off the Grand Canal and in walking distance from the Rialto Bridge, it is the perfect starting point for a traveler’s exploration of Venice. A short walk (and no bridges to cross) from the Ca' d'Oro, the nearest vaporetto stop. Short walk to the Rialto with a few bridges to cross over minor canals.

Contact info:
Calle Larga dei Proverbi 4507
Venice, 30131 Italy
phone: +39 041-522-5810
web: www.hotelgiorgione.com

Room amenities: The recently renovated rooms are furnished in typical Venetian decor and have private bath, hair dryer, mini-bar, safe, air-conditioning, direct phone line, radio, color TV with satellite and Internet connection.

Facility amenities: To connect to the internet the hotel offers free wifi. If you don't have a computer you can use the internet point in the lobby. Complimentary newspapers in the lobby, laundry service available. Complimentary tea service offered in the late afternoon. Relax in the courtyard.

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.hotelgiorgione.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 use online hotel consolidator services such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

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Included
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12 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Performances

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