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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
Sep 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: Upon exiting the Verona Airport one may take a taxi to the Verona train station and then a local train to Desenzano, less than EUR 5 per person. You must handle your own luggage on and off the train. Once there, hire a taxi to the hotel. There are shuttles from the Verona airport that also go to the train station. The hotel Riviera can, with prior arrangement obtain a car and driver to meet you at the airport. Cost is around EUR 70. Send the request to the hotel with your name and flight information and the hotel will reply with a confirmation and price details.

End of Program
Oct 12, 2014
Hotel check out by 11:00 am. Morning transfers to airport.
You will be staying at the Hotel Messner 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. If you are not departing with the group, there are various options: hotel dock to airport dock by water taxi - cost is about EUR 100. Max 8 persons per taxi boat. Boat service "Alilaguna" connects Venice to the airport, about EUR 17 per person. Once on site, learn from the group leader or hotel where the nearest dock is and the amount of time it takes to traverse the lagoon to the airport with Alilaguna. Bus from Venice to the airport requires taking the vaporetto to Piazzale Rome (opposite end of the Grand Canal from the hotel), which is the bridge connection to the mainland. Shuttle buses depart from Piazzale Roma to the airport about every half hour, bus fare EUR 7 per person.The vaporetto ride from the hotel to Piazzale Roma is about 45 minutes and the bus ride to the airport is about 35 min. It may be difficult to get on and off the crowded public vaporetto with your suitcases.
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: Three-Star Hotel

Description: This small, family run hotel is ideally situated in the quiet residential "Salute" neighborhood of Venice, across the Grand Canal and one vaporetto stop from St. Mark's Square. The Guggenheim Museum is right around the corner. Please note the rooms assigned in your program are exclusively in the main house and 3 star annex, not in the one-star Messner B&B, part of the same complex.

Contact info:
Madonna della Salute, 216
Venice, NA 30123 Italy
phone: +39 041 5227443
web: www.hotelmessner.it

Room amenities: Every room has private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi connection, safe for valuables.

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

Additional nights after: varies by season
To book additional nights at the Hotel Messner contact the hotel’s online reservation system at www.hotelmessner.it. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
1 Performances

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4.4
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