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Italy: Classic Tuscany and the Treasures of Florence

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Program #19715RJ
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.
Start of Program
Oct 6, 2014
Check in 1:00 pm. Lunch provided for morning arrivals. Group meets in the lobby at 4 pm
You will be staying at the Hotel Universo that night.
Location: Lucca
Nearest city or town: Pisa
Nearest highway: Autostrada
Nearest airport: Florence and Pisa
Transportation to site: To reach the program site in Lucca on your own you have two public transportation options: bus or train. The information desk in the Pisa airport arrivals terminal has bus and train timetables and can sell tickets. Buses to Lucca depart every hour from the airport terminal. Ride takes about 50 min.; fare is appox. EUR 5. To ride the train to Lucca, there are frequent shuttle buses that run from the airport to Pisa Centrale, the main train station. Train fare to Lucca is about EUR 4. When you arrive in Lucca by train or bus it is advisable to take a taxi to the hotel (fare about EUR 12) especially if you have luggage in tow. Taxi fare direct from the Pisa airport to the hotel in Lucca (about 20 miles) will be approx. EUR 85.

End of Program
Oct 18, 2014
Check out of hotel by 11:00 am. No activities other than departure transfers to Florence airport
You will be staying at the Hotel Axial the night before.
Location: Florence
Nearest city or town: Florence
Nearest highway: A1
Nearest airport: Florence Peretola
Transportation to site: To reach the Florence airport on your own, taxis from the hotel to the airport are about EUR 25 depending on time of travel, number of persons and luggage. There is a public bus that runs twice an hour from the main train station in Florence to the airport. Tickets are EUR 6. The hotel is about 6 long city blocks from the station. .
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Historical building in the center of town overlooking a spacious tree lined piazza. Originally a private residence in the 16th century, it was converted into a hotel in 1857.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493-678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Private bath in every room, Satellite TV, mini-bar, climate control, direct dial telephone, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer. Individual safe boxes are not in the rooms but the reception will provide an envelope for you to seal and deposit small valuables in the hotel's safe.

Facility amenities: Recent renovations at the property retain the charm of the historic property with tasteful decor. Breakfast buffet, meeting room, complimentary wi-fi.

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.universolucca.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 reserve through online hotel consolidators such as hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 1:00 PM

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located on the fashionable Via dei Calzaiuoli, half way between the Duomo of Florence and Piazza della Signoria. One block away from Piazza della Repubblica. Convenient to all major sites and museums. Downtown Florence is closed to vehicular traffic, so enjoy a leisurely stroll at your pleasure.

Contact info:
Via dei Calzaiuoli 11
Florence, 50122 Italy
phone: +39 055 218 984
web: www.hotelaxial.it

Room amenities: Individual climate controls for AC or heat; mini bar; electronic safe, satellite TV; free Wi-Fi in rooms; hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Remodeled 19th century building features small inner courtyard, double pane insulated windows, individual AC and heat controls, free Wi-Fi, Internet point (2 computers) in the reading room, satellite TV, bar and continental breakfast buffet.

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.hotelaxial.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 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
28 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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4.9
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