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Road Scholar
Program #14299RJ
12 Days | 11 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
May 4, 2015
Lunch provided for morning arrivals. Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Late afternoon Welcome Reception followed by dinner.
You will be staying at the Hotel Shelley e delle Palme that night.
Location: Lerici
Nearest city or town: La Spezia
Nearest airport: Pisa
Transportation to site: To reach the program site on your own, you can book a private car and driver or ride public transportation. Book private car service at www.airports-shuttle.com/pisa-transfers/taxi-from-pisa-airport-to-lerici.html. The fare is approximately € 140 per vehicle (up to 3 persons). The ride takes 1 hour. For public transportation options, Lerici does not have a train station, so you need to take the train to La Spezia and then a taxi to Lerici. In the Pisa (Galileo Galilei) Airport terminal ask at the land transportation service window for the next train to La Spezia and purchase a ticket for the most convenient train. You may have to change trains at Pisa Centrale. The fare from Pisa to La Spezia is approx. € 7, the ride is 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the category of train. Supplement for rapid trains is approx € 10, + 4 for express trains. Trains may be less frequent on Sundays and after 8 pm. Be sure to validate your ticket at the green and grey box at the beginning of the platform. Please note you are responsible for handling your own luggage on and off trains. There are elevators to assist the change of tracks at the railroad stations in Pisa and La Spezia. Proceed to the taxi stand at the La Spezia train station exit. The fare from La Spezia to the hotel in Lerici is about € 25. Prices subject to change.

End of Program
May 14, 2015
Morning transfers to airport; hotel check out by 10:00 am
You will be staying at the NH Cavalieri Pisa the night before.
Location: Pisa
Nearest city or town: Pisa
Nearest highway: N/A
Nearest airport: Pisa Galileo Galilei
Transportation to site: Hotel is located near the airport and has a shuttle bus to the airport terminal.
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the center of the small town, on the waterfront overlooking the castle and bay of Lerici. All rooms have a terrace with view of the bay. Roof top breakfast room, lounge and bar on ground floor. Across the street from the hotel you can use the steps of a dock to have a refreshing swim. A sandy public beach is a short walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Lungomare Biaggini, 5
Lerici, NA 19032 Italy
phone: +39 0187 967 127
web: www.hotelshelley.it

Room amenities: Satellite TV, free wifi connection, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables in the room.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Large terrace on the 5th floor. Bar and comfortable lounge in the lobby. Laundry service available through the hotel (not self-service washer and dryer).

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 systemat www.hotelshelley.it. Indicate to the hotel that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room. Another option is to use online hotel consolidators such as Hotels.com or Expedia.

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated across the piazza from the Pisa train station, convenient for ground transportation to the Pisa airport or to other destinations if one continues elsewhere in Italy. As a staging hotel it is well appointed with modern features and furnishings. Free Wi-Fi throughout the structure, climate controlled lobby, restaurant with an early fast breakfast (5:30-7:00) regular breakfast hours 7-10:30.

Contact info:
Piazza della Stazione, 2
Pisa, NA 56125 Italy
phone: +39 050 43290
web: www.nh-hotels.it

Room amenities: Climate control in room; free Wi-Fi; satellite TV; electronic safe for valuables; mini-bar, direct dial telephone; hair dryer, toiletries.

Facility amenities: Climate controlled, 24 hour desk service, wireless Internet connection, ask for access code from the front desk personnel, nice lobby, business class hotel with conference center. Café' bar, cocktail bar and lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N.A.
For participants arriving early or remaining after the program end date, please avail yourself of the hotel's on-line reservation system. Please note, the hotel's website www.nh-hotels.it is system wide for all their properties, in their menu select Italy and Pisa. Or use a consolidator such as hotels.com, priceline.com etc. A credit card may be requested to hold the room.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips

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4.8
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