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Program #18206ENZ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
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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.
Experience the beauty of three historic capitals of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance acclaim as local experts lead you on a journey through some of Italy’s greatest cities. Follow the path of legendary artists, scientists and philosophers from the classical remnants of Rome to the preserved treasures of Florence and Venice.


Highlights

• Trace Roman history through the ages as you visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Borghese Museum and the Vatican Museum.
• Journey to Florence and Venice via a high speed EuroStar train, reaching speeds of over 120 mph.
• View the "David" — a Renaissance period masterpiece in Florence — and ride in a gondola through the canals of Venice, after visiting the Doge’s Palace.

Activity Notes

Extensive walking in traffic-free urban centers which prevent tourist coaches from parking at attractions in tight neighborhoods such as the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. The distances traversed on foot can reach 4 mi/day—always interspersed with rest time, typically at a meal. Standing for extended periods of time during site visits. Special attention needs to be paid to the uneven aspect of cobblestone streets. Elevator use in some historic buildings is restricted. Not all staircases have banisters. Venice is unique as a city with no vehicles besides public or private boats that run along the Grand Canal. Extensive walking in Venice includes crossing bridges that span minor canals. As with many things, the effort expended has its aesthetic reward.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Rome, 4 nights; train to Florence, 4 nights; train to
Venice, 4 nights; departure.

Date Notes
9/21/2014
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.10/4/2014
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.10/8/2014
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.10/12/2014
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.10/19/2014
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.11/2/2014
Active Level. Exclusive off-hours entrance to the Sistine Chapel and the Stanze of Raphael in the Vatican Museums to hear an art historian explain on-site the significance of these works of art. Enjoy the visit without the usual crowds of people.3/14/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.4/18/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.4/25/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.5/2/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.5/9/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.5/23/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.5/30/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.9/5/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.9/19/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.10/3/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.10/10/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.10/31/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.11/7/2015
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.9/9/2014
Active Level. Exclusive off-hour visit to the Sistine Chapel as an art historian explains the art of Michelangelo and the art of Raphael in the Stanze. Enjoy crowd-free environment.9/17/2014
Moderately Challenging; walking up to 4 miles per day.9/30/2014
Active Level. Exclusive off-hour visit to the Sistine Chapel as an art historian explains the art of Michelangelo and the art of Raphael in the Stanze. Enjoy a crowd-free stroll down the decorated corridors of a portion of the Vatican Library and the Corridor of the Maps.

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Included
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12 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
1 Performances

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