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The Best of Italy: Rome, Florence and Venice

Program Number: 18206RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/16/2014 - 3/29/2014; 3/14/2015 - 3/27/2015; 4/18/2015 - 5/1/2015; 4/25/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/2/2015 - 5/15/2015; 5/9/2015 - 5/22/2015; 5/23/2015 - 6/5/2015; 5/30/2015 - 6/12/2015; 9/5/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/12/2015 - 9/25/2015; 9/19/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/3/2015 - 10/16/2015; 10/10/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/24/2015 - 11/6/2015; 10/31/2015 - 11/13/2015; 11/7/2015 - 11/20/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $4,366.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 30; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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.



Activity Particulars

Extensive walking in traffic-free urban centers which prevent tourist coaches from parking or loading passengers at sites. 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.




Date Specific Information

3-16-2014

Off season pricing and less crowded museums make for a more enjoyable learning experience.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

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



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Rome
4 nights

Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history as you examine some of the masterpieces preserved in the National Museum of Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Lectures offer insight on various aspects of Roman culture, architecture and artists, such as Michelangelo and Bernini. Marvel at the stunning Ceiling and the imposing Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delight in the art collection at the Borghese Gallery.



Train to Florence
4 nights

Considered the “cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence retains a treasure trove of works by Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Verrocchio, Donatello and Botticelli. Learn from resident professors of art history the development of styles and feast your artistic senses during visits to the National Sculpture Gallery of the Bargello, the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia — where the newly restored David is housed. Learn about the Duomo complex and Brunelleschi's Dome. Savor the sights, smells, and tastes of Florence as you stroll through traffic free streets, visiting markets and sampling gelato just steps away from breathtaking churches.



Train to Venice
4 nights
Departure

Journey to Venice via train and then explore the city along its historic and scenic canals. Notice the grandeur of patrician palaces, with arches indicating near-Eastern influence before exploring St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Ducal Palace. On an excursion to the island of Murano observe a master-craftsman shape genuine Venetian glass in a workshop. Docents will illustrate and illuminate the richness of Venetian history, legends, personages, and of course the art. Venice invites you into its maze.




Italy

“Dolce far niente,” the “sweetness of doing nothing.” This ode to leisure is a distinctly Italian phrase, and yet the expression does not do justice to the hard-work ethos of the nation’s inhabitants. The monuments, art and civilization bequeathed to the people of modern Italy are a testament to the industry of their forebearers, and the legacy lives on in today’s Italians, who work hard to better enjoy the sweetness of repose.



Accommodations
Rome: Four-star hotel near the Piazza della Repubblica, the Termini train station, and the Rome Opera House. Florence: Four-star hotel was an ex-Franciscan convent from the 15th century and its modern restoration showcases the ancient frescoes, stone arches and vaulted ceilings. Venice: Four-star hotel with a terrace and private dock on the Grand Canal.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Diana
  Rome, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Rivoli
  Florence, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Principe
  Venice, Italy 4 nights
 Hotel Diana
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Your hotel in Rome is centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, Rome’s Opera House and the Termini train station. The breakfast buffet is served on the top floor with views of the rooftops of Rome and the cupola of St. Peter’s.
  Contact info: Via Principe Amedeo, 4
Rome, NA 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 47 86 81
web: www.hoteldianaroma.com
  Room amenities: Satellite TV, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, safe box for valuables, AC/heat with individual controls, and a mini-bar
  Facility amenities: Rooftop lounge affords a panoramic view of Rome. In the spacious lobby, meet for conversation, read an international newspaper or use the internet point. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests; request the access code and password from the personnel at the reception desk.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies by season If you plan to book additional nights at the hotel, contact the hotel’s online reservation system directly www.hoteldianaroma.com. Note on the form 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: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Rivoli
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The centrally located 4 star superior hotel is an ex Franciscan convent from the15th Century. The hotel has undergone a modern restoration that showcases the ancient frescoes, stone arches and vaulted ceilings.
  Contact info: Via della Scala 33
Florence, NA 50123 Italy
phone: +39 055 27 861
web: www.hotelrivoli.it
  Room amenities: mini-bar, air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, safe for valuables.
  Facility amenities: Hotel restaurant, patio and small garden, small pool open May - September. Complimentary wi-fi; request access code from the reception desk.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Principe
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Overlooking the Grand Canal, with a splendid terrace on the water, the Hotel Principe, is one of the 4 star hotels in Venice in a perfect position for discovering the charm and beauty of Venice on foot, or for easily reaching the Rialto or St. Mark's Square with a vaporetto, which stops just steps from the hotel.The hotel has a private dock on the Grand Canal for gondola and water taxi access.
  Contact info: Lista di Spagna 146/147
Venice, NA 30121 Italy
phone: +39 041 220 4010
web: www.hotelprincipevenice.it
  Room amenities: Hair dryer, AC/heat individual controls, mini-bar, safe, satellite television, complimentary toiletries.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and terrace overlook the Grand Canal, snack bar, complimentary internet point in the lobby and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: varies by season You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelprincipevenice.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 consolidators such as hotels.com or expedia.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Lunch provided for morning arrivals. Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Meet in lobby at 4:00 pm for Neighborhood Walk. You will be staying at Hotel Diana that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast. No activities other than transfer to airport. Hotel check out by 11 am. You will be staying at Hotel Principe the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train service from European and Italian points connects to Roma Termini, the main station. A separate line connects the airport to Roma Termini. The hotel is within walking distance from the station and a short taxi ride for luggage considerations.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rome
  Nearest city or town:  Rome
  Nearest highway: autostrada
  Nearest airport:  Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino
  Transportation to site: To reach the hotel on your own, from the Rome airport terminal, you have three options: public transportation, shared ride shuttle service and taxi. Public transportation: The Leonardo Express train goes from the airport to Roma Termini, the main train station in the city center. In the airport terminal public area, follow the signs for the train, purchase tickets at the ticket counter on the station platform, stamp the ticket in the yellow box on the platform, and board the Leonardo Express to Roma Termini. Fare is EUR 14 pp. The ride takes 30 min. 10 minute walk from the train station to the Hotel Diana. For door to door service you have 2 options: shared ride shuttle van or taxi. You can book shuttle service online at www.rome.airport-shuttle.com. Fares are about EUR 27 for 1 person; discounts apply if you book for multiple passengers. Taxi fare for direct service from the airport to the hotel is set by the city at EUR 48. Max 4 persons per taxi.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Venice
  Nearest city or town:  Venice
  Nearest highway: autostrada
  Nearest airport:  Marco Polo
  Transportation from site: To reach the airport on your own, there is public transportation by bus from Piazzale Roma, the point that connects Venice to the mainland, to the Venice Airport. Piazzale Roma is a 10 min. walk from the Hotel Principe. Note that the walk from the hotel to the bus stop entails crossing a high bridge that has long shallow steps and no ramp. The bus (fare EUR 6, 25 min. ride) leaves you off directly in front of the airport terminal. For direct service from the hotel dock to the airport dock, it is possible to book a water taxi. Fare is approx. EUR 100. Supplemental fees apply for service before 8 am. Max 10 passengers per taxi boat. When the water taxi arrives at the airport dock you can get a cart for the 10 min. walk to the terminal along a covered path. If you are continuing your travels by train, from the hotel you can reach the Venice Santa Lucia train station on foot very easily from the hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Flights depart from North America.
(Sunday, March 16)

Note: Suggest sleeping on transatlantic flight; makes adjusting to new time zone easier.



   
 In Transit: Overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Arrivals in Rome the following day.

Day 2: Arrivals / Orientation / Welcome Reception
(Monday, March 17)

Note: Leisurely neighborhood walk.



   
 Arrive To: Rome airport and clear customs, join others for transfer.
 Morning: Transfer to hotel. Check-in time is afternoon. Your room might not be ready for occupancy if you arrive early morning. The group leader will be at the reception desk to assist you with safekeeping your luggage after which you can explore the area around the hotel before lunch at 12:30.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: A brief neighborhood walk to locate ATMs, banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, eateries. Program overview and orientation, distribution of on-site materials, including the daily schedule. Note that the schedule distributed on site will reflect any changes to the times or venues of lectures, site visits, and events. At the Welcome Reception a chance to meet your fellow Road Scholars.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel's rooftop restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Welcome to Rome / Forum and Colosseum / Treasures of the Vatican
(Tuesday, March 18)

Note: Steep and uneven steps to reach the upper levels of the Colosseum. The walk around the Roman Forum is on uneven paths and original pavement of cobblestone.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style. At the hotel in Rome (Florence and Venice as well) the buffet spread has coffees, teas, water, milk, juices, breads, jam, cakes and pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, a variety of cereals, cooked eggs, cold cuts and sliced cheese.
 Morning: Begin to unravel the multiple layers of Roman history through the sharp insight of a professor who will set the stage for your explorations. A local expert leads the visit to the Roman Colosseum. The Flavian Amphitheater or Colosseum was built in the 80 CE. In late 2013 scaffolding was erected on part of the structure as workers restore (and close) small sections at a time, allowing visitors to enter and experience the ancient amphitheater.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant just off the Via dei Fori Imperiali.
 Afternoon: Guided visit continues to the Roman Forum. The forum dates back to the 7th century BCE and was the religious and civic center of the city. Later in the afternoon a classroom lecture explores the Treasures of the Vatican in preparation for the visit that you will have of a portion of the immense art collection of the Vatican.
 Dinner: Dinner at a characteristic Roman trattoria.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Spanish Steps, / Trevi / Pantheon / Piazza Navona / Borghese Gallery
(Wednesday, March 19)

Note: Coach to Piazza di Spagna. The walk from the Spanish Steps to Piazza Navona is in the heart of Rome's pedestrian-only area.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to a drop off point near the Spanish Steps. A local expert leads the walk in the heart of Rome to four landmarks: Piazza di Spagna; Trevi Fountain; Pantheon, Roman temple built in 126 CE; and Piazza Navona, whose buildings are set on the seating of Domitian's stadium.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant just off Piazza Navona.
 Afternoon: Coach to the Borghese Gallery, the private pleasure and reception palace of Cardinal Scipio Borghese, an avid art collector and patron of the young Bernini. On display in the Gallery are important paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Botticelli and Titian. However, most people go there to see the sculptures by Bernini which are emotionally charged, a true evocation of the Baroque. For all visitors, tickets are valid 2 hours. Coach back to the hotel around 5:00. Free time and an independent dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel / St. Peter's Basilica / Free afternoon.
(Thursday, March 20)

Note: Reserved entrance time at Vatican Museums diminishes the wait in line. The visit requires negotiating multiple flights of steps and walking the long corridor to the Sistine Chapel (distance is about 1/2 mile). Year round you can expect crowds; thousands of people visit the museums daily.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Expert-led visit of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. The extraordinary works of art in the museum collection will amaze you, notable are: Roman statuary: Laocoon, Belvedere Apollo, gilded bronze Hercules, Raphael's Stanze and of course Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. If security permits, your guide will lead you out a back way which puts you at the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica, where you will see Michelangelo's Pieta' and Bernini's bronze canopy over the main altar. Coach back to the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the city on your own. Suggestions are given on site.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Diana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Palazzo Massimo Antiquities / Train to Florence / Neighborhood Walk
(Friday, March 21)

Note: Palazzo Massimo is close to the hotel. Few stairs to reach the entrance, elevators inside. Short walk from the hotel to the train station, comfortable ride on the train, short walk to hotel and city orientation in Florence.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Check out of hotel. Your bags will be delivered to the hotel in Florence. After breakfast, an expert-led visit of the collection of Roman Art at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, around the corner from the hotel. Notable is the seated bronze boxer and frescoes from Villa Livia, Augustus Caesar's wife's dining room.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant. Stop back at the hotel to pick up your carry-on bags from the secure storage of the hotel. Walk to Termini, the central train station a few blocks from the hotel.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Florence by high speed Eurostar train. Travel on the train with just your carry-on bag. Check in and settle into the hotel. Late afternoon neighborhood walk to orient you to the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores and shops. Florence is much smaller than Rome and can easily be traversed in 30 minutes. On the walk, you may pass the Duomo, the main cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th C. city hall, still used for that purpose.
 Dinner: Dinner at Ristorante Benedicta.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Rivoli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Medieval Florence and the Medici Family / Accademia
(Saturday, March 22)

Note: Leisurely walk to the Accademia along narrow sidewalks



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A classroom session on Medieval Florence and the Medici family. Some free time to explore the colorful produce and fresh meat market of San Lorenzo. Along the road, vendor carts sell various Florentine specialties: leather, scarfs, pottery and souvenirs.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local trattoria near the market.
 Afternoon: Short walk to the Galleria dell'Accademia where Michelangelo's statue of David is on display. The guided visit concludes around 4:00 pm. At your own pace continue the visit to the other collections of the small museum, browse the bookshop, or explore another part of Florence.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Rivoli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Renaissance Art / Uffizi Gallery
(Sunday, March 23)

Note: A small elevator (cap. 3 persons) for disabled visitors may be accessible at the Uffizi Gallery. There is a long flight of stairs to reach the exhibition rooms of the gallery. Expect some crowding in the museum; it is a popular destination for art aficionados.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture on medieval and Renaissance art in preparation for the visit to the Uffizi Gallery. After a short break, the art historian leads the walk to the Bargello and Duomo Museum. The Duomo Museum has a limited part of its collection on display as the building undergoes a major renovation, but you can admire the Pieta' by Michelangelo and the newly restored Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: For the self guided visit we will enter as a group, but you are free to spend as much time as you wish. This is the most extensive collection of art, tracing the development from Gothic to medieval to Renaissance to Mannerist paintings in the world. You will find many recognizable masterpieces, including DaVinci's Annunciation, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the Primavera, some Titians, Michelangelo's Holy Family, and a few Caravaggios as well as Artemisia Gentileschi. There is a coffee bar at the end of the second corridor, on top of the Loggia, with a wonderful view of the watch tower and Duomo where you can get a refreshment and rest.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the heart of Florence.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Rivoli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Medici Chapels / Renaissance Dinner and Entertainment
(Monday, March 24)

Note: Short walk from the hotel to the Medici Chapels. Stairs (no elevator) to the Sacrestia Nuova where the Medici tombs are located. Leisurely walk from the Renaissance dinner venue back to the hotel.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: An expert-led visit to the Medici Chapels. Admire the tombs of prominent Medici family members sculpted by Michelangelo.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore Florence at your own pace. Take a walk to the Ponte Vecchio or climb the Bell Tower or Cupola of the Duomo. The group leader will give a time to depart from the hotel for the Renaissance Dinner and a time and place to meet en route if you choose not to go back to the hotel before dinner.
 Dinner: Imagine yourself attending dinner with Napoleon and his sister Pauline Borghese, (you will remember her from Canova's statue in the Galleria Borghese.) Her house was decorated in Imperial style in anticipation of his visit, but he did not make it. Now the Palazzo hosts a gala Renaissance dinner, with madrigal singers and musicians, court jester and dancers--all make for a lively entertaining evening. Dress attire is not required.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Rivoli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Transfer to Venice
(Tuesday, March 25)

Note: High speed train to Venice, minimal walking around Venice on arrival day.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Walk to the train station. Eurostar train to Venice, short walk to the hotel in Venice. Your bags will be delivered by courier.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: A local historian presents Venetian Legacies touching on the city's origins of temporary settlements on disconnected islands, through its glory days of the Republic to the decline in the 1800s. After a short break, the group leader will take you on a Neighborhood walk indicating the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores and shops.
 Dinner: Dinner at a neighborhood restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: St. Mark's Square and Basilica
(Wednesday, March 26)

Note: Leisurely vaporetto (public boat) ride to S. Mark's Square.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to Piazza S. Marco on the vaporetto (public boats), about a 45 min. ride. All participants will be given a pass valid for the duration of the stay. The expert-led visit to S. Mark's Cathedral, built during the 13 C., highlights the Byzantine influence in the architecture and design. There are more than 45,000 sq. ft. of mosaics adorning the church, giving the impression of streets of gold.
 Lunch: Sample regional cuisine at a trattoria.
 Afternoon: On-site lecture and visit to the Accademia museum; the paintings are grouped according to period and school. It contains a great collection of art by such notables as Veronese, Veneziano, Bellini, Tintoretto and Giorgione. Not far from the Accademia is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (closes at 6 pm) in the noteworthy Palazzo Venier dei Leoni; during your free time you might visit the fine collection of modern art.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant. Vaporetto back to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Rialto \ Ducal Palace
(Thursday, March 27)

Note: Extended standing during the guide's descriptions of the rooms of the Ducal Palace. Narrow passages through the Prisons and over the Bridge of Sighs. Assistance offered getting in and out of the gondola.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Ride the vaporetto to the Rialto area. Expert-led visit of the Gothic church known as I Frari to admire works by the artists Bellini, Titian, and Donatello.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The excursion continues with a vaporetto ride to S. Mark's Square and expert-led visit through the many rooms of the Doge's Palace. Experience the city from a different point of view as you enjoy a gondola ride along the canals of Venice. Some free time before your independent dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Glassmaking demonstration in Murano
(Friday, March 28)

Note: Enjoyable boat ride to the island, minimal effort to walk around the streets of Murano.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Vaporetto to the island of Murano for a glassblowing demonstration by master artisans. Some free time to stroll the narrow streets along the canals.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. With your vaporetto pass you can easily take the boat from Murano to explore the island of Burano, whose leaning tower rivals that in Pisa. Here you can find Venetian lace and small shops where you can watch the crafters create their handiwork. Or return to the center of town.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Principe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Saturday, March 29)

Note: Transfer to the airport may be by water taxi from the hotel's private dock on the Grand Canal. Your bags will be loaded onto and off the water taxi but at the airport imbarcadero there are some steps to the road. Under a covered path, the 8 min. walk to the terminal flanks the parking lot. If you have trouble managing your luggage on the flat path you can use a trolley (euro coin deposit) or engage a shuttle van that provides assistance from the dock to the terminal for a small per bag fee.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel; continental style for participants with early morning departures.
 Morning: Departure transfer to Venice Airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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