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Enchanting Cities of Europe: Budapest to Venice

Program Number: 21620RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/17/2015 - 4/28/2015; 9/23/2016 - 10/4/2016;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Italy/Austria/Hungary
Price starting at: $4,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 24; 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

The exotic splendor of Budapest, the music of Vienna, the imposing castles of the Bavarian Alps, the incomparable history and culture of Venice — experience it all on a classic journey by train and coach through the heart of Europe. Learn about the dynasties that ruled these areas and the cultural legacies they left behind in their palaces, cathedrals, monuments and works of art that continue to be some of the finest in the history of mankind.


• In Vienna, discover Schönbrunn Palace, the magnificent summer residence of the Habsburgs.
• Journey through the breathtaking Bavarian Alps for a field trip to the world-famous Linderhof Castle, one of the three fairytale castles built by King Ludwig II.
• Delight in the city lights of Budapest as you float along the Danube during an evening boat excursion.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, mostly on cobblestone city streets. Unavoidable stairs and short uphill paths in the Bavarian Alps.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Budapest (Hungary), 3 nights; train to Vienna (Austria), 2 nights; coach to Innsbruck, 3 nights; train to Venice (Italy), 2 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Budapest (Hungary) 3 nights

Begin your adventure in Budapest, and learn about Hungary's history and present day life at the Hungarian National Museum. An expert-led excursion introduces you to Heroes’ Square and the Castle District. Join an expert for an exploration of the royal suites of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Sissy at The Royal Palace of Gödöllö, one of the largest Baroque palaces in Hungary. See the city lights during a dinnertime boat excursion on the Danube.

Train to Vienna (Austria)
2 nights

A narrated coach excursion on Vienna’s famed Ringstrasse highlights the magnificent architecture of the Parliament building, Rathaus (town hall) and Vienna State Opera. Step inside spectacular St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Discover Schönbrunn Palace, magnificent summer residence of the Habsburgs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delight in a lecture concert highlighting the works of Viennese composers Mozart, Schubert and Strauss.

Coach to Innsbruck
3 nights

Stop in Salzburg to walk along the cobblestone streets of its lovely baroque Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the beautiful alpine city of Innsbruck to walk along its historic center, and visit the impressive Imperial Palace. Journey through the breathtaking Bavarian Alps and stop in Mittenwald, a village known for its production of violins. Then, delight in a field trip to the fairytale-like Linderhof Castle.

Train to Venice (Italy)
2 nights

Make a stop in Verona, home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and join an expert for an exploration of Scaligeri Castle and the grand Amphitheater. Walk through the San Marco district of Venice, and gain an understanding of why this city is so inspirational to artists.

Budapest: Centrally located hotel. Vienna: Four-star hotel. Innsbruck: Four-star hotel in the Old Town. Venice: Four-star hotel in the heart of the city.
Meals and Lodgings
   Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
  Budapest, Hungary 3 nights
   Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
  Vienna, Austria 2 nights
   Hotel Innsbruck
  Innsbruck, Austria 3 nights
   Hotel Bonvecchiati
  Venice, Italy 2 nights
 Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.
  Contact info: Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest,  1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, tea & coffee facilities, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The four-star Austria Trend Hotel Ananas is conveniently located next to the Pilgramgasse underground station, only two stops from the bustling city center of Vienna. Some of Vienna's cultural highlights, including Charles Square, Ring Boulevard, the Vienna State Opera and Vienna's largest market, Naschmarkt, are all within a 20-minute walk from this elegant and relaxing hotel.
  Contact info: Rechte Wienzeile 93-95
Wien,  1050 Austria
phone: +43 1 546 20
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, hardwood floors, under-the-floor heating, individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, business corner, air conditioning, souvenir shop and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Innsbruck
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The four-star Hotel Innsbruck is located directly in the Old Town, constructed on the historic walls of the city. Just around the corner from the Hotel Innsbruck is the famous Golden Roof, among other major landmarks of the Tyrolean capital. Also within walking distance is the pedestrian zone.
  Contact info: Innrain 3
Innsbruck,  A 6020 Austria
phone: +43 512 59868 0
  Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, safe box, television, high speed Internet LAN connection, telephone and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, two spa areas, air conditioning, laundry facilities, Internet access in the lobby, free wireless Internet in the rooms and a safe box.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Bonvecchiati
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Venice, the four-star Hotel Bonvecchiati has been welcoming guests since 1790. It is only a 5-minute walk from St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, and the Rialto waterbus stop on the Grand Canal. If you cross the bridge in front of the hotel and walk along the Fondamenta Orseolo, you pass the Orseolo basin, a picturesque gondola station that holds scores of boats creating one of Venice's most characteristic sights. Then pass under the portico and the magnificent St. Mark's Square opens up before you.
  Contact info: Calle Goldoni 4488, San Marco District
Venice,  30124 Italy
phone: +39 041 528 50 17
  Room amenities: Each room has satellite and pay television, telephone, mini bar, safe, individually controlled air conditioning, bathrobe and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, restaurant with terrace, bar, water landing, lobby, wireless Internet access (for a fee), computer in lobby, laundry service, fax, fitness and wellness center and international newspapers.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 11:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Budapest, Hungary. 6:00 PM Meet in the hotel for the Welcome Dinner. You will be staying at Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Venice, Italy. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hotel Bonvecchiati the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train from all major cities in Austria, and abroad.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Budapest
  Nearest highway: Road 4, M1, M7
  Nearest airport:  Budapest Liszt Ferenc
  Transportation to site: You may take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It costs approx. 20-30 Euros depending on the taxi company, and takes about 30 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Venice
  Nearest city or town:  Venice/Mestre
  Nearest highway: Highway A4 to Trieste and Milano
  Nearest airport:  Marco Polo Airport
  Transportation from site: Water roads: - Take a water taxi from the hotel directly to the airport (from the water taxi dock you must take a shuttle bus to the departure area). You can share the taxi with 6 to 8 persons, and it costs approx. 120 Euros per taxi. - Walk to Rialto and take the Alilaguna airport line directly to the airport. Land road: - Walk to Rialto water boat station line 1 and take the boat to Piazzale Roma Station. Take the shuttle bus to the airport. It costs approx. 3 Euros.
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: In Transit
(Friday, April 17)
 In Transit: Depart from US/Canada on international flight.

Day 2: Arrival in Budapest / Transfer to Hotel / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Saturday, April 18)
 Arrive To: Budapest, Hungary
 Lunch: Depending on when your flight arrives, you may want to get something at the airport or wait until you arrive at the hotel and have lunch in the area.
 Afternoon: Transfer to hotel. Hotel check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, you will have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: For our welcome dinner, enjoy a three course dinner featuring regional cuisine plus a glass of Pálinka, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Continue getting to know your fellow participants and get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: History of Hungary / National Museum / Budapest City Field Trip / Free Evening
(Sunday, April 19)
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Central European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.
 Morning: We take a guided field trip to the Hungarian National Museum to enjoy an on-site lecture of the often turbulent Hungarian history, followed by a presentation of the colorful present day life of Magyarország (Hungary).
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we have a guided field trip by motorcoach including a short walk around the Hero’s Square and in the Castle District. During our field trip, you will get acquainted with the layout of the city: the Grand Boulevard, the main avenues, and large parks. We will crown our day at Fisherman's Bastion. With spectacular panoramic views from Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) recalls both a medieval fish market and the guild of fishermen responsible for protecting this section of the city walls during the Middle Ages. The decorative structure itself is relatively recent, designed and built from 1895-1902 for the Hungarian Millennium celebrations. Its seven towers represent the seven original Magyar tribes.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most – or simply relax. If you would like to attend a performance on your own, the program staff will have a list of current offerings and can offer suggestions and give directions.
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Gödöllo Royal Palace / Free Afternoon to Explore / Danube Dinner Cruise with Folklore Entertainment
(Monday, April 20)
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Our field trip this morning is to the Royal Palace of Gödöllo, the largest Baroque palace in Hungary, second in size only to Versailles. It served as a summer residence for the Emperor Franz Joseph and Queen Elisabeth (“Sisi”) from 1867-1916. The complex includes the palace with its richly decorated rooms, a church, a theater, a riding school, and gardens amid a vast park, vividly representing the lifestyle of royalty. Of particular interest is Grand Hall, resplendent in white and gold and lit by great chandeliers. We return to Budapest at the conclusion of the field trip.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: We re-group for a delightful experience with a cruise on the Danube including a buffet dinner and an authentic folklore show. Major sites such as the Parliament building, Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, the New National Theatre, etc., are illuminated and provide a gorgeous backdrop.
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Depart Budapest via Train to Vienna / Hotel Check-in / City Orientation
(Tuesday, April 21)
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we transfer to the train station and depart for Vienna.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in is after lunch. We then begin getting to know Austria’s capital city on a motorcoach excursion with commentary along the "Ringstrasse" -- the circular boulevard where city walls once stood around the Innere Stadt (Inner City). In 1857, Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of Vienna's medieval fortifications and ramparts to make room for expansion. The resulting magnificent boulevard, officially opened in 1865, was soon lined with mansions of the nobility and wealthy as well as important political and cultural institutions such as the Hofburg (royal palace), Parliament and Town Hall, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, the University and the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the leading museums in the world. Today it recalls the glory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We will continue our exploration with a guided walk through the Inner City along winding streets from the State Opera to St. Stephan's Cathedral and on to the Imperial Palace.
 Dinner: Enjoy an authentic taste of Vienna in the city’s most famous coffeehouse, the splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel that once housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian central bank. A Viennese institution since 1876, the Café was a meeting point for important figures in the arts, literature, politics and science from all over Europe.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Overview of Cultural Vienna / Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens / Free Afternoon to Explore
(Wednesday, April 22)
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Central European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.
 Morning: A local expert will introduce the historical background of cultural Vienna. This great cosmopolitan center that blends European, Eastern, and Western modes of thinking has been a melting pot for cultural identities throughout the centuries. Thanks to the Hapsburg Dynasty, major cultural institutions are housed in splendid palaces and other edifices in Austria's capital city. We then take a field trip to Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, one of Austria’s most important cultural monuments and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It was the imperial Hapsburg residence from the end of the 17th Century until 1918. In accordance with Baroque ideals, the palace and its grounds are an interconnected whole. The magnificent architecture and exquisite décor of its state rooms identify Schönbrunn as a national and international treasure. The gardens have survived more or less intact from the days of Empress Maria Theresa. The park at Schönbrunn was opened to the public around 1779 and has been popular recreational area for the Viennese and visitors alike ever since.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: Music is the beating heart of Vienna. We conclude our sojourn in this city with a delightful lecture concert. Learn more about the very diverse lives of three of Vienna's best loved composers. Wolfgang Amadé Mozart -- the name he called himself -- achieved renown as a child prodigy, brilliant young pianist, and composer, but struggled financially later and suffered from a variety of illnesses. Franz Schubert, whom we revere today for his masterful songs, symphonies, masses, and chamber music, was relatively unrecognized outside his own circle of friends and colleagues. Johann Strauss (the Elder), however, was a leading conductor, composer of popular dance music, and one of the first international superstars of music. The presentation will be enhanced by a live performance of selected works by all three composers.
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Depart Vienna / Transfer to Innsbruck via Salzburg / Salzburg Old Town / Innsbruck Hotel Check-in
(Thursday, April 23)
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we board our motorcoach and depart for Innsbruck via Salzburg.
 Lunch: In the heart of Salzburg, we will have lunch at St. Peter's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery that is one of the oldest in Europe. Its restaurant, St. Peter Stiftskeller, dates back to 803 C.E. and is the oldest restaurant in Central Europe.
 Afternoon: Guided by our expert, we take a walking field trip through Salzburg's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg was at one time an independent city-state ruled by a Prince-Archbishop and did not become an official part of Austria until 1816. Nestled amid stunning mountain landscapes, this is one of the loveliest cities in Europe. Strict preservations laws protect its architectural heritage with notable structures from the Middle Ages, Romanesque, Baroque, and Renaissance periods as well as elegant classical houses. Beyond physical beauty, Salzburg’s greatest claim to fame is its cultural richness. It was here that Mozart’s professional career began in the employ of the Prince-Archbishop. Today the atmosphere is redolent with the arts, especially world-renowned music festivals, theatre, dance, and literature in addition to local events. At the conclusion of the field trip, we re-board our motorcoach and continue to Innsbruck for hotel check-in.
 Dinner: In the hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Innsbruck
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Innsbruck History and Culture / Old Town Walking Field Trip / Imperial Palace
(Friday, April 24)
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Central European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.
 Morning: Learn from a local expert about the thriving Alpine city of Innsbruck, an important center of commerce for nearly a millennium thanks to its strategic location at the junction of two major routes across the Alps and now capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol. The Hapsburg Emperors turned Innsbruck into a booming cultural and economic center, which we see in the compact Old Town, characterized by brightly colored medieval houses with narrow alleyways and a spacious central square. During an expert-led walking field trip, you will see important landmarks including the Golden Roof and Helbling House. The Golden Roof is an elaborately carved, three-story balcony attached to one of the buildings facing the square, built by a 15th Century archduke as a luxurious vantage point for watching tournaments and entertainments. Its nickname derives from spectacular gilded copper roof tiles. Das Helblinghaus (Helbling House) is an outstanding example of bourgeois grandeur. Built in the 15th Century, its appearance evolved over the years with changing architectural styles. Gothic was replaced by Baroque, then decorated with Rococo flourishes so that it now resembles an extravagant wedding cake.
 Lunch: We will have lunch in the Bergisel Ski Jump Tower restaurant with panoramic views overlooking the town and mountains. Bergisel Hill has been the site of two Winter Olympics.
 Afternoon: During a field trip to the Imperial Palace -- known as Innsbruck’s Hofburg -- we explore this magnificent palace that, with Schönbrunn and the Vienna Hofburg, ranks as one of the three most important historical building in Austria. Over centuries it became a lavish royal residence of the Hapsburgs. Domed towers at each corner encompass state apartments filled with superb furnishings and art. We will also visit the Imperial Chapel with emperor Maximilian's cenotaph and see a remarkable collection of German Renaissance sculptures, some designed by Albrecht Dürer. The remainder of the afternoon is free for your personal independent exploration.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Innsbruck
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Mittenwald / Linderhof Castle
(Saturday, April 25)
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Today we leave for a full-day motorcoach field trip to Bavaria. Our first stop is Mittenwald, a small, traditional village that is one of the prettiest in the Bavarian Alps. A statue of master craftsman Matthias Klotz commemorates his distinction in bringing violin-making here in the 18th century. Mittenwald became famous for violins that were the equal to those of Italy, known as the "Bavarian Stradivari." Mozart himself played on a Mittenwald violin, and the tradition is still very much alive today.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue into South Bavaria and Ettal, where you will visit the Linderhof Castle, built in the 19th century by eccentric King Ludwig II. Combining the Baroque design of the parterres, the Renaissance-style terraces, the English landscape, and influence from historic gardens such as Marly le Roi in France or La Granja in Spain, the Linderhof Castle is one of the finest existing examples of a mixed-style garden. We return to Innsbruck after the field trip.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Innsbruck
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Depart Innsbruck, Transfer to Venice via Verona / Verona World Heritage Site / Evening Arrival in Venice
(Sunday, April 26)
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: After hotel check-out, we board a train to Verona.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Verona's historical center.
 Afternoon: Situated in the Veneto region of Italy, Verona was founded in the 1st Century B.C.E. The entire city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the inscription states, “In its urban structure and its architecture, Verona is an outstanding example of a town that has developed progressively and uninterruptedly over 2,000 years, incorporating artistic elements of the highest quality from each succeeding period.” An expert-led walking field trip takes us to explore the ancient town center with its marvelous palaces, enchanting squares and alleys, the grand amphitheater, and the castle of the Scaligeri family who ruled Verona during the 13th-14th centuries and were responsible for much of its beauty. You should have just enough free time on your own to enjoy an Italian coffee or a Veneto Prosecco before we board a late afternoon train to Venice, arriving in the early evening and transferring to our hotel via vaporetto (water taxi).
 Dinner: In the hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hotel Bonvecchiati
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Venice
(Monday, April 27)
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a Central European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.
 Morning: A local historian will provide an overview of the history of Venice, with emphasis on the city’s golden era of trade, political, and military power. The Serene Republic of Venice enjoyed remarkable stability for more than a millennium, resisting both external forces and internal turbulence. Great artists, architects, and musicians were attracted to “La Serenissima” for centuries. With this background, we will take a guided walking field trip in the San Marco district down to the Rialto Bridge. San Marco (Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco -- Saint Mark's Basilica) is named for the city’s patron saint. It is one of the most famous churches in the world and a prime example of Italo-Byzantine architecture, sometimes called the Church of Gold for its spectacular design and ornamentation. Nearby is the Doge’s Palace, residence of the supreme leader of Venice, elected for life by the Great Council of aristocrats. The Rialto Bridge, the oldest of four that span the Grand Canal, has been one of the city’s icons since it opened in 1591.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: For our farewell dinner together, enjoy traditional Venetian cuisine at a local restaurant. Venice is one of those cities where eating is a combination of favorite pastime and art. Venetian cuisine has its own distinctive dishes and flavors.
 Evening: At leisure. Enjoy your final evening with new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.
Accommodations: Hotel Bonvecchiati
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Program Concludes / Departures
(Tuesday, April 28)
 Breakfast: In the hotel. The program concludes with breakfast.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for departures. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum
This museum of fine arts houses several collections, whose foundations were laid, and emphases set, in the 17th century. The museum presents paintings from such artists as 16th century painters Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto, 17th century Flemish painters Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck, early Netherlandish painters Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and German Renaissance painters Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. The Picture Gallery was developed from art collections of the House of Hapsburg, and today is one of the largest and most important of its kind, presenting pictures by Peter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Italian Baroque painters. For additional information, visit
  Leopold Museum
The Leopold collection is one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. More than 5000 exhibits were collected by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold over five decades, which were consolidated in 1994 to become the Leopold Museum Private Foundation. This museum contains the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world, together with major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Albin Egger-Lienz, and holds masterpieces of the Viennese Secessionist Movement, the Viennese Modernist Movement and the Austrian Expressionist Movement. For additional information, visit
  Sigmund Freud Museum
For almost half a century, from 1891 to 1938, Dr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in his home before he was forced to emigrate following the Anschluss. This house, which was both his office and private apartment, is now a museum. Thanks to Dr. Freud's daughter Anna, the museum holds the original furniture from his waiting room, nearly eighty pieces of Freud's collection of antiques and some of his personal belongings. Also available for viewing in the museum's media room are the few existing original film and sound recordings of Sigmund Freud and his family. For additional information, visit
  Budapest Hungarian National Gallery
The Hungarian National Gallery houses the largest collection of fine arts in Hungary. Located in the beautiful former Royal Palace of Buda, the gallery is an exquisite representation of Hungarian art through the ages. For additional information, visit
  Szechenyi Baths, Spa, Swimming Pool
The Szechenyi Baths, Spa, and Swimming Pool is the largest wellness complex in Central Europe. It uses curing thermal water, and is located both outdoors and in historic buildings. Make sure to bring your bathing suit and flip flops.
  Venice Ca’ Rezzonico
A museum of eighteenth century art, the palace on the Grand Canal was designed by a Baroque architect of Venice, Baldassare Longhena, for the aristocratic Bon family. The museum shows works of art, furniture and interior furnishings by master artists such as Guardi, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Longhi, and important Venetian school paintings from the 15th-20th centuries which are a part of the Martini Collection. For additional information, visit
  Galleria Belle Arti
Spanning five centuries, the Galleria Belle Arti's matchless collection of paintings provides a complete spectrum of the Venetian school, from the Byzantine period through the Renaissance to the Baroque and later. Masterpieces of Titian, Veronese, Bellini, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and more all await you here.
  Glass Museum of Murano
A museum of Venetian glassmaking, the Murano Glass Museum was founded in 1861 when the darkest period in the history of Murano glassmaking had been overcome, following the fall of the Republic of San Marco (1797) and the subsequent years of foreign rule. The museum’s collection was expanded by the addition of the Correr, Cicogna and Molin Collections which include, among other things, the most beautiful Renaissance pieces in the museum. The museum also has samples of glass from Egyptian times through the present day, and the displays show the art and manufacturing of glass that has developed over the centuries. For additional information, visit
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Blue Guide Venice

Author: Alta MacAdam

Description: This comprehensive guide is the best for art, architecture, museums, history and culture.

Blue River, Black Sea

Author: Andrew Eames

Description: By bicycle, boat and on foot, British adventurer Andrew Eames (The 8:55 to Baghdad) weaves entertaining tales of his travels and the people he meets along the Danube from the Black Forest to Romania and the Ukraine into an insightful contemporary portrait of the region.

Budapest 1900

Author: John Lukacs

Description: Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations.

Death at La Fenice

Author: Donna Leon

Description: The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater.

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe

Author: Jerome Coignard, Marc Walter (Photographer)

Description: This beautifully illustrated portrait of 11 extravagant European follies includes Neuschwanstein, Alexandra Cottage, Stolzenfels castle, Miramare castle, Peles castle, and Achilleion villa.


Author: Imre Kertesz, Tim Wilkinson

Description: Drawn from Kertesz's own experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, this powerful novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winner tells the story of a teenage boy deported from Budapest to the Nazi death camps in 1944.

Hungary Map

Author: HEMA Maps

Description: A map of Hungary at a scale of 1:300,000.

Italian Ways, On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

Author: Tim Parks

Description: Riding its trains from his home in Verona over to Milan and south to Rome, Palermo, down to the heel of Italy, ebullient expat Tim Parks (Italian Neighbors, Medici Money et al) delivers another winning portrait of Italy and of the Italian character.

Lonely Planet Hungary

Author: Steve Fallon

Description: A practical guide in the popular series.

Mozart, A Life

Author: Paul Johnson

Description: Challenging myths surrounding Mozart’s health, religion and relationships, biographer Paul Johnson shows the great composer’s lasting impact on the musical world with insight.

The Book of Fathers

Author: Miklos Vamos

Description: Vamos turns this giddy memoir, following 10 generations of the men in his family, into a chronicle of the culture and politics of Hungary.

The Essential Guide to Being Hungarian, 50 Facts and Facets of Nationhood

Author: Ist Bori (Editor)

Description: Twelve authors well-versed in the manners and mindset of the Hungarians offer this illuminating guide to national character.

The Good Master

Author: Kate Seredy

Description: First published in the 1930s, this novel tells of two cousins who ride horses across the Hungarian plains, encountering shepherds and gypsies en route. It's all marvelously evocative of the folk customs and lifestyles of old Hungary. Ages 9-12.

The Great Escape, Nine Jews who fled Hitler and Changed the World

Author: Kati Marton

Description: Marton weaves a dramatic tale of wartime diaspora in Hungary through detailed profiles of nine Hungarian Jews who rose to success and fame after fleeing from Hitler.

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

Author: Andrew Wheatcroft

Description: With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

Author: Graham Greene

Description: A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain.

The World of Venice

Author: Jan Morris

Description: Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite.

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Author: Donald Daviau

Description: Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city.

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