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From the Alps to Verona: A Cycling Odyssey Through Northern Italy

Program Number: 20865RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/30/2014 - 9/10/2014; 9/13/2014 - 9/24/2014; 5/9/2015 - 5/20/2015; 8/22/2015 - 9/2/2015; 9/12/2015 - 9/23/2015;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,195.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 20; 10 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Follow the Adige River Valley from the shadow of the Alps, through the Dolomites in Trentino, across Lake Garda and onto the plains of Veneto, a journey by bicycle that exposes you to Northern Italy at the pace of a true explorer, not a mere tourist. Accompanied by experts and other cyclists, ride to ancient Roman outposts, sprawling vineyards and great monuments of the German- and Italian-speaking worlds, stopping for local insights and perspectives on each treasure you encounter.




Highlights

• Marvel at Ötzi, the 5,300-year-old mummy found in a local glacier.
• Ferry across Italy's largest lake to the ancient villa ruins of Veronese poet Gaio Valerio Catullo.
• Learn about the art of winemaking at a unique production facility near Salorno.



Activity Particulars

Bike 20-38 miles, 10-12 miles per hour; flat to rolling terrain, paved bike paths, some secondary roads. Walk, stand two hours on field trips.



Personal bike helmet required, 27-speed hybrid bikes provided.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Innsbruck (Austria), coach to San Valentino alla Muta (Italy), 1 night; bike to Silandro, 1 night; bike to Merano, 1 night; bike to Bolzano, 2 nights; bike to Trento, 2 nights; bike to Lake Garda, 1 night; ferry to Sirmione, bike to Peschiera del Garda, 1 night; bike to Mantova, 1 night; coach to Verona, departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
Arrival Innsbruck (Austria)
Coach to San Valentino alla Muta (Italy)
1 night
Bike to Silandro
1 night

En route to the hotel, view the steeple of a submerged 14th-century church jutting out of manmade Lake Reschen. In San Valentino, get fitted for your bike before vistas of the snowy Alps. Bike to the preserved city walls of Glorenza, discover the origins of the white marble mined in the mountains near Lasa and continue to Silandro, surrounded by the orchards and pastures that provide its livelihood.



Bike to Merano
1 night
Bike to Bolzano
2 nights

In Naturno visit San Procolo Chapel and its 8th-century frescoes. Explore the aristocratic spa town of Merano and marvel at the corridor of arches connecting Piazza Duomo to Piazza del Grano. In German-speaking Bolzano, a local historian takes you through the medieval center dominated by the Duomo and at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, you meet Ötzi the 5,300-year-old ice mummy.



Bike to Trento
2 nights

Leaving behind German-speaking South Tyrol, enter a land of medieval castles, orchards and scores of vineyards where 20 varieties of grape are grown to make red and white wines. In Trento, explore the remains of the old Roman town of Tridentum as well as learn about modern Italy.



Bike to Lake Garda
1 night
Bike to Peschiera del Garda
1 night

Following the path to Rovereto, steeped in World War I history, descend to Lake Garda and ferry across to Sirmione. In Peschiera del Garda, visit the old town center inside an enormous fortress.



Bike to Mantova
1 night
Coach to Verona
Departure

Cycle to the unique hamlet of Borghetto, home to ancient water mills used during the Venetian Republic. In Mantova, surrender your bike and explore the historic piazzas, palaces and Renaissance structures.




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
Centrally located three- and four-star hotels throughout.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Stocker
  San Valentino alla Muta, Italy 1 night
   Hotel Goldener Löwe
  Silandro, Italy 1 night
   Hotel Siegler (Albergo alla Torre)
  Merano, Italy 1 night
   Hotel Scala (Hotel Stiegl)
  Bolzano, Italy 2 nights
   Hotel America
  Trento, Italy 2 nights
   Club Hotel La Vela
  Torbole sul Garda, Italy 1 night
   Hotel Puccini
  Peschiera, Italy 1 night
   Hotel Casa Poli
  Mantova, Italy 1 night
 Hotel Stocker
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Contact info: Hauptstraße 42
San Valentino alla Muta,  39027 Italy
phone: +39 0473/634 666
web: http://www.hotel-stocker.com/
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Goldener Löwe
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: A family-operated hotel in the center of the beautiful village of Silandro in the heart of the Vinschgau Valley. The hotel offers a restaurant featuring typical Tyrolean cuisine.
  Contact info: via Dante, 6
Silandro,  39028 Italy
phone: +39 0473/730 188
web: http://www.goldener-loewe.it/
  Room amenities: Shower, hairdryer, telephone, Internet access and TV
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Private Outdoor Gardem, Indoor Heated Swimming Pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Siegler (Albergo alla Torre)
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: A family-operated hotel in a quiet residential district ten minutes by foot from the historic district of Merano.
  Contact info: via Parrocchia, 6
Merano,  39012 Italy
phone: +39 0473/231 133
web: http://www.thurm.it/
  Room amenities: Shower, WC, Television, Telephone
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Coffee Shop/Bar, Outdoor Swimming Pool with Private Garden, WiFi
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Scala (Hotel Stiegl)
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A privately-owned hotel located in a quiet residential district ten minutes from the historic center of Bolzano. The hotel had its origins as an ancient coach station and boasts a restaurant with fresco cycles by Rudolf Stolz. A Liberty-style facade adorns the hotel.
  Contact info: via Brennero, 11
Bolzano,  39100 Italy
phone: +39 0471/976 222
web: www.scalahot.com
  Room amenities: Shower/Bath, WC, Hairdryer, LCD Television, Internet Access, Minibar, Safe
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Seated Lounge Area, Internet Access Points & Computer For Customer Usage, Outdoor Terrace, Private Garden with Swimming Pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel America
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: A family operated hotel located in the historical town center, a short walk to the Castle del Buonconsiglio and the Dom Cathedral. The hotel offers individually decorated guest rooms.
  Contact info: Via Torre Verde 50
Trento,  38100 Italy
phone: +39 0461/983 010
web: http://www.hotelamerica.it
  Room amenities: Shower/Tub, WC, Hairdryer, Television, Telephone,
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Restaurant Terrace
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Club Hotel La Vela
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A full-service hotel located a short walk to Lake Garda in the center of Torbole sul Garda.
  Contact info: via Strada Granda, 2
Torbole sul Garda,  38069 Italy
phone: +39 0464/505 940
web: http://www.lavelahoteltorbole.it/
  Room amenities: Shower, WC, Telephone, Television
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Terrace
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Puccini
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: A family-owned and operated hotel set on the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel is a ten-minute walk from the historic downtown area of Peschiera and features a large garden area. Evening meals will be on the the terrace of a former historic fort which has been converted into a restaurant with magnificent lake vistas.
  Contact info: via Giacomo Puccini, 2
Peschiera del Garda,  37019 Italy
phone: +39 045/640 1428
web: http://www.hotelpuccini.it/
  Room amenities: Shower/WC, Air Conditioning, Television, Telephone, Internet Access
  Facility amenities: Large Garden Area, Breakfast Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Swimming Pool and Sun Terrace
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Casa Poli
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A family-operated hotel which provides a unique exclusive environment, furnished in a minimalist, sophisticated style. The hotel is located within a ten-minute walk to the old city center. The group will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant featuring typical local cuisine.
  Contact info: corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 32
Mantova,  46100 Italy
phone: +39 0376/288 170
web: http://www.hotelcasapoli.it/
  Room amenities: Shower/WC, Air Conditioning/Heating, Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, WiFi
  Facility amenities: Breakfast Room, Internal Private Garden, Reading Room
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact IBT for rates. Please refer to the OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS section of your preparatory materials for rates.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
10:30 AM - group meets at Innsbruck Airport. You will be staying at Hotel Stocker that night.
  End of Program:
Early morning group transfer to Verona Airport based on flight departure times. You will be staying at Hotel Casa Poli the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. International Bicycle Tours, Inc., the entity that will provide the bicycling activity during this program requires signed liability release waivers from all customers. Participants will be required to sign IBT's liability release waiver to participate in the program's bicycling activity. That waiver will be included in the preparatory material participants will receive after enrolling in the program and must be returned prior to the program's commencement.
  Parking availability:
Parking not available at first program site.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Taxi, bus and train available. Refer to the Innsbruck Public Transport (IVB), Austria Railways (ÖBB) and Trenitalia websites for specifics and to review schedules and fares: http://www.ivb.at/, http://www.oebb.at/ and http://www.trenitalia.com/.
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Valentino alla Muta
  Nearest airport:  Innsbruck, Austria
  Transportation to site: Directions to Hotel Stocker: on arrival at Innsbruck Airport take public bus "F" from the airport to the main train station in Innsbruck. The transfer time is 15 minutes; bus fare is €2. At the Innsbruck train station, board a train for Landeck-Zams. The transfer time is 45-60 minutes; train fare is approximately €15. On arrival at Landeck-Zams Bahnhof, you will need to transfer to a bus heading to Nauders Mühle. The transfer time is 75 minutes. On arrival at Nauders Mühle, board a bus to San Valentino alla Muta. This transfer is about 20 minutes. Hotel Stocker is located in the center of San Valentino alla Muta. If you are departing the U.S. prior to the group departure and plan to connect with the group at the airport on the day the program commences, be sure to be at the meeting point at the time indicated. If you plan to meet the group at Hotel Stocker, please notify our office prior to your departure: (860) 767-7005 or info@internationalbicycletours.com.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Mantova
  Nearest airport:  Verona
  Transportation from site: Take a Regionale train from Mantova to Verona. The transfer time is 45 minutes; train fare is €3.50. Transfer to the airport shuttle bus (Aerobus) which departs the main rail station for the Verona Airport several times an hour. The transfer time is 15 minutes; busfare is €6.
Equipment Requirements: Participants must bring and wear their own bicycle helmet.
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: Overnight Flight
(Saturday, August 22)
   
 Depart From: Board an overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive in Innsbruck / Transfer to San Valentino / Orientation / Bike Fitting / Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, August 23)

Note: Biking distance: There will be no biking today which provides an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after your international flight. Please note that daily biking distances are approximate and may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.



   
 Arrive To: Innsbruck Airport.
 Afternoon: We proceed to San Valentino alla Muta by motorcoach. Our route will take us through the Passo di Resia, an Alpine pass connecting the Inn River Valley with the Val Venosta. This pass was formerly part of the Via Claudia Augusta, an ancient Roman road that allowed people and goods to pass from the Adriatic Sea to Donauworth, Germany. En route to the hotel, we’ll enjoy an excursion to a fascinating site near Curon to see a striking landmark - a 14th-century church steeple towering from the lake. Lake Resia is an artificial lake created in 1950, when two smaller lakes were unified for the sake of power generation, submerging several villages and 1,300 acres of cultivated land.Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and 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. Following the orientation, bicycles will be fitted to the participant and skill testing will take place.

Please be aware that indicated times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. 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.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to settle into and relax or explore independently.
 Dinner: The group meets for the welcome dinner in the hotel dining room. Daily dinners consist of three-course meals featuring tasty local cuisine: appetizer, entrée and dessert plus water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: At leisure. The evening is free to continue becoming acquainted with your fellow participants or take a stroll. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Stocker
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: IBT Corner System & Safety Lecture / Glorenza / Lasa Marble / Silandro
(Monday, August 24)

Note: Biking distance: 24 miles



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, choose from a buffet with meats, cheeses, yogurts, cereals, breads, juices and hot beverages.
 Morning: Attend a lecture on safety, rules of the road and the IBT Corner System. Our cycling begins at an altitude of 1500 meters which means you’ll almost forget how to pedal your bicycle today. Vistas of the snow-covered Alps and the fresh mountain air will energize you as we follow dedicated cycle paths along the Adige River. Enjoy a visit to the intriguing village of Glorenza with its perfectly preserved city walls with parapet walks, seven towers and three gates. This smallest town in South Tyrol was an important trading center for bringing ores and salt to Innsbruck.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Glorenza. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: We'll discover the origins of the famous pure white marble mined from the mountains near Lasa, which was used extensively in many of the world's monuments and statues. Our cycling continues to the village of Silandro, located in the heart of fruit orchards and green pastures. The landmark of the city is the 97-meter high bell tower of the parish church, believed to be one of the highest in Tyrol.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure. Your evenings are free to spend time with new Road Scholar friends, relax, or go exploring on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Goldener Löwe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Laces / Apple Cultivation / Naturno / San Procolo Chapel / Merano
(Tuesday, August 25)

Note: Biking distance: 24 miles



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We'll start the day with a lecture on the age-old tradition of fruit cultivation and its importance to this area. The Val Venosta runs from Passo di Resia to Merano and has a special micro climate of dry and sunny days that is perfect for fruit cultivation. Our route takes us through the town of Laces, sometimes called the “apple capital," where many of the largest cooperatives of the valley are located.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Naturno. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: In Naturno, we’ll visit San Procolo Chapel, home to magnificent 8th-century frescoes, the oldest in the German-speaking world.

Our day culminates in the aristocratic spa town of Merano, famous for its picturesque promenades, towering cathedrals and lush gardens.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Siegler (Albergo alla Torre)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Merano / Bolzano
(Wednesday, August 26)

Note: Biking distance: 23 miles



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We’ll trade our cycling shoes for walking shoes this morning for a guided walking introduction to Merano’s old town to view its elegant architecture and learn the vivid history of this former Roman crossroad. Marvel at the Street of “Portici," a corridor of arches supported by masonry columns, which connect Piazza Duomo to Piazza del Grano.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Merano. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like. Be sure to sample some of the culinary delights of South Tyrol, like speck with dumplings or the local asparagus.
 Afternoon: We pedal along the Adige River through acres of vineyards to Bolzano. The town feels and looks more German-Austrian than Italian, and German is the predominant language spoken. In the late afternoon, we arrive at our hotel in Bolzano.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Scala (Hotel Stiegl)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: South Tyrol Archaeology Museum / Bolzano Independent Exploration
(Thursday, August 27)

Note: Biking distance: no biking



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Discover the artistic and cultural treasures of Bolzano with a local historian on a guided walk of the city. Marvel at the pink sandstone and multi-colored roof tiles of the Duomo (cathedral) as you discover the delightful medieval center. Visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, featuring Ötzi, the Iceman, the remarkably intact 5,300 year old mummy, discovered twenty years ago in Alpine ice. You are in for a special treat as a new exhibit opened recently showing the new, naturalistic reconstruction of Ötzi the Iceman. Using 3D images of his skull as well as X-ray and CT images, two Dutch artists, Adrie and Alfons Kennis have recreated Ötzi.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Bolzano. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Bolzano to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Wander through the market squares, take the shuttle to Runkelstein Castle to view its spectacular wall paintings, or ride the oldest levitating funicular world wide from Bolzano to the mountain village of Colle for a panoramic view of Bolzano.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Scala (Hotel Stiegl)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Mezzocorona Winery / Trento
(Friday, August 28)

Note: Biking distance: 37 miles



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We leave the German-speaking region of Southern Tyrol behind to enter the land of medieval castles, manor houses, orchards and vineyards. Wine is king in this area and we'll be cycling through scores of vineyards. There are twenty grape varieties used in the production of this region's top quality red and white wines. The most popular is the red Vernatsch grape, which accounts for 55% of the grapes grown.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Mezzocorona. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: Learn about the passion of the wine-making process during a visit to a unique production facility. We cross the Italian-German speaking border at Salorno, where Italian influences surpass that of northern Italy. Take the opportunity tonight at dinner to sample some of the region's wines.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Modern Italy Lecture / Independent Exploration Trento
(Saturday, August 29)

Note: Biking distance: no biking



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Learn about modern Italy during a lecture this morning. Explore Trento, whose Duomo was once the meeting ground for the Council of Trent. The remains of the old Roman town of Tridentum, complete with mosaic floors and a water heating system, remind us of the golden olden days. We'll discover the rich artistic and historic heritage of this city's elegant Renaissance style monuments and landmarks during a guided walking excursion of the archaic city center.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Trento. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Trento to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. If you want to relax, seek out one of the local cafés to sip a glass of wine or cup of coffee while watching the locals.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Nomi / Loppio / Torbole sul Garda
(Sunday, August 30)

Note: Biking distance: 31 miles



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: We mount our bikes and follow the bicycle path along the Adige River to Rovereto, whose surrounding mountains were heavily fought over during World War I. A former railway track leads us through a low pass to an awesome descent to the deep blue Lago di Garda, Italy's largest lake.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Loppio. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: Our hotel is located on the northeast corner of the lake, known for its beaches, windsurfing and sailing.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Club Hotel La Vela
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Lake Garda Ferry / Sirmione / Peschiera del Garda Independent Exploration
(Monday, August 31)

Note: Biking distance: 7 miles



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Start the day with a ferry transfer on Lake Garda from Torbole sul Garda to Sirmione, which affords a unique perspective of the resort-studded shores lined with olive, lemon and orange trees. Watch the windsurfers skimming across its temperate waters.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Sirimone. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: After disembarking the ferry in Sirmione, we'll explore this peninsular tourist enclave, renowned for its thermal baths and ancient villa ruins of Veronese poet Caio Valerio Catullo. Our cycling route continues to Peschiera del Garda, one of the most characteristic towns on the lake, which in Roman times was an important trading center for fish and agricultural products. Our hotel is located on the southern shore of the lake.

Free Time. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Pescheria del Garda to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may want to visit Peschiera's old town center which is located in the middle of an enormous fortress in the shape of a five-pointed star.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a former historic fort which has been converted into a restaurant with magnificent lake vistas.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Puccini
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Borghetto / Mantova Independent Exploration / Farewell Dinner
(Tuesday, September 1)

Note: Biking distance: 31 miles



   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Our last day of cycling will be on the level towpath along the Mincio River, which is Lake Garda's only outgoing stream flow. We'll explore the unique hamlet of Borghetto, the first settlement that developed near the ford across the Mincio River. The three ancient water mills that seem to rise out of the river were used during the Venetian Republic to mill wheat and rice.

On arrival in Mantova, surrender your bicycles.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Mantova. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Mantova to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Explore this historical enclave bordered on three sides by lakes. Mantova is known for its cultural history and abounds with historic piazzas, palaces, and great Renaissance structures.
 Dinner: Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories with your fellow participants tonight at our farewell dinner in a local restaurant featuring regional cuisine. Get a good night's sleep and prepare for departure in the morning.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Poli
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Program Concludes / Departures
(Wednesday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided by the hotel. This concludes our program.
 Morning: Transfer to Verona Villafranca Airport for onward travel.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you return on more 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
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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Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier


Author: Brenda Fowler


Description: The complete story of the discovery of and controversy surrounding the frozen corpse of a prehistoric man found in the Tyrolian Alps.



Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps


Author: Fergus Fleming


Description: Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn (where four of the seven-man team perished).



La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind


Author: Beppe Severgnini


Description: Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.



Northern Italy Map


Author: Touring Club Italiano


Description: This beautifully shaded road map of Northern Italy (1:400,000) shows the region including Trieste, Venice, Bologna Milan and Turin.



The Alps, A Cultural History


Author: Andrew Beattie


Description: Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have all left their mark.



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 Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como


Author: Roland Merullo


Description: Merullo shares this congenial account of a summer with his family in Italy and Switzerland, offering delicious descriptions of wonderful meals, colorful characters -- and rounds of golf at some of the most beautiful courses in Europe. He is a golf fanatic.



The Path To Rome


Author: Hilaire Belloc


Description: A reprint of the 1902 memoir of Belloc's pilgrimage on foot across the Alps and Apennines in order to "see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved." With 77 of the author's original line drawings.



Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere


Author: Jan Morris


Description: Morris called this her favorite book, a loving celebration of the city and its faded glory. Creased between Slovenia and the sea, the elusive sea port has an enchanting identity that imparts a "sweet melancholy" to her remembrances of past travels.



Why Italians Love to Talk About Food


Author: Elena Kostioukovitch


Description: This charming, informative journey through Italy's great regional cuisine, from the Alps to Sicily, includes color photos, menus and glossaries. Umberto Eco's Russian translator, Kostioukovitch explores the food of her adopted homeland as a way to understand the different tastes, dialects and attitudes of each region.





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