19519
Italy/Greece/Albania/Croatia
Voyages to Antiquity: Splendors of Italy and Croatia
Discover why the sun-warmed shores of the Mediterranean became the cradle of civilization as you explore architecture, art and history aboard an ocean liner.
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Program No. 19519RJ
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17 days
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16 nights
41 meals
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DAY
1
Departures
In Flight
DAY
2
Welcome
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Afternoon: Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and get your room assignment. The Group Leader will be on hand to provide assistance as needed. Then take some time to freshen up and relax before Orientation. At 5:00 PM, meet in the hotel lobby for the program orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome three-course set menu dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Venice, Italy
Venice
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Hotel Bonvecchiati

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will be buffet-style with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Water will be served at every meal on this program.

Morning: This morning experience Venice as a Venetian. Breathe in a bit of every day life of this fragile city at a relaxed pace. From St. Mark’s square enter the Castello district and meander the narrow calli. Learn about the Venice of yesterday and today. Stop at Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, a most impressive open space dominated by the stunning Gothic basilica which is home to many monuments of Doges and sea captains. Continue to the densely populated district Cannaregio; explore Chiesa dei Miracoli, a little “jewel box” of a 15th century church to gain insight into Venetian beliefs and traditions.

Lunch: Enjoy a three-course set menu featuring regional cuisine at a local restaurant with your Road Scholar group.

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities provided in your first Information Packet. Alternatively, you may choose to walk to Rialto or simply sip a Bellini at Harry's Bar.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Venice, Italy; Embark the Aegean Odyssey
Venice
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Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Upon check-out your luggage will be transferred to your cabin on the ship.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Free time for independent exploration of Venice.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own or enjoy the ship's welcome buffet following embarkation.

Afternoon: Meet the group at the hotel to transfer for embarkation. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."

Dinner: Aboard the ship, you may choose from either the Marco Polo Restaurant or the Terrace Café. The former serves a variety of á là carte items while the café is buffet-style. Menus are inspired by fresh local ingredients. Wine is complimentary with dinner in both dining areas.

Evening: Most evenings aboard ship are free to enjoy as you like whether it’s attending a shipboard guest lecture or listening to live music in the Charleston Lounge.

DAY
5
Venice, Italy
Venice
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Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: This morning, choose from two excursions offered by the ship. Travel by boat down the beautiful Guidecca Canal to the heart of Venice, St. Mark's Square and disembark at the bustling Riva degli Schiavoni. The square includes many sites of significance: the 15th century clock tower where two huge bronze statues strike the hour, the Basilica itself - a masterpiece of Byzantine architectures - and the Doge's Palace, seat of the Venetian government for nearly 1,000 years. There will be free time to explore the shops and cafés around St. Mark's Square. Or, you can elect to visit the islands of Murano & Burano.

Lunch: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Ancona, Italy
Ancona
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Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: A gem of a day! From the port of Ancona, enjoy the rolling hills and lush plains of the Marche countryside en route to Urbino. Located at the foothills of the Apennines, Urbino’s clay earth still supports industrial brickworks, but its greatest incarnation is the Ducal Palace. Built during the 15th century, at the height of Urbino’s cultural importance, its presence helps to preserve the Renaissance spirit of this small hill town.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continuation of the day's excursion to Urbino before returning to the ship in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Early evening departure for Split. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

DAY
7
Split, Croatia
Split
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: The morning will be spent at the Palace of Diocletian, including the Temple of Jupiter and Diocletian's mausoleum. Born in Salona, a town a few miles to the north of Split, Diocletian became Emperor of Rome in 284AD. To ensure a comfortable retirement, Diocletian commissioned the construction of a massive limestone and marble palace in the town of Split. When it was completed in 305AD, Diocletian abdicated, the first Roman Emperor to do so. His palace complex included three temples as well as Diocletian’s massive mausoleum (now the Cathedral of St. Dominus), and could house around 9,000 people. Today the palace is not a deserted ruin but a shell containing a bustling warren of houses, shops and cafés.

Lunch: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration of the Roman walls, squares and temples in Split’s historic center or stroll along the Riva waterfront promenade.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Early evening departure for Dubrovnik. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

DAY
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik
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Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Dubrovnik was formerly known as Ragusa and gave us our English word "argosy." Lord Byron called it "the Pearl of the Adriatic." As we walk around the city this morning we will visit both the Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries, the former housing a fine collection of Renaissance paintings, as well as the Cathedral of our Lady which boasts Titian's Assumption over the main altar.

Lunch: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: In the afternoon and evening you are free to relax or continue exploring this charming city.

Dinner: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure. The ship does not sail until late, so there is ample time to enjoy Dubrovnik in the evening.

DAY
9
Brindisi, Italy (Lecce)
Brindisi
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Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: From the port of Brindisi, it is a short coach ride to Lecce, an historic city of the Salentine Peninsula of Puglia. Enjoy a walking excursion that will take in some of the many baroque treasures that has earned the city its nickname “the Florence of the South”.

Lunch: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Early evening departure for Sarande. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

DAY
10
Sarande, Albania (Butrint) / Corfu, Greece
Sarande
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Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: The Albanian archaeological site of Butrint has been occupied since at least the 8th century BC. The Roman Emperor Augustus founded a colony here, and Butrint remained a Roman port until the 6th century. Its later medieval history was turbulent as the town was involved in the power struggles between Byzantium and successive Norman, Angevin, and Venetian states. It is consequently a fascinating archaeological and historical site.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Journey to Corfu Town’s historic Campielo quarter where a 15th-century church holds houses one of Greece's most extensive collections of Byzantine art. After enjoying of the museum, walk to Corfu’s center to visit 16th-century rococo church dedicated to St. Spiridon, Corfu's patron saint, whose bones are preserved in a gleaming casket. Explore the maze of narrow, stepped streets where little has changed for centuries. Discover an array of past rulers reflected in the French boulevards, Georgian mansions, Venetian citadel and Greek temple.

Dinner: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure. The ship does not sail until late, so there is ample time to enjoy Dubrovnik in the evening.

DAY
11
At sea
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy. The frequently updated collection also includes an extensive reference section as well as modern and classic novels.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

DAY
12
Taormina, Sicily
Taormina
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Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: The streets of Taormina are mostly cobbled and there are some steps to navigate at the Greco-Roman Theater.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina. This morning, we will tender ashore for a short, scenic drive to this idyllic spot with its mountainous backdrop, lemonblossom-scented air and narrow, medieval alleys. This walking excursion proceeds past the Cathedral and the 15th-century Palazzo Corvaja with its black and white lava decoration. The highlight is a guided excursion of the Greco-Roman Theater.

Lunch: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.

DAY
13
Salerno, Italy; Cruise Amalfi Coast
Salerno
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Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: From Salerno, travel to Paestum, one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Italy. Originally called Poseidonia by the Ancient Greeks who settled here in around 600BC, later it became the Roman city of Paestum in 273BC. The site is dominated by three temples in Doric style, dating from the first half of the 6th century BC. Additionally, the ruins of civic buildings, a forum and amphiteatre, paved roadways and even residential buildings dating from both Greek and Roman times have been excavated.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Savor the beauty of the Amalfi Coast with its rocky shores and iconic medieval cliffside fishing villages.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: The ship will arrive in the evening in Sorrento and will overnight in port.

DAY
14
Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: We will coach along the Bay of Naples brings you to Pompeii, considered the world's finest example of an ancient Roman town. The city, buried for centuries by hot ashes in 79AD, is a virtual time capsule of that era. In the company of a professional guide, visit the patrician mansions, baths and temples at the site. Step inside to admire the brilliant Pompeian Red walls, elaborate frescoes and gardens adorned with sculptures. View the sobering ash replicas of the citizens caught in their final moments. These bring to life the words of Pliny the Younger, an eyewitness, who described the terror of the eruption with its "broad sheets of fire and leaping flames." Scientists once believed many victims died due to asphyxiation, but recent studies have concluded that most died instantly of extreme heat as waves of volcanic gases reached temperatures up to 570°F (300°C).

Lunch: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Explore this charming, cliff-straddling, port town on your own. Stroll along Marina Piccolo or find your way to the lift that will take you up to the city center, perched high above the sea. Enjoy the bustle along the Corso Italia and perhaps sample the famous local limoncello at the Piazza Tasso.

Dinner: Aboard the ship or find a trattoria to sample 'gnocci alla sorrentina', a local specialty.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will overnight in Sorrento.

DAY
15
Sorrento, Italy
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Visit Herculaneum, the Greek settlement named after its patron, Hercules. The town also perished during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD and was engulfed in a sea of mud. Fortunately for us, this mud sealed and protected entire buildings: today inlaid marble floors, paintings, mosaics and carbonised woods can all be seen. These range from the sculpture of the Drunken Hercules in the House of the Stags to mosaics of tritons in the city baths. Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii with an extraordinary density of fine houses, with far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding. The discovery in recent years of some 300 skeletons along the sea shore came as a surprise since it was known that the town itself had been largely evacuated.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: At sea. Take the opportunity to relax on deck one more time before tomorrow's disembarkation.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Free evening to prepare belongings for disembarkation.

DAY
16
Disembark, Rome, Italy
Rome
B,L,D
Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Disembark in Civitavecchia and transfer to Rome. Morning panoramic overview by coach of the most significant sites of Rome including Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna. While this excursion will be primarily by coach, we will take a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain where you can toss coin to ensure your safe return to Rome.

Lunch: Enjoy a typical Roman two-course lunch inclusive of tea and coffee.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit the Palazzo dei Conservatori. Upon arrival, see the archaeological finds in the Roman Garden before surveying the outstanding collections of art housed in the Musei Capitolini.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel dining room featuring a three-course set menu served with a glass of wine.

Evening: Free evening to prepare belongings for departure.

DAY
17
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO) for departures. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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