Getting on/off a high-speed train, approximately 2 hours. Getting on/off a vaporetto (public transportation vessel); expect some wave movement. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; uneven stone paved pedestrian only streets and alleys. The city of canals is all pedestrian; bridges spanning minor canals have ramps or stairs.
At the hotel.
We’ll check out of the hotel and deposit bags in the lobby where the Group Leader will supervise loading onto a van headed directly to Venice where they will be delivered to our hotel. We will ride to Florence Santa Maria Novella station and board the high-speed train, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic countryside on the ride to Venice. Upon arrival, the Group Leader will distribute passes for the vaporetto that we will hop aboard and begin our trip along the Grand Canal. Along the way, we will see grand palazzi, bridges, churches, and markets. We will get off at Ca’ d’Oro, the stop closest to the hotel, then take a short walk to the hotel, drop off any hand luggage, and walk straight to the restaurant for lunch.
At a restaurant close to the hotel.
We will walk back to the hotel, check in to our rooms, and have some time to freshen up and relax. At approximately 4:00 p.m., we will gather in the lobby and set out on a neighborhood walk with our Group Leader to see the location of ATMs, pharmacies, stores, and vaporetto stops in the area around the hotel. Returning to the hotel, we will gather in the meeting room where a local expert will give us an overview of Venice.
On your own to enjoy what you like.
We will set out to attend a musical performance — concert or recital — from current offerings. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be included in the final schedule provided onsite.