Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m. Walking up to 2 miles. All walks in Venice involve crossing bridges with steps or ramps. Streets in Venice can be narrow with uneven stone pavers.
After hotel check-in, take some time to freshen up and relax. We will meet in the lobby at 3:45 p.m. for an introduction to the program and orientation to Venice. Orientation and Welcome: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We will receive the Venice Card for entrance to some of the major museums and churches in Venice as well as a public transportation pass for the vaporetto/waterbus and boats to the islands. For self-led visits, we will receive a booklet with detailed walking itineraries organized by neighborhood. All walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the canals. Breakfast will be a buffet at the hotel, offering a variety of items including an egg dish, fresh fruit, yogurt, breads, pastries, cereal, jams and jellies, juices, water, and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Other included meals will be plated and served from a set menu, unless indicated otherwise, with water and wine included; other beverages will be available for purchase. Following Orientation, our study leader will take us on a walk exploring the district of San Marco.
At the hotel, we will have a plated and served meal from a set menu featuring regional foods; water and a glass of wine included, other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead. This is a Road Scholar INDEPENDENT program. It is designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own for a significant part of the day/night. There will be several hours each day of educational content, most meals on your own (excluded from the program cost) to enjoy what you like, and substantial free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.