Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m. Walking up to 2 miles.
The Group Leader will be in the hotel to welcome you and give you the exact time of the afternoon Welcome Meeting/Orientation. After hotel check-in, take some time to freshen up and relax. Orientation: 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. You 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, you will receive a booklet with detailed suggested itineraries. Please note that all activities and walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the canals. Breakfast will be a buffet at the hotel, with 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. Water is included with all meals and wine at some meals. Other beverages such as soft drinks, beer, coffee or tea will be available for purchase. Following Orientation, we will follow our Study Leader on a walk in the neighborhood of San Marco. The walk will circle back to the hotel.
At the hotel restaurant, 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.