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Odyssey at Sea: The Coasts of Italy

Aboard our first-ever floating campus, learn about both hidden and celebrated gems along the coasts of one of Europe’s most romantic and culture-filled countries.
Program No. 23512RJ
Length
12 days
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4,499
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Italy

Odyssey at Sea: The Coasts of Italy

Aboard our first-ever floating campus, learn about both hidden and celebrated gems along the coasts of one of Europe’s most romantic and culture-filled countries.
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23512 RJ
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Jun 3 - Jun 14, 2022
Ship Inside 4,499
Ship Outside 5,099
Ship Balcony 6,999
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2022
Ship Inside 4,599
Ship Outside 5,199
Ship Balcony 7,099
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Genoa and ends in Venice. Please see itinerary for details.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside Ship Outside Ship Balcony
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A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

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Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

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Accommodation Details

A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

Jun 3 - Jun 14, 2022
Ship Inside 5,499
Ship Outside 6,099
Ship Balcony 8,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2022
Ship Inside 5,599
Ship Outside 6,199
Ship Balcony 8,599
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Genoa and ends in Venice. Please see itinerary for details.

At a Glance

Buon giorno (good morning)! Whether uncovering ancient towns preserved under volcanic ash or discovering the heart of the Renaissance, it’s going to be another spectacular day in Italy on board the Aegean Odyssey. Cast off on Road Scholar’s first-ever floating campus as you sail from the canals of Venice to the architecture of Naples to the art of Florence alongside our experts. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration. Indulge in a little vita all’italiana (life, Italian style) on our favorite ship as you fall in love with one of Europe’s most romantic and culture-filled countries.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy an expert-led exploration of St. Mark’s Square while in Venice.
  • Explore the doomed ancient town Herculaneum, preserved under the flow of a Mount Vesuvius eruption in A.D. 79.
  • Discover the heart of the Renaissance in Florence, including visits to the Accademia, home to the famous David, and the Duomo.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L.
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Silvia Maccari
With strong roots in traditional Tuscan cooking, Silvia Maccari has taught at the Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu di Firenze and the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. She works with Marriott UK and Continental Europe as a food expert and chef trainer. She is the author of “A Spasso con Camilla,” a culinary travel book through Italy, as well as articles published on both Corriere della Sera in Italy and Italian cooking and living in the United States.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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With strong roots in traditional Tuscan cooking, Silvia Maccari has taught at the Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu di Firenze and the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. She works with Marriott UK and Continental Europe as a food expert and chef trainer. She is the author of “A Spasso con Camilla,” a culinary travel book through Italy, as well as articles published on both Corriere della Sera in Italy and Italian cooking and living in the United States.
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Joseph Paul Cassar View biography
Joseph Paul Cassar is a professor of art at the University of Maryland University College. He designs online art courses for the university as well as for the New York Times Knowledge Network. He also lectures at the Smithsonian Institute, Johns Hopkins University Osher Program, Towson University, Notre Dame University and York College of Pennsylvania. He has written several books on Maltese modern artists and has won awards for academic excellence. He is the 2019 recipient of the Malta Society of Arts' Gold Medal.
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Alan O'Cain View biography
Alan O’Cain studied history at Lancaster University, specializing in the development of Western science, art and philosophy, and received a Master’s in education. He is now a professional artist and poet, delivering public talks and performances. Alan has been involved in creative collaborations with Glyndebourne Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company and produced art and poetry in-residence in a number of historical and international venues, including the preserved studio of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch and the former prison cell of Austrian artist Egon Schiele.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome — 1944
by Lloyd Clark
The Allied campaign on the beaches of Western Italy, at Anzio, reigns as the bloodiest battle in the Second World War’s western theater. About six months before D-Day, in January 1944, a united force of 36,000 soldiers launched one of the first attacks on continental Europe at Anzio, a small coastal city thirty miles south of Rome.
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
by Rick Atkinson
Rick Atkinson follows the strengthening armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north. The decision to invade Europe's so-called soft underbelly was controversial, but once under way the commitment never wavered. And with the liberation of Rome from the Nazis in June 1944, victory at last began to seem inevitable.
The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
by Nancy Bazelon Goldstone
On 15 March 1348, Joanna I, Queen of Naples, stood trial for her life before the pope and his court in Avignon. She was 22 years old. Her cousin and husband, Prince Andrew of Hungary, had recently been murdered, and Joanna was the chief suspect. Determined to defend herself, Joanna won her acquittal against enormous odds. Returning to Naples, she ruled over one of Europe's most prestigious and enlightened courts for more than thirty years - until she was herself murdered. As courageous as Eleanor of Aquitaine, as astute and determined as Elizabeth I, Joanna was the only female monarch in her time to rule in her own right.
Venice: A New History
by Thomas Madden
Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by Ross King
The story of the design and construction of the dome in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a tale rife with politics, cut-throat competition and mighty inspiration.
La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z
by Carla Gambescia
La Dolce Vita University (LDVU) is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present.
Street Fight in Naples: A City's Unseen History
by Peter Robb
Peter Robb's Street Fight in Naples ranges across nearly three thousand years of Neapolitan life and art, from the first Greek landings in Italy to the time of his own less auspicious arrival thirty-something years ago.
La Bella Lingua
by Diane Hales
Inebriated with the sounds of Italian, lovesick for its phrases and enamored of its earthy idioms, Hales, "a sensible woman of sturdy Polish stock," dives into the Italian of the piazza, literature, movies and streets in this charming memoir.
The Leopard
by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Leopard is a novel that chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento.
The World of Venice
by Jan Morris
Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite.
A House in Sicily
by Daphne Phelps
Near Mount Etna in Sicily lies Casa Cuseni, a beautiful house built in golden stone - and the home which Daphne Phelps was astonished to find she had inherited in 1947. At the age of 34, war-weary from working as a psychiatric social worker, with barely any Italian and precious little money, she plunged into a fascinating Sicilian world. The many of problems to be overcome included not only financial difficulties but local authorities and a house staff who initially felt no loyalty to the new Signorina, but who gradually accepted her as a respected member of their small community.
Between Salt Water and Holy Water
by Tommaso Astarita
From the Normans and Angevins through Spanish and Bourbon rule to the unification of Italy, historian Tommaso Astarita explores the intellectual, religious, economic and political history of this fascinating region and delivers an accessibly written book that is not just colourful and scholarly but also wholly engrossing.
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12 days
11 nights
29 meals
10 B 9 L 10 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Venice, Transfer to Port, Embark Aegean Odyssey
Venice
D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Walking about 1 mile including ship and port corridors and gangways.

Morning: Transfer from the airport to the Venice Cruise Terminal. Meals aboard ship will begin with dinner; a light lunch will be available for those who arrive in time.

Afternoon: Embark the Aegean Odyssey. Complete boarding procedures, get your cabin, unpack, and freshen up. Then begin to explore this comfortable ship that will be our floating home. The ship’s courteous and friendly staff are scrupulous about hygiene and you will find numerous dispensers with hand-sanitizer we are encouraged to use. Along with everyone on board, we will meet at muster stations when called for the ship’s safety drill. During succeeding evenings aboard ship, there will be activities to choose from such as a guest speaker, a performance by talented musicians, and opportunities for interaction with fellow Road Scholars. There is also a well-stocked library with daily newspapers received via satellite. Most mornings will begin with a group stretch session. On each full day of the program, we will gather for an informal “port talk” about what is ahead. Each evening, we’ll get a briefing memo in our cabins with highlights of the next day’s activities. 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. In most ports, we will have shuttle busses, or tender boats, running from/to the ship during the day for your convenience if you wish to explore independently. The extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities depends on personal choice. 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.

Dinner: Aboard ship, enjoy your first dinner on board in the venue of your choice: the a la carte Marco Polo restaurant, open for dinner as well as lunch on full days at sea; and the Terrace Café with its extensive buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals feature fresh ingredients in tasty preparations including healthy choices. Both restaurants offer open-seating dining. All meals aboard ship — as well as afternoon tea and late night snacks — are included. Non-alcoholic beverages and select wines at dinner are included; other beverages are available for purchase upon request.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. The ship is scheduled to remain in port overnight.

DAY
3
Venice, Doge's Palace
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a vaporetto. Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; cobblestones, marble flooring, uneven stone sidewalks; crossing bridges that span canals, some without handrails, unavoidable stairs. NOTE: Orientation will be held after breakfast on this day. NOTE: The “On Your Feet” activity level group will not walk the mercato, and will head out separately for this field trip.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café — and on the Lido Deck in nice weather — there are hot and cold dishes to choose from such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, fruits, breads, pastries, and a variety of healthy choices as well as milk, juice, coffee, tea, water. Meals feature fresh ingredients in tasty preparations.

Morning: We'll step off the ship and board a vaporetto for a short trip down the Grand Canal to the Rialto area, where we will see the famed bridge and stroll the mercato like a local. A local expert will give us an overview of the area’s unique history and its importance to the city as we continue our exploration to see some of the most famous highlights of Venice. St. Mark’s Square is the largest public space in the city, called the "drawing room of Europe" in the 19th century. It is also one of the most impressive public squares anywhere with the Basilica di San Marco (Basilica of St. Mark), Campanile (bell tower), and Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace), commonly called the Doge’s Palace. St. Mark’s Basilica, formally the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, was long ago nicknamed the chiesa d’oro — church of gold —for its magnificent ornamentation. Construction on the present edifice began circa 1063 and was completed in 1071. St. Mark’s brilliantly represents the spiritual and material heritage of Byzantium as well as the wealth and power of Venice as a city-state. While the architectural structure is that of a Greek cross surmounted by five domes, the interiors are lavishly decorated with mosaics, gold, marble, and precious materials of many kinds as well as masterpieces of art and sculpture. Our expert will lead our exploration of the Doge’s Palace that was the seat of civic and political power. Doge in the Venetian dialect was equivalent to duke but the Doges of Venice served as head of state for more than a thousand years. They embellished the residential quarters and ceremonial chambers of the Great Council with lavish artwork, including murals by Tintoretto and Veronese. We will see the spacious courtrooms and the Prisons, connected by the Bridge of Sighs. Those convicted of crimes walked from the courtroom to prison across the infamous bridge, so called because of prisoners’ reaction knowing it was their last glimpse of light and air.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant, or choose to dine ashore on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy activities of your choice aboard ship, or take advantage of this time to explore independently.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship is scheduled to leave Venice on our journey to Kotor.

DAY
4
At Sea, Lectures, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship’s amenities, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, pick up a good book in the library, or just relax to the rhythm of the waves.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship, including a lecture on topics relevant to our program. In the late afternoon, we will gather for our first port talk.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. We will continue our journey to Kotor.

DAY
5
Kotor-Montenegro
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off tenders. Walking approximately 2 miles throughout the day; elective climb to ascend the City Walls 1,000+ steps.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: After stepping off the ship and boarding tender vessels, our Group Leader or a local expert will lead our exploration of Kotor’s old town — small, but one of the best preserved on the Adriatic. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famed for exceptional architecture in a stunning natural setting. Founded by the Romans, Kotor developed into an important center of commerce and the arts. Traded back and forth between empires, its history is tempestuous. It was a prized city in the Venetian empire, and Venetian influence is apparent everywhere including the impressive city wall. One of the key sites we will visit is the Maritime Museum, housed in a former palace, which documents the importance of seafaring in Kotor’s history and culture as well as its former status as a naval power. At the end of the field trip, we will return to the ship.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship. At the end of the afternoon, we will gather for a port talk. The ship is scheduled to leave Kotor on our journey to Taranto.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow.

DAY
6
Port of Taranto-Italy, Matera
At Sea (Taranto to Catania)
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 50 miles, approximately 1 hour each way. Walking up to 3 miles; variable terrain. NOTE: The “On Your Feet” activity level group will not visit Meterasum Ipogeo.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: After arriving and docking at Taranto, we'll board a motorcoach and ride to the ancient city of Matera. A local expert will lead us in a walking field trip in the Sassi di Matera, the oldest part of the city. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a prehistoric troglodyte settlement, thought to be among the first-ever human settlements in what is now Italy. Inhabited until 1952, these cave homes are a very real link to Italy's truly ancient history. During our visit, we'll explore the underground world known as Materasum Ipogeo before returning to the ship. At the end of the field trip, we will return to the ship.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship. At the end of the afternoon, we will gather for a port talk. The ship is scheduled to leave Taranto on our journey to Catania.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow.

DAY
7
Port of Catania–Sicily, Taormina
At Sea (Catania to Naples)
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles; varied terrain. NOTE: The “On Your Feet” activity level group will not visit the Greek Theater.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will depart the ship on foot with our Group Leader or a local expert for a walk along the Corso Umberto, Taormina's pedestrian-only main street on our way to the ancient Greek Theater that dates back to the 3rd century BCE. From here, we will have breathtaking views of the sea and Mt. Etna. We will return to the ship at the end of our field trip. Those who wish to stay ashore and explore independently are welcome to do so.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant, or choose to dine ashore on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship or take advantage of the shuttle bus available for independent exploration. We will gather aboard ship for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship is scheduled to leave Catania on our journey to Naples.

DAY
8
Naples, Vesuvius 79 CE, Herculaneum
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 3 miles; varied terrain, stairs in archaeology park.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will set out on a field trip, via motorcoach, to the doomed ancient resort town of Herculaneum. Mount Vesuvius erupted on the 24th of August in the year 79 CE. The town of Herculaneum was overwhelmed by a massive mudflow 16 meters deep. The depth of the ash left much of Herculaneum very well preserved, including wooden structures and food! This UNESCO World Heritage site offers an in depth view into the daily lives of ancient Romans. We will return to port at the end of the field trip where you are welcome to enjoy free time aboard ship or stay ashore and explore independently.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant, or choose to dine ashore on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship, including a lecture on Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, and Herculaneum, or take advantage of the shuttle bus available for independent exploration.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship is scheduled to leave Naples on our journey to Livorno, the gateway to Tuscany and Florence.

DAY
9
At Sea, Lectures, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship as we sail from Naples to Livorno. Our course will take us past the islands of Sardinia, Corsica, and Elba.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship, including a lecture on topics relevant to our program. We will gather for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. We will continue our journey to Livorno.

DAY
10
Port of Livorno, Florence
At Sea (Livorno to La Spezia)
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving approximately 100 miles from Livorno to Florence; approximately 2 hours. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven terrain, cobblestones, stairs, uphill segments. NOTE: The “On Your Feet” activity level group will not visit the Accademia, or the Duomo for independent exploration.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We'll board a motorcoach for a full day in the magical city of Florence. We'll begin with a walking field trip that will include a visit to the Accademia, which houses the larger than life statue of David by Michelangelo. We’ll take in more sights including the Duomo and have some time to explore independently at your own pace. You might like to climb the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo for its spectacular views, visit a gelateria for that famous frozen treat, or marvel at the wondrous art collections housed in the city's many museums. The “On Your Feet" activity level group will start with a walking tour of Florence including the Duomo and Santa Croce.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll continue our exploration of Florence with a walk to the Ponte Vecchio for views up and down the Arno River. Take a little free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship. The "On Your Feet" activity level group will take some free time, then board a motorcoach for a panoramic photostop of Florence starting at Piazzale Michelangelo. We will gather aboard ship for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship is scheduled to leave Livorno on the journey to La Spezia, the gateway to the Cinque Terre.

DAY
11
Port of La Spezia, Cinque Terre
At Sea (La Spezia to Genoa)
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; on/off a smaller vessel. Walking up to 4 miles; varied terrain.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are the names of the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) that comprise this region on the Italian Riviera. Enjoy the beauty of the region from the comfort of a chartered boat and a walking field trip to explore some of what the five villages have to offer. You’ll be immersed in the beauty of the region, and perhaps driven to follow in the footsteps of Lord Byron and pen your own ode to Italy, “the garden of the world, the home of all art yields.” The Group Leader will accompany those who wish to return to the ship.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant, or choose to dine ashore on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship or take advantage of the shuttle bus available for independent exploration.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for disembarkation and departure in the morning. The ship is scheduled to leave La Spezia for Genoa. Prepare for disembarkation and departure in the morning.

DAY
12
Disembarkation, Transfer to Airport, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Disembarkation begins at early at 5:00 a.m. or earlier depending on local schedules. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will complete disembarkation procedures. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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