3024
Italy
Venetian Grandeur: Padua and Venice
Get an insider’s perspective on Venice as you learn about traditional glassblowing, visit iconic cathedrals, experience Giotto’s frescoes and, of course, enjoy a gondola ride.
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Program No. 3024RJ
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13 days
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13 days
12 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
Departure from points in North America
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival, Welcome Reception
Padua
L,D
Hotel Europa Padova

Activity note: Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Coach ride from the airport to Padua is 27 miles (1 hour ride). Orientation walk covers about ½ mile in the heart of Padua.

Lunch: At Ristorante Zaramella, the restaurant in the hotel lobby, a light lunch. The restaurant has a 2 fork Michelin rating and is a favorite of local residents. Set menu with plated table service. Water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: An informal gathering and cocktail reception is followed by a neighborhood walk pointing out the location of ATMs, pharmacies, grocery stores, and bus stops.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure to take a stroll in the heart of Padua which is both lively and safe as a university town.

DAY
3
Orientation, Welcome to the Veneto, Explore Padua
Padua
B,L,D
Hotel Europa Padova

Activity note: The walk from the hotel to the Piazza Erbe is less than half a mile. A flight of stairs to climb in the Palazzo; standing during explanation of the frescoes in the chapel.

Breakfast: Each day the continental breakfast buffet in both this hotel will include an assortment of juices, hot and cold beverages, cold cut and cheese platter, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli, pastries, cakes, breads, and jams.

Morning: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Except breakfast, meals will be plated (each dish served to guests by a wait staff) from a set menu unless otherwise specified. Water is included with all meals and other beverages including wine, tea and coffee will be available for purchase unless otherwise specified. Unless indicated differently, transportation will primarily be provided by motor coach. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note 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. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. In the hotel classroom a local expert presents Welcome to Padua, a look at the Veneto region and the rich cultural heritage in the province of Padua.

Lunch: At a characteristic restaurant in the heart of Padua.

Afternoon: Set out on foot to meet the local expert who leads the walk exploring Padua. Sites include the lively Piazza Erbe and the Palazzo della Ragione, or Great Hall, built in medieval times to administer justice to the city state of Padua. The walk continues to the Ghetto where in the 16th century the Republic of Venice authority forced Jewish residents of Padua to live. Today the neighborhood is a lively residential part in the city center where art galleries and welcoming cafés line the cobblestone streets.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. A glass of wine is included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Vicenza and Palladian style
Padua
B,D
Hotel Europa Padova

Activity note: The train ride to Vicenza takes about 20 minutes. The walk from the station to the heart of the small city is 8/10 of a mile. Standing and walking most of the morning during the site visits in the wide pedestrian area of Vicenza.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Van to the train station. Train to Vicenza, small charming city known for the architectural treasures of the 17th century architect Andrea Palladio. The neoclassic style was much admired by Thomas Jefferson who modeled Monticello on a villa by Palladio. A local expert leads the visit of Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico, inspired by Greek theaters.

Lunch: On your own. The group leader will be available to point out local eateries.

Afternoon: Some free time to explore Vicenza at your own pace. Train back to Padua mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant. A glass of wine is included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Historic Anatomical Theater, Basilica of St. Anthony
Padua
B,L,D
Hotel Europa Padova

Activity note: Walk along urban sidewalks from the hotel to the University Palazzo is 1/3 of a mile. A long set of stone steps to reach the upper level of the historic palazzo. The walk from lunch to St. Anthony Basilica is about half a mile to and after dinner back to the hotel.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: A local expert leads the walk to Palazzo Bo, seat of the University of Padua and site of the anatomical theater. For three centuries the wooden spiral gallery was the venue for medical students to follow anatomy lessons. The University of Padua is one of Europe’s oldest institutions of higher learning (est. 1222), whose list of alumni includes illustrious names such as Galileo and Torquato Tasso.

Lunch: At a historic café in the heart of Padua.

Afternoon: A local guide and historian leads a visit to the 14th century Basilica of Saint Anthony, which is known as "il Santo." The visit continues to the adjacent Oratory, a local treasure built around the same time frame as the Basilica and completely adorned with frescoes by artist, Altichiero da Zevio.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant. A glass of wine is included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Scrovegni Chapel (Arena), Free Afternoon
Padua
B,L
Hotel Europa Padova

Activity note: Cross a busy street but a short walk -180 yards - from the hotel to the Scrovegni Chapel.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Gather in the hotel meeting room for a brief presentation on the logistics of moving around in Venice followed by a lecture on the painter Giotto and his influence on the artists of the Italian Renaissance. The local expert then leads the visit to the Scrovegni Chapel where magnificent frescoes (1303-05.) adorn the walls. The small chapel was commissioned by Enrico Scrovegni as a way to expiate the guilt he felt from his family's money lending business. Giotto breaks away from the medieval Gothic style to depict emotions in the faces of the personages.

Lunch: At a nearby pizzeria.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Padua at your own pace. Suggestions are the fine botanical gardens where you can admire the indigenous and exotic flora, stroll the grounds, or relax by the fountains. With your ticket from the Scrovegni Chapel you can visit the Civic Museum of the Eremitani with its impressive archaeological collection and picture gallery.

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 for pizzerias, small plates, wine bars or full service restaurants.

Evening: At leisure. Be prepared for check out and transfer tomorrow morning.

DAY
7
Transfer to Venice, Explore Venice
Venice
B,L,D
Don Orione Artigianelli Hotel

Activity note: 10 min. van ride to the Padua train station (2 miles). Vaporetto vessels are the sole public transportation of Venice; no bicycles or scooters are allowed in the city. As the only alternative to walking, the vaporettos are often crowded with tourists and residents alike. Getting around Venice on foot involves crossing numerous bridges that span the minor canals.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Your bags will be loaded onto a van and delivered to the hotel in Venice. Transfer to the train station in Padua by taxi or van. Board the train to Venice Santa Lucia station. Board the vaporetto (public boat) and enjoy the ride down the Grand Canal to the stop closest to the hotel.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the hotel.

Afternoon: Settle into your room after lunch. You will receive a vaporetto (public boat) pass valid for the duration of your stay in Venice. Take a vaporetto ride and orientation walk with the group leader.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. A glass of wine is included.

Evening: At leisure. With your vaporetto pass you can ride up and down the Grand Canal.

DAY
8
Venice Through the Ages, St. Mark's Basilica, Ducal Palace
Venice
B,L
Don Orione Artigianelli Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles. Extended periods of standing during guided visits in museums and historic sites.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel. Choose from fresh croissants, breads, jams, cereals, muesli, juices, coffee, tea, water, fresh fruit, yogurt, sliced cheeses and cold cuts.

Morning: Gather in the hotel meeting room for a session on Venice through the Ages presented by a local expert. Vaporetto ride across the Grand Canal to St. Mark's square for a guided visit of the Basilica, one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture. A local expert points out the gilded mosaics and the gem laden golden pall behind the altar.

Lunch: At a characteristic trattoria in the Rialto district, enjoy a set Venetian menu.

Afternoon: Continue on to St. Mark's square for a guided visit of the Doge's Palace. This is the residence and offices of the Venetian ruler. See the great halls, richly decorated with paintings, frescos and sculptures. From the palace, you will have the best seats in the house to look over the Canal. Cross over the famous "Bridge of Sighs" and visit the dungeons called, "I Piombi."

Dinner: On your own. The group leader will be happy to provide suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Glassmaking in Murano
Venice
B,D
Don Orione Artigianelli Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles in Venice and around the small island of Murano.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Vaporetto ride to the island of Murano, noted for the numerous glass manufacturers and artisans located there. To prevent widespread fire from spreading on the main island of Venice, centuries ago all kilns were moved to Murano. Free time to explore Murano at your own pace.

Lunch: On your own. The group leader will be happy to provide suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. From Murano you can board another vaporetto to reach the island of Burano. The colorful houses and quiet streets are home to a burgeoning artistic community. You will find many shops where you can watch artisans create intricate lace handy-work. Easy vaporetto back to the Accademia, the stop closest to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Palladian Design, Modern Art at the Guggenheim
Venice
B,L
Don Orione Artigianelli Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles. Extended periods of standing during guided visits in museums and sites of interest.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: A local expert joins the group at the designated time and place for the vaporetto ride to the island of the Giudecca to see a splendid example of high Renaissance architecture by Andrea Palladio.

Lunch: At a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue on to visit the Palazzo Venier, right on the Grand Canal. Having been surrounded by ornate Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque artwork and buildings, enjoy the modern art collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Relax in the courtyard of the Palazzo Venier on the Grand Canal while the docent introduces the life and times of the wealthy American collector.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Music Traditions in Venice, Gondola Ride
Venice
B,D
Don Orione Artigianelli Hotel

Activity note: The walk to the theater is about 3/4 mile. Most walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the canals. Extended periods of standing in the theater and in Venice's quiet campos (squares). Steps to climb for the visit of La Fenice Theater. Assistance is offered getting on and off the gondola.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: In the meeting room a local musician gives insight into the musical traditions of the city. Walk or short vaporetto ride to the Teatro La Fenice. Rehearsal schedule permitting, enjoy a tour of the restored opera house La Fenice conducted by guides of the historic theater. Enjoy a gondola ride through the back canals of Venice.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Some free time to explore Venice. Meet back up at the designated time and place.

Dinner: At a restaurant in the Rialto area. Water and a glass of wine are included.

Evening: Delight in an evening concert of classical Venetian musical traditions. Details of the venue and program will be announced on site.

DAY
12
Shakespeare in Venice, Venetian Masks
Venice
B,D
Don Orione Artigianelli Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles. Most walks in Venice involve crossing multiple bridges that span the canals. At the mask making workshop the seating is on stools for the hour long presentation.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy an informal classroom session on Shakespeare in Venice. The Bard set 5 plays in the Veneto region, Romeo and Juliette, Two Gentlemen from Verona, Taming of the Shrew, Othello and the Merchant of Venice. Our scholar illuminates Venice through English literature. Later in the afternoon at a mask making workshop, learn about the charming and intriguing life of Venetians in past centuries and how masks were used.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Venice at your own pace.

Dinner: Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories with your fellow participants at our farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Fixed menu, plated table service. Wine is included with this meal to toast new friendships and bid arrivederci Venezia.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Activity note: Transfer by water taxi from a dock near the hotel. Your bags will be loaded onto and off the boat but at the airport dock there are some steps to reach the road. Under a covered path, the walk to the terminal (about 300 yards) flanks the parking lot. If you have trouble managing your luggage on the flat path you can use a baggage cart. Drop in a euro coin to release the trolley at the airport dock; it will be returned to you when you lock the trolley at the terminal's baggage cart stand.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel. For those with early morning departures, the hotel will prepare a bag breakfast with a roll or croissant, a fruit and some juice.

Morning: Transfer to Venice Airport via vaporetto from the the closest water taxi dock. 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. 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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