We've booked our hotels and what not and I wanted to share.
In Venice, we'll be staying at the Lanterna di Marco Polo: http://www.lanternadimarcopolo.com/ing/
In Budapest, we'll be staying at the Marriot Milennium Court: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/buder-millennium (though we accidentally booked for the wrong weekend so hopefully we can get it changed by Friday!)
Today we have lectures from 9-12 and 2-?. Then at 5, we have a happy hour in the "pent house suite" here at the Raabheim. So a nice, easy day - probably not going into town at all. We leave early (breakfast at 6am and leave at 7am) to go to Germany (Passau) via a boat down the Danube (I think.)