2019 Henderson Italy Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Henderson Italy Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info, that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and get excited for Italy!
Travel Dates: June 19, 2019 - June 30, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,490 - or - $3,316 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,000

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Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.

Program Tuition: $3,490

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:

$3,315.50

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$723.39

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.

Italy Cultural Journey

Italy is a traveler’s dream and an item on everyone’s bucket list. No other country in the world contains as many historical sites and artifacts that provide a glimpse at the very root of western civilization. Where else can you stand and see the place where the basis for modern government was forged? Where else can you see so many timeless and priceless pieces of ancient art and architecture in just a few days?

Natural history, as well as human history, is on full display in the massive peninsular nation with stunning views of the Dolomites and Alps in the north, idyllic Mediterranean countryside along the coast, and broad pastoral landscapes of rolling hills in between. Italians are an incredibly varied and diverse people, but the one constant is their openness and sense of hospitality towards travelers. And, of course, once you have tried true Italian food, there’s no going back to anything else!

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.

Visit Siena's world renowned cathedral and crypt

Spend a night on a farm in the Tuscan hills

Tour a local olive farm

Head to Murano Island and witness Venice's famous glass blowing

Hike Mt. Vesuvius and tour the fascinating ruins of Pompeii

Explore La Basilica di Santa Croce, where greats like Niccola Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei, and Michelangelo are buried

The Itinerary


We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible. 

DateLocationActivityLodging
June 19Philadelphia, PA - Milan, ItalyFly from Philadelphia to Milan, Italy.In Flight
June 20Milan - VeniceUpon arrival in the morning, we will board our bus to visit The Last Supper and the beautiful church that sits adjacent. Afterwards we will continue onward to Venice, arriving in time for our first Italian meal of the trip. After a long travel day, we will settle in to our hotel for some much needed rest.Venice Hotel
June 21VeniceWe will begin the day with a walking tour of this unique city. We'll visit Piazza San Marco, have a ferry boat ride in Canal Grande, visit the Palazzo Ducale, and get a feel of the city.Venice Hotel
June 22Venice - FlorenceThis morning we head to Murano Island, a series of islands linked by bridges dedicated to the manufacture of Venice's world renowned art of "blowing glass," which we will see live. After a delicious lunch, we'll enjoy the views on our way to Florence!Florence Hotel
June 23FlorenceAfter the beautiful train ride through the Tuscan alps we'll arrive in Florence and start our day with a guided walking tour, visiting the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and many other piazze and monuments. Then we will head to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most important art museums in Europe and the world. We'll also make time for the Galleria dell' Accademia, which hosts the original David.Florence Hotel
June 24FlorenceThis morning we will have breakfast at the hotel and continue our exploration of the capital of the Rinascimento (Renaissance). We will enter the monuments like Cupola del Brunelleschi, which is the tallest building in Florence and was designed by Giotto and Brunelleschi. We will then visit the famous market, eat some delicious street food, then head to La Basilica di Santa Croce, where people like Niccola Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei, and Michelangelo are buried. Not only will we see the tombs of these Italian greats, but also will view paintings by Giotto. Finally, we will head to see the copy of the David of Donatello, which is situated in front of one of the most beautiful public offices in the world, Palazzo Vecchio, which is actually the city hall of Florence.Florence Hotel
June 25Murlo/SienaWe will either spend today in Murlo or Siena. In Siena our options would include a city tour, Palio lesson, and service project on a medieval wall. In Murlo we would learn about the agritourism industry which produces organic wine and olive oil. We would also have time to bathe in what used to be an ancient Roman Bath on the river.Le Verzure
June 26Siena - RomeThis morning we'll take the train to Rome. Upon arrival we'll visit the autonmous exclave of the Vatican City, where we will explore the Sistine chapel and the Vatican Museum. We will eat some traditional pasta and go for an evening stroll in the Eternal City, in the Trastevere area near the river.Rome Hotel
June 27RomeToday, we will wake up early and enjoy a full day experience of Rome. We will start with a walking tour of the city before lunch. After lunch, we can either visit a museum or continue our walking tour and see more of the ancient ruins of the city. We will certainly see the Coliseum, Hadrian's Tomb, the Trevi Fountain, the steps of Piazza di Spagna, and finish the day off with dinner as we enjoy a beautiful view of Rome.Rome Hotel
June 28PompeiiWe will spend the day in Pompeii today! Together we will hike Mt. Vesuvius and contemplate the destruction that occurred when the volcano erupted in AD 79. We'll also see the remains of the Forum and the Teatro Grande. And maybe best of all, you'll eat pizza in the birthplace of pizza! We will head back to the capital after a busy but rewarding day.Rome Hotel
June 29RomeToday we'll have a discussion about our program and reflect on everything we have seen and learned. We'll start our day by seeing Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Venezia e Vittoriano which are the piazza of the people and the piazza of the once king of Italy, respectively. We'll then head to the Foro Roman which was the ancient center square of Rome and is surrounded by several important ancient government buildings. We will then walk to the Bocca della verit which is a round, mask-like structure. You can put your hand in its mouth and legend has it that if you tell a lie while your hand is in its mouth, you would find your fingers bitten off! To finish the day, we will head to the Terme di Caracalla, the ancient thermal baths of Rome. We will end the evening with desert before heading back to the hotel.Rome Hotel
June 30Rome - HomeToday we will take a bus transfer to Fiumicino Airport, then say arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the USA! Addio!Your Own Bed!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

 

Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
Acienda Agricola La Verzure Murlo

And old farm estate with a variety of lodging options in the tuscan hills. This family-run establishment has transformed the surrounding fields into olive gardens and vineyards. Despite the modern accommodations and private swimming pool, this property still maintains a true “country feel.”

Bed and Breakfast Le Terrazze di Neapolis

A small, quaint accommodation in the old town of Naples. The friendly service, delicious coffee and breakfast, and central location make this our preferred destination in Naples.

Oasi Verde

As the name suggests, this bed and breakfast’s verdant surroundings give the place the sensation that one has escaped from the city for a more natural, relaxing accommodation. In reality, it’s conveniently located near several of Rome’s historic sites and is a great base from which to explore this incredible city.

Hotel Palazzo Delle Stelline Milan

Hotel Palazzo Delle Stelline is set in a former convent in the historic center in one of the best neighborhoods of Milan, next to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where the famous Leonardo da Vinci fresco, The Last Supper, resides. The rooms offer modern amenities and overlook the quiet courtyard.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

My daughter’s experience in Morocco was extraordinary!! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures and hearing the stories about her adventures, but what brought me the most joy was the relationships she formed with the chaperones from her school and with Stafford and Said (Walking Tree’s Moroccan Country Directors and Program Leaders). She spoke of their characters and spirits which let me know these wonderful people went over and beyond the basics of the program. I am forever grateful for the love and care all four of you gave to her.

Beddar
Parent of Jadah, traveler on Morocco Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!

FUNDRAISING CENTER              REFERRAL BONUS

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Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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