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
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Program Tuition: $3,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,000

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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 25SienaWe will spend the day in Siena. Our country director, originally from Denver, but a resident of Siena for more than 15 years will start us off with a lesson about Siena's historic Palio horse race. Then w'll tour the city and even get to see some behind the scenes areas where the city is working with students on a service project on a medieval wall. We'll end the day with a dinner at an organic farm located inside Siena's ancient walls.Siena Lodging
June 26Siena - RomeThis morning we'll take the train to Rome. Upon arrival we'll visit the autonomous exclave of the Vatican City, where we will explore the Sistine chapel and the Vatican Museum. We will walk by Hadrian's Tomb, eat some traditional pasta and go for an evening stroll in the Eternal City, in Rome's elegant Prati neighborhood.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, The Roman Forum, Trajan's Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the steps of Piazza di Spagna, The Pantheon, il Gesù 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! 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 and if we have time we'll visit the Coronaro Chapel.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. We will then walk through Villa Borghese park, and up to the Catacombs of Priscilla where we'll explore Rome underground! Afterwards we can take one last stroll through Rome seeing Piazza Navona and the Campo de fiori before our last Italian dinner.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.
Hotel Casa Valdese Roma

The Hotel Casa Valdese Roma is a hotel in the Prati district of Rome, near the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, of which there is a splendid view from a large terrace on the fifth floor. Students will be very comfortable in this historic hotel located in the heart of historic Rome. Students will be split between double or triple rooms. Wifi and air conditioning are standard, and students will enjoy breakfast each morning at the hotel.

Hotel Moderno a Siena

Hotel Moderno is a family run hotel located in the center of Siena. The hotel is located just steps away from the historic center of town and students will feel transported back to old-world Italy. Students will be grouped in double or triple rooms based on availability. Each room as Wifi and air conditioning. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel each morning.

Hotel Al Piave

Located in the heart of Venice, Hotel Al Piave is just steps away from St. Mark’s Square. This three star hotel has a truly Italian feel and offers a comfortable place to relax after a long day. Students will be divided between double or triple rooms based on availability. There is free Wifi and breakfast is included each morning.

B&B Hotel Firenze City Center

This small bed and breakfast is located in the heart of Florence, allowing the group to access the main sites of the city on foot. The B&B comes equipped with Wifi and air conditioning. Breakfast will be served each morning at the hotel.  Students will be roomed in double or triple rooms and split between gender.

Safety and Support


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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
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HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
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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

Everything was outstanding. The communication, organization, and experience was phenomenal. The program positively impacted my daughters confidence, independence, and maturity.

Suzanne
Parent of Kelsey, traveler on Costa Rica Surf and Service Program

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.

 

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