2019 Idyllwild Arts France and Italy Art Survey

Dear Families – Welcome to the homepage for the 2019 Idyllwild Arts France and Italy Art Survey. We are thrilled to be partnering with Idyllwild Arts! Please read through the details about your program below and peruse our Resource Center, which contains lots of helpful information about our organization, tuition, safety, insurance, and more. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in France and Italy!
Travel Dates: March 16, 2019 - March 26, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $4,190 USD - or - $4,090 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $900
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadlines forthcoming

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Program Tuition: $4,190

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France and Italy Cultural Journey

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.

Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Jardin des Tuileries

Window shop on the Champs-Élysées

Visit the Eiffel Tower and other iconic sites

Travel to Normandy‘s Omaha Beach

Visit Siena's world renowned cathedral and crypt

Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!

Take a bicycle tour through the Roman hillside

Tour a local olive farm

Learn to make true Italian food in a private cooking class

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

Hike Mt. Vesuvius and tour the fascinating ruins of Pompeii

Explore the famed Colosseum

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. 

1USA - ParisFly to Paris and meet your Smithsonian Student Adventures leader at the airport. We will check into our hotel and get settled. You'll spend the remainder of the day the Montmartre District including the incredible Sacré-Cœur .Hotel in Paris
2ParisWith so much to see in Paris, we'll spend most of the day visiting monuments and amazing sites. We'll start the day at The Orsay Museum followed by a trip to the beautiful Tuileries Garden where we will have a picnic lunch. Next we'll continue on to the Place de la Concorde and the Place Vendome , a square dominated by a decorated column dedicated to the famous Napoleonic battle of Austerlitz. We'll move on to the home of the current French President - the Palais de Élysée, where we'll enjoy the beautiful view as we stroll by. The afternoon will be an excellent chance to do some (window) shopping at one of the most exclusive shopping districts in the world; Champs-Élysée. We'll finish up the day up at the Arc de Triomphe. We'll have dinner at a restaurant nearby and then head to the Palais du Tokyo, Paris' exciting contemporary art museum (open until midnight!). Here we'll see an exhibition and have an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower before heading back to our hotels for a good night's sleep.Hotel in Paris
3ParisToday, we will enjoy a walking tour of Paris. We'll start on the Left Bank or Rive Gauche where we will see the Luxembourg Gardens , the Pantheon , and the famous Latin Quarter , followed by the Holy Chapel and Notre Dame Cathedral . We'll stop for a picnic lunch in a nearby park and explore the charming Ile de St. Louis. Then we will continue to the Pompidou Center , where we will see an exhibition. After the museum we will walk to the Les Halles area and explore Rue Montorgueil , the oldest market street in Paris, and the Church of St. Eustache . We will eat dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood and then head back to our hotel for some rest.Hotel in Paris
4ParisIn the morning we'll visit the Louvre and you will see the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory and many other amazing works of art. After the Louvre we will walk to the gardens of the Palais Royal and eat our picnic lunches. From there, we will head to our language and cultural exchange with a group of French students in their school or at a local activity center. In the evening, we will see the Place de Clichy and move onwards to take photos in front of the Moulin Rouge . We will have dinner in the area and then take the Metro back to our hotel.Hotel in Paris
5ParisOn our last full day in Paris, we will head over to the Jardin des Plantes after breakfast. We'll take in the beautiful gardens and greenhouses and then break for a picnic lunch. After the gardens, we will have the oppoétunity to visit the Grand Mosqué of Paris , built in the 1920s, and have tea on the tiled terrace. We'll walk over to the bustling Rue Mouffetard , stopping to see the Arenes de Lutece (Roman ruins) on the way. We'll have a festive farewell dinner where you can taste traditional French cuisine: frog legs, escargot and steak frites. We'll head back to our hotel early so that we can pack and rest up for the journey to Italy!Hotel in Paris
6Paris - FlorenceThe adventure continues as we fly from Paris to Florence, Italy! After getting qiuckly settled in Florence, we'll head to the city's iconic Duomo where we'll visit the Duomo Museum.  Afterwards we'll dive right into Tuscan cuisine but we'll make sure to leave room for gelato!  We'll take an evening stroll through the city and walk across the famous Ponte Vecchio before heading to bed.Hotel Florence
7Florence/SienaThe Rennaissance would have been nothing without art and today we'll see why. In the morning we'll see Michelangelo's David in the Accademia and in the afternoon we'll visit the Uffizi Galleries, home to priceless works of art from artists like Botticelli, Michelangelo and much more.  Afterwards, we'll catch a ride to Siena where we'll have dinner.Hotel in Siena
8SienaWe'll wake up in the medeival town center of Siena and get a short tour of the city and the Palazzo Pubblico, home to the famous medieval frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.  In the afternoon we'll roll up our sleeves and get to work on preserving the areas surrounding the city's ancient walls together with the Le Mura local volunteer organization.  Hotel in Siena
9RomeToday is Vatican day.  We'll head straight to Rome from Siena and today you'll see the St. Peter's Basilica, The Vatican museum which is home to Michelangelo's Sistine chapel, and you'll get a chance to climb up to the top of the St. Peter's dome where you'll be able to look out over rome.  Hotel in Rome
10RomeWe'll be walking a lot today but it will be worth it!  OUr walk will take us by the Coliseum and ancient Forum, the very spot where Julius Caesar was killed, the Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain and finalle the Spanish steps.  We'll have one last authentic Italian dinner before heading to bed on our last night in Italy. Hotel in Rome
11Flight home from RomeWe'll get a shuttle to the airport and say arriverderci Italia!Plane


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.
FIAP Jean Monnet

More than just a hotel, this international youth accommodation also functions as a conference center, a cultural venue, and a space to meet up with friends from all over the world. A truly unique experience for students in Paris.

Ferme Auberge

A locally owned and operated welcoming countryside accommodation with modern amenities. We have chosen to work with Ferme Auberge de la Maison Nueve for its warm atmosphere, home cooked meals, and genuine French hospitality.

Auberge de Jeunesse Hi Nantes

Housed in the premises of an old tobacco factory, the Hi Nantes Youth Hostel is conveniently located near the train station, city center, history museum, and the Jardin des Plants. In a quiet area of town, it offers original accommodations from which to explore the Nantes’ history.

Safety and Support


Our daughter is planning a high school junior year as an exchange student abroad, and your program was partly a ‘test the waters” of her being abroad. It was a tremendous success, thank you!

Parent of Della, traveler on 2017 program to Thailand

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 funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, shade-grown, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!


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Resource center

Resource Center

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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