2020 Tri County Italy Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the homepage for the 2020 Tri-County Middle School Italy Program!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page, 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 thoroughly and get excited for Italy!
Travel Dates: June 1, 2020 - June 10, 2020
Dates are tentative
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $2,490 USD - or - $2,390 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,500
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadline forthcoming

Tuition Calculator

There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan.  Follow the option which works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $2,490

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:

$2,390.00

due today

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$995.00

per month

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

All prices in United States Dollars.

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 featured experiences of your program!

Take a bicycle tour through the Roman hillside

Tour a local olive farm

Learn to make true Italian food in a private cooking class

Visit the famous 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 safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationActivityLodging
1USA - MilanFly from the U.S.A to Milan, Italy.Airplane
2MilanWhen we arrive in Milan in the morning, we will drop off our luggage at our hotel, and then enjoy our day on a walking tour. We will visit the amazing Duomo, and walk up to see the view, where you can see the Alps and the rest of the city. We'll also eat some great street food for lunch and visit other city sites like the Scala Theater and Via Monte Napoleone (the street of Italian fashion). After savoring delicious Italian gelato, we will retreat to our hotel to rest up for the next day.Hotel in Milan
3RomeEarly this morning, we will jump on the fast train from Milan to Rome, arriving in the Eternal City by late morning. Today we will explore the Colosseum, the massive stone amphitheater and an iconic symbol of the city! Next, we'll head to the Roman Forum and the other Imperial Fora before grabbing some much needed gelato as our snack the second of many. We'll head to Campo de’Firori, translated literally from Italian the “Field of Flowers Square” . We'll also visit the Piazza Navona; crowned by the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, as well as by an Egyptian obelisk and two other fountains. We'll end the day on the Spanish Steps, a monumental stairway always crowded with people, and enjoy another delicious meal in this hip part of town.Hotel in Rome
4RomeToday we will visit another country! We will spend our morning marveling at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican Museums. We will also visit the Castle of the Holy Angel and Palatine Hill.Hotel in Rome
5RomeToday, we will enjoy a food tour of Italy and eat while we learn . We'll savor homemade ravioli, gelato, meats and cheese, fried risotto and all kinds of pasta! We'll also work off our food when we embark on a walking tour of the Testaccio! We'll also visit the Protestant Cemetery where John Keats is buried.Hotel in Rome
6RomeToday, we will visit a farm and learn about the process of making olive oil and, of course, we will taste some of the best olive oil in the world. In the afternoon, we will visit the catacombs and crypts of Rome including the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente. We'll learn about the monks who used human bones to create these amazing places.Hotel in Rome
7Rome - USASay arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the USA!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hotel Palazzo Delle Stelline Milan

Hotel Palazzo Delle Stelline is set in a former convent in the historic center of 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, such as free Wi-Fi and overlook the quiet courtyard. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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 is conveniently located near several of Rome’s historic sites and is a great base from which to explore this incredible city. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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

I have been on two trips with Walking Tree and both trips have been two of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Cameron
Alumni traveler to Belize and 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: Premiere 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.

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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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