2021 Ceiba Prep Italy Program
March 5, 2021 -
March 15, 2021
Dates are tentative
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $3,190
Pay in Full
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 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.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Visit Siena's world-renowned cathedral and crypt
Spend a night on a farm in the Tuscan hills
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
Visit the famous Colosseum
Explore La Basilica di Santa Croce, where greats like Niccola Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei, and Michelangelo are buried
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs 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.
|March 5||USA - Milan||Fly from the US directly to Milan, Italy.||Airplane|
|March 6||Milan||Arrive in Milan, settle into hotel to drop off luggage and have a day visit of Milan walking up the steps of the Duomo and have some amazing street food in the center of Milan. We will see the fashion district, la scala and la Galleria and soak up the Milan atmosphere.||Milan Hotel|
|March 7||Venice||We'll have a guided tour of Venice in the morning, and a ferry and visit to the Murano in the afternoon where we will observe the world renowned traditional glass blowing artisans at work. We of course will visit the Ponte dei Sospiri and Piazza San Marco.||Venice Hotel|
|March 8||Venice - Florence||We will rise early to visit the Doge's place in Venice and be in Florence in time for lunch at the market. We will be traveling on the Freccia Rossa, trains which can travel up to 220 miles per hour. Once in Florence we will have a guided tour and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Baptistry and Giotto's Bell Tower. We'l stroll around the Mercato Nuovo and Piazza della Signoria before dinner.||Florence Hotel|
|March 9||Florence||We will visit either Michaelangelo's David, at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti, or Visit the Uffizi and see numerous masterpieces of the Medici Family. We will then continue the walking tour of Florence and visit Donatello's David in the Palazzo del Bargello, walk over Ponte Vecchio and to Piazzale Michelangelo for breathtaking views of Florence.||Florence Hotel|
|March 10||Siena||After breakfast we'll take a train to Siena, the city of the world-famous Palio horse race. For more than 700 years, rival neighborhoods of Siena have been participating in a horse race. We’ll have a short lesson on to explain the Palio and get the unique opportunity to tour the city and witness the preparations. Our country director for Italy, originally from Denver, has been a resident in Siena for 16 years and he’ll be able to guide us with a local perspective.||Siena Hotel|
|March 11||Rome||We will wake up early in Siena and then head to straight to Rome. After arrival, we’ll have some lunch and then head to St. Peter's Square and Cathedral and tour the Vatican museums, home to the Sistine Chapel!||Rome Hotel|
|March 12||Rome||Today we’ll take a stroll through Piazza Venezia and the monument to Vittorio Emanuele. Then, we'll see the incredible site of the Colosseum! We'll have a guided visit through the Roman Forum, the beating heart of the Roman Empire. Next we'll walk to the Jewish Ghetto neighborhood and visit the Mouth of Truth, walk back through the Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona and visit the Pantheon before we have dinner after a long day!||Rome Hotel|
|March 14||Rome||We will walk to the Capitoline Hill, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, then visit Bernini's masterpieces in the Galleria Borghese. After lunch we'll head over to Piazza del Popolo, then travel along the Tevere river passing St. Angel's Castle before our final dinner together!||Rome Hotel|
|March 15||Rome - USA||Bus transfer to Fiumicino Airport, then say arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the US!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
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.
Il Giglio Rosso
Colorful, spacious, and dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of local art, this bed and breakfast in the heart of Florence provides unique accommodations for our students. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
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.
Hotel Ca ‘ Due Leoni
Located in the heart of Venice, Hotel Ca ‘ Due Leoni is a renovated 18th century building which combines a uniquely Venetian style with modern comforts. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and is located within walking distance of many attractions in Venice. Students will be separated by gender and split between double and triple rooms based on availability.
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 by gender in double or triple rooms based on availability. Each room has Wifi and air conditioning. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel each morning.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
We wanted our 16 year old son’s first experience traveling without the family to be a positive one. We wanted a true quality program and are so glad his school chose Walking Tree. Everything went absolutely smoothly on the trip. Our son has told us again and again how wonderful, informed, friendly, and absolutely critical to the success of the trip the Walking Tree staff was.
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Your Adventure Includes
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. 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.
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