2021 Kinston Italy Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 Kinston 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. The first page, 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 on the appropriate page thoroughly and get excited for Italy!
Travel Dates: April 1, 2021 - April 10, 2021
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $2,690 USD - or - $2,590 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $900
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: $2,690

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:

$2,590.00

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:

$182.50

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!

Visit Siena's world-renowned cathedral and crypt

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
April 1USA - Rome, ItalyFly from USA to Rome, Italy.In Flight
April 2RomeWe’ll arrive 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 first of many. On our way to our first Italian dinner we’ll walk by the Trevi Fountain.Rome Hotel
April 3RomeThis morning 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’ll break for lunch and then head over to the Spanish steps and continue into the Villa Borghese park to get a view from Rome from the terraces that overlook the city. Before dinner, we’ll go underground into the Catacombs of Priscilla. Rome Hotel
April 4RomeToday we’ll explore Rome’s Jewish Ghetto stopping by the Campo de’ Fiori, translated literally from Italian the “Field of Flowers Square” . We'll also visit the Pantheon and 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 head over to the Testaccio Market for lunch to savor homemade ravioli, gelato, meats and cheese, fried risotto and all kinds of pasta! We'll also work off our food as we continue to see sights in both Testaccio and in the Jewish Ghetto.Rome Hotel
April 5Rome to FlorenceAfter a ride on one of Italy’s high speed trains we'll arrive in Florence and start our day with a walking tour, visiting the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and many other piazze and monuments. We'll also make time for the Galleria dell' Accademia, which hosts the original David.Rome Hotel
April 6FlorenceThis morning we’ll have a walk through town that will take us to a cooking school where we’ll learn the secrets of Italian cooking and we’ll make our own lunch! Afterwards, we’ll head to the Santa Croce church as well as Piazza Michelangelo to see Florence from above. In the evening, keeping to the theme of food, we’ll explore the “New Market” for dinner. Florence Hotel
April 7Florence to VeniceWe'll be boarding another high-speed train, this time destination Venice! Once in Venice, we’ll get settled and then head out on foot to see sights like the Canal Grande, the Ponte Rialto and the Bridge of sighs. We’ll get lost (but find our way back) in the labrynth of small streets and canals until it’s time for another wonderful dinner.Florence Hotel
April 8VeniceThis morning we'll head straight to St. Mark’s Square where we’ll also explore the famous Doge’s Palace. In the afternoon we’ll get a boat to the Island of Murano where we’ll learn about the unique glass blowing techniques that have been used for centuries by the local craftsmen. Siena Hotel
April 9Venice to RomeWe'll speed back down to Rome on the high speed train and have time for one last stroll through the streets of Rome and along the banks of the Tiber river. Among places we’ll pass by is the Largo Argentina, the very spot where Julius Caesar was killed. As a group we’ll take some time to think about everything that we’ve experienced before getting a good night’s rest before the long flight home.Rome Hotel
April 10Rome - USAArrivederci Italia!You 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. 
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.

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 was comfortable that the trip my daughter was on was safe, educational, interesting and fun. She made life long friends with her host sister. An exceptional life learning experience.

Carolyn
Parent of Alicia, Traveler on 2018 Program to Chile

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.

 

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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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