2021 New West Charter Italy Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||June 14, 2021 - June 25, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,990
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.
|2020-06-14 00:00:00||USA - Italy||Fly from USA to Rome, Italy.||In Flight|
|2020-06-15 00:00:00||Arrival Milan||We'll arrive in Milan and settle into our journey by walking through the city. We'll pass the Castello Sforzesco enter the Duomo and even climb onto the roof, where on a clear day, you can see the alps!||Rome Hotel|
|2020-06-16 00:00:00||Milan||Today we'll visit one of the most historically important venues for music and Opera in Europe, Milan's famous La Scala Theater, where we'll also get a tour of the theater's museum as well. We'll break for lunch and explore more of Milan then keeping the theme on music, we'll enjoy a concert in the evening. Of course, we'll be tasting plenty of Italian delicacies and gelato as we go.||Rome Hotel|
|2020-06-17 00:00:00||Milan||After our cappuccino and pastries for breakfast we'll visit a local dance studio for a day of collaboration and intercultural exchange through dance.||Rome Hotel|
|2020-06-18 00:00:00||Milan-Venice||It's off to Venice today. Upon arrival we'll settle into our hotel and and then head straight to St. Mark's square where we'll experience the glory and splendor of the Doge's Palace. We'll also meander through the canals and streets of Venice and see the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto bridge.||Rome Hotel|
|2020-06-19 00:00:00||Venice||Italy is simply so packed with art from so many important historic periods that it's often the case that more modern contributions are overlooked. Today we'll indulge in modern art, set against the background of Venice at the Peggy Guggenheim collection.||Florence Hotel|
|2020-06-20 00:00:00||Venice-Florence||It's off to the capital of the European Renaissance. We'll arrive in Florence and after a quick stop at our hotel, we'll head out to explore the famous Duomo di Firenze, an architectural marvel for the ages. Depending on scheduling, we'll also enjoy some music at one of Florence's theaters. Dinner, of course will be full of Tuscan delights.||Florence Hotel|
|2020-06-21 00:00:00||Florence||Today we'll explore the Uffizi Galleries, home to some of the world's most important works of art. After a quick lunch, well have time to visit another dance studio, schedules, permitting. For dinner we'll explore the city's newly revamped Mercato Centrale.||Siena Hotel|
|2020-06-22 00:00:00||Florence-Siena||We're heading further back in time today! If Florence is the Renaissance capital, then Italy's Medieval capital is the city of 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 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.||Rome Hotel|
|2020-06-23 00:00:00||Siena||Country director Mike Manchester is also a founder of a local volunteer organization in Siena, that works to clean, restore, and promote areas of the city's ancient medieval walls. Together with other members of the association, we'll roll up our sleeves and contribute to restorative efforts for an actual UNESCO site. In the afternoon, we'll get a guided tour of the Chigiana music conservatory, one of the oldest and most prestigious in all of Italy.||Siena Hotel|
|2020-06-24 00:00:00||Siena-Milan||We'll make our way back up to Milan today, but on our way we'll stop in Modena for a short lesson on how Balsamic vinegar is made. You'll taste 12 and even 25-year old vinegar made in the traditional way that dates back to Roman times.||Milan Hotel|
|2020-06-25 00:00:00||Flight home||Arrivederci Italia!||Your own bed!|
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.
Acienda Agricola La Verzure Murlo
Acienda Agricola La Verzure Murlo is an old farm estate with a variety of lodging options in the tuscan hills. This family-run establishment has transformed the surrounding fields into olive gardens and vineyards. Despite the modern accommodations and private swimming pool, this property still maintains a true “country feel.” Students will be grouped in their accommodations according to gender and 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.
Hotel Urbani Turin
A clean, modern accommodation with one of the friendliest staffs around combine to make this an ideal stay for our students. It’s central location also contributes to make this our preferred lodging in Turin. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Il Frutto Permesso Bibiana
This renovated farm house is equipped with animals, orchards, and lush gardens. Il Frutto Permesso provides a hands-on experience where students will participate in and learn about the cultivation of the area. Students will be grouped in double, triple, or quadruple 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.
Bed and Breakfast Le Terrazze di Neapolis
A small, quaint accommodation in the old town of Naples. The friendly service, delicious coffee and breakfast, and central location make this our preferred destination in Naples. Free Wi-Fi access 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.
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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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