2022 Henderson France and Italy Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||April 7, 2022 - April 17, 2022|
Airfare not included in program tuition
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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!
Explore the Palace of Versailles, one of the most opulent places in the world
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Jardin des Tuileries
Window shop on the Champs-Élysées
Visit the Eiffel Tower and other iconic sites
Head to Murano Island and witness Venice's famous glass blowing
Visit the famous Colosseum
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.
|1||USA - Paris||Today we'll depart the USA for Paris, France, arriving the next day.||Airplane|
|2||Paris||We will arrive to Paris today and meet our program leader at the airport. We will check into our accommodations and get settled. You'll spend the remainder of the day in the Montmartre District, including the incredible Sacré-Cœur. Before jetlag catches up to us, we will hold an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming adventures ahead and rest after a long travel day.||Hotel in Paris|
|3||Paris||With so much to see in Paris, we will start the day with a wonderful walking tour. 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 Notre Dame Cathedral- where we'll be sure to pay a visit inside the Holy Chapel of Sainte-Chappele next door. We'll stop for a picnic lunch in the nearby park and explore the Ile de St. Louis, too. Then we will continue up to the Pompidou Center, where we will see an exhibition. After the museum we will walk over 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 accommodations on the metro or bus for some rest.||Hotel in Paris|
|4||Paris||In the morning we'll visit the Louvre and you will have your chance to see the Mona Lisa, 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 walk up to the Opera and admire the beautiful Palais Garnier. If possible, we'll tour the inside of the opera house. Next, we'll walk on to see the Madeleine, the famous neoclassical Roman Catholic church. We'll stop for ladurée macarons, classic French treats. From there we will take the metro over Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris, and take in the surrounding Le Marais neighborhood. We will have dinner in the area and then take the metro back to our accommodations.||Hotel in Paris|
|5||Paris||Today we will take the RER just outside of Paris to see the palace of Versailles, one of the most opulent palaces in the world, with gardens equally as beautiful. We'll enjoy a nice picnic in the gardens and you'll also get the chance to visit the historic Hall of Mirrors - the treaty of Versailles was signed here, ending World War I. We'll take the RER back into Paris and get out at the Champs de Mars to see the Eiffel Tower up close. If scheduling allows, we will go all the way to the top! When we get back down to ground level, we'll walk over to see Invalides. We'll walk along the Seine and then head back towards our accommodations to eat dinner.||Hotel in Paris|
|6||Paris - Milan||The adventures continue as we bid adieu to France and say buongiorno in Italy! We will take a morning flight to Milan and spend the better part of the day exploring. We'll walk up the steps of the Duomo, see Leonardo da Vinci's famous depiction of The Last Supper and have some amazing street food in the town center. If time permits, we will wander the fashion district, la scala and la Galleria and soak up the Milan atmosphere before boarding continuing onward to Venice via the Freccia Rossa, high speed trains which can travel up to 220 miles per hour.||Hotel in Venice|
|7||Milan - Venice||With so much to see in Venice, we'll start the day with a guided walking tour of the city. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a traditional gondola ride down the city's water canals (and a special serenade if we're lucky!). We of course will visit the Ponte dei Sospiri and Piazza San Marco. If we haven't already, we'll make sure to stop for gelato after a fulfilling day in this beautiful city.||Hotel in Venice|
|8||Venice - Rome||Today we're off to Rome, where we'll spend the remainder of the program. Before traveling onward we'll visit the Doge's palace in Venice in the morning. If we have time (and the energy!), well head directly to the Trevi Fountain followed by the Pantheon piazza Navona and St. Angelo castle upon arrival in Rome. We will have some shopping time and a leisurly Italian meal.||Hotel in Rome|
|9||Rome||You've seen it on TV, but today you'll get to experience the Colosseum in real life. We'll stick with our guide to go into the much shorter VIP entrance instead of waiting in the general queue; saving us precious hours! Next, we'll head to the Roman Forums and the Imperial Forums before grabbing some much needed gelato. We'll end the day on the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo and have another delicious meal in this hip part of town.||Hotel in Rome|
|10||Rome||Today is a visit to another country! We will spend our morning at the Vatican visiting the 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. Later on, if the group is up for it, we will head over to Ostia Antica, an impressive archeological site in the harbor city of ancient Rome.||Hotel in Rome|
|11||Rome||Today, we are going to go on a food tour of Italy and we will eat while we learn. We'll have homemade ravioli, gelato, meats and cheese, fried risotto and lots of pasta! We'll do a walking tour of the Testaccio, to try and burn off some of the calories we've consumed. Later, we will visit the famous Catacombs of Priscilla and enjoy the Villa Ada Savoia park. Tonight we'll pack up ahead of our international flight tomorrow and reflect as a group upon our recent adventures.||Hotel in Rome|
|12||Rome - USA||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, 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 and safe.
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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel Al Piave
Located in the heart of Venice, Hotel Al Piave is just steps away from St. Mark’s Square. This three star hotel has a truly Italian feel and offers a comfortable place to relax after a long day. Students will be divided by gender between double or triple rooms based on availability. There is free Wi-Fi and breakfast is included each morning.
Hotel Casa Valdese Roma
The Hotel Casa Valdese Roma is a historic hotel in the Prati district of Rome, near the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, of which there is a beautiful view from a large terrace on the fifth floor. Students will be split by gender between double or triple rooms based on availability. Wifi and air conditioning are standard, and students will enjoy breakfast each morning at the hotel.
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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I thought all in all it was a great experience and wonderful program!! My daughter speaks about her experience daily. She had a ball!!
Parent of Jaylah, traveler on 2017 Program to Costa Rica
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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
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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