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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Program Tuition: $3,190
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Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Marvel at the Palace of Versailles
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
Wander through the Roman 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.
|April 7||USA - Paris||Today we'll depart the USA for Paris, France, arriving the next day.||Airplane|
|April 8||Paris||We will arrive to Paris today and meet our program leaders 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 FIAP|
|April 9||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 FIAP|
|April 10||Paris||This morning 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 will we will have a picnic lunch before taking 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 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 the group has the energy, we will continue walking along the Seine until to see Les Invalides before heading back to our accommodations to rest after a fulfilling day.||Hotel FIAP|
|April 11||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 our visit, we will have a picnic lunch before walking 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 to rest ahead of our international journey tomorrow.||Hotel FIAP|
|April 12||Paris - Rome||The adventures continue as we bid adieu to France and say buongiorno in Italy! We will take a morning flight to Rome and spend the better part of the morning ahead of our afternoon tour acquainted with our new surroundings, checking out special sites in the city and getting our first taste of Italian street food and of course, gelato. In the afternoon, we'll get to experience the Colosseum! 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!||Hotel Rome Garden Hotel|
|April 13||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, we'll take a walking tour of more must-see sites in Rome, including the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Piazza del Popolo.||Hotel Rome Garden Hotel|
|April 14||Rome - Venice||Today we're off to Venice Venice via the Freccia Rossa, high speed trains which can travel up to 220 miles per hour. With so much to see in Venice, we'll begin our time here with a guided walking tour of the city and, if we haven't already, reward ourselves with more gelato.||Anda Venice Hostel|
|April 15||Venice - Florence||Upon waking up in Venice, we'll have breakfast before our visit to the Doge's palace. Then 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. Later this afternoon we'll catch a private bus to Florence for our evening.||Park Hotel|
|April 16||Florence||We will have a relaxing morning before a walking tour of Florence and, for the art lovers, pay a visit to the Uffizi museum. |
This evening we will have our going away dinner, final reflections and get ready for our travels tomorrow.
|April 17||Florence- 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.
Rome Garden Hotel
The Rome Garden Hotel is the perfect accommodation that marries peace and relaxation, characteristic of a reserved and suggestive location, with the commodity of a central position, in the heart of the bustling metropolis of Rome. The hotel is located in the vicinity of Porta Pia on Via Nomentana, in the elegant area of the consular and diplomatic premises. It’s a Patrician villa of the XIX century, entirely modernized and surrounded by a private garden and only a few steps from the splendid frame of Villa Torlonia. It is also the perfect location for art lovers, with the nearby park of Villa Borghese and its prestigious gallery, which houses the famous sculptures of Bernini, being easily reachable on foot from the hotel.
Anda Venice Hostel
With it’s industrial decor, a multitude of colors and a touch of vintage in the interactive areas, Anda Venice Hostel makes for a charming stay while visiting Venice. Its mantra of hosting travelers, not tourists, and facilitating experiences, not itineraries, make the hostel staff feel more like an extended family than a typical service offers. These accommodations are perfect for larger groups and make a great place to relax in between adventures in the floating city of Venice.
The Park Hotel is just on the outskirts of Florence yet still feels like the Tuscan Countryside. A large hotel with plenty of common areas, pool and beautiful grounds, the hotel is perfect for groups.
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This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama
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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