2023 Smoky Hill Italy Program
October 13, 2023 -
October 20, 2023
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,290
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 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!
Witness your classwork come to life!
Wander the streets of Florence, one of the most charming cities in the world!
Explore the world's smallest country, Vatican City!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Visit Mt. Vesuvius and tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii
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.
|1||USA - Rome||Today the group will travel from the USA to Rome, Italy, arriving the following day.||Airplane|
|2||Rome||We arrive in the Eternal City by noon. After dropping our bags and grabbing a bite, we head off to explore with a guided the Colosseum, the massive stone amphitheater and an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire! Next, we'll head to the Roman Forum and the other Imperial Fora before grabbing some much needed gelato, the first scoop of many. On our way to dinner we’ll walk by the Trevi Fountain and then, finally, return to the hotel for some rest||Rome Hotel|
|3||Rome - Vatian City||This 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.||Rome Hotel|
|4||Rome||Today we’ll explore Rome’s Jewish Ghetto stopping by the Campo de’ Fiori, translated literally from Italian the “Field of Flowers Square”, which used to a flower market but is now a food market, where we will have lunch. We will visit the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, crowned by the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, as well as an Egyptian obelisk and more. In the afternoon we’ll go underground into the Catacombs of Priscilla.||Rome Hotel|
|5||Rome - Pompeii||Today we escape the big city and head to Pompeii. The group will tour the archeological site with a local guide and have some free time to explore the area by ourselves. After a full day of exploring we will get to dinner and have the world famous original napolitan pizza. After this meal, no other pizza will ever taste the same!||Albergo Del Centro Storico|
|6||Pompeii||We will visit the natural park of Vesuvius, the main symbol of this area: it is one of the most explored volcanoes in the world, visible from most of the Neapolitan cities, and infamous for the creation of Pompeii. We will have a guided tour of the crater, a once in a life time experience, from the top you can enjoy a view that will leave you breathless! We will also visit the museum of the volcano which joins natrral sciences, archeology and geology all in one place. In the afternoon we will visit the city of Salerno with its world famous duomo and castles.||Albergo Del Centro Storico|
|7||Pompeii - Rome||We will drive the Amalfi coast and see its breathtaking views on route to Rome. We can also stop and visit the Unesco heritage site, the Royal palace of Caserta, which was the largest royal recidence of the world! Will head back to Rome in time for dinner and have a night time stroll though the city and buy our last souvenirs and hopefully see St Peter lite up at night!||Rome Hotel|
|8||Rome - USA||Today we will head to the airport to catch our flight home.||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.
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.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
Communication was excellent! We had absolutely all the info we needed from the moment we signed up. LOVED the blog with photos. The prep and follow up activities on culture shock, re-entry, etc. were fantastic!!! Thank you!!!
Parent of John, traveler on Peru Service Adventure
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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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