2024 Weston Italy Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||April 11, 2024 - April 19, 2024|
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: $2,890
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Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
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!
Visit Mt. Vesuvius and tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii
Wander through the Roman 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.
|April 11||USA - Florence, Italy||Fly from USA to Rome, Italy.||In Flight|
|April 12||Florence||We'll arrive to Florence today. After dropping out bags at the hotel, we will start our day with a guided walking tour, visiting the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the rest of the piazze and monuments. We will then head to dinner and have a wonderful Tuscan dinner before heading back to our hotel.||Florence Hotel|
|April 13||Florence||Today we will visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in Europe and the world. The whole museum is in chronological order, we will see the history of art reveal itself while we walk through this unbelievable museum . We will have lunch at the market where we wil lbe able to try many different street food from all of Italy and the World||Florence Hotel|
|April 14||Florence - Fiesole||After breakfast we will take a bus to Fiesole, a small but beautiful town outside of Florence. There we will visit the archaeological area which contains an Etrusco-Roman temple, the Roman Theatre and Roman Thermal Baths. After this exciting morning, we will head to an olive oil farm where we will have a farm-cooked meal and then get to visit the animals and the particular biosphere of the region. On our way back to Florence we will stop at piazza Michelangelo and experience one of the best views of Florence!||Florence Hotel|
|April 15||Rome||This morning we will leave Florence and take a train to our next destination, the Eternal City of Rome. After dropping our bags at the hotel. We will walk around and explore the city. On our way to dinner we’ll walk by the Trevi Fountain. Once we are back at our hotel, we will have our orientation meeting to prepare for the days ahead!||Hotel Rome|
|April 16||Rome||Today we head off to explore the Colosseum, the massive stone amphitheater and an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire! We will also visit the Roman Forum and the other Imperial Fora. Next, 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! In the afternoon, 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.||Hotel Rome|
|April 17||Rome - Pompeii||Today we escape the big city and head to Pompeii. The group will tour the archeological site with a local guide, and then dine on world-famous Napoletan pizza for lunch. After a full day of exploring we head back to Rome on the ultra fast train in time for dinner and rest.||Hotel Rome|
|April 18||Rome||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. Tonight we will have our final dinner in rome before heading back to our hotel to prepare for our international departure tomorrow.||Hotel Rome|
|April 19||Rome - USA||Bus transfer to Fiumicino Airport, then 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.
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.
B&B Hotel Firenze City Center
The B&B Hotel Firenze City Center is located in the very center of the city in the Santa Croce district, and a ten minute walk from the Basilica in Florence. This three star hotel includes Wi-Fi, air conditioning and private bathrooms. Students will be split between double and triple rooms based on gender.
Safety and Support
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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
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PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey
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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