2024 Williamson Italy Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 Williamson Italy Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: March 30, 2024 - April 7, 2024
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Program Tuition: $2,790 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $800

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Program Tuition: $2,790

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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:

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* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

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

Cultural Journeys

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.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Witness your classwork come to life!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Tour a local olive farm

Learn to make true Italian food in a private cooking class

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodgingLodging Specifications
1USA - MilanFly from USA to Milan, Italy.Airplane
2MilanAfter we arrive in Milan, we'll settle into our hotel and get our bearings in this historic city. In the afternoon, our expert program leaders will lead a guided tour of Milan's Cathedral (Duomo), where we'll climb to the top and enjoy a spectacular view. We will then visit the fashion district and have some amazing street food.Hotel Palazzo Stelline2-3 Star, centrally-located accommodation with modern amenities.
3TurinToday we'll visit the famous Leonardo DaVinci's Last Supper, then take the high speed train to the first capitol of Italy, Turin. There, we will see a Gelato producer and visit Alberto Marchetti's Gelato Factory.Hotel Urbani2-3 Star, centrally-located accommodation with modern amenities.
4TurinToday we will visit a chocolate factory and Europe's largest market! We'll have a guided visit to Guido Gobbino's Chocolate Factory, where we will see chocalate being made before our very eyes, then have a scavenger hunt in the Porta Palazzo Food Market. We'll have time at the end of the day to visit the Museum of Cars, and the Lingotto which is in a beautiful building which used to be a test track in the center of the city. Hotel Urbani2-3 Star, centrally-located accommodation with modern amenities.
5Turin/BibianaToday we will visit the Alps and the natural park of Gran Paradiso where we will go for a walk and see the beautiful landscapes and animals. We will also eat typical mountain food in a mountain retreat, and head to the Frutto Permesso.Frutto permesso 2-3 Star, centrally-located accommodation with modern amenities.
6BibianaToday we will expeirence the arts of bread and cheese making at Il Frutto Permesso Organic Agriculture Cooperative. After breakfast, we will start the day by taking a bread-making class. In the afternoon, we will learn about the integral role animals play on the farm as well. We will have an educational farm visit to learn about the production of these staple foods. Farmstay Bobbio or Bibiana Hotel2-3 Star, centrally-located accommodation with modern amenities.
7BibianaNow that we have made bread and cheese, it's time to put them all together. Today, we make pizza! We have participate in a service learning activity at a permaculture farm before we head to Valsesia for some water sport activities such as whitewater rafting or canyoning. Hotel Urbani2-3 Star, centrally-located accommodation with modern amenities.
8TurinToday we will get a sense for cooking as an art and a science as we take a visit to Il Melograno cooking lab, Piedmontese finger food lab, and an Italian Risotto lab.Hotel Urbani2-3 Star, centrally-located accommodation with modern amenities.
9Milan - USASay arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the US!Home!

Accommodations


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. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to 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.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

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!!!

Erika
Parent of John, traveler on Peru Service Adventure

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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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