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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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free monthly installment plan.  Follow whichever option works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.

Program Tuition: $2,790

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Payment Plan

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:

$2,290.00

per month

* 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 abide by  itineraries as originally planned, but decades of experience teachers that we must flexible in our planning. Changes to a trip’s schedule are uncommon, but Walking Tree reserves the right to make adjustments to programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - RomeFly from USA to Rome, Italy.Airplane
2RomeWe’ll arrive in the Eternal City by late morning. After dropping our bags, we will head to the Colosseum after lunch, the massive stone amphitheater and an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire! On our way to dinner, we’ll walk by the Trevi Fountain and then, finally, return to the hotel for some well-deserved rest, maybe stopping to have our first Gelato!Casa Valdese
3RomeThis 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 of Rome from the terraces that overlook the city. Then, dinner! Casa Valdese
4pompeiiToday 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 Casa Valdese
5romeOn our last day in Rome we'll visit the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, crowned by the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, as well as an Egyptian obelisk and other must see places of Rome. Then, we’ll go underground into the Catacombs of Priscilla. We will also have some free time to go shoppingCasa Valdese
6FlorenceWe will take the fast train to Florence.We will drop off our bags at the hotel and have a street food lunch at the Central Food market of Firenze. Then we will have a guided walking tour of Florence with all its Higlights. We will head to dinner, have a night time Gelato and have an early nightPlus Hostel
7florenceToday we head to the Uffizi, one of the world biggest museums and oldest museums in Italy. We will admire art from Botticelli, Micheangelo, Caravaggio and many more! We will visit Piazza Duomo and then climb up the tower of giotto and see Florence from a different prospective! We will then trek up to Piazza Micheangelo and see the sunset from the best place in town! Plus Hostel
8MilanWe will take an early train to Milan and be there by late morning. 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 of the Alps. We will then visit the fashion district and have some amazing street food. We will then fit into the day a visit to the world famous Last Supper! Last but not least we will say good bye to Italy with a private pasta making class! Palazzo Delle Stelline
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 group accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, locally operated, clean and safe.  We inspect each partner hotel to ensure they meet these standards.

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your program, 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

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.

Kim
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama

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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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