2024 Williamson Italy Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||March 30, 2024 - April 7, 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: $2,790
Pay in Full
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!
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Tour a local olive farm
Learn to make true Italian food in a private cooking class
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||Fly from USA to Rome, Italy.||Airplane|
|2||Rome||We’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|
|3||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 of Rome from the terraces that overlook the city. Then, dinner!||Casa Valdese|
|4||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||Casa Valdese|
|5||rome||On 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 shopping||Casa Valdese|
|6||Florence||We 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 night||Plus Hostel|
|7||florence||Today 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|
|8||Milan||We 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|
|9||Milan - USA||Say arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the US!||Home!|
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.
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
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
We wanted our 16 year old son’s first experience traveling without the family to be a positive one. We wanted a true quality program and are so glad his school chose Walking Tree. Everything went absolutely smoothly on the trip. Our son has told us again and again how wonderful, informed, friendly, and absolutely critical to the success of the trip the Walking Tree staff was.
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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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