2025 DCIS Italy Cultural Journey I

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2025 DCIS 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 20, 2025 - April 30, 2025
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $3,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,350

Tuition Calculator

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

Program Tuition: $3,490

Pay in Full

$3,490.00

due today

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:

$373.75

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!

Wander the streets of Florence, one of the most charming cities in the world!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Head to Murano Island and witness Venice's famous glass blowing

Wander through the Roman Colosseum

Explore La Basilica di Santa Croce, where greats like Niccola Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei, and Michelangelo are buried

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - MilanFly from the US to Verona, ItalyAirplane
2VeronaAfter our arrival in Verona, we will head to the hotel and drop our bags. We'll begin with a walking tour of Verona to get our bearings and familiarize ourselves with the neighborhood. We'll see some of Verona's most important sites, strolling by the Verona Arena and Piazza Bra. We'll have an orientation meeting today to discuss the trip in detail and prepare for our upcoming adventure together.Verona Hotel
3VeniceWe'll take a day trip to Venice today, starting with a guided tour in the morning, and a ferry and visit to the Murano in the afternoon where we will observe the world renowned traditional glass blowing artisans at work. We of course will visit the Ponte dei Sospiri and Piazza San Marco before returning to our hotel in Verona this evening.Verona Hotel
4Verona - FlorenceThis morning we'll head to our next destination - Florence. We will be traveling on the Freccia Rossa, trains which can travel up to 220 miles per hour. Once in Florence we will have a guided tour and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Baptistry and Giotto's Bell Tower. We'l stroll around the Mercato Nuovo and Piazza della Signoria before dinner.Florence Hotel
5FlorenceWe will visit either Michaelangelo's David, at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Belle Arti, or Visit the Uffizi and see numerous masterpieces of the Medici Family. We will then continue the tour of Florence and visit Donatello's David in the Palazzo del Bargello, walk over Ponte Vecchio and to Piazzale Michelangelo for breathtaking views of Florence.Florence Hotel
6Florence - Siena-MurloAfter breakfast we'll take a train to Siena and visit Siena's world renowned cathedral and crypt. We'll walk the Piazza del Campo where the famous (and dangerous!) We will then head to the Verzure when we will spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the Tuscan HillsLe Verzure
7MurloWe will wake up early in our Villa surrounded by the Tuscany hill where they produce organic wine and olive oil. The owners will show us around and we will be able to soak up some amazing views in one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. We will end the day with a lovely home cooked meal.Le Verzure
8RomeWe will head to Rome today and we will take a stroll through Piazza Venezia and the monument to Vittorio Emanuele. Then, we'll see the incredible site of the Colosseum! We'll have a guided visit through the Roman Forum, the beating heart of the Roman Empire. Next we'll walk to the Jewish Ghetto neighborhood and visit the Mouth of Truth, walk back through the Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona and visit the Pantheon before we have dinner after a long day!Rome Hotel
9RomeWe will walk to the Capitoline Hill, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, then visit Bernini's masterpieces in the Galleria Borghese. After lunch we'll head over to Piazza del Popolo, then travel along the Tevere river passing St. Angel's Castle. We'll visit St. Peter's Square and Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican before our final dinner together!Rome Hotel
10Rome - USABus transfer to Fiumicino Airport, then say arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the US!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Ostello Bello Roma Colosseo

Located in traditional building above cobble stone streets and near the Colosseum and Termini station, Ostello Bello Roma is a great place for travelers to rest after packed day of exploring Rome. Spread over five floors with a variety of rooms types and communal areas, the hotel includes a beautiful patio, terrace and quiet corners to support guest. The breakfast is top notch and the friendly staff are always available to support travelers.   

Ostello Bello Firenze

Ostello Bello Firenze is ideally located in San Lorenzo neighborhood, in the heart of the Florence. From the hotel, you can easily access the entire city and enjoy the local area. This accommodation has air-conditioned standard rooms and private, in-suite dorms. In addition, the hotel has a beautiful terraces, a shared kitchen and a lounge area. A beautiful Italian breakfast is served to fuel a wonderful day of exploration.

Le Verzure Azienda Biologica

This farm is flanked by olive groves and vineyards, with a wonderful view of Montalcino and the Merse Valley. Located near the Etruscan ruins of Murlo, in the small village of La Befa and surrounded by Mediterranean bush. This farm offers walks in their vineyards, a stop in our small artisanal cellar and the tour of their wine and olive oil production. The farmhouse has two independent apartments furnished in a traditional Tuscan style, as well as the main house, recently renovated paying respect to the original structure, that can accommodate up to nine people. The property also counts with a swimming pool for guests.

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

My daughter’s experience in Morocco was extraordinary!! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures and hearing the stories about her adventures, but what brought me the most joy was the relationships she formed with the chaperones from her school and with Stafford and Said (Walking Tree’s Moroccan Country Directors and Program Leaders). She spoke of their characters and spirits which let me know these wonderful people went over and beyond the basics of the program. I am forever grateful for the love and care all four of you gave to her.

Beddar
Parent of Jadah, traveler on Morocco Cultural Journey

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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Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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