Overview

 Highlights


  • Learning about Roman history through a self-guided tour
  • Becoming a gladiator in the Gladiator School in Rome
  • Discovering the fascinating Mt. Etna with a specialist geology guide
  • Enjoying a spectacular mix of scenery and sights, from the cities to historic sites
  • Exploring with local guides
  • Immersing in Italian culture
  • Travel with your peers on a horizon broadening experience
  • Exploring Pompeii’s archaeological site and history of the devastating volcanic eruption

The Geology Tour is a program carefully sculpted for schools interested in discovering and exploring the geological features of Italy. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a hands-on Gladiator experience and discover Mt. Etna with a specialist geology guide as well as explore the history of Rome and archaeological sites. Local tour guides will accompany the students on many of the visits and show the main sights of towns and cities while providing informative and interpretive commentary.

Countries:

Start and Finishing Point:

Rome and Catania

Activities:

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Arrive in Rome where you will meet a local guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Tour and safety brief and local dinner (under supervision of teachers).

Meals:  Nil

Enjoy a full day ancient history self-guided tour where you will be able to view the main sights of Rome. You will view the Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s famous landmarks with 135 steps build between 1723 and 1725, as well as Piazza Navona. View the Pantheon, a former Roman temple and a Catholic church, before entering the Colosseum which is a large amphitheatre capable of holding 50,000 spectators during the Roman empire. You will also visit the Roman Forum, the most important forum in ancient Rome serving as a political, social and economic hub, as well as visiting Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient parts of Rome.

Meals:  B

You will have a morning gladiator experience through the Gladiator School where you will have the opportunity to have a hands-on lesson and learn how to fight with authentic weapons while wearing a traditional gladiator tunic and belt. The afternoon is free to explore under supervision of your teachers.

Meals:  B

Early in the morning transfer to Pompeii and visit the Pompeii archaeological site to see the remains of a city devastated from the Mount Vesuvius volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Transfer to Naples (35 minutes) and enjoy a self-guided tour of the city with free time to explore. Driving time: approximately 4 hours

Meals:  B

Transfer to the airport and fly to Catania where you will meet a local guide to take you to Taormina.

Meals:  B

You will have a morning excursion to Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, via cable cart with a local specialist geology guide. Transfer to Taormina for a self-guided city tour with free time to explore.

Meals:  B

Transfer to Milazzo and take a ferry to Vulcano (approximately 50 minutes) where you will have time to explore and view the main sights such as the Capo Grillo, the mud pools, and Piano. Return to Taormina. Driving time: approximately 2 hours

Meals:  B

Transfer to Syracuse for a self-guided tour. You will have free time to explore and visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, old Greek Roman city ruins with a rich history and incredible findings. Return to Taormina. Driving time: approximately 2.5 hours

Meals:  B

Transfer to Catania airport and depart.

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


Inclusions

  • International economy group flights (return) - as required/requested, organised by World Expeditions Schools
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • All meals as described in the itinerary (8 breakfasts)
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All transfers as described in the itinerary by private coach and train, public transport
  • Entrance fees and experiences as outlined
  • 24 hour Emergency support contact in Italy
  • All city taxes
  • Teachers travelling from school with the program

  • Any drinks during meals
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa if required

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Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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