Duchesne Academy

of the Sacred Heart

Discover

Italy

&

France 

June 8th-20th, 2020

 

Passport & Visa 

 

U.S. Citizens

Passports need to be valid for 6 months after the final day of the program.  Please check the visiting countries for visa requirements.  There are no visas needed for Europe.  If a traveler is unable to obtain these travel documents, our standard cancellation policy will apply.

All children under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian traveling abroad must have a notarized letter of permission with a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature.

To apply or renew your passports please click here

Non U.S. Citizens

Please contact your country's embassy to  find out visa and vaccination requirements for the countries you are visiting.

You can contact us for further information

Terms and Conditions

 

A La Carte Travel Booking Conditions

These Booking Conditions are valid for all A La Carte Travel departing after October 1, 2015, and are subject to change with or without notice. The most current Booking Conditions at the time of your departure will apply.

Enrollment

All Enrollment Forms must be received at A La Carte Travel 120 days prior to departure. Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and dates of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their passports.

Any corrections to match passport names made after 120 days prior to departure require that we change the flight reservation, resulting in a minimum fee of $200 per airline up to the cost of a new published fare ticket. This may also result in a different flight itinerary from the group. Travelers who have not yet applied for a passport should provide their full name and date of birth as they appear on their birth certificate.

Rooming

 A La Carte Travel handles final rooming assignments for all travelers. Please ensure that all rooming requests are submitted by 110 days prior to departure.

Students will room in double, triples, or quads with others of the same gender from the entire tour group.

Adults are placed in twin accommodations (a hotel room with two beds) with another adult of the same gender from the entire tour group unless the name of a roommate has been provided.

Adults can request double-bed accommodations (a room with one bed for two people)  or a single room for an additional fee per hotel.   Single rooms are not available on overnight trains.

Lost belongings

A La Carte Travel is not responsible for loss of passports, airline tickets or other documents, or for loss of or damage to luggage or any other passenger belongings. In the case of a lost paper airline ticket, the traveler is solely responsible for meeting the airline’s requirements (both logistical and financial) for ticket replacement.

Food Allergies

 A La Carte Travel recognizes that some travelers may have severe food allergies. We will do our best to ensure that our suppliers are informed of the situation but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated. Travelers are responsible for making their own arrangements for all in-flight meals.

Deposit and Payments

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration to hold the space for the passengers.  The remainder of the balance is divided into equal monthly payments with the final payment due no later than 60 days prior to departure.

Baggage

Excess baggage is subject to extra fees.

Passengers are advised to find out about the fees on the airline’s website.

Cancellation

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

 

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued

 
 

Travel Insurance

A La Carte Travel automatically insures all the passengers in the Travelex Standard Choice plan.

The Standard Travel Protection Plan covers the following:

 

  • Emergency Medical and Dental Expenses up to $15,000

  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Expenses of up to $50,000

  • Trip Delay Expenses of up to $1000

  • Lost or Delayed Baggage Expenses of up to $250

  • 24/7 travel assistance and concierge services

A  La  Carte Travel is now offering our groups a more comprehensive Travel Insurance as part of the Travel package and as part of an effort to ease the travelers’ concerns with the events around the world.

The travel protection plan we recommend, Travelex 360° Student Group Choice, includes coverage for Trip Cancellation and Interruption, Trip Delay, Emergency Medical Expense and Evacuation, Baggage Loss or Delay and more. 

 In addition to all of the above benefits, the Choice Plan upgrade will cover the following:

  • Trip Cancellation/interruption benefits include:  Sickness, injury, or death

  •  Pre-existing exclusion waiver through final payment

  • Common carrier cancellations/delays

  • Terrorist acts** (Occurring within 30 days of the scheduled departure date for the covered trip in your departure city or in a city which is a scheduled destination)

  • Trip delay benefits – 5 hours or more

  • Baggage Delay benefits – 12 hours or more

  • Cancel for any reason coverage upgrade

 

The  Cancel for Any Reason benefit, which allows you to cancel your trip for any reason, within 2 days of your Scheduled Departure Date, and receive up to 75% of the Insured Trip Cost. To be eligible for this benefit, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of your initial trip deposit and full trip cost must be insured. Contact us to find out the costs associated for these upgrades.

For more information please contact one of our travel consultants at:  703-281-1225 or Email Us

 

Standard of Conduct

 

Proper behavior is expected at all times. Remember, you are representing your country. Show respect for language and customs different than your own.

 

Grounds for Dismissal

  1. Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs

  2. Poor attitude or behavior and consistently acting independently of the chaperones' admonishment and warnings

  3. Leaving the group on excursions, or leaving the hotels without the permission of chaperones and after the designated curfew

  4. Getting a piercing or tattoo

  5. Stealing or defacing any personal property, building or material

  6. Possession or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc

  7. Breaking group rules

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, June 8th, 2020- Depart

Take an overnight flight from Omaha, Nebraska to Rome, Italy

 

Day 2: Tuesday, June 9th, 2020- Rome

Arrive in Rome, Italy and meet your English-speaking tour escort at the airport. Take a private coach bus from the airport to Villa Lante Sacro Cuore, the 19th century convent church. In the afternoon, visit the Colosseum, the oval amphitheater in the center of the city and the Roman Forum, the plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings. In the evening, have dinner and spend overnight in Rome.

 

Day 3: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020- Rome

After breakfast in the morning, attend the Papal Audience in the Vatican. In the afternoon, continue your exploration of the Vatican by visiting the Vatican Museums, the Christian and art museums, as well as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Italian Renaissance church. In the evening, have dinner and spend overnight in Rome.

Day 4: Thursday, June 11th, 2020- Rome- Siena

Enjoy breakfast, then take a private coach transfer to Siena, a city in Tuscany, with a historic center declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way, stop in San Gimignano, the walled medieval hill town, and enjoy a bruschetta class at a farm. Arrive in Siena where you will have dinner and spend overnight.

 

Day 5: Friday, June 12th, 2020- Florence

Have breakfast at your hotel, then take a private coach bus to Florence, known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. There, visit the Uffizi Gallery, the art museum that holds a large collection from the period of the Italian Renaissance. Afterwards, go to the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, best known as the home of Michelangelo's sculpture of David. In the afternoon, have a guided visit of the Florence Cathedral, or the Duomo, as well as the historic city-center. In the evening, have dinner and spend overnight in a beautiful Tuscan town.

 

Day 6: Saturday, June 13th, 2020- Tuscany-Grenoble

In the morning after breakfast, take a private coach transfer to Grenoble, a city in southeastern France at the foot of the French Alps. Meet your English-speaking tour escort in Grenoble and enjoy your first French meal of the trip, then spend overnight in Grenoble.

 

Day 7: Sunday, June 14th, 2020- Grenoble

Eat breakfast at your hotel, then attend mass in the morning. Afterwards, take a cable car to visit La Bastille, an ancient series of fortifications on the mountainside that overlook Grenoble. In the afternoon, relax as your explore Grenoble on your own and do some souvenir shopping. Have dinner and spend overnight in Grenoble.

 

Day 8: Monday, June 15th, 2020- Grenoble- Joigny

After breakfast in the morning, take a private coach bus to Joigny, in north-central France, located on the banks of the Yonne River. Take time to visit Joigny with your trip leader and tour escort then have dinner and spend overnight at the Centre Sophie Barat, the spiritual center named after the foundress of the Society of the Sacred heart.

Day 9: Tuesday, June 16th, 2020- Joigny

Spend the day at the Centre Sophie Barat.

 

Day 10: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020- Joigny- Paris

In the morning, take a private coach transfer to Paris and check-in at your hotel. Spend the day visiting famous Parisian monuments like the Notre Dame and the Champs-Elysées, the large boulevard lined with shops, restaurants and street performers. At the end of the avenue, sits the Arc de Triomphe- take the lift to the top to see the amazing view of the city. In the evening, have dinner and spend overnight in Paris.

 

Day 11: Thursday, June 18th, 2020- Paris 

Eat breakfast at your hotel, then take the metro to Montmartre, the neighborhood in Paris that sits on top of a hill and overlooks the rest of the city. Visit the breathtaking Sacre Coeur Basilica and walk through the artist square at Place du Tertre. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit of the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum and home to the Mona Lisa. Spend the rest of the afternoon walking through Quartier Latin and visiting shops before having a traditional raclette dinner and spending overnight in Paris.


Day 12: Friday, June 19th, 2020- Paris

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, Then, visit Musée d’Orsay, which houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. Continue your day at Musée Rodin, the museum that, before it was dedicated to the sculptor Auguste Rodin, served as a Sacred Heart school in Paris for 85 years. In the afternoon, visit Eglise St. Francois Xavier, the resting place of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, and then walk to the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower. In evening, have a dinner and cruise on the Seine on the Bistro Parisiens and Bateaux Mouche. Spend overnight in Paris.

 

Day 13: Saturday, June 20th, 2020- Depart

After a final breakfast at the hotel, transfer with a private coach bus to the airport.

Flight home!

Program Price Payment Terms

 

Student Price: $4,895 based on a minimum of  30 travelers 

 

Adult Price: $4,995 based on a minimum of 30 travelers 

 

*SIGN UP BEFORE JUNE 30th FOR A $100 DISCOUNT!*

 

Included in this price: 

 

English Speaking Tour Escort 

Transportation: 

  • Round Trip Airfare- Price is based on 2019 prices and subject to change

  • Transfers to and from the airports

  • Public transportation in Paris

  • Private coach bus to Siena

  • Private coach bus to Florence

  • Private coach bus to Grenoble

  • Private coach bus to Joigny

  • Private coach bus to Paris

Accommodations

  • 2 nights at Villa Lante Sacre Cuore in Rome, including breakfasts and dinners 

  • 1 night hotel in Siena, including breakfast and dinner

  • 1 night hotel in Tuscany, including breakfast and dinner 

  • 2 night hotel in Grenoble, including breakfasts and dinners

  • 2 nights at Centre Sophie Barat, including breakfasts and dinners

  • 3 nights hotel in Paris, including breakfasts and dinners

Guided tours and entrances as per program 

Travel insurance, including: health, trip delay, luggage loss or delay for all participants 

 

 

 

 

2019-2020 Payment Schedule

 

Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: March 15, 2020

 

Last Payment Due: April 15, 2020

A La Carte Travel Standard

Cancellation Policy

 

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

 

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued