Mother & Daughter Trip to Florence & Tuscany!

Take Italy. Add your mom or daughter (or sister or aunt or niece or grandmother or granddaughter or godmother or goddaughter). Then, throw in your sorority sisters too!
What could possibly be better?

Welcome to Select Study Abroad’s unique sorority Mother & Daughter trips! Best friends adventuring together, bonding with each other and their sorority sisters, all while discovering the world’s most beautiful and fascinating places.
Trust us. It truly is the BEST way to travel.

So, what are you waiting for?
Sign up for one of our three unique Mother & Daughter experiences today!

2019 Dates:
• Depart the U.S.: Saturday, June 8th
• Arrive in Italy: Sunday, June 9th
• Depart from Italy: Sunday, June 16th
 
Cost: $2,800 per person

Included in Cost:
• 4-star hotel accommodations in the center of Florence
• Onsite trip organizers available 24/7 for the entirety of the 8 days/7 nights
• Expert guides for onsite activities
• All activities and visits included in itinerary
• Excursions to Chianti, Siena, Pienza, and Arezzo
• Transportation within Italy via private coach
• Hotel buffet breakfast daily
• 4 incredible meals, including special welcome and farewell dinners and a special wine-paired four-course dinner in Chianti
• Hands-on Italian cooking class (3 hours with 3 courses)
 
Please Note:
*Cost does not include airfare to/from Italy or airport transfers
*Guests should plan to fly into Florence airport (FLR)


Florence & Tuscany Itinerary:

Each day of the Florence & Tuscany Mother & Daughter trip will focus on a different aspect of Italian culture to discover together. These themed days feature educational activities, guided tours, tastings and demonstrations, mouth-watering meals, and a hands-on cooking class. While Florence will be our home base for the entirety of the trip, we will spend two days outside its walls exploring other cities in Tuscany.

A Florentine Welcome: After your arrival, meet the rest of the mothers and daughters, as well as your Florence guide and get the inside scoop on many of the main sights right around the corner from where you’re staying. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Artisan Florence: Spend the day exploring the studios and ateliers of Florence’s talented artisans. Learn about leather making at one of the city’s largest leather schools, housed behind the magnificent basilica of Santa Croce. Watch the age-old art of paper marbling and book making and see the still cherished practice of jewelry making with the city’s most talented artists.

Tuscan Perfection: Head out to the city of Arezzo where famous films such as Life is Beautiful and The English Patient were filmed. Enjoy lunch in this quaint town followed by a visit to a stunningly frescoed chapel in the church of San Francesco before we head to Pienza. In Pienza, witness the elegance and harmony of an ideal Renaissance city while also sampling some of Tuscany’s best cheeses. Then enjoy a group dinner, all while soaking up the famously beautiful Val d’Orcia landscape.

 
Michelangelo and the Renaissance: What’s a visit to Florence without stopping to pay homage to the one and only Michelangelo? Spend today learning about the amazing range of the artist’s work and that of his contemporaries with visits to the famous sculpture museum, the Bargello, the New Sacristy, the Laurentian Library, and finally, the David. We dare you not to be in awe.

Florence Fashionista: Learn more about what Italians do best (other than food, art, and love) – fashion. Begin with a visit to the Costume Gallery at the Pitti Palace and delight in their contemporary and historical clothes and accessories. Then, take a closer look at Italian craftsmanship with a special demonstration by a luxury handbag designer. Head to the newly redone Gucci Museum and end the day with drinks at a hip rooftop terrazza overlooking Florence.

Vino and Vistas: Take a trip outside Florence’s walls for a taste of the culinary traditions of the region. Leave in the late morning for the breathtaking city of Siena. Enjoy the excellent shopping and the show-stopping Cathedral. Afterwards, head out into Chianti to the stunning Castello di Verrazzano for an extravagant wine tasting paired with a four-course dinner. Learn all about the tastes that makes Tuscan cuisine so loved while enjoying the region’s famous Chianti wines.

Buon Appetito!: Top the trip off with a final cooking class to recreate some of the wonderful flavors you have experienced in the last few days. Learn about the proper techniques and ingredients used by Italian chefs to make dishes that will allow you to take Italy with you, wherever you go. Then, join us for our farewell meal.
 
*Itinerary subject to change

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See below for general information about our Mother & Daughter trips, frequently asked questions, application requirements, and payment information. For even more information or our 2020 dates, contact us here.

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General Information:

Each of our trips is carefully designed to create a unique mother-daughter experience for sorority members, alumnae, their mothers or daughters (or grandmothers, granddaughters, aunts, nieces, goddaughters, godmothers, and sisters). Each itinerary includes personalized touches, guided excursions to breathtaking sites, exclusive activities, and memorable (mouth-watering) meals. We strive to make each day better than the day before, blending immersive travel and hands-on activities with guided sightseeing and time for personal exploration to find the perfect balance for your trip.
 
Frequently asked questions:
I can’t travel with my mom/daughter. Does that mean I can’t come?
Of course not! We know there are lots of different forms of “mother” and “daughter” relationships and we welcome them all. We have had granddaughters and grandmothers, stepmoms and stepdaughters, aunts and nieces, surrogate moms, and even sisters traveling in honor of their mom. What we prize are these strong female relationships and women traveling and growing together.
 
My sister (or another family member) wants to come, too. Can three people come together?
Of course she can come! We’ve had many moms with two daughters join us before and are happy to accommodate a triple room. Prices listed are per person.
 
What are your affiliate sororities?
We work with Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Sigma Kappa, and Delta Gamma.
 
My mom and/or daughter is not part of a sorority, can we still attend?
Yes! Only one of you has to be a current member or alumnae to attend!
 
I am affiliated with a different sorority, can I still join this trip?
We are currently working with the above-mentioned sororities, but our network is always growing. Apply as “other” and we’ll contact you directly.
 
What are the trips and how much do they cost?
2019 Dates & Prices:
Florence & Tuscany Sunday, June 9th, 2019 – Sunday, June 16th, 2019 $2,800 per person
Naples, Amalfi, and Capri Sunday, June 30th, 2019 – Saturday, July 6th, 2019 $3,200 per person
Florence & Italian Riviera Sunday, July 14th, 2019 – Sunday, July 21st, 2019 $3,100 per person
 
What is included in the cost of the trip?
Included in the cost of all our trips:
• Hotel accommodations
• Onsite trip organizers available 24/7
• Expert guides for onsite activities
• All activities, excursions, and visits included in itinerary
• All transportation within Italy, unless otherwise noted
• Hotel buffet breakfast daily
• 4 incredible meals, including special welcome and farewell dinners
 
What is not included in the cost of all our trips:
• Cost does not include airfare to/from Italy
• Cost does not include transfers to/from airport
 
How do I apply?
Spaces on our trips are available on a first come, first served basis.
To submit an application, click here or the apply link above and fill out the requested information on the following application page. A Select staff member will be in touch with more details and to confirm availability for the trip.
 
To complete your full application, the following will ultimately be required:
• General information: your full name (as it appears on your passport), date of birth, home address, and other personal details
• A passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your trip
• Passport information, including passport number and expiration date
• A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person. (Please note: deposits are applied toward the total cost of the trip.)
 
Final payment
Full payment is due by May 1st, 2019 for all trips. If payment is not received by this due date, your place cannot be guaranteed on the trip and you forfeit your deposit.
 
A Note About Costs
Trip costs are based upon current currency exchange rates and on the basis of a minimum number of participants. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change. In the extreme event that actual enrollments fall significantly below minimum numbers, a surcharge may be added. Similarly, in the event that currency exchange rates change to an unusual and extreme extent, a surcharge may be added to your trip. Details and costs will be advised prior to departure.