Mother & Daughter Trip to the Italian Riviera!

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, July 13th
• Arrive in Italy: Sunday, July 14th
• Depart from Italy: Sunday, July 21st
 
Cost: $3,100 per person

Included in Cost:
• 4-star hotel accommodations in the center of Florence and Sestri Levante
• 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 the villages of Cinque Terre, Portofino and Camogli
• Transportation within Italy via private coach
• Hotel buffet breakfast daily
• 4 incredible meals, including special welcome and farewell dinners
• Hands-on Italian cooking class (3 hours and 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 & The Italian Riviera Itinerary:

Each day of the Florence & Italian Riviera 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, a hands-on cooking class, and beach time, of course! We’ll begin in Florence before heading out to gorgeous Sestri Levante, a picture perfect coastal town with two beautiful bays. While on the coast, we will venture to other destinations along the Italian Riviera, including the gorgeous towns of Cinque Terre, Portofino, and Camogli.

A Florentine Welcome: After your arrival, meet the rest of the mothers and daughters, as well as your Florence guide to 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.

Art + Artisan & The Florence Cathedral: Spend the morning exploring the studios and ateliers of Florence’s talented artisans with your guide. Watch the age-old art of paper marbling and book making and see the still cherished practice of jewelry making with the city’s practicing artists. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s real gem, the Florence cathedral and the cathedral museum. Join our guide to learn about its fascinating history and just how the famed architect Filippo Brunelleschi was able to build the massive dome without modern mathematical tools and just his intuition.

Sun, Sand, & Sea, Please: We’ll trade the cobblestone streets of Florence for the sand of the Italian Riviera when we head out to Sestri Levante in the morning. Travel by private bus to the coast, check into our hotel, and join us for a group lunch. After lunch, we’ll change into our swimsuits and hit the beach! Relax seaside at one of the bagni (beachside facilities, complete with chairs and umbrellas). Stay there for the rest of the day, head over to the hotel pool and terrace, or just relax in town enjoying the impressive views onto both the Bay of Silence and the Bay of Fables.

 
On the Waterfront: Cinque Terre: In the morning, head out to the largest and most famous of the towns in Cinque Terre, Monterosso. We’ll grab some beach chairs and umbrellas as our “home base” in the main part of town. Stay with us on the beach, go for a hike, travel to the other four towns, or walk around Monterosso and sample some of the region’s delectable treats (hello, lemons and pesto!). Then, take a special sunset boat tour along the Cinque Terre coast. See all five famous towns of Cinque Terre (aka “Five Lands”) along with a stop in Vernazza for tapas and drinks! Afterwards, we’ll head back to Monterosso for dinner on your own and then our hotel in the evening with that glorious just-back-from-the-beach feeling.

Along the Coast: A day in Camogli and Portofino: Today, we’ll venture north to the Portofino peninsula. This square promontory, that breaks the line of the Ligurian coast, is about three miles each way, with its stunning towns of Camogli, Rapallo, Santa Margherita, and Portofino. Drive along the coast and explore these treasures of the Italian Riviera with a stop at the town of Recco for a lavish group lunch by the sea.

Best of Both Worlds: Check out of our hotel in the morning, but don’t waste the last of the sun and sand! Go shopping, walk along the boardwalk, head to the beach, or enjoy the pool for one more glorious morning. That afternoon, we’ll return to Florence and those fabulous cobblestone streets. After check-in, head out on the town with your perfect tan and coveted beach hair for all of the Florentines to see.

Buon Appetito & the Cherry on Top!: Top the trip off with a cooking class to recreate some of the wonderful flavors you’ve experienced. Learn about the proper techniques and ingredients used by Italian chefs to make dishes that allow you to take Italy with you, wherever you go. Then, because no one should come to Florence without seeing it, we will visit the incomparable David by Michelangelo. Some things really are worth the flight alone. That night, bring your newfound knowledge (art historical and gastronomic) to our final dinner for one last glorious meal together.

 
*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.