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Rome, Florence, Assisi, Milan, Lucerne,

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FRANCE AND ENGLAND 2001

A Great Group Of Students

Travels To France and England

PARIS, MONT SAINT MICHEL, VERSAILLES

NORMANDY BEACH, LONDON

 

 

BUON GIORNO!!!!!

ITALY 2004

105 People Embark To The Land of History and Gelato

ROME, FLORENCE, PISA, VENICE,

VATICAN CITY, VERONA

 

GUTEN TAG!

GERMANY & AUSTRIA JULY 2006

MUNICH, SALZBURG, LINZ, INNSBRUCK, 

DACHAU, VIENNA

 

BUON GIORNO!!!!!

ITALY AUGUST 2006

 

ROME, FLORENCE, PISA, ASSISI, POMPEII,

SORRENTO, CAPRI

 

BUON GIORNO!        GEIA SOU!

ITALY & GREECE JULY 2008

 

 

ROME, FLORENCE, CAPRI, POMPEII, PISA, ASSISI, SORRENTO,

VATICAN CITY, ATHENS, BRINDISI, DELPHI, PATRAS 

 

BON JOUR!    DAG!   BUON GIORNO!

FRANCE,  SWITZERLAND and ITALY

JULY 2009

INCLUDED DISNEYLAND PARIS

ROME, VATICAN CITY, FLORENCE, PISA, ASSISI, LUCERNE, PARIS

 

 

CIAO!   GUTEN TAG!   DOBRY DEN!

ITALY, AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC

 JULY 2010

 

 

Rome, Florence, Assisi, Verona, Vatican City,

Innsbruck,  Salzburg, Prague

 

 

 

CIAO!     DAG!     GUTEN TAG!

ITALY, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY

JULY 2011

 

Rome, Florence, Assisi, Vatican City, Milan, Lucerne, Dachau, Munich, Heidelberg

 

 

CIAO!     HOLA!

ITALY AND SPAIN

JULY 2012

Rome, Florence, Orvieto, Parma, Vatican City, 

& Barcelona

 

 

 

CIAO!     HAILEO!

ITALY AND IRELAND

JULY 2013

Rome, Florence, Pisa, Assisi, Vatican City, Killarney, Dublin, Ring of Kerry

 

CIAO!     DAG!

ITALY AND SWITZERLAND

JULY 2014

Rome, Florence, Assisi, Siena, Milan,

Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, San Gimignano and Lucerne!

 

 

 

 

CIAO!     CHEERIO!

ITALY AND ENGLAND

JULY 2015

 

Rome, Florence, Assisi, Siena, 

London, Bath & Stonehenge!

 

 

 

 

CIAO!     BON JOUR!!

ITALY & FRANCE

JULY 2016 

 

Rome, Florence, Assisi

Vatican City

Paris, Normandy, Saint Malo, Honfleur, Rouen, Le Mans

 

 

 


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TRAVELERS' VOICES....

FROM THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THE JOURNEY!

 

"Mr. Heitmann's trips are everything one can imagine, no where else can you experience so many sights, sounds, tastes, and cultures. I have been on three separate trips with him (two while in high school and one while I was in college) and each was better than the last. Mr. Heitmann only uses hand-picked tour guides and is able to find the perfect mix of guided tours and supervised free time. The only regret you could possibly have is not taking advantage of these great opportunities. I have since been back to Europe outside of the Ultimate Field Trips and those trips didn't compete with the Ultimate Field Trip."

~Zack Boyce

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2001: France & England

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2004: Italy

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2006: Germany & Austria

 

 

My son, Dominick Ruggieri, was fortunate to be invited to the 2012 Ultimate Trip to Italy/Spain. I was a little nervous sending him at 15 so far away, but after speaking to Mr. Heitmann, my uncertainties were put to rest.  Mr. Heitmann had the trip planned in such detail, down to which restaurants they'd be dining.  He took care of last minute airline details..The tour guide, Luca, was experienced and became a friend to the students as well. Dom was able to experience first hand the culture and excitement of ancient cathedrals, sculptures, masterpieces of art in a way that turning the pages of a History book or watching a movie could never compare. He had fun shopping and ordering lunches in 2 foreign languages, swam in the Mediterranean, made homemade spaghetti, ate a lot of gelato, took an overnight ferry ride..I could go on and on.. The trip was more than just educational from an academic point of view.  There was a maturity about him that wasn't there before he left.  I noticed it in another of his friends as well.  The whole preparing for the next day's activities, budgeting for gifts, lunches..even deciding to do laundry and who took the first shower,  really taught the kids to do more for themselves. Staying in hotel rooms with others they may not have hung out with so much before gave them a taste of dorm life along with making new friends. Explorica posted pictures and little blurbs on their website so we could see what they were doing along the way. Whenever someone heard from our child we posted messages or pictures so we all knew what was going on overseas. Dom had the time of his life, and I know he will never forget this experience. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Heitmann for taking my child as one of your own.  I hope one day he can take another one of your Ultimate Field  Trips! 

 ~Pam Ruggieri

Parent of Traveler-- Ultimate Field Trip 2012: Italy & Spain

My son Kyle, my nephew Tyler, and I recently had the privilege of attending the 2011 trip to Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. It was the experience of a lifetime! Imagine exploring the Colosseum and the Forum, visiting the Vatican, climbing El Duomo, seeing Michelangelo’s works in the Sistine Chapel and the Academia Museum, enjoying a peaceful afternoon in Assisi then experiencing modern Milan, cruising across Lake Lucerne on the way to scaling Mt. Pilatus, then visiting our family’s homeland – all in 12 days! Traveling with a well-organized tour group laid the groundwork for return visits on our own. The best parts of traveling with Mr. Heitmann’s group include getting into world-famous museums such as the Vatican museum and “The David” without waiting in lines. Thanks to our experienced and very energetic tour guide, Karen, we got to see so much in a short amount of time. The trip was the perfect mix of immersing ourselves in the culture of Italy, then returning to nature to enjoy the spectacular sights of Switzerland, then winding down with Germany’s mix of culture and natural beauty. For my son, it was a chance to renew old friendships and cultivate new ones, and open his eyes to a global world. After the trip, he and Tyler both said they would definitely return to Europe and eventually study abroad (did I mention that Heidelberg University is free?). One of the things I was most impressed with was the behavior of the student travelers. They were very respectful and well-mannered young adults. It was a pleasure to travel with them. We truly became a family as the days progressed, and we came away with memories that we will always treasure.

 

~ Mrs. Lori Bogert

Traveler, Parent of Traveler, Aunt of a Traveler -- Ultimate Field Trip 2011: Italy / Switzerland / Germany

 

When I first signed up for 2012 Ultimate Field Trip with my daughter and 39 other children, I thought it would be a great experience to see a little of Rome and Spain and spend time with her. What I never expected was to flow through such a beautiful city so rich with history ,culture ,art, and FOOD with ease and humor. I can not say enough about how wonderfully orchestrated our days were but never felt rushed or cheated out of seeing anything! Our days were full of Amazing sights. From our first day in Vatican City, The Sistine Chapel, to cooking in Florence and Michelangelo's David!, to the beaches of Barcelona and Tapas Dinners. I have never been a fan of tours feeling they are rushed and impersonal but could never have seen or learned what we did with out the fantastic team Mr. Heitmann has put together for these trips. Their love for and experience of their countries is so evident in their teachings. It was a Wonderful trip filled with amazing sights , new friendships, and memories to last a lifetime. If there was anything that could be added to this trip it would be More Days!! Thank you again Mr. Heitmann and your very patient family.

 ~Karen Filik

Traveler & Parent of Traveler-- Ultimate Field Trip 2012: Italy & Spain

 

 

"The trips that Mr. Heitmann puts together are breathtaking and unforgettable. The decision should not be whether or not to go, if allowed the opportunity, but what trip to go on and when does it leave. For the parents, I do not know a more reputable man to trust with your child in Europe. I will say it now, and I'm sure anyone who has travelled with Mr. Heitmann will agree, that these trips are worth taking and you will not regret being part of this great experience."

~Matthew Essington

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2008: Italy & Greece

 

Traveler- Ultimate Field Trip 2011: Italy/Switzerland/Germany
 

 

 

"At 16 I already had the travel bug and decided I wanted to visit Europe--despite the reluctance of my parents! I saved up the money on my own (due to the trip being organized for a school group, the cost was very reasonable!), and traveled to France and England on a trip planned by my former teacher. My parents were happy (with fears subdued) to see the organization and effort that went into the creation of a safe, enjoyable, educational experience. We had a knowledgeable tour guide with us at all times--the trip was guided and narrated throughout. "Free time" was allotted (of course, when you are 16 you want free time!), but small groups were formed with very specific meeting times and locations. The organization of the trip allowed the students enough freedom to experience their surroundings without jeopardizing their safety. It was a wonderful experience!"

~Alicia Maestri

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2001: France & England

"My son, Nicholas, just returned from the 2011 Ultimate Field Trip to Italy, Switzerland and Germany. I most certainly had mixed emotions as the trip grew closer. On one hand, I was extremely excited for him to experience such an excursion, and on the other I was a nervous wreck for him to travel on his own. Once he landed in Rome and I knew he arrived safely, I was so excited for him. The tour diaries through the Explorica website was a Godsend. I was able to see pictures of him every day and read about the day's events. He had the most amazing time. I spoke to him two days before he was due to come home and asked him if he was ready to come home and he said, "No, I love it here and I wish I could stay longer." When I asked him how Switzerland was, he said "breathtaking". I never heard my son use the word "breathtaking" before. Lol! I'm so thankful that Mr. Heitmann invited him on this trip and that we were able to send him. It was an experience of a lifetime and one that he will never forget."

 

~ Mrs. Denise Muzzio

 

Parent of Traveler -- Ultimate Field Trip 2011: Italy / Switzerland / Germany

 

 

"My son, Johnny Sullivan was privileged enough to be invited to go on the 2010 Italy, Austria, Czech Republic trip and what an awesome educational experience it was for him.  As a parent though, I was at first nervous.  However, I now would not hesitate to send my other three children when their time comes should they be invited.  Mr. and Mrs. Heitmann treated my son as one of their own.  That meant many things for which I am grateful.  They kept a watchful eye on him but yet trusted him; they gave him guidelines and rules yet gave him enough space to experience things for himself. Mr. Heitmann conversed with each traveler individually and as a group getting to know the kids on a personal level.  All kids need a mentor besides their parents and I am so thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Heitmann for their "parenting, love  and friendship" and inviting my son on this trip of a lifetime."

 ~Mrs. Karen Sullivan

Parent of Traveler -- Ultimate Field Trip 2010: Italy / Austria / Czech Republic

 

Parent of Traveler -- Ultimate Field Trip 2012: Italy & Spain

 

 

"Thank you for putting together such a wonderful tour of Italy, Switzerland, and France. Everything was planned out so well that even first time travelers like Alex and I had little need for worry through out the trip. Seeing the great masterpieces of Europe and visiting the many historical places during our two weeks has truly enhanced our appreciation of both art and history. Also being able to travel with such a great group of students and adults made the trip really enjoyable for the both of us. I'm so glad my younger son will also be able to share this experience in 2011 with your Italy, Switzerland, Germany Ultimate Field Trip."

~Mrs. Gail Hascha

Traveler &  Parent of Traveler- Ultimate Field Trip 2009: Italy/Switzerland/France

Parent of Traveler- Ultimate Field Trip 2011: Italy/Switzerland/Germany

 

"I recently attended the “Ultimate Field Trip” to Italy, Switzerland and France in August 2009. I found the trip to be, without a doubt, the most phenomenal experience that I have ever been apart of. Not only was I able to enjoy the many sights in the foreign nations, but I was able to spend time with my friends and one of the most exemplary individuals I know, Mr.Heitmann. I was extremely fascinated by the arabesque architecture that is really singular in the European countries. Being a proud Catholic, I especially enjoyed the visit to the Vatican, which truly left an impact on me. I highly recommend the “Ultimate Field Trip” to everyone as it is absolutely an experience you will never forget."

 

~Nick Nesser

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2009: Italy/Switzerland/France

 

 

 

 

 "The Ultimate Field Trip has left me speechless for the past few weeks, I am still pondering and wondering about the amazing, beautiful artwork displayed in each and every place we visited. Since seventh grade, I have been waiting to experience life as an Italian, Austrian and a Czech living in Prague. I was so excited for the longest time, I was even packed like the month before, talk about being ready. I loved everywhere we went and everything we experienced; it was all just so unbelievable. The first three days, I had to keep telling myself I was in Italy, it was like a dream, it was not even real to me. Being able to walk the streets of Rome with my friends from school was awesome and so much fun. Having the responsibility to be on my own and watch my spending and such was such a great learning experience, and it made me feel like an adult. The gelato, artwork, monuments, churches, fountains and views of Italy is all non-comparable to anything you might see in the United States. The gorgeous mountains, crystals, and history of Austria is breathtaking. Even though we were only in the Czech Republic for a day and a half, the Mozart concert, hills, and castle of Prague was all incredible. When someone asks me what my favorite part was, I can not begin to even decide just one part, because the entire trip was just amazing. I give so much credit to the courageous and brave Mr. Heitmann, who takes people into the mysterious lands of Europe. Congratulations Mr. Heitmann, because this has been yet another wonderful experience from you I will never ever forget! I have been so grateful to have this opportunity of a lifetime. Luca! much thanks to Luca (our tour director) as well who equally helped make this experience such an unforgettable one. I am already looking into accompanying you on another trip. If not with you, (which is what I really want) then perhaps a semester of college or with my own family. Thank you for everything Mr. Heitmann" ;]

 

~Kraemer Clayton

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2010: Italy / Austria / Czech Republic

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2012: Italy & Spain

 

 

"St. Augustine said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” If this is true, then traveling with Mr. Heitmann will launch you many chapters into that book. Mr. Heitmann goes way beyond himself in making sure everything goes smoothly, and seeing that your time abroad exceeds your expectations. His trips are jam packed full of good learning experiences, beautiful scenery, amazing sites, and of course, great food! You'll make new friends, learn a new language, and regardless of age, mature and change in positive ways. Also, there is a great balance here between planned activities and the free time you get to explore these places on your own. Be prepared. This is not a vacation where you sleep in all day at the hotel. You'll be on the move taking in as many sites and experiences as possible. There is never a dull moment. Everything is taken care of for you. You can put your mind at ease and just enjoy the trip. To you young students out there, not everyone gets the opportunity later in their adult life to travel abroad. If you can travel now, don't hesitate. You'll have the time of your life. I know I did. Mr. H is a great guy and I'm very glad to have shared this experience with him and his family."

 

~Eric Thiel

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2009: Italy/Switzerland/France

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Field trip was by far one of the best experiences of my life. The things that you see absolutely incredible, words can not do these things any justice. The people that you go with become your family, it may be a little bit dysfunctional at times, but you all become closer at the end. So when the opportunity comes along don't hesitate because it is a truly amazing experience. I can't thank Mr. Heitmann and the rest of the Heitmann family for giving me this opportunity and the wonderful memories that I will never forget.

 

~Chrissy Neigel

 

 

Traveler- Ultimate Field Trip 2011: Italy/Switzerland/Germany
 

 

 

 

"I had the pleasure of going on two trips to Italy with Mr. Heitmann and his tours. Both were absolutely amazing. The sights, the culture and best of all the FOOD! were extraordinary. There is A LOT packed in the schedule, kids are kept busy as to not be idle and therefore get into trouble (Mr. H sees EVERYTHING by the way), but still have plenty of time to relax and take in the scenery. Everyone is constantly kept safe AND entertained. All the way around it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should be taken if at all possible."

 

~Richard Kazanjian

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2004: Italy

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2008: Italy & Greece

 

 

This trip was truly amazing. It was a life changing experience and the memories are priceless. I would do anything to go back and do it all over again
Thank you Mr. Heitmann for a wonderful time and for running such a spectacular trip.

~Joseph Bruno

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2012: Italy & Spain

 

 

 

"The 2009 trip was above my expectations the amount of history we saw was impressive, I was able to see these awesome sights with my son Evan we share a smile when we see the attractions on TV or movies.... thanks again."

 

~ Mr. Billy O'Hara

 

Traveler &  Parent of Traveler- Ultimate Field Trip 2009: Italy/Switzerland/France

 

Traveler &  Parent of Two Travelers- Ultimate Field Trip 2013: Italy & Ireland

 

 

 

"Upon hearing about this trip four years ago I remember thinking how fantastic it was to have this once in a lifetime opportunity available for the students and their families. I felt extremely confident putting my son in the hands of Mr. Heitmann and the rest of the fine people who accompany and assist him throughout the trip. Mr. Heitmann has built up a wonderful relationship with all of the tour guides and vendors he encounters on a yearly basis both here and abroad. My son will never forget the fun learning experiences he encountered from this vacation. I highly recommend this stellar travel opportunity.”

 

~Mr. Nick Nesser Sr.
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Parent of Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2009: Italy/Switzerland/France

Parent of Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2010: Italy/Austria/Czech Republic

 

 

 

 

"The trip itself was carefree and perfectly planned, you never had to worry about anything more serious than "what do I wear today?" or "what gelato should I get this time?" For a girl, of course, I shopped but we also got to spend more time in places that were of more interest to us, like the Trevi Fountain, Flea markets, racing up the Spanish Steps, or looking for the bridge where Madonna shot her "Like a Virgin" video. It was a perfect blend of scheduled tours, meals, bus rides and wakeup calls; and having the free time to just sit at a cafe, take a cliché picture holding up the leaning tower of Pisa. Because of that trip, America is my country but Rome became my hometown. I am very fortunate and hope to do it again!"

 

~Christa Giunta

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2004: Italy

 

 

 

"Henry has not stopped talking about it!  What an awesome adventure. He had such a fabulous time, and it was the opportunity of a lifetime for him to do this at this age. He is still in touch with some of the new friends he made.  I can’t tell you how pleased I am with his experience with the trip.  He enjoyed the educational aspect, the history, and he had fun!  He also came home with a new appreciation for Fettuccine Alfredo!  I really feel like Henry  made the most of the time there."

~Mrs. Dawn Thomas

 

Parent of a Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2015:   Italy & England

 

 

"I have been lucky enough to venture out on two "ultimate field trips" to France and England, and Italy with Mr.Heitmann! Every detail of the trip is planned out for you so that nothing is missed. I would never have gotten to experience and see so much if it wasn't for the great trip itineraries and tour guides. Not to mention that everything you could ever want to do is already included and so affordable. If you have the chance to join a trip, don't pass it up! It is truly a wonderful experience that you will not find anywhere else."

 

~Angela Penna

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2001: France & England

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2004: Italy

 

 

 

    "In 2004 I went to Italy on a field trip with Mr. H's group.  I've been overseas before and after that trip, but never have I seen so much in such a short period of time.  The trips that are set up are a great balance between sightseeing and downtime.  The hardest part of planning a trip is the balance between the two because you want to get your money's worth as well as not being shuffled thought a routine.  Even though it's been 6 years since I have been on this trip, it is one of the most memorable experiences of my life."

 

~Tom Ehrola

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2004: Italy

 

 

 

"The Italy 2004 trip was my second Ultimate Field Trip, and like the first, it was an experience I will never forget. The food, the sights, the history - the Gelato - it all was amazing. Both trips were planned with supervised free-roam and landmark-packed days, alike. The 105 of us in attendance will forever be grateful."

 

~Frank Gonnello

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2001: France & England

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2004: Italy

 

 

"It was my great privilege and pleasure to have accompanied my granddaughter, Angela Rose on the 2010 "Ultimate Field Trip" with Mr. Heitmann and his lovely family.  Every detail of our journey was perfectly planned.  The tours, the meals, transportation and "free time" were thoughtfully planned out and flawlessly executed.  Every aspect of the trip was a delight.  Any parent debating or hesitating about sending their child with Mr. Heitmann need not worry.  He is a "born" teacher and a passionate traveler.  I consider myself and my fellow travelers truly fortunate to have been able to experience his intelligence, knowledge, humor, compassion and endless patience."

 

~Mrs. Madeline Miceli 

Traveler and Grandparent of Traveler -- Ultimate Field Trip 2010: Italy / Austria / Czech Republic

 

 

 

I cannot believe how amazing my experience was on this trip. If it was the long bus rides, traveling through the cities, gelato stops, hanging out with friends, making new friendships, the overnight cruise or the food, this trip was something I hope to never forget. This experience made me want to travel the world more. I hope to someday return to Europe and make new memories, but none of them will ever compare to my first European Experience. I appreciate my family allowing me to go on this wonderful trip and the Heitmann family and Luca's patience with our group!

~Kendall Rankin

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2012: Italy & Spain

 

 

To Anyone Considering joining one of Mr. Heitmann's Ultimate Field Trips:
"These trips are not called "ultimate" for any old reason; they are the experience of a lifetime! I can truly say that many of my best memories that I have had so far in high school took place on Mr. Heitmann's 2009 trip to Italy, Switzerland, and France. The tours are mapped out to a very interesting and educational daily itinerary, encompassing the most beautiful and historical landmarks in every country. Words can barely describe the "bang you get for your buck" on one of the Ultimate Field Trips composed by Mr. Heitmann. While on the trip, you don’t have to worry about saving money to pay for breakfast, dinner, tour fees, etc. because they are already included in the price. I know for me, it was the most convenient to not have to worry about budgeting my money for our daily activities, so I knew exactly how much i could a lot myself each day for souvenirs, drinks, snacks etc. As well, a more then generous amount of supervised free time is given daily, which enabled me to appreciate the sites at my own pace. These trips are packed full with excitement and really educate the travelers not only on the history of the countries, but give a rich insight into the culture abroad. I recommend anyone who is "on the fence" about joining one of Mr. Heitmann's trips to do so without hesitation, because you surely will not regret it!"

 

~Chelsea Florczak

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2009: Italy/Switzerland/France

 

 

 

 

"I've had the pleasure of attending three Ultimate Field Trips with Mr. Heitmann, the most recent of which was Germany and Austria. Although being in the country and seeing the different cultures was amazing, that was not my favorite part. While in college I was dorming in the international building which gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of international students. I was able to have an immediate bond with these students, who eventually became very close friends of mine, because I was able to relate to them and talk about some of my first hand experiences in their home country. Being a part of the Ultimate Field Trips not only gave me life experiences to look back on, but also gave me the chance to broaden my horizons and give me insight into the type of culture my fellow students came from. The only regret I have is being in romantic places, such as Paris at night, and Venice, and not having that special person to share it with (which will be changed soon enough!!!). I strongly urge anyone who has the opportunity to attend to take advantage."

 

~Dan Bauer

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2001: France & England

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2004: Italy

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2006: Germany & Austria

 

 

 

 

"These trips are seriously the trips of a lifetime! If I had the money I would go on one each summer! The education you receive while also vacationing is amazing! I went right after I graduated high school to Italy and Greece, and it is a trip I will never forget. I always find myself reminiscing with others I went on the trip with. The sites you tour are absolutely breath-taking! While on this trip, the only money you need to worry about spending is for lunch and for souvenirs. Your breakfast, dinner, tour fees, etc. are all included in the money you pay prior to this trip. The experience you get highly outweighs the cost of the trip. There is much structured and organized free time you get in each place you visit while you are on the trip. However, although we had free time, I found myself exploring many landmarks. Mr. Heitmann's Ultimate European Field Trip's give excitement while educating you at the same time! If you are one the fence about going, GO! DO NOT HESITATE! I would have regretting not receiving the experience I did."

 

~Kaci Brannick

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2008: Italy & Greece

 

 

 

"Going on this trip opened my eyes to so many things! I wish I was able to go every single summer! I'm already trying to figure out when I can go next!!! Even though you are on vacation, you are getting a great education! Learning about the culture, the buildings, and historic events/people was fun because of the way it was taught! By going on this trip, I've been able to be a step ahead in history classes when it comes to the places I visited on the trips, and I have been able to share my experiences with others! I always talk to others who went on the trip and we always laugh about all of the MANY fantastic times we had! Having breakfast, dinner, and tour fees already included into the trip was wonderful because I could spend money on lunch and souvenirs! The cost is next to nothing compared to all of the memories you leave with! You bond with everyone who goes and you are always able to smile and wave at the others who attended the trip. Mr. Heitmann's Ultimate Field Trips make you learn, have fun, and have memories that will last a lifetime. If you want to go, GO because it was the most wonderful trip I have ever went on, and will probably be the best trip I will ever go on!"
 

~Kelsey D'Andrea

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2009: Italy/Switzerland/France

 

 

 

"The Italy '04 group still talks about the trip as if it were yesterday and consider it a great memory. Milan and Venice were a lot of fun. Assisi was an unexpected bonus. The history in Rome was amazing, and I think everyone on the trip fell in love with the city of Florence. Not to mention the overall atmosphere of the tour, from the Heitmann's to the nicest tour guides to, the 'free' time (which is actually more supervised than we realized), the breakfasts and Italian dinners that are provided, and of course the Gelato, going to Italy was an unbelievable experience. That trip is unique and so was the trip to to Germany-Austria. They were both great memories, in different ways, though. Both trips offered a unique experience."

 

~Nick Guariglia

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2004: Italy

 

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2006: Germany & Austria

 

"In my opinion, it is hard to call this trip a "field trip." It is a once in a life time experience that most of the people on this planet will never get to enjoy. From seeing extravagant art in Florence to learning about the new Czech Republic, it is all worth it. It was almost as if it was a dream while I was there. Planning for the trip, I did not not expect to see as many things as we did. Most people would not understand what they're missing out on."

 

~Harry Eaton

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2010: Italy / Austria / Czech Republic

 

 

 

 

"As a parent, I was excited for my son to have the opportunity to go to Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic, but also very nervous about sending my child abroad. Europe is so far away! Of course, my fears were baseless, and Mr. Heitmann, as well as Luca, the tour director, kept careful watch over the travelers, with their safety at the forefront. In fact, this trip was even changed from the original destinations, as Mr. H. felt that it was not safe for them to go to Morocco, due to civil unrest. My son even got sick on this trip, which was very upsetting to me not being able to care for him myself, but Mr. Heitmann called us to discuss his symptoms and treatment and kept us updated on his temperature, how he was feeling, what medications he took, etc. It really put my mind at ease, and I would tell any other parent to rest assured that their child will be in capable and caring hands if anything should happen."

 

~Mrs. Diane Kerslake Eaton

Parent of Traveler -- Ultimate Field Trip 2010: Italy / Austria / Czech Republic

 

 

 

"Where to begin? Having the experience of going to Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic has left me speechless! There is so much I would love to say and explain about The Ultimate Field Trip when people ask about my trip, but I can never find the perfect word to describe the experience. From the historic buildings in Rome, the detailed art in Florence (and shops), gorgeous churches in Vatican City, amazing views from Assisi, our last Italian gelato in Verona, landscaping in Innsbruck, the "Sound of Music" Tour in Salzburg, to the Mozart Concert in Prague, how could this trip get any better?! I remember after the first Europe trip meeting I started the countdown on my phone to when I would leave for Europe. The day came so fast, and I could still remember when the countdown had 400 days!  When it was finally time to say good-bye to Europe I remember thinking, wow. Not many people will ever be able to see the things I saw and experience something truly unforgettable! I have been blessed with this opportunity to witness everything! If it wasn't for the incredible/brave Mr. Heitmann, I may have never gotten another chance to see the things I saw. Plus, being with an incredible group of people and our tour guide Luca, made it all the more easier to enjoy the trip. I am sure this will not be my last good-bye to Europe's beauty, and I am already looking forward to hear about my sister's experience in 2012, and hopefully another experience for me as well."

 

~Dana Van De Vaarst

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2010: Italy / Austria / Czech Republic

 

 

"Wow, talk about the trip of a lifetime. This is something that I know that I, as well as everyone else that was on the trip, will never forget. Taking students on a "regular" field trip requires a lot of work on the teachers part, let alone taking them to foreign countries. This trip was really something extraordinary, and I know that I would love to attend another one if possible in the future. Not only was this an experience that not many other people you may know will ever get to have, but it also taught me a lot about my culture, and where my family all came from. The information I gained on this “trip of a lifetime” will stick with me for many years to come. Thank you Mr. Heitmann for giving me the experience of a lifetime."

~Matthew Jones

Traveler - Ultimate Field Trip 2010: Italy / Austria / Czech Republic

 

 

"In 2010, my older daughter, Dana, went on her first Ultimate Field Trip to Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic.  It took me over a year before I finally agreed to let her go because, truthfully, I was afraid to send her overseas by herself.  That all changed, though, after I talked to many parents and Mr. Heitmann.  By 2012, I did not hesitate one bit to sign my younger daughter, Nina, up for the trip to Italy and Spain.  Both of them came back from their trips and couldn't stop talking about what they had seen, eaten and experienced.  In 2013, because one of the countries was Ireland, both my girls and I (my husband couldn't get off work) went on the Italy/Ireland Ultimate Field Trip.  I have now experienced what I have been hearing about for the last few years.  In a short amount of time, you are exposed to so much culture and beauty. You are exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.  Our tour guide, Karen, was excellent, as were the local guides. The trip was very well organized, very safe and everyone got along great.  It truly was a trip of a lifetime.  To those parents who may be having second thoughts, take it from one who also had those second thoughts, allow your child to experience history first hand. I guarantee that you, and your child, will not regret it."  

 

 ~Nancy Van De Vaarst

Parent of Travelers-- Ultimate Field Trips 2010: Italy, Austria and Czech Republic & 2012: Italy & Spain 

Traveler &  Parent of Two Travelers 2013 - Italy and Ireland

 

 

 

 

 


 

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