About

Who We Are

Dedicated to Exceptional

Peter Jones first started traveling while attending university in England. He found travel energizing—seeing new places and meeting new people allowed him to understand his own life differently.

This passion for travel led him to work as a tour manager for an educational travel company. Peter spent two summers leading American students throughout Europe—showing them new places, introducing them to new people and sharing his love for travel.

After working for an educational travel company in the U.S. for a few years, Peter became determined to establish the premier educational travel company in the industry. In 1978, he founded ACIS with a few colleagues, who all believed that travel changes lives.

Knowing the important difference between a trip that’s mediocre and one that’s extraordinary, he built ACIS from a deep belief and understanding that ACIS group leaders and participants deserve the best—from itinerary development to hotels to perhaps most importantly, the people hired to guide teachers and students throughout the journey.

Meet Our Team

Exceptional programs need exceptional people.


Boston Program Team

Your daily lifeline to get you on the road.

Traveler Support Team

No request too big; no question too small.

Chicago Program Team

Representing ACIS in the great Midwest.

Flights Team

Getting groups where they need to go, one connection at a time.

West Program Team

This crew has the Pacific Time Zone covered.

USA/Canada Program Team

We can take care of your school’s travel needs closer to home too.

Marketing Team

Emails and websites and catalogs…oh my!

London Team

Our European HQ is Tour Manager Central and handles many of our bookings.

Paris Team

Handling all our French groups’ needs with a certain je ne sais quoi!

Operations Team

We’ve found the team that ensures you’re never lost.

Finance Team

Everyone needs good bankers, and ours can’t be beat.

IT Team

Exceptional travel companies have to be exceptional technology companies too.

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Local Representatives

Fellow teachers and group leaders eager to help

We’re your mentors, your cheerleaders and your assistants. Here are some of the things Academic Travel Advisors do to help you lead your tour:

  • Co-lead your parent meeting
  • Attend your school board meeting
  • Guide you through all pre-trip paperwork and best practices
  • See you off at the airport and steer you through check-in
  • Brainstorm recruitment ideas unique to your school and area

Tour Managers

Your guides on the road

Your ACIS Tour Manager is the key to unlocking a whole new world for you and your group.  Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers know their stuff. But more importantly, they know teachers and students. They keep students engaged, teachers relaxed and the whole group excited to see what will happen next.