Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meals times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Public transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
Participants will have unlimited access to personal headsets so that local guides and ACIS Tour Managers can more easily communicate with the group along the way.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
You'll get right to the heart of Berlin's amazingly creative street art scene, gaining a unique insight into this dynamic art movement. A local urban art expert will take you on a walking tour to see some of the most inventive examples of street art from stencil art to paste‑ups (don't worry, you'll be taught all the terminology!). You'll also be taught the techniques and tricks needed to create your own piece of art, a one‑of‑a‑kind souvenir to take home with you.
Hope on two wheels to explore the varied stretches of the Berlin Wall as it exists today. Your guide will share stories of divided families and those who risked their lives to cross the infamous "Death Strip" as you see old checkpoints, guard towers and places where the area around the wall has now been transformed as part of the new Berlin.
This is one unforgettable German lesson. Students will bus to a local school in Hamburg and join local students for a class or two. They will experience the difference in teaching style and classroom facilities and, of course, practice their German. Afterwards, they'll have the chance to participate in joint activities and enjoy some more time to bond with their German peers.
Brandenburg Gate, Munich Marienplatz, Charles Bridge, Neuschwanstein, Dresden Frauenkirche, Zwinger Palace, Museum Island, Nuremberg Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Documentation Center, Berlin Wall, Berlin Holocaust Memorial, Street Art Workshop and Walking Tour, Prague Old Town Square, Terezín, Hradcany Castle
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA.
Upon arrival in Berlin, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore this eclectic and electric city, considered one of Europe's cultural jewels. While Berlin was divided, Eastern and Western sections maintained separate opera houses and other institutions. Now the united city offers two of everything, and is known as a hub of innovation. (D)
The day begins with a guided sightseeing tour of the city. You'll see some of Berlin's most important historical touchstones, including a portion of the Berlin Wall, the somber Holocaust Memorial, bustling Potsdamer Platz, and the infamous Checkpoint Charlie. In the afternoon, the city is yours to perhaps explore one of the institutions on Museum Island, sample wares at the food stalls of Markthalle Neun or stroll the paths of the Tiergarten. (B,D)
Start the day by engaging your inner Künstler as you try something completely different: a
street art workshop. You'll get a first-hand look at this edgy modern-art movement during a walking tour that will reveal many style examples, including stencils, paste-ups, graffiti, murals and tagging. Then draw on those for inspiration as local artists show you how to make your own street-savvy artwork. You'll end up with a one-of-a-kind personal souvenir to take home. Then trade paint brushes for pedals as you embark on a
Berlin Wall bike tour, which passes by remnants of the infamous “death strip” that split Germany in two for almost three decades. Your tour guide will provide fascinating insights into the politics, history and human drama surrounding this notorious fallen icon. (B,D)
Today you'll board a high-speed train and arrive in charming Hamburg, a major port on the Elbe river. Meet a local guide for an afternoon sightseeing tour of Germany's second-largest city, threaded with canals and known as the “Gateway to the World.” Later, you'll meet your host family for dinner and begin your homestay, which will offer extensive opportunities to test your German-speaking skills and gain unique cultural insights and perspectives.
This morning another valuable cultural exchange opportunity awaits as you
visit with local students at a Hamburg high school. Through attending class together, participating in joint activities and speaking German with your Hamburg peers, you'll gain a more thorough understanding of the language and modern life in Germany. In the evening spend time sharing stories and laughs with your homestay family.
Start the day with an excursion to nearby Lubeck, a port hub and former capital of the Hanseatic League. The prestige and power derived from all that trade is evident in the distinctive Holstentor, a massive, Gothic, red-brick city gate. Discover Lubeck's impressive architecture, with many buildings dating back to medieval days, walk along the River Trave and perhaps try some marzipan, a tasty confectionary treat. Later, return to Hamburg and explore the vibrant HafenCity area, a riverside district that's now a model for urban revitalization, sustainability and resilience. You may want to put your German skills to use by ordering a fresh-baked apfelstrudel at a hip café along the Elbe, visit the unusual Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall built atop an old warehouse, or see other intriguing attractions such as the Spice Museum and the Miniatur Wunderland, which features nearly 5,000 square feet of model railroad displays. Enjoy a final night practicing your German and experiencing a local's life with your homestay family.
Depart for the USA.