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.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
Public transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
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.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
A traditional French pastime dating back to the 18th century, the game of boules lyonnaises involves throwing a heavy metal ball as close as possible to a smaller target ball. In boules lyonnaises, players typically have a run up to their throw. The game is the ancestor of the more well-known pétanque—in which players remain stationary while throwing— which was developed by a French boules lyonnaises player whose health prevented him from running. In Nice, you'll enjoy a lesson on the rules and strategy for play with an expert.
Receive a warm Niçois welcome as you dine in small groups in the homes of local residents.
English surtitles allow you to fully experience the cultural wonder of a classic French play in a small local theater alongside the locals.
Visit with the local students at a Paris school. As you participate in a joint activity, sharing stories and laughs, you'll gain an understanding of their daily lives and studies and have the opportunity to contrast what you learn and experience with your own lifestyle and educational system at home. (Availability is limited to dates French schools are in session. Contact us for more info.)
The landscape of Versailles is exquisite—and extensive. Make the most of your time to explore by hopping on a bicycle and pedaling the expansive grounds, from the Petit and Grand Trianons to the end of the Grand Canal for a long scenic view back toward the palace.
Bicycle helmets are available and encouraged for use by all participants.
Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Jardin du Luxembourg, Versailles, Chartres, Pont du Gard, Pointe du Hoc, Caen Peace Museum, American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Pétanque Lesson, Rouen Cathedral, Local Cheese Producer Visit and Tasting, Be Cézanne Painting Lesson, Nîmes Roman Arena, Place Masséna, Promenade des Anglais, Jardin Exotique, Château de Chenonceau
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.
Bienvenue en France! Today you’ll unwind and get acquainted with Nice, one of the crown jewels of the Côte d'Azur. A stroll through the Place Rossetti, the heart of this city, or perhaps the Musée Matisse or Musée Marc Chagall, will provide opportunities to practice speaking French with locals. (D)
Begin your day with an orientation tour led by your ACIS Tour Manager. As you explore its history and culture, enjoy the city's many fine attractions, from Place Massena to the winding streets of the Old Town to dazzling Mediterranean views. Then it's time to practice your sporting French vocabulary with local experts who teach you how to play the traditional French game
pétanque. Similar to lawn bowling, the sport dates back to the early 1900s. (B,D)
The morning starts with a drive to Monaco, the glamorous playground of the rich and famous and home of the Grimaldi royal family. After viewing the Prince's Palace, you’ll travel along a spectacular corniche to Eze, a fortified medieval-age village perched high atop a rocky peak. There you’ll enjoy sweeping vistas from the fragrant Jardin Exotique, a magnificent botanical garden, and tour the Fragonard Perfume Factory, where you’ll learn about the centuries-old French art of making parfum. Return to Nice to spend your last afternoon on the French Riviera relaxing and enjoying the sun and sand. Tonight you will put your French skills to use during a
home dinner in Nice. This immersive experience invites you in small groups into the homes of local Nice residents for a family-style dinner and cultural exchange opportunity. (B,D)
After a morning flight to Paris, a sightseeing tour with an expert local guide shows you the city’s most impressive monuments, from the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées to Napoleon’s final resting place at Les Invalides to the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame. Later, enjoy a free evening in the City of Light, perhaps chatting in French with a waiter or talking with street vendors as you stroll along the Seine nibbling on colorful macarons. (B,D)
In the morning, breeze by the crowds with your timed entrance to the Louvre and discover the many famous masterpieces that call it home. Insightful commentary from your local guide highlights the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and the Venus de Milo, believed to depict the Greek goddess Aphrodite. From its beginnings as a royal fortress to its current status as the world's most visited art museum, the Louvre has long been at the center of Parisian culture and home to a collection of 35,000 works of art from around the world. Then enjoy a free afternoon to explore Paris at your own pace, perhaps checking out a lesser-known attraction such as Saint-Chapelle, a Gothic chapel adorned with 1,113 dazzling stained-glass windows, commissioned by King Louis IX in the 13th century. After dinner, give your French skills a thorough workout with a
night at the French theater—a unique cultural experience alongside the locals made accessible with English surtitles (translations shown above the stage). (B,D)
When available, a
visit with local students at a Paris school will engage your morning. Depending on the time of year (only when French schools are in session), the visit could include lunch in the canteen and an afternoon sporting or social activity. (If a school visit is not available, a hands-on morning École de Boulangerie baking class for aspiring boulangers and pastry chefs will be substituted). For dinner, you’ll receive restaurant vouchers along with insider suggestions about where to dine with locals at neighborhood bistros. (B,L,D)
This morning, you'll visit Louis XIV's jaw-dropping palace at Versailles. Your all-access pass includes the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, Marie Antoinette's Hameau, a small rustic village that served as her retreat from the pressures and intrigue of palace life, and the Petit Trianon, a personal palace the king gave to her in 1774. After exploring the immaculately manicured palace gardens on foot, hop onto a vélo and explore beyond the gardens on a
Versailles by bike tour. Then return to Paris, where you'll ride up to the third floor of the iconic Eiffel Tower for sensational views of this splendid city. (B,D)
Depart for the USA.
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