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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.
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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 meal 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.
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24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
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.
Journey to the picturesque lakeside town of St. Gilgen to learn how to make the region's top chocolate souvenir—the delicious mozartkugel, named for Salzburg's musical son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As you try your hand at melting, pouring, forming, wrapping and tasting the ingredients, the combination of dark chocolate, marzipan and nougat is sure to make this activity delicious! Upon completion you will receive a diploma, your own wrapped treat and a hot chocolate to enjoy.
Dine like a local, sampling traditional Venetian-style tapas dishes such as crostini, fried mozzarella or artichoke hearts.
Learn about Prague's proud tradition of glassworks at an operating gallery and workshop. You'll receive a plain piece of glass and the tools needed for you to embellish and decorate it in the authentic Czech style, then your decorated glassware will be professionally fired in the kiln overnight and delivered to your hotel the next day—the ultimate souvenir!
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.
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Arrive in Venice, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and transfer by private motor launch to your hotel on the Lido. Then start exploring this magnificent city of canals and palaces with your 48-hour vaporetto pass, which allows you to come and go throughout the city as you please.
Consisting of an archipelago carved by nearly 150 canals into 118 different islands, the incomparable city of Venice contains a wealth of sights. Use your vaporetto pass to arrive in St. Mark's Square where you can see the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs, which connected the old prisons of Venice to the interrogation rooms of the neighboring Doge's Palace. You'll learn more about one of Venice's most famous exports during an authentic glassblowing demonstration, before enjoying views up and down the Grand Canal as you stop for a photo at the iconic Rialto Bridge. Head to an authentic
cicchetteria where you can sample traditional Venetian-style tapas and then explore more at your own pace with unlimited access to the entire canal network and smaller islands using your vaporetto pass. You'll feel like a local in no time.
Enjoy a spectacular morning drive through pristine Alpine settings today. Stop in Villach to see the 14th century St. Jakob's Church and Renaissance town hall. Continue to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting of the movie Sound of Music. You may want to gain a bird’s eye perspective of the Old Town by climbing Kapuzinerberg Hill for its panoramic views.
Your sightseeing tour with a local guide will highlight many of the city’s “Sound of Music” sites including the lovely, manicured gardens in front of the Mirabell Palace, the Sound of Music Churchyard and the stunning Baroque Dom Cathedral. Next, visit Mozart’s Birthplace Museum on the crowded shopping street, the Getreidegasse. This afternoon, you may want to visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress that looms over the city. Tonight’s dinner is truly something special: Stiftskeller St. Peter’s is central Europe’s oldest restaurant and is tucked inside one of the courtyards of the old abbey.
Journey east to picturesque St. Gilgen, known for some of the finest chocolate making in the world. You'll learn to
make your own Mozartkugel (a type of chocolate ball filled with marzipan) and receive a diploma for your confectionery achievements. Continue to Vienna, located along the enchanting Wachau stretch of the Danube. Upon arrival begin to explore the Baroque façades and lively squares of this musical city in which Beethoven, Strauss and Mozart once composed.
This morning tour the grounds and interior of Schönbrunn Palace, the massive Habsburg summer retreat, including the Imperial state rooms and private quarters of the Austrian Emperors. Included audio guides enhance your visit. Then embark on a sightseeing tour of Vienna where an expert local guide shows you the glory of the former Imperial capital including the Ringstrasse, Hofburg Palace complex, Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Later enjoy a taste of the city's famed coffee house culture—visit one of Vienna's many glittering cafés to savor some mélange coffee or hot chocolate and Sachertorte. After dinner we'll head out for a walk through the amusements of Prater Park.
Drive across Bohemian-Moravian farmlands, passing streams and thick evergreen forests on your way from Austria to the Czech Republic. Stop in the fairytale town of Telč to admire the colorful buildings on its historic town square, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and have time for lunch. Continue to Prague and visit a
glass gallery and workshop where you learn about the city's glassblowing heritage and decorate your own masterpiece, Czech-style.
Prague is one of Europe's most beautiful cities as you'll see during a guided sightseeing tour. A local expert will show us the quaint Malá Strana (Czech for “Lesser Quarter,” named for its location at the foot of Prague's ancient castle) and the graceful Charles Bridge, built during the 14th century. We'll also visit the fortress-like Hradčany Castle complex, perched high above the city. Discover more of Prague at your own pace this afternoon, perhaps by exploring the Prague Ghetto which contains Europe's oldest Jewish cemetery. Enjoy your final evening of this exceptional week with a stroll to see the street performers in the Old Town Square.
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