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 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.
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.
A traditional French pastime, the game of pétanque involves throwing one ball as close as possible to another ball. You'll enjoy a lesson on the rules and strategy for play with a member of the French National Federation of Pétanques. Then test out your new skills with some friendly competition.
An expert guide will take you around one of Paris' iconic artistic neighborhoods, giving you the opportunity to capture the sites and scenery in your own creative way. It's a guided tour and an art lesson all in one! Using techniques that revolutionized the art world, your artist will show you how to capture the hidden corners of these beautiful areas in paintings, all in your very own sketchbook. With inspiration from artists such as Pablo Picasso and George Seurat, this is the perfect way to leave Paris with your own artistic masterpiece!
Eat tapas in true Spanish style: try different local specialties just like the local madrileños for whom this is a culturally important and typical way to spend an evening. Classic tapas dishes include items such as tortilla española, patatas bravas, bacalao, cheeses, olives, or jamón. Finish off the evening at one of Madrid's most famous chocolaterías with a sweet Spanish treat—churros y chocolate!
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! Paris, known as the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education and culture during the Enlightenment, greets you today. Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and head out to discover the city and try your first Parisian citron pressé.
Start the day with an expert lesson in
pétanque, a favorite French pastime played with hollow metal balls. Then your ACIS Tour Manager takes you on a walking tour to view noteworthy sites such as Paris' Pantheon, the Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter, where you will have time to explore and enjoy lunch. Your walk continues across the Seine for a view of the world-famous Notre Dame, followed by a timed entrance (skipping past the lines) to see the soaring stained-glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle.
Drive to Versailles this morning. Your visit of Louis XIV's ornate palace includes the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and the breathtaking surroundings. Don't worry if you don't have time to cover every room of this vast palace. The best stuff is all in the gardens and grounds: all 1,976-acre gardens, 200,000 trees, 50 fountains and 620 jets of water worth. In the afternoon return to Paris, 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, Venus de Milo and more as you wander through the galleries. 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. Be dazzled by the shops and energy of the world famous Champs-Élysées on an evening stroll.
The art theme continues this morning with a
Paint Paris painting lesson and walking tour of Montmartre. As you explore this artistic haven—once the haunt of luminaries like Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Claude Monet—a local artist explains the area's history and instructs you in painting techniques important to French art history for capturing its streets and buildings. The afternoon is yours to discover more of Paris at your own pace. Then gain a completely different viewpoint of the city as you enjoy a serene illuminated evening boat cruise on the Seine.
Board a morning flight to Madrid, one of Spain's urban jewels. Once in Madrid, your ACIS Tour Manager leads you on a walking tour through two of the city's most famous squares—Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. Then enjoy time to explore more of Madrid's wonderful corners at your leisure. Come back hungry—tonight's feast is a traditional Spanish paella, a spicy tango of rice, seafood and vegetables considered by many as Spain's national dish.
Begin the day's activities with an audio-guided tour of the Prado, Spain's renowned national art museum (skipping the lines with your timed reservation). Discover the artwork of Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Even the 18th-century Neo-Classical building that houses the collection is stunning. Afterward, perhaps visit the Egyptian Templo de Debod or continue with the art theme by browsing the Reina Sofia National Museum, home to works by Spanish greats such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí. Tonight we'll dine like the madrileños do during an authentic
tapas evening. Classic tapas dishes include items such as tortilla española, patatas bravas, bacalao, cheeses, olives or jamón.
On your last day, you're free to soak up Madrid at your own pace. You may opt to take a half-day excursion to nearby Toledo, the city where the world-famous artist El Greco made his home and created his most known works. Toledo offers a rich mix of cultures, thanks to a unique blend of Christian, Jewish and Muslim heritages. Otherwise perhaps explore Madrid's Royal Palace or rent a rowboat on the lake in Retiro Park before celebrating the travel memories you've made with a final evening in Madrid.
Depart for the USA.
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