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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.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every 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.
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.
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.
Lace up your sneakers for a fun two-wheeled tour of some of London's most iconic highlights crossing the Thames from the London Eye, to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, to the Cabinet War Rooms, Horse Guard Parade, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. You'll get an up-close feel for the essence of London thanks to guided commentary and photo stops along the route, as you safely navigate around the city by bike as many locals do.
Tower Bridge, Tower of London, London Eye, St Patrick's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, The Lake District, St Paul's Cathedral, York Minster, Edinburgh Ghost Tour, Ha'penny Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Irish Dance Lesson, Haggis Dinner, Conwy Castle, Wordsworth's Grave
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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Upon arriving in Edinburgh, you’ll meet your ACIS Tour manager for an orientation, then set out to familiarize yourself with Scotland’s capital, renowned for its rich history and literary heritage. Perhaps you’ll explore the Museum of Edinburgh or the City Art Centre or stroll through the Grassmarket or Victoria Street shopping districts. It’s said Victoria Street–a narrow and winding lane lined with tall buildings–inspired J.K. Rowling’s vision of Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series of books; the nearby Elephant House Café is where she wrote parts of the first Potter novel.
Begin the day with a guided sightseeing tour that shows you Princes Street and Charlotte Square and includes entrance to the imposing Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels perched high up in the old town. In the afternoon, you’re free to stroll the Royal Mile in search of woolens and tartans or snap pictures of the city and the Firth of Forth from atop Calton Hill.
This morning you’ll board a train to London. After arriving, you’ll take a panoramic sightseeing tour, led by a local guide, that shows you Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Later enjoy a free evening to explore more of London at your own speed, perhaps check out the shops along Portobello Road in Notting Hill or stroll along the artsy South Bank.
Experience an up-close look at London's iconic treasures on this morning's guided
London by Bike tour, including views of the Big Ben, the Horse Guard Parade, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and more. As you cycle and stop for photos, your guide's commentary will bring the history of what you are seeing to life. In the afternoon, more free time awaits, giving you a chance to see more of London on your own. Perhaps you're in the mood for souvenir shopping in Harrods or a visit to the Tate Modern with its thought-provoking art and unique exhibition space.
The day begins with a trip to mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge before continuing to the seaside town of Portsmouth, where you board the ferry to France, porterage included. After dinner aboard the ferry, drive to Caen for a good night's rest.
Walk in the footsteps of history today as you visit many of Normandy's important World War II sites. See what remains of the temporary Mulberry harbor constructed at Arromanches to help offload cargo during the invasion. Entrance to the Arromanches 360 Cinema is included. Next you can pay tribute to the heroic fallen at the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer before descending from the bluff to walk along Omaha Beach, where American troops suffered some of the heaviest D-Day losses. You might even be able to picture the chaos of June 6, 1944, at the bomb-scarred landscape of Pointe du Hoc. Return to Caen for dinner.
After a morning drive to Paris, enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing with an expert local guide that takes you past some of the city’s best-known attractions, such as the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the bustling Champs-Élysées, Napoleon’s final resting place at Les Invalides and the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame. In the evening, see the City of Light from a totally different perspective on a river cruise on the Seine.
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, 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, maybe by strolling the intellectually thriving Latin Quarter, home to many of the Sorbonne's historic buildings, or stopping at the Rodin Museum, where you can pose for a photo by the sculptor's Thinker. Or if you feel like channeling your inner chef de cuisine, perhaps you’ll instead take an optional
French cooking lesson, where you’ll learn how to prepare traditional dishes–and sample the tasty results. Magnifique!
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $500Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $350Add to Tour