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.
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.
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.
Dine like a local, sampling traditional Venetian-style tapas dishes such as crostini, fried mozzarella or artichoke hearts.
Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, St. Mark’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Florence Duomo, Doge’s Palace, Sorrento, Mozzarella Farm Demonstration and Tasting, Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Venice, Grand Canal, Accademia, Pizza Making Lesson and Dinner
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. This trip departs on December 26th.
Benvenuti in Italia! Upon arriving in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, you'll meet your ACIS Tour Manager and enjoy a fast and fun transfer by private motor launch to your hotel in downtown Venice. Then you're free to start exploring this magnificent city of canals and palaces, which looks especially magical this time of year, decked out in holiday lights.
Consisting of an archipelago carved by nearly 150 canals into 118 different islands, the incomparable city of Venice contains a wealth of sights. Begin 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. A visit to this incredible, gothic Palazzo Ducale is included. Stop for a photo at nearby Rialto Bridge en route to an authentic
cicchetteria where you will sample traditional Venetian-style tapas. Then explore more at your own pace, perhaps with a visit to the ice skating rink in Campo San Polo or by seeking out colorful and festive Murano glass souvenirs.
Travel by train to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. Upon arrival you'll have time to explore along the banks of the Arno, sample gelato at the famous Vivoli gelateria or see the decorated tree and Nativity scene in Piazza del Duomo. Tonight you'll be able to dine like (and with) the locals using our restaurant vouchers and insider tips on good spots to try.
Today's sightseeing tour with a local guide shows you the splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of this Renaissance city. Then breeze by the lines at the Accademia with your timed entrance to see Michelangelo's David. During your free afternoon, perhaps learn about Florence's merchant history or do a little shopping with a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio.
Journey by train from Florence to Rome this morning and visit the iconic and historic Colosseum with a local guide to learn the many stories of this nearly 2,000-year-old landmark that's considered one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. The best part is that this is a timed entrance, meaning you'll breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. Then our local expert accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica (more line-avoiding timed reservations). Tonight after an early dinner, ring in the New Year however you choose!
Unique to the holidays, Rome is known for its impressive display of Nativity scenes, which may be crafted from a variety of materials including marble, wood, or even more modern, electronic creations. Visit some of the most impressive examples on a Nativity walking tour this morning. Conclude the tour at St. Peter's Square in time to attend the New Year's Day Papal Blessing. The afternoon is free for you to stock up on toys or torrone at the Christmas market in Piazza Navona, gaze in wonderment at the Pantheon's massive dome, or perhaps take in the view over the city from atop the Gianicolo, one of Rome's famed seven hills. Dinner vouchers are included this evening.
Depart for the USA.
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 $240Add 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 $200Add to Tour