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.
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 two-wheeled tour of some of London's most monumental representations of the Royal Family. Starting at Kensington Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, bicycle past the Albert Memorial, Buckingham Palace and more. Stories of the English monarchy will come alive through the city's statues, buildings, parks and monuments.
Rise early to witness a fine example of British pageantry—the Opening Ceremony at the Tower of London. Still listed as an official Royal residence, the Queen's Guard is responsible for guard duties at the Tower and this traditional Opening Ceremony includes, with requisite pomp and circumstance, a march by the military escort and Yeoman Sergeant to open its gates for the day. Once admitted, explore the glittering Crown Jewels, learn the legend behind the Ravens, see Henry VIII's suit of armour, and imagine beheadings on the Tower Green.
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.
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.
Depart from the USA.
Welcome to London! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager, relax, unpack and begin to explore the city's unique neighborhoods. Perhaps check out the street markets along Portobello Road in Notting Hill; explore the paths of Hyde Park or the mansions of nearby Belgravia; visit museums in South Kensington; or stroll along the artsy South Bank.
This morning, learn about London's majestic past and fast-paced present on your guided sightseeing tour. See Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Along the way, our guide will point out more landmark sites like the Gherkin, the Shard, and the Cheese Grater—all new buildings changing the London skyline. Another highlight of the day is a tour inside St. Paul's Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece is an enduring symbol of London, the seat of the Church of England and famed for its dome and Whispering Gallery. If you have time, your ticket includes access to climb to the top of the dome. This afternoon explore royal history on two wheels during a
Monarchy by bike tour. Pedal around Hyde Park and St. James's Park to see various buildings and monuments with links to English royalty, including Kensington Palace, the official London home of Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In the evening enjoy one of London's hit theater performances.
One highlight of the Tower of London is witnessing the
opening ceremony, and we get there early before the crowds arrive to catch it with our famously boisterous Beefeater guide. Since its construction, the castle has been used as a treasury, palace and prison—today it houses 1,000 years of Royal history and the Crown Jewels. Get a totally different view of London from atop one of its more modern jewels—the soaring 73-floor glass building known as “The Shard.”
Contemplate the mysteries surrounding England's pre-historic civilizations on a morning visit to Stonehenge. Then journey to the seaside town of Portsmouth, where you'll board the ferry for France, porterage included. Dine on board as you cross the Channel. Continue to Caen for the night.
Today walk in the footsteps of history as you visit many of Normandy's important World War II sites. Picture the chaos of June 6, 1944 at the bomb-scarred landscape of Pointe du Hoc, then walk along Omaha Beach, where American troops suffered some of the heaviest D-Day losses. Next pay tribute to the heroic fallen at the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer before arriving in Arromanches where you can see what remains of the temporary Mulberry harbor constructed to help offload cargo during the invasion. Entrance to the Arromanches 360 Cinema is included.
We stop en-route to Paris for a full-day excursion to Louis XIV's palace at Versailles, including the Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette's Hameau and Petit Trianon. These “small” cottages are delightful for their scale and grounds. After wandering about the exquisite and intensely manicured gardens on two feet, hop on two wheels and explore the palace's surroundings beyond the gardens on a
Versailles by bike tour.
Paris is known as the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education and culture during the Enlightenment and today's guided sightseeing tour shows you the majesty of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides and Notre Dame. Later, 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. Restaurant vouchers and our insider's tips will insure you have an evening meal to remember at a neighborhood bistro. Tonight, you may wish to walk around Montmartre. This cultural and artistic district is worth the visit for the bustling energy of the artists and hipsters as well as the stunning views of the City of Light.
Hands-on instruction in our hand-picked
French cooking lesson teaches you how to make classic Parisian dishes via hands-on instruction before you sample the results. After you'll learn what goes into a different type of scent on our tour of The Fragonard Perfume Museum. You can learn about the 3,000 years of history, science and art that goes into each bottle of perfume. There may be no better place to view the city than the Eiffel Tower, and you'll cap off your week by ascending to the top floor for breathtaking views.
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
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Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $250Add to Tour