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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.
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.
The Mercato di Testaccio is a Roman institution. Stalls piled high with fresh vegetables, meat, fish and cheeses jostle for space in this bustling covered market. Let your guide tell you all about the history of the market, the characterful vendors and the local foods. You'll have the chance to find out about the authentic, local produce and of course to taste a selection. Che buono!
A staple of Mediterranean cuisine stretching far back in time, pizza is an important and delicious part of Italian history and culture. From crust to toppings, a professional pizza chef will teach you the steps to creating the perfect pie, Roman style. Knead, roll and spin the dough, top it with sauce and toppings in the traditional way and watch brown and bubble in a brick oven. Then feast on your own creation for dinner!
Dine like a local, sampling traditional Venetian-style tapas dishes such as crostini, fried mozzarella or artichoke hearts.
Visit a Balsamic vinegar producer near Modena and learn more about the centuries old traditions behind producing the best vinegars in the world. Discover what goes into the cultivation process, what grapes are used, and the bottling process. Students will also get to taste a few varieties so they gain new appreciation of the different flavors and aromas.
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.
Arrive in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, and transfer by private motor launch to the Lido. Spend the afternoon exploring the city's winding streets and canals.
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 before enjoying entrance to the Gothic Doge's Palace, including the Bridge of Sighs, which connected the old prisons of Venice to the palace's interrogation rooms. 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 to sample some 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.
Drive to Maranello, where we'll get your engines revving with a tour of the Ferrari Museum. Next you'll enjoy a
Balsamic vinegar tasting—visit a four-generation farm and production facility near Modena to learn about the family's process for making and aging the famed Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena before tasting a few of the varietals. Continue to Tuscany and its magnificent capital, Florence. Tonight perhaps stroll out to see the iconic Ponte Vecchio, with its bustling gold shops all lit up at night.
During today's sightseeing tour a local guide provides commentary while showing you Brunelleschi's splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce (where many illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo and Galileo, have been buried) and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of the Renaissance city. Also, breeze by the crowds with your own timed entrance to the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David. There is no shortage of wonderful places to eat in Florence, and you'll get to dine like (and with) the locals using our insider tips and restaurant vouchers.
Journey to Orvieto. Once a major center of the Etruscan civilization, the city is perched high on a plateau of volcanic tufa stone and is known form its gothic Duomo, whose dramatic outline is visible for miles around. Visit the Duomo and Capella San Brizio before heading underground on a guided cave walk through the secret labyrinth of tunnels carved into the soft rock beneath the city's streets. Once you emerge above ground, you'll head to Rome. Your tour manager will introduce you to Rome with an evening walking tour that winds past the imposing illuminated columns of the Pantheon and into the ever-lively Piazza Navona.
Rome is called “The Eternal City” because the ancient Romans believed that no matter what empires rose and fell, Rome would endure forever. Today's sightseeing tour introduces you to every phase of Rome's legendary history with a panoramic drive of the city. In addition, your local guide accompanies you through the incomparable Vatican Museums, including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and continues to St. Peter's Basilica. In the evening try your hand at an Italian tradition with a
pizza making lesson and dinner. Pay close attention to the pizza chef's presentation on how to lay out the dough for a perfect pie, top it with ingredients in the Roman style and finish it off in the oven. Work in teams to assemble and cook your own creations as you enjoy an authentic, brick oven pizza dinner.
Mingle with locals and experience a true slice of daily Roman life during this morning's
Rome market tour. Learn how to shop for the best of the produce varieties and traditional foods, and sample some of the wares. Then visit the famous Colosseum, a nearly two thousand year old Roman emblem.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Further immerse yourself in the culture and wonders of la dolce vita with an extra night in Rome, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.
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 $450Add 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 $315Add to Tour