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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.
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.
Like the celebrity stars that frequent this chic coast, create a fragrance that bears your own name. Tour the Fragonard Perfume Factory in the picturesque town of Eze. Nearby Grasse was one of the first towns in France to adopt the making of perfume from Italy and the climate and soil of this region proved ideal for growing the many fragrant blossoms used by perfumers. You'll have a dedicated, professional "nose" teach you about the history of perfume and what's required to achieve his or her advanced status in fragrance industry. Then participate in a workshop under the "nose's" tutelage, using different combinations of exotic essential oils to craft a customized scent. You'll take home a diploma and the bottle of your own fragrant creation.
A local artist and Cézanne expert will introduce you to the great artist's techniques and how he helped build the bridge between 19th century Impressionism and 20th century Cubism. Then, put your newfound skills to the test and re-create one of Cézanne's masterpieces. If the weather's nice, you may even be able to paint in the shadow of Mont St. Victoire, a favorite Cézanne subject.
Brush shoulders with real aspiring French bakers at the École de Boulangerie. Learn about the school itself and chat with a senior staff member on the traditions, ingredients and techniques essential to French baking. Then you'll have the chance to both watch the École's students at work as you tour the facility and practice the culinary secrets you have just witnessed to craft your own brioche under the tutelage of a master boulanger.
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.
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Your ACIS Tour Manager greets you with a Bienvenue! Paris, known as the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education and culture during the Enlightenment, greets you today. Venture out into the city and try a café au lait.
Today's guided sightseeing tour shows you the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon's final resting place at Les Invalides and the Gothic wonder of 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. This afternoon, ascend to the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris.
Learn the secret behind the French culinary mastery of baking during this morning’s
École de Boulangerie class for aspiring boulangers and pastry chefs. Under the direction of an instructor, you’ll learn to make a brioche and leave with a sample to enjoy. Use this snack as a basis for assembling a picnic lunch to bring aboard the afternoon high-speed TGV train to Provence.
Explore beautiful Avignon on foot this morning. Entrance is included to the imposing Palais des Papes and the famous Pont Saint-Bénezet (feel free to dance sur le pont if you’d like). Then journey through the Provençal countryside to Aix-en-Provence where you’ll have a chance to
Be Cézanne in the town in which he was born and lived. At a local atelier, learn about the great artist’s techniques and put your new skills to the test, re-creating one of his masterpieces. Continue to the glamorous seaside town of Nice.
Stroll the city's splendid squares and the winding alleyways of old Nice on your morning sightseeing tour. Later, you'll drive along seaside cliffs to the village of Eze for a visit to the fragrant Jardin Exotique and the Fragonard Perfume Factory. During a
perfume making workshop, learn what it's like to be an official “nose” and come away with a bottle of your own creation. Return to Nice for dinner.
This morning travel from the French to the Italian Riviera. Visit Pisa to see its famous Leaning Tower and tour the cathedral before continuing to Florence. Tonight, we’ll stroll out to see the iconic Ponte Vecchio, with its bustling shops all lit up at night. The gold shops that line this famous bridge have plenty of beautiful things to tempt you.
Find out why Florence is considered the “Cradle of the Renaissance.”. During today's sightseeing tour a local guide provides commentary while showing you Brunelleschi's splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors, Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of the Renaissance city. Breeze by the crowds with your own timed entrance to the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David. Later journey south to Rome.
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 panoramic drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history. Our local expert accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The best part is that these are timed reservations, meaning you'll zip right by the long lines facing other tourists. In the afternoon, you'll go inside the iconic and historic Colosseum with a local guide (another line-avoiding timed reservation) and learn the many stories of this nearly 2,000-year-old Roman landmark that's considered one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. Your ticket also includes entrance to the nearby Roman Forum if your group has time. Tonight, enjoy a pizza dinner the way it is meant to be: authentic and Roman. We finish the week by partaking once more in the fine art of the Italian passeggiata with an evening stroll to Piazza Navona.
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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 $100Add to Tour