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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.
Picture yourself as a guest at an authentic Italian wedding and embrace the spirit of southern Italy's most recognizable folk tune and dance. As the mandolin strums, professionals in traditional costume will join you at your hotel and engage you in a lesson, along with a demonstration, of the melodic Tarantella.
Creamy, mild, fresh mozzarella is synonymous with Italian cuisine and some of the finest mozzarella di bufala hails from Campania. There are multiple theories on how the water buffalo (sometimes called river buffalo) came to Italy, but references to the use of their milk in the region's notable cheeses appear as early as the 12th century. Enjoy the countryside and tour the barns as you experience a working mozzarella farm. An expert cheese maker will demonstrate how the soft cheese is produced, from ingredients to by-hand preparation methods, before a tasting session.
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!
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 Rome, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and drive south to the delightful seaside town of Sorrento. Orange and lemon groves abound.
Board a high-speed hydrofoil to cross the Bay of Naples to Capri, the Island of Dreams. Upon arriving on the island, take the funicular past subtropical gardens to the main square. There is time to wander through the narrow lanes and shop in the tiny artisan stores that line the square. Entrance to the Roman ruins of Emperor Tiberius's Villa Jovis is included. Then return to Sorrento where a
Tarantella dance lesson with local experts will teach you the steps of this southern Italian folk dance.
Today's adventure starts by exploring a working
mozzarella farm and learning first-hand about how this creamy cheese is made, from ingredients to production to taste. A scenic drive then takes you along breathtaking coastline to Pompeii where a local guide provides commentary as you explore this town that was preserved under 23 feet of volcanic ash by the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Return to Sorrento and enjoy an evening stroll around the charming Piazza Tasso after dinner.
We head first to Naples today and make a stop at the National Archaeological Museum where a local guide will take us on a tour of the trove of Italy's ancient treasures housed at this fine museum. Then dive into the many layers of history beneath our feet with a guided Naples Underground tour before heading north 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. Morning sightseeing introduces you to this ancient city. With a local guide, go inside the iconic and historic Colosseum (your timed reservation ensures no waiting in line) 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. Then continue with your guide to the adjoining Roman Forum, the social, political and commercial hub of the Roman Empire. We'll also visit the Pantheon and see the obelisk-topped fountain in Piazza della Rotonda. Tonight we'll provide restaurant vouchers and suggestions for our favorite trattorias so you can dine like (and with) the locals. We also introduce you to the fine Italian art of the passeggiata with an evening stroll around the Piazza Navona.
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 entrances, meaning you'll breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. This afternoon you may choose an optional guided excursion to Ostia Antica to see its 4th century BC Roman ruins, previously buried under mud and sand until excavations at the beginning of the last century. In the evening try your hand in the Italian culinary arts with a
pizza making lesson and dinner. Pay close attention to the chef's presentation on how to lay out the dough of a perfect pie, top it with ingredients in the Roman style and finish it off in the oven. You'll work in teams to assemble and cook your own authentic, brick oven pizza. Finally, we'll say goodbye to Rome (and a fantastic week in Italy) with an evening passeggiata to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
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 and a vigorous (and fun!) experience training to be an ancient Roman gladiator.
Enhance your Italian experience with a two-night extension to Florence by high-speed train—discover the Renaissance city's rich heritage, art and architecture with included sightseeing and entrance to the Accademia.
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 $400Add 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 $280Add to Tour
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