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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.
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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.
An expert guide will take you around one of Paris' iconic artistic neighborhoods, giving you the opportunity to capture the sites and scenery in your own creative way. It's a guided tour and an art lesson all in one! Using techniques that revolutionized the art world, your artist will show you how to capture the hidden corners of these beautiful areas in paintings, all in your very own sketchbook. With inspiration from artists such as Pablo Picasso and George Seurat, this is the perfect way to leave Paris with your own artistic masterpiece!
A traditional French pastime dating back to the 18th century, the game of boules lyonnaises involves throwing a heavy metal ball as close as possible to a smaller target ball. In boules lyonnaises, players typically have a run up to their throw. The game is the ancestor of the more well-known pétanque—in which players remain stationary while throwing— which was developed by a French boules lyonnaises player whose health prevented him from running. In Nice, you'll enjoy a lesson on the rules and strategy for play with an expert.
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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Bienvenue à Paris! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and get acquainted with this graceful city's cobblestoned streets, charming cafés and vibrant neighborhoods. Paris is called the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education during the Age of Enlightenment (it was also one the first cities to adopt streetlights). After settling in, immerse yourself in local culture by practicing your French with painters and vintage book sellers along the storied Seine.
Your day begins with a guided sightseeing tour that takes you past some of the most famous attractions in Paris. Your expert local guide will show you the iconic Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's final resting place at Les Invalides and the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame. Spend your free afternoon strolling one of Paris' lovely parks or gardens, or get to know the historic yet trendy Marais neighborhood. After dinner your tour manager will show you the dazzling shops, cafés and bustling sidewalks of the Champs-Élysées before you ascend to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy the spectacular view of twelve of Paris' grand avenues which extend from the monument like spokes on a wheel to the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre.
This morning, 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. Your afternoon is free to further your exploration into art history by visiting the Musée d'Orsay, most noted for its Impressionist works, or to take in the scene at the modern Centre Pompidou. The art theme continues with a
Paint Paris painting lesson and walking tour of Montmartre. As you explore this artistic haven—once the haunt of luminaries like Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Claude Monet—a local artist explains the area's history and instructs you in painting techniques important to French art history for capturing its streets and buildings. You may even dine with some real artists this evening at an authentic French dinner on the Place du Tertre at the heart of Montmartre.
You'll have time this morning to discover more of Paris's famed sights and arrondissements on your own. You may also choose to learn the art of local cuisine with a
French cooking lesson. Hands-on instruction teaches you to make classic Parisian dishes before you sample the delicious results. We then journey via high-speed TGV train to Avignon.
Visit the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct preserved in almost perfect condition. A true wonder of Roman engineering, the 161-foot tall bridge is still standing nearly 2,000 years after its construction and your ticket includes access to the wealth of information available on the structure's history, architecture and more in the excellent on-site museum. Continue to Nîmes, a city full of Roman history and known for textiles. In fact, denim, the fabric of blue jeans, derives its name from Nîmes. Get to know the city and its Roman Arena with an audio-guided tour, then dive even more deeply into the Gallo-Roman period of history with a visit to the Musée de la Romanité.
Arrive in Nice and begin your day by practicing your sporting French vocabulary with local experts who teach you how to play the traditional French game
pétanque. Similar to lawn bowling, the sport dates back to the early 1900s. Then enjoy an orientation tour led by your ACIS Tour Manager. As you explore Nice's history and culture, soak in the city's many fine attractions, from Place Massena to the winding streets of the Old Town to dazzling Mediterranean views. Tonight, perhaps take an evening stroll along the waterfront.
This morning take a scenic drive to Monaco, the glamorous residence of the rich and famous and home of the Grimaldi royal family. Continue along the corniche to the perched village of Eze with its castle ruins and steep streets. Enjoy sweeping vistas from the fragrant Jardin Exotique, an amazing cliffside botanical garden, and tour the Fragonard Perfume Factory, where you'll learn about the centuries-old French art of making parfum. Then return to Nice for your final evening in France.
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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
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