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 and hop aboard a bike for a panoramic tour of Nice on two wheels. Sightseeing by bicycle is a fun way to travel like the locals do as you get close to the city's most famous cultural attractions—whether you wind through the streets of the Old Town, glide past the market, people-watch along the Promenade des Anglais, marvel at the Port's luxury yachts or discover an off the beaten path church or art installation.
Bicycle helmets are available and encouraged for use by all participants.
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.
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.
Depart from the USA.
Arrive in Paris and meet your ACIS Tour Manager before you journey to Trouville on the picturesque Normandy coast. Tonight's highlight is a traditional French crêpe dinner.
Visit the Caen Memorial Peace Museum this morning to relive the heroism of the 1944 liberation of France. Then drive to Colleville-sur-Mer where you can pay tribute to the heroic fallen at the American Cemetery and Memorial before descending from the bluff to walk along Omaha Beach, where American troops suffered some of the heaviest D-Day losses. Continue to Pointe du Hoc to visit the battle-scarred landscape of a crucial US victory on D-Day.
Journey south into the magnificent Loire Valley today and stop in Amboise, a delightful town alongside the Loire River. Here you will visit the Château du Clos Lucé, the great Leonardo da Vinci's final residence. Then view the picturesque moat, drawbridge, towers and turrets that make up the nearby Château de Chenonceau. Built across the Cher River, it is an impressive achievement of Renaissance architecture—and full of riveting stories about resistance to the Nazis.
Depart this morning for Chartres Cathedral to see the beautiful stained glass windows and learn about its Gothic architecture. Continue to Versailles to visit the intricate gardens and stunning palaces of the Sun King, Louis the XIV. Your visit includes the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and the breathtaking surroundings. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to cover every room of his vast palace. The best stuff is all in the gardens and grounds: all 1,976-acre gardens, 200,000 trees, 50 fountains and 620 jets of water worth. After leaving the gardens, it is a short journey into Paris.
Paris is known as the “City of Light” for its role as a center of learning during the Age of Enlightenment. It was also one of the first cities to install street lighting. A morning sightseeing tour with an expert local guide shows you the city's most impressive monuments, from the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées to Napoleon's tomb at Les Invalides to 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. After, ascend to the top floor of the iconic Eiffel Tower for spectacular views over Paris.
Travel to Avignon this morning aboard the high-speed TGV, one of the fastest trains in Europe. Explore beautiful Avignon as you see the imposing Papal Palace and the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet. Then drive to see the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct preserved in almost perfect condition. A true marvel of Roman engineering, the 161-foot tall bridge aqueduct is still standing nearly 2,000 years after its construction. Our tour offers an exclusive guided visit to the third floor for a closer look at the structure's architecture and exceptional views. Continue to your hotel in Provence for the evening.
Drive to Aix-en-Provence in the morning and discover the beauty that makes this city a favorite sojourn for painters. Artists from a local atelier will teach you the techniques of painting during a
Be Cézanne workshop. They will also provide canvases and materials for you to be inspired, as he was, to paint your own masterpiece. Then admire the rugged limestone of majestic Mont Sainte-Victoire, a favorite and frequent subject of Cézanne, as you continue to Nice. An orientation tour led by your ACIS Tour Manager will introduce you to the city's history and culture as you enjoy its many fine attractions, from Place Massena to the winding streets of the Old Town to dazzling Mediterranean views.
This morning discover the city's hidden gems from a different perspective during a
bicycle tour showcasing areas such as the port, Place Garibaldi, Place Massena and the Old Town. Then drive 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. The scenic drive back to Nice will cap off a full day and an exceptional week.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Enhance your European experience with a two-night extension to historic London with included sightseeing and the Eurostar to Paris, at the beginning of your tour.
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 $300Add 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 $250Add to Tour