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.
The landscape of Versailles is exquisite—and extensive. Make the most of your time to explore by hopping on a bicycle and pedaling the expansive grounds, from the Petit and Grand Trianons to the end of the Grand Canal for a long scenic view back toward the palace.
Bicycle helmets are available and encouraged for use by all participants.
Sample and learn the background to some of London's traditional dishes, including toad in the hole and fish and chips.
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.
Welcome to London! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager, relax, unpack and begin to explore the city's unique neighborhoods. Perhaps check out the street markets along Portobello Road in Notting Hill; explore the paths of Hyde Park or the mansions of nearby Belgravia; visit museums in South Kensington; or stroll along the artsy South Bank.
This morning, learn about London's majestic past and fast-paced present on your guided sightseeing tour. See Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Along the way, our guide will point out more landmark sites like the Gherkin, the Shard, and the Cheese Grater—all new buildings changing the London skyline. Another highlight of the day is a tour inside St. Paul’s Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece is an enduring symbol of London, the seat of the Church of England and famed for its dome and Whispering Gallery. If you have time, your ticket includes access to climb to the top of the dome. Tonight an
English food tasting dinner tells you the history of some of London's most traditional dishes, including toad in the hole and fish and chips, as you dine on them. It will also give you the fuel you need to perhaps go out for an evening stroll among the bright lights of Theatreland in the West End.
Visit mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge before continuing to the seaside town of Portsmouth, where you board the ferry to France, porterage included. After dinner aboard the ferry, drive to Caen for a night's rest.
Today walk in the footsteps of history as you visit many of Normandy's important World War II sites. Picture the chaos of June 6, 1944 at the bomb-scarred landscape of Pointe du Hoc, then walk along Omaha Beach, where American troops suffered some of the heaviest D-Day losses. Next pay tribute to the heroic fallen at the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer before arriving in Arromanches where you can see what remains of the temporary Mulberry harbor constructed to help offload cargo during the invasion. Entrance to the Arromanches 360 Cinema is included. Continue to the Loire Valley for dinner.
Today visit some of the most impressive châteaux in the Loire Valley. Your first stop is Chenonceau, a jewel of Renaissance architecture. It features a moat, drawbridge, towers and turrets—and great stories about resistance to the Nazi army. Next, drive to impressive Chambord, the giant hunting lodge of François I. Continue to Chartres to view the Gothic cathedral with its stained-glass windows and veil of the Virgin Mary before arriving in Paris for dinner.
Paris is known as the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education and culture during the Enlightenment and today's guided sightseeing tour shows you the majesty of the Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides and 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. Tonight, ascend to the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower for stunning views over the city.
Enjoy a full-day excursion to Louis XIV's palace at Versailles. Your visit includes the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and Marie Antoinette's Hameau and Petit Trianon. These “small” cottages are delightful for their scale and grounds. After wandering about the exquisite and intensely manicured gardens on two feet, hop on two wheels and explore the palace's surroundings beyond the gardens on a
Versailles by bike tour. Then return to Paris to enjoy your final evening abroad. Tonight you may choose to enjoy an optional French dinner at the famous brasserie La Coupole. Classic French cuisine and gorgeous Art Deco style will whisk you back to its time as a cultural hub of Parisian high society in the Roaring 20s, a favorite haunt for Paris' most stylish authors, artists and socialites.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Further immerse yourself in the culture and delights of England's capital with an extra night in London, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager, 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 $270Add 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 $225Add to Tour