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.
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 mansions of Belgravia; visit museums in South Kensington; or stroll along the artsy South Bank.
This morning's panoramic sightseeing tour, led by a local guide, shows you Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Continue with a guided visit of the British Museum, home to an astounding 150 million items. You'll discover objects from around the world including the Rosetta Stone and sculptural friezes from the Parthenon. The afternoon is free to mingle with locals in Hyde Park or come face to face with royalty in the National Portrait Gallery.
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. Pay tribute to the heroic fallen at the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer before you see what remains of the temporary Mulberry harbor constructed at Arromanches to help offload cargo during the invasion. Entrance to the Arromanches 360 Cinema is included. Next you can decend from the bluff to walk along Omaha Beach, where American troops suffered some of the heaviest D-Day losses. 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, 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.
Today you may choose an optional excursion to Versailles to see Louis XIV's opulent palace, including the renowned Hall of Mirrors and the expansive outdoor gardens. Alternatively, discover more of Paris in your own way. Get to know the artsy Montmartre area, shop for souvenirs at the Galeries Lafayettes or descend beneath the city to the eerie Catacombs. Tonight's highlight is a scenic evening boat ride along the Seine. You may opt to upgrade your Seine experience with an illuminated dinner cruise, reveling in traditional French cuisine and music as you glide past some of the city's most notable landmarks.
This morning journey to Avignon on the high-speed TGV train. View the imposing Papal Palace and Pont Saint-Bénézet (famous from the children's song). You'll also visit the nearby 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. Spend your evening in Provence.
Drive to Marseille this morning. The city has undergone a major revitalization over recent years, including the stunning new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. After visiting the museum, find lunch around the famous Vieux Port. Be sure to try the city's famous bouillabaisse! Then continue to the chic Côte d'Azur for the night.
This morning's sightseeing in Nice includes the Promenade des Anglais and the winding streets of the old town. In the afternoon 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 before savoring your final evening on the Mediterranean.
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 $360Add 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 $300Add to Tour