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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.
A traditional French pastime, the game of pétanque involves throwing one ball as close as possible to another ball. You'll enjoy a lesson on the rules and strategy for play with a member of the French National Federation of Pétanques. Then test out your new skills with some friendly competition.
Visit with the local students at a Paris school. As you participate in a joint activity, sharing stories and laughs, you'll gain an understanding of their daily lives and studies and have the opportunity to contrast what you learn and experience with your own lifestyle and educational system at home. (Availability is limited to dates French schools are in session. Contact us for more info.)
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.
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.
Your ACIS Tour Manager greets you with a warm Bienvenue à Paris! 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). As you begin to explore this enchanting city's famed sites, immerse yourself in local culture by practicing your French with painters and vintage book sellers along the storied Seine. Then gain a completely different perspective of the city as you enjoy a serene evening boat cruise on the river.
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 magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées, Napoleon's final resting place at Les Invalides and the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame. Later you'll see the soaring stained-glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle. You'll have some free time in the afternoon to explore Paris' arrondissements at your own pace. In the evening you may choose to participate in a tasty cultural exchange—separate into small groups and be welcomed into the
homes of local Parisians to enjoy an authentic dinner and lively conversation.
Start your day with a lesson led by local experts in the traditional French pastime of
pétanque. Later today sharpen your sense of smell during a tour of the Fragonard Perfume Museum. Discover the 3,000 years of history, science and art that goes into each bottle of perfume.
When available, we've arranged a
visit with local students at a Paris area school today. Depending on time of year (only when French schools are in session) our visit may include lunch in the canteen and an afternoon sporting or social activity. If a school visit is not available, we spend the morning at a hands-on École de Boulangerie baking class for aspiring boulangers and pastry chefs. Under the direction of an instructor, you'll learn to make a brioche and leave with a sample to enjoy. In the afternoon, 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 we provide restaurant vouchers and insider suggestions so you can dine with the locals at a neighborhood bistro.
This morning board an RER commuter train to visit the ornate palace at Louis XIV's Versailles. 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 this vast palace. The best stuff is in the gardens and grounds: all 1,976-acre gardens, 200,000 trees, 50 fountains and 620 jets of water worth. 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. This evening you may choose to attend our optional night at the
French theater—a unique cultural experience alongside the locals made accessible with English surtitles (translations shown above the stage).
The morning is yours to explore any lesser-known attractions of your choice, such as the Musee Marmottan-Monet, which is home the famous artist's Impression, Sunrise, from which the Impressionist artistic movement purportedly drew its name. This evening enjoy a traditional French crêpe dinner. After your meal, be dazzled by the shops and energy of the world famous Champs-Élysées on an evening stroll, before you ascend to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for breathtaking views of Paris.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Enhance your European experience with a two-night extension to London via Eurostar, including a city sightseeing tour with an expert local guide, entrance to the Tower of London and an Oyster Card to help you get around.
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 $240Add to Tour