Leave the airlines to us.
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.
Leave the airlines to us.
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.
Live la dolce vita with a behind-the-scenes look at a historic working gelateria in the heart of Rome. Hear the story of gelato's origins, tour the production area to learn how a flavor is crafted from start to finish and gain an understanding of the ingredients and procedures used. Then sharpen your taste buds, expand your belly, and brush up on the Italian way to request your favorite flavor as you refuel with a sampling of gelato, plus one of the gelateria's famous Sanpietrino treats—made only here!
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.
After meeting your ACIS Tour Manager and settling in to your hotel at the heart of bustling, historic Rome, practice your language skills by ordering una coppa gelato and enjoy people-watching in one of the city's stunning piazzas.
Rome is called “The Eternal City” because the ancient Romans believed that no matter what empires rose and fell, Rome would endure forever. Today's panoramic drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history. Our local expert accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The best part is that these are timed reservations, meaning you'll breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. The afternoon is yours to perhaps explore some of Rome's more eclectic attractions, such as the Caravaggio paintings on display in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi or Appia Antica park, which encompasses part of the original Appian Way, built in early 300 B.C. Tonight, enjoy a pizza dinner the way it is meant to be: authentic and Roman. We finish the day by introducing you to the fine art of the Italian passeggiata with an evening stroll to Piazza Navona.
Today you'll go inside the iconic and historic Colosseum with a local guide (another line-avoiding timed reservation) and learn the many stories of this nearly 2,000-year-old Roman landmark that's considered one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. Your ticket also includes entrance to the nearby Roman Forum if your group has time. Later you will live la dolce vita as you visit one of Rome's most historic gelaterias to see how the famous Italian-style ice cream is produced during a
gelateria tour and tasting. Your learning will be rewarded with a sweet sample of your favorite flavor as well as one of the gelateria's iconic Sanpietrino treats. For tonight's passeggiata, you may wish to venture out to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
Board a flight from Rome to Madrid, Spain's bustling capital city in the center of the country. Get up to speed on Madrid's most iconic plazas and elegant boulevards on an afternoon walk. Later, you're free to explore more of this culturally rich city at your own pace, perhaps savoring traditional tapas, roaming through bustling open markets like the Mercado de Maravillas or visiting under-the-radar attractions such as the Museo Lazaro Galdiano, home to an amazing private collection of Spanish art and jewelry.
Madrid's rich heritage comes alive on your guided sightseeing tour of the plazas and diverse architecture of modern-day Madrid. Highlights include the Plaza de España with its statue of Don Quixote, the majestic Alcalá Gate, and the famous bullring Las Ventas. Then visit the magnificent Prado (skipping the lines with a timed reservation), one of the world's premier art museums. Here, an expert provides illuminating commentary on the artwork of Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Even the 18th-century Neo-Classical building that houses the collection is stunning.
Discover more of Madrid's museums and parks at your own speed today. Don't miss the impressive Royal Palace, the official residence of Spain's royal family. Or you may opt to take a full-day excursion to nearby Toledo, the city where the world-famous artist El Greco made his home and created his most famous works. Toledo offers a rich mix of cultures, thanks to a unique blend of Christian, Jewish and Muslim heritages. The excursion includes lunch at a breathtaking spot with a panoramic view over the city.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Enhance your European experience with a two-night extension to Barcelona via AVE from Madrid, including sightseeing.
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