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.
Arancini, pane panelle, local fresh produce or dessert—what would you buy if you could visit the Ballaro market? Your students will love this opportunity to explore the market and pick out their own Sicilian street food. They’ll get a taste of the culture (literally) as they savor Italian delicacies. Students will love the sounds of the people, the colors of the market and the unique bustling environment.
Creamy, mild, fresh mozzarella is synonymous with Italian cuisine and some of the finest mozzarella di bufala hails from Campania. There are multiple theories on how the water buffalo (sometimes called river buffalo) came to Italy, but references to the use of their milk in the region's notable cheeses appear as early as the 12th century. Enjoy the countryside and tour the barns as you experience a working mozzarella farm. An expert cheese maker will demonstrate how the soft cheese is produced, from ingredients to by-hand preparation methods, before a tasting session.
Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, St. Mark’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Florence Duomo, Doge’s Palace, Sorrento, Mozzarella Farm Demonstration and Tasting, Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Venice, Grand Canal, Accademia, Pizza Making Lesson and Dinner
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 Catania, meet your ACIS Tour Manager, and transfer to Taormina, a hilly coastal town on the Ionian Sea.
In the morning tour the sights that attracted many artists and writers over the years, including D. H. Lawrence. See the town center, which is accessible by funicular, the famous beaches and enjoy a visit to the remarkably preserved Greek Amphitheater. During your free afternoon, you may wish to explore more of Taormina at your own pace, or perhaps climb or take the local bus up to the stunningly beautiful medieval village of Castelmola that looms just above.
Today ascend to 2,500 meters via a scenic cable car ride to see one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Europe, Mount Etna. Taking in the spectacular views from the mountainside, it is easy to see why the ancient Greeks believed the volcano was the work of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire. You may choose to enhance your Mount Etna adventures with an an optional off-road vehicle excursion up to the very summit for an up-close look at the mountain's volcanic activity.
Travel to the Sicilian capital of Palermo, a port that has been controlled by numerous rulers throughout history including the Romans, the Saracens and the Normans. See the city's fascinating heritage and culture reflected through an immersive visit to its lively Mercato di Ballarò. Your tour manager will provide money and advice for interacting with the local vendors as you assemble your own
Sicilian market street food lunch of tradtional foods such as arancini, pane e panelle and fresh fruits. In the afternoon visit the exquisite Cappella Palatina in the Palazzo dei Normanni, whose interior positively glitters with golden mosaics, carved marble and precious stones. Then board the overnight ferry to Naples before having dinner on the ship.
Disembark in Naples this morning and visit a famous local café for a breakfast of traditional Neapolitan pastries. Then dive into the many layers of history beneath our feet with a guided Naples Underground tour. Departing Naples, you'll stop at a working
mozzarella farm and learn first-hand about how this creamy cheese is made, from ingredients to production to taste. Continue to Sorrento for the evening.
A scenic drive from Sorrento takes you along breathtaking coastline to Pompeii where a local guide provides commentary as you explore this town that was preserved under 23 feet of volcanic ash by the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. You will see a perfect picture of life unearthed as it was nearly 2,000 years ago. Today's final destination is Rome.
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 entrances, meaning you'll breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. Then 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. In the evening, learn the art of the Italian passeggiata romana around Piazza Navona to cap off an exceptional week.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Enhance your Italian experience with a two-night extension to Florence by high-speed train—discover the Renaissance city's rich heritage, art and architecture with included sightseeing and entrance to the Accademia.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
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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