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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.
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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.
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 Bari, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and drive to south to historic Lecce, tucked in the heel of Italy's “boot.” Take an orientation tour of this remarkable city, noted for its many fine examples of 17th-century Baroque architecture.
The day's excursion begins with a walking tour of Lecce, led by an expert local guide. More than 2,000 years old, Lecce sometimes is famous for its trove of grand Baroque buildings and monuments, including the striking Church of San Giovani Battista and a sunken Roman amphitheater. Then you'll head for the medieval city of Otranto, a gem on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. A tour of this impressive fortified city includes a stop in the eerie Otranto Cathedral, with its mysterious floor mosaic—experts still ponder the meaning of its imagery—and an altar made largely from the bones of Christian martyrs slain by the Ottomans in a 1480 massacre.
We're on the move today, starting with a stop in the town of Alberobello for a look at some truly unique architecture, the Trulli—clusters of whitewashed houses featuring distinctive, conical-shaped roofs fashioned from thin pieces of limestone. Journey on to picturesque Sorrento. Renowned for its citrus groves, the Sorrentine peninsula separates the Gulf of Naples from the Gulf of Salerno. You may want to take an evening stroll around the charming Piazza Tasso after dinner.
Board a high-speed hydrofoil to cross the Bay of Naples to Capri, the Island of Dreams. Upon arriving on the island, take the funicular past subtropical gardens to the main square. There is time to wander through the narrow lanes and shop in the tiny artisan stores that line the square. (Prior to March 15, an excursion to Naples with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum will be substituted). Return to the mainland to explore a working
mozzarella farm and learning first-hand about how this creamy cheese is made, from ingredients to production to taste. Mangia!
A scenic drive takes you along the 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. Then it's on to Rome, 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. Continue with your guide inside the iconic and historic Colosseum (your timed reservation again ensures no waiting in line) 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. You'll also get to spend time in the adjoining Roman Forum, the social, political and commercial hub of the Roman Empire. Spend your final evening abroad practicing the fine Italian art of the passeggiata with an evening stroll around the Piazza Navona.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Enhance your European experience with a two-night extension from Rome to Florence via train, including sightseeing and 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
Rate $400Add 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 $280Add to Tour