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.
No doubt you are familiar with one of Italy's most famous frescoes—Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling. Created by applying pigment to wet or dry plaster, frescoes were one of the most important Renaissance art forms. Learn about the history, types, and creation of frescoes from an expert. Then, under the expert's direction, unleash your inner artist to create your own masterpiece on a tile coated in fresh plaster.
An expert guide will take you around one of Paris' iconic artistic neighborhoods, giving you the opportunity to capture the sites and scenery in your own creative way. It's a guided tour and an art lesson all in one! Using techniques that revolutionized the art world, your artist will show you how to capture the hidden corners of these beautiful areas in paintings, all in your very own sketchbook. With inspiration from artists such as Pablo Picasso and George Seurat, this is the perfect way to leave Paris with your own artistic masterpiece!
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.
Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and settling in to your hotel at the heart of bustling, historic Rome. As you begin to explore, perhaps enjoy people-watching in one of the city's stunning piazzas or seek out some of the amazing works of art that can be found simply by wandering into Rome's many churches—San Luigi dei Francesi Church is noted for its three Caravaggios.
Today's panoramic drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history, art and architecture. 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, we'll enjoy an authentic, brick-oven Roman pizza dinner and learn the art of the Italian passeggiata romana around Piazza Navona to cap off an exceptional week.
Begin your day with a timed reservation to the Galleria Borghese accompanied by a local guide. Within his 17th century villa, Cardinal Scipione Borghese amassed one of the world's greatest private art collections, including paintings by Raphael, Titian, Rubens, and Caravaggio, as well as incredible sculptures by Bernini—highlights you'll see include his Apollo and Daphne and Rape of Proserpina. In the afternoon journey to the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence.
During today's sightseeing tour a local guide provides commentary while showing you Brunelleschi's splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce (where many illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo and Galileo, have been buried) and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of the Renaissance city. Then breeze by the crowds with your own timed entrance to the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David.
This morning learn about Italy’s most famous frescoes during a
fresco making workshop and test your skills against Michelangelo’s after learning the technique from a master. You will certainly gain a deeper appreciation of what he accomplished with the Sistine Chapel. Then explore the world's greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery. The collection, bequeathed by the Medici family, includes highlights such as Botticelli's Primavera and The Birth of Venus. Plus, your timed entrance means no waiting to get in.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Paris this morning. Upon arrival, enjoy 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.
This morning breeze by the crowds with your timed entrance to the Louvre and discover the many famous masterpieces that call it home with the eye of an artist. 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. The art theme continues in the afternoon with a
Paint Paris painting lesson and walking tour of Montmartre. As you explore this artistic haven—once the haunt of luminaries like Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Claude Monet—a local artist explains the area's history and instructs you in painting techniques important to French art history for capturing its streets and buildings. You may even dine with some real artists this evening at an authentic French dinner on the Place du Tertre at the heart of Montmartre.
Today take an excursion to Giverny. You will see Claude Monet's house with its famous pink walls, green shutters, sunflower-yellow furniture and Japanese prints, as well as the gardens—inspiration for his water lily paintings (open after April 1). Return to Paris with time to explore more at your own pace, perhaps with a walk along the Seine or discovering the Impressionist gems of the Musée d'Orsay.
Depart for the USA.
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 $250Add to Tour