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.
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.
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.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
See what it's like to travel in the United States with ACIS. Students share some of the most impactful and rewarding moments of their experience, teachers share the level of quality and care they get from ACIS, and tour managers share a bit of the magic they witness as they facilitate learning and a love of travel with their groups.
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.
Arrive in Philadelphia and meet your ACIS Tour Manager before heading to the new Museum of the American Revolution. Whether you are interested in understanding how people turned to become Revolutionaries, how the ideas of independence and liberty emerged through the years of battle or excited to see the tent that General Washington occupied as he moved from one war site to another between 1775 and 1783, there is something for everyone from this amazing time in history. Return to the hotel to freshen up, then transfer to the riverfront for a dinner and dance cruise on the Delaware River.
After breakfast, transfer to Independence National Historical Park to visit the iconic Liberty Bell and see its well-known crack first-hand. After, tour Independence Hall where the Second Continental Congress met to debate and ratify the Declaration of Independence. Following lunch, board your bus and depart for Valley Forge. Begin your visit with a short film at the Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitor Center, then tour the site of the encampments where the American forces became a true fighting unit. Return to Philadelphia to enjoy dinner followed by some time for friendly competition amongst your classmates with arcade games and prizes. Then cap off the night with a visit to the Comcast Center, one of the tallest “green” buildings in America. Here you can enjoy the fountains, shops, the eight-story Winter Garden and The Comcast Experience— a huge 2,000-square-foot LED screen which projects images so realistic you'll want to reach out and touch them to see if they're real.
This morning take a guided tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary, where many of America's most notorious criminals, including famous bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and gangster Al "Scarface" Capone served time. After lunch, head to The Franklin Institute, a science museum founded in honor of America's first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, and one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. Alternatively, you may choose to tour the 900-foot USS New Jersey, a retired Iowa Class battleship. After dinner head to the grounds outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you can ascend the 72 “Rocky Steps” for a view of the Ben Franklin Parkway and the chance to take a selfie with Rocky Balboa himself.
Following breakfast, head to the Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River waterfront to learn about the maritime history of Philadelphia. After lunch on your own in the historic district, we say goodbye to Philadelphia and depart for home.
Please contact our travel partner, Landmark Tours Plus, for a custom price quote for this trip.
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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