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.
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Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Explore the most famous of all roads that lead to Rome, the ancient Via Appia Antica, by bicycle.
Enjoy a unique perspective on the city of Lucca with a bike tour circling atop its famed—and wide—medieval walls.
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 Florence, meet your ACIS Tour Manager at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Begin to explore the Cradle of the Renaissance, perhaps stopping right off to practice your Italian language skills to order a sweet treat at a local gelateria.
This morning cross the Arno River via the historic and charming Ponte Vecchio to visit the Boboli Gardens. Tucked behind the Pitti Palace, this expansive park is beautifully laid out in the Italian style with statues, grottoes, fountains and other treasures waiting to be discovered at every turn. Continue up the hill to Piazzale Michelangelo where your trek is rewarded with the city’s most breathtaking skyline views—a vista dominated by the outline of Brunelleschi’s famous dome. Explore the beautiful San Miniato al Monte basilica nearby before enjoying a free afternoon to seek out more of Florence’s highlights at your own pace. You may want to visit the Duomo or interact with the local vendors as you shop at San Lorenzo market.
Journey by train to Lucca in the morning. Upon arrival enjoy a unique perspective of the city with a
bike tour circling atop the famous, and wide, medieval walls. After time to explore more of Lucca on foot and perhaps sample some Tuscan specialties for lunch, hop on a train to Pisa. Learn the physics behind Pisa’s famous leaning tower and visit the Cathedral as you stroll around the Campo dei Miracoli. After dinner you’ll take the train back to Florence.
Depart Florence on a train bound for the former Etruscan city of Orvieto. Take the funicular up to the historical center, perched high on a plateau of volcanic tufa stone, and admire the view of the surrounding Umbrian countryside. The afternoon’s highlight is a guided cave walk through the secret labyrinth of tunnels carved into the soft rock beneath the city’s streets.
Take the train to Rome and deposit your luggage at the hotel before beginning your guided sightseeing tour. A three-day Roma Pass will allow you access to Rome's public transportation network. Arrive first at Vatican City where your local guide accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and continues to St. Peter's Basilica. In the evening mingle with locals during a relaxing passeggiata romana around the legendary Pantheon and bustling Piazza Navona.
Today explore the Eternal City like the locals who live here. Use your Roma Pass to travel by tram, stopping first for a walk through the Cimitero Acattolico (Non-Catholic Cemetery) to see beautifully carved tombs of some of the famous artists and Romantic poets who lived in Rome in the 18th century, such as Keats and Shelley. View the nearby ancient Pyramid of Cestius, originally built as a tomb for Roman magistrate Gaius Cestius, before continuing to see the Circus Maximus and the extensive ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. Next you'll hop off to visit inside the iconic Colosseum, one of the engineering marvels of the ancient world. The tram then takes you past San Giovanni in Laterano, the highest ranking of all Catholic churches, and Villa Giulia, home to the Etruscan Museum, before you end at the picturesque Piazza del Popolo. Perhaps walk through the grounds of the Villa Borghese from here, or stroll towards the Spanish Steps along streets that feature some of most exclusive shopping in Rome.
Explore the most famous of all roads that lead to Rome, the ancient Via Appia Antica, during a
bike tour. Pedal first to the Church of Domine Quo Vadis, where a fleeing St. Peter encountered Jesus and turned back to his martyrdom in Rome. Continue out to the Roman countryside for a fascinating visit of the tunnels and underground Catacombs where the early Christians buried their dead outside Rome's city walls. In the afternoon return to Rome via tram and immerse yourself in the local culture of the authentic restaurants and markets that characterize the Trastevere neighborhood.
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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
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