Expect fun, expect adventure, expect to return home with stories you’ll be telling family and friends for years. You can also expect the following.
Your Bus Group
ACIS bus groups average from 35 to 45 passengers. This is the group with whom you share your travel experience. You eat your meals together, stay in the same accommodations, and travel together on the bus. Most school groups are smaller, so we combine groups to fill a bus. It’s an opportunity to make lifelong friendships! Groups traveling to Canada or the U.S. usually have their own bus.
Your Tour Manager
Tour Manager is an important term in educational travel. It refers to your bus group leader, who is rigorously trained and specially selected to assist your group while overseas. ACIS Tour Managers are comedian-funny, historian-interesting, and secret-agent-cunning. They’re part commentator, counselor, troubleshooter, advocate and stopwatch! He or she supervises hotel check-ins, directs the bus driver and leads educational activities.
Your Group Leader
Your teacher is your immediate authority on the trip. He or she has taken on a major responsibility for your parents and your school and has devoted time and energy preparing you for the trip. You must realize that everything you do reflects on him or her. That is why we urge you to read and observe the Student Behavior Guidelines.
ACIS uses conveniently located hotels. We place a priority on booking hotels in good locations and safe areas, with easy access to both local attractions and public transportation.
You will generally stay in hotel rooms with two or three beds. Some hotel rooms in France have a Grand Lit (an oversize double bed for two) instead of twin beds. Depending on the mix of males and females in your bus group, you may be rooming with participants from other groups. In Canada and the U.S., students stay in quad rooms with two beds.
You will enjoy a variety of meals en route, mixing both native and familiar cuisines depending on your area of travel. Keep an open mind and be willing to sample everything—that’s what travel is all about!
Most days, you will be served a continental breakfast and dinner. For lunch, do what the locals do; instead of having an expensive restaurant meal, they buy fresh ingredients at a local market, then put together a sandwich and have a picnic lunch in a city park.
Although ACIS will try to accommodate special-needs meals including kosher, vegetarian and low salt, we cannot guarantee all requests.
Your daily schedule will vary depending on whether you’re on a travel-intensive program or a more leisurely single-city program. Check out your tour itinerary for details, but as a general rule you can expect the following:
In the City
If you’re staying in one city for a day or two, the typical day involves sightseeing or a local field trip for half the day and free time for shopping or exploring the other half. Many tour managers organize a local walking tour for part of the free-time period. Evenings are either free or include a local activity like a theater performance. Our U.S. and Canada trips tend to have very little free time built into the itinerary. Days comprise of sightseeing and field trips, followed by a group dinner and evening activity.
On the Road
If you’re traveling a whole day between cities by bus, you’ll usually have a rest stop every two to three hours. ACIS uses fast trains for long-distance travel as often as possible, which means you spend less time traveling and more time sightseeing. On night trains, you usually board after supper, sleep in four-person couchette compartments, and have breakfast after arrival.