Ever wonder what REALLY makes an ACIS program so much better than what the other guys offer? The answer is that it's lots of choices we make, both big and small, which add up to an exceptional experience for you and your group. We don't cut corners and we put the emphasis on your needs, not ours.
Our group leaders tell us time and again that our programs can't be topped.
Here are some of the reasons you should never settle for an ordinary tour when an exceptional educational journey is within reach.
We offer 100+ carefully crafted itineraries to destinations worldwide. And if none of these seem just right, we can then customize trips to new destinations, incorporate service learning opportunities and design homestays. In fact, any trip can be personalized a little or a lot—check out our dynamic menu of trip activities for inspiration. Our International Program Team will get to know you and your educational travel goals, then help you choose and customize the ideal tour.
Would you rather stay steps from Hyde Park or within earshot of Heathrow? We thought so—that's why we have the most centrally located hotels in the business. Commuting two hours a day is a waste of your precious overseas time. And comfort is essential, which is why all of our hotels are three- and four-star rated.
Eating the local cuisine is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to experience a new culture. With ACIS, there are endless opportunities. Paella in Spain, pizza in Italy—it's authentic food your students will eat and enjoy. What you won't get are pale imitations of the real thing, served at 5:00 pm seatings at suburban hotels. Leave that to the other student travel companies.
ACIS Tour Managers are the heart and soul of our trips. They're carefully selected, rigorously trained, artfully matched with group leaders and wholly supported by our overseas network. Best of all, they know how to explain the history and culture of each destination so students are engaged—and sometimes laughing out loud. It's no wonder group leaders are constantly telling us how much they adore them.
We simply include more than other tour companies. In fact, it's not even close. Some inclusions are tour highlights like French cooking lessons or bull ranch visits. Others are personal connections like a dinner with a local family in Wales or a visit with local students in China. The reality is that bargain prices come from including less. We think you deserve more.
Not only do we include the key sights on our itineraries from the beginning, we also book timed entrances to museums and other attractions for our groups wherever possible. These cost us a bit more up front, but guess what? You get to jump to the front of the line! Timed entrances are available in major cities throughout Europe. Ask your International Program Consultant for more details.
Let's face it: Getting there is rarely half the fun. But it doesn't have to be uncomfortable. We make the hassles of transportation easier with flights as direct as possible, 4-berth couchettes on overnight trains and buses that are clean, operated by reputable companies and drivers, and not packed to capacity. So you arrive in a new city feeling refreshed and ready to explore — not exhausted.
Our itineraries reflect 35 years of experience in how to maximize your travel time. That means less time waiting and more time experiencing: Arranging stays in Venice to make the most of the city's water taxi system — with passes that we provide. Touring Munich in the evening by bicycle, so you can cover more ground (and have more fun!) than if you'd walked. Whatever trip you're on, it will run like clockwork, but never feel rushed.
Another aspect of maximizing travel time is making use of ALL of the day, including the night! Our centrally located hotels allow our groups time to further explore after dinner, an opportunity that just isn't available with ordinary travel companies. Evenings are a great time to see another side of a city like the locals do and we don't want you to miss out.
Unpleasant surprises can happen on even the best-planned trips—illness, lost passports, even volcanic ash clouds. Our culture of care demands that we check up on groups during their travels and swoop in during emergencies (no matter how large or small) to save the day. Something falling short of your expectations? We're experts at fixing things fast. And we back up our promises with our first-in-the-industry Service Guarantee.