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ACIS - Tale of Two Cities - Educational tour to England, France

Compare and contrast the cultural and culinary delights of two world-class cities—London and Paris.

DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: London

Welcome to London! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager, relax, unpack and begin to explore the city's unique neighborhoods. Perhaps check out the street markets along Portobello Road in Notting Hill; explore the paths of Hyde Park or the mansions of nearby Belgravia; visit museums in South Kensington; or stroll along the artsy South Bank.

DAY 3: London

This morning, learn about London's majestic past and fast-paced present on your guided sightseeing tour. See Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and be in the right position to watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Along the way, our guide will point out more modern landmarks like the Gherkin, the Shard, and the Cheese Grater—all new buildings changing the London skyline. Another highlight of the day is a tour inside St. Paul’s Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece is an enduring symbol of London, the seat of the Church of England and famed for its dome and Whispering Gallery. Tonight you may wish to venture out to the heart of the excitement under the giant illuminated billboards of Piccadilly Circus.

DAY 4: London

One highlight of the Tower of London is witnessing the opening ceremony, and we get there early before the crowds arrive to catch it with our famously boisterous Beefeater guide. Since its construction, the castle has been used as a treasury, palace and prison—today it houses 1,000 years of Royal history and the Crown Jewels. During your free afternoon you may wish to extend your learning at the British Museum or Tate Modern. An afternoon Dickensian London walking tour will sharpen your appetite for the traditional fish and chips dinner that follows. After dinner perhaps take an evening walk among the bright lights of Theatreland in the West End.

DAY 5: Paris

Enjoy scenes of the English countryside whizzing by your train window as you journey towards the English Channel on the Eurostar. You’ll travel through the Chunnel and on to Paris, known as the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education and culture during the Enlightenment. This afternoon, a local expert introduces you the city's most famous monuments—from the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame to Napoleon’s final resting place at Les Invalides to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées. Tonight, you may choose to attend our optional night at the French theater—a unique cultural experience alongside the locals made accessible with English surtitles (translations shown above the stage).

DAY 6: Paris

This morning, travel to Versailles to visit the intricate gardens and stunning palaces of the Sun King, Louis the XIV. Your visit includes the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and the breathtaking surroundings. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to cover every room of his vast palace. The best stuff is all in the gardens and grounds. Back in Paris, there is no better place to view the city than the Eiffel Tower, and you’ll ascend to the top floor for breathtaking views. In the evening, see the City of Light from a totally different perspective on a river cruise on the Seine.

DAY 7: Paris

Hands-on instruction in our French cooking lesson teaches you how to make classic Parisian dishes via hands-on instruction before you sample the results. Later, explore the Louvre and discover the many famous masterpieces that call it home. See the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory and the Venus de Milo 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. In the evening, you may wish to explore the charming neighborhood of Montmartre. This cultural and artistic district is worth the visit for the bustling energy of the artists and hipsters as well as the stunning views of the City of Light.

DAY 8: Departure

Depart for the USA.

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Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 11 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
  • 6 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 6 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • Getting there is half the fun as the Eurostar whisks you under the Channel
  • Reach for your wallet less with St. Paul's, Tower of London and Eiffel Tower entrances included



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Educational Trip of London

Big Ben

Educational Trip of Paris

Notre Dame In Paris

Educational Travel London

Buckingham Palace


  • Students will see how London and Paris have developed modern architectural styles alongside traditional historical settings.
  • Students will compare the role monuments play in English and French history as represented by Paris' Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower to London's Trafalgar Square and the Cenotaph at Whitehall.
  • Students will learn about the development of the City of London from Roman trading post to modern financial capital.



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