Heritage Trip to France 2012 slideshowPresentation Transcript
Ms. Alice Browning Group Leader #61216 Le Mistral To enroll: 1. Go to www.acis.com/register 2. Choose Participant/Student 3. Enter Group Leader ID#: 61216 4. Enter Group Leader Last Name: Browning
Agenda Why travel? Who is ACIS? A Typical Day Learning Objectives Cultural Connections Trip itinerary What’s Included Extra Benefits Cost Automatic Payments Option Protection Plans Next Steps Questions and Answers
Why Travel? Whether visiting an outdoor market in Provence, riding horseback through a cloud forest in Costa Rica, standing atop the Great Wall in China, or ordering tapas in Madrid, ACIS students: Acquire skills and knowledge that prepare them for future success in college and careers Gain global perspective, cultural awareness, independence and responsibility Develop a spirit of discovery and love of learning that lasts a lifetime “The trip was absolutely amazing. It has convinced me to study abroad. It couldn’t have turned out better!” — Amanda Kesner, ACIS Participant, New Jersey
Who is ACIS? Premier provider of the highest quality educational tours since 1978 Division of AIFS, the leader of international education programs since 1964 Financially secure institution with more than $130 million in annual revenue Wherever you are, ACIS is there:We have offices in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Sacramento, London and Paris, with affiliate offices in Rome and Madrid and local representation at every destination ACIS travels to. ACIS Report Card 98% Rate overall satisfaction good to excellent 99% Rate educational content good to excellent 97% Rate ACIS Tour Managers good to excellent Percentages for travel in 2009
A Typical Day 7:30-8:45 Start your day with breakfast in your hotel 9:00-12:00 Enjoy a morning activity such as city sightseeing or a bicycle tour 12:00-1:00 Lunch. Your group may choose to take a tour manager’s suggestion for the best pizza/crepes/paella in town or browse a local market and picnic in the park 1:00-3:00 Participate in a Cultural Connection designed to immerse you in the local culture, or use an ACIS Walking Tour to explore a museum or sight 3:00-6:00 Free time to shop for souvenirs, explore local neighborhoods or relax in a town square 6:30-7:30 Time for dinner 7:30-11:00 An evening activity such as a boat ride, a show or concert, or a Culture Quest will keep you entertained – or enjoy activities as organized by your group leader
Learning Objectives Each trip includes specific Learning Objectives that are highlighted during the tour and which will help you reflect on the history and cultures of the place you are visiting! During your trip you will: Gain an understanding of the 1930's social legislation which instituted paid vacations for all French workers, and its effect on the infrastructure and economy of the Alps at Chamonix and the French Riviera at Nice. Come to understand the possibilities of garden as art in their visit to Versailles. Evaluate the appeal and impact of tourism in Nice over the last century and a half.
On every tour itinerary, ACIS has included Cultural Connections—interactive experiences that enable students to engage with the places, people and cultures they are visiting! Learn more about the Cultural Connections on your tour at www.acis.com/trips. Perfume Workshop and Factory Tour in Eze: Tour the factory, learn what it's like to be an official "nose" and come away with a fragrant bottle of your own creation. Chamonix Culture Quest: Uncover the secrets of Chamonix as you search the village for answers in the shadow of the Alps.
Trip Itinerary Day 1 | Overnight Flight Bon Voyage!Your ACIS Tour Manager will meet you at the airport and welcome you abroad.
Trip Itinerary Day 2-3 | Paris – City tour and Versailles A bit of royalty…
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour that shows you Paris’ most famous sites such as the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and more!
Afternoon trip to Versailles to see the beautiful gardens of the Sun King’s palace, including the Latona Fountain, before returning to Paris for the evening.
Trip Itinerary Day 4 | Paris Explore the City of Light!
Begin your day at the Ecole Boulangerie where you will assist experienced bakers in creating delicious breads and baked goods.
Spend the afternoon exploring the magnificent Musee du Louvre and enjoy an evening dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel, on the tower’s iconic first floor!
Trip Itinerary From City to Mountains…
Ride the high-speed TGV from Paris toward the French Alps and stop in Geneva, Switzerland, before continuing on to Chamonix.
Take part in a Culture Quest, which will introduce you to this picturesque alpine town and its rich winter sports history!
Take an optional excursion to the Aiguille du Midi peak, 13,000 feet above ground by cable car.
Days 5-6 | Chamonix
Trip Itinerary Days 7-8 | Cote d’Azur Explore the sights of the Riviera!
Welcome to Nice, the cosmopolitan capital of the Côte d’Azur!
View the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and a visit to Cimiez.
Explore more of Nice on your own with a visit to the Old Town or perhaps a trip to the beach.
Travel to the perched village of Eze, tour the Fragonard Perfume Factory and create your own unique scent to take home!
Trip Itinerary Day 9 | Fly home Au revoir!
What’s Included Round-trip flights on commercial airlines Service of an ACIS Tour Manager—a highly trained, multilingual guide, educator and travel expert who provides educational commentary and activities and manages travel logistics Daily continental breakfasts and dinners Accommodations in three- and four-star conveniently located hotels Surface transportation and airport transfers Excursions and activities as indicated in your tour itinerary, including comprehensive walking tours and Cultural Connection activities Basic Protection Plan which provides medical coverage and cancellation insurance Job Loss Protection included on every tour 24-hour global support network and on-call emergency service
Travel Essentials TripStream Take your family and friends along with youas ‘virtual’ guests! Your tour manager will be sending updates each day of your activities ACIS’ Travel is Education Scholarship Contestawards students up to $1,000 off their tour ACIS backpack and luggage tags Destination Information—www.acis.com is loaded with information on what to pack, souvenir suggestions and more. Plus, an informative and fun ACIS Travel Journal to bring along on tour. ACIS eKit Global phonecards, which save you up to 70% on international phone calls, are available for purchase. ACIS Travel Prepaid Visa Cards are a secure and convenient way to access funds while on tour.
Cost Program Fee* $2,439 Registration Fee $95 Estimated Departure Fees $527 58 Tour Eiffel Dinner with Illumination Drive $125 Itinerary Modifications $45 Total $3,231 Additional/ Optional fees (as applicable): Adult Surcharge $95 Single Room Supplement $560 Double Room Supplement $280 Ultimate Protection Plan $225 Comprehensive Protection Plan $180 Half-day Excursion up the Aiguille du Midi $67 Recommended Tipping: Tour Manager/Bus Driver $5 per day per person/$3 per day per person * Please note: Price is valid until June 30th, 2011, with $195 deposit
24/7 control over your trip budget and scheduled payments
Even payment amounts over a longer period of time
You can set your last payment to be processed as late as 45 days before you departBonus: All 2012 participants who enroll in Automatic Payments are entered into our contest to win a free trip!
Automatic Payments makes planning your trip budget easy because your payments are spread out evenly, giving you more time to pay.
You choose a payment frequency (every 2 weeks, every 4 weeks, monthly, or quarterly) and your payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account.
To sign up or to learn more about Automatic Payments visit My Account on www.acis.com and follow instructions.
Protection Plans Your ACIS Registration Fee includes Basic Protection coverage. For your peace of mind, we offer a range of enhanced protection plans from which you may choose. ACIS recommends that participants purchase the Ultimate Protection Plan designed specifically for your travel needs.
Next Steps Register for your tour by going online to www.acis.com/registeror sending in the registration form. An amount of $195 ($95 Registration Fee plus a $100 program fee deposit) is due at sign-up. Choose a Protection Plan. Information can be found in the Registration Booklet or at www.acis.com/studentsparents/insurance/cfm. Get your travel documents ready. Choose a Payment Plan: Automatic Payments or Manual Payments Use MyAccount—your online hub that makes reviewing automatic payments made or keeping track of manual payment deadlines & making payments online a snap. Explore www.acis.com for information on pre-trip preparation, what to expect on tour, fundraising suggestions, travel resources and more! Questions? Contact ACIS Client Services at 877-795-0813 or email@example.com
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