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Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 27 high-end, intimately sized, concierge-style excursions abroad.  Through unique, custom itineraries, participants have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, to visit historic and cultural sites with outstanding local guides, to experience another culture – its customs, cuisine, language and history – and to delight in conversation and laughter with fellow travelers who share a love of learning and a sense of adventure.  Our excursions generally include accommodations in four/five star hotels; most meals and gratuities; private English-speaking guides; deluxe motor coach transportation; and all entrance fees.  Register online at https://RegisterRA.fgcu.edu to receive complete itineraries, cost information and registration forms or call 239-425-3272239-425-3272.  Reserve early!  Our exclusive excursions are each limited to the 24 travelers.

 


CubaCuba Through the Eyes of the People

October 22-29, 2016
7 days - Land & Air from $5,795 per person

Explore Cuba on an educational adventure at a time when the island nation is on the edge of historic changes. Begin in Havana, where accommodations are arranged at the graceful Hotel Parque Central, in the heart of the Old City. Meet leading artists on visits to their studios and homes and at a private reception at the Ludwig Foundation for the Arts. Take a curator-led tour of the Cuban art collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts, and admire the beautiful craftsmanship on display at the Ceramics Museum during an after-hours visit. See Ernest Hemingway’s evocative country retreat, Finca La Vigía, in the village of San Francsco de Paula, and discover the fishing village of Jaimanitas, where artist José Fuster has decorated more than 80 houses with ornate murals and domes. On an overnight excursion to the southern coast, explore Playa Girón, the site of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion; and Cienfuegos, where we will attend a private performance of the world-renowned choir Cantores de Cienfuegos. Spend a morning in nearby Trinidad, one of Cuba’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There will also be opportunities to experience the rebirth of Cuban cuisine with meals at paladares—privately owned restaurants often located in the owners’ homes—and a unique “field-to-table” restaurant.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.


Italy SicilySouthern Italy and Sicily: With Apulia and The Amalfi Coast

September 1-15, 2016
15 days - Land & Air from $5,750 per person

Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid history, unique architecture, distinctive traditions, and bountiful plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region. Explore Italy’s autonomous island region of Sicily, staying in lovely Taormina with excursions to Agrigento and Mt. Etna. Discover Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and visit Alberobello, whose 400 or so trulli – conical houses with grey-stone roofs – rank as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a tour of Bari, capital of the Apulia region. Tour the UNESCO site of Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and gather for a hands-on Neapolitan cuisine cooking lesson. Travel to the storied Isle of Capri. Embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding cliff-top Amalfi Coast above the glistening Tyrrhenian Sea. Bid “arrivederci” to Italy and fellow travelers at a splendid farewell dinner. Spend 4-days/3-nights in Rome “On Your Own” as an optional post-tour extension.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.

 

Alaska CruiseCruise Alaska : Seward to Vancouver

June 30 - July 7, 2016
7 days - Cruise from $3,950 per person

Join The Renaissance Academy on a luxurious cruise to Alaska aboard Silver Shadow and enjoy exclusive amenities. Alaska embodies the raw power of nature as well as the spirit of adventure and discovery. Bask in the beauty of this natural wonderland, exploring everything from its rainforests and fjords to glaciers and mountains. This journey also takes you to pioneer towns like Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, allowing you to fully experience the personality of the last American frontier.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.


The Art and Culture of PhiladelphiaThe Art and Culture of Philadelphia

May 10 – May 14, 2016
4 days

Our tour will feature some of the best art, music, food, and culture Philadelphia has to offer. Our accommodations will be the sophisticated Monaco Hotel nestled nearby the Independence National Park in Philadelphia’s historic district; with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall within walking distance. Our excursion will begin with a tour of city center and historic Philadelphia. We will journey from Independence Hall to the Avenue of the Arts to the tree-lined Ben Franklin Parkway; home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the Barnes Foundation. No visit to Philly would be complete without lunch at Pat’s Steaks, home of the famous Philly Cheesesteak. Our first afternoon will also include a tour of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts by Jane Golden, followed by a cocktail reception at the Locks Gallery, a private viewing of the Snyderman Gallery, and a private dinner at the Center for Art in Wood. Our second day will include two private collection tours; a tour of SEI, possibly one of the world’s most ambitious private collection of contemporary art by emerging artists; followed by dinner at XIX and an evening performance at the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center. Day three will include a visit to the Barnes Foundation, tour of the Rodin Museum, lunch at the Art Alliance of Philadelphia, and an early evening private tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art followed by a dinner reception at the museum. Join us for this unique and remarkable tour of Philadelphia’s art and culture scene.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.


Provincial FranceProvincial French Countryside

Sept 21 – Oct 5, 2016
15 days/13 nights

Experience the beauty, allure, and hospitality of provincial France at an easy pace and a unique style in a small group limited to just 24 guests. Begin your 15-day tour in Toulouse discovering medieval Carcassonne and the market town of Albi with its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. Stay in charming Sarlat to explore the remote Dordogne, including a visit to the famous caves at Lascaux II and a leisurely afternoon cruise on the Dordogne River. Take a guided walking tour in the cliff side village of Rocamadour, and tour the Loire Valley's impressive Chateau de Chenonceaux. Travel to Crepon, visiting dramatic Mont St. Michel, along the way. Visit the Tapestry Museum in Bayeux and Caen's Memorial Museum devoted to "history for peace." Tour Normandy's D-Day Landing Beaches including Pointe du Hoc, Utah Beach, Ste-Mere-Eglise, and the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. Walk amid the gardens of artist Claude Monet in Giverny and see the familiar lily pond and Japanese footbridge of his paintings. Conclude your journey in Paris with a city tour and visit to the Louvre. Savor the City of Light on your own time, at your own pace, on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.