Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 25 high-end, intimately sized, concierge-style trips abroad. Through unique, custom itineraries, participants have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom by visiting historic and cultural sites with outstanding local guides.
Participation in these foreign travel opportunities permits our participants to experience another culture including its customs, cuisine, language, and history. At the same time, our travelers delight in conversation and laughter with their fellow excursionists with whom they share a love of learning and a sense of adventure.
Generally, Renaissance Academy foreign travel trips include roundtrip airfare, accommodations in four/five star luxury hotels, most meals and gratuities, private English-speaking guides, deluxe motor coach transportation, and all entrance fees.
Register for upcoming travels online at http://registerRA.fgcu.edu or call (239) 425-3272(239) 425-3272 to receive complete itineraries, cost information and registration forms.
July 28 - August 13, 2015
19 days - Land & Air from $5,295 per person
Whether you’re seeking to recapture your ancestral heritage or simply to discover a beautiful and poignant part of the world, this small group tour, limited to 24 guests, offers ample opportunity for enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment. Both leisurely and comprehensive, it provides a generous overview of five distinctly different nations—Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Begin your 17-day tour in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, where sightseeing includes the faithfully rebuilt Old Town and guided visits to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. Travel to Krakow and tour the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Budapest with comprehensive touring and time on your own to discover the “Paris of the East.” View the scenic Danube Bend. In Vienna, attend a classical music performance and enjoy sightseeing including an inside visit to majestic Schönbrunn Palace. Continue to old-world Bratislava and dine at the restaurant of a local family. Travel to the Czech Republic and enjoy a tour of elegant Prague, including Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge. Extend your stay in this alluring Czech capital on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour “On Your Own” extension. To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.
September 5 - 15, 2015
11 days - Land & Air from $4,298 per person
Discover the astonishing natural history and rich cultural heritage of vast, unspoiled Iceland—a land perfect for exploring in a small group, limited to only 24 guests, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country viewing it’s stunning and unique natural scenery and staying in well-located, atmospheric small hotels. We start our 11-day tour in Borgarnes and visit the Reyholt Cultural Centre. Tour the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its small fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds. Enjoy three nights in the region’s charming capital, Akureyri, situated at the base of a fjord and ringed by snow-capped mountains. Travel to one of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters and stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods.” Visit the incredible “Glacial River Canyon” National Park and walk to jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara.” Embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island where, depending on the season, we may see thousands of seabirds: puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, and Arctic terns. Visit Thingvellier National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fissure between the geological plates of North American and Europe is most evident. Spend two nights in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Embark on a city tour and enjoy time on your own in this sophisticated city.To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.
September 12 - 25, 2015
14 days - Land & Air from $5,195 per person
Morocco — a land of dramatic contrasts — invites with its ancient ruins, sacred mosques, lush desert oases, imposing Kasbahs, spirited souks, and villages where life proceeds much as it has for centuries. Our small group tour, limited to just 24 guests, takes us from the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara. Our eyes, and hearts, are opened to a truly foreign land, an age old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. We begin our 14-day tour traveling to Rabat visiting the city’s highlights. View the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis, one of five UNESCO sites we visit on tour. Travel to Fez and visit a Berber village to share tea with a local family in their cave dwelling. Set out on a private sunset excursion to the breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes at Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara. In the enormous silence we watch the sun set over the desert as we take a camel ride along the dunes. View the spectacular scenery en route to the snow-topped High Atlas including the 984-foot Todra Gorge. Set out on the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” ancient caravan route. Stop at uninhabited Ait ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of southern Morocco’s most scenic villages. Visit Marrakech and embark on a walking tour of the medina, ending at Djemaa el Fna Square. Conclude the tour in storied Casablanca, Morocco’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, and visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.