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.
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.