Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 25 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 round-trip airfare; 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 registerRA.fgcu.edu to receive complete itineraries, cost information and registration forms or call 239 425-3272. Reserve early!
Discovering Eastern Europe 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 239-425-3272 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 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.