Travel Abroad Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 21 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.
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Provincial France Countryside
April 21 - May 5, 2014
15 days - Land and Air, from $5,295 Per Person
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. Course #SP4874
Voyage to Sicily: A Journey of Discovery
May 7 – May 18, 2014
12 days - Land Only, from $3,895 Per Person
To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not having seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the key to everything. Sicily - theatre of lights and winds, of epic battles and sublime architecture; the southernmost bridge to Africa; and indulgent cradle for different civilizations. The sun kisses the blazing sands and the low cliffs; the sky is tinged with strong colors, especially at sunset; the sandy, golden beaches dance with the bright, blue sea; silver olive trees mix together with palms; everything invites you to enjoy life, experience nature and revel in a rich and extraordinarily diverse past. Lying as it does between Europe and Africa, Sicily, the oft-called melting pot of the ancient world, has been touched, changed and marked by a myriad of cultures - first the Greeks and the Romans, then the Arabs and Normans, and finally, the French, Spanish and Italians, all of them contributing to an unparalleled historical legacy. Nature and history have combined to give Sicily its most striking feature: impressive monuments of the past set against backgrounds of astonishing natural beauty. On this excursion, the treasures of Palermo, Erice, Cefalú, Monreale, Selinunte, Taormina, Modica, Ragusa Ilba, Noto, Catania and Syracusa will all be explored. Course #SP4875
Portugal & Spain: Paradores & Pousadas
September 16-30, 2013
15 days - Land & Air, from $4,834 Per Person
Stay in distinctive lodgings and experience the rich history of Portugal and Spain during this Iberian sojourn. Beginning in Lisbon, tour the capital city and take an excursion to the National Palace of Queluz. Travel through picturesque Alentejo, a region of olive groves, vineyards, and wheat fields, to one of Portugal's finest pousadas set in a former 15th-century convent. Cross into Spain and see the ancient, ruin-filled city of Merida, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cordoba, and Seville with its marvelous Moorish architecture. Visit Toledo, capital of medieval Spain. In Madrid, tour the Palacio Royal, the Plaza Mayor, and the world-famous Prado. Extend your tour with an optional stay in Barcelona. This excursion is limited to the first 24 travelers. Course #SP3040