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
Treasures of Peru
September 1-11, 2014
11 days - Land, Air, Train, from $4,250 Per Person
A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. As our small group of just 24 guests take in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – we marvel at the riches of an intriguing land somewhat off the beaten path. Begin your 11-day discovery of Peru’s treasures in the capital of Lima with a city tour and visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Next, fly to Cuzco, the archeological hub of the Americas. Acclimate to the high altitude as you tour the beautiful Sacred Valley, the Indian market at Pisac, and the extensive ruins at Ollantaytambo. Board the train for Machu Picchu—the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll enjoy two guided visits to these enigmatic ruins by staying overnight and taking advantage of prime viewing opportunities before the crowds arrive. Return to historic Cuzco and stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. Travel overland through Peru’s scenic and rugged altiplano with its snow-capped mountains and remote villages to Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s highest navigable lakes. Spend a full day touring the lake and take a boat ride to the Floating Islands and Isla Taquile, known for the superb locally crafted textiles. Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on an optional 4-day/4-night post-tour extension. Course #SP4876