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Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 27 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 to receive complete itineraries, cost information and registration forms or call 239 425-3272. Reserve early!

Byzantium and Beyond:
A Black Sea Voyage

Round-trip Istanbul aboard Variety Voyager (Cruise)
June 12-25, 2016
13 days - Cruise from $9,995 per person

Join us on an enchanting cruise to discover the cultural riches and lesser-visited shores of The Black Sea -- the busy crossroad linking Europe and Asia for millenia. We are delighted to be accompanied by the Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Yale.

Begin in Istanbul with a visit to the awe-inspiring basilica of Hagia Sophia—the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years—before embarking the luxury yacht Variety Voyager for a twelve-night cruise. In Amasya, admire picturesque Ottoman houses and tombs of ancient royalty, carved into cliffs. Call at the former Byzantine capital of Trabzon to see the fourth-century Sümela Monastery, built into the mountainside, and the villa where Kemal Ataturk stayed. Spend a day in the fin-de-siecle seaside resort of Batumi, Georgia, or choose an inland excursion to Kutaisi to explore its UNESCO-recognized monastery and cathedral. Sunny Sochi, Russia, beckons next, with its impressive Olympic facilities and Stalin’s summer hideaway. Call in Romania to tour the world-renowned painted churches in the countryside and discover the Danube Delta, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for its unique flora and fauna. View treasures of the 9th-century Bulgarian Empire in Veliki Preslav before returning to Istanbul to see more of its many cultural highlights, including the exquisite Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.

Cuba Through the Eyes of the People
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.

Southern Italy and Sicily: With Apulia and The Amalfi Coast
September 1-15, 2016
15 days - Land & Air from $5,750 per person

Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid history, unique architecture, distinctive traditions, and bountiful plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region. Explore Italy’s autonomous island region of Sicily, staying in lovely Taormina with excursions to Agrigento and Mt. Etna. Discover Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and visit Alberobello, whose 400 or so trulli – conical houses with grey-stone roofs – rank as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a tour of Bari, capital of the Apulia region. Tour the UNESCO site of Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and gather for a hands-on Neapolitan cuisine cooking lesson. Travel to the storied Isle of Capri. Embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding cliff-top Amalfi Coast above the glistening Tyrrhenian Sea. Bid “arrivederci” to Italy and fellow travelers at a splendid farewell dinner. Spend 4-days/3-nights in Rome “On Your Own” as an optional post-tour extension.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.

Legendary Turkey: From Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast
September 29 - October 13, 2016
15 days - Land & Air from $4,290 per person

Exotic sights, scents and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic Turquoise Coast where we board a privately chartered yacht for a distinctive four-day voyage, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group travel experience.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.

Cruise Alaska : Seward to Vancouver
June 30 - July 7, 2016
7 days - Cruise from $3,950 per person

Join The Renaissance Academy on a luxurious cruise to Alaska aboard Silver Shadow and enjoy exclusive amenities. Alaska embodies the raw power of nature as well as the spirit of adventure and discovery. Bask in the beauty of this natural wonderland, exploring everything from its rainforests and fjords to glaciers and mountains. This journey also takes you to pioneer towns like Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, allowing you to fully experience the personality of the last American frontier.

To view and print brochure click here or call 239-425-3272 for a detailed itinerary, cost information, and registration form.

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