Expand your world with the Renaissance Academy
Since 2002, we have sponsored more than 40 high-end, intimately sized, concierge-style excursions domestically and abroad.
2020 Travel & Cruise Open Houses
Join us as we formally unveil our 2020 excursions. Pre-registration is required.
National Parks of the Southwest
It’s a land of scenes epic in scope, from the immense Grand Canyon and the sinuous Colorado to the sandstone spires of Bryce and the red-rock cliffs and chasms of Zion. It’s the Southwest, which our small group celebrates at favorite national parks and preserves, America’s “best idea.”
St. Petersburg and the Baltics
Set your sights on Europe’s northeast corner, where four distinct nations strung along the Baltic Sea offer a wealth of travel riches. As we visit four thriving capitals and their provincial outskirts, we discover for ourselves the fascinating heritage and stimulating contemporary life of this remarkable and diverse region.
Experience the beauty, allure, and hospitality of provincial France, at an easy pace and in a unique style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy as we stay in charming rural inns and small country hotels. It’s a small group tour de force.
Sept. 5-19, 2020
This leisurely exploration of Italy’s varied northern regions, from the romantic Lake District and dramatic Cinque Terre to beloved Tuscany, the majestic Dolomites, and canal-laced Venice, offers a refreshing perspective on a well-known land. In the company of our congenial small group, we celebrate the Italian penchant for hospitality, good food, and good living. In a word, splendido.
Sicily in Depth
Sept. 27-Oct. 8, 2020
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. Its lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.
Israel: Timeless Wonders
Nov. 7-18, 2020
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scenic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.
Enjoy the rare privilege of face-to-face encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers: the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia, on a small-ship cruise; and the dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine on a three-night stay at the park. Along with visits to Buenos Aires and Santiago, we discover the remarkable diversity of South America.
The Pearls of the Po
May 9-17, 2020
Join the first cruise in a decade along this legendary waterway on the lavish, newly renovated super ship La Venezia, and visit remote, artistically rich towns that are underexplored by international visitors! Dock overnight in the heart of Venice for early access to the city at sunrise.
Why go with us?
Through unique custom itineraries, participants have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, visit historic and cultural sites with outstanding local guides, experience another culture – its customs, cuisine, language, and history – and delight in conversation and laughter with fellow travelers who share a love of learning and a sense of adventure. Our excursions generally include accommodations in four/five star hotels; most meals and gratuities; private English speaking guides; deluxe motor coach transportation; and all entrance fees.
Register for upcoming travels online or call 239-434-4737 to receive complete itineraries, cost information and registration forms.
Trips to look forward to...
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