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Trip Title Mr. Christopher Layson Group #83395 French and Italian Promenade June 29 th – July 12 th
Agenda Why travel? Who is ACIS? A typical day Trip itinerary What’s included Extra benefits of ACIS Cost Protection plans Next Steps Questions and Answers
Why Travel? Whether visiting an outdoor market in Provence, riding horseback through a cloud forest in Costa Rica, standing atop the Great Wall in China, or ordering tapas in Madrid, ACIS students: Acquire skills and knowledge that prepare them for future success in college and careers Gain global perspective, cultural awareness, independence and responsibility Develop a spirit of discovery and love of learning that lasts a lifetime “The trip was absolutely amazing. It has convinced me to study abroad. It couldn’t have turned out better!” — Amanda Kesner, ACIS Participant, New Jersey
Who is ACIS? Premier provider of the highest quality in educational travel since 1978 Division of AIFS, the leader of international education programs since 1964 Financially secure institution with more than $130 million in annual revenue Wherever you are, ACIS is there: We have offices in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Sacramento, London and Paris, with affiliate offices in Rome and Madrid and local representation at every destination ACIS travels to. ACIS Report Card 99% Rate overall satisfaction good to excellent 99% Rate educational content good to excellent 97% Rate ACIS Tour Managers good to excellent Percentages for travel in 2008
What’s Included Round-trip flights on commercial airlines Service of an ACIS Tour Manager—a highly trained, multilingual guide, educator and travel expert who provides educational commentary and activities and manages travel logistics Daily continental breakfasts and dinners Accommodations in three- and four-star conveniently located hotels Surface transportation and airport transfers Excursions and activities as indicated in your tour itinerary, including comprehensive walking tours Basic Protection Plan which provides medical coverage and cancellation insurance 24-hour global support network
Extra Benefits of ACIS MyAccount—a web tool that makes keeping track of payment deadlines & making payments online a snap. Auto-pay – schedule debit payments and pay for your trip over time. Educational excellence—each trip includes specific Learning Objectives we guarantee will be highlighted during the tour. Travel is Education Scholarship that awards students up to $1,000 off their ACIS tour ACIS backpack and luggage tags ACIS Participant Booklets—fun and useful pre-trip booklets including Getting Ready to Travel and the Travel Journal ACIS eKit Global phonecards that save you up to 70% on international phonecalls are available for purchase ACIS Travel Prepaid Visa Cards are a secure and convenient way to access funds while on tour
A Typical Day 7:30-8:45Start your day with breakfast in your hotel 9:00-12:00Enjoy a morning activity such as city sightseeing 12:00-1:00Lunch. Your group may choose to take a tour manager’s suggestion for the best crepes/pizza in town or browse a local market and picnic in the park 1:00-3:00Use an ACIS Walking Tour to explore a museum or sight 3:00-5:00Free time to shop for souvenirs, swim or relax in a town square 5:00-6:00Back at hotel for debriefing/briefing and to freshen up 6:30-7:30 Time for dinner 7:30-11:00An evening activity such as a boat ride, a show or a concert will keep you entertained – or enjoy activities as organized by your group leader.
Trip Itinerary Day 1 | Overnight Flight Bon Voyage! Your ACIS Tour Manager will meet you at the airport and welcome you abroad.
Trip Itinerary Days 2-4 | Paris Welcome to the City of Light! Be sure to take plenty of pictures as you visit Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles. Don’t forget to try a chocolate croissant… or two!
Trip Itinerary Day 5 | Provence Experience the beautiful French countryside! Travel south to Provence on the high-speed TGV train- try to get a window seat to enjoy the passing scenery.
Trip Itinerary Days 6-8 | Cote d’Azur Explore the sights of the Riviera! Get ready to see sights in the Old Town, Eze, and glamorous Monaco- home to the rich and famous!
Trip Itinerary Day 8-9 | Florence The Cradle of the Renaissance! Discover the city’s treasures on a sightseeing tour with a local guide before exploring in groups.
Trip Itinerary Day | Rome Experience the wonders of the Eternal City with a panoramic drive of the city. The Colosseum, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon and the Forum are just some of the incredible sights that await you !
Trip Itinerary Day 12 | Fly home Arrivederci!
The Rules This is not school sponsored, this is a Layson trip. Punctuality is key to making this trip work! Alcohol, weapons, drugs, sexual misconduct will result in ACIS dismissing you from the group and a return trip home at the parents’/guardians’ expense! Guidelines for restaurants, hotels, trains, busses, culture, language, free time, etc… will be discussed later
Cost Program Fee $4,059 (Valid until April 1, 2010) Registration Fee $ 95 Projected Departure Fees $ 406 (Projected from the airlines) Total $4,560 Tipping: (Collecting before departure) Tour manager $5 per day times 11 Bus driver$3 per day times 8 Total$ 79 per student Optional/Additional fees: PASSPORTS!!! Ultimate Protection Plan $ 300 Comprehensive Protection Plan $ 240
Protection Plans Your ACIS Registration Fee includes Basic Protection coverage. For your peace of mind, we offer a range of enhanced protection plans from which you may choose. ACIS recommends that participants purchase the Ultimate Protection Plan designed specifically for your travel needs.
Next Steps Questions? Contact ACIS Client Services at or We need at least 25 students and can provide passage up to 44 1.By Tuesday, March 30 th students that wish to commit to the trip must have the following items turned into Mr. Layson: I.A completed ACIS 2011 Registration Form II.A check for $195 stapled to the registration Form III. A signed Non-School Sponsored Travel Form
Next Steps Questions? Contact ACIS Client Services at or 2. In the case that over 44 students wish to attend, the procedure for selection is as follows: a)All applicants will be assigned a number*** b)A lottery will be performed on Wednesday, March 31 st with me, Mr. Lietz, the president of the Student Senate and the president of the Student Advisor Board present. c)A list will be posted of the students selected by COB on Wednesday, March 31 st. At this time all registration forms and checks will mailed to ACIS in order to reserve the trip. d)Upon receipt, ACIS will send a confirmation/welcome notification that will include a website where you can select payment and insurance options. e)Registration forms and checks of students not selected will be returned to those students on Thursday, April 1 st.
Next Steps Questions? Contact ACIS Client Services at or 1.Choose a Protection Plan. Information can be found in the Registration Booklet or at 2. Get your travel documents ready. Visit travel.state.gov for more info! 3. Follow your payment schedule - ASK ABOUT AUTOPAY PROGRAM!! Register with $195 by April 1, 2010 $300 in program fees due within 30 days of receipt of the bill Final payment is due by February 15th, Explore for information on pre-trip preparation, what to expect on tour, fundraising suggestions, travel resources and more!