An Exciting Experience
Experience an unforgettable adventure by joining us for a 12-day stay in Spain and Italy. Students will live with typical Spanish and Italian families, allowing them to participate and be immersed in both cultures. They’ll gain an intimate knowledge of two historic and cosmopolitan cities—Barcelona and Florence—while enjoying conducted trips to places like as Park Güell, Sagrada Familia, The Uffizi Museum and Rome.
What to expect on this amazing tour
Students stay in twos or threes with carefully selected host families for their stay, thus immersing themselves in the culture in a way not possible if they stay only in hotels.
Lessons Come to Life
Programs in language and history are specifically tailored to our students’ needs and levels. All students will receive a certificate from an internationally accredited school.
We Take Care of Everything
From airline tickets, consent forms, and payment forms — to host families and hotels, entrance fees, all meals, all transportation, and all the tips. We take care of everything so teachers, parents and tour organizers don’t have to.
Great Benefits for Teachers
CSLI offers the best reward points program for teachers available in the industry. We also make it possible for teachers to relax and enjoy their evenings with peace of mind knowing their students are taken care of.
Barcelona & Florence
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city. Located on Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast, it has a very rich history and the city’s architectural treasures span more than 2000 years. High columns and ancient city walls provide a window into the Roman era of the city, while taking a stroll through the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals transports you to the Middle Ages. Barcelona has long inspired artists like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, whose works are on display in the city’s myriad of museums.
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is an open-air museum which has become more beautiful over the centuries. It’s a city-size shrine to the Renaissance enclosed by ancient walls that safeguard some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Its streets are the same ones through which Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante – many of the most brilliant minds in human history – threaded their way.
A Beautiful Setting
Highlights of what you’ll experience on your 12-day trip to Spain and Italy
RomeRome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with almost 3,000 years of globally influential art, culture, and architecture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City boasts St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Uffizi MuseumThe Uffizi Museum is one of the largest, most visited and most important museums in the world. It houses a huge collection of priceless works, mostly from the Italian Renaissance period. Officially opened to the public in 1765, today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence.
Sagrada FamiliaAntoni Gaudi, one of the most famous figures of Catalan culture and world architecture, spent over 40 years designing the Temple of the Sagrada Familia, from 1883 until his death in 1926. Five generations have already witnessed the temple’s rise in Barcelona. Currently, 70% of the Basilica is finished and it could be completed by the first third of the 21st century.
Spring Break and Summer 2020
Day 1-2: Flight to BarcelonaFly to Barcelona and meet your CSLI tour director at the airport. Meet your host family and go home for your first Spanish home-cooked meal.
Day 3: BarcelonaClasses in the morning. Guided orientation tour around the center of Barcelona. Afternoon free to explore.
Day 3: La BoqueriaClasses in the morning. Guided visit to La Boqueria Market. Visit to Las Ramblas in the afternoon.
Day 5: Park GuellClasses in the morning. Visit to Park Güell. Built between 1900 and 1914, the park was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Day 6: Sagrada FamiliaClasses in the morning. Visit to La Sagrada Familia Basilica. It was designed Antoni Gaudí and he worked on it for 43 years until his death in 1926. Construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed by 2026—the centenary of Gaudí's death.
Day 7: FlorenceFlight to Florence in the morning. Guided orientation tour around Florence. Visit to the Cathedral (Duomo) in the afternoon.
Day 8: Accademia GalleryIntroduction to Italian and a lecture on the Renaissance in the morning. Guided visit to L’Accademia in the afternoon — home to Michelangelo’s David, the most famous statue in the world.
Day 9: Piazzale MichelangeloGuided walking tour of Piazzale Michelangelo and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Free afternoon to enjoy Florence.
Day 10: Rome (Optional)Train ride to Rome in the morning. You’ll have guided tours of The Colosseum, The Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and free time for shopping and exploring.
Day 11: Uffizi MuseumGuided visit of The Uffizi which houses some of the most famous paintings of all time.
Day 12: Departure from FlorenceTransfer to the airport — End of trip.
Canada’s Best Educational Tours
CSLI has provided educational tour programs in Canada since 1997. Our main goal has always been to improve students’ language skills and self-confidence abroad while obtaining a unique first-hand look at the culture and people of the places they are visiting. Our focus on value and affordability, along with making our trips the most complete and of highest quality compared to our competitors is what truly makes a CSLI tour the best. We make all of the necessary arrangements for our tours, alleviating headaches for teachers and trip organizers making the trip more enjoyable and giving you time to truly explore the wonders abroad.
Canadian-owned and run
CSLI Tours is a family-owned Canadian company based in BC, driven by values and a real passion for travel. We have an excellent track record for the best customer satisfaction and have never compromised on the quality of the services we provide. Every tour we offer was designed to inspire your students and enrich their learning experience, while increasing their self-confidence and understanding of other cultures.
Safety & security
For more than 22 years the safety of our groups has been our top priority. All of our tour directors are first aid certified and well-trained to manage challenging situations. We always have contingency and emergency plans in place and we are always available 24/7 through our direct contact line to provide assistance to teachers, students, parents and school administrators if anything comes up before or during the trip.
As a group leader, your travel is absolutely free and includes all meals and accommodation at carefully selected hotels. Because one of our representatives will stay with you 100% of the time, the teachers get to relax during the evenings and explore the sights and sounds of the cities they visit. We’ll make all the room checks and ensure that each evening, the students are safe in their hotel suites or with their host families.
The CSLI Experience
Program price includes
Round-trip airfare from Vancouver on major carriers
All entrance fees to attractions as per itinerary
Three meals per day
All transportation by comfortable private motor coach
All the tips
All guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
10 overnight stays with host families and at hotels
Language and history lessons
24/7 services from our professional tour director
Professional tour guides at all attractions as per itinerary
A deposit of $300 per person at the time of registration is required. A cancellation, medical insurance is mandatory, and can be purchased at time of enrollment. Payments can be made by cheque, Visa, MasterCard or American Express – a surcharge will apply for credit card payments. Taxes not included.