An Exciting Experience
Students can experience an unforgettable adventure by joining one of our groups for a 14-day stay in Spain and Italy. They will live with typical Spanish and Italian families, allowing them to participate and be submerged in both cultures. They will also gain an intimate knowledge of two historic and cosmopolitan European cities – Cadiz and Florence – while at the same time enjoying conducted trips to nearby cities such as Rome, Seville, Jerez and Tangier, Morocco.
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.
Andalucia & Tuscany
Andalucia covers most of southern Spain and contains many of the places – Seville, Cordoba, the ‘white villages’ – that visitors want to see. The region has a very long history; the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Byzantines, as well as the later Castilian and other Christian North Iberian nationalities each left an important cultural imprint on the region, whose influence still survives in the character of its people. Andalucia has an extremely rich culture and a strong cultural identity. Many cultural traits that are seen internationally as distinctively Spanish are mainly or entirely Andalusian in origin. These include flamenco, bullfighting, and certain Moorish-influenced architectural styles. When people think of traditional Spain, they tend to imagine the sunny blue skies, sandy beaches and the white hilltop villages that embody southern Spain. However, Andalusia, the culturally rich and historic region, has so much more to offer. Colorful, vibrant, alive. Despite creeping modernisation, Andalucia remains a lively and passionate place where the atmosphere – rather like a good flamenco performance – creeps up and taps you on the shoulder when you least expect it.
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is an open air museum which has become more beautiful over the centuries; a city-size shrine to the Renaissance enclosed by ancient walls that safeguard awe-inspiring masterworks of art and architecture so close that you can almost touch them. The city contains 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. But to see the Tuscan capital simply as Europe’s most distinguished city of art would be to ignore not only its role as a spirited and cosmopolitan metropolis, but also to overlook its more unsung charms; Italy’s most visited gardens and its best gelato shops, idyllic walks through its picturesque streets and magnificent piazzas, shopping at its fantastic markets and boutiques, sweeping views over majestic cityscapes, dining experiences that range from historic cafés to the country’s most highly rated restaurants, and the kind of romantic pleasures that somehow only Italy knows how to provide. Return time and again and you still won’t see it all. Andalucia and Tuscany await your visit!
A Beautiful Setting
Highlights of what you’ll experience on your 14-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.
SevilleSeville is the capital and largest city in southern Spain’s Andalucia region. Situated on the river Guadalquivir, it’s known for its Flamenco culture, the ornate Alcázar palace built by the Moorish Almohads in the 14th century, as well as the Seville Cathedral–the largest cathedral in the world and third largest church. The cathedral is also the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a famous minaret turned belltower, the
Tangier, MoroccoTangier is a major city in northern Morocco located only 14km south of Spain, across the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. It has a very rich history due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures since before the 5th century BCE. Tangier is split into an old walled city, or medina, with its medieval alleyways, the Kasbah and walled fortress, and a new modern
Spring Break and Summer 2020
Day 1-2: Arrival in SpainFly to Malaga and meet your CSLI tour director at the airport. You’ll then be transported to Cadiz where you will meet your host family and have your first Spanish home-cooked meal.
Day 3: OrientationGuided orientation tour around the old part of Cadiz in the morning. Free afternoon to enjoy the beach with option to go surfing.
Day 4: SevilleYou’ll have a guided tour of the city, visit the largest cathedral in the world (3rd largest church) where you’ll see Christopher Columbus’ tomb and monument, and have a guided tour of the Alcazar of Seville.
Day 5: Jerez & Santa MariaGuided tour of Jerez where you’ll visit the Alcazaba (11th century Moorish fortress). Afternoon visit to the port of Santa Maria with guided tour of the castle.
Day 6: Tangier, Morocco (Optional)You’ll have a bus tour of the city, ride some camels at the beach, have lunch at an authentic Moroccan restaurant with music and dancers, have a walking tour of the old town, and do some shopping at the market.
Day 7: Cadiz MuseumVisit to Cadiz Museum. Free afternoon to enjoy the beach with the option to go surfing.
Day 8: Fly to FlorenceFree morning to go to the beach and say goodbye to Cadiz. Fly to Florence in the afternoon and meet your host family.
Day 9: OrientationGuided orientation tour around Florence. Free to explore in the afternoon.
Day 10: 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 11: RomeYou’ll have guided tours of The Colosseum, The Forum, Trevi Fountain and free time to explore.
Day 12: Uffizi MuseumGuided visit of The Uffizi which houses some of the most famous paintings of all time.
Day 13: Palazzo PittiYou’ll have an outdoor Italian lesson at the San Lorenzo Market with free time to do some shopping in the morning. Guided visit of Palazzo Pitti in the afternoon.
Day 14: Departure from ItalyTransfer 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.