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; Cadiz and Florence, while at the same time enjoying conducted trips to nearby cities such as Rome, Seville, and Tangier, Morocco.
What to expect on this amazing tour
Cadiz & Florence
Cadiz is an ancient port city in southwest Spain situated on a narrow peninsula surrounded by the sea. Founded as Gadir by Phoenicians from Tyre more than 3,000 years ago, it’s the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe. Today it’s a typical Andalusian city full of picturesque vistas, winding alleys connecting charming plazas, and well-preserved historical landmarks. A former 16th-century centre for trade and exploration, it has over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships. Love-struck visitors speak fondly of Cadiz’ seafood, beaches and collection of fascinating monuments and 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 buildings and monuments tell stories of art, war and life. Its streets, today huddled with tourists, are the same ones through which Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante and many other of the most brilliant minds in human history, threaded their way. The city offers sculptures, frescoes, palaces, churches and other monuments from the richest cultural flowering the world has ever known. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto.
A Beautiful Setting
Highlights of what you’ll experience on your 12-day trip to Spain and Italy
Spring Break and Summer
Day 1-2: Arrival in SpainFly to Spain 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: CadizGuided tour around the old part of Cadiz in the morning. Guided visit to Cadiz Museum. Free afternoon to enjoy the beach with option to go surfing.
Day 4: SevilleGuided tour of the old town, visit to the Cathedral where you’ll see Christopher Columbus’ tomb, and a guided tour of the Alcazar Palace 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 and have lunch at an authentic Moroccan restaurant with traditional music and dancers. Walking tour of the old town and shopping at the market in the afternoon.
Day 7: Transfer 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 8: FlorenceThe Duomo, Palazzo Davanzati, Palazzo Vecchio, the squares, the monuments, the Ponte Vecchio. Your guide will explain the details of Florentine life, from Roman times to the Middle Ages and through the Renaissance.
Day 9: 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 10: RomeTrain 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 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.