An Exciting Experience
Experience an unforgettable adventure by joining us for an 11-day stay in Florence, Italy. Students will live with typical Italian families, allowing them to participate and be immersed in the culture. They’ll gain an intimate knowledge of a historic and cosmopolitan city; Florence, while at the same time enjoying conducted trips to nearby places like Pisa, Venice 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.
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 13-day trip to Italy
VeniceVenice, capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Its stone palaces seemingly rise out of the water. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. The Grand Canal snakes through the city, which is filled with innumerable narrow, mazelike alleys and small squares.
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.
PisaPisa, located only about one hour’s drive west of Florence, contains a wealth of well-maintained Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas. The city is best known for its iconic Leaning Tower, already tilting when it was completed in 1372. The 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli.
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Day 1-2: Arrival in FlorenceFly to Italy and meet your CSLI tour director at the airport. Then meet your host family and go home for your first Italian home-cooked meal.
Day 3: Florence city tourThe 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 4: Piazzale MichelangeloIntroduction to Italian and a lecture on the Renaissance in the morning. Guided walking tour to Piazzale Michelangelo in the afternoon.
Day 5: Venice (Optional)Guided tour of the city with a visit to St Mark’s Basilica. Gondola ride and free time to explore and do some shopping in the afternoon.
Day 6: Pisa and LuccaGuided tour of Pisa with a chance to go up the Leaning Tower and free time to explore. Afternoon visit to Lucca for a panoramic bicycle tour of this beautiful medieval town.
Day 7: Accademia GalleryGuided visit to L’Accademia — home to Michelangelo’s David, the most famous statue in the world.
Day 8: Uffizi MuseumGuided visit of The Uffizi which houses some of the most famous paintings of all time.
Day 9: 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 10: Vatican CityGuided visit to the Vatican Museums in the morning and Sistine Chapel in the afternoon.
Day 11: 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.