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Inspiration Awaits With Education Travel Destinations In New York City

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There’s no place on earth like the Big Apple.  With its history as a point of entry for new Americans coming to follow their dreams of freedom, New York City’s iconic status is globally recognized.

A city of such diversity is a rare gem and New York City hits all the numbers.  Whether you students are fascinated by the live theater traditions of Broadway, or the financial intrigue of Wall Street, there is something here to capture the imagination of everyone.

The Statue of Liberty looms over the city’s harbor as a symbol of new beginnings in the sheltering arms of the USA.  The rich cultural traditions brought here from the four corners of the earth live on in the teeming boroughs of New York City.  There is no world culture that hasn’t found a home in her concrete warrens.

Workshops and more.

Budding actors, singers and musicians will find much to be inspired by in New York City.  With its enormous wealth of talented experts, students can enjoy workshops in vocal training, improvisation and musical theater.  Walking in the footsteps of performers like Debbie Allen and Chita Rivera, their dreams take shape in the hands of renowned professionals.

They can even find themselves at a Broadway show, as some of the greatest actors alive inspire them with their virtuosity.

A fashion, art and design capital.

New York City is the spiritual home of fashionistas everywhere, with 5th Avenue’s glamour beckoning.  Fashion and design enthusiasts find the best that fashion offers in the glittering shops here.  A trip to a fashion design showroom reveals the tricks of the trade to young, aspiring designers.  A visit to the garment district’s bustle promises a singular experience.

Art and design admirers are treated to one of the most famous museums in the world, at the Museum of Modern Art.  With the most acclaimed collection of modern art in existence, the MOMA has been a New York City tradition since 1929.

Students with an interest in architecture will thrill to the beauty of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum and its stunning collections of modern art.

History and Culture.

The stories of struggle and victory can practically be heard whispering in the walls at Ellis Island, where so many came to pursue a new life among us.  New York City is where many of these seekers established thriving ethnic enclaves which your students can explore with walking tours of traditional neighbourhoods like Little Italy.

The United Nations had stood as a mediating force in the world since its inception in 1945.  Its 18-acre site in Manhattan is an exercise in architectural and artistic diversity in the service of international cooperation.  It’s here that one can view the famed “Gattica” by Pablo Picasso.

A world in a city.

Your students will find a thumbnail of the world in New York City.  Its layers of history, culture, art and entertainment make it a learning environment like no another.

Contact Junior Tours for an outstanding educational experience in New York City.

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The Windy City – Educational Travel Destinations In Chicago

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Chicago is a city that has it all.  From magnificent architecture to world class museums, the Windy City offers visitors a wealth of fascination.

The streets of this famed city, home to young Senators who become President, monolithic financial institutions, theater, fashion and exceptional art galleries, offer something here for everyone.

On its broad shoulders rest the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright and internationally acclaimed poet Carl Sandburg, who described Chicago as a resilient, hard-working hub of commerce – where Americans came to realize their dreams.

In the early part of the 20th Century, Chicago was the land of opportunity.  This reality brought Americans from all over the country to take part in the city’s bounty, doubling its population every 20 years.

Frank Lloyd Wright house and studio.

It was in Chicago’s windy embrace that Frank Lloyd Wright was to live out the first 20 years of his renowned career as one of America’s most influential architects.

His former home and studio have been fully restored as a museum, where students can experience the vast reach of his work.  Chicago is also home to many of his buildings, including the Unity Temple, Frederick C. Robie House and The Rookery.

Students of design will thrill to having a first-hand experience of this famed architect’s seminal work.

The Magnificent Mile.

North Michigan Avenue offers students much more than high end shopping.  Located between the famous Loop (Chicago’s historical center) and the Gold Coast area, the “Mag Mile” also features some of the USA’s most incredible architectural achievements, including some of its tallest buildings.

The John Hancock Center can be found here, towering over the area, as well as landmarks like the Wrigley Building, the Chicago Water Tower and the Allerton Hotel.

There is nothing more quintessentially American than the skyscraper and Chicago’s internationally-recognized skyline features some of the most impressive in existence.

The Art Institute of Chicago.

Do over 40 centuries of art boggle your mind?  Prepare to be dazzled by the broad sweep of history at the AIC.  With over 300,000 pieces on display, students will experience the AIC’s impressive collections.

Its permanent collection features some of the most recognizable works of art in history, including American Gothic, by Grant Wood, a painting which has inspired satirists and artistic commentators since being created in 1930.

Works by Seurat, Van Gogh and Picasso invite educators to engage with their students, discussing the role of art in their lives and futures.

Chicago Board of Trade.

Referred to by Sandburg as the “hog butcher of the world” in his poem, “Chicago”, the role of the city as a hub of agricultural commodities trading is embodied in this institution.

Here, agricultural commodities continue to be traded on “open outcry”, the practice here since it was known as the Chicago Butter and Egg Board.  The Board of Trade offers students a unique glimpse into Chicago’s past and the practice of trading agricultural futures as an enduring commercial reality.

Let Junior Tours show your students the amazing diversity of Chicago.  Contact us.

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Freedom Trails and Tea Parties – Educational Travel Destinations In Boston

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Established almost 4 centuries ago, Boston is a national treasure, where your students can encounter American history at its most dramatic.

Poets, philosophers and heroes are Boston’s proud legacy, from the magisterial musings of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond, to America’s first Town Hall meeting at Faneuil Hall, Boston is a living historical site.

Revolution in the air.

It’s just outside the city of Boston that the first battle of the American Revolutionary War took place, at Lexington and Concord.  The Old Burying Ground and Minuteman statue can be seen here, as students are walked through pivotal moments in the formation of our nation.

Bunker Hill is another living monument to the American Revolution, hosting one of the most important battles of the struggle for America’s freedom from British imperial rule, at Breed’s Hill in 1775.

Boston’s famous Tea Party took careful planning and that planning took place at the Old South Meeting House in 1773.  5,000 colonialists met here to set the wheels in motion for this act of rebellion, but people have been meeting here for three centuries, right until the present.

Students will be treated to a rich, exciting encounter with the fullness of the American story at these and other sites in and around Boston.

Pilgrims, witch trials and massacres.

The pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock were conveyed in the famed vessel, the Mayflower.  Today, a replica of this historic 17th ship offers students a window into the worlds of their ancestors, who came to flee tyranny.

The terror and communal fear of the Salem Witch Trials can be discovered by students desiring to understand all aspects of American history.  The museum features dramatically presented displays which remind us how rapidly neighbours can become enemies.

The site of the Boston Massacre is a stark memorial to the tensions between the British and the colonialists during the revolutionary period.  Here, British red coats encountered the wrath of the colonialists and felt the brunt of their burning desire for freedom.

Midnight rides and freedom trails.

Paul Revere’s midnight ride started here in Boston on April 18, 1775.  This unassuming silversmith was to become a legend of the American Revolution, teaching students that even the most modest person can make an enormous impact.

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile historical walk, taking visitors to 16 historically-significant sites.  Experiencing the birth of the USA through the monuments which commemorate its institution is a walk through some of the nation’s most turbulent and formative moments.

Boston – where American history lives.

The scope of historical experiences available to student travel groups visiting Boston is broad and richly populated by the voices of freedom fighters and philosophers, witches and poets.  The deeds of those who laid the foundations of the USA live on here as our legacy, reminding us of the cost of freedom.

At Junior Tours, we’ve been professional student educational tour operators since 1967.  We bring your group personalized itineraries which honor educator vision and make learning an adventure.

Contact us for more.

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Teach Children To Be Travelers, Not Just Tourists

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Most of us know that travel and tourism are two different animals.  Travelers; those who travel go forth into the world not just to see it, but to feel and experience it.  Tourists, on the other hand, tend to stick to the beaten path.  They may want to experience their destinations, but not necessarily in a profound way.  There’s little depth to the beaten track, and there’s little in the way of transformational contact with the cultures being encountered.

Were that not the case, the world would undoubtedly be a much better place.  It would be filled with people who feel connected to other cultures and sympathetic to the differences that make us fascinating humans, living on a small planet.

Alas, there are too many tourists and not enough travelers.  But if you’re a thoughtful person and you have children, part of your mission as a parent is to change that reality.  When you teach children to be travelers, not just tourists, what you’re really doing is creating a better world, in which understanding is the norm, not the exception.

Getting off the tourist track.

To travel mindfully, getting off the tourist track is your first order of business.  That means avoiding anything even remotely redolent of package tours and all-inclusive resorts.  To be a traveler and not a tourist, you need to know about where you’re going beyond the usual guidebooks.

Sit down and do your homework, starting with where you plan to stay.  Finding the right place to stay depends on what you’re hoping to teach children while you’re traveling.  Do you want them to see the great museums at your destination, or encounter unique cultural realities?  Are you looking for an immersive experience that includes encountering the food and music of your destination?

Seek out areas which offer the kind of experiences you want your children to have while you’re traveling.  That’s not necessarily the most central area, but it’s certainly one which offers access.  That access is an experience itself, as public transit can be the source of memorable encounters – encounters that change a child’s life and perspectives.

Speaking the language.

Even if you’re traveling within the USA, this country is home to many distinct cultural settings which you’ll want to explore.  If you’re going to New Orleans, for example, you’ll want to know what “lagniappe” (something extra) means.

But speaking the language goes beyond differences in the way people speak.  It extends to customs and manners.  What’s acceptable at home may not be acceptable where you’re going.  Manners and unwritten behavioral rules exist everywhere.  Try to find out what those are at your destination before you go.  Instead of culture shock, you’ll experience cultural contact.

Junior Tours.

Junior Tours has been teaching children to be travelers, not just tourists since 1967.  Junior Tours was founded by a teacher whose greatest desire was to do just that.  Ever since, we’ve been offering children unique educational tours that help them understand the world around them by learning from it.

Contact us to find out more.

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Top Summer Camp Educational Trips In 2017

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Summer’s here!  But just because the sun is high in the sky, it doesn’t mean kids can’t continue learning, while enjoying the experience.  At Junior Tours, we’ve been creating trips and excursions that make education fun since 1967, including summer camp.

Our top summer camp educational trips in 2017 is a window into some of what’s available to young people keen to continue learning over the summer months.  There’s something for everyone and the diversity of experience will amaze you.

Language immersion.

Summertime keeners interested in learning a new language will be thrilled to know there’s a summer camp dedicated to just that.  With the world becoming increasingly small, young people who speak more than one language enjoy greater opportunities.

Concordia Language Villages offer 1 week and 6 week options for immersion learning, through the end of August.  Based in Moorhead, MN, students are treated to cultural as well as linguistic experiences.  Issued passports, camper are also given names which reflect the language they’re learning.

Kids can choose immersion in 15 languages, from Japanese to Arabic.

For budding diplomats.

In the Catskill Mountains, kids can learn diplomatic skills at the model United Nations camp.  With 3 1-week sessions offered between July 21 and August 10, students interact with professors and peace corps volunteers to learn about international relations and how they’re effectively managed.

With a different theme each week, students will connect with complex themes in diplomacy, from combating cyber warfare to global access to medical care.

Participants also enjoy a simulation of the World Trade Organization, in which such weighty matters are discussed on the international level.

Game and app design for the geeks.

Geek is the new mogul and kids with their dreams set on the world of coding and computing will fit right in at the National Computer Camps.

On three campuses located in Fairfield, CT, Atlanta, GA and Cleveland, OH, classes take place on various dates during the month of July.  Campers will learn how to produce 2D and 3D games, design an app for the Android mobile device and create digital videos.

Coding certification courses are also available for older, or more computer savvy campers.

Space – the final frontier.

Space Camp in Huntsville, AL runs from the beginning of June through the end of August.  Among it’s alumni are NASA astronauts.

Drawing on STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math), students aged 9 to 18 learn to apply these within the context of the space program, with practical hands-on experiences.  They’ll also have an opportunity to apply their analytical skills to space mission findings and participate in simulations of mission control.

Junior Tours creates outstanding educational experiences for students.  Founded by a teacher, we’re committed to combining learning with fun, offering student groups exceptional trips and tours, tailored to educator vision.

These top summer camp educational trips in 2017 express some of the best learning opportunities available at US summer camps, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg.  Contact us.  Junior Tours makes the world your classroom.

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Are Educational Travel Services Essential For Teachers?

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Teachers are busy people.  Often, they’re overwhelmed by the demands of the job, which is absorbing, rewarding and exhausting in equal measure.  Doing a yeoman’s work both inside and outside the classroom, it makes sense that teachers source professional support when organizing a travel experience for their students. So, are educational travel services essential for teachers? 

At Junior Tours, we believe that to be the case.  Our company was established by a teacher who knew all about the demands of educating young people, so he envisioned a resource to support educational goals with a superior travel service.

50 years of excellence.        

Since 1967, Junior Tours has been bringing educators excellence in student trips and tours.  We’re celebrating 50 years of service in the sector, bringing teachers and students the very best in educational travel services.

For any curriculum, Junior Tours offers outstanding support for tours encompassing both learning and enjoyment, creating experiences for students they’ll talk about for years to come.

While you’re enjoying your tour with your students and helping them absorb as much as they possibly can, we’re taking care of the details.  We keep your itinerary on track, offering you a dedicated Tour Escort who’s with your 24 hours a day for the duration of your tour.

Professionally trained, our Tour Escorts sweat the small stuff, while you teach and support your students.

Only the very best.

Because we’ve been around for 50 years, Junior Tours brings you the very best in accommodations, offering you centralized, secure, premium hotels where you’ll rest easy after a long day of exploration and learning.

Every detail of your educational tour is planned with attention to detail, ensuring your students derive the most benefit, as we get you where you want to be.  Your ground, air and rail transportation is all taken care of, so you and your group ride in comfort.

Chaperones join your group free of charge, with one chaperone for every 20 students.  If that doesn’t work for you, we’ll recalibrate the ratio to ensure you get exactly what you need.

Junior Tours will customize your adventure to include workshops, museum visits, or excursions to other attractions that add educational interest and excitement to your tour.

Premium educational services.

We know teachers give their all to educating their young charges, so we offer premium educational services that honor your hard work.

Your educational goals are honored with personalized planning that gives your students a unique and detailed window into the subject of your tour.  From history to fashion, languages to business, we match your vision to tailored educational experiences your students will never forget.

Are educational travel services essential for teachers?  The people at Junior Tours know that a professionally planned and executed tour brings your students the very best learning experience available.

With 50 years of excellence behind us, we’re ready to create an unforgettable educational adventure for you and your students that will enhance your teaching objectives and cement student learning with exceptional experiences.

Contact us for a free quote and sample itinerary.

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Student Tours For Any Curriculum

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Because Junior Tours was founded by a teacher in 1967, we know educators are looking for a student tour provider capable of fulfilling the needs of a wide variety of curricular interests.

Diversity is something we’re proud to offer teachers and students, with a wide range of destinations, featuring points of interest that cover all the educational bases.

From history to fashion, we’ve got you covered.  But we go further than bringing diversity to student tours.  We bring fine personalization that speaks to educator vision and student interests, customizing itineraries to your specifications.

Everything under the sun.

For students who plan on a career in the business world, our tours to New York City, Chicago and Atlanta put them in the center of the action.

From Wall Street to the Atlanta headquarters of CNN, to Chicago’s bustling business district, students discover how businesses operate at the very highest level.  With visits to attractions that inform and support their budding vocation, we take them directly to the top of the ladder.

Language students can find their feet in an immersive experience in Montreal, Quebec, where French has been spoken since the city’s founding.  The Cajun version of French can be encountered among local people in New Orleans, LA, where the language was brought by Acadians settlers, after leaving Canada.

The rich and vibrant history of the USA is all around us, but a tour with Junior is a living encounter, placing students on the battlefields of the Civil War at Gettysburg, or at the site of the Boston Tea Party in a city alive with the American story.

No matter what your students are studying, or what your educational goals are for them, Junior Tours’ extensive experience in the realm of educational travel shows your students what they need to see, as you enjoy a seamlessly executed tour.

The best of everything.

You, your students and chaperones (who join us free of charge) travel in comfort, with reliable air, rail and bus transportation, round trip.  There’s no need to rely on public transportation (unless that’s part of the experience you’re planning).  We’ll organize ground transportation for you, at your destination of choice.

Because of our long tenure in the sector, we have strong relationships with accommodations providers.  Central, with first class amenities, our roster of deluxe hotel providers sees your group enjoying a great night’s sleep once your busy day is done.

Junior Tours’ professionally trained Tour Escorts are with you and your group 24/7, bringing you destination expertise, energetic leadership and itinerary management that frees you to enjoy the adventure.

At Junior Tours, we offer student tours for any curriculum, customized to the needs and interests of your group.  When you go with Junior, you go with the very best.

We’re committed to offering educators and students exceptional educational tours that bring your curriculum to life.  With first class logistics and professional on-tour support, your group is treated to outstanding comfort, reliability and educational value you won’t find elsewhere.

Contact us for a free quote and sample itinerary.

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5 Great Ways For Kids to Raise Money For a School Trip

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A key challenge for many parents is finding the funds to send their kids on a school trip.  But the great thing about fundraising for school trips is that it teaches kids important lessons about the economic realities of travel, as well as team work, cooperation and how to talk to people about contributing to their cause.

So, this post is dedicated to 5 great ways for kids to raise money for a school trip, including both new-fangled and old-fangled ways of raising the funds you need.

Old School fundraising.

There’s nothing like a bake sale, car wash, or yard sale to bring the parents to the schoolyard.  These traditional methods of raising funds for school trips gets everyone involved, bringing the community into the fold in common cause.

Parents can team up with their kids, creating a unique dynamic in which everyone puts their shoulder to the wheel to get the job done.  It’s a great lesson for kids and brings parents to the party in a real and positive way that makes a huge difference, cash wise and community wise.

Crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is an exciting, new-fangled way to raise money for all manner of projects.  It can work for your school trip, too.  At Junior Tours, we particularly like the resource FundRazr.  It’s easy and free.

Your group gets a website to explain how the funds will go toward its school trip – a unique educational experience for them.  They (and parents), will have the opportunity to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to solicit funds.  It’s a fundraising technique ripe with outreach, consciousness-raising and learning opportunities.

Events.

Connect with a local business to create an event that invites the community to join the effort.  Find a business in the community that’s willing to match donated funds for greater impact.

The event might be a coffee house or a picnic, with a silent auction.  Inviting community and business participation raises your group’s and your school’s profile, as well.  You can even involve the trip participants in putting together a media release to alert local press and radio.

F2F.

F2F (face-to-face fundraising) is proven to be one of the most effective ways to raise money for any cause.  Organize your kids to go door to door, targeting neighbourhoods in the school’s catchment.  Kids at the door with a burning passion for going on an educational trip can net your group a very good source of funds.

While they’re door knocking, they’re learning lessons about persuasion and comportment that will serve them well in life.

Scratch cards.

Junior Tours proposes scratch cards as a high return fundraising strategy.  For 10 cents per card, students can offer these to friends and family.  Each box on the cards represents a donation of between .10 cents and $3.00, with each card rendering $150 in funds, once all boxes have been scratched off.

Since 1967, Junior Tours has been offering outstanding student educational travel experiences.  Contact us to request a free quote and sample itinerary.

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Some Compelling Reasons to Book Your Student Tour Early

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Book early. We all know that young people love spontaneity, but student tours don’t particularly lend themselves to playing it by ear.  Student tours require fine planning, logistics expertise, and exacting execution. Thinking ahead gives you time, selection and savings that keep your budget in check.

In this post, we’re going to share some key reasons to book your student tour early.  Because we’re a student tour planning company, we know our clients benefit enormously when they book ahead.  Let’s see why the early bird really does get the worm.

Payment plans.

Booking early means you have time to reach your fundraising goals in support of your trip.  You have more time to set up fundraising activities and events with your group and to raise awareness about the tour.  As fundraising bears fruit, you pay over time.

Booking early can also give parents who don’t have money immediately available time to save, so their child is included.

Building anticipation.

Early booking gives you room to build group anticipation.  It also gives you needed time to get buy in from parents who may be nervous about sending their child off on a tour.

Your tour will book almost organically, as word of mouth takes over and your group’s plans go viral.  As you release itinerary details in the run up to the tour, you’ll see it fill up and before you know it, booked solid.

More selection and availability.

Book early, especially if you’re planning a student tour during high volume travel periods, booking early means you get the best selection and availability.  Junior Tours’ relationships with top accommodations vendors in the most popular student tour destinations mean you get the best, but having more time means you get the best of the best.

Booking early means you’ll have access to the very best of premier hotels and attractions, because you’re first in line.

Save money!

Booking a student tour early (as more and more people are finding out) means that your group’s budget stays tight.

When you book a tour at the last minute, low availability impacts price (especially during those costly high traffic periods).  Early booking not only gets you the widest selection in terms of scheduling and hotel quality and location – you save money, too.  And that makes everyone happy.

Junior Tours.

Junior Tours has been planning and executing student tours since 1967.  Founded by a teacher, our emphasis is on quality educational experiences for your students.  We bring you professional logistics expertise that recognizes the purpose and focus of your tour, while giving your students an unforgettable experience.

These reasons to book your student tour early point out why the early bird gets the worm and a whole lot more.  The early bird also gets the best flights, programming, and accommodation vendors for a superior price, while allowing sufficient time for anticipation and fundraising dollars to build up.

At Junior Tours, we’d thought you’d like to know all that.  Ready to book?  Contact us to request an itinerary and quote.

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How Student Tours Work: Planning and Executing

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Planning a student tour is easy with Junior Tours.  We work to educator vision of learning objectives for your student tour group, defining it with our decades of experience in the sector.

Since 1967, we’ve been the teacher’s choice for tours which have taken over 500,000 students to destinations all over the USA.

Let’s talk about how student tours work:  planning and executing.  With Junior Tours, they’re a cinch.

Planning the perfect student tour.

Contacting us for a sample itinerary and quotation is your first move.  One of our Junior’s planning experts will contact you within 72 hours when you fill out our online form, to discuss your goals for the tour.

Once you’ve nailed down your itinerary, tour duration and other details, we’ll provide you with suggestions for enhancement through tailored experiences to make your tour group’s adventure even more valuable.

Here’s where you set up your fundraising efforts.  Junior Tours provides you with an array of fundraising resources to help you raise the money you need to cover tour expenses.  We know your group has a budget and we help you work within it.  There’s even a student scholarship option, worth up to $1,000 per student applying.

The sooner you start promoting your tour to students, the more successful it will be.  Junior has online resources to help you with that, too, including a simple tool for setting up a tour website.

Executing your tour.

Now that the planning’s done, it’s time to enjoy your experience.  Your group gets 24/7 support with a dedicated Tour Guide who ensures that your tour is realized seamlessly, down to the finest detail.

You and your students enjoy the adventure and excitement of visiting the destinations on your tour, while Junior Tours sweats the details.  We focus solely on your group.  We don’t combine groups, or add people to your tour you don’t know.  With Junior Tours, we provide a boutique experience that’s entirely focused on your group.

Junior is there for the duration of the tour to ensure that you and your students have the most valuable experience possible.

Student tours with the best.

No matter where your tour group ventures, Junior takes them on the educational adventure of a lifetime.  Because of longstanding relationships with select vendors, we bring your students the very best in learning excursions for an experience they’ll never forget.

Junior Tours opens the door to educational travel for teachers from all 50 states.  We’ve been doing it since 1967, so you’re assured of an adventure to remember.  Junior creates student educational adventures that make learning fun.

About Junior.

Junior Tours is the acknowledged leader in planning and executing student educational tours, all over the USA.  We offer logistical and programming excellence that answers educator goals.  Our long tenure in student tour planning brings you unique adventures, supported by decades of experience.

How student tours work: planning and executing really is this easy.  When you tour with Junior, you tour with the professionals.

Contact us to request an itinerary for your student tour.