Payments And More Via WeTravel
We are constantly working to better the travel experiences for teachers, parents and students at Educational Tours. The latest upgrade to our online service is designed to make it easier to join tours and make payments securely on our website.
Beginning this month, Educational Tours is teaming up with WeTravel for all our online ecommerce applications. WeTravel is a website that services the travel industry exclusively. Many of the same options on our current website payment service, like installment payments and payment notifications, are provided along with other features. Early feedback from clients already using the service has been very positive and we are excited to be rolling it out to all our schools and student groups.
As the travel business (like most every other industry) continues to see increased demand for online payments, WeTravel will help ensure Educational Tours provides the most up-to-date and secure payment service possible for our customers.
Contact us to learn more about this new online feature from Educational Tours of Florida.
$26,000+ Donation For Trip To DC
The Phil Royal Legacy has once again come through in a big way for the Citrus County Safety Patrol Program. April Royal (center holding daughter in photo), who manages the Legacy in honor of her late husband who was a longtime local law enforcement officer, presented a check for $26,379 that will partially fund 34 members of the safety patrol on its June trip to Washington, DC with Educational Tours. Each student also receives $50 spending cash for the tour.
“The donation also includes a 2019 Phil Royal Legacy T-shirt for all 489 people going on the trip,” said Tom Doyle of Educational Tours who works with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate the tour. “Citrus Safety Patrol travels on 10 buses and is one of the largest groups traveling to Washington, DC with us again this year thanks in a big way to the Legacy donation.”
According to its website, the Phil Royal Legacy was established to nurture the community by promoting Phil’s vision of treating everyone with dignity and respect building relationships with kids, elders and everyone in between.
Teachers and Sponsors from schools in West Palm Beach have been scheduling their class tours to Washington, D.C. in the winter months for a while. Although the weather is colder than spring, the upside is less congestion in the nation’s capital.
Tom Doyle represented Educational Tours on a trip last week with a class from West Palm Beach Meadow Park Elementary School. The group of five teacher/sponsors and 30+ safety patrol students bundled up as they enjoyed the sights. It was a full itinerary that included many of the most popular memorials and attractions, plus rare winter experiences for South Florida kids like ice skating.
“Our West Palm schools all take their D.C. trips in the winter,” said Doyle. “It’s not the traditional student tour time of year but they go for just that reason. Everything is less crowded so it’s very easy to get their groups into about anywhere and the kids love experiencing a colder climate. That’s part of the education actually!”
Doyle recommends considering the slower winter season for any teachers looking for a less hectic class trip to Washington, D.C.
“As long as it’s not a presidential inauguration week there really is no better time to take a group to Washington, D.C.,” Doyle added. (See more photos from the tour on Facebook.)
Contact Educational Tours to learn more about student tours to Washington, D.C.
Consider Visit to Kennedy Space Center For Students
Florida Today reports that Kennedy Space Center has now topped all other major attractions based on social media ratings. According to the story, the Center had a rating of 4.7 out of 5 in aggregate for TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google and Facebook, surpassing SeaWorld, Universal, Legoland and Walt Disney World.
This comes as no surprise for the team at Educational Tours and our many teachers and sponsors that have taken students on group tours to Kennedy Space Center. It offers a wealth of information, educational value and memorable experiences regardless of the student age or class curriculum.
There are many opportunities for student tours from day trips to overnight stays camped out under the Atlantis Space Shuttle or Saturn Moon Rocket. Educational Tours can customize a trip to included Kennedy Space Center and other central Florida destinations and attractions as well.
Contact us to learn more about student adventures to Florida’s top rated Kennedy Space Center.
Ed Tours Has Buses Ready For Your 2018-19 Student Class Trips
Welcome back to a new school year. The calendar at Educational Tours of Florida is already filling up with many returning schools and new ones planning trips across the state and the eastern U.S.
Our team of student travel experts, custom motor coaches, tour guides and many travel related partners are ready to assist teachers and sponsors with their travel plans. Top destinations continue to include St. Augustine, Tallahassee and Washington, DC. There are many other destination options and several are already in the works with many schools. Over the next few months recurrent opportunities like Gradventures will open up for reservations as well.
Contact Educational Tours to learn more about all the opportunities and options for creating the perfect student group tour.
Florida Schools Already Have Class Trips Set With Educational Tours
Imagine Charter School Land O’ Lakes 2018 DC Trip
Educational Tours of Florida completed the final class trip last week of the 2017-18 school year closing out a huge season. Groups from many schools across the state went on enriching trips to a wide variety of exciting destinations including these to name just a few:
- Busch Gardens Tampa
- Kennedy Space Center
- St. Augustine
- Washington, DC
- Gettysburg/Colonial Virginia/Monticello
- Tampa Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
- Orlando Universal Grandventure
- Orlando Universal Islands of Adventure
- New York City
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Disney Theme Parks
- WonderWorks Orlando
- Orlando Science Center
The books are already filling up with tours scheduled for the 2018-19 school year. That includes many schools, like Imagine Charter Land O’ Lakes, that have been traveling with Ed Tours for well over 10 years (some schools traveling this year go back to the very beginning over 35 years ago!) Now is the time for teachers and sponsors to start thinking about planning their student group tours. Check out the destinations on the Educational Tours website for tour ideas.
Thanks to all our schools, teachers, sponsors, parents and kids for another great season on the road with Educational Tours!
Sheriff Support & Scholarships Bring Largest Safety Patrol To DC
Thanks to the continued support of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department and new Sheriff Mike Prendergast, along with over $20,000 in scholarships from April Royal and the Phil Royal Legacy Foundation, 502 Citrus County Safety Patrol students, teachers and sponsors joined Educational Tours for a record trip to Washington, D.C. (Click on the photo above to enlarge the view.)
Sheriff and Mrs. Prendergast and April Royal were among the largest safety patrol group ever making the trip to our nation’s capitol. Educational Tours also provided two scholarships, to the 37 funded by the Phil Royal Legacy, helping to make this a record for safety patrol groups from Citrus County schools.
Brian Lattin and Tom Doyle of Educational Tours managed logistics for the six day tour, which included 215 hotel rooms, 11 buses and countless meals, event tickets and other details. The group visited most of the key highlights around Washington, D.C. as well as a tour of Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“We have been taking area safety patrols on tour for over 30 years and are just so proud to have such a huge group represented from our home town of Inverness and Citrus County,” said Doyle. “Thanks to April and everyone associated with the Foundation, Sheriff Prendergast and all the sheriff department staff involved, the sponsors and the parents for making it possible to bring such a large group of kids on the tour.”
Educational Tours is in the midst of a record season for safety patrol trips to Washington, D.C. in June, according to Lattin. He said over 3,500 students, teachers and sponsors are touring with the company through the end of the month.
Ed Tours Has Record Year For Safety Patrol Trips To Washington, DC
ET’s Grant Doyle with Alachua Safety Patrol Educational Tour in DC
Educational Tours has been helping sponsors take their Safety Patrols on student educational trips to Washington, DC since the beginning of the company. Over the years, the number of those tours have continued to grow, and according to founder Ed Latin, like most all of the company’s business it’s mainly from client referrals.
This season Educational Tours is in the midst of a record-setting year for safety patrol groups. Through the end of June, Ed Tours is taking over 70 buses of safety patrol kids to Washington, DC from schools in Citrus County to Jacksonville and many communities in between. That includes a large contingent from the Seminole County Safety Patrol traveling with Educational Tours for the first time. It all adds up to some 3,500 hundred students, teachers and sponsors, and a major undertaking for Educational Tours accomplished with a tremendous effort by everyone on their team.
“The logistics are really daunting on this scale,” said Lattin. “Particularly when you consider we are really a small family-owned business. But we just have some incredibly talented people and a depth of experience that allows us to do it all seamlessly for our clients.”
Latin said he and the entire team are involved in the process, and just about every manager is on the road this month between the company headquarters in Inverness, Florida and Washington, DC.
“It’s really a labor of love for us as these Safety Patrol kids are just so deserving of the opportunity to visit our nation’s capitol,” said Latin. “It’s a well deserved reward for serving their schools and fellow classmates, and we can’t thank the sponsors and schools enough for the chance to be involved as their student tour company.”
Class Trips At All-Time High For 2017/18 School Year
The 2017/18 school year is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever for Educational Tours. A strong economy and affordable group travel options are allowing more schools and groups to offer their students opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom.
“We are really excited to have both new and many many returning schools participating with us this year,” said Educational Tours Brad Latin. “It’s great to see so many schools jumping on the bus with Ed Tours giving kids the chance to travel and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
Latin said their current tours list includes trips to:
- Washington, DC
- Washington, DC/Annapolis
- Washington, DC/Gettysburg
- Washington, DC/Colonial VA-Monticello
- St. Augustine
- Tampa Museum of Science & Industry
- Tampa Busch Gardens
- Several Universal GradVenture Groups
- St. Pete Dali Museum
- Many Tallahassee Groups
- Kennedy Space Center
- Universal Islands of Adventure
“The list just keeps on growing with many more tours in the planning including destinations like New York City,” said Brad. “There is plenty of time to get a class trip organized for this school year and lots of exciting places to experience regardless of the class, group or curriculum.”
Learn more about the destination packages available from Educational Tours. Contact Brad for more details on planning a Student tour.
Although the 2017-18 school year is just getting started it’s not too early to start planning a year-end adventure for 8th Graders and Seniors. Part of this annual right of passage is a class trip to Universal Orlando for 8th grade students to Gradventure and seniors to Grad Bash.
Educational Tours is Florida’s leader in student class trips and no one knows how to help Florida teachers and sponsors host successful Universal adventures better than our team. But space is limited for both Gradventure and Grad Bash and typically they sell out months in advance.
Grad Bash dates are April 13, 20, 27 and 28 from 7PM – 2AM. Gradventure dates are May 4, 11, and 18 from 7PM – 12AM.
“Our company has been taking classes on end-of-the-year trips to Universal since the beginning,” says Brad Lattin, Educational Tours’ Assistant Director of Sales & Operations and an expert on Orlando travel. “I also started my career in the business at one of the top Orlando destination travel companies. That experience, along with the depth here at Educational Tours, benefits our clients and their students when it comes to Grad Nights to Universal, Disney, Busch Gardens or just about anywhere else in Florida.”
Educational Tours has several Orlando packages available, including Gradventure and Grad Bash, to make planning a class trip easy for teachers, sponsors and parents.
“We can also customize the Grad Night experience for teachers and sponsors looking to expand their class travel package to include multiple days, attractions and more,” says Brad. “Whether it’s Universal and back in an evening, an overnight trip with stops at multiple attractions or a weekend to include cultural as well as party locations, we can put it all together.”
Contact Educational Tours via email or call (800)343-9003 to learn more about the options and to get a quote on a customized Grad Night experience.