Listed below are all of the inclusions on your group tour with eduSTAR. Please keep in mind that you may add or not include any of the items listed. Your choices will affect that package price to make it work best for your group. When you click on Request a Tour Quote, please list anything to be included or excluded. Of course, if you want to go over what you want included you can always call us at 800-426-0157.
As part of your tour group’s package, eduSTAR has provided your tour group with suggestions for your round trip transportation. If traveling by air, motorcoach or train, our office will handle all of the details, including reservations, seating, ticketing and everything necessary. If your tour group travels to your destination by air or train, a motorcoach will pick you up at the airport or train station and stay with you for the entire tour.
If your tour group travels by bus to your destination or you fly or take a train to your city of choice, eduSTAR will contract with a top-notch motorcoach company while on tour. The bus will stay with your group all day during your tour. Any bus company selected by eduSTAR must (1) be in full compliance with federal and state transportation rules and regulations and (2) have been audited by the US Department of Transportation and was awarded the highest possible safety rating.
Student Safe Hotel Accommodations
Every hotel selected by eduSTAR for your group will be “student safe.” That means that all hotels will be: 1) Brand name (Sheraton, Hilton, Ramada, Marriott Courtyard…); 2) No outdoor corridors; 3) No student group will be housed on first floor rooms; 4) All rooms will be close together; and 5) all Mini-bars will be locked with no keys. All paying participants are provided with rooms for four participants. All rooms may be upgraded at additional cost.
Over the years, eduSTAR has produced many unique itineraries to student groups all over the country and no two itineraries are ever the same. Simply click on Request a Tour Quote and request a sample itinerary that interests your group. An eduSTAR Tour Director will work with you and your team to discuss the itinerary and how best to achieve your group’s objectives. At that point, we can provide you with a customized itinerary that exceeds your expectations.
Your group will receive full American or continental breakfasts at the hotel or at a restaurant. For dinners, eduSTAR can provide your group with theme restaurants (e.g. Hard Rock Café), ethnic cuisine, buffets or food courts in the city. We can even provide a dinner cruise or dinner theater in many cities. All lunches are at the group’s expense. If you do want us to include lunches in the package price please let us know. All dietary issues, such as allergies or vegetarian diets can be accommodated.
As part of your tour package, we will provide your group with one free chaperone for every 20 paying participants. If your school system requires a different ratio (i.e. one free for every 10 paying), we would be happy to make any adjustment.
One Student Scholarship Tour
Over the years, we have heard heart-breaking stories of students as well as great academic achievements of students. eduSTAR is proud to provide your student group of 30 or more paying participants, with one additional tour for free. The student chosen is entirely up to the tour leaders.
Licensed Tour Guide
eduSTAR has a licensed staff of tour guides throughout the various cities. Many guides have been with us for many years and often work with our repeat customers. All tour guides are student friendly and know how best to communicate on your student tour in a fun and educational manner. All tour guides stay at the hotel with the group and all are required to submit to a background ground check.
Night Time Security
Each night at the hotel, a bonded nighttime security guard will stay on your group floor(s) to keep an eye on your students. In addition, many hotels used by eduSTAR often have their own private security plus security cameras throughout the hotel.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
There are several options for you and the parents to consider with respect to cancellation insurance. One option is to participate in eduSTAR’s “Tour Payment Refund” program which allows you to cancel for any reason or no reason. In that event, the group must all participate in the Online Payment System. The other options are the National Tour Association “Travel Protection and 24-hour assistance for travelers “ (applications can be provided by eduSTAR) or the Insure My Group, which can be found at www.insuremytrip.com.
eduSTAR is fully insured with a General Liability & Professional Errors & Omissions Insurance policy. If you or any administer would like to see a copy, feel free to give us a call.
No Hidden Costs
That’s right. All taxes, tips and gratuities, and admissions are included in your package price. Your group only needs to pay for lunches and souvenirs.
Staff Available 24/7
While on tour an educator representative will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a year for any reason or simply just to say hello.