The theory of “educational tours” is to gain an insight in to foreign cultures firsthand. In practice, you need a very well organized, well run tour which allows you to really engage with the culture. That means, obviously, that you need to be fussy about where you source your tours.
The new best practice in the travel industry is “custom” tours, specifically designed for education. Specialist providers are still hard to find, but there’s one in particular, a company called Teach by Travel, based in Brookfield, MA, which covers the entire spectrum of destinations for educational travel.
The range of destinations is indicative:
• British Isles
• Czech Republic
As you can see, this is a virtual smorgasbord of cultural tours, easily configured to any educational criteria. Their educational tours of Europe include a real potpourri of excellent travel options, suitable for a range of educational needs, including cultural, social, and many other academic disciplines. Country-specific tours include specialist choices like their educational tours of Spain and educational tours of Italy.
One of the very practical sides of these tours is their capacity to relate the tours to academic study and customize your tour to suit your needs. A tour of France, for example, includes the Louvre and Parisian destinations with the option of a tour of Nice, or a purely Parisian adventure. You can take a Francophone tour, exposing students to real Parisian speed French, and get real “immersion” in one of the world’s most exciting cities.
Another, very strong, recommendation for these tours is that they’re designed to cater for small and large groups. There’s no “cattle class” on these tours, and they also provide native speaking guides as instant onsite backup for travel groups. (These onsite guides are now also considered best practice in the travel group category of top quality tourism packages.)
For more information and an excellent example of the very best educational tours now on the market, see their website here at http://www.teachbytravel.com. Talk to their experts, discuss your needs, and you can map out a perfect educational tour with ease and confidence.