Students that read about a culture or historically-significant event can only hope to achieve a superficial understanding of the subject. But students truly begin to comprehend when they immerse themselves in the culture, take in the sights, smells and sounds, participate in the customs and witness firsthand the ongoing impact of a historically-significant event. And, more importantly, this is how students truly begin to appreciate the past and embrace the differences in our world.
Star Destinations’ student travel program focuses on making these experiences a reality through unique educational tours around the United States and the world. All of our student tours are custom-designed to meet the needs of your group and offer the greatest educational and cultural impact. We strive to make the process stress-free for teachers by coordinating all the details, from transportation and accommodations to tours and attractions. No matter where you’re looking to go or what you would like your tour to accomplish, Star Destinations is here to make your student travel experience a success.
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Why Star Destinations’ educational tours?
Education & Experience
Our educational tours are about expanding students’ horizons through immersive experiences that can help them grow into responsible citizens of the world. It is through these unforgettable opportunities that your students become more deeply invested in their educational experience.
Your students’ safety is always of our utmost concern. We maintain low student-to-chaperone ratios, hire security guards for New York and DC hotels (and other major cities as requested), conduct room checks, enforce curfews and require students to carry emergency and medical information at all times. Star Destinations also employs experienced tour managers to escort your group for the duration of the tour, if so desired.
Star Destinations’ student tours are designed to be both educational and fun! Our itineraries are filled with engaging tours and activities that bring history, art, science and culture to life. But we also balance our trips with experiences such as a baseball game, Broadway show or a day at the beach.
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Middle school is the perfect time for students to see our nation’s government in action in Washington DC. Add New York City to the itinerary for an unforgettable experience in one of world’s most iconic cities.
Encourage your students to spread their wings with an eye-opening journey across Europe, volunteer work in Central America or a senior class trip to Chicago.
Bands & choirs
Customize a tour with experiences that enhance your students’ appreciation of music. Participate in a master class, attend an opera or musical, sightsee, and showcase your group’s talents with performances in some of the best venues in the world.
Foreign language classes
Immerse your students in the culture they’re studying. Offer them the opportunity to converse with native speakers in Mexico, explore historic landmarks in Spain or sample the exceptional cuisine in France. Let the culture envelop them and watch their love of the language grow.
Set the future leaders in agriculture up for success with a chance to attend the National FFA Convention where they will participate in workshops and establish industry connections. Our itineraries are rounded out with visits to farm equipment manufacturers, working farms and more.
Head to Denver for a tour filled with history, sports and the arts. Tour the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, learn about the making of money at the US Mint and enjoy a Colorado Rockies baseball game. Then, round out your tour with a visit to the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave.
This tour boasts full days at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, plus Clearwater Beach. With opportunities for instrumental or vocal groups to learn from Disney entertainers and perform in the parks, our tour is perfect for high school music groups!
Bring government and history classes to life with a trip to Washington, DC. Visit the memorials, pay your respects in Arlington National Cemetery, journey to Mount Vernon and stop at the US Capitol. For a fun twist on our popular DC trip, add Boston to your itinerary! You’ll tour Fenway Park, visit the JFK Presidential Library, take a dinner cruise, walk along the Freedom Trail and participate in a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party.
Washington, DC/New York
See government in action at the US Capitol. Pay tribute to our nation’s leaders at the DC memorials. Dive into American history, the natural wonders, and air and space technology at the Smithsonian Museums. Then head to the Big Apple to experience the highlights of this amazing city!
Combine Washington, DC and Philadelphia for a tour rich in American history. Visit the DC memorials, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, and learn more about our nation’s government at the US Capitol. Philadelphia highlights include Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center and more.
“Growing up, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. (2007) and Chicago (2012) through Star Destinations. Both trips were wonderfully planned and allowed me to embark on a journey that not many people have the chance to have. I had so much fun and made so many new friends.”
- Payton Ball
“Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, General Jackson – LOVED them all! My biggest compliment is that, as a first time Star Destinations traveler, I plan to use them many more times in the future!”
- Show choir director, Nashville
“I am 100% glad that I did this trip. I only wish I would have went with my older son also. You all did an excellent job on this trip. Thank you.”
- Doug S., DC/NY chaperone
“Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible. I really enjoyed everything we were able to do.”
- DC/NY student traveler
“This trip was amazing and I’m so glad I went. I will never forget this trip.”
- Abby D., DC/NY student traveler
“This was absolutely the perfect music trip. Everything was extremely well-organized, well-planned, and well-executed. It went way beyond our expectations!”
- Band director, Orlando