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Education & Learning - Best Tours & Trips 2019

1,208 trips to Education & Learning tours from 113 tour companies. 919 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Learning vacations are focused primarily on adding to your knowledge of a particular subject -- anything from digging alongside archaeologists in Egypt to learning art history in Florence. Several tour companies specialize in these types of vacations, which appeal to those who want to combine travel with an educational component.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
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Thailand – The Baby Elephant Experience

Discover Corps
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 280 / day
$ 2,795
From : $ 3,438
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Spend your days alongside the friendly village elephants and the local community
  • Engage with the cultural blend of traditional and modern and enjoy the slow pace of village life.
  • You’ll also venture into Thailand’s authentic street markets in Chiang Mai, zip-line through the jungle
  • Explore shimmering temples and raft down the Mae Taeng River
  • Experience travel into the mountains to a long-neck Karin village
  • Opportunity to learn about their ancient traditions, meet with village elders and discover a community lost in time.
Visits:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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After School Program – Volunteering in Costa Rica

Give A Day Global
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
1 days
$ 100 / day
$ 100
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • To learn, first hand, about local community challenges and about the work of Asociacion CREAR
  • To form a connection with Asociacion CREAR in order to raise awareness of this organization and the community they serve
  • Have fun!  Many travelers say volunteering is the highlight of their trip - we hope it is for you too!
Visits:
Costa Rica
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Authentic Cuba: A Family Learning Adventure

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 430 / day
$ 4,299
From : $ 5,804
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Interact with Cubans of all ages in community-based activities
    • Meet with members of a local dominoes club and try playing the authentic Cuban way
    • Learn about Cuban history, cultural traditions and daily life in a small town and in the capital city
    Visits:
    Havana, Cuba
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    Ultimate Italy tour
    Group Tour
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    Ultimate Italy

    17 days
    $ 173 / day
    $ 2,939
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Float through the Venetian canals aboard a traditional gondola
    • Step into the Renaissance in Florence
    • Indulge in Italian food and wine while taking in the Tuscan countryside
    • See the best of ancient Rome, the Vatican and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
    • Take in the turquoise waters and coastal views of luxurious Capri
    • Go on a breath-taking tour of Pompeii, the city buried in ash in 79 AD
    • Soak up the sun on the beach in Catania
    Visits:
    Cinque Terre, Colosseum, Florence, Lake Como, Milan, Naples, Rome, Sicily, Sistine Chapel, Tuscany, Umbria, Vatican Museum, Venice, Italy
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    Costa Rica Adult Surf Yoga Retreat

    7 days
    $ 356 / day
    $ 2,495
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • You can experience over 50 well-known, named surf breaks and just as many lesser-known ones.
    • Surf the Pacific Coast and explore several beach breaks in the beautiful Tamarindo area.
    • Playa Avellanas, a white sand beach is one of the most tranquil, pristine beaches around and offers waves for all skill levels
    • Also enjoy other activities including a Zip line tour through a Rainforest canopy while seeing monkeys and iguanas, and exploring amazing pristine beaches.
    Visits:
    Costa Rica
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    Belgian Beer Tour

    G Adventures
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 281 / day
    $ 2,249
    From : $ 3,036
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit all six trappist breweries in belgium
    • Indulge in delicious belgian cuisine
    • Explore quaint towns like bruges and rochefort
    • Learn about (and taste) rare beers and see the monasteries where they are made
    Visits:
    Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Belgium
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    Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji

    28 days
    $ 143 / day
    $ 4,000
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Learning new scuba diving skills, conducting underwater surveys in the warm,
    • Turquoise waters of the Pacific, spending time getting to know the local community and their traditional villages
    • Teaching children about environmental conservation during weekly school visits, assisting in the creation of coral farms
    • Discover a myriad of fascinating marine creatures to study
    • Enjoy island hopping, stunning remote island locations
    • Scuba diving, snorkeling, traditional ceremonies,
    • Idyllic traditional Fijian villages, white beaches,
    • Climbing volcanic mountains
    • Enjoying breathtaking scenery
    • Cave swimming
    • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
    • Learning to speak Fijian.
    Visits:
    Fiji
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    Peru: Machu Picchu Inn to Inn

    National Geographic Expeditions
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    10 days
    $ 630 / day
    $ 6,295
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
    Highlights
    • Trek high among the majestic peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu.
    • Spend a full day and a half exploring the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu.
    • Delve into the enchanting world of the Inca during an evening with National Geographic grantee Peter Frost.
    • Relax in beautiful mountain lodges set amid spectacular scenery.
    Visits:
    Andes Mountains, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Urubamba, Peru
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    Treasures of South Africa

    15 days
    $ 573 / day
    $ 8,590
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • The wonders of Southern Africa exceed the imagination.
    • Poised between soaring mountains and expansive views of the sea.
    • Travel through the breathtaking South African countryside aboard the Rovos Rail, one of the world’s most luxurious trains.
    Visits:
    Botswana's Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Cape Town, Chobe National Park, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, South Africa
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    Cambodia: Islands, Waterfalls, Angkor Wat and the ...

    Myths and Mountains
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    14 days
    $ 300 / day
    $ 4,195
    From : $ 5,160
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Explore Siem Reap
    • Visit Pre Rup and Ta Prohm
    • Discover Bakong  
    • Visit McDermott Gallery
    • Explore Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat
    • Visit historical places like Lolei, Neak Pean and Preah Ko
    • Visit Mangrove Forest
    • Explore Tatai Waterfall
    Visits:
    Angkor Wat, Banyon Temple, Phnom Penh , Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
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    Back Roads of Japan

    G Adventures
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    11 days
    $ 324 / day
    $ 3,799
    From : $ 4,818
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Spot snow monkeys in nagano
    • Relax in the healing waters of an onsen
    • Explore a 16th-century samurai castle
    • Cycle through the rural town of hagi
    • Experience a homestay in a traditional japanese community
    Visits:
    Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
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    Discover Cuba: Its People and Culture

    8 days
    $ 737 / day
    $ 5,895
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Preservation: Explore World Heritage sites and learn about preservation efforts from Cubans who are passionate about their architectural heritage.
    • Art Traditions: Discover Cuba’s sophisticated art traditions during visits with artists in their studios.
    • Religion: Learn about the African origins of Cuba’s Santeria religion as you engage with practitioners 
at a local museum.
    • Music: Hear the complex rhythms of Cuban music, from son to rumba and jazz, and learn about these uniquely Cuban music styles.
    • Unique to our program! Attend a special panel discussion with a diverse group of experts, which takes place in Miami prior to your departure for Cuba.
    • Please note: Our November 10-19, 2016 departure runs on a 10-day schedule.
    Visits:
    Havana, Miami, Trinidad, Cuba
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    Tibet: Beyond Everest Base Camp

    Myths and Mountains
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    22 days
    $ 463 / day
    $ 10,195
    From : $ 13,559
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
    Highlights
    • Visit Wenshu Yuan,
    • Visit the Panda Breeding Center to see the adult and baby pandas.
    • Visit the Norbulinka, once named Jewel Park and now Peoplems Park.
    • Visit two of the most interesting ofthe  Buddhist  monasteries.
    • Enjoy a 5-day trek to Everest Base Camp
    Visits:
    Tibet
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    Provence: The Art of Living

    Road Scholar
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    13 days
    $ 261 / day
    $ 3,399
    From : $ 4,589
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Explore the 14th-century palace of the popes in Avignon
    • Gain rare access to one of the oldest family ranches in the Camargue, France’s national wildlife reserve near Arles
    • Enjoy a taste of local life in Aix-en-Provence
    • Peruse the stalls overflowing with fresh flowers and produce on market day and sit down to dinner with professionals who live in the city
    Visits:
    Arles, Avignon, France
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    Vietnam Family Adventure

    National Geographic Expeditions
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    11 days
    $ 508 / day
    $ 5,590
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • In Hanoi meet a water-puppet-maker to put on a show and learn to make traditional rice dough figurines.
    • Go on a lively treasure hunt in the charming, beautifully preserved trading town of Hoi An.
    • Explore the flavors of Vietnam with a chef during a trip to Hoi An’s picturesque market and a cooking lesson.
    • Extend your adventure in Cambodia with a visit to the exotic temples and palaces of Angkor, home to Khmer kings a thousand years ago.
    Visits:
    Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Vietnam
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    Top Education & Learning Experiences

    Searching for carmine bee eaters in South Africa’s Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

    Seeing the historic WWI battlefields of Somme, Verdun, Argonne and the Marne Valley and learning the events that unfolded there

    Exploring Egyptian archaeological sites along the Nile River

    Learning about Maasai people, their culture and their lifestyle

    Visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphan’s Project

    Learning about the unique biodiversity of Galapagos Islands

    Teaching English to novice monks in Laos

    Seeing Southern Hemisphere constellations and stars for the first time on a star-gazing tour in the Australian Outback

    Watching a demonstration of the Haka in New Zealand

    Learning to make an authentic Thai curry in Bangkok

    Taking tango lessons and attending milongas (tango events) in Buenos Aires

    Gaining an open water scuba diving qualification while exploring beautiful coral reefs

    Learning Spanish in South America

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    Education & Learning Trip Reviews

    919 Education & Learning Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

    4.7 out of 5
    Excellent 706
    Great 194
    Average 3
    Disappointing 4
    Terrible 12
    Value
    4.7
    Guide
    4.7
    Activities
    4.7
    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.7
    Meals
    4.7

    Tour Reviews Write a Review

    Baha 2019 spring break

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Baha 2019 spring break. Greatest week of my life. Wish I could do it again. Thank you grad city.

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    Operator GradCity

    Would absolutely recommend!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Had a wonderful time in Greece during Spring Break! The Tour Director was incredible, very knowledgeable, and connected well with the students on the tour.

    The trip was definitely geared towards teenagers, meaning we were on the go all the time - seeing as much as we possibly could! I can see how some adults would not enjoy the trip, because it was NOT a vacation.

    The hotels were clean and comfortable, but not anything spectacular. Perfect for what we were using them for - just to sleep! The meals fed our hungry teenagers and were tasty.

    Other reviews on this site talk about their poor experience with customer service - I didn't experience that. Everyone I spoke to was helpful and polite.

    Overall, EF provided a quality trip experience geared towards the students on the tour. As an adult, I would have preferred some things be different but I had to remember that the trip wasn't about me - it was about my student!

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    Operator EF Educational Tours

    Marrakech is Memorable - Noura made it Unforgettable!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 4.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    What a privilege it was for my family and me to experience Marrakech with Noura as our guide. She developed and coordinated a thoughtful itinerary for our 6 day visit, and then adapted throughout the week as we rearranged our plans. Throughout our time together, she provided informative background on the history of the sites we visited. It was a perfect combination of planned at activities and "go with the flow" spontaneity -- the essence of what a discovery vacation is about.

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    Operator Morocco private expert

    They gave us truly memorable days i

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Best tour operator ever! Mohammad and his team were so nice to us, considerate, flexible and always welcoming. They gave us truly memorable days in Jordan! Every day of our journey was planned to perfection and carefully adapted to our needs and wishes.
    Thanks to the entire team and huge thanks to our driver Saleh!

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    Operator Why Jordan Tours

    Great work to support people

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Good time to travel with my student to learn more culture and support Vietnamese community

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    Operator Go Vietnam Travel

    It was the best experience of my life

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I went to Tokyo, Japan for the 2018 summer course and it was the best experience of my life, I met people from all over the world all super nice and sharing the same interest in the land of the rising sun, the activities were great and super fun with everyone. The school and dormitory were awesome. In short, if you want an unforgettable experience, it should be done without moderation!

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    Operator Studytrip.com

    Education & Learning Tours and Travel Guide

    Education & Learning Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Learning vacations are focused primarily on adding to your knowledge of a particular subject -- anything from studying Spanish in Mexico to digging alongside archaeologists in Egypt to learning art history in Florence. Several tour companies specialize in these types of vacations, which appeal to travelers who want to combine a stay in a far-off location with an educational component. These trips often feature lecturers and local experts to enrich your experiences. 

    Well-being

    One way to combine a relaxing vacation with learning something new is to learn a well-being activity, such as yoga, meditation, or pilates. Not only are these activities great for the body and mind, but they can make for a peaceful and enjoyable vacation in an exotic location. These activities can take place throughout the world, from retreats in India, to beaches in Southeast Asia, to mountain lodges in South America.

    Sport & Active Outings

    Traveling abroad can open up new opportunities for learning sports and active pursuits that would be impossible at home, for example, horse riding, sand boarding, and mountain climbing. It’s also a great way to learn water sports such as surfing, waterskiing, and wake boarding. Most of these sports and activities can be undertaken as a single taster course of a day or two, but setting aside an entire holiday to learn a new activity can be rewarding, as you chart your progress and improve day by day.

    A popular active learning vacation is sailing, where you can take in a few days or weeks of learning how to sail, while also exploring a region. Another is scuba diving, where you can spend days learning about diving while exploring an underwater world, and receive a qualification at the end. 

    Dancing

    Taking dance lessons can be a great way to learn a new skill and also learn about the culture of a specific region. Tango, for example, is an integral part of the culture of Buenos Aires, and taking some lessons here will open up a whole new side of the city to you. While salsa lessons are available throughout the world, learning the dance in Central or South America allows you to not only learn the steps, but to surround yourself with the culture of salsa, too.

    There are a wide range of dance lessons available worldwide, from the well-known dances of Latin America, to tribal dances of Africa, or Bollywood dancing in India. So you can plan the location around the dance, or plan the dance around the location.

    Creative

    There are countless opportunities for combining a vacation with pursuing a creative passion. If you’re interested in fashion, why not try making your own clothes or jewelry? For those interested in photography, travel can open up a whole new world of photography adventures, allowing you to both pursue your hobby and to improve your skills. Or for those who enjoy writing, a writing retreat can be a great opportunity to focus on your passion, while meeting like-minded people.

    Cooking

    Where better to learn to cook authentic cuisine than in the home of the cuisine itself? Cooking courses can range from a single lesson to weeks spent exploring the culinary world of a country, and are a great way to experience the tastes of a region while learning a new skill to take home. Cooking courses can take place anywhere in the world, so all you need to do is pick a cuisine or country that interests you.

    Language

    There’s no better way to learn a language than by immersing yourself in it. Many language immersion courses are quite limited in where they take place (If you want to learn Mandarin, China is the obvious choice!). But others can take place in a wide range of countries. For example, if you’d like to learn Spanish, you can go pretty much anywhere in Central or South America, or of course, to Spain itself!

    Be careful when choosing a location to learn a new language, though, as different places have different regional accents and dialects. The French spoken in France is far different to that spoken in Quebec, or throughout West Africa! So do your homework before you go, and find a course that’s right for you.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    What is an educational tour?

    On an educational tour, the ultimate goal is to learn something new while traveling. 

    An educational tour can be age specific. For example, learning vacations and educational tours for adults are particularly popular. Some of the best providers of these kind of tours include Road Scholar (previously known as Elderhostel), a company known for its educational cruises and other easy and convenient trips, and Smithsonian Journeys.

    An educational tour can take many forms. Perhaps you want to learn more about ancient Incan society at Machu Picchu by hiking the Inca Trail, or you want to learn the history of what was formerly Yugoslavia by rail, or you want to walk the spice trails in Petra -- all of these trips could be (and are!) educational tours.

    Service Learning Tours

    Another sought after form of educational tour is a learning tour with a service component. Like the traditional educational tour, the intensity of the service and amount of service per trip can vary drastically. Service is a great way to give back to the community you’re visiting, and can help make a trip much more meaningful.

    Some examples of service you could be doing while traveling include working at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, helping run an ESL after school program in Costa Rica, or helping perform animal conservation research in South Africa.

    How to Pick your Educational Tour

    Size
    Once again, group sizes vary dramatically per tour and by company. Generally, large groups are a better price and boast group discounts. Smaller groups, while more expensive, usually offer a more thorough and personalized experience. If you are an independent person, you might even be interested in a self-guided tour -- whatever you’re leaning toward, however, Stride is your best resource to compare and contrast different tour providers and trip options. Check out our educational tour reviews to see what real people have actually experienced.  

    Interest
    One obvious distinction between tours, even in the same countries, is what topic the learning tour is focused on. For example, you could experience the south of Italy in a variety of ways. You could learn to wine-taste by visiting its rustic and beautiful vineyards, or maybe you want to get a fuller experience of the countryside by cycling through its small towns … or perhaps you’d rather stick with a more traditional vacation, with guaranteed stops at all of Italy’s most popular monuments and attractions.

    Transportation 
    Deciding your means of transport is another important decision in picking your tour. Although a tour may be learning-focused, it might be a combination of other things -- for example, many educational tours are done on bicycle, or conducted from the comfort of a cruise ship. Walking tours are also another popular form for educational tours.

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