How to find a good tour company for a middle school trip?
June 3, 2012 12:31 AM Subscribe
I'm involved in organizing a trip to Washington, DC and Virginia for a group of about 25 Californian junior high students for next year. We've been looking at Worldstrides as a tour company. Anyone have experience with these guys - or any *really* positive experiences with other similar companies?
Background: We've done a similar trip several times in the past, but organized it all ourselves - we hired individual tour guides, but dealt with all the plane tickets, hotel bookings, etc. We're hoping a company with expertise can deal with some of the logistical crap and make things run smoother, while also taking a lot of planning burden off our hands.
Worldstrides' offerings, on their face, look great; however, I'm seeing mixed-to-negative reviews of them on many sites online. Two more specific questions:
1. If you've been on a trip with Worldstrides (to anywhere) or particularly if you've worked with them to organize such a trip, how was your experience? Did everything go as planned? Were they willing to adapt to your needs? (We'll want to alter their itinerary significantly.) Any major problems? Anything else we should know in advance?
2. If you've had a *really* great experience with some other company, which one, and why?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer :-)