Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
|Why did you choose GO Educational Tours?:
|What did you like best about your trip and the service GO Educational Tours provided?:
The GO leaders were friendly and well-versed in the travel and extremely HELPFUL in the process.
Amanda M. MPHS
Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Our kids and staff were AMAZING!!
Stefan knew every student’s name within the first 15 minutes of being on the bus and did a great job of developing a relationship with them – this was a major difference from last year.
In planning the trip, communication with and conducting business with GO was very easy and clear.
Having dinners in a contained location so that chaperones could relax a little
1. Scholars were amazing!!!
2. Our ‘GO LEADER’ was amazing. He was engaging with staff and scholars. Knew everyone by name on the trip before arriving at our first destination. He was great at keeping the momentum of the group towards the end of the day when scholars started to fade with his great attitude.
3. Staff was able to have time to themselves during meals. All the meals were in a contained location so the staff could have a few moments to themselves.
4. The monuments at night gave scholars a chance to move at their own pace and observe meaningful sites. FDR, MLK, Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington, and the different war memorials were very memorable. Great time to connect with different scholars and have unforgettable conversations about the significance of each one.
Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Is folding a challenge when you are preparing for a class trip to New York City, Washington DC, Boston or Montreal?
Packing well and making sure you have what you need for all possible weather. Layers are important and of course, good, comfortable ( I mean very comfortable ) shoes.
Here’s a quick trick and tip to pack fast and efficiently.
How fast can you do it?
Sunday, August 25th, 2013
Are you planning your next educational tour or class field trip to New York City? Why not try something different with your students or class.
One your next class trip to New York City try a different kind of attraction. There is a small museum not far from the Flat iron building dedicated to…Math!. Yes the Museum of Mathematics! No it’s not a museum where they exhibit paint by number art. But that would be a good idea. No, this museum is dedicated to math in its many forms.
Have you ever tried a bike with square wheels on a round road? Probably not, but using the right equations and some creative thinking you can ride this bike at the museum and it feels like a nice smooth ride. Join a workshop on various mathematical theories. Our last group from Kentucky had one on ‘Knot Theory’. The students learned about trefoils to pentafoils and how knot theory is used to push mathematical formulas. They even did human knots to show how the theory worked and applied.
There is this and more to discover at this very unique museum.
Another great fun stop on your next NYC field trip is the Jekyll and Hyde Club. This is a lunch or dinner theater restaurant combining mystery and horror with a light and fun touch. From talking gargoyles, to skeleton ventriloquists and detective waiters wandering the club, it is a great setting for an off-beat meal for your student group in NYC.
As advertised, the museum is located in the foremost ‘vertical metropolis’. Learn more about these incredible buildings dotting the very recognizable skyline. Learn where the term skyscraper comes from and how and why we are able to build so high. There is a rich history behind the buildings you see and visit during your NYC field trip. From the Beaux-Arts style of the first skyscraper, the Flat Iron, to the Art Deco marvels of the Empire State, Rockefeller plaza and the Chrysler buildings to the modern and post modern structures. Lipstick building anyone?
So make sure to try something different on your next educational tour or class field trip to NYC.
Sunday, August 25th, 2013
Welcome Back to School Edition
We had a great 2013 travel season and one of the highlights was one of our groups featured on CNN during their class trip with us to Washington DC during the Presidential Inauguration last January.
See the video here
Now we are looking forward to 2014. Spring may be three seasons away and yet August / September is the best time to start planning a student group class trip.
GO TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS – $1,000
Earn a $500 GO Travel Scholarship just for booking a trip: Book any student group tour within North America by September 15th and receive a $500 travel scholarship for your group to reduce the price of their trip for the students.
For a group of 40 student this means a savings of over $10 per student.
Earn a $1,000 GO Travel Scholarship: Simply refer any other educator, organizer or colleagues to GO Educational Tours and when they book their travel you’ll receive an additional Travel Scholarship of $1,000 for your student trip.*
Customize your class trip plans by selecting one of the following destinations.
Plan your tour your way.
Chattanooga? Yes, Chattanooga!
Our New Favorite destination
Chattanooga is a great small town with plenty to see and do: from Ruby falls to Lookout Mountain to the Tennessee Aquarium it is well worth the detour. Combine this destination for your class trip with Nashville or Atlanta.
Our newest program features none other than the Music City itself. Combine a side trip to Chattanooga to see Ruby Falls and the Tennessee Aquarium or add a night or two in Atlanta.
A 3 day/2-night trip with 48 students and 4 complimentary chaperones starts at only $277 per student.
** The GO Travel Scholarship is applicable at the moment we receive the initial non refundable deposit
** The GO Travel Scholarship does not have a monetary value and cannot be exchanged. It can only be applied against a future qualifying tour to be booked this year or the next. However, you may transfer the GO Travel Scholarship to a school you know travelling with GO.
Learn more here
Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Part I: Atlanta 1864 and General Billy Sherman: Terrorist or Savior?
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, starring Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, was a long time coming. Period movies bring history and historical figures back to life, just as we of GO Educational Tours achieve when educating our student group tours. We may be biased as a Civil War enthusiasts, but the 150th anniversary of each battle fought during the war is ongoing, and we are currently organizing student tour groups for trips to several Civil War sites, including viewing some live battle reenactments. Click here for a schedule of upcoming Civil War battle reenactments, and educational trips for student groups to Atlanta/Chattanooga, Charleston, and others.
Chattanooga, Tennessee: The Union’s Launch Pad for its Invasion of Georgia
By 1864, the country had been awash in blood for three years, and after 350,000 casualties to that point, the war seemed as if it would never end. Support for the war by northern citizens was waning, there had been draft riots in New York City in July of 1863, northern newspapers mocked Lincoln with unflattering caricatures in cartoons, and Lincoln’s former head of the Union Army, Gen. George McClellan, was running against him for presidency. Lincoln had fired McClellan, one of five generals he replaced, two months after the Battle of Antietam for failing to pursue Lee and finish him.
Lincoln’s relationship with McClellan was strained from the outset. One time, Lincoln went to visit McClellan at a house where he was staying, and arriving early, Lincoln waited for McClellan in the living room. When McClellan arrived, he glanced at Lincoln in silence and walked right past Lincoln, up the stairs to his bedroom. After fifteen minutes, Lincoln sent a staff member to check on McClellan, who returned to tell Lincoln that the general had gone to sleep. The presidential election was approaching, his opponent was his former commander George McClellan, and Lincoln needed a big victory on the battlefield or he may lose office.
Personalities played a pivotal role in how the war unfolded, and much can be learned about combat leadership during the Civil War that can be relevant to leadership in private and public sector organizations in modern times. During our student group tours of Civil War battlefields, or sites embroiled in the conflict such as Atlanta and Charleston, we present both Northern and Southern perspectives on the war, and delve into how leaders’ personalities played an important role in the war’s outcome. Offering detailed anecdotes during student tours of Civil War Battlefields or Atlanta, Charleston, or Chattanooga can enliven the discussion and put a human face on history, making the learning experience more indelible.
Although the Confederate Army under General Robert E. Lee had dominated in the war’s Eastern Theater, General Ulysses S. Grant had quietly been winning in the Western Theater, particularly in Tennessee, which did not receive as much press back East because it was further away from more populous Eastern cities. East Coast newspaper readers did not care so much about what was going on in Tennessee, and its strategic importance was not appreciated. Much was at stake, however. Controlling the Tennessee River and rail routes would inflate the impact of the Naval blockade off the east coast, choking off southern supplies.
In October and November of 1863, Confederates and Yankees fought a series of battles called “The Chattanooga Campaign”, each side jockeying for position around the area. Union forces had retreated to the Chattanooga area after being defeated badly at Chickamauga, but Union supplies were choked off by Confederates who held the surrounding area. Within days of Grant’s arrival in October, the situation began to change dramatically. Federal troops opened a supply route, nicknamed the “Cracker Line,” from Bridgeport, Alabama. Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, arrived from Vicksburg, MS, with 20,000 men in mid-November.
To be continued in Part II…Sherman, like Grant, was an odd character and an unlikely leader
Interested in joining us during the 150th reunion of the Civil War to celebrate Lincoln’s service to our country? Some of our Civil War related destinations for middle and high school student group tours are Gettysburg, PA and Antietam, MD (combined with a Washington, DC trip), Atlanta, GA (combined with Chattanooga, TN), and Charleston, SC. If there is another Civil War destination of interest, we also customize tours as requested.
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Saturday, July 27th, 2013
When you are planning your next educational tour or day trip to Washington DC it is normal to want to do the standard visits of all the institutions like the Capitol, see the White House and take a group picture, the Jefferson, Lincoln, MLK and FDR Memorials and Arlington Cemetery too. But here are some different things to see in Washington DC you might want to check-out and remember on your next tour or day field trip to Washington DC:
When you visit the National Cathedral , the second largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, built in traditional fashion, stone upon stone with no steel reinforcements and of course hand carved gargoyles. They are worth seeing and in fact you should try to
find a very specific one which is very modern: one gargoyle is actually Darth Vader’s mask! If you get a tour inside do not forget to see the stained glass window that includes a moon rock from the Apollo 11 Mission.
The most dominant feature on the Washington DC skyline is the Washington Monument. Measuring 555 and 5 and one eight of an inch high it marks the unofficial center of the city. You might notice something peculiar about the monument: (insert pic here).
The color of the stone changes about a third of the way up. Local tour guides might entice with stories of floods (they are kidding it’s to get your attention) Construction of the monument started in 1848. It was interrupted in 1854 for lack of funds as it was originally privately financed and then the Civil War further delayed construction and it only resumed in 1874 to be completed in 1888. At the time it was the highest structure in the world. The different colored stone is attributed to the fact the quarry where the initial stone was carved was no longer available after the civil war. Stone from a quarry in Massachusetts was used but it was found to be deeply streaked and another quarry near the other original one was found and it was used to complete the towering Obelisk.
The most curious mark your students on your class field trip to Washington DC might like to find is the one known as ‘Kilroy Was Here’. This most unusual carving is discretely hidden on the World War II Memorial . When you visit the memorial dedicated to the 405,399 men and women killed and lost during this great war, look for the doodle as it was said many servicemen would doodle the very noticeable cartoonish character as they re-captured Allied territory. The mark became legendary. The Germans even thought it was a deep hidden code as it was found on captured equipment.
So make sure to keep your eyes open on your next educational tour or class field trip to Washington DC.
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Friday, July 26th, 2013
It was an excellent trip, except for the obvious. 🙂 (note from the editor – the obvious was a motor coach break down that caused serious delays) You did an excellent job handling all of the details and interacting with the students. As I said, you were the best guide we’ve had, and this was my 13th summer trip.
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Day field trips are great travel options for classes, schools and groups who cannot do travel overnight. GO Educational Tours designed some very creative programs in order to maximize your time at the destination while getting the most out of your activities.
Make Washington DC yours for a day; make it a field trip about history and politics, science or the arts where you and your class or group can discover as much of DC as one day allows.
Your day field trip can focus on a very specific topic or be very general. If you wish to concentrate on politics your day trip would include most of the political institutions like the Capitol and the Supreme Court. We would help you organize a meeting with your Congressman/woman or Senator.
Walk back in time and learn about the history of DC, the men and women who helped shape the nations capital.
Get an in depth look at the monuments and memorials on the mall, from the Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, MLK memorials to the Vietnam, Korea and World War II monuments.
Science field trip to Washington DC
For example, you could choose to see on your day field trip the Udvar Hazy wing of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: see all the legends of flight in one place: the space shuttle Discovery and the last Concorde to fly.
Then go to the Air and Space on the Mall to see the first plane of the Wright brothers to the Apollo 11 Capsule and touch a piece of the moon as you go in the museum.
On to the museum of American History to learn more about Edison, then the Museum of Natural History. Many extraordinary museums to choose from.
Travelling by motor coach offers a lot of flexibility and options for your field trip. Each program can be extended into the evening if you wish. In order to do this we can organize for your motor coach driver to get his DOT rest time at a hotel nearby. This way he can be well rested for the return home. Most shows finish between 10-1030pm and if you are within 200 miles you would be back by 1-200am.
Select one of the above programs or simply create your own.
If you have day field trip plans to Washington DC and wish to get some ideas and suggestions simply click below to learn more.