snoopy1368 / Adult traveler sparks nv / Posted on April 21, 2019
Wonderful trip ...not for the faint of heart...ran 6am-9am each day action packed got more education in one week than in fou ryears of high school! Should be required for all US teen citizens.
snoopy13 / Student traveler Sparks NV / Posted on April 20, 2019
The tours were great. Our tour guide was sooo great. Shout out to Craig!!!
kimm / Student traveler Morgan hill / Posted on April 19, 2019
The museums and tour guide were great. The breakfast at the hotels were repetitive.
DanDanDan / Student traveler Wildomar / Posted on March 25, 2019
She loved it
My daughter has a WONDERFUL time in DC. She loved every minute of it. The only disappointment we had was when one of the tour guides actually encouraged the students to protest in front of the White House. She said they should "use their right to protest if they felt like she did" as she didn't like the President. I don't think it was appropriate for an adult (especially tour guide staff) to encourage anything like that. The trip to DC should be about learning history and respecting our nation. Negativity and personal opinions shouldn't be projected onto the students.
Mel914 / Student traveler Bellingham, Ma / Posted on July 04, 2018
Enjoyed this trip completely, saw more than expected. Howard our tour director was amazing and full of so much information. Howard was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. If he was not sure, he found out in a timely manner. So appreciated his energy & personality. Thank you!
Pengwen / Adult traveler Castro Valley, CA / Posted on June 25, 2018
Being someone who really loves history it was quite the experience. I feel honored to get to experience this with my daughter. Our tour guide Adrien was wonderful, knowlegable, all around amazing person.
My daughter and I learned so much. DC,Gettysburg, and Philadephia were so much to take in. I glad we had all my daughter's friends to experience this with. Something we will always remember. Thank you EF
MissMom / Adult traveler Dallas Oregon / Posted on June 25, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip. The food at the restaurants were delicious!
The hotel was not so good. Lots of broken items such as lamps, door locks, and door latches. It was also dirty.
Bus driver got lost a bit. They were yelling at each other which didn't help.
Would like to have had more time at the museums.
Crafty / Adult traveler Bellingham MA / Posted on June 21, 2018
The flight was cool, the itinerary was filled with great daily tours and the overall experience awesome. I would definitely the Washington D.C. trip to all my friends and family too.
YYYY / Student traveler Castro Valley, CA / Posted on June 19, 2018
Tour turned sour
For a tour that was planned out almost a year in advance, I was surprised at the lack of logistical coordination. Please note it’s not my child’s flight that got cancelled but as a mom we all can feel for it. So the day of the departure June 11 one of the flights taking the kids to DC got cancelled, which happens all the time and not Explore America’s fault. However, the kids, if not for the school teachers, were not notified of this. So the chaos for that group of kids begin. The kids arrived, late in many instances since the make up flight time was earlier than planned or much much later which did not require waking up at 3 am. There were kids leaving at 2 pm or even later in the afternoon. Another example, one of the kids whose parent was traveling
together due to medical reasons was separated from the kid and they had to travel in two separate flights. I heard the hotel rooms did not have fans and with four teenagers packed into each room, the rooms easily got smelly after bathroom use. Another complain was food - which was neither tasty nor healthy. I hear it was mostly burgers, pizza, pasta, etc. for the week. For the price the tour company charges, it can definitely do better. The concept of the program is great and if well run a wonderful experience for all kids but without proper management it’s a waste of money.
Oneofthemoms / Parent Castro Valley, CA / Posted on June 19, 2018