Why should we travel with Discovery Tours?

Our service is unparalleled. From the pre-tour planning right through the trip itself, Discovery Tours will work closely with your school to ensure the best trip possible. Excellent hotels, transportation, meals and attractions are more reasons why you should experience the Discovery Tours difference.

How does Discovery Tours design itineraries?

We will custom-design an itinerary exclusively for your group. Our experienced, professional staff considers requested sites, special appointment times, group size and destination logistics among the variety of items that form your itinerary. The group will visit the majority of sites that are listed on the original itinerary. We are able to maximize the sightseeing time because the group will have narrated sightseeing from an experienced guide (on most tours). Certain appointments have been pre-arranged and you will have a touring day that is longer than a family would usually attempt.

What types of sightseeing transportation will we have?

All sightseeing is aboard deluxe, wide-bodied motor coaches with over-sized windows, climate-control, restrooms, AM/FM stereo, radio, DVD player and inter-bus microphone communication. Your coach is always driven by professional drivers. You will have exclusive use of your own motor coach and never be combined with another group unless you specifically make a request.

Do we have step-on-guides for the tour?

To ensure that your students experience the best in what a city has to offer, licensed guides are included on most tour packages (in addition to your Tour Manager) who accompanies the group from start to finish). In fact, we are the ONLY student travel company in Ohio that provides educational step-on-guides for ALL of our Boston, Civil War Heritage, Cleveland, Gettysburg, French Canada, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Williamsburg tour packages. While most companies boast that their staff is capable of guide service, nothing compares to licensed, local professional, educational guides.

What will the typical tour day be like?

Wake-up calls usually begin between 6:00 and 7:00 AM, with breakfast typically between 7:00 and 8:00 AM. Sightseeing begins right after breakfast. After lunch, sightseeing continues until dinner, which generally occurs between 5:30 and 7:30 PM. An evening tour/activity follows dinner, with the group arriving back to the hotel by 9:00 or 10:00 PM.

What will the meals be like?

Breakfasts usually consist of buffets with hot and cold items. Lunches are often stops at food courts where meal-money is given to each participant. Dinners include buffets, cafeterias and family or theme-style restaurants.

What hotels do you use?

Hotel partners include Holiday Inn, Hilton, Hyatt, Embassy Suites, Marriott and Sheraton. All of our hotels have inside corridors and no balconies unless otherwise requested and space for the group's breakfast. Our properties are chosen based on convenience of location, safety, cleanliness, and the warm hospitality of management and staff.

Is there security in the hotel?

A professional security staff is used on each hotel floor where your students are staying. These individuals monitor the hallways usually from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM.

Can parents participate on the tour?

Each trip is unique; therefore parents interested in going on the trip are at the discretion of the tour leader at the school. We can accept parents on our tours only if express authorization is given by the school.  You must contact your student’s school with this inquiry.  DT’s program fees are based on student/chaperone rates and there will be an additional surcharge for adults depending on their lodging arrangements.

Do you offer insurance coverage for the tour?

Yes. Discovery Tours, its motor coach carriers and all vendors maintain extensive liability insurance. Supplemental insurance (i.e., accident and illness coverage) is available upon request.

Are there special rules for trips to Canada?

Yes. We provide group leaders with information about the documentation needed to pass through customs. In addition, we'll provide information about bringing purchases back through customs. We take many students and chaperones to Canada each year and fully understand the requirement for school groups.

What does Discovery Tours do to ensure the safety of the participants?

With more than 40 years of experience, our position on travel and safety has always been the same. DT will not operate a program, or any part of one, if we feel the safety of any participant will be compromised. Our trips include dedicated evening security and a full-time tour manager who is with the group from departure to arrival. DT has detailed procedures and plans in place for unexpected events that may occur. We are in constant contact with local officials who monitor the status of the destination and site information.

Does the current advisory alert mean that travel is unsafe?

NO! The government is encouraging Americans to go about their lives while being alert and attentive. The security level is primarily a signal to federal, state and local law enforcement to take additional precautions.