SCHOOL TRIPS

March Break with Georgia Hardy Tours!

Georgia Hardy Tours specializes in creating unique and custom itineraries for teachers planning March Break trips.

March Break is a popular time for curriculum-related tours for teachers and their students – one of the busiest travel times of the year. So if you’re thinking about leading a trip, it’s best to contact us early (12-18 months prior) and get the process started.

What makes Georgia Hardy different from other companies offering student travel?

  • We offer superlative accommodations in city-centres
  • Informative guides who understand student travelers
  • Restaurants with menus that appeal to North American teens
  • Dedicated escorts to ensure the trip runs smoothly

Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

The Scottish West Highlands is the site of this wilderness camping excursion where participants will hone outdoor skills, work as a team, and tackle this outdoor challenge. “Freedom to Roam” is set in Scottish law and we invite you to roam the wilderness and achieve your personal GOLD Adventurous Journey goal!

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Battlefields Tour

Thousands of Canadians visit Flanders and the Vimy Ridge Memorial to commemorate Canada’s military victory pivotal battles that profoundly impacted the country’s emerging identity. If you are considering leading a trip, a battlefield tour combined with a selection of European capital cities is a tour that will be sure to generate excitement.

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Summer 2019 in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s is one of the world’s premier eco-destinations. Enjoy rugged mountains, volcanoes, sandy beaches, rainforests and much more in this beautiful nature-lover’s paradise. Get a high school credit while accruing valuable volunteer hours. Travel this summer and experience the ultimate Costa Rican “Pura Vida” adventure!

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The Irish Experience

The Irish Experience is a summer study abroad program for North American high school students who want to experience Ireland by hiking its countryside, exploring its cities, and studying its rich history and celebrated literature while earning Grade 11 or 12 high school credits in English.

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Questions to Ask when Choosing a Travel Provider for Your Trip:

There are other companies who plan teacher-led student trips. Educational travel is a complicated business and not all companies are created equal.

GHT prides ourselves on working directly with each client and knowing their exact requirements, and after more than 35 years, our track-record proves we are the best educational travel company in Canada.

If you are planning a trip, think carefully and ask these questions:
Do you have air and hotels booked from my chosen departure city for the dates stated in the itinerary? Is this confirmed?

The answer should always be YES! March Break is a busy travel time and flights fill months in advance. If you have a group of 20 people, don’t expect to travel if your flights aren’t booked months in advance. If you travel with Georgia Hardy, you can rest assured we confirmed air and hotels after our first conversation with you. There will never be any surprises!

Is the tour being planned for me and my students, or will we have to join a larger group?

Other travel companies advertise the trip is for you, but teachers often arrive at a destination and find their group is sharing busses and accommodations with other groups, often from other countries and of varying ages. This is a problem if you are taking a group of 14-16 year old Canadians and suddenly find yourself sharing a trip with 18+ who come from a country with different drinking laws. The ramifications for teachers can include massive difficulties in enforcing behaviour. Georgia Hardy Tours NEVER combines your trip with another clients – it just won’t happen.

Where are the hotels located? City centres or in the suburbs? Who has vetted them?

When you travel, don’t find you and your students on the outskirts of town, staying in a sub-standard hotel, horribly located in an industrial area. If you don’t do your research, this is where you could find yourself. Cut-rate travel providers can offer very low priced trips by putting travelers in hotels no one else wants to stay in. GHT only uses 3 and 4 star hotels in the city centre.  In Paris, our clients stay across from the Opera, in Florence in the heart of the Medieval City, the list goes on.

How much time is spent on a bus?

The less the better! We strongly urge clients to not try and visit 5 countries in 10 days. This is not an enjoyable experience and involves more time on a bus than actually on the ground visiting sites and enjoying the culture. GHT itineraries are are usually 7-10 days in length and involve 1-2 countries.

Are you a TICO certified travel company?

Why this is important? TICO is the consumer-protection agency that reputable travel companies belong to. Visit www.tico.ca to learn more.

GHT staff have all completed the TICO Education Standards Travel Counsellor Exam, thereby ensuring the registration process and pre-departure is seamless.

“I went on a March Break trip with Georgia Hardy Tours to Italy and it was amazing. Everything was well organized, their company rep who traveled with us from North America was exceptional. Hotels were 4 star or better and they guaranteed the departure dates in advance. They are also not afraid to let you know what the hotels they are using are. This is a small family run organization and they take care of their clients. Anyone who wants to travel with students to Europe should not hesitate to contact them directly.”

John, Teacher

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“I sat down with them and went over exactly how I envisioned the trip and they built an itinerary just for me and my group.”

Janice
Teacher

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