New York City’s Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, at dusk (above) and from top to bottom at right, the Statue of El Cid at the entrance to the Hispanic Society of America, students visiting the Cloisters, and live jousting at the Spanish Medieval Castle Count Don Raimundo II.
(At right: One of the two massive pools, surrounded by 30-foot waterfalls, in the footprints of the World Trade Center towers at the newly opened 9/11 Memorial)
VISIT CANADA pioneered the concept of short domestic bus trips for students of foreign languages with its short, affordable trips to Montreal and Quebec City (by motorcoach) for students of French, and eventually, with its groundbreaking programs to New York City, Miami and Chicago for students.
The theory was (and still is) that unless your students get interested, early, in the history and culture of the places where the languages they are studying are spoken, they will not stay interested in studying vocabulary and syntax in the long run.
Why learn Spanish? Mildred A. “Ma” Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas from 1925 to 1927 reputedly said, while defending her opposition to teaching Spanish in Texas’ public schools, “If the King's English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for the children of Texas!" We respectfully disagree.
For our SPANISH GROUPS, the stunning, panoramic “Vision of Spain” murals of Joaquín Sorolla at the Hispanic Society of America are simultaneously an unforgettable lesson in the art, history and culture of Spain. Then, there are the Central and South American Peoples’ Exhibits at the renowned American Museum of Natural History.
Your bilingual guide will take your group to dinner at a remarkably authentic Cuban restaurant just steps away from Times Square, and/or to the Spanish Castle of Count Don Raimundo II for dinner and an evening of sorcery, pageantry and horsemanship in 11th Century Spain.
For our CLASSIC FAVORITE GROUPS, it is not hard for us, given what we know about the care and feeding of kids from the fifth through the twelfth grades on overnight class trips, and about the rhythm and pace of these class trips, and about the topography of New York City in general, to operate trips that make the most of every minute spent at the destination. In short, planning a three- or four-day trip to New York City, when we know the business as well as we do, is a matter of deciding what not to include.
All Visit Canada tours connect participants with the societies they visit. Our SERVICE LEARNING tours push this ideology one step further and provide participants the opportunity to actively contribute to the local community in a significant way. The goal of each project is to educate and engage participants while at the same time help a community that needs it. Depending on their school’s specific policies, students may use Visit Canada service work to satisfy community service requirements.
All trips are priced in advance with the ability to customize the itinerary to accommodate each group's goals.
Prices depend, more than anything else, upon the distance and bus charter costs from your school parking lot, and the number of students sharing those costs (tour prices go up and down as the number of paid participants go down and up).
Our prices include the following: transportation by chartered motorcoach, very nice hotel accommodations, breakfasts and dinners daily, comprehensive trip cancellation and medical insurance, all admissions, the services of licensed professional guides throughout each day, and dedicated security guards in the hotels overnight.
There are never any registration or enrollment fees, and no hidden charges.
Your trip your own, and unless you arrange to travel with another nearby school (which we are happy to facilitate), we do not combine groups. Each trip unique and priced accordingly.
For further information, you can CONTACT US by email, or better yet, by calling us at 800.888.2247.
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