The quality choice
Academy Travel believes in providing a quality and personalised experience from start to finish. The tour product manager works one-on-one with the organising teacher and the travel consultant provides assistance to travelling students and their family members. Participants on the tour will stay in quality hotels in central locations, tour with expert local guides, enjoy amazing cultural experiences, travel by private coach/local airlines and create memories to last a lifetime. The whole experience will be managed by one of our experienced tour managers which allows the smooth operation of the tour while accompanying teachers can focus on the pastoral care of the students.
Learn more about our team of tour managers and academic experts that work with our groups from Jackie and Natalie.
Our key differences
Our links with academics and knowledge of syllabus requirements allows us to create a true learning experience.
We work with a team of expert local guides and historians that provide onsite guiding and background lectures in various areas of study. Many staff on the Academy Travel team have a background in education.
We provide an all inclusive package, making it easier for families to budget.
Our pricing includes return international airfares, all breakfasts and dinners, all entries to sites, guides at major sites and all land transportation. The only real expense once on the ground is lunch each day.
All tour itineraries are fully customised to your teaching program.
While we offer suggested itineraries based on the syllabus dot points, we work with each school to develop a tailor-made program. We can use our experience to provide a practical itinerary that maximises the time on the ground while not being too exhausting for participants.
We provide each group with an experienced tour manager to manage all logistics whilst on tour.
The tour manager will meet the group on arrival and remain until the group’s departure. The tour manager is responsible for the smooth operation of the tour, encompassing everything from hotel check-ins, liaising with drivers and local guides, managing included meals, moving the group around, orientation walks in each city, buying public transport tickets, facilitating visits to doctors/hospitals and much more. Having a tour manager allows teachers a more relaxed experience, as well as providing families with the peace of mind that teachers can concentrate on the pastoral care of students.
Academy Travel can provide any risk management documentation required by your school and/or approving authority.
As minimum, we will provide a risk management plan, details of hotels, detailed breakdown of costs and detailed daily itinerary. We will also complete your DFAT registration on behalf of the group.
We provide personalised support every step of the way.
From initial meetings and discussions to develop a price and itinerary that suits your school to assisting the group with check in at the airport at departure, we are here to help. A representative from Academy Travel will provide an information session at your school, along with customised itinerary flyers and booking forms. We will also conduct a pre-departure meeting for families to distribute travel documentation, practical travel advice and answer any questions.
What our teachers are saying
“This tour far exceeded my expectations and I have been so impressed with the quality of service provided by Academy both before the tour and while we were away. Nothing was ever a problem or a drama and Academy made it so easy for me as a teacher. Thank you SO much for everything. It was a truly wonderful experience."
“We were all very impressed with every aspect of the tour. We have used Academy Travel since 2006. In that time, I have been on four of the tours and it gets better every time.”
"Without exception, everyone has been both extremely accommodating and professional. The friendliness and personal service of all staff was excellent. We had a wonderful time!”
"Very thankful for Academy Travel. The service was excellent and the product was far better than what I could have done alone.”
“I could not be happier with Academy Travel and have been telling all my teacher friends about the efficient organisation of the company. You helped make the process of organising a tour so much easier than I had anticipated and I could relax and enjoy the trip.”
“I could not fault Academy Travel. They did everything I asked for and more."
“The tour was amazingly well-organised and our compliments to Academy could not be higher. All staff and students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
“An excellent trip that was great value. Parents and boys were effusive in their praise.”
“Academy Travel gave us unprecedented levels of support. The tour was excellent and the students were supplied with everything they needed throughout the trip. They were given an unforgettable experience due to the care and professionalism shown by all Academy Travel staff. We will definitely be working with the company in the future.”
“As usual, brilliant support and organization from start to finish. All the worry and planning looked after for me. Everyone on our tour was completely satisfied and gained an invaluable experience."
“A fantastic tour! The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Your risk assessment matrix and pre-departure package made it easier when organizing the trip. Thanks for everything Academy!”
“To say we had the best time is an understatement; to say we had a great time is also an understatement. What can I say – words fail me. Everything about the tour was organized to perfection, everything ran so smoothly."