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Bespoke, Special Interest, Subject-Orientated Tours

  • Schools Tour by Designer Tours
  • Schools Tour by Designer Tours
  • Schools Tour by Designer Tours
  • Schools Tour by Designer Tours

About school tours

Our Student tours are all “Bespoken”. They are request-created exclusively for a school, and are not marketed publically. As such, the itineraries and fare details are private to the teachers and parents of the school for whom the tour has been created.

We have received many glowing references from teachers, and satisfied parents.

The tours are created for 30 students and 3 escorting teachers.
All include breakfast, some include all dinners. No lunches are included. All other costs are fare inclusive, fourteen to sixteen day tours.

Almost all of our school tours visit the northern East Coast of the USA.

We have longstanding loyalty based business relationships (some dating back to 1992), with the hotels, theatres, museums and other suppliers listed in the schedules below. The tours are based on selections from these lists. The number selected for each tour is defined by budget and available time limitation.

East Coast USA Tours


Washington DC
Guide Escorted Day
Museums: Smithsonian, National News, Crime, Building
Galleries: National Art; Hirshhorn; Tussaud’s; Philips

Gettysburg PA
Battlefield Museum and Battlefield Experience

Hershey PA
Chocolate Laboratory Experience

Intercourse PA
Amish Introduction

Jackson NJ
Day at Six Flags – including the world’s highest “drop”

New York City
Guide Escorted Day
Museums: Art, Moving Image, Cooper Hewitt EGD
Museums: Fashion Institute, Hall of Science
Interest: One World $ Empire State Buildings; Staten Island Ferry
Columbia University & NYU Tours. Fashion Institute Museum
NBC TV Studio; Madison Square Gardens; Intrepid Space

New Haven CT
Yale University Tour

Boston MA
MIT and Boston Science Museums
Harvard University Tour


Boston Science: Nanotechs
Cooper Hewitt: Modern Design
Gettysburg: Actual 19th C Battle Simulation with wooden rifles
Hershey: Chocolate Laboratory Experience
MIT: Robotics
Moving Image: Video Game Programming; Political Campaign Ads
National Crime: DNA Analysis; Blood Splatter; To be a Pathologist
National News: “You Can’t Say That”
NY Hall of Science: Powerful Polymers
Shakespeare Theatre: Full Day Drama
Shubert Theatre: Full Day Drama
Tussaud’s: Hands-on Making of the Models

At night


Baseball: The Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium, Arlington
Ice Hockey: The Washington Capitals at The Verizon Centre
Basketball: The Washington Nationals at the Verizon Centre
Kennedy Centre: Sheer Madness
Theatre: Washington hosts seven central city theatres

New York

Baseball: The New York Knicks at Madison Square Gardens
Ice Hockey: The New York Rangers at Madison Square Gardens
Basketball: The New York Mets at Queens Park Stadium
Blue Man: At The Astor Palace Theatre
Stomp: At The Orpheum Theatre (lower 2nd Ave)
Fuerza Bruta: At the Daryl Roth Theatre (15th St east)
Theatre: New York hosts dozens of On and Off Broadway theatres


New York – The Salisbury

Our hotel’s location is brilliant – exactly where it should be. Upper Mid-Town, on 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Two short blocks to Central Park. Ten short blocks to Times Square. One long block to the “In” retail area of 5th Avenue.

The Salisbury Hotel has only 196 rooms and suites, making it an ideal accommodator for our school groups. The reception and the “bellhop” staff are extremely helpful and courteous. The only negative is that WiFi is not free. However, free WiFi is available in the reception area.

Washington DC – The Harrington

Again, our hotel’s location is brilliant – exactly where it should be. Five blocks from the White House, a block from the National Mall (not a shopping centre!), a block from the FBI Headquarters and also Ford’s Theatre.

The hotel is within walking distance of almost every one of the locations which the groups will be visiting. No time or cost lost on transport. Also, handy for change of clothing between day activities and night activities.  Free WiFi.

It is an elderly, family-owned hotel. Run by an elderly English Lady. In fact, it is the oldest continuously running hotel in the USA.

It looks doubtful from the exterior. The plumbing and air-conditioning are vintage. But is it spacious, very comfortable, very clean and everything works.  The in-house restaurant “Harriet’s” – food is economic and very palatable.

Edinburgh Festival Tours

We are also called on to operate tours Drama Tours, to include the annual Edinburgh Festival. These tours spend a few days in London before moving on to Edinburgh for five days and six nights of theatre – and more theatre.

We have operated over 50 Bespoken
School Tours

Our norm is two school during the Easter break holidays, and one school during the August school break which some Private Schools schedule. However, this count is impacted by the economic conditions, and some years are different. Some years only one school operates but then the next year several schools book tours – to the USA or other destinations.


Wow! What an absolutely amazing trip! The itinerary you set up, flowed so well from one day to the next. Sandra and I are both suffering from jet-lag, which we have never experienced before, but are still amazed at all we managed to see and do in our short time in America. Our Science girls were stars and took everything in their stride. The girls enjoyed each and every one of theatre shows. They were all different in some way and each appealed to the teenager heart! Well chosen!

Jennifer Forrest

Head of Science - St Anne’s School - USA Tour

Finally, some time to breathe!! Sorry for the late email! Thank you very much for such a wonderful tour. It keeps getting better and better. The hotels, shows and workshops were 1st class. The boys thoroughly enjoyed this experience and have made many wonderful memories. You are a master at what you do – keep up the magnificent work!! We will definitely try to go again in 2 years, using your expertise.
Thanks a million!!

Dean Moodley

Head of EGD - Kearsney College Durban – USA Tour

Thanks so much for organising our 2013 Drama and Art tour to Edinburgh and London. 

All-in-all, we had a fantastic time and the tour ran very smoothly. The hotel in Edinburgh was absolutely wonderful and we couldn't have asked for a better locality for a hotel in London! The boys benefited enormously from the tour and the events that were on offer. We look forward to organising future tours in conjunction with you.

Russel Untiedt

HOD Drama – St John’s College - Edinburgh Festival Tour

Just to say thank you again for putting together such an awesome visit to the USA again. Sarah so enjoyed it and is ready to take on NYC.

Doug Coupleditch

Parent - Diocesan Girls’ School - USA Tour

On behalf of the Crawford group, we must thank you for a most amazing tour - the transport arrangements, the hotel, the booking of tickets, the taxi plans, everything was just perfect! We were truly right in the middle of the action of the festival and were able to walk a lot and get to know the city and the weather was actually good, after all our misgivings! Once again, you proved why so many of us are still using your services after fifteen years - there is nobody who understands we theatre types like you and every tour is an absolute pleasure because of your fantastic arrangements and planning.

Jan Bayliss

Head of Drama – Crawford College Jnb – Edinburgh Festival

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