THIS GROUP. HAS SOLD OUT WAITLIST AVAILABLE FOR A SECOND BUS
Dear Parents and Students,
We are excited to offer our 2023 program to interested eighth grade students through our annual Spring vacation tour of Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Philadelphia, and Gettysburg. A special one-hour information meeting for parents and students will be held on Thursday, September 29, at 6:30pm in the Marvin Smith Community Room at the main Thousand Oaks Library.
Students must show proof of Covid 19 vaccination to participate and will be encouraged to practice distancing and follow CDC guidelines for safety while in public places. While the safety of all participants is essential, we are also focused on the quality of the tour. Most sites have reopened, although some may still encourage masking while indoors. (vaccination boosters are recommended but not required).
As teachers, we have seen the value of educational tour programs which stress structured learning experiences through the excitement of travel. TravelEd has operated for more than forty years and has gained the reputation as the premier student travel program in our region. We are proud to offer a stimulating educational program, tailor-made for our students, designed much like a lesson plan using the nation’s Capital and historic sites as our classroom.
Planned sightseeing stops in Washington include: the Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, & Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials, the war memorials to WWII, Korea and Vietnam, the Smithsonian Institute museums, the International Spy Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the National Archives, the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, a Kennedy Center performance and much more.
In addition to all this, students will spend an entire day in historic Williamsburg and Jamestown. Through privately escorted tours and evening programs, students are able to “walk back into history.” We will also visit the battlefield at Gettysburg, tour Jefferson’s estate at Monticello, and Washington’s estate at Mt. Vernon.
Students will depart the evening of April 6 from Los Angeles aboard a regularly scheduled airline and return the evening of April 12. THIS GROUP WILL BE GONE OVER PASSOVER AND EASTER.
Once in Washington, we will enjoy deluxe, restroom-equipped, recliner coaches with experienced driver/guides. Students will be chaperoned throughout the trip with a 1:16 adult to student ratio. While in D.C., students will stay in deluxe accommodations such as Sheraton, Hyatt, or Hilton. In Williamsburg, students will stay in local hotels such as the Williamsburg Woodlands Conference Center – all with interior hallways. Rooms are well appointed with two large beds, cable TV, etc. Students will have an opportunity to select their own roommates, with four students assigned to each room.
All meals are provided during the trip and will follow CDC guidelines for food safety. Vegetarian options are available; however, gluten-free and Kosher options are limited.
Appropriate student behavior is crucial to the trip. Students will be screened and asked to provide a copy of their 10-week report card as evidence of their behavior and maturity.
The complete cost of the tour is $2057.00 per person*. This includes: airfare (including one checked bag), airport transfers, lodging, sightseeing, all meals, all admissions, supervision, guide fees, and tips. APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION ARE INITIATED ONLINE AT TravelEd2DC.com, BEGINNING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15. PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS AND REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.
From experience we know that the trip will provide students with a learning experience and friendships that will last a lifetime. Our website (www.TravelEd2DC.com) should provide answers to most questions. If you have any additional questions, contact us at home in the evenings: Lou Lichtl at (805) 410-0869 or Phalba Thomas at (805) 660-2400 or Tom Johnsen at (805) 499-1569 or Don Zimring at (818) 920-9059. Since this is not a school-sponsored program, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE.
Lou Lichtl, Phalba Thomas, Don Zimring & Tom Johnsen
*Does not include future taxes or fuel surcharges that may be added by the government or airlines. Groups that do not meet a minimum number of 44 participants by December 2, 2022 will be cancelled with full refunds provided..