Etravex bus group’s average from 15 to 40 passengers, depending upon the capacity which differs from region to region. Although, the ideal group size recommended is 30. This is the group with whom you share your travel experience. You eat your meals together, stay in the same accommodations, and travel together on the bus. If the school groups are smaller, so we combine groups to fill a bus. It’s an opportunity to make lifelong friendships!
“Tour Director” is an important term in educational travel. It refers to your bus group leader, who is rigorously trained and specially selected to assist your group. ET Tour directors are comedian-funny, historian-interesting, and secret-agent-cunning. They’re part commentator, counselor, troubleshooter, advocate and stopwatch! He or she supervises hotel check-ins, directs the bus driver and leads educational activities.
Your teacher is your immediate authority on the trip. He or she has taken on a major responsibility for your parents and your school and has devoted time and energy preparing you for the trip. You must realize that everything you do reflect on him or her. That is why we insist that you read and observe the Student Behavior Guidelines.
ET uses three- and four-star or highly rated conveniently located hotels. We place a priority on booking hotels in good locations and safe areas, with easy access to both local attractions and public transportation.
Although, we left the choice completely to our guests to suit their budgets and convenience.
You will generally stay in hotel rooms with twin or double beds. During peak travel periods, and as per the sharing plan hotels add an extra bed to accommodate group bookings. Etravex attempts to prevent this but cannot guarantee that it will never happen. Depending on the mix of males and females in your bus group, you may be rooming with participants from other groups.
You will enjoy a variety of meals en route, mixing both native and familiar cuisines depending on your area of travel. Keep an open mind and be willing to sample everything—that’s what travel is all about!
Most days, you will be served a continental breakfast and dinner. For lunch, do what the locals do; instead of having an expensive restaurant meal, we also explore to add the options of fresh packed meals to save time and money.
Although we will try to accommodate special-needs meals including kosher, vegetarian and low salt, we cannot guarantee all requests.
Your daily schedule will vary depending on whether you’re on a travel-intensive program or a more leisurely single-city program. Check out your tour itinerary for details, but as a general rule you can expect the following.
If you’re staying in one city for a day or two, the typical day involves sightseeing or a local field trip for half the day and free time for shopping or exploring the other half. Many tour managers organize a local walking tour for part of the free-time period. Evenings are either free or include a local activity like a theater performance.
If you’re traveling a whole day between cities by bus, you’ll usually have a rest stop every two to three hours. Etravex uses fast trains for long-distance travel as often as possible, which means you spend less time traveling and more time sightseeing. On night trains, you usually board after supper, sleep in six-person couchette compartments, and have breakfast after arrival.
● Engaging students with the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of cultures, languages and people.
● Raising awareness of cultural and historical diversity to help students develop a global perspective.
● Encouraging students to become self-directed learners, gaining self-confidence in their abilities to face new situations successfully.
ET tours are designed to connect students with the people and culture they're visiting. That's why cultural activities are included on every tour.