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Explorica’s unique online Tour Diary allows family and friends of Explorica tour participants to check in on their loved ones and follow along with their tour. This private trip log is maintained by each group’s tour director, an area resident and expert in the local customs and language. Each day, they update the Tour Diary with commentary and one or more photos of the group, so family and friends can get a first-hand account of the unique activities, authentic cuisine and incredible places their loved ones are experiencing.

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Galápagos Island Adventure (February 16 - February 26, 2017)

Students enjoy time on tour in the Galapagos Island - Explorica Educational Travel

Costa Rican Highlights (February 18 - February 26, 2017)

Students enjoy time at the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica - Explorica Educaitonal Travel

Italian Highlights (March 2 - March 11, 2017)

Students enjoy time on their tour in Italy - Explorica Educational Travel

Germany, Switzerland & Italy (March 9 - March 18, 2017)

Students enjoy their time on tour in Switzerland - Explorica Educational Travel

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Scam of a Tour Company

This company scammed our school out of a 5 day tour to Italy which we had to pay $5000 each for, booking us with an airline that canceled our connecting flight till Monday when it was supposed to leave Thursday of the week prior, stranding us in Dallas till then. The airline barely agreed to provide a hotel for the inconvenience, and Explorica never made an attempt to accommodate. Due to this, we got one day in Italy, with no refund or price adjustment offered. They also do some sketchy things in the way they charge for tours. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!!

Date of experience : May 30, 2024

Helpful and courteous

Brenden was so helpful throughout the entire process. He offered suggestions and always checked I. To see how things were going up until the trip. The trip was good. New York was disappointing and not worth all of the days. It could have been cut down 1 day.

Date of experience : May 26, 2024

Athens and cruise to the Greek Islands

I had joined a group trip to Athens and a cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Crete and Rhodes. Three nights in Athens were fabulous. Our tour guide Georgios gave an exceptional tour of Athens and ending our trip with an authentic dinner and dance. Georgios made sure that all our travel plans were met with great accommodations. Georgios connected with the island tour guides to ensure we were seeing all of the historical sights. Georgios was very thorough in making sure everyone was accounted for and safe. Georgios ended our trip with seeing us off at the airport until we went through security. The flight, Lufthansa was excellent.

Date of experience : April 12, 2024

Again everyone had a great time. Our tour leader Simone was great and Larry the bus driver was great. This was my third trip and you guys are 3 for 3.

Date of experience : May 27, 2024

The tour guide was unorganized

The tour guide was unorganized. We had several miscommunications. The first we wanted to stay at Universal until it closed and then have dinner. We were told that was okay and when we left, we were told we gave up our time for dinner for a longer time at the park which was only an hour. The tour guide arranged for pizza at the hotel, but no drinks. We were given the leftover money the next day to apply to our lunches, but getting the money was difficult as the tour guide could not figure out how to break the money up. The tickets took an hour to get because they were not printed out ahead of time and Universal would not accept the electronic ticket. We had to show our school credentials to get the tickets. On the second day the tour guide seemed to be planning the trip day by day instead of having everything scheduled and set up ahead of time. We had to wait to get our tickets, he picked Whole Foods in Beverly Hills to buy lunches the second day. We had to ask the bus driver for a better place as Whole Foods is extremely expensive and not kid-friendly. Very little interaction, he did not describe what was around. He did not guide us as we would have expected. We got more information from the bus driver. He seemed to be frustrated and defensive when we asked questions regarding different places instead of whole foods when we had no place to store things just a cooler bag which he was purchasing then. We feel that we could have done better with the bus driver and gone without the tour guide. This tour is vastly different than our experience in DC last year. That was very organized and educational and fun. This was not.

Date of experience : May 19, 2024

Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Malaga

Our tour Director, Jessica made every difference in our whole trip to give 5 stars!!!! We had some hiccups dealing with $$/business side/communication on the planning/finance side. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Expertise in the country tour director, JESS!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ tour Guides in the cities and monument special tour ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ restaurant choice ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️recommend for upgrades For groups with big eaters and sizes of rooms

Date of experience : April 25, 2024

No responsibility

This was my son’s first trip without his family. He went with two teachers and other students from his school. The experience of seeing other countries was amazing he says, but the travel was rushed and there were last minute hotel changes. He lost his passport at one of the hotels, and when it was located explorica did nothing to retrieve it. Mom, across the world, had to coordinate getting it back to him. That meant he missed coming home with the group. Our family had to pay for the return trip for him and his teacher. Which was almost as much as the entire trip. Trip insurance saysReturn airfare and passport shipment fee are not covered under the plan provisions. Our Family is beyond disappointed with explorica.

Date of experience : March 15, 2024

Love Explorica

I've traveled 3 times with Explorica to Québec, Costa Rica, and France & Spain and each time has been affordable for students. The quality of activities and tour guides has been exceptional. The students love these trips and look forward to them each year.

Date of experience : April 28, 2024

Great Experience!

We had a great experience all around. Antonie is the best tour guide in the business, she was super flexible and met all of our needs! Food and lodging were great, the bus and bus driver were wonderful. Can't wait to start planning our next adventure

Date of experience : May 05, 2024

This company doesn't work well with marginalized people. The itinerary was all over the place. Our tour guide was just fine. The restaurants chosen for us were either "fine" or a complete mess.

Date of experience : April 22, 2024

This was my 12th trip to Costa Rica with students. It was by far the best trip we have ever had! Our tour guide Raquel was friendly and extremely organized and the food and lodging was excellent!

Our tour was planned to perfection. Our tour consultants Nicole and Pam were fantastic and answered all of our questions and communicated with us during the entire planning phase. Our tour guide and bus driver made our trip to Costa Rica a memorable one. Attention to detail, well planned excursions and adventure, with excellent food and lodging made this trip the best! Thank you Explorica for making this a trip to remember for all of our teachers, students and parents. Pura Vida!

Date of experience : March 23, 2024

Still waiting for refund, 31 days later

After I paid the full balance of my Explorica account, over $2k+, 1-week before it was due, this company then took the same amount out of my bank account 7 days later, leaving my account at a negative balance. I did not authorize this transaction. I am now on day 31, still waiting for my refund via a mysterious check that I have been told was "in the mail". I have made multiple phone calls and emails trying to escalate this refund, only to be lied to. Their business tactics are shady and opaque.

A Amazing trip!!!

Beautiful trip overall. Food is 2/10 and the worse is the welcome Paella , which is more like dough with scattered chicken pieces. Hotels are a mixed Sevillas hotel is most-like a cheap hostal with a lot of deficiencies and complicated, poorly designed key system, already mastered in most basic hotels. The tour is fabulous and well planned, the need of “Real travelers ib the corporative iOS necessary to correct things like tour pacing, buss ride time church and free times.

Date of experience : April 04, 2024


This tour was spectacular for one reason alone, Christian Adolph!!!! He was absolutely incredible!!! He had an amazing itinerary planned for us and then as travel always does, when changes needed to be made, he was flexible, quick, and always positive. He made sure we had the experience of a lifetime. He is extremely knowledgeable and so personable. He took care of us every step of the way and went over and above what was expected of him. We literally cried when we parted ways with him at the airport.

Date of experience : April 08, 2024

The main tour guide was amazing

The main tour guide was amazing, kind, and so very helpful. The other tour guides and the drivers were great and did amazing jobs. Each hotel had good service and clean rooms. The first thing I would say that needed a little change was the meals that were chosen for dinners. I think people should be able to pick from 2 options before hand. So they know what they are getting for dinner meals. The other thing would be the overnight cruise, rooms were decent, meals not so good, and a long time waiting. But over all I had a wonderful time and enjoyed seeing the amazing historical sites.

Date of experience : April 19, 2024

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The tour guide, Emma, tried her very best, but she was in over her head. She needed more time with a mentor before being in charge of a group by herself. She wasn't familiar enough with Paris or the metro or the airport so there was a lot of waiting and googling. The itinerary and hotels were changed by Explorica after we were given our schedule. The restaurants were far from our hotels so it meant long walks or metro rides late at night. I'm wondering if either the hotel or restaurants could have been changed. 2 meals were the same (crepes) on the trip, we were hoping for more variety. Out of the 8 dinners there were only 2 with vegetables (salad), all the other dinners were meat and carb.

Switzerland, Bavaria and Austria tour

My trip coordinator, Haley Similjan and Claudia Ayala were helpful and patient. Haley even worked with me through Covid, which I'm sure wasn't an easy task! Our tour guide, Ehren Fordyce, was professional, fun, relaxed and informative. He made everything work smoothly, and didn't stress anyone out

Date of experience : March 18, 2024

Explorica arranged a return flight on a…

Explorica arranged a return flight on a Friday that was canceled. It has been three days and the whole group is still stranded in Barcelona. There’s been no communication from Explorica and they have not arranged any flights as of yet… It has been three days of the girls just sitting in a hotel room waiting for a standby flight with no help.

Date of experience : March 31, 2024

Overall tour was awesome - inspiring and highly valuable for all participants!.

Overall tour was great. We loved it. Restaurant food in France was Horrible at worst, mediocre at best, service also poor. Italian restaurants were good, service very good in Italy Hotels were good (2.5 stars) across the board. TOUR DIRECTOR EXCELLENT! PS. The only negative was food at 2 restaurants in France BUT Explorica made good by offering to pay for a pizza party for all participants once we got home. Above and beyond, thank you!

Date of experience : April 07, 2024

Very happy with our experience

We had a great time! Our tour went to London, Paris and Germany. Our hotel in each country was comfortable. They weren't 5-star resorts but we didn't need much considering we only slept and showered there. The breakfast at each hotel was wonderful. Our main tour guide Tom was a Saint! We had some unruly people in our group and he kept his patience even when stupid questions were asked. He tried to make the most out of our trip and even fit in extra tours as time permitted. He was very knowledgeable and professional. The food wasn't bad. Maybe could have been better but we had the place to ourselves in some of the restaurants. It was a lot of walking and a lot of information which I expected and prepared for. We came home exhausted but in a good way. The bus tours were great also. All of the tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable and kept us entertained! We were given time for souvenir shopping. Probably not as much as others wanted but just enough in my book. We made it to all our flights or whatever the transportation of the day was. I really feel like we got the most for our money and would definitely tour with this company again. The only downside is I wish we had an extra day in London and Paris. There was so much to see but I guess that would have been a different tour. Overall, very happy with my experience!

Date of experience : March 11, 2024


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