Academic Achievers School Tour - USA 2018 -School Tour Specialists

If you have received an invitation through your school, it means your school has classified you as an Academic Achiever and sent us your name for the tour invitation. If your school doesn’t already participate, but you’ve heard about the tour and would like to join, you must please send us your most recent report card. We will then be in touch to let you know whether you qualify.

Touring overseas in general as a learner is an invaluable experience. It creates a platform for your child to be exposed to a variety of top class institutions, cultures, history and unique experiences. This all leads to character-building, confidence, independence, self-discovery and very often the creation of lasting friendships.Travelling within a supervised group, with your school mates is also only available for a limited period of time, usually during your high school years. Once school is over, the opportunity is lost forever.

This particular tour’s unique nature lies firstly within the tour group. A group of like-minded academic achievers from across South Africa who get to interact, network and learn together, often forging new and lasting friendships. Secondly, the tour offers academically gifted learners the opportunity to further their quest in developing their skills and fulfilling their potential through attending private, thought-provoking lectures based on topical subjects, hosted by thought-leaders at world renowned universities! In addition to this, travellers will also go on campus tours to get an inside view of how these top class universities operate. It is important to expose children to the best in the world, for them to create an informed and accurate perception about opportunities that are available, how the best operate and how they can align themselves with the best. Whether it be by studying abroad or taking what they have experienced and applying it to their own work ethic.

In addition to the above, the tour brings iconic sites to life through enlightening visits coordinated by local guides.

Schools from across South Africa participate. See the list here. If you can't download the document, then you can view the list here.

Each school sends in their list of academic achievers and those learners are then invited to join the tour. Teachers from participating schools are invited to tour along in a supervisory capacity, based on a ratio of 10-12 children per adult. Members of staff from Travel & Sport also tour along as well as local guides accompanying the group.

Once you have received your invitation, and you would like to accept and join the tour, please send in your reply slip. We will send you acknowledgement of receipt as well as further steps for booking. In order to confirm your booking please make deposit payment of R 8000. See our banking details here.

You will receive regular notifications from Travel & Sport regarding travel requirements, visa guidelines and so on. During the first term of 2018 regional meetings will be held where you will have the opportunity to meet your tour consultant and discuss certain details in person. Notifications regarding the various meetings will be sent well in advance.

Whilst you are in the USA, why not take advantage and join the awesome add-on package to Orlando!

Join the exciting 4 night / 5 day add-on in Orlando!


  • Flights
  • 5 days in Florida
  • 4 night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast
  • Private transfers
  • A visit to the Universal Studios, including the Hogwarts Express
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Admission including exhibits, Imax, Shuttle Launch Experience & NASA’s launch headquarters
  • Lunch with an Astronaut at Kennedy Space Center (buffet with presentation by a NASA Astronaut)

Price R 15 499pp

*Price is based on current exchange rates which are subject to change

The Academic Achievers School Tour Initiative – bringing together the best and brightest of South Africa’s high school talent every year! This special academic tour initiative is entering its 5th year, returning to one of our favorite destinations – The United States of America!

Selected especially for their unrivalled academic achievements & dedicated work ethic, this high school invitational tour group will enjoy the unique privilege of visiting some of the best universities in the World all whilst in the company of a select group of their peers.

Congratulations on your achievement!

Join academic achievers from across South Africa in rewarding your academic excellence. Further your quest in developing your skills and fulfilling your potential through international exposure on a very unique tour.

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Remember you have until 30 November to secure your child’s booking!

Would you like to make your deposit payment now? See banking details.

Talk to us if you need to make an arrangement regarding your payment or if
you would be interested in fundraising and/or sponsorship options.

Find out what educators, parents and learners have to say about our previous Academic Achiever Tours
Who’s participated in Academic Achievers? Click here for a list of schools
Proposed tour dates are 27 September – 8 October 2018.

What to expect?

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Visit top-class universities and attend lectures presented by cutting edge researchers and lecturers on a wide range of thought provoking topics.

Universities such as: • Yale Campus • Columbia University • Princeton University • Harvard / MIT.

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Tailor make it:

Academic Sessions will be tailored to the requirements of the group, and chosen from the following topics:• Political Science • International Relations • Anthropology • Business Challenges • Economics • e-Commerce amongst more.

View the Academic Achievers 2018 tour brochure here.


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The tour is jam-packed with highlights… amongst others:

New York: Private lecture at Yale University; Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe NYC; Empire State Building 86th Floor Observatory; Staten Island Ferry to view Statue of Liberty; 9/11 Memorial visit – upkeep donation included; Guided Tour of the United Nations Headquarters; Private lecture at Columbia University; Central Park, Times Square, 5th Avenue; American Museum of Natural History and Rose Center for Earth and Space.

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Washington:Private Walking tour of Princeton including the university campus and genius neighborhood; Arlington National Cemetery; US Capitol Building; Newseum Interactive Museum; Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall; The Fashion Center at Pentagon City Mall for shopping.

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Boston: Paul Revere House and Old South Meeting House; Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market); Private lecture at MIT or Harvard; Theatre ticket for local college Theatre Production; MIT Museum; John F Kennedy Library and Museum.

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Academic Achievers School Tour

So, pack your bags…We are going to the land of the free and the home of the brave!