Frequently Asked Questions

Who is IST Educational Tours?
IST Educational Tours is a division of International Student Tours, Inc. (“IS Tours”). IS Tours is a nationally recognized tour operator and travel company. Since 1976 we have specialized in student travel to some of the World’s most popular destinations. We have been in business for over 40 years and over 500,000 young adults have traveled with us.


What’s included in the package?
Each tour is customized for your school but typically will include:

  • Roundtrip Airfare (when applicable)
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Guided tours of the selected venues including admission
  • Activities as specified on the itinerary


What type of transportation is used?
We use high-quality brand name air and ground carriers with SPAB certified buses and drivers.


Can parents go on a trip?
This is up to the discretion of the school.


Are meals included?
Yes! On an IST Educational Tour trip, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included unless other arrangements have been made by your school. Breakfast will always be served at the hotel. Lunches are typically on-the-go. Dinners will either be at a popular sit-down restaurants including Bubba Gump’s or Hard Rock Café. All meals are complete and include gratuity.


What type of hotels are used?
We use nationally recognized chains for all campus tours. Hotel chains include Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott.


How many people per room?
The prices quoted for our trips are based on quad occupancy (4 people per room.) If there are less than 4 travelers in a room, an additional occupancy fee will apply. The school chaperones will complete the rooming list. Rooms have two double beds. Due to fire codes, rollaway beds are not permitted.


Financial Protection
IS Tours is proud to participate in the California Restitution Fund, is covered by $5 million in professional liability insurance, $5 million in general liability insurance, and $5 million in errors and omissions insurance.

All travel funds received by IS Tours are protected in a trust account with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. For a complete listing of all our credentials, affiliations, financial protections, and insurances, please call one of our customer service agents at (916) 850-1976. We also invite you to visit the BBB website as a reference.

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