Join fellow NSHSS members to visit some of the world's most prestigious universities. During this seven-day tour, you'll visit:
In addition to these university visits, you'll also have a chance to explore some amazing historical and tourist attractions in the fantastic East Coast cities we'll be visiting.
This tour is SEVEN DAYS to allow for full days of university visits and sightseeing in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.! See the FAQ and sample itinerary below for more details. The itinerary is subject to change.
→ *We will do our best to honor tour date preference, but if tour date capacity becomes limited, you may be placed on tour in either week. By reserving your spot, you acknowledge your availability to attend either tour.*
If you have a tour date preference, please list it in your enrollment form or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability, but note that does not guarantee that tour date placement. Travelers who enroll before January 1, 2024, will receive their tour date preference.
→ $500 deposit is NONREFUNDABLE but will be put towards the total fee.
Flights are NOT included in the program fee.
→ Travelers on this tour should book their flights arriving at Boston Logan Airport by 2:00 PM on Sunday, DAY ONE. Recommended departure time on Saturday, DAY SEVEN, is in the morning or afternoon out of Ronald Reagan National Airport. There will be no program activities on day seven. Tours staff will coordinate airport pickups and drop-offs.
→ This is a WALKING INTENSIVE tour – we will be doing anywhere from 10,000-20,000 steps and at least 5 miles PER DAY. We will be outside a lot, and it will most likely be hot since it is summer. Please keep this in mind and prepare accordingly, as the tour itinerary is very tight, and we are often in a hurry to make our appointments.
→ All tour enrollments include EF's basic Travel Protection Plan, but participants can choose to upgrade to "Travel Protection Plus" for an additional $180 fee in the enrollment form.
→ EARLY ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT of $100 OFF the total tour fee is available to all tour enrollments BEFORE January 1, 2024. The discount will be reflected in the invoice received after enrollment. Early enrollments will also be allowed to lock in their 2024 tour date selection until Jan 1.
→ Tour enrollment deadline is April 1, 2024. Any enrollments after this date must be able to pay at least 50% of the tour fee in full upon enrollment. Late enrollments will be taken case-by-case and may be subject to a $95 late fee.
→ Tour fee payments may be made incrementally over time, but at least 50% of the tour cost is due by April 1, 2024, and the remaining balance must be paid in full by May 10, 2024, in order to attend the tour. Failure to meet these payment deadlines may result in removal from the tour. Please see the Booking Conditions for the EF tour cancellation policy.
NOTE: THIS ITINERARY IS NOT FINAL AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Meet NSHSS and EF Tours Staff at Boston Logan International Airport
NOTE: Travelers on this tour should book their flights arriving by 2:00 PM on Day 1. Tours staff will coordinate airport pickups.
Guided sightseeing in Boston
A local guide introduces you to Boston's most historical sites.
Dinner and hotel check-in in Boston
Breakfast in Boston
Harvard University campus visit
Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus visit
Dinner in Boston
If we have time after dinner, there might be an option to visit Salem, MA home of the historic Salem Witch Trials.
Return to hotel
Breakfast in Boston
Transfer to Providence, RI
Brown University campus visit
Transfer to New Haven, CT
Yale University campus visit
Transfer to New Jersey
Dinner in Connecticut
It's a long drive from Yale to our next hotel, so we'll make a pit stop along the way in Stamford, CT, where the tour director will distribute money, and tour participants can select an eatery of their choosing
Hotel check-in in New Jersey
Breakfast in New Jersey
Transfer to New York, NY
Columbia University campus visit
Round-trip Metro pass
Do as the locals do and hop on the subway for an unforgettable ride underneath Manhattan.
New York City Sightseeing
Dinner in Times Square in New York City
Enjoy your Broadway show; sure to be an unforgettable theater experience!
Return to hotel
Breakfast in New Jersey
Transfer to Princeton, NJ
Princeton University campus visit
Transfer to Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania campus visit
Dinner in Philadelphia
Sightseeing in Philadelphia
Our tour director introduces you to some of Philadelphia's historical sites, like Independence Hall and Ben Franklin's homestead.
Transfer to Baltimore, MD
Hotel check-in in Baltimore
Breakfast in Baltimore
Johns Hopkins University campus visit
Transfer to Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University campus visit
Guided sightseeing in Washington D.C.
Experience the magic of seeing Washington's more impressive sights illuminated during your evening scenic tour downtown!
Dinner and hotel check-in in Washington D.C.
Depart for home from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Recommended departure time on DAY 7 is in the morning or afternoon. Tours staff will provide transportation to the airport.
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These terms refer to hotel room occupancy. All aspects of the tour are the exact same for each attendee, so we base the tour price on the attendee's hotel room preference. If you select QUAD, you are reserving ONE SPOT for yourself in a hotel room with 3 other people. The hotel room will have two beds with two people in each bed and 4 people in the room total. If you select TWIN, you are reserving ONE SPOT for yourself in a hotel room with 1 other person. The hotel room will have two beds with one person in each bed and 2 people in the room total. If you select SINGLE, you are reserving an entire hotel room for yourself. All tour pricing is per person.
Yes! To attend the Ivy League University Tour, each attendee must purchase a tour by filling out an enrollment form individually with their personal information. Parents are allowed to accompany their students on this tour, and they would participate in all aspects of the tour just as every other member does.
Each attendee (parents and guests included) must fill out their own individual enrollment form to attend the tour. Please note tour prices are per person regardless of group size. Adults can only be placed in a room with students they are attending the tour with. If a parent and a student would like to attend the tour and room together, the student would fill out an enrollment form and select TWIN and the parent would fill out their own enrollment form (with their information as both the traveler and emergency contact) and select TWIN. If the student does not want to room with their parent and would like to be paired with other students attending the tour, the parent must select SINGLE and then the student can select any rooming option. For a group of 4 attending the tour (any combination of parents, student, siblings, guests), ALL attendees would fill out their own individual enrollment form with their personal information and ALL select QUAD.
No! As an NSHSS member benefit, members, along with their guests, can use the NSHSS member tour pricing. Please note tour prices are per person. Non-Member pricing is reserved for students unaffiliated with NSHSS that would like to attend the tour.
Each attendee is responsible for their own transportation arrangements. NSHSS does not assist with airfare, and flights are not included in this tour price. With NSHSS members all over the country, it would be too difficult to facilitate flights for every member coming from different airports at different times. Some members are also within driving distance and don't need flights, so we are able to offer a lower price for everyone without flights included.
The package includes hotel accommodations for the week, charter bus transportation, breakfasts and dinners, guided tours and activities, a full-time tour director, an NSHSS backpack filled with NSHSS tour essentials(water bottle, notebook, etc.), overnight security, illness and accident coverage, EF's basic travel protection plan, and all gratuities.
Due to this being a traveling tour with certain days spent on the road for a good bit of the time, some university stops will be longer than others. Each campus visit differs depending on schedule constraints and the university's COVID restrictions. Generally, the first university stop of the day will be longer than the second to allow for free time for students to eat lunch on campus. We do our best to secure a guided private group tour of each university, but occasionally a school will not allow for group tours and only offer self-guided or public tours instead. Each campus visit will include a stop at the university bookstore.
This a traveling tour with a very tight schedule. We are fitting ten university stops into five days while traveling across nine states, so a good bit of time will also be spent on the road. We will be doing A LOT of walking – anywhere from 10,000-20,000 steps and at least 5 miles PER DAY. We will be outside a lot, and it will most likely be hot since it is summer. Students are encouraged to pack comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, portable fans, and some snacks to keep with them during the day or to have at night in their hotel rooms. We will make a grocery store run to stock up on snacks for the week if needed, and the hotels will also have snack bars with snacks for purchase with a fridge in every room. It will be important to have non-perishable/non-melting snacks on hand during the day. When we leave the hotel in the morning, we will not be returning until the end of the day. The days will be very long, but the experience will be worth it!!
NSHSS will provide a welcome dinner reception upon attendees' arrival in Boston on Day 1. On each full tour day, breakfast and dinner will be provided. Some lunches will be provided, but on the other days, tour participants will be taken to a popular area and be given free time to eat lunch on their own. Be sure to plan to provide your lunches, as tour participants are welcome to eat at an eatery of their choosing. This is always a great opportunity for students to make friends with other participants, shop for souvenirs, and have some freedom to explore the area a little. On departure day, attendees can enjoy breakfast at the hotel before making their way to the airport.
The NSHSS Ivy League University Tour is only sold as an all-inclusive tour package, so, unfortunately, we cannot remove the hotel's cost from the tour price as that is a large part of the package. Keeping all tour participants at the same hotel makes it easier to keep everyone accounted for overnight so we don't run into logistical issues in transportation to and from the hotel and daily activities. This is also a traveling tour, so attendees are often staying at a new hotel each night. The package, however, does not include airfare as members are flying in from all over the country, so that's great you are so close and won't have to worry about purchasing travel arrangements!
Upon arrival in Boston, tour staff will meet attendees at the airport baggage claim. Students will be assigned groups based on similar arrival times and taken to the charter bus to drop off their luggage and then head into downtown Boston. Early arrivals will have some free time to explore the Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area with the tour director while the bus goes back and forth from the airport to pick up the next group of students. Tours staff will be stationed at both the airport and with the group downtown. All arrivals by car are encouraged to drop off at the Boston airport for easier access to load onto the bus. We will not be checking into the hotel until after dinner on day one.
As NSHSS tours are entirely optional to our members, we currently do not have any financial assistance programs for our tours at this time. However, payment arrangements are very flexible to allow participants to create their own payment plan and pay the tour fee in increments of their choosing at any time and as many times as they would like up until the final due date. Please be sure to check out our NSHSS Scholarships page for multiple scholarship opportunities, where many of the scholarships are open to both high school and college students. Keep an eye out as new scholarships are always being added!