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Four Winds Tours organized a excursion for my 21 high school students in Belgium. The tour was flawless! We were met promptly by tour guides and bus drivers everyday and the tour was organized exactly as I requested. We got to see the major sights of Brussels, Belgium, get a walking tour of the city, and the highlight of our trip was the tour of the chocolate factory. My students will forever have a wonderful memory of this trip. Our hotel was right in the center of the city and everything, including the restaurants where we ate, were within walking distance. The students got a lot of free time to explore on their own and to stock up on the best chocolate in the world. I would definitely work with Four Winds Tours again. The price was very reasonable (far less expensive than other companies) and we had a very clean hotel with friendly staff, lovely breakfasts and an overall fantastic excursion.
- Anya Rochester-Bristol Central High School- Bristol, CT Trip to 4 Day trip to Brussels, Belgium April 2015
Thank you so much for all your help and patience throughout this trip planning. From the transportation to the ballet workshop, every event in the itinerary was just right. I appreciate how hard your team worked to put it together, and how understanding you were with our families' varied financial situations. They all had such wonderful things to say about the entire process. :)
- Felipe Morales-Torres. Cincinnati, OHWinton Woods City School, Miami, Fl March 2015
I just wanted to send a note of thanks to you and the entire staff at Four Winds. Our trip yesterday was a huge success. We had a great time, and our students really enjoyed the experience. The entire day ran like clockwork, and that's a testament to your company's thorough planning. Our driver, Andre Waterman, was prompt and provided helpful guidance on loading and unloading in the city. We actually pulled into the school parking lot at 6:30 pm on the dot.
While the entire day was great, (the folks at Hard Rock Cafe were impressively efficient, and the show was entertaining) the Broadway workshop in particular was the highlight, and exceeded my expectations. You should know that everyone at Pearl Studios was not only professional, but kind as well. They treated our kids with respect and really made a positive impression on all of us. Our instructors, Stan Krifka and Jim Weitzer, pushed our kids musically, and were easy with praise and smiles. They had the entire group engaged for the duration of the workshop. They were also generous enough to lead a thoughtful question and answer session. Everyone was really pleased with the entire experience.
This was my first time leading a field trip, and the recommendations I got when I chose your company were completely accurate. The level of communication and guidance provided by your entire staff really made this a positive experience for me as well.
- Michael Gonzales, Valley Central Middle School, NYC day trip with Broadway workshop and Broadway show, May 2014.
I would highly reccommend Four Winds to any school organization. All of us chaperones were so impressed with how smoothly everything went this past weekend. It was a perfect trip!!
I just wanted to thank you and Four Winds for an amazing Senior Trip this past weekend to Virginia Beach! We had an amazing time! The trip was so organized and detailed! We appreciate all the hard work you put into organizing this trip. I will definitely spread the world to my colleagues about Four Winds travel agency.
- Christa Dedrick, Catskill High School, Viginia Beach with Busch Gardens & Baltimore Inner Harbor, May 2014
We had a great experience traveling to New York City with out Drama Club. The bus was very nice and the bus driver was very helpful. My students absolutely loved experiencing Les Miserables on Broadway and the amazing Broadway Classroom workshop we attended. They learned so much and are already looking forward to another trip.
- Joanna Kufs, Moravia High School, New York City trip with Broadway workshop, May 2014
First let me say that the trip was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything was simply amazing. The agency that took care of us in country was simply OUTSTANDING!!! They truly went above and beyond our expectations. Everyone had a great time. Thank you so much for everything.
- Christopher O. J. Alberts, The School Without Walls of Washington D. C., Jazz Band Trip to Beijing (3 performances with International Exchange), 2014
We had an awesome time. Everything went as planned and we only had a few "blips" - Friday morning the bus driver arrived at 7:30 AM and we weren't expecting to leave until 8:30, he was ok with that and very nice. When we finally got loaded onto the bus, it quit running and he couldn't get it started so we had to wait for another bus to come and move everything to the new bus! We got to ride around ground zero, but the bus driver had a very hard time finding a place to park/let us out because the police kept waving him by. I should have booked a tour with you for that, but that was my fault. Thank you for all your help and patience with the transition from Annie to me. Also, it was so nice of you to have snow for us, for many of the students it was their first experience making snow balls and snow angels (in Central Park)!!! LOL
- Donna Mullins Parker, M. Ed., Hagerty High School, Oviedo, FL, NYC Trip, 2014
Four Winds Tours has helped Bishop Brady High School organize our Habitat trip for the last five years. We have been to Louisiana, Miami, and for the past four years have taken 48 students and 8 chaperones to Almost Heaven in Franklin West Virginia. The group works together building community by building a community. Four Winds is wonderful to work with. When I talk to Amina or Shonda I don't have to worry and the trip will be great. Working for Habitat for Humanity is so rewarding. Four Winds Tours helps make the planning easy.
- Susan Seagroves, Bishop Brady High School, New Hampshire, Habitat Trip to West Virginia, 2013
Shonda and Annemarie, Thank you so much for putting together a wonderful trip for us! The students loved it and everything was perfect. Thank you again for all of your help!
- Kristen Casey, The Storm King School, New York, Trip to Washington DC, 2013
For 11 years I have traveled with many companies and have never been completely satisfied. This is my first time with Four Winds and I was 110% SATISFIED. Next year I will be traveling with Four Winds again. Thank you for making this experience something that my students and I will remember forever.
- Lilia Arrocho, Norwood-Norfolk Central School, New York 2011-2012
I want to thank you for all your work in presenting the concert at Carnegie Hall. Everyone was thrilled. It was truly a fantastic experience. Professionally, I couldn't be more pleased with how efficiently you ran the festival for the rehersals and performances. We were able to concentrate on performing rather than worry about any logistical elements of the concert. Bravo!
- Norm Zogaib, Hamburg High School Music Department, New York
The Trip was super! You get A++++ for the hotels and restaurants. The highlights... that is difficult.. the souks were at first intimidating for the girls but they came to love them and everyone got really good at bargaining. What to say about the art and architecture of the mosques, medresas and kasbahs, except that it is stunning.. the friendliness of the people.. the mint tea at every stop.. the camels and the desert.. a truly Awesome different and eye-opening experience for me and my students. Five thousand thank you's and chokrans to you and your team for a singularly different trip that helped alleviate my prejudices; you made my students much better citizens of the world.
- Dominique Khun, Staten Island Academy, New York, Trip to Morocco, 2011
When do you know you have a great travel agent? When you are in Orlando with 80 students and your flight is canceled and you still get home the same day safe and sound. Every student, instrument and piece of luggage was handled with care, compassion & devotion. Four Winds Tours & Travel - Look No Further!
- James Dragovich, Director of Bands, George W. Hewlett High School
Buon Giorno! I just wanted to send a quick e-mail to let you know that the trip was a resounding success! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication, of which we certainly reaped the benefits. The girls had a blast and learned a lot, exactly what I was hoping would happen. The girls did not want to leave Italy, I was so happy to see that, because of your planning, they made a real connection with the country!
- Rebecca Cefaratti, Mt. St. Mary Academy, New York, Trip to Italy, 2011
In 2010, we embarked on our first Instrumental Music Trip at Kennedy High School. This was my first trip as a music teacher and after hearing of our choral department's experience with Four Winds, I called and from that first moment on Shonda and her staff were absolutely phenomenal. I always felt like I was their top priority and no question was too small to discuss. The entire time I was kept informed of our planning which turned into a wonderful trip that my students loved. From the moment we stepped on the bus our trip went off without a hitch. Even when I called to ask a question on Saturday within two rings I was connected with Four Winds. Four Winds Tours and Travel are an exceptional travel agency and I look forward to our relationship on as many trips as possible!!
- Walter Avellaneda Jr, Director of Bands, John F. Kennedy HS, Bellmore, NY 2010
I just wanted to thank you for all of your help regarding our trip. Everything went very smoothly and the kids had a great time.
- Megan Space, Patchogue-Medford High School, NY, 2013
Four Winds Tours and Travel has provided the Wantagh High School Band with superb performance opportunities in exotic, safe, and historic places. The students have grown as individuals and as an ensemble through our tours. Parents, administrators, teachers, and students comment that the trips are well-organized and affordable. The office staff are amazing people, professional, organized, and totally committed to their clients. We will never travel without the assistance of Four Winds, cherishing our 13 years of friendly business.
- Mindy Dragovich, Wantagh High School, Wantagh, NY, 2008
I can not thank you enough for the professional, yet personal, touch that you have put on our choral trips these past 12 years. I still remember how it all started...
I want to thank you for working with me to arrange a great trip for our seniors. Everything went smoothly, and a wonderful time was had by all. Even rearranging activities due to inclement weather was taken care of easily. Our bus driver was fantastic, too -very personable and accommodating.
I am especially thankful that you were willing to work with me to create a second trip after all the hard work of putting a fantastic trip to the Outer Banks didn't get enough participants.
I am recommending Four Winds, and out bus drive from Wade Tours, to the advisors for next year's senior class!
- Eleanor Thomas and Carolyn Delaney, Thousand Island Central School, New York, 2013
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