Julian Tours

Julian Tours provides educational, custom tours for school groups throughout the United States and Canada. We specialize in trips for groups sized 40-400.

Julian Tours is a tour operator based near Washington, D.C., with a global reputation. We work to provide our clients superior service and excellence within a friendly and comfortable environment. With a 35-year proven track record, Julian Tours can leverage its vast network of tour industry professionals and colleagues in education, business, government, sports and the arts to deliver a superior travel experience. As a supporting and active member of the leading travel organizations, we pledge to adhere to a strict code of ethics which guide us in all of our affairs. We also meet or exceed all membership requirements in the area of insurance, and in fact, schools and employees are named as additionally insured on our policy. Our track record has earned the trust of parents, teachers, schools and school systems across the country. For instance, we are an approved contract vendor for Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools, one of the top school districts in the nation. Julian Tours founder Randy Julian was elected the 2007 Chairman and CEO of the National Tour Association, North America's leading travel association.

juliantours.com 12/30/2019

The 4 Toughest Field Trip Problems and Their Solutions - Julian Tours

The most popular page on our website in 2019? Our breakdown of the biggest problems facing field trip organizers, and the solutions for each one. Check it out!

juliantours.com Planning a school tour can be difficult. We've identified the four toughest problems faced by field trip organizers -- and their solutions.

juliantours.com 03/21/2019

School Trip Resources for Educators - Julian Tours

Do you organize school trips? Check out the resource guide on our site. It's chocked full of our best tips on making trips more enriching and more fun, as well as helping groups save money and create lasting memories. And it's all free!

juliantours.com Insider information for teachers and administrators who plan class trips -- both those who hire tour operators and those who do it themselves.


The Mansion on O & O Street Museum

We're happy to recommend the Mansion on O Street and its museum -- it's a great (and off the beaten path) stop for school groups visiting D.C. Check it out!

WOW! Thanks for the shout our Julian Tours! 😎👏

juliantours.com 02/14/2018

Julian Tours' African American Museum Guide for Educators and Tour Groups

Are you taking a group to see to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and hoping to make it as meaningful (and hassle-free) as possible?

We wrote this guide with you in mind. Download it for free now!

juliantours.com Julian Tours' African American museum guide is free! It's perfect for a school group or other large group headed to the Smithsonian's newest museum in D.C.


5 Tips for Successful Class Field Trips | NEA Member Benefits

"Be prepared. Know anything and everything about where you are going. Find out medical information about your students. Keep multiple copies of your information (class and group lists, reservation and transportation information) and keep a check list to refer to often."

neamb.com Get all the benefits of NEA membership! Register now! It's free for NEA Members and their relatives, and employees of NEA Affiliates.

juliantours.com 01/12/2018

5 Single-Day Field Trip Ideas In the Mid-Atlantic - Julian Tours

Thinking about an educational field trip this spring? Here are five great options for school groups in the Mid-Atlantic. https://juliantours.com/single-day-field-trip-ideas-mid-atlantic/

juliantours.com Need ideas for a class trip in the mid-Atlantic region? Here are five fun and educational ideas for potential trips from Julian Tours.

juliantours.com 01/19/2017

The Best Stop on a Washington D.C. Field Trip That No One Knows About (Except Darth Vader)

On a field trip, a site that grabs your students' attention yet doesn't attract huge crowds can be hard to find.

Well, here's one in D.C.

juliantours.com A field trip that stops at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. can show students another side of religion.

juliantours.com 12/08/2016

Music and the New African-American Museum: A Guide for School Groups

More than 50 forms of music have African-American roots.

The “Musical Crossroads” exhibit on the NMAAHC’s top floor explores all of it, and is a must-see for school groups and educational tours of D.C.'s newest museum.

juliantours.com Music lovers, especially members of the band, orchestra and singing groups, can spend hours in the music exhibition at D.C.'s new African-American museum.

juliantours.com 12/01/2016

Why Your Students Will Love the National African American Museum's Sports Gallery

"Shaking hands with the queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the 'colored' section of the bus."

- Althea Gibson, the first African American to play international tennis, on winning Wimbledon in 1957.

juliantours.com Tour groups visiting the National Museum of African American History & Culture will find engaging experiences for many students in the sports gallery.

aoc.gov 10/30/2016

Haunted Halls of Congress: 5 Creepy Capitol Legends

What do Civil War soldiers, John Quincy Adams and a cat have in common?

aoc.gov Working on Capitol Hill you hear your fair share of myths, mysteries and folklore about the historic buildings and its previous (we think) inhabitants. Given that the Capitol was once expected to be the final resting place for George Washington, replete with a crypt, should we be surprised that mult...

juliantours.com 10/28/2016

Visitors' Guide to the National African American Museum of History and Culture

We're compiling a guide for group visits to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. What else should we include?

juliantours.com Julian Tours scouts out the Smithsonian's newest museum in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

juliantours.com 10/28/2016

A 2-Hour Tour of the New African-American Museum: It Can Be Done

You have two hours, a group of 50 students and a mission to educate.

Can you make a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture meaningful?

With this plan, you can.

juliantours.com Can a school group fit the NMAAHC in its next trip to Washington, D.C.? Definitely, if the group follows our 2-hour tour of the new African-American museum.

juliantours.com 10/03/2016

African-American Museum FAQ: Key Facts for NMAAHC Visitors

The Basics: What you need to know before visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C.

juliantours.com As interest and attendance surges for the Smithsonian's newest museum, Julian Tours has put together an African-American Museum FAQs for visitors.


"Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education."

- Sir Francis Bacon

juliantours.com 09/22/2016

3 More Ways to Experience African-American History in D.C.

It's not going to be easy to get in to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for a few months (at least).

Here are some other options to learn about African-American history in the nation's capital.

juliantours.com Besides the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, there are other ways to learn about African-American History in DC.

smithsonianmag.com 09/22/2016

Take an Interactive Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian produced a great interactive tour of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture -- worth a click!

smithsonianmag.com What to expect when you visit the Smithsonian’s newest museum

juliantours.com 09/19/2016

A Lesson Plan for Visiting D.C.'s New African-American Museum

Visitors to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. should expect crowds for the foreseeable future.

Here's how to maximize the educational value of a visit without wasting time.

juliantours.com How do you ensure your school group has a memorable and educational visit to the African-American museum? With a lesson plan, of course.

edutopia.org 09/12/2016

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

What does being a "21st-century teacher" really mean? This is an insightful list.

edutopia.org We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.

juliantours.com 09/12/2016

Why the New African-American Museum in D.C. Will Be a Must-See

There's no doubt: The soon-to-open Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will become a can’t-miss stop on educational tours and trips to D.C. immediately.

Here's why.

juliantours.com The Smithsonian's new African-American museum in Washington, D.C. will be very popular with school groups and other educational tours -- for good reason.

washingtoncitypaper.com 09/11/2016

The Other 9/11 Memorial

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial "conveys the scale of personal losses suffered, if not the global repercussions of the plane’s impact. And it’s obviously an appropriate place to reflect on this week’s 15th anniversary of the terror attack."

washingtoncitypaper.com The elegant and understated memorial near the Pentagon opened eight years ago.

fi.edu 09/10/2016

The Giant Heart | The Franklin Institute Science Museum

Going to Philadelphia? You have to see the Giant Heart at the Franklin Institute. Visitors have been walking through it since 1953.

fi.edu A visit to The Franklin Institute is not complete without a walk through The Giant Heart! Learn all about the famous Giant Heart exhibit.

edsitement.neh.gov 05/06/2016

Ken Burns Asks: “Who Are We As Americans?” | EDSITEment

"More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source." — Historian Stephen Ambrose

Here's an interesting look at how a teacher can incorporate Burns's films into the classroom.

edsitement.neh.gov On May 9, 2016, Ken Burns will deliver the 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, speaking on the topic of “Race in America.”

weareteachers.com 04/20/2016

Field Trip Report Printable (Grades K-6)

Going on a field trip this spring? These printable report templates should help your students organize their thoughts as they write down what they learned on the trip.

weareteachers.com Free printable field trip report for elementary school! One less thing to do when you are exhausted from herding kids around all day!


Rick Steves

Learning of today's tragic attacks in Brussels, my first thought was of that city's unique knack for celebrating life. It's a city of great humanity, and great joy. In recent visits, I’ve been inspired by beer pilgrims who flew all the way from New York for a three-day weekend of sipping the world's finest monk-made brews. After taste-testing decadent chocolates in a line of five venerable shops in a row, I’ve spied yet another shop...and popped yet another praline. And standing on the Grand Place, which was lovingly blanketed with flowers, I’ve enjoyed the best open-air jazz I've ever heard — forever giving Europe’s finest town square a joyful soundtrack in my mind.

Half of Belgium speaks French, and the other half Flemish — but, with a battlefield called Waterloo just a few miles beyond its suburbs, Brussels understands the importance of getting along. And, as city beloved for its cartoons, beer, chocolate, and buckets of mussels, it knows the rewards of cooperation are rich.

Brussels is the capital of Europe — an experiment in pluralism more open and determined than anywhere in the world. And not surprisingly, forces against freedom and pluralism have attacked it. In a world of soft targets, easy access to explosives, and vivid media, terrorism is here to stay. And our challenge to maintain a free and open society is here to stay, as well. Europe is strong. It will pursue both safety and the bad guys. And, as a matter of principle, its people will continue to embrace freedom. As a matter of principle, I will keep on traveling. How about you?

www.richmond.com 03/22/2016

Ozzy Osbourne, son Jack visit Colonial Williamsburg

Ozzy apparently agrees with many of our tour groups - Colonial Williamsburg rocks!

www.richmond.com Yes, that was Ozzy Osbourne walking down Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg.

chicagotribune.com 03/16/2016

What is the value of the school field trip?

"We talk about people and places in history, but to actually be there and see some of those things from history was incredible. It really does help you learn about things when you can really visualize and experience them."

- Ellie Pena, Illinois 7th-grader

chicagotribune.com Most everyone has childhood memories of school field trips.

nj.com 03/15/2016

These 83 N.J. schools just won funding for field trips

Good news for students at 83 (yes, eighty-three) New Jersey schools!

(The funding comes from Field Trip New Jersey -- http://www.fieldtripnj.org -- a new program which provides "$100,000 in funds annually to help school children in underserved communities across New Jersey access the arts and culture, historical landmarks, nature preserves and science institutions, and college campuses."

nj.com See if your school is one of the winners.

washingtonian.com 03/03/2016

Cherry Blossoms Expected to Hit Peak Bloom March 31

Mark your calendars!

(This is a little earlier than usual for peak season -- the average start date is April 4.)

washingtonian.com The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 20 to April 17.

freetech4teachers.com 02/25/2016

C-SPAN Offers a Free Electoral College Poster and Lesson Plans

Social studies teachers: Here's a good, timely -- and free -- offer from C-SPAN.

/via Free Technology for Teachers



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weareteachers.com 01/22/2016

Top 10 Washington DC School Trip Places

We'd say this list is a great place to start -- the basics, if you will.

Also worth considering: D.C. venues that are off the beaten path and still educational and fun: http://bit.ly/20hxfgs

weareteachers.com A Washington, DC tour is possibly the greatest field trip you can plan for your students. No other destination is more rich in our country's history, and no other city provides so many incredible tour options per square mile. Read on for our 10 must-see sites.

experience.usatoday.com 01/15/2016

Celebrate America: The USA's 42 most-visited monuments and memorials

How many have you visited?

experience.usatoday.com Which gets visited more, the Lincoln Memorial or the Statue of Liberty? Find out here.

smithsonianmag.com 01/15/2016

The History of D.C.'s Epic and Unfinished Struggle for Representation and Self-Governance

D.C. area social studies/history classes: This just-opened exhibit at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum looks like it provides an interesting glimpse at local history.

Has anyone visited it yet?

smithsonianmag.com Control of the federal city was long dictated by Congress until residents took a stand beginning in the 1960s

history.house.gov 01/13/2016

Inkstand | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives

Did you notice that shiny item in front of House Speaker Paul Ryan last night during #SOTU? It's the Inkstand, the oldest artifact in the chamber.

history.house.gov Before the Speaker calls each session of the House to order, this coin-silver inkstand is placed on the rostrum. The inkstand is considered the oldest surviving artifact of the House and was made between 1810 and 1820. Although its origins are mysterious, it most likely came into the House around 18…


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