Our mission is to deliver the highest quality, best value and exceptional service every time, everywhere. Discovery Tours, a family owned and operated travel company, has over 35 years of experience in organizing student group travel packages.
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travel companies. We work with tens of thousands of students each year. WHY CHOOSE DISCOVERY TOURS? We work to build and nurture relationships with every individual school by recognizing and responding to educator’s ideas and individual needs. A student tour is an opportunity for students to grow as individuals, as well as to develop a greater appreciation for our country and its rich history. Our staff of retired teachers and administrators has the necessary experience and background to achieve this goal. Our knowledgeable staff is focused on combining educational needs, safety and efficient use of time in providing a stimulating travel experience for students of all ages. We strive to provide professional, educational and fun-filled tours
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With over 35 years in the industry, we have the knowledge, understanding and familiarity with the destinations you desire. We are one of the few companies that provides local step-on-guides. This allows every student to experience the trip to its fullest. If your group does not choose to take advantage of local step-on-guides, we adjust the
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At Discovery Tours we charter deluxe, wide bodied motor coaches. Handicap accessible coaches are available upon request. Our motor coach providers regularly inspect their equipment and continually receive the highest safety rating from the United States Department of Transportation. Private security at hotels is offered on EVERY overnight itinerary.
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Great news! CVSR will run the ‘Kids Rides Free’ special this August to celebrate our loyal passengers. Starting Tuesday, August 1, for every 1 PAID adult National Park Scenic coach ticket purchased, 1 child National Park Scenic coach ticket is free (up to 3 child coach tickets per household). This special runs Tuesdays through Fridays in August (weekends do not apply). Not valid with any other promotion. Learn more below.
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Today in 1885: Mark Twain publishes the Mississippi River classic, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" This 1972 book of navigation charts guided river pilot Capt. Jack Libbey as he piloted large tows carrying about 1,600 tons of cargo on the Mississippi.
Libbey shared what he thinks makes a good river pilot: http://s.si.edu/1mE1ejC
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blog.americanhistory.si.edu The image of Uncle Sam as a personification of our nation and government is widespread and instantly recognizable. But did you ever wonder about where he came from? Was he purely imaginary, or based on a real historical figure?
13 November 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, containing the names of more than 13,000 Marines who lost their lives in Vietnam, was dedicated this date at the Memorial site in Washington, D.C. The dedication and parade that preceded it were part of a week-long National Salute to Vietnam Veterans.
[10/02/13] The issues leading to the government shutdown represent important concerns for Congress, the Administration and the American public. While we remain nonpartisan on individual issues, we strongly urge Congress to put politics aside and consider the impact of the shutdown on businesses across the country. We urge everyone to contact their local Congressman and tell them enough is enough. Stop the bickering and open the government.
airandspace.si.edu The World Flight crews at Sand Point, Washington, before the start of their journey. Left to right: Tech. Sgt. Arthur Turner (who did not make the flight), Staff Sgt. Henry Ogden, Lt. Leslie Arnold, Lt. Leigh Wade, Lt. Lowell Smith, Maj. Frederick Martin, and Staff Sgt. Alva Harvey. Not pictured: Lt...
archive.org Ground station dish for Telstar at Cornwall, interior, JFK press conference, JFK speaks about the satellite; animations of satellite transmitting (partial...
[07/05/13] Happy Independence Day. Thank you to all who have protected our freedom through the years.
Northeast Ohio veterans are treated as part of history at World War II Memorial
Reported By Sabrina Eaton, Plain Dealer Washington Reporter
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As they slowly made their way around the World War II Memorial's granite pillars in wheelchairs pushed by relatives, the elderly Northeast Ohio veterans didn't expect to be treated as part of the exhibit.
But a steady stream of tourists approached them to thank them for their role in fighting in World War II.
"It overwhelms me, because I don't feel that I did that much," said 90-year-old Duane Rininger of Cuyahoga Falls, one of 25 Northeast Ohio veterans who participated Wednesday in a day-long "honor flight" program to visit a selection of the nation's war memorials around Washington, D.C.
"I just did what I had to do," Rininger said of his World War II stint on a U.S. Navy PT boat. Like many veterans on the trip, Rininger wore a ball cap that described his military service.
The Cleveland "honor flight" program, now in its seventh year, brings veterans like Rininger to the World War II Memorial as well as memorials honoring the Vietnam and Korean wars, the U.S. Air Force and the Marine Corps.
The day usually concludes with a guard changing ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony, according to Joe Benedict of Old Brooklyn, who heads the Cleveland program.
The veterans selected for the trip are accompanied by "guardians," often relatives who push their wheelchairs and assist them with other needs. The guardians pay their own trip expenses while the veterans' costs are paid through donations, often from veterans' groups.
World War II veterans who apply to participate in the program are bumped to the top of its wait list because of their advancing age and dwindling numbers. Benedict notes that many of them were already more than 80 years old when the World War II Memorial opened in 2004.
Wednesday's "honor flight" was the first from Northeast Ohio to be paid for by a corporate donor, Ford Motor Co. Ford has sponsored similar trips from other cities in the past two years.
The company currently employs more than 7,000 veterans, and Henry Ford himself organized a caravan of 50 Model Ts more than 90 years ago to transport disabled veterans to a convention in San Francisco, according to Ford spokesman Judd Templin.
"We have been doing these things for a long time," said Templin.
In addition to being greeted by other tourists at the memorial, Ohio politicians including U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and House of Representatives members Marcy Kaptur and Dave Joyce paid their respects.
Kaptur, who authored the bill that created the World War II Memorial, told them she hopes it will expand to include more exhibits on the war, as well as a flame or light beam.
"They are hustling – you have to keep your sense of humor," 89-year-old Erick Rohde of Lakewood said of the politicians, after shaking Portman's hand. During World War II, the Navy veteran participated in five invasions, including the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
He described the memorial as "beautiful."
"It's as nice an edifice as could be manufactured to honor the veterans," said Rohde.
Tom Malaney Jr., 90, of Sagamore Hills, said he heard about the trip from his daughter, who arranged for him to go. During his days as a U.S. Marine in World War II, he participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima, Kwajalein Atoll, Tinaian and Saipan.
"Can you imagine going out and digging a hole and living in it?" said Malaney, a retired trucking company salesman. "Today, if I did that, I wouldn't last one hour. We had to do it for weeks and weeks. The only water we had was put in our canteens, so we couldn't even wash ourselves."
Paul Fine, an 83-year-old Korean War veteran from Mayfield Heights, heard about the trip from friends. The former second-class petty officer on the USS Baltimore and USS Columbus thought spending the day with fellow veterans visiting the war memorials would help him "get in touch with the values I served for in the Navy for those four years."
"We tend to take things for granted," said Fine, who worked in the produce and home improvement industries after his military service. "It is a privilege to have these values: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the Bill of Rights They are really not an entitlement. These are the values I treasure."
Video on Today: A massive effort is under way to repair the nation’s tribute to its first president, which has been wrapped in scaffolding as experts assess the damage from a 2011 earthquake that violently shook the building. NBC’s Tom Costello gets an up-close look at the progress.
cnn.com Some things you just know for a fact. First U.S. president: George Washington. First human to walk on the moon: Neil Armstrong.
cnn.com The grizzly bears that claim this park as their home demand respect. They're emblems of a tough and inspiring untamed wilderness.
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