Here's How Our Process Works

Step 1: Speak with your local IST Campus Tours Representative.


Together you will develop a travel itinerary that meets your budget and travel desires.

Step 2: Receive a customized quote and itinerary.


Shortly after your initial meeting, you will receive a custom price quote from the IST Campus Tours corporate office. The price quote will detail your itinerary and all inclusions.

Step 3: Approve the price quote, set a deposit due date and payment plan.


Once you approve the price quote and sign the letter of intent, we will begin booking your travel arrangements once we have received deposits or a purchase order.

Step 4: Customer Service Support


Once the letter of intent is signed, all questions can be directed to our corporate office.

Step 5: Distribute the registration forms and collect deposits.


IST Campus Tours will provide all of the necessary forms. All you need to do is get the materials into the hands of your students. This is also a good time for the school organizer to have a parent meeting to address any questions about the trip. Registration forms and deposit payment can be collected by the school and mailed in as a group or they can be sent in individually to IST Campus Tours. Speak with IST Campus Tours to find out what works best for you!

Step 6: Make Trip Payments


We offer a variety of convenient payment plans – Payments can be made by each individual directly to IST Campus Tours corporate office on a monthly basis or can be made in bulk by the school on behalf of all travelers. We are also happy to provide invoices direct to schools.

Step 7: Trip Confirmation Binder


An IST Campus Tours binder will be sent to the lead chaperon a few days prior to departure. This will include the hotel and tour information as well as information on the campuses. A final itinerary, contact information and packing guidelines can also be included for distribution by the chaperon to the parents upon request.

Step 8: Travel!


Enjoy the trip with 24 hour support from the IST Campus Tours staff.

Step 9: Provide Feedback


Our goal is to consistently provide high quality campus tours for our student groups. In order to continuously improve our services, we like to hear from our group leaders to see what worked and what areas need improvement.


Who is IST Campus Tours?

Who We Are:

IST Campus 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:

  • Deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Guided tours of the selected universities and colleges including information on student life, admissions and academics.

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 busses and drivers.

Can parents go on a trip?


This is up to the discretion of the school.

Are meals included?


Yes! On an IST Campus 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 or at a college campus dining commons. Dinners will either be at a college campus dining commons or 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.

Credentials and Affiliations


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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