About Academic Travel Abroad

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We’re Celebrating Over 60 Years in the Educational Travel Industry!

Academic Travel Abroad’s Mission
At Academic Travel Abroad, Inc., we have one mission: to create unparalleled, educational travel programs to satisfy sophisticated, curious travelers. For over 60 years, our creative programs have helped educated travelers unveil the splendors the world has to offer. The result: tours of the highest quality and excellent value for distinguished travelers.

Our Mission Statement
To create unique, enriching experiences for intellectually curious adults and students, to consistently exceed the expectations of our clients, to provide stimulating careers and a caring work environment to our employees, to maintain our industry leader status through innovation and quality, to contribute meaningfully to our world, our field and the community in which we work, to excel in fiscal management in order to ensure our organization’s profitability, long-term growth and success.

Our History
More than 50 years in the travel industry have given us a broad perspective of the world. In 1947, when more Americans wanted to start traveling abroad after World War II, ATA pioneered programs throughout Europe, from Norway to Portugal. In 1956, Academic Travel Abroad opened the doors to cultural and educational travel in the former USSR, and soon thereafter in China. For more than a half century, we have continued to offer innovative programs to new and favorite destinations to help travelers delve beyond the surface of these treasured places to explore the hidden riches unique to each.

Excellence Through Experienced Staff

ATA’s uncommon staff is truly “at home” in the world. Combined, we have over 325 years experience in the travel industry, and we speak 15 different languages – from Mandarin to French, Arabic to Japanese, our staff knows virtually no language barriers!┬áThe fact that we have lived in, and traveled to more than 40 countries gives us an insider’s view that helps us share our love of our destinations with you. Because we are committed to offering superior travel programs, our experienced, professional Program Designers create tours that uncover the behind-the-scenes culture, history, art, architecture, cuisine, and peoples of each locale, and our Travel Counselors will assist you with all your tour-related needs prior to your departure. You will also benefit from having one of our expert Tour Managers, who have lived and studied in our destinations, accompany each tour. Every member of our staff is devoted to making your tour with Academic Travel Abroad a truly memorable experience.

Our Extensive Resources
When you travel with Academic Travel Abroad, you’ll reap the benefits of our extensive network of global resources, both in academia and the travel industry. Because our contacts span the globe, we can ensure that you enjoy the most in-depth and hassle-free travel experience. From Beijing to the British Isles, St. Petersburg to Seville, our trusted resources abroad allow us to offer you behind-the-scenes access at private collections, museums, universities, galleries, and embassies. Hoteliers, concierges, and restaurateurs with whom we share long-standing relationships make your logistics seamless and your travel experience superior.