It is with great pleasure that I recommend e.e. tours as the #1 tour company to plan your next NYC group trip. My experience with them this past year has been nothing but pleasurable.
In the past 11 years, I’ve taken six trips with approximately100 high school students and parents on a custom dance/theatre tour of New York City, and I’ve handled the planning differently each time. I’ve gone from having tour companies plan the entire trip to purchasing and planning every aspect of the trip myself. Each time, prior to planning the trip, I always look for a company that can “make my life easier”. This year I sent out inquiries to several companies and got an immediate reply from e.e. tours. Not only did they respond quickly, but prior to contacting me they researched my high school and my high school dance website; they even watched video clips of my students dancing! I was surprised and impressed that they took the time to find out so much about me BEFORE I was even a client.
Matt and Nora took care of all the trip details before I even boarded our plane to New York, and they made everything seem easy. Because I had had some bad experiences with other tour companies, I was cautious about “letting go” and letting e.e.tours take care of everything. Both Matt and Nora were patient with my calls and emails to “check the details”. They were always happy to answer questions, investigate ideas, and follow up with me. Communication between us was always quick and concise.
They were also quick to remedy any issues that arose on my end…issues that included adding people to the group AFTER theatre tickets had been purchased and changing a name with the airlines just two days before the trip. And when an airline cancelled our San Francisco to NYC flight, e.e. tours was quick to be sure that the new flight met all of the needs of our group. This level of service is simply remarkable, and is something I learned is the norm for e.e.tours.
Upon meeting Matt at JFK International Airport, I confidently heaved a sigh of relief within the first 15 minutes of meeting him. I could tell that he was on top of every detail and not only had a plan “B” for every situation, he had a plan “C’, “D” and “E”! He made the trip fun and easy and to be honest, this was the first time that I could actually relax on the trip and fully enjoy seeing my students discover dance in New York City.
As an experienced leader of large group educational trips, I’m completely sold on e.e. tours. I will never use another company again.
Director of Dance
San Mateo High School
It is a pleasure to write this letter of endorsement for e.e.tours. I am a high school fashion design teacher in a small, rural California town. I have taken students on annual Fashion tours to various locations – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Europe and New York City – for fifteen years. I am a firm believer in the power of travel as a valuable educational opportunity for every student.
After traveling twice to New York City with two other large tour companies, I was not very satisfied with either company. I felt as if these companies were more focused on larger Washington D. C. tours and were unwilling or unable to customize NYC tours from their standard packages without major additional fees and hassles.
I traveled with Matt Koke and e.e.tours in February, 2012, and was extremely satisfied. Matt worked closely with me to coordinate and customize our trip to fit my tour standards. He worked school, cultural exhibits, as well as time for shopping and sightseeing. Our itinerary was well planned, so we were able to get the most from each day in the city.
The tour package price was at or below quotes from other companies, well worth the price for the amount of venues, quality of lodging and meals we were provided with. Matt and his staff provided us with organized, educational, and professional tour guiding and support throughout our entire trip.
I will not travel to New York City with any tour company except for e.e.tours. I look forward to planning my students’ next Big Apple adventure with Mr. Koke and his helpful staff. I highly recommend eetours to educators who want to offer their students a high-quality, affordable, educational, and secure travel experience.
Bishop Union High School
Fashion Design Teacher
E.E. Tours is a great company that invests in student learning and growth in a fast-paced and fun environment. It does a great job in planning tours that often directly link back to some form of instruction in the hospitality and culinary studies classroom. Matt Koke is a tremendous tour guide, who takes pain staking detail in planning out each hour of each day. His company handles all of the planning of the trip, but Matt is excellent is alleviating much of the stress on the day to day presence for the instructor as well during the tour.
It is well worth the effort to raise the funds to work with E.E. Tours for a trip with your club or class. Thanks to Matt and his staff with the great job that is done for the four fabulous trips we have taken with EE Tours in the last four years.
Down River and Career Technical Center-Riverview High School, MI
In June 2022, I brought 15 students and 13 adults to NYC with e.e. Tours, and I keep hearing rave reviews from everyone who went! I could not be more pleased with our overall experience with Matt Koke from the very initial planning stages through the entire extraordinary trip. We will definitely travel with Matt again and highly recommend e.e. Tours to anyone looking to have an amazing, worry-free tour.
I spoke to numerous tour companies in the early planning stages, and right from the start e.e. Tours stood out above the rest. Matt understands that each group is unique. He worked very hard at tailoring an itinerary to fit our needs when many other companies were firm about taking a much more “one-size fits all” approach to everything from the number of days to the number of shows/attractions included. His communication with me through-out the school year leading up to the trip was impeccable; he was vey quick to respond to our questions and ideas.
As a drama club, our group was most interested in getting in as many Broadway shows as possible and attending theatre-related activities such as dance and stage combat workshops taught by Broadway performers, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Drama Bookstore, and Radio City Music Hall. We were also able to choose our other destinations and get great recommendations from Matt. He also ensured that we had fantastic seats. As a New Yorker, Matt has incredible first-hand knowledge of where to go, how to get there safely and efficiently, where to eat, and great stories to tell about the places we were able to visit.
He was also very upfront and easy to work with to keep everything within our budget and build a payment schedule that matched our fundraising timeline. Our transportation was seamless, and the hotel was spacious, comfortable, and extremely well-located for access to Times Square, food, parks, the subway, and anything else we needed.
What really topped off the whole experience is what a great guy Matt is. He was very attentive to our group and available any time we might need him. The kids and adults both greatly enjoyed his approach to our guided walks where he imparted fascinating information with humor and fun. When our group wanted to break off into smaller groups, he ensured that everyone knew how to get where they were going and when we would meet up again. He even went above and beyond to surprise two of our travelers who shared a birthday while we were there with cheesecake and candles!
Overall, I cannot say enough great things about our trip to New York; it was everything we had hoped and more. I would recommend e.e. Tours to any group looking to get the most out of their trip because Matt Koke truly knows how to deliver the trip of a lifetime.
Spring Grove High School