Tour Overview

  • Charter bus or flight to Cincinnati, OH
  • Private charter bus transportation for the duration of the tour
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners
  • Admission to The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
  • Admission to a Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Production
  • Admission to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
  • Admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Free Tour Leaders 1 Per 15 Paying Students
  • Zoni Tour Manager

Day 1: Arrival and Zoo Visit

Morning: Depart for Cincinnati, Ohio.

Arrive and meet your Zoni Tour Manager at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Welcome to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Explore the zoo's conservation efforts and learn about various animal species.

Get up close with cougars, tigers, and leopards at Cat Canyon and marvel at the gentle giants in the Elephant Reserve.

Afternoon: Have lunch together at one of the zoo’s dining facilities, like Hops, their popular restaurant overlooking Roo Valley.

Stop at Birds of the World to sight winged wonders, be charmed by ring-tailed lemurs at Lemur Lookout, and get creepy-crawly at the Reptile House.

Don’t forget to wind through the beautiful botanical gardens before you end your visit!

Evening: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, perhaps a bowl of Cincinnati’s famous Skyline Chili.

Wrap up your day with a live performance at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a city hub of culture and the arts.

Check in at your hotel and spend a restful night.

Day 2: Science and History Exploration

Morning: Have breakfast at the hotel and depart for the Cincinnati Museum Center.

This one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex is housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark. With multiple museums inside, including a Library and Archives and an OMNIMAX® Theater, Museum Center is the largest cultural institution in the city of Cincinnati.

Afternoon: Have lunch at a local eatery.

Step back in time as you take a tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Begin your visit with Suite for Freedom, a brief orientation film. Then, see the sobering Slave Pen, built in the early 1800s and later recovered from a nearby farm for display in Cincinnati.

See the first permanent exhibit of its kind, Invisible: Slavery Today and learn about what modern slavery looks like, including thoughtful education on human trafficking.

Evening: Have dinner at a neighborhood restaurant.

End your day with a riverwalk along the Cincinnati Riverfront and see the historic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Created by the same architect who designed New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, this was once the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Day 3: Arts and Culture

Morning: Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

Spend your last morning at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Learn about a renowned artist and discover the cultural significance of art in certain areas of the world. From ancient African art to contemporary art with multimedia components, there is something for every artistic taste.

Afternoon: Have lunch at a museum cafe or nearby restaurant.

Say goodbye to Cincinnati and depart for home.

Must Know

Cultural Enrichment: Cincinnati boasts a rich cultural heritage, and this tour provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the city's history, arts, and diversity.

Historical Significance: Cincinnati played a pivotal role in the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement. Visiting places like the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center provides insight into this important chapter of American history.

Educational Value: The tour includes visits to museums, observatories, and educational institutions, making it an ideal choice for students, teachers, and lifelong learners.

Natural Beauty: The city is situated along the scenic Ohio River, and activities like the riverwalk and visits to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens allow you to appreciate the natural beauty of the region.

  • Research the weather conditions in Cincinnati during your travel dates. Pack clothing appropriate for the season and any potential weather fluctuations.
  • Be environmentally conscious and responsible during your trip. Dispose of trash properly and respect local conservation efforts.
  • Explore Cincinnati's local cuisine and be open to trying regional specialties like Cincinnati-style chili.

  • Travel time to and from different parts of the country may modify these itineraries.
  • Itineraries are fully customizable.
  • Flexible payment plans are available.

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General information regarding student tours and field trips.

We offer a wide variety of customized educational itineraries based upon your curriculum requests and budget.

Tour inclusions vary depending on your itinerary, but all include transportation, accommodations, venue admissions, and most meals (as outlined in your proposal).

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Yes. All itineraries are fully customizable based upon your desired destination, curriculum requests, and budget needs.

Because we fully customize every itinerary, we can offer tours to any and every age group.

No, Zoni educational tours are not limited to school students alone. They can be arranged for college students, adult learners, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, language organizations, home-school co-ops, cultural schools/organizations, businesses, or individuals with an interest in acquiring knowledge and exploring new environments.

Absolutely. We cater to various group sizes, including homeschoolers, with fully customizable itineraries.

We require a minimum of ten paying passengers per group. We have no maximum group size.

Planning should begin as soon as possible. International travel is typically planned 12-18 months before departure.

Zoni Educational travel tours have trained Tour Managers and Tour Leaders accompanying the group. For domestic travel there will be one Tour Leader for every 10 students and for international travel, there will be one Tour Leader for every 6 students.

The Tour Leader is a representative from your school. The Tour Manager is affiliated with Zoni Tours and is well versed in the destinations visited.

Yes, for domestic travel we offer one free tour leader per ten paying passengers. For international travel, we offer one free tour leader per six paying passengers.

The itineraries listed on our website include examples of destinations that we travel to, but we are happy to customize a tour of any destination you wish to visit.

While many of our domestic tours are two-night/three-day itineraries, we can customize a tour for any desired length of time.

Your transportation needs will be provided by Zoni Tours, unless otherwise noted in your proposal.

Full names, dates of birth, emergency contacts, dietary restrictions, and any other relevant information needed for your itinerary.

Students and tour leaders will be responsible for securing traveler documents and information. Zoni will keep digital copies of passports and visas for international travel in case of emergency.

All forms are signed at registration along with terms and conditions. Documentation required by your school or organization may vary.

No. Group travel is secured under one booking.

No, seats will be assigned at the time of booking.

While not guaranteed, Zoni Tours will do everything possible to accommodate this request.

Flight changes are available at your own expense, subject to group leaders' approval.

Zoni Tours will accommodate special needs per ADA and section 504. We can secure accommodations in motorcoaches, hotels, and most eateries. However, elements of certain itineraries are not accessible to wheelchairs and other devices. Please make your Educational Group Tour Coordinator aware of any special needs when you begin your travel planning.