Pinellas Takes NYC

Focus on Business, Technology, Media and Design

Pinellas is headed back to New York City in 2023! We’ll explore the companies that make it such an important business and technology hub, and immerse ourselves in the communities and culture that make New York the most diverse city on earth. Along the way we’ll see all the famous sights and neighborhoods!


Day 1: Arrive in NYC

  • Morning flight from Tampa to maximize your day in NYC.
  • Meet your full-time tour director at the airport. Your trip will feature a local New Yorker managing the trip’s logistics, and providing stories and local flair.
  • Midtown Manhattan Walking Tour Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central, Fifth Avenue, etc.
  • Included Dinner
  • Visit the bustling new business development of Hudson Yards, where we’ll learn about what it takes to develop a new business district in New York City, and we’ll visit The Edge, a stunning observation deck where you can take in the entire skyline from one vantage point.

Day 2: Explore NYC

  • 4-Hour Guided Motor Coach Tour of NYC
    A great way to get an overview of the enormous city! We’ll use a bus to explore the varieties of neighborhoods, making little stops along the way.
  • 9/11 Museum, Memorial & World Trade Center Area
    This powerful museum explores one of the defining moments of the city’s and country’s history. And the whole memorial area will be a fantastic opportunity to focus on the design process that went into making such a complex set of buildings.
  • Included Dinner
  • We’ll hear a talk on the business and technology that makes Times Square what it is, followed by free time.

Day 3: NYC

  • Visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
    A short ferry ride will take us back in time to tell the story of the construction of the iconic symbol of America, and the history of European immigration into the country.
  • Discover the Financial District
    We’ll hear a talk on how New York’s financial system works, playing a pivotal role in powering the global economy.
  • Optional: Evening Ice Skating in Central Park!
    It’s winter in New York City…so why not explore the
  • John’s Pizza Extravaganza! All you can eat pizza at the legendary pizzeria, the second oldest in New York. We’ll eat at their Times Square location, a beautiful converted old church.

Day 4: Technology & Business Focus

  • Technology, Business & Design Career Roundtable
    We’ll meet some New Yorkers in various fields to pull back the curtain on their experiences working in those careers.
  • Company visits
    We’ll arrange small groups of students to visit various companies’ offices and see life from the inside.
  • Visit Greenwich Village or Chinatown
  • Dinner
  • Broadway Show

Day 5: Return home

  • Time to look at the bustling technology, design and business hub of Dumbo, Brooklyn! After walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, we’ll see the incredible structures and companies that have been built along New York’s waterfront, ushering in a new community of technology companies.
  • After lunch, you’ll depart from the airport to return home.


  • Roundtrip Airfare from Tampa airport
  • Private Tour Director to handle safety, logistics and education
  • Admission to all included activities
  • Transportation throughout the trip via subway and motor coach
  • 4 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Manhattan (based on 3-4 students per room; adults are roomed 2 to a room)
  • Breakfasts & Dinners (lunch is not included)
  • Walking & City Tours
  • Broadway Show
  • Private hotel security every evening
  • Basic travel insurance

About YOUR group leader

Mitch is the owner of the company, and will be your tour guide. He has over 20 years of experience leading student tour groups around the world. He is a graduate of the University of Paris-Sorbonne, with majors in History and Philosophy, and runs a tour guide training school called TripSchool. He’s the author of four travel guidebooks for New York City, Boston, and D.C., and is in demand as an international travel industry speaker. He lives in Brooklyn, NYC.

The TripAdventures Difference

  • 100% Customized Tour
    We don’t believe in cookie cutter. Every trip is tailored to what your school wants to experience, and we go out of our way to make your trip something you can’t get elsewhere.
  • Authentic, local experiences
    Not just photo stops and sightseeing. Transformational, authentic experiences. We travel like a local: we’ll take trains, ferries, walking the streets, and eat like a local. You won’t be tourists.
  • Better Quality, Better Price
    Central hotels. We don’t cheat on quality by staying an hour away from the cities, and yet we can offer a better price because we don’t spend any money on marketing. We run on word of mouth based on our quality, which means your money goes to the trip, not to office space and glossy brochures.
  • 20+ Years of Leading Tours
    Our entire team is made up of experienced travel professionals who love what they do, and that shows in the tour.

Important Details, please read

  • Enrolling is easy! Click on the “Reserve Your Spot” button and submit your deposit. Please note, the deposit is non-refundable. Clicking the booking link will initiate your choice of a payment plan or pay in full.
  • We encourage you to pay by bank transfer, which is extremely easy to set up. The tour price is based on paying directly from your bank; paying by credit card will incur an extra 2.9% fee (charged by the processor).
  • Please take a moment to read our booking terms and conditions.
  • We are committed above all to the health and safety of your student, and will follow all local and national CDC guidelines for travel.


Preferred Travel Protection Plan

  • We offer travel insurance as part of travel protection plans from our partner TripAssure.
  • To cover you for the unforeseen, we encourage participants to purchase travel insurance, which may include benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, missed connection, travel delay, medical expense/emergency evacuation, baggage and personal effects, baggage delay and more. 
  • Covid-19 and its various strains are treated the same as any other Sickness under the travel protection plan.
  • TripAssure offers the Basic, Deluxe Plan and Deluxe Plus Plan options. Familiarize yourself with the
    contents of each plan to ensure to get the one that best suits your needs. 
  • The travel protection plan that includes “Cancel for any reason” coverage must be purchased within 21 days of enrollment with your deposit.

Base Trip Cost

$99 deposit