Pinellas Texas Business Trip

Join us for 5 incredible days of visiting two cities doing some of the most innovative work in the fields of business, technology and design. Austin and Houston have exploded as centers of innovation from technology to space shuttles. And of course along the way we’ll dive into the history, unforgettable food, and live music that make this part of the country so unique.


Day 1 — Feb. 17 (Saturday)

  • Morning departure from Tampa for Houston
  • Arrival in Houston at lunch
  • Meet a local guide for a city highlights tour uncovering the gems of Houston and understanding the how and why of Texas history, from its earliest days to Houston’s status as a business hub.
  • Visit the ION Building, a new hub connecting established companies, startup businesses, restaurants and coworking spaces. We’ll discuss and experience first-hand the way Houston’s economy has transformed and evolved over the past decades.
  • Classic Texas BBQ Dinner

Day 2 — Feb. 18 (Sunday)

  • We’ll head south of town to NASA’s Johnson Space Center which offers an up-close and interactive experience of our country’s space program, diving into the technology and ingenuity that made the program happen.
  • Then we’ll continue to Galveston, TX along the coast, to learn about the oil industry at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and the history of railroads and how it transformed business at the Galveston Railroad Museum.
  • In the evening we’ll dine and have fun at the Pleasure Pier amusement park before heading back to Houston

Day 3 — Feb. 19 (Monday)

  • In the morning we’ll make a visit the Printing Museum, an interactive museum combining art and science. It focuses on the evolution of graphic design, from printed material to digital.
  • Drive to Austin.
  • Overview City tour of Austin from a fantastic local tour guide, sharing their insights into how the city’s developed into a entrepreneurial and tech mecca.
  • Dinner at a local Austin restaurant with live music
  • Evening: view the famous Congress Street Bridge Bats at sunset as they exit their home under a bridge!

Day 4 — Feb. 20 (Tuesday)

  • Tour of the University of Texas and special business meetings with the Energy Institute at UT. We’ll connect with local academics and students to share their insights into the research and work they do across technology, business and design.
  • In the afternoon we’ll take meetings with tech companies in downtown Austin, learning from real workers about the ins and outs of working for a fast-growing tech company.
  • In the evening we’ll explore Congress Street’s vibrant life, filled with shops, cafes and live music venues.
  • Evening dinner & live music and/or optional dancing!

Day 5 — Feb. 21 (Wednesday)

  • Visit the vast and interactive Texas State History Museum and Texas State Capitol Building
  • later afternoon return flight home to Tampa


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

$2199 per student
Registration Online Required. All funds paid directly to school, except travel insurance. deposit