Custom Travel for University Groups

Hand-crafted exploration travel for college groups of any size.


Explore Up Close and you. Travel Partners.

What qualities do you value most in your travel partner?

  • Experienced, dedicated travel planners and engaging guides
  • Easy-going and positive personality
  • Excellent, clear communication
  • A sharp attention to the finest details
  • An unparalleled enthusiasm for exploring other places and cultures
  • Strong connections with other experts
  • Respects and understands your unique partnership

We value these qualities, too. 


In the past 10 years, some of our favorite custom college group adventures have included:

  • Irish Literature
  • Exploring Egypt
  • Mendelssohn's Grand Tour of Italy
  • World War I Stories in France, Belgium, and England
  • Machu Picchu
  • Beethoven's Vienna
  • Art and Architecture in Ancient Greece
  • New Zealand
  • Argentina's Music and Dance
  • Design and Decor in France

Explore Up Close recognizes that student travelers make some of their most profound discoveries when they have free to explore on their own.  We specialize in crafting itineraries that blend guided group activities with opportunities for independent exploration. 


What professors have to say about Explore Up Close:

“I thought the planning was perfect: we were active, but we weren’t too rushed; we felt like explorers, not ‘tourists.’"

"Since the hotels were so centrally located, our students could explore the old city in their own small groups whenever they had some ‘down time.’ They would quickly discover their favorite cafeĢs, plazas, and boutiques, and thoroughly soaked up ‘just being there.’ It was an all-around great experience and I would highly recommend EUC to anyone.”

"Explore Up Close worked with us closely to perfect the itinerary - and it was spot on."

"Explore Up Close helped plan and lead a fantastic trip to New Zealand for Converse College. They paid attention to details of the trip and planned high quality excursions. They also left us with an appropriate amount of down time to relax. I highly recommend them."

"Every aspect of the trip was simply amazing. Students and professors had a wonderful two weeks abroad (and all hope to return again someday!) I highly recommend this company for your travel excursions. The planning process was easy and enjoyable. I look forward to considering Explore Up Close for future study travel trips that I may lead."


Explore Up Close customizes every itinerary to fit your curriculum and budget needs.


(864) 384 - 6947

Mailing Address

Explore Up Close
613 Poplar Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302