About Landmark

About

Our passion for travel is indescribable

Our goal is to provide group tours an outstanding level of our highest quality educational service. 

Landmark Educational Tours is employee-owned and operated by travelers who have a passion to help others explore the world’s landmarks. Our values, vision, and mission are rooted in the hospitality industry. We invite all ages of travelers to embark to landmarks around the world with Landmark Educational Tours!

Michaela Ruffino, Managing Director
Student taking a picture on the top deck of the Top of the Rock Observatory in NYC.
Group photo kayaking
Leaders in London, UK
Student traveling in Oregon with tree background.

Mission & Vission

Leading the industry with exceptional service for all. 

We are a group of young, dynamic travel enthusiasts that customize engaging, educational, and thrilling travel adventures for students of all ages. Experiential education is powerful. We are privileged to provide such an experience to all of our customers and our incredible team. Our trip organizers are empowered to take advantage of the opportunity to travel the world while providing excellent service to clients.

Professional Tour Specialist

As your tour manager, Landmark Leaders manage the logistics of your trip allowing you to savor the new adventure with your students hassle-free.

Experience

We have over 50 years of combined experience in the tourism industry. Let our specialists share their knowledge and passion for travel with your group.

Fully Customizable

We want to give you the best experience possible. Each tour is specifically customized to fit your group's wants and needs.

Behind the scenes

Meet Our Team

Girl in Norway with water and buildings

Managing Director

Currently, in Rhode Island, Michaela is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working within the hospitality industry. She holds a strong portfolio of travel knowledge; including her bachelor’s degree focused in Travel and Tourism Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University. In her free time, she enjoys hanging with her dogs and baking! 

“My current bucket list countries include Egypt, Morocco, Switzerland, and Greece!” 

Landmark Tour Specialist

Washington, DC Special Travel Agent Certified

Located in southern Delaware, Christine is an enthusiastic and passionate Travel Specialist who has personally visited 38 countries across the globe. Having obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Salisbury University, she has combined her cultural competence and interpersonal relationship skills with over 4 years of experience working in the travel industry. She loves helping others realize their travel dreams as they discover diverse cultures and backgrounds.

“Next on my list is Brazil, Antarctica, and Thailand!”

Girl at Monte Alban on a sunny day

Operations Spacialist

Hola, I am Martha all the way from sunny Cancún, México

For the past 16 years, I had one of the most extraordinary adventures of my life; I spent many years living on the Ocean, visiting many beautiful places, just around 48 Countries, and the list must continue. Traveling increases my knowledge of diverse cultures, customs, and communication styles. One of my dreams is to finish the seven wonders of the world, and I am only missing 2, Petra and The Taj Mahal; hopefully, I can visit them soon.

My experience working for a cruise line has helped me understand different customers’ needs, improving their experiences to be unique and unforgettable. I am dedicated, organized, trustworthy, and work efficiently under pressure. I thrive in a culture of positivist customer service and enjoy engaging with customers.

Operations Director

Ericka is our Director of Operations at Landmark Educational Tours. She has never stopped learning and is about to graduate from Tourism Business Administration. Ericka is fully bilingual and has more than 20 years of experience working in operations activities such as group management, financial management, contract management, logistics, and customer service. Her experience working with large corporations such as TUI and First Choice has given her the knowledge and skills to help improve our product.

Ericka’s signature is her strong service philosophy and focuses on achieving all aspects of our elite service.

IT Specialist

Edwin Yip has decades of commerce system experience. Most recent is his 15 years of building systems for the travel industry. This experience began with First Choice in the United Kingdom which merged with TUI Travel PLC which became the largest tour operator in the world with over 60 thousand employees.  While as the Director of Application Development at TUI Student Travel he worked with Brightspark , Jumpstreet, Education Tours,  and other student brands of the company in building out their commerce platforms.

Finance Director

Gerardo Barrera began his journey in the travel Industry 20+ years ago when he joined as a Finance Director for StudentCity.com. He gradually became the Chief Financial Officer of the parent company, TUI Education North America which portfolio includes Brightspark, Educational Tours, Jumpstreet, Educatours, Travel Adventures, and New Horizons.  Now, Gerardo lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. He also is the Co-Founder of Go Blue Tours, Juniper Tours, and Landmark Educational Tours.

Our people are your people.

Traveling is hard, and planning and executing a trip of dozens of students is even harder. We at Landmark love to help, throughout the booking process and on the trip we go above and beyond to ensure that you can truly travel with easeClick below to learn about our amazing team.

Tara and Michaela

Take it from them,
not us

5/5

Michaela was very thorough, responsive and knowledgeable! It was a pleasure to work with her. The trip went very well and the parents and students enjoyed every minute!

Washington D.C. Trip