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Our Team

They were born for this role.
They have dedicated their lives to teaching, have traveled extensively, and want to share their passion for travel with the next generation.
Spend a minute with any member of our Program Director Team - ask them about their favorite spots, or their fondest memory of traveling with students - and you'll want to drop everything and go travel with them.
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  • Our Location +

    The above panorama of Portsmouth, NH was taken at early dusk from Badger Island in Kittery, ME by Derek Demeter.

    We're located an hour north of Boston, Massachusetts in beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  One of our founders loves summer on the seacoast's warm sandy beaches, while the other (though not averse to beaches) loves winter on the powder covered mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.

  • Our History +

    Students Love Travel was founded by Robert Delorie and Peter McGowan, both formerly senior executives from some of the best known educational tour operators in the travel industry.

    Peter and Robert crossed paths a few times before deciding in 2007 to collaborate on an alternative travel experience for students, one that blended two distinctly different experiences into one:  the super-expensive immersion trip (year abroad, semester abroad, summer abroad) which typically includes very little travel, and the super-cheap sightseeing trip which typically includes very few opportunities to develop language skills.

    In early discussions two things quickly became clear:   We would need to travel in small groups because large groups of over-stimulated students are almost impossible to educate effectively; and world language teachers complemented with local guides make perfect group directors because they have typically lived and studied abroad, are enthusiastic and experienced travelers, love to teach, and can be wholeheartedly trusted with students.  Thus, a year later Teachers Love Travel LLC was born and we began to build our team of teachers.

    Over the subsequent years our team of teachers grew and they established our reputation for excellence in educational travel, but we found ourselves constantly explaining that Teachers Love Travel operated trips for students, not teachers.  For the 2012/2013 season Teachers Love Travel LLC commenced doing business primarily as Students Love Travel.

    We added two new product lines for the 2012/2013 season:  Grad Trips (for high-school seniors), and College Trips.

  • Our Founders +

    Robert242x150Robert Delorie
    Rob grew up in Atkinson, NH.  He went to Middlebury College, where he studied French, German, Spanish, and Italian.  After receiving his B.A. in German Language & Culture he pursued a career in business management working for various international companies - two in student travel - before returning to Timberlane High School as a French Teacher only to be drawn back to student travel.  He has lived in Boston, Chicago, and Frankfurt.  He now lives with his family in Exeter, NH

    Peter242x150Peter McGowan
    Originally from Ireland, Peter emigrated to the United States as a Software Engineer specializing in Enterprise Systems.  Peter worked in the Online Publishing, Online Finance, Online Medical, and Online Grocery industries before ultimately becoming CTO for one of the largest student travel companies in the USA.  It was during this time that he developed a deep understanding of the student travel business and a passion for educational travel.  Peter lives with his family in New Castle, NH.

  • Our Mission +

    We firmly believe that the most effective and efficient way to master a skill is to practice it in the real world, among a small group of friends who are willing to help, and a mentor who can provide additional guidance.
    It
     is our mission to develop the world travel skills of our students while they have the trip of a lifetime, achieved by establishing this environment in some of the most fascinating places on earth.

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    The easiest, quickest, and cheapest way to enroll is on Facebook!
    Paper enrollment is available, perhaps someday somebody will find it useful (it hasn't happened yet).
    Group Enrollment is for School Trips where the teacher is handling registration and payment on behalf students/parents.

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Our Story

Since 2009 we’ve been showing small groups of students how independent travelers explore the world.
How do we do it?
  • Small Groups
  • Big Lessons
  • Private Trips
  • Teamwork
  • Quality
  • Simplicity
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Programs | Spain | Madrid, Toledo & Segovia

Our trip to the heart of the Iberian Peninsula is also a journey through time. As we explore the streets and buildings of Toledo, Segovia, and Madrid we'll walk in the footsteps of Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Jews, Christians, and Moors.

Highlights of our stay in Madrid include a day in Segovia with its enormous Roman Aqueduct, spending time with a sword smith in Toledo before visiting the spectacular Gothic Cathedral, a guided walk through old Madrid, exploring inside the Royal Palace, studying the works of Goya, Velázquez, Titian, Rubens, and Bosch at the Prado before comparing them with works by Picasso and Dali at the Museo Reina Sofia, an excursion out to El Escorial with its tombs of Spanish Monarchs, Estadio Bernabeu, Templo de Debod, a picnic in Parque del Retiro and a Flamenco evening. Our hotel in Madrid, located in the heart of the city, is walking distance from the best flamenco, tapas, churros, paella, and jamón ibérico in Madrid.

Itinerary

DayCityHighlights
1AirborneMeet your Program Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Spain!
2MadridArrive in Madrid and navigate to the hotel using public transportation. Explore the city from Puerta del Sol to Plaza de Oriente visiting Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, Calle del Arenal and Plaza de Isabel II. Lunch, then experience shopping at El Rastro. Enjoy a late-afternoon visit to Museo Reina Sofía. Visit Templo de Debod at Parque de la Montaña then return to the hotel and freshen up for a Tapas banquet.
3MadridClimb to the cupola of the Cathedral de la Almudena for a panoramic view of Madrid, then tour the Palacio Real. Enjoy a professionally guided walking tour of the city, and then grab lunch. Tour Estadio Bernabéu, then enjoy a late-afternoon visit to the Museo del Prado. Relax over dinner in Madrid.
4El EscorialTravel to the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama to tour El Escorial, then return to Madrid for a picnic in Parque del Buen Retiro. Shopping along Gran Vía then relax over dinner before an evening of flamenco.
5ToledoDay trip to Toledo on the fast train - spend the morning visiting the Cathedral de Toledo, Museo del Ejército, and the workshops of independent swordsmiths and jewelry makers; spend the afternoon exploring the neighborhoods, city walls, and monasteries of the city; take some time to shop before climbing the tower of Iglesia de San Ildefonso for a panoramic view of the city. Relax over dinner at Plaza de Zocodover.
6SegoviaDay trip to Segovia on the fast train - spend the morning walking along the Roman Aqueduct and visiting the Cathedral de Segovia; spend the afternoon exploring the city; take some time to shop before touring the Alcázar and climbing it’s tower to catch the sunset. Enjoy Segovia’s world famous dinner of Cochinillo Asado.
7AirborneFlight Home. ¡Adiós España!
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Programs | Canada | Montreal & Quebec City

Old Québec - the fortified historical district of Quebec City - is one of the few historical areas in North America to have fully preserved it’s Francophone culture. Its European feel, history, culture and warmth have made it a favorite destination for French students. It’s narrow cobbled streets, 17th- and 18th- century houses, numerous historical buildings, universities, convents and churches, plazas and parks, shops and restaurants are a pleasure to explore on foot.

Old Montreal - the historic district of Montreal - is smaller than Old Quebec, but exhibits the same European charm. What makes Old Montreal exceptional is that the archeological evidence of the development of the city are so well preserved and accessible to students. There is no better place to become acquainted with life as a settler of New France and the history of Quebec.

Highlights of Quebec (All Programs)

  • Accommodations at the 4-Star Hotel Clarendon in the heart of Old Quebec's shopping/tourism district
  • Meals at renowned restaurants like Cosmos, Casse-Crêpe Breton and Le Cochon Dingue
  • Quebec’s Military History at the Musée due Fort (Interactive)
  • French/British military training on the Plains of Abraham (Interactive)
  • Life of a Prisoner experience at the Old Common Gaol (Interative)
  • Repoussé Workshop at Albert Gilles Copper Museum (Interactive - Take your copper art home)
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica
  • Montmorency Falls

Highlights of Montreal (All Programs)

  • Accommodations at 3-Star Hotel Zero 1 in the heart of Montreal shopping/tourism district
  • Meals at renowned restaurants like Bonaparte, Modavie, Gibby's, Taverne Gaspar, and Bevo
  • Pointe-à-Callière Archaeological and History Museum
  • Grand Tour of Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montreal
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours and Bonsecours Market
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Programs | Costa Rica

Program Comparison

Here's a helpful comparison of our Costa Rica programs priced from for departures between .
For departures within the next 6 months these Program Fees are estimates only, call us for an accurate Program Fee.

  • Eco-Adventure

    Eco-Adventure

    7-Day Program for Private Groups
    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    3-4 Star Prime Location Accommodations
    Open Dining w/ Nightly Cash Stipend
    Ground Transportation
    Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    Program Director with every 12 students
    Chaperone with every 6 students
    All Gratuities
    National Parks
    Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park
    Arenal Volcano National Park
    Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
    Barra Honda Caverns National Park
    Palo Verde National Park
    Nicoya Peninsula
    Highlights
    Las Pailas Trail (Rincon de la Vieja)
    Mud Baths (Rincon de la Vieja)
    Natural Hot Springs (Arenal)
    Cerra Chato Crater Hike (Arenal)
    Dawn Birding Hike (Monteverde)
    Zipline Canopy Tour (Monteverde)
    Trapiche Tour (Monteverde)
    Caving (Barra Honda)
    Estuary Wildlife Cruise (Palo Verde)
    Choratega Pottery Workshop (Guaitil)
    Surf Lessons (Tamarindo)
    Three Beaches Tour (Tamarindo)
     
     
    Overnights
    1 night at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
    1 night at Arenal Volcano
    2 nights at Monteverde Cloudforest
    2 nights on Nicoya Peninsula
  • Wildlife Rescue

    Wildlife Rescue

    8-Day Program for Private Groups
    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    3-4 Star Prime Location Accommodations
    Open Dining w/ Nightly Cash Stipend
    Ground Transportation
    Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    Program Director with every 12 students
    Chaperone with every 6 students
    All Gratuities
    National Parks
    Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park
    Arenal Volcano National Park
    Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
    Barra Honda Caverns National Park
    Palo Verde National Park
    Nicoya Peninsula
    Highlights
    Las Pailas Trail (Rincon de la Vieja)
    Mud Baths (Rincon de la Vieja)
    Natural Hot Springs (Arenal)
    Wildlife Rescue Volunteer (Arenal)
    Cerra Chato Crater Hike (Arenal)
    Dawn Birding Hike (Monteverde)
    Zipline Canopy Tour (Monteverde)
    Trapiche Tour (Monteverde)
    Caving (Barra Honda)
    Estuary Wildlife Cruise (Palo Verde)
    Choratega Pottery Workshop (Guaitil)
    Surf Lessons (Tamarindo)
    Three Beaches Tour (Tamarindo)
     
    Overnights
    1 night at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
    2 nights at Arenal Volcano
    2 nights at Monteverde Cloudforest
    2 nights on Nicoya Peninsula
  • Pura Vida!

    Pura Vida!

    9-Day Program for Private Groups
    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    3-4 Star Prime Location Accommodations
    Open Dining w/ Nightly Cash Stipend
    Ground Transportation
    Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    Program Director with every 12 students
    Chaperone with every 6 students
    All Gratuities
    National Parks
    Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park
    Arenal Volcano National Park
    Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
    Barra Honda Caverns National Park
    Palo Verde National Park
    Nicoya Peninsula
    Highlights
    Las Pailas Trail (Rincon de la Vieja)
    Mud Baths (Rincon de la Vieja)
    Natural Hot Springs (Arenal)
    River Adventure (Rincon de la Vieja
    Wildlife Rescue Volunteer (Arenal)
    Cerra Chato Crater Hike (Arenal)
    Dawn Birding Hike (Monteverde)
    Zipline Canopy Tour (Monteverde)
    Trapiche Tour (Monteverde)
    Caving (Barra Honda)
    Estuary Wildlife Cruise (Palo Verde)
    Choratega Pottery Workshop (Guaitil)
    Surf Lessons (Tamarindo)
    Three Beaches Tour (Tamarindo)
    Overnights
    2 nights at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
    2 nights at Arenal Volcano
    2 nights at Monteverde Cloudforest
    2 nights on Nicoya Peninsula
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Programs | Latin America | Costa Rica: Eco-Adventure (7 Days)

This intensive 7-Day adventure includes rainforest canopy tours, sky-blue waterfalls, crystal-clear swim holes, volcanos, fumaroles, mud baths, thermal springs, surfing lessons, horseback riding, bird watching, caving, and the best coffee in the world!

It's the foundation for our 8-Day "Costa Rica: Wildlife Rescue" program (which adds a volunteer day) and our 9-Day "Costa Rica: Pura Vida!" program (which adds a day of Whitewater Rafting or Canyoning and Tubing).

As with our other destinations we take maximum advantage of our small group footprint - whenever possible we pair up with private guides, start early, and take the trails less travelled.

Five National Parks

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Protects over 54 square miles and is home to some of Costa Rica's most fascinating geology. Steam and sulphur pour out of the ground at fumeroles, pools bubble with boiling hot volcanic water, and the mud froths and explodes out of the ground.
There are almost a dozen waterfalls, rivers cross the trails and there is an enormous variety of vegetation and wildlife.
This is where we'll enjoy a sunset horseback ride and geo-thermal trail hike.

Arenal Volcano National Park

Home of La Fortuna Waterfall, Chato Volcano, 850 species of birds, and a wide variety of plant life. The lava on Arenal stopped flowing in 2010 and the crater is off limits, so we're here to hike up to the Chato Crater from La Fortuna waterfall.
The hike will give us our best chance to see some of the most elusive wildlife in Costa Rica (including the resplendent Quetzal) and the crater is filled with a green lagoon (swim in the brisk water, if you dare).

Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve

Biodiversity.
The cool, misty forests are home to an incredible range of plants and animals - this cloud forest is home to more than 400 bird species, more plant speciesthan in the United States and Canada combined, and the largest concentration of orchids in the world.
This is where we'll wake up early for a dawn birding hike, go ziplining, and enjoy a trapiche (sugar and coffee) tour.

Barra Honda Caverns National Park

Home to a mesa that rises almost 1000 feet over the Tempisque valley. The mesa was formed when an ancient coral reef was forced upwards by a tectonic shift over 70 million years ago, and over the millennia rain has carved the limestone into caves filled with awe-inspiring calcite formations. We'll first climb to the top of the mesa, then we'll descend into the caves by ladder and spend a few hours exploring with guide.

Palo Verde National Park

One of the most important sanctuaries in Central America for migrating and resident waterfowl. The park itself encompasses a rich mosaic of tropical dry forest and magnificent wetlands, the Río Tempisque estuary supports a variety of mangroves, and Isla Pájaro is the most important nesting colony for wading birds in northwest Costa Rica. We'll board a private skiff with our guide for a two hour wildlife cruise.

Nicoya Peninsula

Famed for turtle nesting, surfing and endless beaches. We’ll end our trip unwinding here with a morning of surf lessons in Tamarindo, a half day exploring the best beaches, and some shopping!

Itinerary

DayDestinationHighlights
1Rincón de la ViejaMeet your Group Director at the airport for an early morning flight to Costa Rica! Board your private shuttle for a ride to our hotel in Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. We’ll stop along the way for lunch at a “soda” (a small family-run restaurant with typical Costa Rican dishes) and then again at a local grocery store to stock up on essentials like water, sunblock, and bug spray (Costa Rican grocery stores are also an opportunity to explore local snack foods like coconut flavored soda or ketchup flavored chips). On arrival at the hotel we’ll enjoy out the hot springs (we’re on the side of a volcano) before heading out across the hills on horseback to catch the sunset. The day ends with dinner at the hotel’s restaurant (we provide you with a cash stipend so you can order anything you like from the full menu).
2Las Pailas Trail
Swimming Hole
Transfer to Arenal
Wake up to the smell of Costa Rican coffee and enjoy buffet breakfast before taking a morning hike along the Las Pailas Trail. This 2 hour guided hike around the base of the volcano will take us across dry forest, past geysers, and through a rainforest. We’ll keep our eyes open for toucans, spider monkeys, lizards, turkeys, birds and the rarely spotted sloths. Lunch then board our shuttle van for the transfer to our hotel in La Fortuna (the town at the base of Arenal Volcano). We’ll stop along the way to swim in a natural pool at the base of a huge waterfall. The day ends with dinner at a restaurant of your choice in La Fortuna (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
3 La Fortuna Waterfall
Guided Crater Hike
Transfer to Monteverde
Today we’re off to the Arenal Observatory we’ll find the trailhead for our hike up to the Cerra Chato Crater. On this guided hike we’ll pass through three different types of primary forest – rainforest, transition forest and cloud forest (as we get close to the summit). In the cloud forest we’ll keep our eyes open for the Emerald Toucanet, Black Guan and Black-faced solitaire. The views of Arenal Volcano on the way up are incredible, as are the views of the emerald pool from the lip of the crater before we descend down to the water’s edge. On our return we’ll have lunch and then board our shuttle van for a scenic drive around Lake Arenal to our hotel In Santa Elena (the town nearest Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve). We’ll stop for a swim in Lake Arenal along the way. The day ends with dinner at a restaurant of your choice in Santa Elena (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
4Guided Birdwatching
Zipline-Rappel-Tarzan
Trapiche
Early breakfast! We’re off in search of Costa Rica’s most sought-after birds and morning is the best time to hear (and find) them. Monteverde is home to more than 400 species of bird including the Quetzal (always an OMG moment when we see one), azure-hooded jay, prong-billed barbet, black-faced solitaire and orange-bellied trogon. Next up, the canopy zipline tour: We’ll zipline from tree to tree hundreds of feet above the ground, sometimes crossing valleys on with cable distances over 1km! Students looking for an even bigger adrenaline rush can try the tarzan swing. After the canopy tour we’re off on a Trapiche Tour where we’ll learn about the production of coffee and sugar cane before making chocolate and candy (you can take it home). The day ends with dinner at a restaurant of your choice in Santa Elena (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
5Barra Honda Caving
Rio Tempisque Cruise
Choratega Pottery
Tamarindo
Early breakfast! Today we leave for the surfer's paradise of Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula. Along the way we'll visit Baria Honda National Park, Palo Verde National Park, and Guaitil de Santa Cruz. Baria Honda is home to a mesa that rises almost 1000 feet over the Tempisque valley where we'll descend into the cave by ladder and spend a few hours exploring with guides. Palo Verde is home to the estuary of the Rio Tempisque which we'll explore by boat. Guaitil is home to Chorotega-style pottery which we'll see being crafted. On arrival in Tamarindo we’ll get oriented with a walk around town and then we'll have some free time to explore before meeting for dinner at the restaurant of your choice (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
6Surf Lessons
Beaches Tour
Souvenirs
Surf's up! After a relaxed breakfast we meet our instructors for two hours of surfing lessons in warm, crystal-clear, turquoise waters. After the lessons we’ll take some time with our boards to hone our new skills then we’ll board our private shuttle to go swimming at the top three beaches in Tamarindo. We’ll start with the beach that has the best restaurant (it’s right on the beach), then we’ll go to the one with the best views, then we’ll end with the one that has the nicest sand. The day ends with some time to go souvenir shopping in Tamarindo before farewell dinner at the restaurant of your choice (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
7AirborneBoard your private shuttle for a ride to the airport. Flight home. ¡Adiós Costa Rica!
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Programs | Latin America | Costa Rica: Wildlife Rescue (8 Days)

This is our intensive 8-Day program for animal lovers - while spending a day volunteering at a wildlife rescue clinic you can get up close (even touch) wildlife you would normally only see from a distance.

You will also experience everything for which Costa Rica is famed: volcanos, fumaroles, mud baths, thermal springs, sky-blue waterfalls, crystal-clear swim holes, bird watching, horseback riding, rainforest zip-lining, caving, a river cruise, surfing lessons, amazing beaches, great food, and the best chocolate and coffee in the world!

As with our other destinations around the world we take maximum advantage of our small group footprint - whenever possible we pair up with private guides, start early, and take the trails less travelled.

Five National Parks & Wildlife Rescue Center

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Protects over 54 square miles and is home to some of Costa Rica's most fascinating geology. Steam and sulphur pour out of the ground at fumeroles, pools bubble with boiling hot volcanic water, and the mud froths and explodes out of the ground.
There are almost a dozen waterfalls, rivers cross the trails and there is an enormous variety of vegetation and wildlife.
This is where we'll enjoy a sunset horseback ride and geo-thermal trail hike.

Arenal Volcano National Park

Home of La Fortuna Waterfall, Chato Volcano, 850 species of birds, and a wide variety of plant life. The lava on Arenal stopped flowing in 2010 and the crater is off limits, so we're here to hike up to the Chato Crater from La Fortuna waterfall.
The hike will give us our best chance to see some of the most elusive wildlife in Costa Rica (including the resplendent Quetzal) and the crater is filled with a green lagoon (swim in the brisk water, if you dare).

Wildlife Rescue (8-day and 9-day)

Human development and the accompanying destruction of natural habitat, not to mention illegal hunting, have led to a precipitous decline in wildlife populations across Costa Rica, causing many species to be in danger of extinction. The wildlife rescue center helps injured wild animals and educates the public on the struggle of these animals.
We'll help prepare meals, building enclosures, or cleaning and painting them. We'll get close enough to touch many animals we would normally only see from a distance.

Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve

Biodiversity.
The cool, misty forests are home to an incredible range of plants and animals - this cloud forest is home to more than 400 bird species, more plant speciesthan in the United States and Canada combined, and the largest concentration of orchids in the world.
This is where we'll wake up early for a dawn birding hike, go ziplining, and enjoy a trapiche (sugar and coffee) tour.

Barra Honda Caverns National Park

Home to a mesa that rises almost 1000 feet over the Tempisque valley. The mesa was formed when an ancient coral reef was forced upwards by a tectonic shift over 70 million years ago, and over the millennia rain has carved the limestone into caves filled with awe-inspiring calcite formations. We'll first climb to the top of the mesa, then we'll descend into the caves by ladder and spend a few hours exploring with guide.

Palo Verde National Park

One of the most important sanctuaries in Central America for migrating and resident waterfowl. The park itself encompasses a rich mosaic of tropical dry forest and magnificent wetlands, the Río Tempisque estuary supports a variety of mangroves, and Isla Pájaro is the most important nesting colony for wading birds in northwest Costa Rica. We'll board a private skiff with our guide for a two hour wildlife cruise.

Nicoya Peninsula

Famed for turtle nesting, surfing and endless beaches. We’ll end our trip unwinding here with a morning of surf lessons in Tamarindo, a half day exploring the best beaches, and some shopping!

Itinerary

DayDestinationHighlights
1La Fortuna de San Carlos
Natural Hot Springs
Meet your Group Director at the airport for an early morning flight to Costa Rica! Arrive in San José, meet your local driver/guide and board your your private shuttle for a transfer to your hotel La Fortuna de San Carlos, a small town on Lake Arenal with easy access to natural hot springs, Arenal Volcano, Chato Volcano, and La Fortuna Waterfall. On arrival in the late afternoon we’ll check into the the hotel, change into swimsuits, and head out to enjoy the hot springs before ending the day exploring the different food options on a typical Costa Rican dinner menu.
2Wildlife Rescue
Arenal Hanging Bridges
Wake up to the smell of Costa Rican coffee and enjoy buffet breakfast before taking a ride to a wildlife rescue center where you can spend the morning helping prepare meals suited to the diets of the various animals, getting up close to the animals. Enjoy lunch near Fortuna Waterfall then hike down to watch the water fall 200’ feet to an emerald green pool. Swim, take pictures, hang out. Next you’re off to the rainforest where a local guide will join us for a hike along a system of bridges hanging way up in the forest canopy. We’ll keep our eyes open for toucans, spider monkeys, lizards, turkeys, birds and the rarely spotted sloths. Freshen up at the hotel before exploring the menu of another local restaurant.
3Volcano Hike
Lake Arenal Kayaking
Santa Elena
Enjoy an early breakfast then take a quick ride to the 1968 Lava Trail at Arenal Volcano or the Crater Trail at Chato Volcano. The 1968 Trail is the easier of the two: a gentle climb to the lava flow summit crosses lava fields being slowly reclaimed by the jungle since the dramatic eruptions of 1968. The Cerra Chato trail is more challenging: a steep climb through lush jungle ends with astonishing views of the emerald green lagoon inside the crater. Both trails have incredible views of Arenal Volcano. Take a well deserved rest over lunch before taking a short ride to Lake Arenal where local guides will teach you the basics of kayaking before taking you on a wildlife tour of the lake shore. Back on the shuttle for the ride around the lake and up to Santa Elena, a small town on the perimeter of the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve. Check into the hotel, freshen up, then head into town to choose a restaurant for dinner.
4Dawn Birding Hike
Zipline Tour
Cocoa & Sugar Cane Tour
Early breakfast! Today you’re off in search of Costa Rica’s most sought-after birds and morning is the best time to hear (and then find) them. Monteverde is home to more than 400 species of bird including the Quetzal, azure-hooded jay, prong-billed barbet, black-faced solitaire and orange-bellied trogon. Next up, the canopy zipline tour: You’ll zipline from tree to tree hundreds of feet above the ground, sometimes crossing valleys on with cable distances over 1km! Students looking for an even bigger adrenaline rush can try the tarzan swing. The canopy tour is followed by a Cocoa & Sugar Cane Tour where you’ll learn about cocoa, cocoa butter, chocolate, coffee and sugar. Back to the hotel to freshen top before heading back to town to choose another restaurant for dinner.
5Cortez Waterfall
Rincón de la Vieja
Sunset Horseride
Late/relaxed breakfast, so sleep in a bit! Board your shuttle for a transfer to somewhere completely different: you’re off to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Park in Guanacaste. Along the way there are two stops, one to visit a secret waterfall with a wonderful swimming hole, and another for lunch at a restaurant where you can usually get great pictures of brilliantly colored scarlet macaws. On arrival at the hotel in the late afternoon we’ve arranged a guided sunset horse ride to a waterfall ending at the top of a mountain. Enjoy a relaxed dinner.
6Palo Verde Cruise
Choratega Pottery
Tamarindo
Today you leave for the surfer's paradise of Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula. Along the way there are stops in Palo Verde, and in Guaitil de Santa Cruz: Palo Verde National Park is home to the Rio Tempisque, which you’ll experience up close on a guided river cruise; and Guaitil is home to Choratega Pottery where you’ll meet a local potter who’ll demonstrate how to form and decorate a simple pot before helping you create your own. On arrival in Tamarindo we’ll get oriented with a walk around town and then we'll have some free time to explore before meeting for dinner.
7Surf Lessons
Beaches Tour
Souvenirs
Surf's up! After a relaxed breakfast we meet our instructors for two hours of surfing lessons in warm, crystal-clear, turquoise waters. After the lessons we’ll take some time with our boards to hone our new skills then we’ll board our private shuttle to go swimming at the top three beaches in Tamarindo. We’ll start with the beach that has the best restaurant (it’s right on the beach), then we’ll go to the one with the best views, then we’ll end with the one that has the nicest sand. The day ends with final souvenir shopping in Tamarindo before farewell dinner.
8AirborneBoard your private shuttle for a ride to the airport. Flight home. ¡Adiós Costa Rica!
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Programs | Latin America | Costa Rica: Pura Vida! (9 Days)

On this intensive 9-Day program you will experience everything for which Costa Rica is famed: volcanos, fumaroles, mud baths, thermal springs, sky-blue waterfalls, crystal-clear swim holes, bird watching, horseback riding, rainforest zip-lining, caving, a river cruise, surfing lessons, amazing beaches, great food, and the best chocolate and coffee in the world.

You also spend a day volunteering at a wildlife rescue clinic where you can get up close (even touch) wildlife you would normally only see from a distance, and another day canyoning and tubing on the Rio Colorado or whitewater rafting on the Rio Tenorio (there are amazing wildlife spotting opportunities from the raft as it drifts between the rapids).

As with our other destinations we take maximum advantage of our small group footprint - whenever possible we pair up with private guides, start early, and take the trails less travelled.

Five National Parks, Wildlife Rescue Center & River Adventure

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Protects over 54 square miles and is home to some of Costa Rica's most fascinating geology. Steam and sulphur pour out of the ground at fumeroles, pools bubble with boiling hot volcanic water, and the mud froths and explodes out of the ground.
There are almost a dozen waterfalls, rivers cross the trails and there is an enormous variety of vegetation and wildlife.
This is where we'll enjoy a sunset horseback ride and geo-thermal trail hike.

River Adventure (on 9-day only)

The Colorado is a small river with lots of huge boulders, natural water slides, pools of water warmed by the sun, and waterfalls. It's perfect for a relaxed day of river tubing, rope swings, swimming and canyoning.
The Cucaracho starts at the confluence of 4 rivers, winds for 12 miles through an amazing canyon, and includes 70 sections of Class III, Class IV, and Class V whitewater. It's perfect for an adrenaline packed day of rafting.
Which will you choose?

Arenal Volcano National Park

Home of La Fortuna Waterfall, Chato Volcano, 850 species of birds, and a wide variety of plant life. The lava on Arenal stopped flowing in 2010 and the crater is off limits, so we're here to hike up to the Chato Crater from La Fortuna waterfall.
The hike will give us our best chance to see some of the most elusive wildlife in Costa Rica (including the resplendent Quetzal) and the crater is filled with a green lagoon (swim in the brisk water, if you dare).

Wildlife Rescue (8-day and 9-day)

Human development and the accompanying destruction of natural habitat, not to mention illegal hunting, have led to a precipitous decline in wildlife populations across Costa Rica, causing many species to be in danger of extinction. The wildlife rescue center helps injured wild animals and educates the public on the struggle of these animals.
We'll help prepare meals, building enclosures, or cleaning and painting them. We'll get close enough to touch many animals we would normally only see from a distance.

Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve

Biodiversity.
The cool, misty forests are home to an incredible range of plants and animals - this cloud forest is home to more than 400 bird species, more plant speciesthan in the United States and Canada combined, and the largest concentration of orchids in the world.
This is where we'll wake up early for a dawn birding hike, go ziplining, and enjoy a trapiche (sugar and coffee) tour.

Barra Honda Caverns National Park

Home to a mesa that rises almost 1000 feet over the Tempisque valley. The mesa was formed when an ancient coral reef was forced upwards by a tectonic shift over 70 million years ago, and over the millennia rain has carved the limestone into caves filled with awe-inspiring calcite formations. We'll first climb to the top of the mesa, then we'll descend into the caves by ladder and spend a few hours exploring with guide.

Palo Verde National Park

One of the most important sanctuaries in Central America for migrating and resident waterfowl. The park itself encompasses a rich mosaic of tropical dry forest and magnificent wetlands, the Río Tempisque estuary supports a variety of mangroves, and Isla Pájaro is the most important nesting colony for wading birds in northwest Costa Rica. We'll board a private skiff with our guide for a two hour wildlife cruise.

Nicoya Peninsula

Famed for turtle nesting, surfing and endless beaches. We’ll end our trip unwinding here with a morning of surf lessons in Tamarindo, a half day exploring the best beaches, and some shopping!

Itinerary

DayDestinationHighlights
1Rincón de la ViejaMeet your Group Director at the airport for an early morning flight to Costa Rica! Board your private shuttle for a ride to our hotel in Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. We’ll stop along the way for lunch at a “soda” (a small family-run restaurant with typical Costa Rican dishes) and then again at a local grocery store to stock up on essentials like water, sunblock, and bug spray (Costa Rican grocery stores are also an opportunity to explore local snack foods like coconut flavored soda or ketchup flavored chips). On arrival at the hotel we’ll enjoy out the hot springs (we’re on the side of a volcano) before heading out across the hills on horseback to catch the sunset. The day ends with dinner at the hotel’s restaurant (we provide you with a cash stipend so you can order anything you like from the full menu).
2Whitewater Rafting
Canyoning & Tubing
Board shuttle for a ride to the Rio Tenorio or the Rio Colorado. Both are great experiences! The Rio Colorado is a small river, well suited to tubing and canyoning. The Rio Tenorio has great sections of Class IV whitewater rapids with lots of wildlife spotting during the quiet sections.
3Las Pailas Trail
Swimming Hole
Transfer to Arenal
Wake up to the smell of Costa Rican coffee and enjoy buffet breakfast before taking a morning hike along the Las Pailas Trail. This 2 hour guided hike around the base of the volcano will take us across dry forest, past geysers, and through a rainforest. We’ll keep our eyes open for toucans, spider monkeys, lizards, turkeys, birds and the rarely spotted sloths. Lunch then board our shuttle van for the transfer to our hotel in La Fortuna (the town at the base of Arenal Volcano). We’ll stop along the way to swim in a natural pool at the base of a huge waterfall. The day ends with dinner at a restaurant of your choice in La Fortuna (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
4Wildlife RescueRelaxed breakfast and then we’re off to a wild animal rescue center, where you can spend the morning helping prepare meals suited to the diets of the various animals, getting up close to the animals (ever shake hands with a spider monkey?) and building, cleaning, or painting enclosures. The day ends with dinner at a restaurant of your choice in Santa Elena (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
5 La Fortuna Waterfall
Guided Crater Hike
Transfer to Monteverde
Today we’re off to the Arenal Observatory we’ll find the trailhead for our hike up to the Cerra Chato Crater. On this guided hike we’ll pass through three different types of primary forest – rainforest, transition forest and cloud forest (as we get close to the summit). In the cloud forest we’ll keep our eyes open for the Emerald Toucanet, Black Guan and Black-faced solitaire. The views of Arenal Volcano on the way up are incredible, as are the views of the emerald pool from the lip of the crater before we descend down to the water’s edge. On our return we’ll have lunch and then board our shuttle van for a scenic drive around Lake Arenal to our hotel In Santa Elena (the town nearest Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve). We’ll stop for a swim in Lake Arenal along the way. The day ends with dinner at a restaurant of your choice in Santa Elena (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
6Guided Birdwatching
Zipline-Rappel-Tarzan
Trapiche
Early breakfast! We’re off in search of Costa Rica’s most sought-after birds and morning is the best time to hear (and find) them. Monteverde is home to more than 400 species of bird including the Quetzal (always an OMG moment when we see one), azure-hooded jay, prong-billed barbet, black-faced solitaire and orange-bellied trogon. Next up, the canopy zipline tour: We’ll zipline from tree to tree hundreds of feet above the ground, sometimes crossing valleys on with cable distances over 1km! Students looking for an even bigger adrenaline rush can try the tarzan swing. After the canopy tour we’re off on a Trapiche Tour where we’ll learn about the production of coffee and sugar cane before making chocolate and candy (you can take it home). The day ends with dinner at a restaurant of your choice in Santa Elena (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
7Barra Honda Caving
Rio Tempisque Cruise
Choratega Pottery
Tamarindo
Early breakfast! Today we leave for the surfer's paradise of Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula. Along the way we'll visit Baria Honda National Park, Palo Verde National Park, and Guaitil de Santa Cruz. Baria Honda is home to a mesa that rises almost 1000 feet over the Tempisque valley where we'll descend into the cave by ladder and spend a few hours exploring with guides. Palo Verde is home to the estuary of the Rio Tempisque which we'll explore by boat. Guaitil is home to Chorotega-style pottery which we'll see being crafted. On arrival in Tamarindo we’ll get oriented with a walk around town and then we'll have some free time to explore before meeting for dinner at the restaurant of your choice (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
8Surf Lessons
Beaches Tour
Souvenirs
Surf's up! After a relaxed breakfast we meet our instructors for two hours of surfing lessons in warm, crystal-clear, turquoise waters. After the lessons we’ll take some time with our boards to hone our new skills then we’ll board our private shuttle to go swimming at the top three beaches in Tamarindo. We’ll start with the beach that has the best restaurant (it’s right on the beach), then we’ll go to the one with the best views, then we’ll end with the one that has the nicest sand. The day ends with some time to go souvenir shopping in Tamarindo before farewell dinner at the restaurant of your choice (we have lots of recommendations, and your cash stipend).
9AirborneBoard your private shuttle for a ride to the airport. Flight home. ¡Adiós Costa Rica!

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Programs | Ireland

Overview

Stay in Luxury Bed & Breakfast Cottages at the heart of Ireland with our Program Director showing your group a different part of Ireland every day. You'll see busy city streets, rolling green hills, spectacular glacial valleys with lakes and waterfalls, awe-inspiring cliffs, Norman castles, Viking churches, ancient illustrated Christian texts, neolithic monuments, tombs older the pyramids of Egypt. You'll experience amazing food, music, dance, and singing, and you'll meet the friendliest people on earth.

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  • Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland

    7-Day Program
    Summary
    From a farmhouse cottage at the center of Ireland we explore the 24 counties which make up the Republic of Ireland.
    We'll head east to visit Dublin City and the Wicklow Mountains, east to the Cliffs of Moher and the Atlantic coast, then south to Cashel, Cobh and Cork.
    Highlights
    Cliffs of Moher (County Clare)
    Bunratty Castle Banquet (Country Clare)
    Blarney Stone (County Cork)
    Titanic Experience (County Cork)
    King John's Castle (County Limerick)
    Rock of Cashel (County Tipperary)
    Shannon Viking Cruise (County Offaly)
    Clonmacnoise (County Offaly)
    Trinity College Library (Dublin City)
    Book of Kells (Dublin City)
    Shopping (Dublin City, Galway City)





    This Program Fee Includes
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    Luxury Cottage Accommodations
    Nighty Dinner Stipend
    Private Ground Transportation
    Program Director (USA Team Member)
    Guides & Instructors
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    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    5 Nights in Tullamore (Lakelands District)

  • The Emerald Isle

    The Emerald Isle

    9-Day Program
    Summary
    This program adds a day trip to Antrim, and an additional day in Dublin.
    The daytrip to Antrim allows us to visit the Giant's Causeway, the Rope Bridge at Carrick-a-Rede and Dunluce Castle.
    The extra day in Dublin allows us to see more of the city, and a at a slower pace!
    Highlights
    Cliffs of Moher (County Clare)
    Bunratty Castle Banquet (Country Clare)
    Blarney Stone (County Cork)
    Titanic Experience (County Cork)
    King John's Castle (County Limerick)
    Rock of Cashel (County Tipperary)
    Shannon Viking Cruise (County Offaly)
    Clonmacnoise (County Offaly)
    Trinity College Library (Dublin City)
    Book of Kells (Dublin City)
    Shopping (Dublin City, Galway City)
    Carrick-A-Rede Bridge (Country Antrim)
    Giant's Causeway (Country Antrim)
    Dunluce Castle (County Antrim)


    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    Luxury Cottage Accommodations
    Nighty Dinner Stipend
    Private Ground Transportation
    Program Director (USA Team Member)
    Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    7 Nights in Tullamore (Lakelands District)

  • Saints and Scholars

    Saints and Scholars

    9-Day Program
    Summary
    This program adds day trip to Antrim and an overnight in Kerry.
    The daytrip to Antrim allows us to visit the Giant's Causeway, the Rope Bridge at Carrick-a-Rede and Dunluce Castle.
    The overnight in Kerry allows us to visit the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Islands.
    Highlights
    Cliffs of Moher (County Clare)
    Bunratty Castle Banquet (Country Clare)
    Blarney Stone (County Cork)
    Titanic Experience (County Cork)
    King John's Castle (County Limerick)
    Rock of Cashel (County Tipperary)
    Shannon Viking Cruise (County Offaly)
    Clonmacnoise (County Offaly)
    Trinity College Library (Dublin City)
    Book of Kells (Dublin City)
    Shopping (Dublin City, Galway City)
    Carrick-A-Rede Bridge (Country Antrim)
    Giant's Causeway (Country Antrim)
    Dunluce Castle (County Antrim)
    Ring of Kerry (County Kerry)
    Skellig Michael (County Kerry)
    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    Luxury Cottage Accommodations
    Nighty Dinner Stipend
    Private Ground Transportation
    Program Director (USA Team Member)
    Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    7 Nights in Tullamore (Lakelands District)
    1 Night in Portmagee (Ring of Kerry)
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Programs | France | Paris Highlights | 7 Day

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Our in-depth exploration of Paris allows time to appreciate the neighborhoods, cuisine, and culture of the city, while students flex their navigation, budgeting, and language skills.

From the comfort and convenience of our centrally located hotel all the sights of the city are a short walk or metro ride away - the iconic Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Louvre, d’Orsay, and Rodin Museums, the Bateaux Mouches, and Napoleon’s Tomb. Our day trip to Versailles includes a tour of the palace, an afternoon relaxing in the gardens, boating on the Grand Canal, and exploring Marie Antoinette’s cottages.

This program includes everything in our 7-day Paris Essentials itinerary PLUS visits to Sainte-Chapelle (within the medieval Palais de la Cité), the Musée de Cluny, and the Musée de l’Orangerie (in the Jardin des Tuileries).

Itinerary

Day City Summary
1 Airborne Meet your Group Director at the airport for an overnight flight to France!
2 Paris Arrive in Paris and navigate to the hotel. Enjoy a relaxed lunch in the Marais. Stroll across Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité (stopping at Bertillon’s ice cream) on the way to Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Explore inside the cathedral, descend down to the crypt, and climb the South Tower. Early evening Kickoff Dinner.
3 Paris Explore the Musée du Louvre and enjoy lunch at one of the many cafés inside. Visit Sainte-Chapelle on Île de la Cité and explore the mansion and thermal baths at the National Museum of the Middle Ages. Head to Montmartre for the view of Paris from Sacre-Cœur Basilica and a relaxed dinner.
4 Paris Explore the Musée d’Orsay and cross the Seine to enjoy lunch in Jardin des Tuileries. Visit the nearby Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries and find Place de la Concorde. Stroll along the Champs-Elysess and ascend the Arc de Triomphe. Take a sunset Bateaux-Mouches Cruise and then enjoy a late dinner.
5 VersaillesExplore Versailles Palace & Gardens. Enjoy a relaxed lunch in Little Venice, find the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and the Hameau of Marie Antoinette. Dinner in Paris, then ascend the Eiffel Tower.
6 Paris Descend into the Catacombs, visit Musée Rodin and explore Musée de l’Armée. Prepare a pique-nique lunch to enjoy in the Jardins de Luxembourg. Shopping! Reminisce on the trip over Farewell Dinner.
7 AirborneFlight from Paris. Au revoir Paris!

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Programs | Spain | Madrid & Barcelona

Our trip to the heart of the Iberian Peninsula is also a journey through time. As we explore the streets and buildings of Toledo, Segovia and Madrid we'll walk in the footsteps of Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Jews, Christians, and Moors. From Madrid we travel to Barcelona, a city founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago and now one of the richest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

Highlights of our stay in Madrid include a guided walk through old Madrid, exploring inside the Royal Palace, studying the works of Goya, Velázquez, Titian, Rubens, and Bosch at the Prado before comparing them with works by Picasso and Dali at the Museo Reina Sofia, an excursion out to El Escorial with its tombs of Spanish Monarchs, Estadio Bernabeu, Templo de Debod, a picnic in Parque del Retiro and a Flamenco evening. Our hotel in Madrid, located in the heart of the city, is walking distance from the best flamenco, tapas, churros, paella, and jamón ibérico in Madrid.

Highlights of our stay in Barcelona include a harbor cruise, the medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter, the remarkable works of Antonio Gaudi and the Modernista movement, and the renovations for the 1992 Olympic Games, most evident along the waterfront.

Itinerary

DayCityHighlights
1AirborneMeet your Program Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Spain!
2MadridArrive in Madrid and navigate to the hotel using public transportation. Explore the city from Puerta del Sol to Plaza de Oriente visiting Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, Calle del Arenal and Plaza de Isabel II. Lunch, then experience shopping at El Rastro. Enjoy a late-afternoon visit to Museo Reina Sofia. Visit Templo de Debod at Parque de la Montana then return to the hotel and freshen up for a Tapas banquet.
3MadridClimb to the cupola of the Cathedral de la Almudena for a panoramic view of Madrid, then tour the Palacio Real. Enjoy a professionally guided walking tour of the city, and then grab lunch. Tour Estadio Bernabeu, then enjoy a late-afternoon visit to the Museo del Prado. Relax over dinner in Madrid.
4El EscorialTravel to the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama to tour El Escorial, then return to Madrid for a picnic in Parque del Buen Retiro. Shopping along Gran Vía then relax over dinner before an evening of Flamenco.
5BarcelonaHigh-speed train to Barcelona, navigate to the hotel, and enjoy lunch at Plaça Reial. Explore La Rambla, finding the Modernista Dragon and Mosaic at Plaça de la Boqueria, shopping at Mercat de Sant Josep, tasting the water at Font de Canaletes and then relaxing at the foot of the Columbus Monument before a Catamaran Harbor Cruise.
6BarcelonaExplore Barri Gòtic, visiting the Cathedral and Casa de la Ciutat. Visit Palau de la Música Catalana. Lunch. Explore the Quadrat d’Or, finding Gaudi’s Casa Milà and visiting Casa Batlló. Late afternoon and evening exploring Gaudi’s Park Güell.
7BarcelonaVisit Sagrada Familia. Walk through Parc de la Ciutadella and visit the Arc del Triomphe. Lunch/shopping on Port Vell Marina. Explore Born Neighborhood, visiting Museo Picasso and Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar. Afternoon in Port Olímpic.
8BarcelonaFlight Home. ¡Adiós España!
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Programs | China

Program Comparison

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  • Beijing & Xi'anThe Qin Story Summary
    The fortifications of Xi'an, the Terracotta Army, the Great Wall of China, and the Forbidden City. Impressive without any understanding of their historic significance, they are awe inspiring in the context of a great story that starts with Emperor Qin and ends with Kublai Khan.

    Beijing Highlights
    Great Wall of China
    Ming Tomb at Dingling
    Tian'anmen Square (Dawn Flag Raising)
    Forbidden City
    Jing Shan Hill & Bei Hai Park
    Shichahai Scenic Area
    Temple of Heaven

    Summer Palace

    National Stadium & Aquatics Center
    National Center for the Performing Arts
    Wangfujing Street & Peking Duck Dinner

    Xi'an Highlights
    Fortifications of Xi'an
    Terracotta Army
    Hau Qing Hot Springs
    Night Markets
    Great Wild Goose Pagoda
    Drum Tower & Bell Tower
    Great Mosque
    Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
    Beilin Museum (Stele Forest)
    Song of Eternal Sorrow (Show)

    Hangzhou Highlights








    Shanghai Highlights








    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    4-Star Central Accommodations
    Nightly "Family-Style" Dinners
    Ground Transportation
    Program Director (USA Team Member)
    Local City Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    5 Nights in Beijing
    2 Nights in Xi'an


  • The Silk RoadBeijing, Xi'an & Hangzhou Summary
    Marco! Polo! This famous venetian trader became a close confident of Kublai Khan after following the Silk Road across Mongolia to China. Marco was stunned by the beauty of Hangzhou and described it as "the finest and most splendid city in the world". Fortunately for us, it's beauty has been preserved across the centuries.
    Beijing Highlights
    Great Wall of China
    Forbidden City
    Jing Shan Hill
    Beihai Park
    Temple of Heaven
    Summer Palace
    Tian'anmen Square
    Olympic Park
    Peking Duck Dinner

    Xi'an Highlights
    Fortifications of Xi'an (Bike Ride)
    Terracotta Army
    Hau Qing Hot Springs
    Night Markets
    Great Wild Goose Pagoda
    Drum Tower & Bell Tower
    Great Mosque
    Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
    Beilin Museum (Stele Forest)


    Hangzhou Highlights
    Grand Canal Museum Zone
    Oil-Paper Umbrellas (Workshop/Lessons)
    Junk Cruise on Grand Canal
    West Lake (Bike Ride)
    Tea Plantation (Workshop/Lesson)
    Ling Yin Temple
    Impression West Lake (Show)

    Shanghai Highlights








    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    4-Star Central Accommodations
    Nightly "Family-Style" Dinners
    Ground Transportation
    Program Director (USA Team Member)
    Local City Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    3 Nights in Beijing
    2 Nights in Xi'an
    2 Nights in Hangzhou

  • Beijing, Xi'an & ShanghaiPower, History, Commerce Summary
    Trade along the silk road quickly became one-sided for the British who loved Silk, Ceramics and Tea but had little of interest to the Chinese. Until their East India Company tried trading Opium from Calcutta. The subsequent "Opium War" is how a small fishing port called Shanghai became British, American and French.
    Beijing Highlights
    Great Wall of China

    Tian'anmen Square (Dawn Flag Raising)
    Forbidden City
    Jing Shan Hill & Bei Hai Park

    Temple of Heaven

    Summer Palace

    National Stadium & Aquatics Center
    National Center for the Performing Arts
    Wangfujing Street & Peking Duck Dinner

    Xi'an Highlights
    Fortifications of Xi'an
    Terracotta Army
    Hau Qing Hot Springs
    Night Markets
    Great Wild Goose Pagoda
    Drum Tower & Bell Tower
    Great Mosque
    Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
    Beilin Museum (Stele Forest)


    Hangzhou Highlights








    Shanghai Highlights
    Yuyuan Gardens
    People's Square
    Shanghai Art Museum
    Pudong Financial District
    Oriental Pearl Tower
    Shanghai Municipal History Museum
    Ancient Canal Towns (Excursion)
    ERA: Intersection of Time (Show)
    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    4-Star Central Accommodations
    Nightly "Family-Style" Dinners
    Ground Transportation
    Program Director (USA Team Member)
    Local City Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    3 Nights in Beijing
    2 Nights in Xi'an

    2 Nights in Shanghai
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Programs | Cuba

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  • Essential CubaHavana & Guaniguanico

    Essential Cuba
    Havana & Guaniguanico

    5-Day Program for Private Groups
    Summary
    Our Essential Cuba program explores Havana and western Cuba.

    Our time in western Cuba includes the Cordillera de Guaniguanico (Karst Region), Vuelta Abajo (Tobacco country) and the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve (Coffee country).

    The program ends at Playa Jibacoa (Beach town east of Havana).






    Havana
    Plaza de Armas
    Castillo de la Real Fuerza
    Palacio de los Capitanes Generales
    Cathedral de La Habana
    Columbus Museum at Morro Castle
    Cañonazo at La Cabaña
    Museum of the Revolution
    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    Calle Obispo and Calle Mercaderes
    Plaza Vieja & Cámera Obscura
    Tapas and Flamenco

    Cordillera de Guaniguanico
    Cuevo de los Portales
    Colonial Village of Viñales
    Cueva del Indio

    Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve
    Artist studios at Las Terrazas
    Horseback Coffee Tour at Las Terrazas





    Zapata Biosphere Reserve




    Santa Cruz del Norte
    Late afternoon on Jibacoa Beach

    Trinidad
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    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    3-4 Star Prime Location Accommodations
    Open Dining w/ Nightly Cash Stipend
    Ground Transportation
    Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    Program Director with every 12 students
    Chaperone with every 6 students
    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    2 Nights in Havana
    1 Night in Pinar del Rio

    1 Night in Santa Cruz del Norte
  • Cuba HighlightsHavana, Guaniguanico & Zapata Peninsula Summary
    Our Cuba Highlights program explores Havana and central/western Cuba.

    Our time in western Cuba includes the Cordillera de Guaniguanico (Karst Region), Vuelta Abajo (Tobacco country) and the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve (Coffee country).

    Our time in central Cuba includes the Zapata Peninsula (Wildlife Preserve).

    The program ends at Playa Jibacoa (Beach town east of Havana).




    Havana Highlights
    Plaza de Armas
    Castillo de la Real Fuerza
    Palacio de los Capitanes Generales
    Cathedral de La Habana
    Columbus Museum at Morro Castle
    Cañonazo at La Cabaña
    Museum of the Revolution
    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    Calle Obispo and Calle Mercaderes
    Plaza Vieja & Cámera Obscura
    Tapas and Flamenco

    Cordillera de Guaniguanico
    Cuevo de los Portales
    Colonial Village of Viñales
    Cueva del Indio

    Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve
    Artist studios at Las Terrazas
    Horseback Coffee Tour at Las Terrazas





    Zapata Biosphere Reserve
    Mangroves, Flamingos & Crododiles
    "Bay of Pigs" Museum at Playa Giron


    Santa Cruz del Norte
    Late afternoon on Jibacoa Beach

    Trinidad



    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    3-4 Star Prime Location Accommodations
    Open Dining w/ Nightly Cash Stipend
    Ground Transportation
    Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    Program Director with every 12 students
    Chaperone with every 6 students
    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    2 Nights in Havana
    1 Night in Pinar del Rio
    1 Night in Playa Largo
    1 Nights in Santa Cruz del Norte
  • Best of CubaHavana, Guaniguanico, Zapata & Trinidad Summary
    Best of Cuba explores Havana, western/central Cuba, and Trinidad.

    Our time in western Cuba includes the Cordillera de Guaniguanico (Karst Region), Vuelta Abajo (Tobacco country) and the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve (Coffee country).

    Our time in central Cuba includes the Zapata Peninsula (Wildlife Preserve).

    Our time in Trinidad includes the Sierra del Escambray (El Nicho Waterfall), and Valle de Los Ingenios (Sugarcane).

    The program ends at Playa Ancón (Beautiful beach to the east of Trinidad).

    Havana Highlights
    Plaza de Armas
    Castillo de la Real Fuerza
    Palacio de los Capitanes Generales
    Cathedral de La Habana
    Columbus Museum at Morro Castle
    Cañonazo at La Cabaña
    Museum of the Revolution
    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    Calle Obispo and Calle Mercaderes
    Plaza Vieja & Cámera Obscura
    Tapas and Flamenco

    Cordillera de Guaniguanico
    Cuevo de los Portales
    Colonial Village of Viñales
    Cueva del Indio

    Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve
    Artist studios at Las Terrazas
    Horseback Coffee Tour at Las Terrazas
    Tobacco Tour at Pinar del Rio
    Ziplining at Las Terrazas
    Orchids at Soroa
    Waterfall at Soroa

    Zapata Biosphere Reserve
    Mangroves, Flamingos & Crododiles
    "Bay of Pigs" Museum at Playa Giron
    Snorkeling at Caleta Buena

    Santa Cruz del Norte


    Trinidad
    El Nicho Waterfall at Topes de Collantes
    Valle de Los Ingenios
    Old Town Trinidad
    Late afternoon on Playa Ancón
    This Program Fee Includes
    Round-Trip Flights, Taxes & Fees
    3-4 Star Prime Location Accommodations
    Open Dining w/ Nightly Cash Stipend
    Ground Transportation
    Guides & Instructors
    Entrance Fees
    Program Director with every 12 students
    Chaperone with every 6 students
    All Gratuities
    Overnights
    2 Nights in Havana
    1 Night in Pinar del Rio
    1 Night in Playa Largo

    2 Nights in Trinidad
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Programs | Summer | French Camp in Quebec (10 Days)

This program includes a weekend exploring Old Montreal, a week-long French language camp in Quebec City with visits to the cultural and historical sites of Old Quebec, and a day at Valcartier Waterpark with your new friends from across the US & Canada.
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Programs | Summer | Discover Europe (16 Days)

Equipped with a two-week multi-country Eurail pass, this group will cover the vast swath of territory covered by Europe's rail network.
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Programs | Summer | Interpret China (16 Days)

This two-week program for independent students commences with 5 days on a private school campus where you help teach english as a second language to Chinese students.
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Programs | Summer | Viva Cuba (7 Days)

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Programs | Summer | Explore Iceland (8 Days)

Our adventure starts in Reykjavik, where we explore Viking culture and the history of Iceland, then we head out to see the waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, and lava fields of this spectacular island. You will need cold weather gear, good hiking shoes AND multiple bathing suits for the many hot springs we’ll visit. Some experience hiking and biking is required for this trip.
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Programs | Summer | Explore Ireland (9 Days)

Stay in Luxury Bed & Breakfast Cottages at the heart of Ireland with our Program Directors showing you and your new friends a different part of the Ireland every day.
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