Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Hearty breakfasts and delicious, authentic, cuisine at local restaurants for lunches and dinners—with meals times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Connect with an important part of the Tico culture as you learn to ride the waves at Encuentro Beach.
As DREAM Project partners, collaborate in a joint effort with local at-risk youth on environmental conservation projects.
Horseback Ride, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Río Frío Boat Trip, Cultural Exchange with Local Students, Manuel Antonio National Park, Community Service Project in Sarapiquí, Monteverde Canopy Tour and Hanging Bridges, Jauri Tropical Farm, Sarapiquí Homestay, Costa Rican Cooking Lesson, Arenal Volcano
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Beinvenidos to the Dominican Republic! Upon arriving in Santiago you’ll meet your ACIS Tour Manager and drive along the country’s beautiful North Coast. All meals are included during your stay.
Catch a wave this morning while taking
surfing lessons at Encuentro Beach. If you’re a novice, no worries—certified surf-instruction coaches will literally help you get your feet wet in the warm Caribbean waters. Then attend an orientation session to kick off your
environmental service project for at-risk youth in partnership with Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM). DREAM grew from the vision of a group of Dartmouth students looking to make a difference in 1995, and was formally established as a 501(c) nonprofit in 2002. DREAM currently staffs more than 40 Dominicans, four expatriates and numerous volunteers from across the globe, all working together to change the lives of over 6,000 children a year. The day concludes with a special shared BBQ dinner, where you’ll get a chance to mingle and bond with the DREAM staff as you practice your Spanish.
Today begin work on your
DREAM environmental service project. You’ll collaborate with area school children, engaging in joint analysis to bring awareness to both local and international environmental and sustainability issues, while also supporting the community’s at-risk youth. The specific nature of the project will depend on where the need is greatest at the time. In the afternoon it’s time to take a hike in El Choco National Park. As you walk along red-earth paths once trod by the Arawak people, you’ll be immersed in a tropical rainforest ecosystem, marvel at the incredible view of the 5-mile-long Cabarete Lagoon and get a fascinating history lesson. Then stop for a fresh-fruit snack and locally grown Dominican coffee before you venture down to the mysterious Caves of BUMBA, part of a vast network of caves for which this area is famous. Take a dip in an underground pool and gaze in wonder at the petroglyphs created by the indigenous Taíno people, who greeted Christopher Columbus here in 1492.
Continue work this morning on your
DREAM environmental service project. Following that, enjoy free time to experience more of the area’s lively culture and beautiful beaches at your leisure. Perhaps visit the impressive Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración or explore Calle de Sol, the city’s colorful shopping district.
Continue your work on the
DREAM environmental service project. Then go snorkeling in Sosua Bay, supervised by a certified dive master. In these warm, pristine waters you’ll get a crystal-clear view of the bay’s stunning marine life, including spectacular coral reefs. You’ll also gain a greater appreciation for the fragile nature of marine and coastal environments.
Enjoy another morning working on the
DREAM environmental service project. After, you’ll head inland to Damajagua and prepare to get wet: You’re about to swim, climb, and jump down the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, ending in the sparkling-clean, aqua-blue pools below!
Spend a final day working on your
DREAM environmental service project, followed by time to reflect on the positive impact your efforts will have on local at-risk youth. Later, cap off your experience with a boat ride down the Yasica River. During the boat ride, you’ll spot a wide variety of coastal water birds. Then savor a farewell dinner: An authentic fish-and-chicken barbeque using a fogón, a traditional Dominican stove. After dinner enjoy a bonfire on the beach.
Depart for the USA.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $240Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $200Add to Tour