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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.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal 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.
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24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Scavenge for answers! Your tour manager will provide a list of clues and set you free to unlock the secrets of Santo Domingo, the Americas' oldest European settlement. Practice your Spanish with locals, learn about the city's history as the capital and discover the multicultural influence of Spanish colonists, African slaves and Taíno natives.
From the time of the Aztecs, and long before it was known in Europe, chocolate has been of great importance on the island of Hispaniola. Learn about the lifestyle of the local people as well as the local agricultural industry during a chocolate cultivation and processing workshop. Enjoy sampling the delicious flavors!
Enjoy the unique experience of connecting to the Dominican culture through an exchange with a local family. Receive a warm welcome as you break into small groups to have a home cooked meal and conversation with local families at their residences.
Learn about the issues of food security, sustainable farming and the challenges to healthy eating in impoverished areas through collaboration with Cabarete Sostenible on a service project in the community. You will lend a hand where the need is greatest at the time of your visit—perhaps clearing donated farmland, transplanting seedlings, picking fruits and vegetables for distribution, or fundraising.
Connect with an important part of the Dominican culture as you learn to ride the waves at Encuentro Beach. An experienced instructor will guide you through the techniques for getting up on your board in the crystal clear waters off the North Coast's most famous stretch of sand.
Learn about traditional Dominican dances during a lesson in collaboration with Brigada Verde, a local youth environmental group. Take to the floor at the community dance hall for an introduction to the basic steps of merengue, bachata and salsa dances. In no time you'll be feeling the music and moving your hips, Dominican style!
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.
Depart from the USA and arrive in the Dominican Republic. Check into your hotel in the historic and picturesque Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo and meet your ACIS Tour Manager.
This morning take a Chu-Chu colonial historical train tour through the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Cultural Site and the historic central area of Santo Domingo. Enjoy facts and anecdotes as you see the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, thought to be the first cathedral of the Americas, the Ozama Fortress overlooking the river, the Franciscan Monastery ruins and other historic sites. Then visit the Mercado Modelo public market. Inside this bustling Caribbean bazaar, in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, you'll find handicrafts, paintings, jewelry, clothing, traditional prepared foods and even botánicos peddling secret potions and health remedies. In the afternoon, apply what you've learned about Santo Domingo today during a fun, team-based
Culture Quest challenge.
A morning bus ride takes you to San Cristobal. You'll study petroglyphs and pictographs and learn about the subterranean ecosystem at the Pomier Caves Anthropological Reserve, the single most important pre-Columbian site in the Caribbean. Journey on to Santiago. Upon arrival visit the Leon Jimenez Cultural Center, the best of the nation's five national museums under one roof. Tonight see the spectacularly illuminated Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración on a hilltop park in the center of the city.
Begin this morning in Altamira engaging in a Global Exchange with the Río Grande Abajo community. Río Grande Abajo is a small, tight-knit, rural community in the foothills of the northern mountain range. You'll be welcomed by a group of locals brought together through Brigada Verde, a Peace Corps-sponsored environmental youth group. A personalized walking tour of their neighborhood will include an introduction to cacao through a
chocolate cultivation and processing workshop. You'll learn how to make traditional Dominican hot chocolate and sample a taste. Then you'll have the chance to practice your Spanish as you're invited in small groups into the
homes of local Dominican families for lunch. After lunch, continue to the Damajagua Waterfalls and prepare to get wet: You're about to swim, climb and cascade down falls, ending in the sparkling-clean, aqua-blue pools below! Arrive in Cabarete this evening for a night's rest in your beachside hotel.
This morning enjoy views of Cabarete Bay as you free your mind and body and set an intention for the day during a yoga session. Then collaborate on a
food sovereignty community service project with Cabarete Sostenible. Responding to a food security crisis at the beginning of 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, Cabarete Sostenible has evolved from a food distribution program into a community pillar, leading education efforts in the areas of responsible and sustainable farming and healthy eating. During this workshop, become intimate with the reality of hunger in impoverished areas and come to understand both the organization's successes and continued challenges. You will spend some time lending a hand where needed—perhaps clearing donated farmland, transplanting seedlings, picking fruits and vegetables for distribution, or fundraising. After free time to get lunch, discover the local marine life first-hand as you enjoy snorkeling with colorful tropical fish around the reefs in Sosua Bay, said to be some of the best snorkeling in the world.
Begin the morning with a
surfing lesson on Cabarete's iconic Encuentro Beach, an idyllic favorite where both locals and visitors of all surfing abilities come together to enjoy the azure waves. You'll start off dry, on land, learning how to "pop up" and read the waves. Then once comfortable, you'll head off into the water—our goal is that everybody stands up! After time for lunch, feel the groove as you collaborate with Brigada Verde, a local youth environmental group, for a
dance lesson in traditional Dominican dances.
Enjoy free time this morning to explore more of Cabarete's cultural treasures at your own pace, play in the waves at the beach or perhaps pick up some souvenirs at the many local gift and surf shops. Tonight cap off the tour in style as you sit back, relax and explore the shoreline during a leisurely boat ride down the Yasica River that concludes with a bonfire dinner on the beach.
Depart for the USA.
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Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
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