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Cuba Colonial (CCC)

Central America Cuba

The melody of horns floating through the air, classic cars parked in colonial squares, revolutionary statues—get over the resort wall and discover the real Cuba! Travel east to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa and encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and revolutionary fervour. Soak in Spanish heritage while exploring churches, forts and cobblestoned streets. Overnight in homestays for an immersive Cuban experience few travellers get to enjoy. Don't just walk down the road less travelled—dance down it. Viva la Revolución!

Highlights: Dance salsa with the locals, walk in Che Guevara's footsteps, gain insight on Cuban life at 'casa particular' stays, explore breathtaking beaches

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Quest (CRQ)

Central America Costa Rica

Nature called you to Costa Rica—now here you are, suspended in the jungle canopy, locking eyes with a curious monkey. This action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Get your adrenaline pumping, follow a trail to the base of a waterfall, melt away in thermal springs or relax on a beach—our CEOs will help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.

Highlights: Soak in the thermal hot springs of Arenal Volcano, search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest, watch the sunset over the Pacific, learn about sugar cane and coffee production at a local plantation

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $899
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cuba Libre (CCL)

Central America Cuba

Walking through the pincushion hills, wandering amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations—see another side of the island on this week-long tour through the ‘Garden Province’ of Cuba. Tour a tobacco plantation, snorkel crystal-clear waters full of colourful coral and search for the pirates of lore along the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Soak up local culture in a homestay for an immersive experience that travellers rarely get to know. Let our experienced CEO lead you off the beaten path and discover the cultural treasures of Cuba.

Highlights: Relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches, experience Cuban hospitality during a homestay, visit a factory that produces world-famous Cuban cigars

8 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Mayan Encounter (CGME)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

Trek though jungles to Mayan ruins and relax on white-sand beaches. Get an authentic taste of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala with an adventure that combines the mystery of the ancient ruins with the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Shop for treasures along colonial Antigua's cobblestoned streets and get to know the locals from communities where life sometimes moves at a reggae pace. Explore the lost ruins of Tikal, snorkel with stingrays and finish up in the colourful beach town of Playa del Carmen. With accommodation and transport arranged by a CEO, this trip offers great value and is the perfect way to discover this region’s unique vibe.

Highlights: Listen to the howler monkeys from the top of Temple IV at Tikal, revel in Caye Caulker sunsets, sway to reggae beats wafting through the Belizean air, relax on world-class Mayan Riviera beaches

11 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Mayan Sun—Southbound (CMCA)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Yucatán sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day odyssey. Wander Antigua’s cobblestone streets and its local markets before experiencing the diverse beauty of Lake Atitlán and its indigenous villages. Geared to the adventurer wanting to capture some of Central America's finest highlights, this trip will ensure that you really pack some punch into those postcards home.

Highlights: Relax on white-sand beaches, bask in Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, experience a local homestay, explore gorgeous colonial Antigua and its colourful markets.

16 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Costa Rica Adventure (CRA)

Central America Costa Rica

If you’re looking for a taste of Costa Rica’s world-class highlights but want to keep things spicy with a sampling of hidden treasures, this action-packed adventure tops the menu. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world—explore its volcanoes, wildlife, rainforests and beaches. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time. Optional activities abound—choose to get your adrenaline pumping or take it easy with a stroll through a butterfly garden.

Highlights: Spot wildlife while cruising through the canals of Tortuguero, search for the elusive quetzal bird, hike through the cloud forest, enjoy the gorgeous beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, savour a local lunch at a Planeterra- and MIF-supported coffee plantation

16 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)

Central America Costa Rica

Costa Rica has as many microclimates as it does opportunities for active adventures, and this 2-week journey will bring you the best of both. There's a visit to a cloud forest, but for a bigger jolt, try rappelling down waterfalls or flying across ziplines above the treetops. For the caffeine connoisseur, we visit a coffee co-op and learn how it gets from bean to your cup. For a different pace, float through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife. From the Caribbean beaches to the Pacific, this stunning tour embodies some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

Highlights: Spot wildlife while cruising the canals of Tortuguero, savour a local lunch at a Planeterra and IDB-supported coffee plantation, enjoy spectacular volcano views while soaking in hot springs, hike the trails of reserves and national parks, learn to make tortillas with a local family, relax on the scenic Pacific coast

14 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure (CRKA)

Central America Costa Rica

Glide straight into the core of the Costa Rican experience when you hit two of Costa Rica’s hot spots in a kayak. Beginners and more experienced kayakers are welcome – for the nature lover, the scenery’s the point, not the sweat! Cruise through the canals of Tortuguero in search of monkeys and sloths, and then get really wild at Lake Arenal, the centre of adventure sports like paddleboarding. Experience lush greenery and Caribbean flavour from a whole different level when you kayak Costa Rica.

Highlights: Glide through the canals of Tortuguero by kayak, search for wildlife in the dense green forest canopy, view the beautiful vistas from your kayak on Lake Arenal, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding

9 days
From $899
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Volcano Trail (JGS)

Central America Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica

From the crystal-blue ocean teeming with marine life to tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies, take the road less travelled on this trip through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica with other travellers your own age. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breath-taking scenery and a chance to experience local culture with a 2-night homestay on the island of Ometepe. Enjoy a blend of public and private transportation, which not only keeps costs down but also gives you a chance to really meet the locals.

Highlights: Connect with the hosts of a homestay experience in Ometepe, relax seaside in the Bay Islands, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatán and Tegucigalpa

17 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Guanacaste Beach Break (TCRGBN)

Central America Costa Rica

Ankles sore from too many bungee jumps and volcano treks? Maybe it’s time to stop and smell the frangipani. Costa Rica specializes in adventure, but this beach break is all about relaxing and recharging in style. Let us take care of transportation and the hotel—you just focus on taking it easy. Guanacaste is an eternity away from crowded trails or city streets, so sink into that deck chair poolside, grab a drink from the bar and contemplate the sun melting into the sea.

Highlights: Marvel at breathtaking sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, stroll along the beach and take time to relax

4 days
From $299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cycle Cuba (CCB)

Central America Cuba

Leave the resorts of Varadero behind and discover the real Cuba on this 8-day active adventure. Get your blood pumping cycling the hills of the Guaniguanico and El Rosario mountain ranges and marvel at scenic vistas that will take your breath away. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture. With its lush scenery, vibrant culture, and incredible beaches, this active cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of this island few get to know.

Highlights: Cycle through pincushion hills, sample Cuban rum at the distillery, hear Cuban salsa music float through the streets of Havana, walk across one of Cuba's famed white-sand beaches, gaze out across the crystal-blue Caribbean.

8 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)

Central America Cuba

For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That’s crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise—get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!

Highlights: Dance the night away with other young travellers in Old Havana, mingle with the locals at overnight homestays, sample the local rum and cigars, connect to the salsa culture on the dance floor, move those hips to incredible live music, explore colonial Havana's alleyways, laze under the Caribbean sun.

8 days
From $699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

Trek though jungle backdrops to Mayan ruins and chill out on white sand under the Caribbean sun. Check out Mexico, Belize and Guatemala and experience the region’s diversity. Wander colonial Antigua’s cobblestone streets and shop for treasures before experiencing the natural beauty of Lake Atitlan, its indigenous Mayan villages and striking volcanoes. Snap a picture and impress the folks. One of our most popular trips, this adventure offers natural wonders, excitement and culture with enough time to socialize and do your own thing.

Highlights: Pounding the cobblestones of gorgeous colonial Antigua, overnighting in a local homestay, seeing the vibrant colours of markets, experiencing Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, blissing out on white-sand beaches, exploring Mayan sites

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1104
$1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Mayan Discovery (CMMD)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

Mayan ruins peeking out from verdant jungle, street vendors hawking their wares on colonial streets, pristine white-sand beaches sparkling under the Caribbean sun—now this is the real Yucatán. On this unique 15-day journey, you’ll tour the ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque, and head deep into the jungle of Guatemala to experience the ruins of Tikal. You're free to choose your own adventure! So escape the resort packages and witness all the incredible wilderness, wildlife and Mayan culture—past and present—that you can imagine.

Highlights: Explore Mayan temples, spot monkeys in the jungle, chill out on a Belizean island, stare out into the Caribbean blue from a Mayan Riviera beach

15 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Mayan Trail (CMTM)

Central America Guatemala, Mexico

Leave the resorts of Cancún behind and embark on an authentic adventure that will take you from spectacular Mayan ruins over the cobblestoned streets of colonial towns and deep into the jungle of Mexico. Explore the ancient ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque and meet the descendants of those who built them in the vibrant streets and colourful markets of picturesque Mayan towns. Get your camera out—you're going to need it!

Highlights: Explore the ruins of Chichén Itzá and Palenque, get lost wandering colonial San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua, marvel at Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls, bargain at colourful local markets

12 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN)

Central America Nicaragua

From the colonial streets of Granada and León to the beauty of San Juan del Sur's horseshoe bay, discover the best of Nicaragua on this unique 12-day adventure. Encounter a nature-lover's paradise on Ometepe Island and both dormant and active volcanoes amidst this country's stunning wilderness. Emerging from a long and turbulent history, Nicaragua is set to become the next big thing. Discover it before the others do and come away with a greater understanding of both the volatile past and a passion for this country's vibrant modern culture.

Highlights: Explore colonial Granada, seek out the revolutionary murals in León, chill out on the beach at San Juan del Sur, savour a typical meal at a rural farm, connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience.

12 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Panama (CPPQ)

Central America Panama

Panama has been a destination on the cusp of the mainstream for ages, but somehow still remains a secret. More greatness for us to enjoy, we say. This 8-day trip opens the lid on the natural splendour of this overlooked gem of a country, giving travellers the chance to hike cloud forests, snorkel the Caribbean and even discover where that delicious morning cup of joe comes from at a coffee plantation. Panama is spectacular, and the best way to promote it is by word-of-mouth. Tell your friends!

Highlights: Snorkel in the crystal-blue Caribbean waters in Bocas del Toro, take in the crisp air of the lush green highlands in Boquete, explore the Panama Canal, learn where your morning coffee comes from on a tour of a local plantation.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $764
$899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Central America (CRBA)

Central America Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua

From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America—on a shoestring. Make sure your passport has space because this exciting 33-day trip hits most of Central America as it covers tropical rainforests, volcanoes, colonial cities and all the breathtaking scenery in between. Explore indigenous Mayan villages and soak in the region's incredible culture. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered—so you can choose the activities and sights that interest you most—the adventure is yours to choose!

Highlights: Take in breathtaking Ometepe Island, bliss out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, walk the colonial streets of colourful Granada and Antigua, eat regional specialties like El Salvador's pupusa, experience an overnight homestay in Guatemala and Nicaragua, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, visit seven countries in a month.

33 days
From $2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC)

Central America Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's famed features—volcanoes and beaches—on this exciting trip that isn't too hard on the wallet. Get the adrenaline pumping in La Fortuna, then soak up the hippie spirit of Montezuma and relax on the beach. While you're free to choose your own adventure and optional adrenaline-inducing activities like waterfall rappelling, your accommodation and transportation are included and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—eight days of maximum Costa Rica at minimum cost.

Highlights: Try adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and waterfall rappelling, take in the views of Arenal Volcano towering over La Fortuna, chill out on the Pacific, try to catch some waves.

8 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Family Experience (CRFA)

Central America Costa Rica

Nothing brings learning to life like real-world experience. This week-long trip’s engaging lesson plan gives your kids an education in biology and ecology they’ll never get in a textbook. Here, you can spend your days studying the flora and fauna that inhabit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park. Elsewhere, you’ll get in touch with the land by rappelling, rafting, swimming, horseback-riding, and even surfing all over it. Science + gym? You do the math.

Highlights: Kick back on Costa Rica's pristine beaches, visit a local family to learn to make tortillas, spot nature in dense cloud forest, enjoy the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park. kayak and paddle-board in La Fortuna.

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1259
$1399
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3
Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1444
$1699

Cuba Colonial (CCC)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $899
$999

Costa Rica Quest (CRQ)

8 days
From $999

Cuba Libre (CCL)

11 days
From $1249

Mayan Encounter (CGME)

16 days
From $1249

Mayan Sun—Southbound (CMCA)

16 days
From $1599

Costa Rica Adventure (CRA)

14 days
From $1999

Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)

9 days
From $899

Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure (CRKA)

17 days
From $1599

Volcano Trail (JGS)

4 days
From $299

Guanacaste Beach Break (TCRGBN)

8 days
From $1299

Cycle Cuba (CCB)

8 days
From $699

Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1104
$1299

Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)

15 days
From $1499

Mayan Discovery (CMMD)

12 days
From $1349

Mayan Trail (CMTM)

12 days
From $999

Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $764
$899

Best of Panama (CPPQ)

33 days
From $2799

Best of Central America (CRBA)

8 days
From $649

Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Cuba Colonial (CCC) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1444
$1699
Costa Rica Quest (CRQ) 9 days Classic Standard
From $899
$999
Cuba Libre (CCL) 8 days Classic Standard
From $999
Mayan Encounter (CGME) 11 days Classic Standard
From $1249
Mayan Sun—Southbound (CMCA) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $1249
Costa Rica Adventure (CRA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1599
Costa Rica Explorer (CRE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1999
Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure (CRKA) 9 days Active Standard
From $899
Volcano Trail (JGS) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $1599
Guanacaste Beach Break (TCRGBN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $299
Cycle Cuba (CCB) 8 days Active Standard
From $1299
Cuban Rhythms (CCCR) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $699
Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $1104
$1299
Mayan Discovery (CMMD) 15 days Classic Basic
From $1499
Mayan Trail (CMTM) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN) 12 days Classic Standard
From $999
Best of Panama (CPPQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $764
$899
Best of Central America (CRBA) 33 days Yolo Basic
From $2799
Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $649
Costa Rica Family Experience (CRFA) 9 days Family Upgraded
From $1259
$1399