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Cultural Journeys

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Cultural Journeys

Explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, learn another language – these and many other life-changing experiences await you on one of our Cultural Journeys. You will join a group of students from across the US and travel with an experienced SSA Leader to new and exciting destinations.

Our Cultural Journeys also include a focus on global leadership, meaning you will be challenged to solve real-world problems, lead your peers in expeditions or group reflections, and navigate your way through unfamiliar terrain. Our leaders will push you to develop your personal leadership style and reflect on your role as a global citizen, opening a world of opportunity not only abroad, but at home as well. Take a leap and join one of our Cultural Journeys for the adventure of a lifetime.

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We believe that the future leaders and citizens of a globalized world should also have a global and cultural perspective. Our Cultural Journeys are designed to broaden your horizons, introduce you to different lifestyles, and allow you to experience the world with a group of students your age.

Here are just some examples of what you can expect to do on a Cultural Journey:

  • Explore ancient ruins in the Peruvian Andes
  • Climb volcanoes and interact with indigenous communities in Guatemala
  • Compete in a scavenger hunt in China’s Forbidden City
  • Learn to ride waves with Costa Ricans in the Pacific surf

Open Enrollment Programs

Open Enrollment programs are available to individual high school students who are interested in traveling with other students from across the country.

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    Japan: Tokyo to Kyoto

    $3,690

    Program Highlights
    • Try your hand at creating anime
    • Visit the Tsukiji Market
    • Explore the Harajuku District of Tokyo
    • Ride a bullet train to Hiroshima
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    Spain: Art, Architecture and Islam

    $4,390

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the Alhambra in Granada
    • Ferry across the Straight of Gibraltar
    • Enjoy a traditional Spanish cooking class
    • Hike in the Rif Mountains, Morocco
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    Spain: Trekking El Camino

    $4,190

    Program Highlights
    • Join a three day art walk in Barcelona
    • Enjoy a boat trip in San Sebastian
    • Swim and kayak in the Bay of Biscay
    • Bike through coastal towns
    • Explore the history of Bilbao
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    Italy: Culture and Cuisine

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    Program Highlights
    • Explore Milan, Turin, Bibiana, Murlo, Siena, Florence and Rome
    • Take a bicycle tour through the Roman hillsides
    • Get to know regional Italian delicacies bite by bite
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    China: Middle Kingdom Exploration

    $3,490

    Program Highlights
    • Climb the Great Wall of China
    • Explore the Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Visit the Terracotta Army at Xi'an
    • Ride a bullet train in Shanghai
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    France: Beyond Paris

    $3,990

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!
    • Vist Normandy‘s Omaha Beach and learn about the sacrifices made there
    • Visit the Loire Valley region with its Châteaux and vineyards
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    France: A Parisian Perspective

    $2,990

    Program Highlights
    • Window shop on the Champs-Élysées
    • Visit iconic sites including the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and more!
    • Take a trip to Normandy to visit Omaha Beach
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    China: Trekking South of the Clouds

    $3,490

    Program Highlights
    • Climb the Great Wall of China
    • Trek in mountainous Yunnan
    • Explore Tibetan Benzaclin
    • Hike the Sacred Waterfall in Yubeng
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    Canada: Québécois Culture

    $2,490

    Program Highlights
    • Practice your French language skills first hand as you talk with locals
    • Visit Chutes Montmorency, a spectacular waterfall in Quebec
    • Tour McGill University

Custom Group Sample Itineraries

Below please find a selection of sample itineraries that have been custom-tailored for high school educators and their students to fit specific learning objectives and goals.

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    China Beijing & Xi'an 10 Day Cultural Journey Homestay

    $3,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the unrestored portion of the Great Wall of China
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Homestay in Xiangshuihu, near the Great Wall
    • Visit Terracotta Army of Xi'an
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    Canada 10 Day Cultural Journey

    $3,899 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Practice your French language with with classes and talking with locals
    • Visit the Chutes Montmorency, a spectacular waterfall in Quebec
    • Tour McGill University
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    Canada 7 Day Cultural Journey

    $3,299 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Take a ghost tour where costumed guides will light their lanterns and take us on a 90 minute tour through the streets of Old Quebec
    • Visit Chutes Montmorency, a spectacular waterfall in Quebec
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    Italy 15 Day Culinary

    $5,299 Average Tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Explore Milan, Turin, Bibiana, Murlo, Siena, Florence and Rome
    • Take a bicycle tour through the Roman hillside
    • Get to know regional Italian delicacies bite by bite
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    Italy 15 Day Cultural Journey

    $5,399 Average Tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Explore Milan, Venice, Siena, Florence, Rome, Naples, Pompei and Capri
    • Hike Mt. Vesuvius
    • Take boats through the famed Blue Grotto's of Capri
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    Italy 12 Day Cultural Journey

    $4,999 Average Tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Head to Murano Island, to witness Venice's famous glass blowing
    • Explore La Basilica di Santa Croce, where greats like
    • Niccola Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei, and Michelangelo are buried
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    Italy 10 Day Cultural Journey

    $4,799 Average Tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • See Michaelangelo's David
    • Visit Siena's world renowned cathedral and crypt
    • Spend a night on a farm in the Tuscan hills
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    China Beijing & Yunnan 15 Day Trekking Expedition

    $5,199 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Climb Great Wall of China
    • Trek in mountainous Yunnan
    • Explore Tibetan Benzaclin
    • Hike Sacred Waterfall in Yubeng
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    China Beijing & Sichuan 15 Day Conservation Expedition

    $4,499 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Trek to world's Largest Buddha
    • Hand feed Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Climb the Great Wall of China
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    China Beijing & Sichuan 15 Day Conservation Expedition Homestay

    $4,499 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the unrestored portion of the Great Wall of China
    • Hand feed Giant Pandas in Dujiangyan
    • Homestay in Anlong Village, an organic farm
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
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    China Beijing, Xi'an, & Shanghai 15 Day Cultural Journey

    $4,599 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Climb Great Wall of China
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Visit Terracotta Army at Xi'an
    • Ride a bullet train in Shanghai
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    China Beijing, Xi'an, & Shanghai 15 Day Cultural Journey Homestay

    $4,599 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the unrestored portion of the Great Wall of China
    • Homestay in Xiangshuihu, near the Great Wall
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Visit the Terracotta Army in Xi'an
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    China Beijing & Shanghai 10 Day Cultural Journey Homestay

    $3,899 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Climb Great Wall of China
    • Homestay in Xiangshuihu, near the Great Wall
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Ride Bullet Train in Shanghai
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    China Beijing & Shanghai 10 Day Cultural Journey

    $3,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Climb Great Wall of China
    • Admire the Skyline of Pudong
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Ride Bullet Train to Shanghai
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    China Beijing to Guangxi & Yunnan 15 Day Cultural Journey

    $4,899 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Climb Great Wall of China
    • Explore Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Kayak Li River in Guangxi
    • Discover the Three Pagodas of Chongshen Temple
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    Italy 9 Day Culinary

    $4,299 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • See Leonardo DaVinci's Last Supper
    • Learn to make Italian pizza
    • Bake your own bread
    • Visit the Alps
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    Italy 7 Day Cultural Journey

    $3,699 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Explore the famed Colosseum
    • Enjoy a food tour of Italy
    • Tour a local olive oil farm
    • Visit the Vatican
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    Thailand 15 Day Cultural Journey - Exploring World Religions

    $4,399 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit Hmong Village Baan Chang-Khian
    • Hike the Doi Suthep Mountain
    • Explore the Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary
    • See the Wat Pho Temple of Bangkok
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    Spain 15 Day Cultural Journey - El Camino

    $5,999 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Join a three day art walk in Barcelona
    • Enjoy a boat trip in San Sebastian
    • Swim and kayak in the Bay of Biscay
    • Bike through coastal towns
    • Explore the history of Bilbao
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    Spain & Morocco 15 Day Cultural Journey - Southern Spain

    $6,099 Average tuition with airfare

    Program Highlights
    • Visit the Alhambra in Granada
    • Ferry across the Straight of Gibraltar
    • Join a traditional Spanish cooking class
    • Hike in the Rif Mountains in Morocco
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