This program has been designed around the simple idea that the best adventure is filled with unexpected and unanticipated discoveries and surprises.

Travel to some of Rustic’s most iconic and stunning sites, blaze the trail for future students by exploring brand new off the beaten path locations, and explore the remote villages of some of Rustic Pathway’s most beloved staff members. Led by our most seasoned program leaders, this program is best suited for students with a love of adventure and an open mind. Those students who ask “are we there yet?” and “what’s for dinner?” need not enroll.

Your experience will begin one month prior to your departure date.  We’ll send you a Patagonia duffel bag filled with subtle hints about the adventure that awaits you and a packing list. Your job is to follow the packing list and show up at the airport ready to go. Get ready for an epic Rustic Pathways adventure that you won’t soon forget!

Rustic Pathways will contact parents or enrolled students to organize details such as flights, visas, etc. prior to departure.

With our No Anxiety Escrow Policy, you cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.

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2017 Departures

Departs (USA) Returns (USA) Availability
June 27 July 14 Sold Out
July 11 July 28 Sold Out
July 18 August 4 Very Limited

Program Profile

Mystery Destination
Community Service Component
Get to Know
Adventure, The Sights, The People
A Little Bit of Everything
Travel Component
On the Go!

  • Day 1

    Start Your Adventure!

    Your bag packed with all the items from our mystery program packing list, you’re ready for the adventure that awaits you. You won’t need anymore than what fits in your duffle. Pack light, as great adventures require agility.

    Rustic Pathways will tell you what airport to meet your flight leader at and what time to arrive. Once at the airport, settle in for an ocean crossing and get to know the rest of the adventurous students on your program. Swap travel stories and dream of what’s to come. Don’t forget to wear your Rustic Pathways t-shirt!

  • Day 2 - 17

    The Mystery Unfolds

    You adventure begins in one of the word’s most colorful and vibrant cities where you’ll meet your veteran Rustic Pathways program leaders, some of the most dynamic and most well-traveled program leaders on our team. After a long flight, you’ll have a chance to rest and refresh.

    Each morning at breakfast your group will get an envelop with clues about what the day holds. It’s up to the group to decipher the clues and unwrap the adventure the day holds. These clues will take you through some of the oldest cities in the world, past moss-covered relics, and into remote and warm villages that our local staff calls home.

    The joy of this program lies in the adventure and the allure of the unknown. Each day holds new unknown treasures and much of the joy of the day is in figuring out the adventure along the way, bumping into strangers and hearing their stories, and getting to know our incredible local staff and the villages they call home.

  • Day 18

    Return Home

    With the adventure behind you, you’re left with incredible stories and life-long friends from remote corners of the world. Before packing your bag and boarding your flight home, we’ll have one final big breakfast as a group to swap photos and say goodbye.

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.

The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.

“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.

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