We introduced the Mystery Program last summer and within weeks of its release, students who understand that some of the best adventures lie in the unknown, grabbed all the spots for this epic travel experience.

This isn’t our typical program. There is no itinerary—each day you’ll awake to clues and it will be up to your group to decipher them and unravel that day’s adventure. You’ll explore iconic sites, discover the remote villages of some of our most beloved staff members, and blaze a trail for future students by exploring destinations Rustic hasn’t visited.

Your experience will begin one month prior to your departure date. We’ll send you a Patagonia duffel bag filled with subtle hints about your upcoming adventure and a packing list. After that, all you need to do is show up at the airport ready for an adventure you’ll never forget!

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

Dates listed reflect travel time departing from and returning to the USA. International clients click here.

You must enroll in a program at least 8 days prior to the scheduled departure date. For help choosing an alternate date or location, please contact us to speak with a program expert.

With our No-Stress Travel 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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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 - 14

    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 15

    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.

For more information, email rustic@rusticpathways.com