NEA Adventures: Authentic International Travel Experiences Designed for Educators

Costa Rica is calling! How about Italy or Peru? Our members-only tours take you inside the local culture and cuisine.

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by NEA Member Benefits


Key takeaways

  • NEA Member Benefits’ guided tours program, NEA Adventures, takes you inside the local culture and cuisine of destinations across the world.
  • Adventure-goers can travel to Costa Rica In March and April 2019, while summer tours to six more destinations depart in July and August.

Is Costa Rica calling you? How about Italy, Peru or another exotic location? NEA Member Benefits’ guided tours program, NEA Adventures, takes you inside the local culture and cuisine of these and other dream destinations!

If the beach is your usual go-to travel destination, why not change things up this year? How about a train trip to Machu Picchu that winds through the emerald green hills of Peru’s Sacred Valley? What if you could visit an organic coffee farm in Costa Rica, or take a private tour of the historic canals in Venice?

You can do any of these things and more in 2019 with NEA Adventures! Small-group tours (16 people maximum) are led by local guides who provide insider knowledge of their locales, as well as VIP access to selected museums, archaeological ruins, national parks, local villages, restaurants and more. Destinations include Alaska, Costa Rica, Iceland, Italy, Peru, Vietnam and the Western U.S. (Los Angeles to Las Vegas to San Francisco).

Tour prices and dates vary, giving you flexibility regarding your budget and travel dates. But, before we dig into the nitty-gritty of costs and scheduling, let’s talk about the fun stuff: the destinations you’ll explore, the adventures you’ll have, and the ways you can benefit personally and professionally from an NEA Adventures trip.

The destinations

Educators and their guests can travel to Alaska, Costa Rica, Iceland, Italy, Peru, Vietnam and Western U.S. (Los Angeles to Las Vegas to San Francisco). Check out this slideshow for a special preview of what you’ll see and do in each location. The trips provide opportunities to explore both with a group or on your own.

In Costa Rica, guides will take the group on a private exploration of the Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative. You’ll also visit thermal hot springs and a volcano, and enjoy a guided tour of a forest preserve. During your free time, you can relax at the beach or follow a trail to a remote waterfall—all with help from your expert guide, who will give you directions to/from various sights and insider knowledge of the area.

Rome, Venice, Pisa and Lake Como are getaways to be explored in Italy. Peru attracts those interested in the magnificent green surroundings of the Sacred Valley, a train tour to Machu Picchu, shopping in Peruvian markets and 3 days exploring along the Amazon River.

Hike among glaciers and ice fields in Alaska. Visit the state’s greatest natural highlights including the imposing Harding Ice Field, the enchanting Kenai Fjords, the jaw-dropping Denali National Park and the charming town of Talkeetna. Explore the Western United States, basking in the lights and experiencing the culinary scenes of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, and enjoying nature with stops at the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Yosemite National Parks.

Iceland offers close-ups of unparalleled natural wonders such as erupting geysers, whales and seals, glacial lagoons, breathtaking waterfalls and black sand beaches. When you visit Vietnam, sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. Enjoy vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the ancient imperial capital of Hue, the charms of Hoi An and the modern day life of Saigon.

Personalized touring

Among the many benefits of going on an NEA Adventures trip is your chief experience officer (CEO), who leads you to the best attractions in the area. Each trip offers several tour options, including museums, culinary excursions, hikes, city tours, boat trips and more, as well as ideas for activities to do on your own.

Locally based tour guides are not only knowledgeable about the areas they represent but are also well-connected, which means you get exclusive access to many attractions that other vacationers might not get to see. There’s often no waiting in line during an NEA Adventures trip. Guides in certain destinations take you straight to the front of the museum line! Guides are also available to help with any trip logistics, including arranging transportation and making restaurant reservations. (Read about other advantages of taking tour trips.)

Another benefit is flexibility in cost and dates. NEA Adventures are designed with educators in mind, and that’s why various price points and departure dates are offered so you can create a trip that aligns with your budget, interests and schedule.

Experiences that will pique your students’ curiosity

Itineraries are specially crafted to include time to engage with locals and communities. Doing so allows you the opportunity not only to support education, development and conservation programs in international locations but also to collect ideas, lessons and stories that you can share with your pupils. For example, you can create a slideshow of your trip and show your explorations to your students, or take videos of the communities you visited so students can see and hear how others live in different parts of the world. You’ll do it all while supporting local economies.

The adventures begin in 2019

In March and April 2019, adventure-goers can travel to Costa Rica, while summer tours to the other six destinations depart in July and August.

Secure your space on a tour with a $250 deposit at the time of booking, and then make monthly payments toward the balance. Final payment is due 60 days before departure.

Visit each destination’s webpage to learn more about costs, dates and itineraries, including extras you can add, such as pre- and post-tour hotel stays:

Please note that airfare is not included in trip prices but can be purchased separately through NEA Vacations. Trip costs include tour operator default insurance, as well as complimentary emergency medical insurance that covers emergency evacuation. However, it is recommended that you purchase an all-inclusive travel insurance plan that also covers trip cancelations, lost luggage and other interruptions.

While we hope you won’t need to cancel, if for any reason you aren’t able to go on your trip, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • Cancel 60 days or more prior to departure = loss of deposit, though your deposit can be transferred if you choose a different destination and departure date.
  • Cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss of payments made.
  • Cancel within 30 days of departure = 100% loss of payments made.

To book an NEA Adventures trip, visit the NEA Adventures page and log in to see the contact information.

Quick facts

  • More than 1,500 NEA members helped design NEA Adventures. We asked for feedback on locations that members would most want to visit, which helped us determine the list of destinations.
  • Each trip is exclusively offered to NEA members and their guests.
  • Tours are kept small, with a maximum of 16 people.
  • Solo travelers are welcome. Room-sharing options are available. We’ll be happy to pair you with another NEA member, allowing you to meet new people and save money.
  • Complimentary travel insurance is included in trip prices.
  • Airfare is not included, but can be purchased once the tour departure is confirmed.
  • NEA members and their guests can make monthly payments toward their trip cost, with final payment due 60 days before departure.

Most importantly, have a great time! Each trip promises not only lots of adventures but also experiences and memories you can share with your students.

Book your adventure today