Mediterranean

Transatlantic Crossing, Blue Water Sailing, College Credit in Student Leadership

We’ve been crossing oceans aboard our 112-ft modern schooner S/Y Argo since her launch in 2006 and she’s already circumnavigated the world five times, but this summer is your opportunity to do something truly remarkable and sail across the Atlantic Ocean.

S/Y Argo operates year-round under our Seamester Gap Year & Study Abroad voyages banner, however, this summer ActionQuest students get the opportunity to takeover!

It all starts in June when we depart from Antigua bound for the historic city of Rome via the Azores, Gibraltar, and Spain. By necessity, this program will substitute shore time for sea miles as we’ll be covering 4,500 plus miles over the course of the trip. Voyage emphasis? Real-life leadership training with the academic credit to prove it mixed with bluewater sailing, and lots of it! Crewing a yacht on a transatlantic voyage is not something many can say they have achieved. As a team, your sense of accomplishment will be profound, and as an individual, the experience will set you apart. The skills you’ll develop and challenges you’ll overcome are uncommon. Not only a perfect subject for any job interview or college resume, but the experience you will gain on this voyage will have a lasting effect long after you have departed the vessel. After all, we are the sum of our experiences and this one will be remarkable.

*This adventure offers both a 40-day and a 50-day version. For those that need to get back home to start school, the 40-day version will have those students end their adventure in Barcelona, while the remaining 50-day students will sail the Mediterranean and finish theirs in Rome.

  • Appropriate Age

    16-20

  • Students & Staff

    26 students & 7 professional staff

  • Vessel Type

    S/Y Argo, 112ft. Schooner

  • College Credit

    3 Credits - Student Leadership Development

Session 1 Jun 26 - Aug 14
Days 50 Availability Waitlist Tuition $11,970
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Activities

Basic Sailing
Advanced Sailing
Island Exploration

The Adventure

It all starts here

Watch For Yourself

While S/Y Argo usually sails under our Seamester Gap Year & Study Abroad flag, this summer ActionQuest gets to take her for a spin! Watch the video above to see for yourself what you could be in for.

ARRIVING TO ACTIONQUEST & S/Y ARGO IN ANTIGUA

Your adventure begins! ActionQuest’s professional staff will meet you with a large sign right in the Antigua airport. From there they will assist with the beautiful ferry ride to where our 112. ft. schoolship S/Y Argo awaits you in the historic Nelsons Dockyard. Once aboard, you will go through the formal check-in process and make your way to your new comfortable and clean floating home.

Students then get to spend the rest of the first day of this epic Transatlantic voyage preparing for life aboard and getting to know one another while the sun sets behind the dock.

 

Voyage Itinerary

Crossing the Atlantic

Entering the open ocean can be daunting but once life at sea starts to become your new normal, after you’ve gone through your station drills, man overboard scenarios, fire drills etc. – it will be time to put your new skills to the test on this transoceanic passage. From here on out, the time at sea outweighs the time on land. You’ll cross the prime meridian, experience time slowing down, navigate the tradewinds and make the currents work for you as you learn to soak in passage life. Make no mistake, as a student aboard S/Y Argo you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship sail. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its intended destination.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
The Caribbean Antigua
Atlantic The Azores (Portugal)
Mediterranean Gibraltar (UK), Barcelona (Spain), Corsica (France), Rome (Italy)
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
Learning The Ropes

Transatlantic Itinerary

Learning The Ropes

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all voyages on Argo, the first 5 days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

We will spend our days in Antigua going out for day sails which will provide the perfect playground for sail drills and applying the theory of sailing. During the first week, you’ll also have your first discussions for the seamanship class.

A Typical Day…

There’s no such thing!

The only thing that’s typical about a day living aboard a traditional sailing vessel while crossing the Atlantic is that it’s going to be anything but typical!

While living aboard you’ll be involved in every aspect of running Argo.  Whether standing watch at 2 AM under a blanket of stars, monitoring the ship’s systems, or planning, provisioning and cooking the meals for your team, by the end of the experience you’ll feel the accomplishment of knowing that you played a big part in the success of the expedition.

Antigua
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Antigua

Your adventure begins at the very British, Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua.  This is one of the world’s only fully restored Victorian-era dockyards, which provides an amazing backdrop to your time spent in Antigua.  While here, you’ll walk the historic ramparts of English Harbor and swim the crystal blue waters while anchored outside of Green Island.

> Next stop: The Azores
Azores
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

The Azores

After a 3,000 nautical mile passage, the volcanic hills of the Azores will be a sight for sore legs to you and your crewmates. Crepes, cafes, and snacks galore will be burned off easily with a few days exploring the natural wonders of this remote archipelago. Soak it all in while you can because as quickly as you arrived, you’ll be back out at sea.

>Next stop: Gibraltar
Gibraltar
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Gibralter

The iconic hillsides of this minute territory are almost as captivating a sight as the notorious monkeys that reside there. While climbing, be sure not to take your eyes away from either. This pint-sized peninsula packs a wealth of experiences in the form of elaborate cave systems, UK culture, and cathedral-sized caverns. You and your crew will spend a couple days saying hello to mainland Europe on the gateway to the Mediterranean.

>Next stop: Barcelona
Barcelona
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Barcelona

Visit the historic streets of one of Europes most vibrant and artistc cities. Tour the Sagrada Familia, Arc del Triompf, art gardens, parks and fountains. Stroll through the famous open market area of La Rambla and smell and taste your way through Catalan quisine. Barcelona is a magical city which you won’t soon forget.

>Next stop: Corsica & Sardinia
Sardinia
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Corsica & Sardinia

Though Corsica and Sardinia are technically parts of France and Italy respectively – these islands provide a very different feel from their mainland counterparts and are diverse enough to be continents in their own right. Visit the birthplace of the Argonauts and the place of Nelson’s legendary navigation. You’ll continue your dive studies and navigate Argo through the steep cliffs that have provided mariners with shelter for millennia.

>Next stop: Rome
Rome
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Rome

Though we will park our beautiful floating home S/Y Argo in the port town of Civitavecchia, we will spend our days wandering one of the western worlds most historic cities… Rome! While in Rome we will take a guided tour that lets us walk the footsteps of gladiators at the Coliseum, stare at one of the homes of a world religion at the Vatican, see relics of old Roman pagan gods at the Pantheon, and finally visit the stones of the original Roman Forum. So much history packed into one city!

>Next stop: Home!
DSCN1062 1

Time to Say Goodbye

There’s always a mix of emotions on departure day. The excitement to go home is always overwhelmed by the realization that the Adventure is over and that it’s time to say goodbye to the people you’ve grown so close to over the last few weeks. Day 1 will simultaneously seem like the day before and a lifetime ago as you and your crew depart to the airport for the last leg of your journey together.

“Today it all came to an end… or did it? True, our time on Argo crew members is over. The bags are packed, the tickets have been bought, and everyone is off to either continue traveling for a bit, or back home to get ready for the next school year. Yet it is also true that we are all parting ways knowing people with whom we’ve likely spent more time with than some of our relatives or classmates at home. We are parting with experiences that only we, as a crew will be able to recollect and relate to -and through it all, we’ve all grown. No, this isn’t the end, rather, as cheesy as it might sound, it’s the beginning. It’s the beginning of a lifetime of adventures, new experiences and chances to see familiar faces again and again. We didn’t say goodbye to each other today. We said ‘see you later.’ With this we close, but as I said, we’ll see you again sometime!”

Kim t. /

Watch For Yourself

While S/Y Argo usually sails under our Seamester Gap Year & Study Abroad flag, this summer ActionQuest gets to take her for a spin! Watch the video above to see for yourself what you could be in for.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
The Caribbean Antigua
Atlantic The Azores (Portugal)
Mediterranean Gibraltar (UK), Barcelona (Spain), Corsica (France), Rome (Italy)
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.

ARRIVING TO ACTIONQUEST & S/Y ARGO IN ANTIGUA

Your adventure begins! ActionQuest’s professional staff will meet you with a large sign right in the Antigua airport. From there they will assist with the beautiful ferry ride to where our 112. ft. schoolship S/Y Argo awaits you in the historic Nelsons Dockyard. Once aboard, you will go through the formal check-in process and make your way to your new comfortable and clean floating home.

Students then get to spend the rest of the first day of this epic Transatlantic voyage preparing for life aboard and getting to know one another while the sun sets behind the dock.

 

Learning The Ropes

Transatlantic Itinerary

Learning The Ropes

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all voyages on Argo, the first 5 days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

We will spend our days in Antigua going out for day sails which will provide the perfect playground for sail drills and applying the theory of sailing. During the first week, you’ll also have your first discussions for the seamanship class.

A Typical Day…

There’s no such thing!

The only thing that’s typical about a day living aboard a traditional sailing vessel while crossing the Atlantic is that it’s going to be anything but typical!

While living aboard you’ll be involved in every aspect of running Argo.  Whether standing watch at 2 AM under a blanket of stars, monitoring the ship’s systems, or planning, provisioning and cooking the meals for your team, by the end of the experience you’ll feel the accomplishment of knowing that you played a big part in the success of the expedition.

Voyage Itinerary

Crossing the Atlantic

Entering the open ocean can be daunting but once life at sea starts to become your new normal, after you’ve gone through your station drills, man overboard scenarios, fire drills etc. – it will be time to put your new skills to the test on this transoceanic passage. From here on out, the time at sea outweighs the time on land. You’ll cross the prime meridian, experience time slowing down, navigate the tradewinds and make the currents work for you as you learn to soak in passage life. Make no mistake, as a student aboard S/Y Argo you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship sail. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its intended destination.

Antigua
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Antigua

Your adventure begins at the very British, Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua.  This is one of the world’s only fully restored Victorian-era dockyards, which provides an amazing backdrop to your time spent in Antigua.  While here, you’ll walk the historic ramparts of English Harbor and swim the crystal blue waters while anchored outside of Green Island.

> Next stop: The Azores
Azores
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

The Azores

After a 3,000 nautical mile passage, the volcanic hills of the Azores will be a sight for sore legs to you and your crewmates. Crepes, cafes, and snacks galore will be burned off easily with a few days exploring the natural wonders of this remote archipelago. Soak it all in while you can because as quickly as you arrived, you’ll be back out at sea.

>Next stop: Gibraltar
Gibraltar
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Gibralter

The iconic hillsides of this minute territory are almost as captivating a sight as the notorious monkeys that reside there. While climbing, be sure not to take your eyes away from either. This pint-sized peninsula packs a wealth of experiences in the form of elaborate cave systems, UK culture, and cathedral-sized caverns. You and your crew will spend a couple days saying hello to mainland Europe on the gateway to the Mediterranean.

>Next stop: Barcelona
Barcelona
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Barcelona

Visit the historic streets of one of Europes most vibrant and artistc cities. Tour the Sagrada Familia, Arc del Triompf, art gardens, parks and fountains. Stroll through the famous open market area of La Rambla and smell and taste your way through Catalan quisine. Barcelona is a magical city which you won’t soon forget.

>Next stop: Corsica & Sardinia
Sardinia
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Corsica & Sardinia

Though Corsica and Sardinia are technically parts of France and Italy respectively – these islands provide a very different feel from their mainland counterparts and are diverse enough to be continents in their own right. Visit the birthplace of the Argonauts and the place of Nelson’s legendary navigation. You’ll continue your dive studies and navigate Argo through the steep cliffs that have provided mariners with shelter for millennia.

>Next stop: Rome
Rome
Voyage Itinerary – Ports of Call

Rome

Though we will park our beautiful floating home S/Y Argo in the port town of Civitavecchia, we will spend our days wandering one of the western worlds most historic cities… Rome! While in Rome we will take a guided tour that lets us walk the footsteps of gladiators at the Coliseum, stare at one of the homes of a world religion at the Vatican, see relics of old Roman pagan gods at the Pantheon, and finally visit the stones of the original Roman Forum. So much history packed into one city!

>Next stop: Home!
DSCN1062 1

Time to Say Goodbye

There’s always a mix of emotions on departure day. The excitement to go home is always overwhelmed by the realization that the Adventure is over and that it’s time to say goodbye to the people you’ve grown so close to over the last few weeks. Day 1 will simultaneously seem like the day before and a lifetime ago as you and your crew depart to the airport for the last leg of your journey together.

“Today it all came to an end… or did it? True, our time on Argo crew members is over. The bags are packed, the tickets have been bought, and everyone is off to either continue traveling for a bit, or back home to get ready for the next school year. Yet it is also true that we are all parting ways knowing people with whom we’ve likely spent more time with than some of our relatives or classmates at home. We are parting with experiences that only we, as a crew will be able to recollect and relate to -and through it all, we’ve all grown. No, this isn’t the end, rather, as cheesy as it might sound, it’s the beginning. It’s the beginning of a lifetime of adventures, new experiences and chances to see familiar faces again and again. We didn’t say goodbye to each other today. We said ‘see you later.’ With this we close, but as I said, we’ll see you again sometime!”

Kim t. /

Need More Information?

Certifications

On top of all the other cultural exploration and epic ocean crossing during the TransAtlantic voyage, you’ll have the opportunity to earn these certifications:

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Sailing Certifications

  • IYT International Crew

    The IYT International Crew course is designed for students with limited previous experience, who are looking to become an active and competent crew member aboard a power or sailing yacht…
    Learn More >

  • AQ Advanced Sailing

    This is a certificate specially crafted by AQ and is designed for students with previous experience who wish to develop those skills needed to eventually take command of their own yacht…
    Learn More >

  • IYT VHF Radio

    The IYT VHF Radio Communications course is designed to ensure a thorough understanding of the entire spectrum of maritime radio communication…
    Learn More >

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3 College Credits - USF

  • Student Leadership Development

    The purpose of this course is to encourage students to carefully analyze their responsibilities and commitments in the context of leadership for the common good and for purposeful change. Students will come to understand the concept of relational leadership and how it differs from traditional leadership theories. The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. Students will also develop their own leadership potential through the completion of personal and leadership self-assessments, values exploration, and leadership skill applications through program activities.

Need to know

Is this adventure right for me?

The TransAtlantic is an epic sailing voyage that will take you from Antigua all the way to Rome, Italy. The main focus of this outdoor adventure camp is on cultural exploration and sail training. Over the 50-days, we visit over 5 different countries and each landfall provides a totally different experience, as the ports of call are as varied as the local traditions, currency or languages spoken. This voyage is a perfect outdoor summer adventure camp for those with limited or no previous experience in sailing as well as for more seasoned sailors looking to do advanced sailing. For all students signing aboard, this voyage has a strong expeditionary feel. Onshore, we’ll visit the islands, explore the towns, cook out on the white sand beaches and hike to the top of some of the tallest mountains.

How many people go on this adventure?

This Transatlantic voyage is one of our most exclusive programs, by nature of their being a very finite number of spaces available. On this summer camp, you’ll sail aboard our 112 ft. schooner S/Y Argo alongside 26 students and 6 professional staff. It’s quite the adventure sailing on a traditionally rigged schooner, where you can get to know each of your fellow students and staff from all over the world.

What type of boat will I be on?

This voyage takes place aboard our very own sail training vessel S/Y Argo.

Completed in 2006, Argo is an expertly designed 112-ft two-masted staystail schooner with room for 26 students and 7 staff.

Argo was designed and built to circumnavigate the world on our sailing adventures. This means that every sailing camp she embarks upon, a fresh batch of students face the challenge of spending many days or weeks at sea while crossing one of the world’s oceans. For those looking for a genuine blue water experience, then Argo is the perfect vessel.

When we built Argo we did so with safety, dependability and ‘trainability’ in mind. We often refer to her as a “Big, Little Boat” meaning that we designed her systems in such a way that they are easy for students to understand and operate. Since our goal is to have students quickly reach the point where they are running the vessel, trainability is an important factor

Learn more about our vessels

Who will be my staff?

AQ is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff includes professional maritime captains, professional PADI dive instructors, and medical professionals.  Above all, we hire responsible and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented, and passionate individuals with a devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

Learn more about the team

What's the food like?

At AQ, we strive to provide meals that meet the fundamental needs of all members of our team, yet when considering our experience, it is important to remember that there are natural limitations when provisioning in remote places and cooking for a large group on board a yacht.

We understand that each individual has personal preferences and that some students have specific dietary restrictions or limitations. While we strive to accommodate these as best we can, our meals maybe a little different from what you are used to at home. We design our menu around meals that are simple to prepare, quick to clean up, suit the majority of teenager’s palates, and deliver the calories needed for long, busy days on the water.

Mealtime is often a highlight of each day! Students prepare all of the meals with help from the staff using a combination of packaged and canned goods we import from the US and fresh produce we pick up locally about every four days. While we mostly eat all meals onboard the vessel, occasionally, students have the option to eat at a restaurant during shore time.

After enrollment, we ask families to inform us of all dietary restrictions and allergies. We can accommodate vegetarians, and vegans, as well as those with various food allergies. However, if you have a severe allergy or specific dietary expectations, please call our office before enrolling.

Sample Menu Download

What do I need to bring?

Given that all students will be living aboard a sailboat for the duration of this outdoor adventure camp, we recommend that you keep things simple and avoid over packing. Students are given the opportunity to do laundry once in the middle of the trip, so there’s no need to pack several weeks’ worth of clothing.

Our hope is that families will have minimal purchases prior to the trip, so we’ve compiled our packing lists in a way that you’ll find most of what you need in your closet at home. Around mid to late March, we make available our Pre-Trip Packet to enrolled students, which contains a detailed packing list for this year’s adventures.

Nitty Gritty

Flights

Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to Antigua and from either Barcelona or Rome, is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator:

Leah Hernandez – AQ Travel Coordinator
Tel: +1.281.528.7727
Toll Free: 800.329.9000
Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

How do we get there?

All students must arrive on day 1 in Antigua, airport code (ANU).  There is no specific time that students need to arrive as the vessel will be there all day awaiting students.

Does AQ provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary.

Looking for more detailed information on travel?

Visit the travel page

Tuition

AQ Tuition Covers the following:

  • All accommodation and group meals once the adventure is underway
  • Vessel charter and related government fees
  • Staff, local guides, and tips
  • The use of all sailing, and water sports equipment (except for wetsuits, if needed)
  • Sailing certification costs

Not included in the AQ tuition:

  • Travel expenses from home to the program start location in the Antigua – flights, taxi, baggage, taxes, visas, etc. (est. $140)
  • Required emergency evacuation insurance & International SOS Membership (est. $75). LEARN MORE >
  • Medical insurance, and optional trip cancellation insurance
  • Spending money for souvenirs, drinks/meals ashore – We recommend $300 – $350.
  • Emergency money for unanticipated events such as doctors visits etc. – We ask that all students bring $300, which is held by staff and returned at the end of the program.

Discounts and Savings

  • A one-time total tuition fee deduction of 5% is granted for any two adventures or for two or more students from the same family.
  • Any two consecutive programs may be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between programs, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each program and subtracting the 5% extended course discount. (This discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program GoBeyond.) ActionQuest and/or GoBeyond enrollment for any two programs in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Travel Docs & Vaccinations

Travel Docs & Visas

All students traveling to Antigua need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Rome. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas.

Vaccinations

For visiting the Antigua and the Mediterranean, the CDC recommends that all travelers are up-to-date on routine vaccinations that most of us had as children (measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine.

That said, we understand that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, AQ does not supply medical advice. For this reason, we recommend that all families refer back to the expertise of the CDC from time to time.

Itinerary

Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our adventures don’t change, specific logistics evolve as we get closer to the summer and then day by day based on weather. The animated map along with the adventure overview portions on this page should give all families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the voyage. We also suggest looking through previous Trip Logs for a more detailed travel log created by the students.

With this in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment”. Traveling by boat requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take any bumps in your stride, and enjoy the adventure!

Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to Antigua and from either Barcelona or Rome, is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator:

Leah Hernandez – AQ Travel Coordinator
Tel: +1.281.528.7727
Toll Free: 800.329.9000
Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

How do we get there?

All students must arrive on day 1 in Antigua, airport code (ANU).  There is no specific time that students need to arrive as the vessel will be there all day awaiting students.

Does AQ provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary.

Looking for more detailed information on travel?

Visit the travel page

AQ Tuition Covers the following:

  • All accommodation and group meals once the adventure is underway
  • Vessel charter and related government fees
  • Staff, local guides, and tips
  • The use of all sailing, and water sports equipment (except for wetsuits, if needed)
  • Sailing certification costs

Not included in the AQ tuition:

  • Travel expenses from home to the program start location in the Antigua – flights, taxi, baggage, taxes, visas, etc. (est. $140)
  • Required emergency evacuation insurance & International SOS Membership (est. $75). LEARN MORE >
  • Medical insurance, and optional trip cancellation insurance
  • Spending money for souvenirs, drinks/meals ashore – We recommend $300 – $350.
  • Emergency money for unanticipated events such as doctors visits etc. – We ask that all students bring $300, which is held by staff and returned at the end of the program.

Discounts and Savings

  • A one-time total tuition fee deduction of 5% is granted for any two adventures or for two or more students from the same family.
  • Any two consecutive programs may be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between programs, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each program and subtracting the 5% extended course discount. (This discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program GoBeyond.) ActionQuest and/or GoBeyond enrollment for any two programs in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Travel Docs & Visas

All students traveling to Antigua need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Rome. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas.

Vaccinations

For visiting the Antigua and the Mediterranean, the CDC recommends that all travelers are up-to-date on routine vaccinations that most of us had as children (measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine.

That said, we understand that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, AQ does not supply medical advice. For this reason, we recommend that all families refer back to the expertise of the CDC from time to time.

Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our adventures don’t change, specific logistics evolve as we get closer to the summer and then day by day based on weather. The animated map along with the adventure overview portions on this page should give all families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the voyage. We also suggest looking through previous Trip Logs for a more detailed travel log created by the students.

With this in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment”. Traveling by boat requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take any bumps in your stride, and enjoy the adventure!