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2016-2017 Homecoming Voyage: December 28, 2016 - January 1, 2017


In-Country Programs

As a part of the Homecoming Voyage experience, Semester at Sea will offer a number of Field Program experiences. Experiential learning and cultural connection are at the heart of SAS Field programming. Every program is designed with our participants in mind to provide a unique experience that brings each destination to life.

View In-Country Programs by scrolling down the page.

Pre-registration for programs has closed.
Please register on the ship prior to December 29 at 11:00.
Thank you!

Please Note: Program times are subject to change. Tips are NOT included in the price of the tour.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: In selling tickets or otherwise making arrangements for in-country programs (including transportation, shore side accommodations and meals); the Institute of Shipboard Education (I.S.E.) acts only as an agent for others who provide such services as independent contractors. All participants accepting or using tickets or other arrangements for such services shall be deemed to agree and consent that I.S.E. shall not be liable or responsible in any way for any loss, death, injury, or illness to person or loss, theft or damage to personal property arising from or in connection with such services. I.S.E. shall not be responsible for cancellation of in-country programs for reasons beyond its control and in such event, at its option, may refund the purchase price.


Hop on an air conditioned bus for this scenic and fun-filled four hour tour. Your tour guide will provide a brief history of the area in between exciting stops including the picturesque Plaza Civica and the elegant Rivera Pacifico. The highlight of the tour is a 25-mile drive south along the Baja California countryside to the scenic Punta Banda area with the spectacular Blowhole called “La Bufadora,” a natural sea spout. In addition to witnessing the beauty of La Bufadora, you will have a great time enjoying the flavor of Mexico in an open-air market, which has a wide selection of national art. The afternoon will conclude with a visit to Ensenada’s main shopping district that offers everything from Mexican handcrafts to imported merchandise. Enjoy lunch on your own in the market or you may choose to return to the ship.

Time                                            Price

Depart: Dec. 30 10:00                        Adult: $29
Return: Dec. 30 14:00                        Child: $17



Located just a few miles northeast of Ensenada and about 850 feet above sea level, lies the Calafia Valley, home of L.A. Cetto and La Casa de Doña Lupe vineyards. This remote region of the Baja Peninsula is widely recognized as the best area in Mexico for growing the largest variety of grapes for the production of quality wines. L.A. Cetto and La Casa de Doña Lupe are much respected for their expertise in the production of wines and organic products. The drive from the port to the first winery in Guadalupe Valley will take about 45 minutes. Your tour guide will relate the history of Ensenada and the Baja area and explain local customs and traditions. Upon arrival to each of the wineries you will be given a 20-minute tour on the process of the crushing of grapes, fermentation, pressing, aging, and bottling. After the tour, you will taste their selected wines, served with assorted cheese, biscuits, baked goods, and delicious jams.

Please note that you may not bring wine back to the ship.

During the day, participants will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Please note: Minors (under 18) will be allowed into the facilities to do the wine processing tour but will not be allowed in the tasting room.

Time                                            Price

Depart: Dec. 30 10:00                        Adult: $45
Return: Dec. 30 16:00                        Child: $25


This tour offers a brief, yet, comprehensive look at Ensenada and includes a drive through the residential and commercial areas of the city.  The tour stops at Plaza Civica, where 12-foot high busts of notable Mexican heroes sit.  Next, the tour will visit the Riviera del Pacifico, a glamorous resort and casino in the Roaring 1920’s. It is renowned for its Mexican architecture and famous clientele, including Douglas Fairbanks and Al Capone.  A complimentary margarita is served to you as you enjoy the splendid surroundings.  You will then stop at the oldest running winery in Mexico, Bodegas de Santo Tomas.  The tour of the winery and wine tasting are included in the tour price.  You will then proceed to Ensenada’s main shopping district where you will find a wide variety of Mexican handicrafts and imported merchandise.  You will have one hour to shop before returning to the ship.

Time                                            Price

Depart: Dec. 30 10:00                        Adult: $29
Return: Dec. 30 13:00                        Child: $12


This guided tour includes a one and a half hour horseback ride and an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Baja area. Along your ride, marvel at magnificent views of Salsipuedes Bay, Todos Santos Island and the Gold Coast. The meandering trail will wind through the hill of San Miguel where the Kumiai Indians once resided. You will once again be delighted by the breathtaking views of the Gold Coast upon your return along the San Miguel Trail, where refreshments will be made available.

Please note: Participants must be at least 10 years old and have a minimum height of 4ft 7in. 225 lbs weight limit.

Time                                            Price

Depart: Dec. 30 14:00                        Adult: $55
Return: Dec. 30 17:00                        Child: $29.50

Minimum: 10 guests
Maximum: 25 guests


Channel your inner National Geographic explorer on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.  Catch a glimpse of the majestic  gray whales as they complete their 16,000 mile journey  from the Arctic to the lagoons and bays of the Peninsula of Baja California to breed and take refuge from the cold waters. You will have transportation to the whale watching boat near the port. From there, enjoy a two-hour exploration searching for close encounters with the world’s largest mammals.

Please note: As whales are wild animals, sightings are not guaranteed.

Time                                            Price

Depart: Dec. 30 12:00                       Adult: $59
Return: Dec. 30 16:00                       Child: $29.50

Minimum: 6 guests
Maximum: 14 guests