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The Best Baseball in the World: Life and the Great Game in the Dominican Republic

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Program #21667RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Baseball may be America’s pastime, but in the Dominican Republic, it’s a way of life. Dominican children begin learning the game as soon as they can walk and nearly all Major League Baseball teams have professional academies in the country. This adventure amid the Caribbean coastline, colonial architecture and hospitable people of Santo Domingo allows you to experience the game as a critical element of the Dominican identity, fascinating both baseball diehards and casual fans alike. Meet with a sports journalist and athletes in training who take you inside children’s and professional baseball academies. Along the way, local experts introduce the indigenous Taino people, Spanish conquistadors, slaves, pirates, dictators, heroes and rebels who all have played a part in Dominican history and lead discoveries of the places where tobacco, cocoa, sugar and rum are produced for export to the world.


• Learn from a sports journalist and broadcaster of baseball’s central role in Dominican cultural life and visit children’s and professional baseball academies to watch students preparing for the big leagues.
• Explore Santo Domingo’s colonial past among the blooming flowers and pastel colors of the old city and go inside the Vice-Royal Palace Alcazar De Colón, Ozama Fort and other important historical sites.
• Spend an evening on a progressive dinner, sampling local specialties in a series of restaurants in the historic center of Santo Domingo.

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Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Walking up to three miles on city streets, uneven terrain, cobblestones; standing during field trips; stairs in historic buildings.

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7 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances


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