The Ultimate Team Bonding Experience

Team and Group Tours with AIST

The Ultimate Team Bonding Experience!

Team and Group Tours with AIST

AIST specializes in putting together first class tours customized to the needs of your group. Our staff is capable of planning a unique athletic and cultural experience for your team by playing in superb sport centers and against some of the best international competition available. Our contacts and travel partners abroad allow us to fully meet even the most difficult requests, so you can see places and enjoy things that most other travelers won’t get to experience.

The best in service and quality!

Traveling with AIST means having at your disposal a team of experts that understand your sport needs. We can provide the best suggestions on how to organize your tour, where and when to play, and against which teams. We can also arrange for you to use athletic facilities and provide top level coaches for training sessions if you would like. This exciting experience will give athletes a chance to really look at sports from a different perspective, and learn more about particular countries, their history, culture, language and current events.

We will arrange all of the details of the trip for you including flights, accommodations, sightseeing, transportation, meals, games and guides. To top it all off we will include an experience of a lifetime for you and your group!

If you would like to request a custom tour package from AIST please go to Team Trip Request tab and fill out the form.  The form will give us an opportunity to give you an accurate quote and customize the tour to your budget and estimated group size.

 

 

Standard Tour Inclusions

  • Round trip airfare from an airport of your choice – Airfares quoted separately and usually available 330 days prior to your return date
  • Accommodations: Standard on most AIST tours will be 3 star superior and 4 star hotels – For budget tours we have options for hostels and university accommodations on some tours – 4 and 5 star hotels centrally located are also available if your budget will allow for it
  • Breakfast every day and dinner daily – options for 3 meals per day can be accommodated for if you prefer
  • Exhibition games and practice as needed – We recommend 2-3 games and 1-2 practices for 10-12 day tours.  However we can accommodate your team with additional games and practices if your group prefers.  Trainings with professional coaches are also available on some tours depending on the sport.
  • Sightseeing and excursion – We will include the most popular as well as some adventure with most tours – In addition, we can suggest or accommodate any requests you may have regarding tours and excursions
  • All Airport transfers and transportation to scheduled activities – Most tours you will have a full time private executive coach bus and driver with you through out your tour.
  • Professional multi-lingual tour manager available daily throughout your tour
  • AIST staff member to assist your group available on most tours
  • Amazing sightseeing excursions
  • Authentic cultural experience
  • Educational guided tours
  • Free time to explore on your own
  • Travel with the safety of your group
  • Experiences that last a lifetime

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Fuel Surcharges – Fees only provided by airlines 1 month prior to departure
  • Connecting airfare to meet group for international flight
  • Drinks with dinners
  • Tips for drivers and guides – Customarily $25-35 in total
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Extra baggage fees
  • Passport fees
  • Laundry
  • Photos/videos/live stream
  • All services for passengers NOT booked with AIST
  • Everything not listed in inclusions

Sample Itineraries

View sample Itineraries and explore destinations of interest by going to our sample itineraries link:   www.aist.us/sample-itineraries

Team Trip Request Form

If you are interested in getting a price quote and sample itinerary for a custom team tour, please fill out this form.   NO Commitment necessary!  This is a free service from AIST.  We’ll provide you with estimated costs based on the information you provide us.

Benefits of traveling abroad with AIST

We know you have several options to choose from when planning your international team trip. Here are a few reasons to consider AIST over other companies:

  • Attention To Detail – International trips require a lot of planning to run smoothly. We strive to have everything run perfectly while on tour. We are able to handle any changes or problems while keeping the integrity of your trip so that your team can enjoy their experience with no stress.
  • Honesty – When comparing your quotes and itineraries between AIST and other companies, please remember that we are not hiding anything. Nothing will be added later that isn’t explained clearly on our proposals. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples as we believe that the price of our tours is a better value than any of our competitors.
  • Quality – AIST maximizes your dollar by providing you with a very high level of service and quality before, during and after your tour. We want you to be comfortable throughout your experience with AIST. We do our best to provide the highest quality of hotels, transportation. food and service while on tour.
  • Leadership – Through its leadership and key industry alliances, AIST is one of the sports travel industry’s most influential sports travel organization. With partnerships in North. South and Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia, UK and Africa, AIST can provide you with everything your team desires. A local tour guide for language barriers and answering questions you may have about the areas you are traveling in. In addition, an AIST Tour manager to handle problems that may arise so you can continue to enjoy your tour.
  • Fun – Amazing sightseeing excursions and activities paired with your sport.
  • Team Unity – Nothing builds unity in a team like an international team trip! Learning about your teammates on tour is a great way to help your team come together and prepare for an upcoming season. Over the years we have learned that people change mainly for the better while on tour. These kinds of cultural experiences open peoples minds making them better people and more coachable!
  • Flexibility – Custom designed for your team to incorporate the things you want to do on tour.
  • Passion – We boast an experienced and dedicated Groups Department that has the knowledge, passion, and skill to provide your group with all the necessary elements to create a trip of a lifetime. Our friendly staff is available to assist you, whatever your needs may be. Let our passion for International travel create that life lasting memory for you and your team.
  • Professionalism – In a rapidly changing and competitive sports travel industry, American International Sports Teams (AIST) can provide travel professionals with a necessary global perspective through in-depth coverage of every aspect of travel, including airline, destination, hotel and ground tour operator.

Who's Traveled with AIST

  • Davidson College – Volleyball – Spain/France 2020 2021
  • Indiana State University – Volleyball – Italy Tour 2020 2021 2022
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay – Volleyball – Italy Tour 2020 2021 2022
  • Tsunami Club – Soccer – Costa Rica Tour 2020 2021 2022
  • Kennesaw State University – Lacrosse – England/France Tour 2020  2021
  • Lynchburg University – Field Hockey – Portugal/Spain Tour 2020 2021
  • University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse – Volleyball – Italy Tour 2020 2021 2022
  • University of Virginia – College at Wise – Lacrosse – Portugal/Spain Tour 2020 2021
  • Luther College – Softball – Dominican Republic January 2020
  • Augustana College – Softball – Brazil Winter Tour 2019
  • Augustana College  – Women’s Volleyball – Brazil 2019-2020 New Year tour
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Volleyball – Greece 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Volleyball – Tour of Europe 2019
  • East Stroudsburg University Women’s Lacrosse – Germany / Czech Republic 2019
  • Michigan Tech University Women’s Basketball – Dominican Republic 2019
  • Arkansas State University Volleyball – Italy 2018
  • Valparaiso University Volleyball – Costa Rica 2018
  • Salisbury University Field Hockey – Holland / Belgium 2018
  • PSAC Conference Women’s Volleyball All-Star Tour- Dominican Republic 2018
  • Lawrence University Men’s Ice Hockey – Sweden / Finland 2018
  • Amherst College Men’s Basketball – Greece / Italy 2018
  • University of Rochester Men’s Basketball – Italy 2018
  • Northwood University Women’s Basketball – Dominican Republic 2018
  • Lakeland University Volleyball – Dominican Republic 2018
  • DePauw University Softball – Australia 2018
  • South Dakota State University Women’s Volleyball – Italy 2018
  • College of St. Benedict Softball – Munich-Vienna-Prague 2018
  • Gustavus Adolphus College Women’s Basketball – Spain-Portugal 2018
  • High School Select Softball Team from Long Island – Italy 2018
  • High School Select Softball Team from Florida – Italy 2018
  • Lee University Softball – Dominican Republic Tour 2017
  • University of Chicago Softball – Australia 2017
  • Arkansas Tech University Women’s Volleyball – Italy 2017
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Women’s Basketball – Costa Rica 2017
  • St. Michael-Albertville High School Women’s Basketball – Costa Rica 2017
  • Dolphins Down Under Tour – HS and College Mixed team from NY – Australia
  • Havoc Softball (NY) – Hawaii 2017
  • Washington and Lee University Men’s Basketball – Adam Hutchinson – Italy Tour 2016
  • Johns Hopkins University Field Hockey – Brazil 2016
  • Lynchburg College Women’s Field Hockey – Enza Steele – Prague, Vienna and Munich Tour 2016
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire – Women’s Volleyball – Kim Wudi – Amsterdam, Antwerp and Paris 2016
  • Davidson College Women’s Lax – Kim Wayne – Scotland and Ireland Tour 2016
  • Davidson College Volleyball – Chris Willis – Italy Tour 2016
  • Amherst College Men’s Basketball – David Hixon – Italy Tour 2015
  • Salisbury University Field Hockey – Dawn Chamberlin – Ireland, Scotland and England 2014
  • Augustana College Softball – Kris Kistler – Dominican Republic 2014
  • Roger Williams University Women’s Basketball– Kelly Thompson – Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy 2013
  • University of Chicago Softball– Ruth Kmak – Italy, Spain 2013
  • Augustana Volleyball Women’s Volleyball – Jamie Walters – Dominican Republic 2013
  • Johns Hopkins University Field Hockey – Megan Fraser – New Zealand 2013
  • Davidson College Women’s Lax – Kim Wayne – Italy, Germany, Switzerland 2012
  • Colgate University Women’s Lax – Heather Young – Italy 2012
  • Berry College Softball– Cori Thiermann – Dominican Republic
  • Augustana College Softball – Kris Kistler – Australia
  • Johns Hopkins University Field Hockey – Megan Fraser – 3 tours – Italy and Argentina –
  • Salisbury University Field Hockey – Dawn Chamberlin – 3 tours – Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Italy
  • Johns Hopkins University Women’s Lax – Janine Tucker – Italy
  • University of Chicago Softball – Ruth Kmak – Holland, Belgium, Germany
  • Washington College Men’s Lacrosse – JB Clarke – Ireland and England
  • Stonehill College Men’s Basketball – David McLaughlin – Italy, Ireland
  • Stonehill College Women’s Basketball – Trisha Brown – Italy, Ireland
  • Christopher Newport University Field Hockey – Carrie Moura – Dominican Republic
  • William Patterson University – Lindsey Bard – Dominican Republic
  • Spring Hill College Baseball – Frank Sims – Czech Republic and Holland
  • Spring Hill College Softball – Allison Cook-Sellers – Czech Republic, Holland and Dominican Republic
  • Capital University Softball – Nan Payne – Costa Rica
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering – Brian Miller – Dominican Republic
  • Hendrix College Women’s Basketball – Italy

Fans, Friends and Family

Fans, Friends and Family are welcome to join your tour.  We have options for them to join your group through out the tour or keeping a separate package where they will have their own bus and tours separate from the team.

We can provide a fan package with cost which will allow the group to have their own tours and transportation and in some cases we can keep them in separate hotels away from the team if that is your preference.

Keep in mind that these tours are catered to the athletes and we will schedule everything around the games and the teams needs.

We encourage the support of friends and family and it can help to bring the overall cost down for the team based on the size of the group.

Cost for Fans, Friends and Family

A cost will be quoted for fans, friends and family depending on the tour or group.  Cost is based on group size and room sizes.

Room Sizes

Room sizes are subject to availability.  It will be up to coaches if they will allow players to room with family.  Room sizes are billed per person not per room.  Single rooms will require additional fees than double or triple rooms.  In some cases 4 in a room is a possibility but this is very rare in most European cities.  It will depend on the accommodations selected.

For additional information on friends and family traveling go to: www.aist.us/ff-travel

Special arrangements can be made for you to meet the group if you do not want to stay for the entire trip. If you have interest in joining our group please call 816.256.3828 or email us at info@aist.us to confirm we have availability.

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AIST recommends that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. With sports, you are subject to injury which could force you to cancel your tour. Having travel insurance is one way to protect your investment.

AIST has a very strict cancellation policy and refunds are difficult to come by. We do the best we can to help but we encourage you to look into purchasing travel insurance.

*AIST does not sell insurance and is no way affiliated with any insurance claims. Claims will need to be made directly with the company you purchase the insurance through.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other costs should I be aware of?

We do our best make sure everyone knows what they will spend on tour. Our packages are all inclusive with the exception of the following:

Connecting Airfare – If you require a flight to get to our gateway city for departure – The gateway airport will usually be a nearby airport selected by the group.

Airline Fuel Surcharges – This fee is imposed by the airlines if fuel prices are higher at the time of ticketing 2-3 months prior to departure (it can be anywhere from $0 – $200 depending on the airline and fuel prices)

Additional Sightseeing – There may be some entrance fees to additional sightseeing options not included on your itinerary

Tip Money and Additional Spending Money – It’s important to bring tip money for your bus drivers and tour guides, about $20-30 in total for an 11 day tour. We recommend bringing an additional $35-$45 per day to cover additional expenses on most tours

Personal Travel Insurance – We recommend purchasing travel insurance as it is not included in the tour.  Find out more about travel insurance at www.aist.us/travel-insuranceAIST does not sell personal travel insurance.

How many games or practices do you recommend?

For a 10 day tour we would recommend 0-1 practices and 2-3 games.  If you over do the games and the practices you’ll find that the group will not benefit as much from the tour experience and learning about each other.  NCAA rules allows 10 additional practices prior to your departure.  We would recommend taking advantage of that time for practices and enjoy the sites and excursions with your team while traveling abroad.  2-3 games is typically a good amount but if you would prefer more we can make it happen.

Terms and Conditions

Please review the Terms and Conditions. You must agree to these terms and conditions before you can travel.

It’s very important that you understand the cancellation policy. We have to follow a very strict cancellation policy due to the contracts with our suppliers. In addition, it’s important that we keep the team together by recruiting players who will stand by their commitment to represent the USA with an AIST team.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

The initial deposit at time of registration is non-refundable unless otherwise stated. There are no exceptions for the cancellation fee. Please make sure you understand the commitment you are making prior to putting in your deposit.

A cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total trip cost (land and air) will be assessed for cancellations between 130 and 110 days prior to departure. A cancellation fee equal to 75% of the total trip cost (land and air) will be assessed for cancellations between 109 and 60 days prior to departure. Cancellations made within 59 days of departure will receive no refund. All cancellations must be confirmed by e-mail to AIST at info@aist.us. AIST will do their best to eliminate cancellation fees when possible however, this is dependent upon our suppliers and the timing of your cancellation of the tour.

We recommend trip insurance.

If AIST cancels a tour due to lack of interest, all passengers will receive a full refund for money received.

Airline Tickets:

All airline tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. We must have correct and legal spelling of participant’s name as it reads on his or her passport. Responsibility for accuracy of the information given lies within the participant. Any name changes will incur a change fee of $350.