Italy New Year's Tour

Volleyball Training - With Italian Professional Coaches

Italy New Year's Volleyball Tour

Volleyball Training - With Italian Professional Coaches

Tentative Travel Dates: December 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022


Bring in the New Year with a little volleyball and an incredible Italy winter experience!

The 2021 Italy New Year’s Volleyball Tour will be an opportunity for volleyball players of all ages to receive training from professional coaches in Italy.  In addition, families are welcome to make this a remarkable vacation with sightseeing and possible skiing excursions.  There may be a possibility for exhibition games vs. local club teams from Italy vs. our USA players depending on roster sizes and age groups. This will be an opportunity to combine your sport with a incredible family vacation.

Join AIST with confidence!

Due to Covid-19, we are offering some flexibility for our athletes. All payments received are fully refundable until August 1, 2021.  At that time, a $500 cancellation fee will be imposed.  


  1. Review all of the information below so you understand the commitment you are making
  2. Fill out the Registration Form 
  3. The AIST staff will reach out and inform you of your deadline to submit your deposit and finalize your place on the travel roster
  4. Submit your $500 deposit to guarantee your place on the roster

Tour Information

  • 3 training sessions with professional coaches and possible exhibition game
  • Possible stops in Lake Como, Milan, Bormio or Piani di Bobbio, Florence or Venice – Italy
  • 6 nights in 4 star hotel, breakfast and dinner daily

Tour Inclusions

  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • 6 nights in a 4 stars standard hotel in Como area
  • Full time bilingual (English/Italian) tour manager available  daily
  • Private deluxe coach bus available 8/9 hours daily
  • 2nd class round train ticket Milan Central – Venice S. Lucia 
  • Guided visit of Venice with local bilingual tour guide
  • Roundtrip private boat transfer from S. Lucia train station to St. Mark’s Square in Venice
  • Excursion to Como, Milan, Bormio or Piani di Bobbio (no guided visit)
  • Bus driver and tour manager expenses
  • City entry fees, all parking costs, all taxes included
  • 3 training sessions with a professional coach
  • Hot tea for trainings
  • Tour package as listed on Itinerary (Note: Tours listed as optional not included in price)
  • Amazing sightseeing excursions
  • Authentic cultural experience
  • Educational guided tours
  • Free time to explore on your own
  • Travel with the safety of your group
  • Teammates and friendships that last a lifetime

Not Included

  • Ski equipment rental
  • Ski pass valid for 1 day (starting at 50 euro per person)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Drinks with dinners
  • Tips for drivers and guides – Customarily 20-30 euro per person in total to be split between local full time guide 60-70% and driver 30-40%
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Extra baggage fees
  • Passport fees – Entry and Exit requirements (Changing daily with Covid19)
  • Laundry
  • Photos/videos/live stream
  • All services for passengers NOT booked with AIST
  • Everything not listed in inclusions
  • Uniforms – Provided by Coach Dwayne Becker

Cost of Tour

  • Complete Package (Airfare From Gateway City Included) – $3,095.00 – Round trip airfare included from JFK airport in New York.
  • Ground Package Only (Airfare Not Included) – $2,295.00 – You are responsible for meeting the group at your own expense. Some passengers may want to shorten or lengthen your tour. This is only possible if you purchase your airline ticket separate from the group. Please confirm on your registration that you will be purchasing the ground package. We will need to know 5 months prior to departure. Do NOT purchase your airline ticket until AIST has confirmed we have a full group for the tour

Single Room Supplement – If you require a single room, add $300 to your cost of tour

Payment Schedule (per person)  – Complete Package

All payments received are fully refundable until August 1, 2021. At that time, a $500 cancellation fee will be imposed.  

  • Deposit due within 2 weeks of your email confirmation – $500.00 USD 
  • August 15, 2021 – $1500.00 USD
  • October 20, 2021 – All balances due

Actual payment schedule may be different from above depending on when we receive your first payment. Other costs incurred will depend on each individual’s spending habits. Connecting airfare to gateway city (if needed), souvenirs, some meals and any personal expenses will not be covered.

Sample Itinerary

This is only a sample. The final itinerary will be available 2-3 weeks before departure.

Day 1 – Sunday, December 26th 2021        

  • Departure from USA to Milan Intl. airport. Due to the time difference, arrival in Italy the following day

Day 2 – Monday, December 27th 2021  

  • Arrival into the Int. airport of MiIan airport and meet with your bilingual tour manager (English/Italian) who will remain with you during your stay in Italy
  • Board your private bus and transfer to Milan city center
  • Lunch on your own and leisure time
  • Transfer to hotel in Como area to check in
  • Dinner and overnight (6 night stay)

Day 3 – Tuesday, December 28th 2021    

  • Breakfast at hotel and transfer to local sports facility for 2 hour training session with a professional coach
  • Return to Como and lunch on your own followed by leisure time to spend in Como
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 4 – Wednesday, December 29th  2021     

  • Breakfast at hotel and transfer to local sports facility for 2 hour training session with a professional coach
  • Lunch on your own
  • In the afternoon, possible exhibition game vs. a local team. Pre-game or post-game dinner included (Exhibition games are only possible if we have enough players in the same age category – this will be determined at a later date)
  • Overnight 

Day 5 – Thursday, December 30th 2021

  • Box breakfast and early departure from your hotel in Como to Milan Centrale train station
  • Once there, you will get the train to Venice 
  • Free time to explore and lunch on your own
  • Guided visit of the city with a local tour guide followed by some time at one’s leisure for personal exploration and sightseeing.
  • Later in the afternoon, you will take the train back to Milan
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 6 – Friday, December 31st 2021 – New Year’s Eve   

  • Breakfast at hotel and transfer to local sports facility for 2 hour training session with a professional coach
  • Lunch on your own and leisure time to spend in Como or Milan
  • Dinner at hotel then get ready to celebrate the New Year’s Eve in town. Welcome 2022!
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 7 – Saturday, January 1st 2022   

  • Box breakfast at hotel and early departure to Bormio, famous ski location located in Valtellina (3 hours from Como) or Piani di Bobbio, other good ski location closer to Como (1 hour from Como)
  • Once there, your tour manager will assist you during the equipment rental (not included) at the ski area and the purchase of ski pass (not included).
  • Day at leisure for skiing
  • Lunch on own
  • Mid afternoon return to your hotel in Como
  • Farewell dinner at local restaurant
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 8 – Sunday, January 02nd 2022

  • Box or regular breakfast at your hotel and check-out
  • Departure to the airport of Milan Intl. airport in time to get your flight back home. End of services. Ciao Italia, thanks for the memories!
















Registration Form


We know the financial hurdle can be a big factor in your decision to travel with AIST. We have provided some information below to help you make the opportunity possible.

We have a fundraiser letter that you can use for free. We recommend using this letter along with a personal note and a stamped envelope to raise funds quickly and with many of your peers and family members. You can download the letter here!


Old School – Hand Delivered Letters (or emailed):

  • One of the easiest ways we have found for a player to raise money is with our fundraiser letter that you can download here. It’s best to make a list of as many friends, family, and businesses in your community and anyone else you can think of that would be willing to support you. Remember, with this list you are only trying to get small donations of $20-$50 per person. The bigger your list the better your response will be. We recommend putting a cover letter with it and including a stamped envelope with the AIST address on it. This way you will make it convenient for them to make a donation. On-line donation options are available as well.  In your cover letter be sure to ask them to respond within two weeks so you can have a better idea of the response these letters will have for you. This process can be done in just a few hours and be very helpful financing your trip. We will send you a statement every time a donation is received so you can see who has supported you. It will also have their mailing addresses (if available) so you can send thank you letters if you would like.


  • Host a sports camp for younger kids. We suggest asking the Athletic Director or Coach at your school if you can rent the sports facility to run a small camp. Advertise in the local paper, social media and talk to as many local schools as you can. Charge the kids $30-$40 for a 2-3 hour camp or host a weekend camp for $25 per day. Several of our players in the past have raised thousands of dollars by doing camps throughout the winter. Kids will jump at the opportunity to work with college athletes. You can also ask local businesses to sponsor a tournament and provide T-shirts for your own personal camps.

On-line Options:

  • Many players have had success raising 50-100% of their cost with online options such as Rally Me and GoFundMe.  Please check with your compliance to make sure any options you use will be legal for eligibility reasons.

Other options athletes have used in the past:

  • Concerts – Have a local band sponsor you by playing at a party that you charge admission for. All proceeds go to you.
  • Bake Sale – A player in the past had several families in her church bake pies and then they auctioned them off at church.
  • Poker Tournament – check your state for gaming rules on money tournaments.
  • Golf tournament – Talk to a local golf club about running a tournament for you. Local sports stores sometimes donate gift cards or apparel for prizes. Charge $100 per person. Generally your profit will be 60%. Maximum for a golf tournament is 144 people (8 persons per hole). Possibility of raising over $8000.
  • 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament – Put together a tournament using your school’s gym as the facility.
  • Spaghetti Dinner/Pancake Breakfast – Check with a local restaurant or school cafeteria to see if they will sponsor a dinner for you.
  • Auction/Raffle – Have local business donate gifts that you can sell at an auction.

Friends and Family

Friends and Family are always welcome to join our tours. The inclusions for friends and family members would be the same with exception of the uniforms and playing time of course. They will be on the bus and included in all the activities and meals the athletes are receiving. We can provide a first class tour with the group and you won’t have to worry about where to stay, how to get around or the best places to see. We will have a complete tour set up for you with a full time guide to help you get around. You’ll also have the flexibility to do your own thing if that’s what you prefer.

Keep in mind that our tours are catered to the athletes and we will schedule everything around the games and tournaments as needed. We encourage the support and will do our best to make it an exciting trip for everyone involved.

For additional information on friends and family traveling go to:

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 to confirm we have availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did I get selected?

We take great pride in selecting top quality athletes. Our goal is to field a competitive team for each tour or tournament we attend. You were selected based on your stats from a previous season, a coach’s recommendation or your performance at a showcase event. AIST does not mass mail invitations just to fill positions.

Is this spam?

AIST has been traveling the world with select players from across the country to compete in a variety of sports for 20 years! Read about experiences from coaches, players, and family members on our testimony page:

How many players are selected?

We keep the roster sizes smaller to maximize playing time for each athlete. Each athlete will have the opportunity to showcase their talents throughout the tour. On tours where we only have exhibition games, all players will have an equal amount of playing time. If we are playing in a tournament, there may be circumstances where the best athletes play in order for us to win a championship, but everyone will have the opportunity to earn those positions.

What other costs should I be aware of?

We do our best make sure everyone knows what they will spend on tour. Our Complete packages are all inclusive with the exception of the following – Ground only will not include any airfare:

Connecting Airfare – If you require a flight to get to our gateway city for departure (typically New York area)

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 our 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. Contact Angela Hecht at 631.752.8024 or AIST does not sell personal travel insurance.

Can my friends or family travel with me?


Friends and Family are always welcome to join our select team tours. The inclusions for friends and family members are the same with exception of the uniforms and playing time of course. They will be on the bus and included in all the activities and meals the athletes are receiving. We can provide a first class tour with the group and you won’t have to worry about where to stay, how to get around or the best places to see. We will have a complete tour set up for you with a full time guide to help you get around. You’ll also have the flexibility to do your own thing if that’s what you prefer. You’ll have the option of rooming with the athlete you are traveling with or private accommodations for yourself (additional fees for private accommodations).

Will this help me with a college scholarship?

No, we do not help athletes get college or pro scholarships. However, this is an experience of a lifetime to travel the world that has many benefits for you. Our program is designed to give athletes the opportunity to improve as a player and as a person. Here are few reasons to travel with AIST select teams:

  • Cultural Experience of a Lifetime
  • Personal Growth
  • Educational sightseeing excursions and experiences
  • Emersion into an unfamiliar atmosphere
  • Develop new techniques and opportunities to improve your skills
  • A better understanding of the world around you
  • Meeting new friends, teammates and opponents from around the world
  • For High School Athletes – a chance to gain experience playing with like talent as preparation for the college level
  • For College Athletes – a chance to gain exposure for opportunities to play professionally abroad – AIST does not guarantee and pro contracts or opportunities by traveling with us

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 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.