Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Flight to Paris:
Relax and enjoy your scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 :
Arrive in Paris
- Welcome to France!:
Fly through the night to Europe. Arrive in Paris, the capital of France, and begin exploring.
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris with a Local Guide:
Fall in love with Paris, the romantic City of Lights. A local guide introduces the imposing Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon's tomb under the golden-domed Les Invalides, the Champs-lyses, and the cathedral of Notre Dame.
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
See da Vinci's Mona Lisa and many other incredible works of art in the Louvre Museum.
- Add on: Eiffel Tower Visit:
This evening, opt to enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Day 4 :
- Loire Valley Excursion:
Take a full-day excursion to the Loire Valley. Visit graceful Chenonceau and the extravagant Amboise. See Chartres Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
Day 5 :
Paris and Madrid
- Fly to Madrid:
Then board a flight to Madrid.
LEAP Activity | Cover the Canvas
Live the artist’s life. Explore line, color, perspective, negative space and form, then paint a masterpiece inspired by the beauty of Paris.
Day 6 :
- Explore Madrid with a Local Guide:
Sightseeing of Madrid with a local guide includes the Plaza Mayor, the royal palace, the Puerta del Sol, and the Prado Museum.
- Visit the Reina Sofa Museum:
Inside the Prado, see works by Velazquez and El Greco before seeing Picasso's Guernica at the nearby Reina Sofa Museum.
LEAP Activity | Cocina Española
Create some of Spain’s most popular and iconic dishes and discover firsthand what makes these dishes enduring classics of Spanish cuisine.
Day 7 :
El Escorial and Segovia
- Add on: El Escorial and Segovia:
Opt to visit the Roman aqueduct Segovia and the city's fairytale castle, the Alczar. Continue to Philip II's monastic-style palace at El Escorial.
Day 8 :
- Explore Toledo with a Local Guide:
Experience a city as brilliant as the gold threads inlaid in its famous damascene jewelry. A local guide shows you the Gothic cathedral, the Synagogue of Santa Mara la Blanca, and the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes. Journey south to Andalucia.
LEAP Activity | El Caudillo’s Conquest
Nationalist? Republican? Argue ideology in a revolutionary role-play that delves into the causes of the Spanish Civil War!
Day 9 :
- Discover Seville with a Local Guide:
The birthplace of flamenco is yours to explore with a local guide, including the Plaza de Espaa, the Giralda tower, within the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and the grand Alczar.
LEAP Activity | ¡Ay Flamenco!
Clap! Stomp your feet—now flamenco! Professional dancers teach you the history, rhythms, and moves of the gypsy dance that holds a special place in Spanish culture. Later, sit back and admire the pros in a show.
Day 10 :
Return Home OR Extend Your Stay
- Flight to The U.S.:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our tour director accompanies us to the airport on our final day. Or, take an additional few days in Costa del Sol.
Extend your stay | Visit Costa del Sol
What better place than the “Coast of the Sun” to relax and reflect on your journey. Explore the last Moorish city to fall to the Christian Reconquista—Granada. Notice amazing Islamic architecture on your way to the massive Alhambra fortress–palace and the Generalife Gardens with a local guide. On day 11, lounge around on la playa, the beaches of the beautiful Mediterranean, and return home the next day.