Day 1 :
- Overnight flight to Granada, Spain:
Upon arrival in Granada, meet your tour director and check into your hotel.
Day 2 :
- Alhambra Palace & Generalife Gardens guided visit with whisper headset:
See the impressive Islamic architecture en route to the massive Alhambra fortress-palace and enjoy the soul-soothing fountains of the Generalife Gardens with a local guide.
Day 3 :
- Travel to Seville via Ronda:
Day 4 :
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Alcázar, Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower, and Plaza de España.
LEAP Activity | ¡Ay Flamenco!
Clap! Stomp your feet—now flamenco! Professional dancers teach you the history, rhythms, and moves of the dance that holds a special place in Spanish culture. Later, sit back and admire the pros in a show.
Day 5 :
- Tour Toledo:
Travel to Madrid via Toledo and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of St. Mary’s Synagogue, Toledo Cathedral, Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, and visit a sword factory.
LEAP Activity | Spirit of Spain
Immerse yourself in the art that defines the passion of Spain. Explore the meaning and compare the techniques of artists from El Greco to Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Enrich your knowledge of art history as you debate how these and other artists defined and shaped Spanish culture.
Day 6 :
- Tour Madrid:
Enjoy a guided tour with whisper headsets of the Prado Museum, home of works by Spain's great masters, including Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Then visit the Plaza Colon, Plaza de España, and Royal Palace. Afterwards, visit the Reina Sofia Museum. Officially recognized as Spain’s National Museum of 20th Century Art, The Sofia—as it is more commonly known—is home to an impressive collection from Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters. Hosting works of both Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, it’s no wonder that The Sofia has risen to such a prominent place in the world of art. Certainly the most famous piece in the museum is Picasso’s Guernica, but in addition to this wonderful masterpiece, you’ll also find a vast library, archive, bookstore and restaurant.
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 :
- Optional half day excursion to El Escorial:
Discover King Phillip II's imposing palace, El Escorial. This massive structure is home to over 500 frescoes and 1600 paintings by famous artists such as Velazquez and El Greco. Today the palace functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum and school.
LEAP Activity | Spanish Civil War
Nationalist? Republican? Argue ideology in a revolutionary role-play that delves into the causes of the Spanish Civil War!
Day 8 :
- Depart Madrid for home: