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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart U.S. for Spain
Day 2 Arrive in Madrid
  • Madrid Spain's capital city of Madrid lies at the heart of the country. Despite its modern and cosmopolitan culture, the city has preserved its traditional architecture and charm. This is a city of great monuments and great art, all against the backdrop of a rich culture and an exciting nightlife.
  • Orientation We will participate in an orientation session, covering Health and Safety aspects of the week ahead.
  • Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Explore the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, which houses the greatest repository of 20th century art in Spain. The museum places special emphasis on the great artists of 20th century Spain: Juan Gris, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso. A highlight of our visit will be Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica, which immortalizes the tragic blanket bombing of the Basque town by the German Luftwaffe fighting for Franco during the Spanish Civil War.
Day 3 Madrid
  • Walking Tour of Madrid
  • Prado Explore the Prado, one of the world’s finest art museums. Inside is a collection of European art from the 12th to 19th centuries based on the Spanish Royal Collection. Our specialistguided tour will focus on the Spanish masters, such as Velazquez, Goya, and El Greco; and we will also see works by Raphael, van der Weyden, Bosch, Rubens, Titian, and Caravaggio.
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 4 Madrid - Toledo
  • Travel to Toledo
  • Toledo The historic city of Toledo, capital of La Mancha, is a cultural fusion of Christian, Arab, and Jewish traditions from the Middle Ages. With numerous churches, museums, mosques, synagogues, and artistic treasures, the city has definitely earned its World Heritage Site designation.
  • Walking Tour of Toledo Enjoy a Walking Tour of central Toledo, with streets barely wide enough for a man and his donkey. During our walk, there will be the opportunity to visit spectacular shops that produce and sell Damascene gold jewelry, as well as medieval swords. There will also be some time to relax in the Plaza de Zocodover, a bustling triangular square in the heart of Toledo. We will have some free time for shopping and exploration.
  • Orientation We will have an orientation meeting to provide students with relevant information and useful tools to familiarize them with their host country and the program ahead.
Day 5 Madrid - Seville Homestay
  • Travel from Madrid to Seville via AVE train
  • Seville Seville is known as one of the great cathedral and university cities of Europe. It is also the heart of bullfighting and flamenco, and an intriguing Moorish heritage. Seville continued to grow from its trading relationships with the Americas and today is a bustling, lively city.
Day 6 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Walking Tour Take a walking tour through Seville’s Barrio Santa Cruz, a tiny quarter of narrow streets and whitewashed houses possessing flower-covered patios and ironbound windows.
  • Bull Fighting Museum Visit the Bull Fighting Museum, located in Seville's bullring. This museum shows dresses of famous bullfighters, trophies, photos and other objects of the world of bullfighting. Highlights include a cape painted by Picasso and sculptures by Benlliure.
Day 7 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Seville Cathedral We begin with an ascent of La Giralda, the magnificent bell tower, which provides breathtaking views of Seville. We then enter the cathedral, where we will see the Patio de los Naranjos, with its central fountain and orange trees; the Treasury; and the Capilla Mayor, which is dominated by the Retablo Mayor, dedicated to the cathedral’s patron saint. Finally, we will view the grandiose Tomb of Columbus, moved to the cathedral in the 1890s.
  • Reales Alcázares Discover the Reales Alcázares, a former Moorish fortress taken over by the Christian kings for use as a palace. It remains one of Spain’s best examples of Mudéjar architecture.
Day 8 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Soccer Match Participate in a soccer match this afternoon.
Day 9 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Spanish Cooking Lesson Enjoy a hands-on experience as an introduction into the world of Spanish cooking. Prepare a traditional paella with direction from local chefs. After all the preparation, the food is taken to a private dining room where we will taste each other's creations.
Day 10 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Las Setas Spend some time at Las Setas - oficially the 'Metropol Parasol', it is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer and is popularly known as 'Las Setas de la Encarnación' (Incarnation's mushrooms).
Day 11 Granada
  • Travel to Granada for an Overnight Excursion
  • Granada Granada was one of the last major strongholds of the Moors, whose influence is reflected in the design and architecture of the city. This beautiful city sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, as well as at the confluence of three rivers, and this important geography drew Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Moors over its long and complex history.
  • Alhambra Explore the Alhambra, Spain’s finest display of Moorish architecture. Set high upon a hill overlooking Granada, and shadowed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Moors built this city within a fortress to be a symbol of power and strength on the outside, and a “paradise on earth” on the inside. Our visit will also include the Generalife, the country estate of the Nasrid Kings, where they could enjoy tranquility high above the city, a little closer to heaven.
Day 12 Granada - Seville
  • Albaicín Stroll through the old Moorish quarter, the Albaicín, where the city of Granada was born. It is now a maze of steep streets filled with quaint shops and secluded plazas.
  • La Capilla Real de Granada See La Capilla Real de Granada. Housed in a cathedral built over a former mosque, this royal chapel contains the tombs of Ferdinand and Isabella.
  • Journey to Seville
Day 13 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Learn the Flamenco Learn how to dance Flamenco from local dancers in a lesson this afternoon.
Day 14 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Dinner in a Local Restaurant
Day 15 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Guadalquivir River Kayak Tour Explore the Guadalquivir river on a sightseeing kayak tour as we admire the most important landmarks in Seville from the river while enjoying an easy-going kayaking experience.
Day 16 Seville Homestay
  • Spanish Language and Culture Classes
  • Dinner in a Local Restaurant
  • Enjoy a Flamenco Show this Evening
Day 17 Seville - Cordoba - Madrid
  • Depart Seville Travel to Cordoba
  • Córdoba Córdoba was the northernmost city of the Moorish empire in Andalusia and is known for its important Islamic architecture and large Judería, or Jewish quarter. The city’s old town preserves its historic character with whitewashed courtyards, patios adorned in hanging flowers, wrought ironwork, and narrow streets.
  • Arrive in Madrid
Day 18 Departure
  • Depart Spain for the U.S.