Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to Portugal:
Day 2 :
Welcome to Portugal
- Arrive in Lisbon:
Begin exploring the capital of Portugal.
Day 3 :
- Guided Tour of Lisbon:
Experience Lisbon's pastel facades, black-and-white mosaic sidewalks, and medieval alleys with a local guide. Stroll through the Alfama district, the oldest section of Lisbon; visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge; see the Church of Jerónimos with the tomb of Vasco de Gama and the Monument of Discoveries. Stop for a picture in front of the Torre de Belem, an impressive tower that once defended the city and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Add On: Cascais Excursion:
Head out of Lisbon to the nearby coastal town of Cascais. Once a quaint fishing village, its beautiful beaches have made it a popular vacation spot.
Day 4 :
- Visit Mérida :
En route to Madrid, stop in Mérida to marvel at the best-preserved Roman ruins in Spain.
- Continue to Madrid:
Journey to the Spanish capital and begin exploring.
- LEAP Spirit of Spain:
- Add On: Casa Botín Dinner:
Dine on delicious Spanish cuisine at the oldest restaurant in the world, and a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.
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 5 :
- Explore Madrid with a Local Guide:
Explore the artistry and architecture of Madrid with a local guide. Sights include the Plaza Mayor, Plaza de España, Plaza Colón, and a view of the Royal Palace. Visit the renowned Prado and Reina Sofía museums.
- LEAP Cocina Española:
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 6 :
- Guided Tour of Toledo:
A local guide shows you Toledo, a city as brilliant as the gold threads inlaid in its famous black jewelry. Visit the city's sword factory, the Gothic cathedral, the 12th-century Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.
- LEAP Zapateando:
Return to Madrid and tonight, dance with the pros to the Spanish guitar.
LEAP Activity | Zapateando
First, take part in the passionate Flamenco dance style and experience the connection between a dancer, musician, and singer. Then, watch while your instructors and accompanists show you how it’s done in a live performance.
Day 7 :
- Board High Speed Train to Barcelona:
Journey from Madrid to Barcelona.
- Explore Barcelona with Tour Director:
Spend the evening discovering the capital of Catalonia.
Day 8 :
- Discover Barcelona:
Explore Spain's second-largest city. Wonder at Gaudí's Parc Güell, the Olympic Stadium, Gaudí's unfinished Sagrada Família and the historic Barri Gòtic. Later, stroll down the Passeig de Gracia to the Casa Milà. View the Gaudí exhibit inside before climbing onto the rooftop to see the famous giant chimneys that are said to represent witches or soldiers.
Day 9 :
Return Home to United States