Day 1 :
- Depart for Madrid, Spain:
Day 2 :
- Arrive in Madrid:
Meet your tour director and check into your hotel. Then enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 :
- Tour Madrid:
Take 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, Royal Palace, and 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 4 :
- Travel to Córdoba by AVE train:
Race across the country in Spain’s fastest train, the high-tech AVE, which can reach speeds of over 180 miles per hour.
Day 5 :
- Tour Cordoba:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Cordoba. Marvel at the 800 marble columns of the 1,200-year-old Mezquita. Savor the aroma of flower-accented Jewish quarter courtyards in Córdoba with a local guide.
Then enjoy touring the Mezquita with whisper headset.
Day 6 :
- Travel to Seville:
Upon arriving in Seville, enjoy participating in a flamenco dancing class and then enjoy a flamenco dancing show. Originating from gypsy music and dance in Southern Spain, flamenco dancing has become a Spanish institution. Dancers use intricate footwork and elaborate arm gestures to convey the mood of the music, which can range from lamentation to celebration. Learn about the history of Flamenco, watch dancers perform and give it a whirl yourself!
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 7 :
- Tour Seville:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Alcázar, Seville Cathedral, Giralda Tower, and Plaza de España.
- LEAP Matador for a Day:
What does it take to be a Matador? Find out! Perform bullfighting customs, wear a red cape, and master basic skills as you explore the roots of the matador tradition. Then, enter the ring for a mock bullfight. Ole!
LEAP Activity | Matador for a Day
What does it take to be a Matador? Find out! Perform bullfighting customs, wear a red cape and master basic skills as you explore the roots of the matador tradition. Then, enter the ring for a mock bullfight. Ole!
Day 8 :
- Travel to Granada via Ronda:
Enjoy a tour director-led sightseeing tour of Ronda.
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 9 :
- Tour Granada:
Enjoy a tour wearing whisper headsets with a local guide and see the impressive Islamic architecture en route to the massive Alhambra fortress-palace and enjoy the soul-soothing fountains of the Generalife Gardens.
Day 10 :
End Tour or Extend Your Stay
- Depart Granada for home:
Board your flight home or extend your stay for a visit to Costa del Sol.
Extend your stay | Extra day on Costa del Sol
Spend your last day on tour exploring the “Coast of the Sun,” or sun bathing on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean.