Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Enjoy your Overnight Flight to Madrid.:
Day 2 :
Welcome to Spain!
- Arrive in Madrid.:
Begin exploring this captivating capital city of Spain.
Day 3 :
- Explore Madrid with a Local Guide:
Explore the artistry and architecture of Madrid. Sights include the Plaza Colón, the Puerta del Sol, and the Royal Palace.
- Prado & Reina Sofía:
Visits inside the renowned Prado and Reina Sofía museums afford opportunities to study Spanish works of art.
- 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 4 :
Picturesque views of a fairy-tale castle lure you inside Segovia's famous Alcázar on today's optional adventure.
- See the Roman aqueduct.:
- Optional El Escorial & Segovia full-day excursion:
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.
Day 5 :
- Explore Toledo:
Journey to the golden city of Toledo, a medieval town perched above the Rio Tagus. Visit the Gothic cathedral, the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, a local sword factory, and the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes.
- Continue to Granada:
- LEAP Spirit of Spain:
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 :
- Visit the Alhambra Fortress:
With a local guide, venture into the massive Alhambra fortress to see a regal compound of royal residences, interlocking rooms, courtyards and fountains. Later, stroll through the Generalife Gardens.
- Journey to the Costa del Sol:
Day 7 :
- Optional Excursion to Morocco:
Hop on a boat for an optional day excursion to Morocco. A local guide introduces Tangier. At the Grand Socco, you’ll see where past meets present in this city crossroads, once a busy marketplace occupied by musicians and snake charmers. Pass through the gates of the medina to explore the narrow, twisting roads within the old city walls.
Day 8 :
- LEAP El Caudillo's Conquest:
- Explore the town of Ronda:
En route to Seville, visit the charming Andalusian town 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 Seville with a Local Guide:
Visit the Plaza de España and the Giralda Tower, within the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, then explore the grand Alcázar.
- LEAP ¡Ay Flamenco!:
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 10 :
- Continue Your Adventure in Córdoba :
Continue your adventure in Córdoba with a visit to the rose and blue marbled Mezquita, once second only to Mecca as the most important mosque in Islam. Gaze up at the statue of Jewish philosopher Maimonaides in the flower-accented Jewish quarter.
- Board the AVE to Barcelona:
Day 11 :
- Explore Barcelona with a Local Guide:
Accompany a local guide to the sights of Spain's second largest city. Wonder at Gaudí's unfinished Sagrada Família and his Parc Güell. Stroll through the historic Barri Gòtic. Stop by Gaudí's Casa Milà.
Day 12 :
- Journey to Montserrat:
Enjoy a morning journey to Montserrat - a holy mountain that is home to the mysterious wish-granting Black Madonna statue.
- Return to Barcelona:
This afternoon return to Barcelona to explore and enjoy this incredible city.
Day 13 :
Return Home OR Extend Your Trip
- Depart from Spain:
Board your flight home or extend your travels with a two-night extension to Palma.
Extend your stay | Visit Palma
Opt for two nights in Palma. Board a morning flight to the island of Majorca. City sightseeing with a local guide brings you to the Old Town, Gothic Cathedral, and Bellver Castle. The next day, you are free to relax on one of the gorgeous pristine beaches of Palma.