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ACIS - Language Immersion in Spain - Educational tour to Spain
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A native-speaking tour manager guides you through flamenco and fan painting lessons, the stunning Patios de Córdoba, a Spanish home dinner and more, all while providing daily language lessons.


DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Seville

Bienvenidos a España! After arriving in Seville, the capital of the Andalucía region, you’ll meet your native-speaking ACIS Tour Manager and take an orientation tour of this captivating city, with all commentary spoken in Spanish. A walk through the city’s winding lanes and resplendent examples of Moorish-influenced architecture will provide lots of opportunities to chat with locals in their native tongue.

DAY 3: Seville

On this morning’s guided sightseeing tour, discover the immense Gothic Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus, and enjoy views from the grand Giralda Tower with expert commentary and anecdotes given via personal headsets. Later, a free afternoon provides time to explore more of Seville at your own speed, perhaps by speaking Spanish with local shopkeepers as you roam the streets of the Santa Cruz quarter, the heart of the city, or strolling through the Parque de María Luisa, a green oasis that’s also dotted with breathtaking examples of ornate architecture, such as the stunning Plaza de España, built for the 1929 Exposición Iberoamericana. In the evening, you’ll learn one of Spain’s most enduring traditions—flamenco dancing. An expert teaches you the moves to this traditional and passionate Spanish art form during your flamenco lesson before you watch your instructors perform at a flamenco show.

DAY 4: Seville

This morning, get in touch with your artistic side during a Spanish fan painting workshop with a local expert instructor from the Escuela de Bellas Artes. As you create your own piece, you’ll also learn about the fascinating history of these beautiful works of art. The afternoon is yours to explore more at your own pace. Perhaps stroll the remarkable Metropol Parasol, a giant sunshade/walkway designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and believed to be the world's largest wooden structure, or visit the historic Triana neighborhood to shop for its famed ceramic tiles and ask the artists about their colorful work. Tonight’s dinner uses meal vouchers, allowing you to order your meal and converse with others in Spanish.

DAY 5: Seville

Today journey to Doñana National Park to participate in a service project focused on addressing two growing problems in arid countries such as Spain: desertification, where fertile land degrades into desert, due to drought or unsustainable agricultural practices, and deforestation, or widespread tree removal. You’ll practice your Spanish-speaking skills as you meet with representatives from a local conservation organization and lend your hand to their efforts. Return to Seville for the evening.

DAY 6: Madrid

The day begins with a drive to enchanting Córdoba, which centuries ago served as the capital of Islamic-ruled Spain and the religion’s cultural soul. Your sightseeing tour with a local expert includes discovering the unique striped arches of the Moorish Mezquita with an audio guide and wandering the narrow lanes lined with whitewashed buildings. Then prepare yourself for a visual feast: the famous patios de Córdoba. These home courtyards and alleys, lavishly adorned with eye-popping hanging, climbing and potted flowers, are a unique cultural experience that offer the chance to speak Spanish with the local owners and talk about their vivid floral displays. Then it’s time to hop aboard the high-speed AVE train and travel to Madrid. Tonight dine like a true madrileño and sample traditional Spanish delicacies during an ACIS-designed tapas evening. You’ll try different local specialties as you sidle up next to the locals for whom this is a culturally important and typical way to spend an evening. Classic tapas dishes include items such as tortilla española, patatas bravas, bacalao, cheeses, olives or jamón.

DAY 7: Madrid

Madrid’s rich heritage comes alive on your guided sightseeing tour of classic Spanish boulevards, grand plazas, and the diverse architecture of modern-day Madrid. Highlights include the Plaza de España with its statue of Don Quixote, the majestic Alcalá Gate, and the famous bullring Las Ventas. Then visit the magnificent Prado (skipping the lines with a timed reservation), one of the world’s premier art museums. Here, an expert provides illuminating commentary via personal headsets on the artwork of Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Even the 18th-century Neo-Classical building that houses the collection is stunning. Then enjoy a free afternoon to comb through this culturally rich city on your own, perhaps speaking Spanish with locals in the bustling Retiro Park, or strolling down Calle Heurtas, a pedestrian street in the vibrant Barrio de Las Letras district, once home to Spanish literary luminaries such as Miguel de Cervantes. Be sure to look down as you walk through this neighborhood—passages from famous works are inscribed in the street. In the evening, put your Spanish skills to use during a home dinner. This immersive experience invites you in small groups into the homes of local Madrid residents for a family-style dinner of authentic cuisine and a unique cultural exchange opportunity.

DAY 8: Madrid

Today enjoy the immersive experience of a visit with local students at a Madrid school—speaking with them in Spanish as you chat about your educations and lifestyles. Depending on the time of year (only when Madrid schools are in session), the visit could include lunch in the cafeteria and an afternoon sporting or social activity. During your final evening in Madrid, perhaps sample churros y chocolate as you stroll down to see the artists and street performers in Plaza Mayor.

DAY 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Further immerse yourself in the culture and wonders of cosmopolitan Spain with an extra night in Madrid, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 5 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
 
  • 7 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 7 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
 
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • Go beyond grammar and vocabulary when you visit with local students at their school
 
  • Enhance your linguistic experience with activities that dive into the essence of Spanish culture

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Plaza de Espana

Educational Trip of Madrid

Felipe III Statue

Educational Trip of Seville

Parque Maria Luisa

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will compare and contrast the diverse dialects of different regions in Spain.
  • Students will assess the multicultural milieu of Spain as they experience a wide range of artistic traditions including the Spanish gypsy heritage of flamenco dancing.
  • Students will have the opportunity to compare their daily lives with local schoolchildren in Madrid and develop a greater understanding of their similarities and differences.
 

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