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ACIS - Seville, Córdoba and Madrid - Educational tour to Spain

Three of Spain’s most important cities will be your home for this budget-friendly Spanish sojourn.


DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Seville

¡Bienvenidos a España! Arrive in Seville, the city from which Ferdinand Magellan departed in 1519 for the first circumnavigation of the globe. Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and get settled before you begin to explore this beautiful city. Later, you’ll learn about the historic Triana neighborhood’s famed ceramic tiles, or azulejos, and decorate your own piece in a ceramic tile workshop.

DAY 3: Seville

Located in the heart of Andalucía, Seville is the region's capital. Today a carefully selected local guide will introduce us to the city, with commentary given via personal headsets. Discover the immense Gothic Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus, and enjoy views from the grand Giralda Tower. In the evening you may opt to experience one of Spain’s most enduring performance art traditions during a flamenco lesson and show. You’ll learn the steps and rhythms of this traditional dance before watching your instructors make it all look so easy.

DAY 4: Cordoba

This morning’s journey brings us to Córdoba, a religious and cultural melting pot through the centuries. A local expert leads you on a “hidden Córdoba” walking tour featuring the stunning private patios and colorful balcony displays for which the city is known. Our sightseeing also includes discovering the unique striped arches of the Moorish Mezquita (with audio guides). Later, enjoy a Moorish cuisine dinner that highlights the Arab influence on local flavors as you learn the features of this type of cuisine and why it’s so prevalent in southern Spain. In the evening perhaps take a walk across the Roman bridge for a stunning recap of this morning’s tour—the Mezquita illuminated for the night.

DAY 5: Madrid

Depart from Córdoba and journey north towards Madrid. En route, stop in Consuegra to live out famous scenes from Cervantes' Don Quixote as you visit the whimsical windmills aligned along the ridge that rises above the plains of La Mancha and explore the ruins of Consuegra Castle. Continue to Madrid. After dinner may be a good time to sample churros y chocolate as you stroll down to see the artists and street performers in Plaza Mayor.

DAY 6: 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. Tonight, we’ll have a special tapas evening in true Spanish style: you try different local specialties as you sidle up next to the madrileños 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

This morning you have some free time to explore more of Madrid’s parks and plazas on your own. Alternatively, you may opt to take a half-day excursion to nearby Toledo, the city where the world-famous artist El Greco made his home and created his most famous works. Toledo offers a rich mix of cultures, thanks to a unique blend of Christian, Jewish and Muslim heritages. In the evening, enjoy a sunset visit to the Egyptian Templo de Debod before you celebrate your last night with a traditional Spanish paella dinner—a spicy tango of rice, seafood and vegetables considered by many as Spain’s national dish.

DAY 8: Departure

Depart for the USA.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Enhance your European experience with a two-night extension to Barcelona via AVE from Madrid, including sightseeing, the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 8 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
 
  • 6 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 6 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
 
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • Fly into Seville, reducing travel time in Spain
 
  • Food becomes part of the experience with regional cuisine served at all meals

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CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

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Traditional flamenco dresses

Traditional flamenco dresses

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Mezquita Courtyard

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Felipe III Statue

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will discover the Moorish influence on modern day Spain.
  • Students will have the opportunity to compare the Cathedral of Madrid to other cathedrals in Spain, understanding the historical timeline of Spain and where Madrid fits into that timeline.
  • Students will learn about Spain's struggle from dictatorship to democracy.
 

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$3050

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