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Roman Spain (7/9/19 - 7/17/19)

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My first trip filled so fast that I am offering this second trip with different dates of 9 July 2019-17 July 2019. I'd like to get a full thirty participants on this trip as well so that we get our own tour bus and so talk the trip up with your friends! Looking forward to touring Spain with you. In the meantime, make sure your passport is valid for six months after the day we depart Spain. If it is not, please plan to get a new one early in January 2019, but take your picture at the end of this summer so you have a nice fresh summer face for that photo! Also, there's plenty of time to start brushing up on your Spanish. Duolingo is a great app that helps you learn spoken Spanish. Also be sure you have printed, signed, and sent your release forms to accounts@acis.com Hasta luego!
Posted on 11/30/17 , Updated on 1/23/18
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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: San Antonio
Duration: 9 Days
Overnights: Madrid 2, Merida 1, Seville 2, Costa del Sol 2

Learning Objectives:

  • After touring the largest collection of ancient Roman monuments in Spain, students will gain an understanding of the importance of the Roman Empire in Spanish history.
  • Students will learn how the unique culture of Andalusia was formed through the blending of Iberian, Roman and Moorish tradition.
  • Students will have an introduction, through art, to the Spanish Royal Families and the role of the current Royal Family in Spanish society.

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Jul 9, 2019 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Jul 10, 2019 Madrid
¡Bienvenidos a España! Arrive in Madrid, meet your ACIS Tour Manager, and settle in before exploring the wide avenues and open plazas of Spain’s capital city. 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. In the evening, 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. Please note: 1 soft drink per person is included with dinner each night. (D)
Jul 11, 2019 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. In the afternoon, travel to ancient Segovia with its impressive 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct and dreamlike Alcázar. Return to Madrid for dinner. In the evening, we offer a sunset visit to the Egyptian Templo de Debod. (B,D)
Jul 12, 2019 Merida
This morning drive to Mérida, a city founded under the rule of Emperor Augustus and which today contains the most preserved Roman ruins in all of Spain. As the sun drops down, see the influence of Roman rule as you discover the Theater and Amphitheater illuminated for the evening. (B,D)
Jul 13, 2019 Seville
Pass through legendary Extremadura, land of explorers and conquerors, and arrive in Seville. See the city at its best with a local guide, from Christopher Columbus' tomb in the Cathedral to the panoramic views from the Giralda Tower. 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. Enjoy an evening paseo along the river to see the Torre de Oro and colorful Barrio de Triana. (B,D)
Jul 14, 2019 Seville
Travel to the Roman town of Itálica today. The birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian, this city's ruins are truly a wonder. Tour the ruins, see the Roman cobblestone streets and visit the famous amphitheater. The third largest in the Roman Empire, it held up to 25,000 spectators during gladiatorial games. Return to Seville for dinner and a flamenco show, highlighting one of Spain’s slightly more modern performance traditions. (B,D)
Jul 15, 2019 Costa del Sol
This moring depart Seville for Granada, where a local guide provides commentary via personal headsets as you visit the legendary Alhambra, the most magnificent of all the Moorish palaces in Spain, and wander through the aromatic Generalife Gardens. Continue to the Costa del Sol for dinner and the overnight. (B,D)
Jul 16, 2019 Costa del Sol
This morning enjoy a half day excursion to Malaga. Spend some time at the Museo Automovilistico before returning to your hotel this afternoon for some beach time. (B,D)
Jul 17, 2019 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $4,490

$748/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $4,490
Total Group Fees 1:
$4,490
1 Valid through 2/1/19 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $95
Single Room Supplement: $665
Double Room Supplement: $315
Ultimate Protection Plan: $270
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $225

Full Payment Deadline: 3/1/19


What to See

Shopping
MADRID

There are many places to shop in Madrid, but here are a few of the highlights.  For upscale shops like Chanel, Armani, and Loewe be sure to check out Serrano Street.  For standard retail stores, head on over to Gran Via, where you can shop at H&M, Zara, and Mango, at prices that are a bit cheaper than the States.  For funky, original clothing, take a short walk from Gran Via to Fuencarral and Hortaleza street.

SEVILLE

El Centro

El Centro is the main shopping district of Seville. Centered around La Calle Sierpes, this is the most bustling area of the city. For an afternoon of shopping, visit the many small specialty shops, which sell things varying from fine Spanish leather to Flamenco dresses. For a larger, more American style shopping experience, visit the department store called El Corte Inglés, located in the Plaza del Duque.

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Museums
MADRID

Prado Museum, Metro: Banco de España or Atocha

This museum contains a wonderful collection of European art with particular emphasis on the Spanish Schools: Goya, Velasquez, El Greco, and Murillo. Open daily, closed Monday.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Metro: Banco de España

A former private collection of art is displayed here ranging from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries housed in a renovated eighteenth century palace. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Monday.

Reina Sofia Museum, Metro: Atocha

The central building of this museum, originally an 18th century hospital, is now filled with twentieth century artworks, including masterpieces by Dalí, Miró, and Picasso's famous Guernica. Open daily, closed Tuesday.

Archaeological Museum, Metro: Serrano

A brilliant collection of finds from prehistory to Renaissance times such as La Dama de Elche and a reproduction of the Altamira caves and cave paintings. Open daily, closed Monday.

Lazaro Galdiano Museum, Metro: Rubén Dario

Here you’ll find an interesting collection of artifacts from all over the world, including a 20,000 volume library, clocks, bronzes, and artists such as Goya, Velázquez, and El Greco all housed in a lovely 37-room mansion. Open daily, closed Tuesday.

Cerralbo Museum, Metro: Plaza de España or Ventura Rodríguez

The Museo Cerralbo was originally the home of the Marquis of Ceralbo and his collection of historic and artistic objects and art are displayed here in an Italian style mansion. Open daily, closed Monday.

Sorolla Museum, Metro: Iglesia or Rubén Dario

A collection of Joaquín Sorolla's paintings are on display here, in the house where he lived and had his studio. Open daily, closed Monday.

Royal Palace, Metro: Ópera

This is the former residence of Spanish royalty. Wander past the beautiful displays of Spanish and Flemish tapestries. Visit a few of the numerous rooms, check out the armory with weapons from the fifteenth century, and then take a stroll around the Gardens. Open Monday through Friday. Closed during official functions.

Descalzas Reales Convent, Metro: Callao or Sol

This sixteenth century convent houses an impressive collection of paintings, tapestries, sculptures, and chalices that were once the dowry of many aristocratic women who had come to take the veil. Rated "Museum of the Year" in 1985 by the European Council, a small number of nuns still reside there. Open daily, closed Monday.

 

 

SEVILLE

El Museo de Bellas Artes, Plaza del Museo, 9

For art lovers, Seville's Museum of Fine Arts, located in the Plaza del Museo near the Plaza de Armas bus station, is a dream come true. This recently renovated museum has a collection of international art from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries that is surpassed in Spain only by the Prado in Madrid. The most famous artists displayed here are Murillo, Zurbarán, and Valdés Leal. Open daily, closed Monday.

El Museo Arqueológico, Plaza de América

Located in the Plaza de las Americas, this museum contains a highly interesting collection of archaeological findings, one of its highlights being the Treasure of the Carambolo of the Tartessus period, dating back to the seventh or eighth century BC. Open daily. Closed Monday.

Museo del Baile Flamenco, 3 Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos

Housed in an 18th century building, the newly opened Museum of Flamenco Dancing serves as a museum, music and dance school, and performance venue.  During the day visitors can see gallery exhibitions and enjoy a snack on the patio, while in the evening the Museo converts into a café with dance and music performances. Open daily.

La Casa de Pilatos, Plaza de Pilatos

This ornate mansion, which boasts an interesting mixture of Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles, was built by the Marques de Tarifa on his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1519. It is believed that he built the house to be an imitation of the house of Pontius Pilate. Open daily

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Outdoors
MADRID

Ermita de San Antonio de Florida, Metro: Príncipe Pío

This chapel contains wonderful frescoes by Goya and also houses the remains of the famous Spanish artist. Open daily, closed Monday.

Templo de Debod, Metro: Plaza de España

Visit the only Egyptian temple in Spain. It was given by the Republic of Egypt in 1968 and moved to Madrid in order to save it from impending floods caused by the creation of the Great Dam of Aswan. Open daily, closed Monday.

Retíro Park, Metro: Retíro

A former royal park where the Madrileños stroll with their families past the magnificent fountains and beautiful buildings such as the all-glass Crystal Palace. Rowboats can be rented on the pond and the statue of El Angel Caido is said to be the only statue in the world dedicated to the fallen angel.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Metro: Atocha

These shaded gardens were ordered by King Ferdinand VI in 1755 and, in the reign of Charles III, were installed in the present location, the Paseo del Prado in Madrid . This is a good place to cool off on a hot afternoon. Open daily, 10 a.m. until sunset. 

Plaza Mayor, Metro: Sol

A seventeenth century square set in the heart of old Madrid. Enjoy the entertainment of the artists and musicians and admire the bronze statue of King Philips III in the center created by Italian sculptors Giovanni de Bologna and his apprentice Pietro Tacca in 1616.

Plaza de España, Metro: Plaza de España

This plaza is home to a monument to Cervantes with a beautiful statue of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. It is one of the largest squares in Madrid and attracts tourists and locals alike.

Stadium Santiago Bernabeu, Metro: Line 10 (station Santiago Bernabeu)

Located on the Paseo de la Castellana, this Futball stadium plays host to the Club Real Madrid CF and is an exciting place to watch a match or just to tour the facilities. Madrid's sports fans take a great deal of pride in the Bernabeu, which was inagurated on the 14th of December 1947 and has been rehabilitated on 4 occasions: in 1954, 1982, 1993 and 2003. Stadium tours occur daily between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

SEVILLE

El Real Alcázar, Plaza del Triunfo

This fortified palace was built in the year 913 by the Moorish Caliph Adb Al Raman III. After the Christian conquest of the Moors, the palace became the residence of Spanish monarchs. Today, it remains the oldest palace still used by European royalty. Tour its grand halls to see a perfect example of the Moorish-Christian Mudejar architecture. Open daily, closed Monday.

Old Tobacco Factory, c/ San Fernando

Seville's old tobacco factory became world-famous for its role in the opera, Carmen. The building was converted into a university in 1929, and today, the University of Seville continues to attract students from all over the world. Open Monday through Friday. Free admission.

Giralda Tower, Avenida de la Constitución

After the Christian conquest of Seville in the thirteenth century, the cathedral was built in 1401 on the former site of the great Almohad mosque. Seville's cathedral is considered to be the third or fourth largest cathedral in the world. All that remains of the former mosque is the famous minaret tower. You can climb the tower's 35 gently sloping ramps to the top for magnificent views of the city. Open daily.

El Barrio de Santa Cruz

Nestled behind the cathedral, the Santa Cruz Quarter is the city's old Jewish quarter and one of the most romantic parts of Seville. Wander around this medieval neighborhood and explore its narrow winding streets, admiring the whitewashed houses and brightly colored geraniums.

El Parque de María Luisa

The María Luisa Park was originally the palace grounds for the San Telmo Palace, which once belonged to María Luisa, the sister of Queen Isabella II. This beautiful park, which is full of winding walkways and ornamental pools, is the perfect place to take a mid-afternoon stroll. Go there to just relax and get out of the sun, or take a horse and carriage ride through one of the park’s long forested alleys.

La Plaza de España

From the María Luisa Park, stroll over and revisit the Plaza de España. Relax by the fountains or rent a rowboat and take a fun mini-excursion on the Plaza's canal.

El Barrio de Triana

Across the Guadalquivir River is the neighborhood of Triana. Well away from the tourist crowds, Triana was once the heart of the city's gypsy community and home of the great flamenco dynasties of Seville. Today it is a traditional Spanish working neighborhood with narrow winding streets and flowered courtyards. It is also the home of the many artisan workshops that craft and sell the traditional pottery and tilework of the region.

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Restaurants
MADRID

El Corte Ingles

A shopping center like a Macy's that has a good restaurant with a little bit of everything.

Casa Labra, Calle Tetuán, 12

One side tapas bar, one side a sit-down restaurant, Casa Labra is a great place to chat and dine.

Pans and Company

Perfect when you are on the run and want a cheap lunch.  Avoid the trap of McDonald's and go for the Spanish fast food!  A drink, sandwhich and potatoes, all for around five Euros.

SEVILLE

La Campana, Sierpes 1

After a hard morning of shopping, be sure to stop by this café, for it is an institution amongst the locals.  If you're in the mood for some traditional treats try some yema (sweets made from egg yolks) and lenguas de almendra (almond biscuits).

Cafetería Universal, Blanca de los Rios 1

Near the Plaza del Salvador, this place will provide you with a hearty portion of tapas for an affordable price.  Because of its proximity to the shopping area, this is also a great place to sit down at the bar or near the windows.

El Rinconcillo, Gerona 40

Supposedly the oldest tapas bar in Seville (dating back to the 17th century).  With flagstone floors and ancient wine bottles lining the walls, it certainly feels like the oldest.  Located in the Plaza Encarnación, the bar is popular with both visitors and locals.

Enrique Becerra, Gamazo 2

For a moderately priced meal, check out this restaurant, an old favourite with Sevillanos. While you dine on your Andalusian dishes, marvel at this converted 17th-century house with art deco-style stained windows, wooden beams and Roman marble columns.

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Route

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Prado Tour with Guide
  • Madrid Tour with Guide
  • Segovia Alcázar
  • Mérida Roman Ruins
  • Seville Tour with Guide and Personal Headsets
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Triana Tile Making Workshop
  • Itálica Roman Ruins
  • Flamenco Dinner and Show in Seville
  • Guided Tour of the Alhambra and General Life Gardens
  • Malaga
  • Entrance to Museo Automovilistico


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