Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meals times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
Public transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Participants will have unlimited access to personal headsets so that local guides and ACIS Tour Managers can more easily communicate with the group along the way.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Strap on your dancing shoes and celebrate the festive and colorful tradition of flamenco dancing with lessons and a show. A local expert will instruct you in the basic steps of a traditional dance before you hit the floor yourself and groove to the rhythmic strums of flamenco guitar. Later, watch your teacher perform in a professional flamenco show that will inspire you to keep moving with the music all night long. Olé!
The elegantly decorated folding hand fan has a long history in the society of Spain. Whether a fashion accessory, means of communication, concealer of emotion, status indicator or purely an object of art, it remains a symbol of the nation's culture. Join an expert from the Escuela de Bellas Artes who will teach you about the history of the fan, different styles and the types of ornamentation before you design and paint your own Spanish fan.
Travel an hour from Seville and give students the opportunity to lend a helping hand to the National Park. They’ll learn more about the land, understand the National Park’s unique challenges and then get a chance to help out on a variety of projects such as georeferencing samples, coastal biodiversity inventory and more.
Because of the hot and dry climate, courtyards were often built with a well to collet rain water and became the center of the home. Decorating courtyards with elaborate flowers and bountiful greens has become an ancient tradition. Students will enjoy viewing these amazing floral displays. They’ll also get to chat with owners and hear firsthand their pride of creation. Each courtyard more elaborate then the next, courtyard designs have drawn visitors around the world to admire their beauty, as well as inspired courtyard decorating festivals and competitions.
Eat tapas in true Spanish style: try different local specialties just like the local 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. Finish off the evening at one of Madrid's most famous chocolaterías with a sweet Spanish treat—churros y chocolate!
Go from far-from-home to home-cooked meal with this wonderfully immersive cultural and culinary dining experience. Madrileños welcome you to dine in small groups in their homes and enjoy authentic regional cuisine wrapped in Spanish hospitality. Talk, laugh and get a true insider's perspective as you learn about the city from your local hosts.
This is one unforgettable Spanish lesson. Students will bus to a local school in the outskirts of Madrid and join for a class or two. They will experience the difference in teaching style and classroom facilities and, of course, practice their Spanish. They will join the local students for lunch in the school canteen and see how Spanish school food is different from their hometown fare. Afterwards, they’ll play a game of soccer or basketball so they can enjoy some more time to bond with their Spanish peers.
Toledo, Alhambra, Madrid Cathedral, Retiro Park, Prado, Plaza Mayor, Andalucía, Toledo Medieval Synagogue, Plaza de España, Córdoba, Triana Tile Workshop, Spanish Cooking Lesson, Parc Güell, Las Ventas, Flamenco Lesson and Show, Guadalquivir River Cruise, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Gothic Quarter
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA.
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. (B,D)
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. 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. (B,D)
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. (B,D)
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. (B,D)
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 we'll dine like the madrileños do during an authentic
tapas evening. Classic tapas dishes include items such as tortilla española, patatas bravas, bacalao, cheeses, olives or jamón. Finish off the evening at one of Madrid's most famous chocolaterías with a sweet Spanish treat—churros y chocolate! (B,D)
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 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. (B,D)
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 stroll down to see the artists and street performers in Plaza Mayor. (B,D)
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. (B)
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