Contrastes del Norte

  • 9 Days
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Depart

Overnight Flight

1 1 Night

Madrid

2 2 Nights

Burgos

1 1 Night

San Sebastian

2 2 Nights

Barcelona

2 2 Nights
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What's Included

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.

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We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.

Round-Trip Flights

3- or 4-Star Hotels

After a busy day, comfort is key.

Centrally Located Hotels

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.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)

Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.

24-Hour Tour Manager

Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.

Start Exploring

Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.

Service Guarantee

We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!

Global Network

24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.

Personal Headsets Included Throughout Tour

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.

Exceptional Experiences

Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.

Basque Pelota Lesson and Demonstration

Basque Pelota Lesson and Demonstration

Pelota (Spanish for "ball") is a popular professional game in the Basque region with roots in the old European sport of Jeu de Paume, or Real Tennis. It is considered one of the fastest ball sports. Your expert poletaris will introduce you to the sport's history, rules and equipment. After an engaging demonstration by these professional players, test your own skills with the curved basket during some friendly competition. Does it look like something you've seen before? Basque immigrants brought the sport to the United States in the early 1900's where it was adopted under the name Jai-Alai. It's still played in the U.S., mostly in Florida, Texas, California and Connecticut.

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Pelota (Spanish for "ball") is a popular professional game in the Basque region with roots in the old European sport of Jeu de Paume, or Real Tennis. It is considered one of the fastest ball sports. Your expert poletaris will introduce you to the sport's history, rules and equipment. After an engaging demonstration by these professional players, test your own skills with the curved basket during some friendly competition. Does it look like something you've seen before? Basque immigrants brought the sport to the United States in the early 1900's where it was adopted under the name Jai-Alai. It's still played in the U.S., mostly in Florida, Texas, California and Connecticut.

Flamenco Lesson in Barcelona

Flamenco Lesson in Barcelona

Strap on your dancing shoes and celebrate the festive and colorful tradition of flamenco dancing. A local expert will instruct you in the basic steps of a traditional dance as you hit the floor yourself and groove to the rhythmic strums of flamenco guitar. Olé!

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Strap on your dancing shoes and celebrate the festive and colorful tradition of flamenco dancing. A local expert will instruct you in the basic steps of a traditional dance as you hit the floor yourself and groove to the rhythmic strums of flamenco guitar. Olé!

Madrid Tour with Guide

Madrid Tour with Guide

Prado Museum with Guide and Reservation

Prado Museum with Guide and Reservation

El Escorial with Guide

El Escorial with Guide

Segovia Alcázar

Segovia Alcázar

Guggenheim Museum with Audio Guides

Guggenheim Museum with Audio Guides

Barcelona Tour with Guide

Barcelona Tour with Guide

Parc Güell with Guide and Reservation

Parc Güell with Guide and Reservation

Sagrada Familia with Guide and Reservation

Sagrada Familia with Guide and Reservation

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Itinerary

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.

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

Day 2: Madrid

Arrive in Madrid, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and start exploring.

Day 3: 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 on the artwork of Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Even the 18th-century Neo-Classical building that houses the collection is stunning.

Day 4: Burgos

This morning, drive to the magnificent palace monastery of El Escorial, built by King Philip II to honor San Lorenzo after he defeated the French in 1557. Enjoy a guided visit to the palace before you continue to ancient Segovia, and tour its impressive 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct and dreamlike Alcázar with your tour manager. Traveling through Castile, arrive in Burgos, once home of the great Spanish hero El Cid.

Day 5: San Sebastian

A morning walking tour of Burgos with your tour manager takes you to one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Then head north to Bilbao, home of Spain's Guggenheim Museum, and enjoy its impressive collection with headsets provided. Continue on to picturesque San Sebastián, the fashionable Basque seaside resort.

Day 6: San Sebastian

This morning experience an important piece of Basque sporting culture as you try your hand at one of the world's fastest ball games, pelota. Expert players will treat you to both a pelota lesson and professional demonstration match. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore more of San Sebastián at your own pace. This evening enjoy an authentic Spanish dinner and walking tour.

Day 7: Barcelona

Drive to the thriving city of Zaragoza, noted for its traditions of folklore and gastronomy as well as the Basílica del Pilar and the grand Moorish Aljafería Palace, built during the 11th century. There will be time for lunch then travel onward to Barcelona, capital of Catalonia.

Day 8: Barcelona

Begin your day with a panoramic sightseeing tour. Our local expert will point out all the major highlights of Barcelona, including the unique Gaudí-designed houses. Antoni Gaudí, one of Catalonia’s most famous sons, was a Modernist architect whose distinctive style is revered to this day. After, you’ll be able to study the intricate design inside and out of his still-unfinished Sagrada Familia and stroll whimsical Parc Güell. Then you'll learn about 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. The rest of the day is yours to perhaps explore the Gothic Quarter or browse local shops for souvenirs.

Day 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.

Price This Tour

Price This Tour

Optional Extras

Ultimate Protection Plan

Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $270

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Comprehensive Protection Plan

Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $225

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