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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 meal 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.
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24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
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.
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.
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! Welcome to Spain's modern and cosmopolitan capital. Meet your ACIS Tour Manager before you begin to explore the city's wide avenues and open plazas.
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 breeze past the crowds with your timed reservation to visit the magnificent Prado, 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.
Journey to Bilbao to visit the renowned Guggenheim Museum with personal audio guides. Along with the exhibitions inside, the building of the museum itself has been hailed as one of the most important structures of its time. Afterwards your tour manager will take you on a walking tour of scenic Bilboa, including the riverside, Parque Etxebarria and Casco Viejo, the beautiful medieval quarter.
Today journey to coastal San Sebastián with your tour manager. Stroll along the seaside streets and explore the neighborhoods of this delightful city. In the afternoon 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. Then continue through the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains to Pamplona.
This morning explore Pamplona, famous for its yearly San Fermín festival, which features the Running of the Bulls. Your tour manager will introduce to you the medieval city center, religious architecture and notable monuments during a walking tour. In the afternoon depart for Barcelona.
Begin your day with a 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. In the afternoon you may opt to learn about Barcelona's famed football club with a tour of Nou Camp Stadium. In the evening take a walk down La Rambla and experience the brightly lit, bustling atmosphere of Plaça de Catalunya.
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Enhance your Spanish experience with a two-night extension to Palma via flight from Barcelona, with sightseeing, including Palma's Gothic Cathedral and an excursion to Sóller by train.
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 $360Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $240Add to Tour
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