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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.
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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.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
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.
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!
Learn about the history of Lisbon's famed ceramic tiles, or azulejos, and put traditional painting styles into practice under the guide of a local expert as you decorate your own piece.
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.
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¡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.
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. Later we'll take an evening stroll down to see the artists and street performers in Plaza Mayor.
Sweep across the golden plains of La Mancha and into Andalucía on the high-speed AVE train. Arrive in Córdoba in time for a guided sightseeing tour of the city, including a visit to the candy cane arches and 4,000 copper lamps of the great Mezquita, using audio guides. Then spend time exploring the old Jewish quarter with its flower-filled patios. Continue on to Seville, where a traditional Spanish paella dinner awaits—a spicy tango of rice, seafood and vegetables considered by many as Spain's national dish. Enjoy an evening paseo along the river to see the Torre del Oro and colorful Barrio de Triana.
Discover Andalucía's prettiest city on a morning sightseeing tour, including Christopher Columbus' tomb in the Cathedral, and enjoy views from the grand Giralda Tower. During your free afternoon wander the streets of the Santa Cruz quarter. Tonight at a
flamenco lesson, you'll learn the steps to this famous dance from professionals, and then see your instructors perform it at a show.
Drive through the province of Extremadura, birthplace of Spain's conquistadores including Cortés, Pizarro and Balboa and cross the border into Portugal. Visit enchanting Évora with time for lunch and a walking tour that shows you the highlights of this UNESCO walled city, such as the Roman Temple, cathedral and main square. Continue to Lisbon and begin to unlock the secrets of this fascinating city, once the capital of the world's greatest maritime empire.
In the morning a sightseeing tour with a local expert shows you the Monument of the Discoveries, Alfáma district, Rossio Square and St. George's Castle before you enjoy a visit inside Jerónimos Monastery. Then in the afternoon you'll learn more about the famed Portuguese ceramic tiles, or azulejos, that you've been seeing across the city—decorate your own piece during a hands-on
ceramic tile workshop.
Today visit the hillside town of Sintra and the colorful Palacio Nacional da Pena, which was the summer residence of Portuguese kings and is famed for its tilework. This 19th century Romanticist castle sits atop a rocky outcrop at one of the highest points in Sintra and offers stunning panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding area. Then return to Lisbon with time to explore more at your own pace.
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Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $315Add to Tour