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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.
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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.
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.
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!
Unlock the secrets of Spain's culinary arts with a cooking lesson held in a Toledo restaurant whose sweeping views over the city are sure to inspire. Begin with an introduction to the staples of Spanish food and an explanation of what local ingredients are used and why they are selected. Then work under the chefs' direction to try your hand at preparing ingredients and cooking the dishes on the day's menu. Play close attention on how to properly flip your tortilla española! Finish off the lesson by sampling the treats you created and imagine yourself a local Toledan preparing dinner for the family.
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! After arriving in Madrid, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain, you’ll meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin exploring this culturally significant city. You may want to start by getting a bite to eat at the little mesones in the Plaza Mayor.
This morning, Madrid's rich heritage springs to life on your guided sightseeing tour of classic Spanish boulevards, grand plazas, and diverse modern-day architecture. 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, where you'll skip the long lines of visitors with a timed reservation. As you explore one of the world's premier art museums, an expert will provide illuminating commentary about the artwork of great masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Even the 18th-century Neo-Classical building that houses the collection is stunning. 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 meal at one of Madrid's most famous chocolaterías with a sweet Spanish treat—churros y chocolate! Afterward, stroll to Plaza Mayor to watch artists and street performers ply their crafts.
Venture back in time today with an excursion to Toledo, a city that reveals the essence of medieval Spain. With a local guide you'll walk the winding streets to the Gothic Cathedral and the Medieval Synagogue and take in El Greco's great painting in the lovely Church of Santo Tomé. Then visit a local restaurant for a
Spanish cooking lesson led by professional chefs. Work in teams to create traditional dishes before dining on the tasty results with spectacular views of the Toledo skyline. Return to Madrid for the evening and perhaps shop in the Mercado San Miguel or stroll past the illuminated Royal Palace.
Start the day with a journey into the majestic Castilla y León region, known as the “Land of the Castles.” More than 300 were built in this high-plains area, primarily as a defense against Moorish invaders in medieval times. You’ll see a prime example in Segovia, home of the Alcázar, a castle that began as a Roman fort. It looks like something you’d see on the pages of a fairy tale. Then you’ll continue on to León, where you’ll have time before dinner to explore this fascinating city, known for its churches and cathedrals.
This morning you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of monuments and sights in León, once the busy capital of a former empire and now a quieter, pedestrian-friendly town. Enjoy entrance to the León Cathedral, notable for its soaring stained glass windows and Gothic style architecture. This afternoon, you’ll head west for Santiago de Compostela. Watch the scenery change as you travel from the Castilla y León region into Galicia.
Enjoy a full day to explore the Galician capital, which boasts one of the oldest universities in Spain and a beautiful old city center that combines Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture. The faithful also recognize it as the burial site of St. James the Apostle, which leads to its role as an important center for Christian traditions and the final destination on the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James pilgrimage route. A guided sightseeing tour will reveal the city’s most interesting sights and stories, including a visit inside the famed Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, beneath which lies the tomb of St. James.
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Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Enhance your European experience with a three-night extension from Santiago de Compostela to Porto and then Lisbon, including sightseeing.
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 $160Add 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 $80Add to Tour