Spain’s Premier Cities

Students will experience the diverse culture on this Spain trip with visits to its three largest cities, beginning in the capital city of Madrid; continuing to Valencia, the home of paella; and ending their journey in the enchanting capital of Catalonia – Barcelona.  An excursion to Toledo, with its daunting medieval walls, offers insights into three major cultures – Christians, Jews, and Arabs.  In addition to visiting the iconic sites and major museums of each of the cities, students will participate in a bullfighting workshop, tour a soccer club, and enjoy a Flamenco show.  Highlights of the visit to Spain’s premier cities include the Palacio Real; the World Heritage site of Toledo; the Oceanographic, Europe’s largest aquarium; and the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s most famous and incomplete work.



Day 1

  • Arrive in Madrid
  • Attend the LaVantas Tour- Bullfighting workshop
  • Visit the Prado Museum
  • Free time exploring Madrid
  • Dinner
  • Check-in to hotel



Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Guided Tour of Madrid-  Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de España, Calle Mayor, Gran Vía, Cibeles Fountain, Alcala Gate
  • Visit the Royal Palace
  • Tour the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid Soccer Club)
  • Flamenco Show and Dinner



Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Travel to Toledo via high speed train
  • Guided tour of Toledo- Gothic Cathedral, Medieval Synagogue, Church of Santo Tome, St. Mary’s Synagogue, Toledo Cathedral
  • Visit Museum of Santa Cruz
  • Return to Madrid via high speed train
  • Dinner



Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Travel to Valencia via high speed train
  • Guided tour of Valencia- Plaza Del Mercado, La Catedral, Plaza De La Virgen, Torres De Serranos, Iglesia De San Juan Del Hospital, The Silk Exchange
  • Visit the Palace of Arts
  • Dinner



Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the City of Arts and Sciences Complex
  • Visit the Oceanographic (aquarium)
  • Free time exploring Central Market and Valencia
  • Dinner



Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the Bioparc Valencia
  • Travel to Barcelona via high speed train
  • Dinner in Barcelona
  • Arrive hotel



Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Barcelona- The Gothic quarter, Montjuïc Hill, Gaudí-designed houses, Mercat de la Boquería, Las Ramblas, Columbus Monument, Magic Fountain
  • Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
  • Dinner



Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the Palace of Catalan Music
  • Visit Museum Spanish Village
  • Visit Camp Nou (Home of FC Barcelona Soccer Club)
  • Farewell Flamenco dinner and show



Day 9

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to airport
  • Flight home