2021 Vashon Island Spain Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||February 12, 2021 - February 21, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,790
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Spain Cultural Journey South
The smell of paella, the rhythmic tapping of flamenco, the rugged peaks of the Pyrenees, the soft waves of the Mediterranean, the world class museums, the Moorish palaces, the medieval villages, and the people who seem to have more lust and passion for life than anywhere else; this is Spain! You will access all of this and more as you improve your Spanish language skills and escape the tourist path. We have carefully developed programs that include spending days hiking along the epic Camino de Santiago, learning to make olive oil at an old-world grove, enjoying tapas, exploring the colorful streets of Barcelona, and sketching our own versions of Dalí.
-The above is a general description of activities on our programs in Spain. Please consult your itinerary below for exactly what you all will be doing on your adventure.-
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Tour a family-run olive farm in Seville for a tour and tasting
Learn to make traditional Spanish cuisine during a cooking class
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Travel across Andalucia, a region in Southern Spain home to many of the countries greatest cities.
Wander through The Alhambra, a majestic palace and fortress from the 13th century
Attend a flamenco dance performance in Granada
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|1||USA - Madrid||Today the group will travel from the USA to Madrid, Spain, arriving the following day.||Airplane|
|2||Madrid||We'll arrive in Madrid and settle into the hotel after the long day of travel. Later, we'll hold an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in details before heading out to explore our neighborhood and have dinner near Plaza Santa Ana.||TOC Hostel|
|3||Madrid - Granada||Today we'll visit the Prado museum, to admire the collections in one of the most impressive art museums in the world. In the afternoon we'll stroll through the Retiro Park, once the king's personal refuge, and enjoy churros con chocolate along the old winding streets. Then we'll head to Granada, home of the world famous Alhambra.||Monasterio Basilio or similar|
|4||Granada||We'll have a guided tour of Alhambra during the day, one of the most photogenic places on the planet. Afterwards, we'll have some free time to wander through the old quarter, possibly visit a traditional Moroccan tea house, and attend a flamenco performance in a cave above town this evening.||Monasterio Basilio or similar|
|5||Granada - Ronda||Travel to Ronda, in the heart of Andalucia, and visit the precipitous ravine before enjoying a bike tour around the outskirts of this ancient city to Setenil de las Bodegas, a spectacular pueblo blanco partially built into a cliff-face. In the evening we'll have dinner with some local Spanish students where we can take turns speaking in Spanish and English. ¿Que guay, no?||Enfrentearte or similar|
|6||Ronda - Sevilla||Morning departure to Sevilla, stopping on the way at an olive farm where some of the finest organic olive oil in the world is produced. We'll arrive in the afternoon to Sevilla and have a dinner of delicious tapas.||Sevilla Hotel|
|7||Sevilla||This morning we'll explore the city, including the impressive cathedral where Christopher Columbus is buried. After a lunch of tapas we'll go up to the "Setas de Sevilla" to take in the impressive views. In the evening we'll prepare our own authentic Spanish dinner in a cooking class!||Sevilla Hotel|
|8||Sevilla - Madrid||After breakfast we'll take a train from Sevilla back towards Madrid, passing beautiful countryside scenery, in order to get ready for our final full day in Spain. If the group is up for it, we can put our refined Spanish skills to use with a photgraphic scavenger hunt!||TOC Hostel or similar|
|9||Madrid||For our final day in Madrid, we'll spend the day exploring Spain's metropolitan capital by foot. Depending on what students are interested in, we may visit the Royal Palace, the Temple of Debod and the West Park or visit the famous Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. We'll have our last traditional Spanish meal tonight to cap off an excellent program!||TOC Hostel or similar|
|10||Madrid - USA||Today we will head to the airport to catch our international flight home. ¡Hasta luego!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
TOC Hostel Madrid
TOC is a spacious and hip hotel located in the heart of Madrid, just minutes away from the metro and major tourist attractions. This is a modern and hi-tech hotel with a friendly staff and a great breakfast! Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Travelers will have rooms and bathrooms which are exclusive to our group.
Monasterio Basilio is located in the center of Granada and provides an ideal location from which to explore the city. This cozy hotel can accommodate up to four students per room with ensuite bathrooms and the quirky aesthetic that defines this hotel makes for a memorable stay.
Hostal Plaza de Santa Cruz
Hostal Plaza de Santa Cruz is located in the heart of Sevilla, making it ideal for getting around easily on foot. The three star hotel comes with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and breakfast served on the terrace each morning. Students will be split between gender between double, triple or quadruple rooms depending on availability.
Enfrente Arte is a unique hotel in the heart of Ronda, Spain. Each room has its own character, and is themed differently. All rooms include an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and central heating. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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