2022 Seneca Valley Spain and France Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||June 15, 2022 - June 29, 2022|
Airfare not included in program tuition
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Program Tuition: $3,490
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All prices in United States Dollars.
Spain and France Cultural Journey
Two of the most dynamic destinations on the planet, a program to Spain and France will highlight the best of both countries. Groups will alternate between visiting spectacular metropolises, world-class museums and quaint communities nestled in beautiful countryside. Opportunities include walking along el camino de Santiago, visiting the beaches at Normandy and settling into glistening sea-side towns. Oh, and the food! Arguably there is no better place to explore culinary delights than these two countries.
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!
Visit the most renowned museums in Spain
Enjoy delicious Spanish pinxos (snacks)!!
Get a taste of Basque country in San Sebastian by boat along the Bay of Biscay
Walk along El Camino de Santiago
Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!
Learn to make traditional Spanish cuisine during a cooking class
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Explore the rich history of Bilbao
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 - Mon, Jun 15, 2019||USA - Barcelona||Today the group will travel from the USA to Barcelona, Spain, arriving the next day.||Airplane|
|2-Tues, Jun 16||USA - Barcelona||After arriving and getting settled, we'll check out Barcelona and visit La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Las Ramblas and, if the group's up for it, Montjuic, a large hill that overlooks the entire city. Tonight we'll enjoy our first taste of local cuisine and discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||St. Jordi or similar|
|3-Weds, Jun 17||Barcelona - San Sebastian||After breakfast we will travel by train to San Sebastian and enjoy time on the beach as well as sea kayaking. In the evening, we will sample the famous "pintxos" of the Basque Country as we prepare to begin our walk along the camino the following morning.||A Room in the City or similar|
|4-Thurs, Jun 18||San Sebastian & Donibane Pasaia||Today we will take a bus to Donibane Pasaia where we'll visit a boat/museum and learn about the unique history and seafaring traditions of the Basque Country. We will then spend the rest of the day walking on El Camino de Santiago along the Bay of Biscay, about 12.5 KM in total distance until we arrive back in San Sebastian.||A Room in the City or similar|
|5-Fri, Jun 19||San Sebastian - Orio||A second full day walking along El Camino de Santiago, arriving to Orio and Zarautz about 18KM in total distance.||Hotel Olatu or similar|
|6-Sat, Jun 20||Orio - Zumaia||A final full day walking along El Camino de Santiago, arriving to Zumaia about 24 KM in total distance.||Karakas Kar or similar|
|7-Sun, Jun 21||Zumaia - Bilbao||After breakfast we will bus to Bilbao and spend the day exploring one of the most charming cities in all of northern Spain. We will also make time to visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum.||Ganbara Hostel or similar|
|8-Mon, Jun 22||Bilbao - Barcelona||We will have a relaxing morning in the old quarter of Bilbao and take a classic cable car up to Mount Artxanda to have lunch, take in some impressive views of the city and bid farewell to Bilbao before boarding an mid-afternoon train back to Barcelona for our final night.||St. Jordi Gracia or similar|
|9-Tues, Jun 23||Barcelona - Paris||Fly to Paris. We will check into our accommodations and get settled. You'll spend the remainder of the day in the Montmartre District , including the incredible Sacré Cœur .||Hotel in Paris|
|10-Weds, Jun 24||Paris||With so much to see in Paris, we'll spend most of the day visiting monuments and amazing sites. We'll start the day at The Orsay Museum followed by a quick trip to the beautiful Tuileries Garden where we will have a picnic. Next we'll continue on to the Place de la Concorde and the Place Vendome , a square dominated by a decorated column dedicated to the famous Napoleonic battle of Austerlitz. We'll move on to the home of the current French President - the Palais de l'Élysée , where we'll enjoy the beautiful view from outside. The afternoon will be an excellent chance to do some (window) shopping at one of the most exclusive shopping districts in the world; Champs-Élysées . We'll finish up the day up at the Arc de Triomphe . We'll have dinner at a restaurant and then head to the Palais du Tokyo , Paris' exciting contemporary art museum (open until midnight!). Here we'll see an exhibition and have an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower before heading back to our hotels for a good night's sleep.||Hotel in Paris|
|11-Thurs, Jun 25||Paris||Today, we will have a wonderful walking tour of Paris. We'll start on the Left Bank or Rive Gauche where we will see the Luxembourg Gardens , the Pantheon , and the famous Latin Quarter , followed by the Holy Chapel and Notre Dame Cathedral . We'll stop for a picnic lunch in the nearby park and explore the Ile de St. Louis , too. Then we will continue up to the Pompidou Center , where we will see an exhibition. After the museum we will walk over to the Les Halles area and explore Rue Montorgueil , the oldest market street in Paris, and the Church of St. Eustache . We will eat dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood and then head back to our accommodations on the metro or bus for some rest.||Hotel in Paris|
|12-Fri Jun 26||Paris||In the morning we'll visit the Louvre and you will have your chance to see the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and many other amazing works of art. After the Louvre we will walk to the gardens of the Palais Royal and eat our picnic lunches. From there, we will walk up to the Opera and admire the beautiful Palais Garnier. We'll tour the inside of the opera house. Next, we'll walk on to see the famous department store Galeries Lafayette and appreciate its architecture from the inside. From there we'll move on to the Madeleine , the famous neoclassical Roman Catholic church. We'll stop for Ladurée macarons, classic French treats. From there we will stroll to the Place de Clichy and onwards to take pictures in front of the Moulin Rouge . We will have dinner in the area and then take the metro back to our accommodations.||Hotel in Paris|
|13-Sat, Jun 27||Paris||Today we will take the RER just outside of Paris to see the palace of Versailles , one of the most opulent palaces in the world, with gardens equally as beautiful. We'll enjoy a nice picnic in the gardens and you'll also get the chance to visit the historic Hall of Mirrors - the treaty of Versailles was signed here, ending World War I. We'll take the RER back into Paris and get out at the Champs de Mars to see the Eiffel Tower up close. We'll walk over to see Invalides . We'll walk along the Seine and then head back towards our accommodations to eat dinner.||Hotel in Paris|
|14-Sun, Jun 28||Paris||On our last full day in Paris, we will head over to the Jardin des Plantes after breakfast. We'll take in the beautiful gardens and greenhouses and then break for a picnic lunch. After the gardens, we will have the opportunity to visit the Grande Mosquée of Paris , built in the 1920s, and have tea on the tiled terrace. We'll walk over to the bustling Rue Mouffetard , stopping to see the Arènes de Lutèce (Roman ruins) on the way. We'll have a festive final dinner where you will get to try traditional French cuisine: Frog legs, Escargot and Steak Frites. We'll round up the trip with a boat tour on tthe Seine for a last view of all the city's major sites at night! We'll then head back to our accommodations with enough down time so that we can pack and rest up for the journey home in the morning.||Hotel in Paris|
|15-Mon, Jun 29||Paris - USA||Today we will head to the airport for the flight home. Bon Voyage!||Home|
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.
St. Jordi Gracia
The Gracia Hostel is a boutique hostel walking distance from local restaurants, parks and museums. This hostel has free wifi, guest computers, air conditioning and a communal kitchen. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Figueres Hostel is a small, locally owned hostel run by Sergio and Amanda. This hostel is centrally located near the city center, local restaurants and museums. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
FIAP Jean Monnet
More than just a hotel, this international youth accommodation also functions as a conference center, a cultural venue, and a space to meet up with friends from all over the world. A truly unique experience for students in Paris. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Karakas Kar is a small locally owned 3-star hotel in the city center. This estate is surrounded by nature and has a nice view of Orrua Senotia. This hotel can comfortably accommodate up to 4 students per room and has an ensuite bathroom in each room. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
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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: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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