2023 Bishop Machebeuf Spain Program
June 1, 2023 -
June 14, 2023
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
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: $3,490
Pay in Full
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!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Walk along El Camino de Santiago
Enjoy the art, food and vivacious spirit that make Barcelona famous!
Swim and kayak in the Bay of Biscay
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.
|Day 1||USA - Madrid||Today the group will from the USA to Madrid, Spain, arriving the next day.||Airplane|
|Day 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 detail before heading out to explore our neighborhood and have dinner near Plaza Santa Ana.||TOC Hostel|
|Day 3||Madrid - Sevilla||This morning we'll visit the Prado museum and admire the collections in one of the most impressive art museums in the world. Afterwards, we'll stroll over to Retiro Park, once the king's personal refuge, and enjoy a picnic lunch- along with churros con chocolate! Then we'll board our first train ride of the trip to Sevilla. This evening we'll prepare our own authentic Spanish dinner in a cooking class!||Sevilla Hotel|
|Day 4||Sevilla - Cordoba||This morning we'll explore the city of Sevilla, 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 majestic views before making our way to Cordoba by train this afternoon. Upon arrival we will check in to our hotel before setting out explore and get our bearings in this captivating city.||Eurostars Conquistador|
|Day 5||Cordoba - Granada||This morning we will visit the exceptionally preserved moorish mosque, La Mezquita, and learn about one of the most prominent Islamic centers during the Moorish empire's reign in Spain. After a fulfilling tour, we'll catch an afternoon train to Granada, home of the world famous Alhambra. Tonight, we'll have dinner near the hotel before taking time to reflect on our journey thus far.||Monasterio Basilio|
|Day 6||Granada||The adventure continues this morning with a guided visit to the Alhambra! In the afternoon travelers will have some time to explore on their own, topping the day off with a dramatic Flamenco performance in a cave in the Albaizin.||Monasterio Basilio|
|Day 7||Granada - Barcelona||Today the group will travel from the Andalusia region to Catalonia by bus. We will arrive to Barcelona in time for tapas this evening!||Sant Jordi Gracia|
|Day 8||Barcelona||After breakfast, we're off to visit La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Las Ramblas and, if the group's up for it, Montjuic, a large hill that overlooks the entire city. A full day of exploring in one of the world's great cities!||Sant Jordi Gracia|
|Day 9||Barcelona - San Sebastian||After breakfast we will travel by train to San Sebastian and enjoy time on the beach. For those interested, sea kayaking is also an option! 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|
|Day 10||San Sebastian||Today we will take a bus to Donibane Pasaia where will 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 along a section of El Camino de Santiago along the beautiful Bay of Biscay, about 12.5 KM in total. After a celebratory meal to commemorate the hike, we get a bus back to San Sebastian.||A Room in the City|
|Day 11||San Sebastian - 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|
|Day 12||Bilbao - Madrid||We will have a relaxing morning in the old quarter of Bilbao and take a classic cable car up to Mount Artxanda for lunch, take in some impressive views of the city and bid farewell to Bilbao before boarding a mid-afternoon train back to Madrid for our final night in country.||TOC Hostel|
|Day 13||Madrid - USA||Today we'll head to the airport and board 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.
St. Jordi Sagrada Familia
Centrally located in Barcelona, this hostel has a skateboard-theme and is great for young adults. This facility has air conditioning, free wifi, guest computers and security lockers. 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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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