2023 Strath Haven Spain Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 Strath Haven Spain Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: June 18, 2023 - June 28, 2023
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,990 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,257

Tuition Calculator

There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan.  Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.

Program Tuition: $2,990

Pay in Full

$2,990.00

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Payment Plan

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:

$276.67

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

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!  Whether you’re hiking along the Camino de Santiago, exploring the colorful streets of Barcelona or sketching in front of a piece at the Prado, this gem of a country is sure to leave you wanting more.

 

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

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.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Tour a family-run olive farm in Seville for a tour and tasting

Learn to make traditional Spanish cuisine during a cooking class

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

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 18USA - MadridToday the group will travel from the USA to Madrid, Spain, arriving the following day.Airplane
June 19MadridWe'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.Sterling Hotel
June 20MadridToday 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.Sterling Hotel
June 21Madrid - ToledoThis morning we'll embark on a scavenger hunt around town and practice our language skills in Mercado San Miguel. After lunch, we will leave Madrid and head to the famous 'city of three cultures,' Toledo. We will spend the evening exploring the city. We'll get a chance to enjoy some coffee in the outskirts of the city and see the city’s two most important monuments: the Cathedral and the Alcázar fortress. Hotel Abacería
June 22Toledo - GranadaThis morning we will discover why Toledo is known as ‘the city of the three cultures’ by visiting the Jewish quarter and the district of the convents with a guided tour of the area. After lunch, we'll hit the road for Granada, taking in the beautiful countryside as we wind through the Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia regions of Southern Spain. We'll get settled into our hotel tonight upon arrival and rest up ahead of our upcoming adventures.Macià Monasterio Los Basilios
June 23GranadaWe'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.Macià Monasterio Los Basilios
June 24Granada - RondaTravel 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?Hotel Maestranza
June 25Ronda- SevillaMorning 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.Inturjoven
June 26SevillaThis 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!Inturjoven
June 27Sevilla - MadridAfter breakfast we'll head back to 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!Cats Hostel
June 28Madrid - USAToday we will head to the airport to catch our international flight home. ¡Hasta luego!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Cats Hostel

Cats Madrid Sol is located in central Madrid, just 492 feet from the lively Santa Ana Square.  The dormitories at Cats Madrid Sol are set around a beautiful courtyard with an 18th-century Moorish-style fountain. Each one includes wooden floors and individual lockers. This property serves a daily breakfast in the coffee room and has vending machines for snacks and pastries. A fridge and a microwave are available for all guests. There is a laundry room with coin-operated machines, as well as an iron. The bar features computers which you can use for free.

Hotel Abacería

The Hotel Abacería, is located in an orchard in the residential area, “Los Cigarrales”, in Toledo, and is surrounded by nature and views of the historic quarter. Its location allows guests to get to the monumental zone in the center of Toledo, World Heritage Site, in just 20 minutes on foot. This charming and modern Hotel Abacería offers a variety of services, such as equipped rooms, a restaurant, outdoor pool in the summer, parking, garage, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a function room for meetings. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Monasterio Basilio

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.

Hotel Maestranza

This charming hotel is located in the historical and retail heart of the Ronda, facing the oldest bullring in the world, where bullfighting was born. The spacious hotel offers 70 rooms. During your stay, you can benefit from parking facilities, elegant lounges, an excellent restaurant and a coffee shop. During July and August, guest have free access to an outdoor pool located 5 minutes’ drive from the hotel. The air-conditioned rooms feature wooden floors, a flat-screen TV and a kettle. The private bathroom includes a bath or a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.

Albergue Inturjoven Sevilla

Albergue Inturjoven Sevilla is located on the Reina Mercedes University Campus in Sevilla, a 10 minute walk from María Luisa Park. It offers simple, air conditioned rooms and a central patio. The staff at the hostel’s 24-hour front desk can provide information about what to see and do in Seville and the surrounding area.  A buffet breakfast is served every day in the Inturjoven Sevilla’s bright breakfast room. It also offers vending machines, and there are places to eat and drink nearby.

 

 

Safety and Support


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HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
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EXPERT LEADERSHIP
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PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

Our daughter is planning a high school junior year as an exchange student abroad, and your program was partly a ‘test the waters” of her being abroad. It was a tremendous success, thank you!

Barney
Parent of Della, traveler on 2017 program to Thailand

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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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