2025 Galloway European Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2025 Galloway European 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: February 18, 2025 - February 28, 2025
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $3,990 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,000

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: $3,990

Pay in Full

$3,990.00

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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:

$698.00

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 North

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 for exactly what you all will be doing on your adventure.

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!

Explore Santiago de Compostela!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Visit the most renowned museums in Spain

Enjoy delicious Spanish pinxos (snacks)!!

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
Feb 18USA - BarcelonaFly from USA to BarcelonaAirplane
Feb 19BarcelonaAfter arriving to Barcelona and settling into our rooms, we'll do a bit of exploring and get our first glimpse of Barceloneta, where we'll have dinner. Afterwards, we'll hold an orientation meeting to discuss the details of the days ahead.Barcelona Hotel
Feb 20BarcelonaToday we start our journey with a full day of activities. First we will start with a panoramic tour around Barcelona have a walk in the Barrio Gotico with our local guide as it is the oldest part of the city and get us depp into the history of Catalonia and Spain itself, as at the same time that we understand the importance of their culture and lenguage. They will take us to the Catalonia Parlament among many other political places. After lunch we can visit their most important monument: Sagrada Familia, a basilica without equal and one of the most unique works of architecture known to man. Designed by Gaudi, this 19th-century church, which is still under construction, is an architectural marvel and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We'll visit with a local guide to make the most of our time. Later we will visit Las Ramblas before having dinner at La Boquería, Barcelona's famous food market.Bacelona Hotel
Feb 21Barcelona - ZaragozaAfter breakfast we check out and visit first Parc Guell , named after Eusebi Güell, a wealthy entrepreneur and aristocrat who had a great passion for Gaudi’s work and became his patron. In the afternoon, we travel up the Capitol of what it used to be the Aragon Kingdom, Zaragoza, one of the most important kingdoms from Iberian Pensinsula. Once we check in, we setlle, and enjoy a dinner downtownZaragoza Hotel
Feb 22Zaragoza - Basque Country (Bilbao)Today we will enjoy a walk along with our guide to get to know more about the Aragon Kingdom. We will visit Palacio de la Aljafería, first built by the muslims in the Taifa kingdom in the period of its maximum political and cultural heyday. Then became the residence of the Christian kings of Aragon in 1118 by Alfonso I the Battler. After lunch we will get up to the north of Spain, Basque Country has a lot to offer for the Spanish history.Bilbao Hotel
Feb 23Basque Country (Bilbao) & San SebastiánToday we will visit Bilbao, the capitol of Basque Country, we will get to know the history and why Euskera is one of the most unique lenguages from Europe. After lunch, we travel by bus 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.Bilbao Hotel
Feb 24Basque Country (Bilbao) - LisbonWe 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 flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival in Lisbon, we'll drop our bags in the hotel and explore our neighborhood on foot.Lisbon Hotel
Feb 25LisbonWe'll start the day with an e-Bike tour of Lisbon, seeing some of the cities most iconic sites while learning about the history from locals. Known as the city of seven hills, Lisbon has some stunning lookout points, and e-bikes make for a fun and easy way to see some of the best views of the city. This evening, we'll take a Portuguese cooking class and learn how to prepare traditional food on our own.Lisbon Hotel
Feb 26CascaisAfter a hearty breakfast, we'll take a guided tour of the Jerónimos Monastery where the Treaty of Lisbon was signed. From there, we'll take a short walk to the Torre de Belém, one of Lisbon's most iconic monuments. We'll take a quick snack break and enjoy pasteis de belém, which are the the best custard tarts in the world. From the Torre de Belém we'll take the train to Cascais and enjoy a picnic lunch at the beach followed by some free time to roam the small costal city.Lisbon Hotel
Feb 27SintraToday we'll take the train from Lisbon to Sintra and spend the first part of our day visiting the Palacio da Pena - a stunning Romanticist castle perched on a hilltop. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and widely considered one of the most significant expressions of Romanticism in the 19th century. Afterwards, we'll enjoy lunch and some free time in the small idyllic town of Sintra before making our way back to Lisbon. We'll enjoy our final farewell dinner together complete with a fado performance, a uniquely Portuguese musical experience.Lisbon Hotel
Feb 28Lisbon - USAWe'll head to the airport this morning to board our flight back to the USA.Your own bed.

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. 
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.

Hotel Photo Zabalburu

Hotel Photo Zabalburu is located 1.3 km from the Roman Catholic church “Bilbao Cathedral” and features a bar, a flat screen TV and a cable flat-screen. Indautxu tube station is just a 10-minute walk and Abando train station is 1000 metres away. The venue is placed in the centre of Bilbao, a stroll away from Azkuna Zentroa Cultural Center. It is also 1.3 km from the hillside park “Parque Etxebarria”. Hotel Photo Zabalburu is a short ride from Bilbaout. There are 38 guestrooms equipped with flat-screen television, satellite television and lounge area. Hairdryers, showers and a bathtub are featured.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
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

Walking Tree gave us everything we needed to make our vision of the perfect educational trip to China a reality.

Andy
Repeat Group Organizer on programs to China

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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