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Madrid & Barcelona

Barcelona Highlights
  • Guided tours of The Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and Parc Güell
  • Museo Picasso
  • La Rambla, Parc de la Ciutadella, Port Vell Marina, and Port Olímpic
  • Catamaran Cruise
Madrid Highlights
  • Madrid's Royal Palace
  • Dome of the Almudena Cathedral
  • Flamenco Evening
  • Picasso’s “Guernica” at the Reina Sofia
  • Bernabeu Stadium Tour
  • Goya, Velázquez, Titian, Rubens, and Bosch at the Prado
  • Excursion to El Escorial to visit the tombs of Spanish Monarchs


Since 2009 we’ve been offering all-inclusive international travel programs for students interested developing real world travel skills while exploring some of the world's most interesting places as part of a small group.
Our programs seize every opportunity to practice foreign language, navigation, scheduling, collaboration, and budgeting skills with real world activities like cross-referencing street and metro maps, purchasing transit passes, researching opening days/times, navigating an itinerary and staying on schedule, choosing restaurants and making reservations, and eating well while staying within a meal allowance.


Highlights of our stay in Madrid include a guided walk through old Madrid, exploring inside the Royal Palace, studying the works of Goya, Velázquez, Titian, Rubens, and Bosch at the Prado before comparing them with works by Picasso and Dali at the Museo Reina Sofia, an excursion out to El Escorial with its tombs of Spanish Monarchs, Estadio Bernabeu, Templo de Debod, a picnic in Parque del Retiro and a Flamenco evening. Our hotel in Madrid, located in the heart of the city, is walking distance from the best flamenco, tapas, churros, paella, and jamón ibérico in Madrid.
Highlights of our stay in Barcelona include a harbor cruise, the medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter, the remarkable works of Antonio Gaudi and the Modernista movement, and the renovations for the 1992 Olympic Games, most evident along the waterfront.
Day City Overview
1 Airborne Meet your Program Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Spain!
2 MadridArrive in Madrid and navigate to the hotel using public transportation. Explore the city from Puerta del Sol to Plaza de Oriente visiting Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, Calle del Arenal and Plaza de Isabel II. Lunch, then experience shopping at El Rastro. Enjoy a late-afternoon visit to Museo Reina Sofia. Visit Templo de Debod at Parque de la Montana then return to the hotel and freshen up for a Tapas banquet.
3 Madrid Climb to the cupola of the Cathedral de la Almudena for a panoramic view of Madrid, then tour the Palacio Real. Enjoy a professionally guided walking tour of the city, and then grab lunch. Tour Estadio Bernabeu, then enjoy a late-afternoon visit to the Museo del Prado. Relax over dinner in Madrid.
4 El Escorial Travel to the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama to tour El Escorial, then return to Madrid for a picnic in Parque del Buen Retiro. Shopping along Gran Vía then relax over dinner before an evening of Flamenco.
5 Barcelona High-speed train to Barcelona, navigate to the hotel, and enjoy lunch at Plaça Reial. Explore La Rambla, finding the Modernista Dragon and Mosaic at Plaça de la Boqueria, shopping at Mercat de Sant Josep, tasting the water at Font de Canaletes and then relaxing at the foot of the Columbus Monument before a Catamaran Harbor Cruise.
6 Barcelona Explore Barri Gòtic, visiting the Cathedral and Casa de la Ciutat. Visit Palau de la Música Catalana. Lunch. Explore the Quadrat d’Or, finding Gaudi’s Casa Milà and visiting Casa Batlló. Late afternoon and evening exploring Gaudi’s Park Güell.
7 Barcelona Visit Sagrada Familia. Walk through Parc de la Ciutadella and visit the Arc del Triomphe. Lunch/shopping on Port Vell Marina. Explore Born Neighborhood, visiting Museo Picasso and Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar. Afternoon in Port Olímpic.
8 Airborne Flight Home. ¡Adiós España!