Homestay en España Educational Tour

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Homestay en España

8 Days Madrid homestay 3 • Barcelona homestay 3

Accommodations

Homestay Accommodations.

Transportation

Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline. Madrid Metro Pass 10 Rides. Three-day public transportation pass in Barcelona.

Meals

All breakfasts. Five lunches. All dinners.

Guides

Special arrangements as noted.

Inclusions

Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.

Travel Protection

passports provides and pays for a Post Departure Travel Protection Plan that includes coverage for Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expense and Evacuation and more.

Days 1-2: Home - Madrid homestay

Arrival transfer

Guided walking tour in Madrid

Homestay: passports-organized homestay with three meals daily and two or three students per family

Day 3: Madrid - Madrid homestay

Excursion to Toledo, El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Local Guide, Visit to Toledo Cathedral, Visit to the Church of Santo Tomé (El Greco's painting), Visit to a historic synagogue

Homestay

Day 4: Madrid - Madrid homestay

Full day assistant (until dinner)

Guided tour at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (bullring)

Visit to the Prado Museum: Prado headset

Homestay

Day 5: Madrid - Barcelona homestay

Sightseeing stop in Saragossa, Visit to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

Homestay

Day 6: Barcelona - Barcelona homestay

Full day assistant (until dinner)

Visit to the Sagrada Familia Basilica: Guide for the Sagrada Familia

Homestay

Day 7: Barcelona - Barcelona homestay

Full day assistant (until dinner)

Guided walking tour of the Gothic Quarter

Homestay

Day 8: Departure

Departure transfer

Days 1-2: Arrival, Madrid Guided Walking Tour, Homestay

A dream comes true as your wide-bodied jet thunders off the airstrip, Europe-bound! Watch the sun rise up to meet your airplane, after a short night. Spain glides by beneath your airplane, in shades of sienna, as you head towards Madrid's Barajas Airport.

Stroll in the Plaza Mayor, the heart of the Old City.

For lunch, why not duck into a sidewalk mesón for a sopa de pescado or some calamares?

Guided walking tour in Madrid

Follow your guide on a walking tour of the city. Landmarks you may see include Plaza Mayor, Calle de Cuchilleros, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with the Cervantes Monument, Gran Vía, Calle Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Cibeles and Neptune Fountains.

Passports organized homestay

A homestay experience is unsurpassed in its combination of sightseeing and cultural immersion. It's a unique opportunity of living in another culture while absorbing the lifestyle and augmenting your language skills.

Your host family will welcome you to your new home. Enjoy a typical home-cooked meal this evening as you test your language skills at the dinner table, and your hosts test theirs. There's sure to be plenty of laughs!

Day 3: Excursion to Toledo, El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen, Homestay

Toledo is surrounded on three sides by the Río Tajo, which has cut a deep gorge out of the encircling mountains. Christianity, Judaism and Islam coexist on the tiny streets of this ancient city, which was once the capital of Spain. Indeed, the entire panorama of Spanish history is embodied in its churches, synagogues, Moorish mosques and fortifications.

A full-day local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of Toledo, will accompany you today.

Visit to Toledo Cathedral

Visit one of the most impressive Spanish cathedrals, completed in 1492, after nearly 300 years. Its treasury contains an impressive display of gold and silver vessels and alabaster sculpture.

Visit to the Church of Santo Tomé (El Greco's painting)

Visit the Church of St. Thomas to view El Greco's Burial of the Count of Orgaz, a fresco commissioned in honor of a Spanish nobleman who was known for his generosity and charitable deeds.

Visit to a historic synagogue

Enjoy a visit to one of the city's two remaining medieval synagogues.

Visit to the Monastery of El Escorial and sightseeing stop at the Valley of the Fallen

Travel to the religious retreat of King Philip II, El Escorial, where he and other Spanish kings lie buried. On a guided tour, see the Royal Pantheon and Crypt of the Royal Children, the apartments of King Philip, and the basilica with Titian's fresco of St. Lawrence's martyrdom, as well as the lavish library which contains 40,000 rare manuscripts, including St. Teresa of Avila's diary.

Then, head to the Valley of the Fallen, nestled in the Guadarrama Mountains. Intended as a monument to Fascism, this site is now a memorial to soldiers from both sides who died during the 1936-39 Civil War. See the world's largest monumental cross and the entrance to the underground basilica (currently closed to visitors) that General Franco ordered carved inside a hill of solid granite by prisoners of war. Walk across the vast esplanade for a panoramic view of valleys and mountains.

Day 4: Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Prado Museum, Madrid, Homestay

A full-day assistant will accompany your group until dinner.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Spain's premiere bullfighting ring and a beautiful example of the Arabic influence on Spanish architecture.

Visit to the Prado Museum

View world-famous paintings by El Greco, Goya, and Velázquez, and much. much more, at the magnificent Museo del Prado.

Free time in Madrid

The remainder of the day is free to plan as you wish.

Stroll through Retiro Park. Once royalty's playground, El Parque del Retiro now opens its gardens and recreational areas to the public. You may be tempted by a row boat ride on the lake (you row!), or by a solar boat ride (you relax!).

Day 5: Saragossa, Barcelona, Homestay

Stop in the ancient capital of the kingdom of Aragón, Zaragoza. You'll see the towering cathedral known as La Seo, the Aljaferia Palace, built by the Moors in the 11th century and later used by the kings of Aragón and the city's best-known landmark, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. This shrine is one of Spain's most venerated sanctuaries as it houses a pillar upon which, according to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James the Apostle in the first century AD.

Enter Saragossa's best-known landmark, the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, a shrine housing a pillar upon which, according to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James the Apostle in the first century AD. The basilica remains one of Spain's most venerated sanctuaries.

Continue through the landscapes of Catalonia to the seat of the 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona.

Day 6: Sagrada Familia Basilica, Barcelona, Homestay

A full-day assistant will accompany your group until dinner.

Visit the extraordinary-looking basilica whose construction was planned in the 1870s. Antonio Gaudí worked for more than forty years to create a unique and huge sanctuary still far from completion. The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia combines elements of Gothic architecture and the tenets of the Modernista movement associated with Gaudí.

A guide will accompany you during your visit to the Sagrada Familia.

Free time in Barcelona

The remainder of the day is free to plan as you wish.

Check out Gaudi's most colorful creations on exhibit in Parc Güell, notably the mosaic-decorated pavilions and the cavernous Room of a Hundred Columns.

You may want to visit Casa Milá, an apartment building designed by Antonio Gaudí in 1906. Also called La Pedrera, Casa Milá is so unique with its curves and fantastic rooftop that it is one of Barcelona's best-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 7: Barcelona, Gothic Quarter Guided Walking Tour, Homestay

A full-day assistant will accompany your group until dinner.

Enjoy some free time this morning.

You may want to stroll down Las Ramblas to the Columbus Monument, which marks the spot where the explorer stepped ashore in 1493 after his voyage of discovery. Nearby is Port Vell, the harbor area where you'll find one of Europe's largest aquariums.

You may want to pay a visit to the Mercat de la Boquería, located off the Ramblas avenue. This award-winning market, ("Best Market in the World 2005," among awards), is stuffed with all imaginable cooking ingredients. See spices, seafood, meats and dairy, fruits and vegetables, bread and pastries, wine and handmade pasta. You'll be able to rub shoulders with farmers offering their local harvest, fishermen with their catch-of-the-day, and butchers displaying the freshest and most varied selections of meat and poultry. Olives and cured hams abound of course, for this is Spain. Plan a picnic!

Guided walking tour of the Gothic Quarter

Enjoy a walking tour with a guide in the tight maze of streets found in the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona's medieval district. Its focal point is the great Gothic cathedral. Other Gothic Quarter landmarks, all dating back to the 14th century, include the Palau de la Generalitat (Cataluña's Parliament), Casa de la Ciutat (Town Hall) and the ancient royal palace where Christopher Columbus met Isabel and Ferdinand upon his return from the Indies. Several of the district's 14th-century mansions now house museums.

Free time in Barcelona

The remainder of the day is free to plan as you wish.

Check out Playa de la Barceloneta, the city's #1 beach, where favorite pastimes are swimming, sunbathing, and sipping refreshments at a beach hut. Have your picture taken below Frank Gehry's shimmering Goldfish sculpture.

Day 8: Departure

¡Adios España! Barcelona's airport recedes, and you're 500 miles closer to home with each hour in the air. You'll be back! For now, race the sun westward, arriving home later today, eager to share your experiences with family and friends.

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