Best of Madrid and Andalusia (Extended)

Improve your Spanish with a 2-day intensive survival Spanish language course. Learn about Spanish culture while having fun and creating long-lasting friendships with local students. Try yourself in challenging activities such as exploring the Guadalquivir River by kayak and learning the typical Andalusian dance of Sevillanas.
Alandis Students in Sevillanas Class, Seville, Spain
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Retiro Park in Madrid
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Your Tour:

9 nights

10 days

12 meals

5 miles / day

Tour overview

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Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and language at its fullest in a journey leading you to discover the best of Andalusia and Madrid. Live an eye-opening experience while meeting local students of your age and local families, and learn about local traditions and customs. Explore each city differently, by bike, kayak, and through dancing. Travel in time and admire impressive historical sites connected to the three cultures present in Spain: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Program activities, schedules and personnel may change due to local circumstances.

In such an event, we will inform you as quickly as possible.

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Day 1
Arrive in Madrid, Orientation & Welcome Dinner (D)
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Day 2
Prado Museum, Bike tour of the city center & Retiro park (B)
Day 2
Day 3
Day trip to Toledo (B)
Day 3
Day 4
Transfer to Seville, Spanish class, Snacks & exchange with local students (B)
Day 4
Day 5
Spanish class, Kayak tour in Guadalquivir River, Meeting with families (B, D)
Day 5
Day 6
Depart for Cordova, Great Mosque and Synagogue visit, Arrive in Granada, Royal Chapel and Albayzín (B)
Day 6
Day 7
Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Return to Seville (B)
Day 7
Day 8
Alcazar Royal Palace, Exchange with local students (B)
Day 8
Day 9
Cathedral visit, Sevillanas workshop, Farewell dinner (B, D)
Day 9
Day 10
End of program (B)
Day 10

Day by Day

Day 1

Overnight: Madrid

Arrival in Madrid. Transfer to hostel. The tour coordinator will greet everyone and will review the program schedule, emergency procedures, and answer questions. After orientation, we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hostel. At a restaurant, we will enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Day 2

Overnight: Madrid
Breakfast at hostel. After breakfast, we will meet with a local expert to visit The Prado National Museum, one of the world’s leading galleries with a superb collection from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Among the masterpieces are works by Bosch, El Greco, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, Titian, Van Eyck, Velázquez, and many more. Lunch on own. After that, we will have a bike tour around the city center and Retiro park, visiting landmarks such as Puerta del Sol, Cibeles Fountain and the Crystal Palace. Dinner on own.

Day 3

Overnight: Madrid
Breakfast at hostel. We will depart by private bus for a full-day field trip to explore some of the most important sites in medieval Toledo with its heritage of three co-existing cultures: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. A local expert will lead our walk through the walled city including the Cathedral, the Sephardic Jewish Museum, and the Church of Santo Tomé which holds a painting by El Greco. Lunch on own. After that, we will have some short free time in Toledo to explore on our own and return to Madrid in the late afternoon. Dinner on own.

Day 4

Overnight: Seville

Breakfast at hostel. After breakfast, we will check out and we will be transferred to the train station, where we will take a high-speed train to Seville. At the train station, we will take a private transfer to our hostel. Lunch on own. In the afternoon, we will depart to Alandis Headquarters, a beautiful XIX century Andalusian house, where Alandis staff will give us a tour of the building. After that, we will have our first Spanish class, in which we will learn some survival Spanish that we will use right after, when we will meet up with local students and have an exchange activity together. Dinner on own.

Day 5

Overnight: Seville

Breakfast at residence. We will have our second Spanish class at Alandis headquarters. Then, we will meet a local expert who will lead us in our explorations of Seville by kayak. We will be able to appreciate landmarks of the city from an unusual point of view, allowing us to enjoy impressive views, such as that of The Triana Bridge from below. Lunch on own. In the afternoon, we will have the chance to meet up with local families and spend some time with them in their homes. Dinner on own.

Day 6

Overnight: Granada

Breakfast at residence. Afterwards, we will take a transfer by private bus towards Granada and have a first stop in Cordova. There, we will enjoy expert-led explorations of the Great Mosque and Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter and one of the last-standing ancient synagogues in Spain. Lunch on own. Then, we will continue to Granada. Once arrived, we will meet with a local expert for a walk through the Albayzin, with its well-preserved Moorish streets. The Albayzin is Granada’s oldest Arab district, situated on the hill across from the Alhambra. Afterwards we will walk with the same expert on a field trip towards the Royal Chapel, final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Dinner on own.

Day 7

Overnight: Seville
Breakfast at hostel. We will spend the morning at the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens with a local expert. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most significant examples of Islamic art. gardens. This impressive fortification is located on a rocky hill on the banks of the Darro River and stands out above the city. Lunch on own. Afterwards, we will depart by private bus to Seville. After arriving in Seville, dinner on own.

Day 8

Overnight: Seville

Breakfast at residence. After breakfast, we will meet a local expert who will accompany us to the extraordinary Alcazar Royal Palace and lead us throughout this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, we will walk around Seville’s oldest neighborhood and former Jewish quarter, the Barrio of Santa Cruz. Lunch on own. In the afternoon, we will depart to Alandis Headquarters, where we will meet up with local students and have an exchange activity together. Dinner on own.

Day 9

Overnight: Seville

Breakfast at residence. After breakfast, we will meet with a local guide who will lead us inside the Cathedral, one of the world´s largest and most packed with historic treasures and art. Lunch on own. In the afternoon, at Alandis headquarters, a local expert will lead us in a class in which we will learn the traditional dance of Seville, Sevillanas, a typical dance from Spain. Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner.

Day 10

Breakfast at residence. Transfer to the airport at one designated time. 

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Tour Inclusions

Tour Pricing

Price per person based on shared rooms. For a minimum of 15 pax.

The cost of 1 accompanying faculty leader is included in this price.

Additional Experiences

Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Ceramic Painting Workshop

Learn from an expert about the history and main techniques of Sevillian ceramics while we paint a tile that you can take home as a souvenir. Afterwards, with the same expert, we will visit the ceramic museum located in the well-known neighborhood of Triana.

Day Trip to Ronda

Discover this wonderful white village located in the Serranía de Ronda. Once we arrive we will meet an expert who will guide us on our walk through the village. During the walk we will learn about the unique role that Ronda played during the Spanish Civil War. After the walk, we will visit the oldest bullring in Spain accompanied by the same expert. Then we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards we will return to Seville.

El Rastro Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the famous Rastro neighborhood of Madrid. An expert will explain how the Rastro began and how the first slaughterhouses in Madrid and tanneries were. We will learn about the history of Madrid’s “corralas”, analyzing their architecture and learning more about how the people of Madrid lived in the past. We will visit the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions where we will learn about the crafts and the industrial past of Madrid. A visit that will surprise you and will help you to have a deeper knowledge of Madrid.