Spain by Rail

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                      Spain by Rail
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                      Spain by Rail
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                      Spain by Rail

The Concept

Experience the language and rich culture of Spain and travel alongside the locals on this 8-day tour. The tour beings in Madrid where students visit the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia’s vast collection of modern art, with plenty of spare time to explore the sights and sounds of this fascinating city. Then students jump on the new AVE high speed train to Seville, regarded as the quintessential Andalusian city.

Aimed at secondary school Spanish language students, this tour will improve language skills, and help students gain a better understanding of and more respect for other cultures. Students will also gain confidence, and improve team bonding. Aimed at 12-20 students with an experienced teacher, this tour has been designed as a basic program which can be extended by either a homestay and language course option, an add-on to Cordoba and Granada and/or an add-on to Barcelona.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – MADRID

Fly from Australia to Madrid, the thriving capital of Spain.

DAY 2 MADRID (D)

Arrive Madrid.
Meet your coach and enjoy a panoramic city sights tour (no entrance fees included) which will end at your accommodation.
Dinner included.

DAY 3 MADRID (B, D)

Breakfast at your accommodation.
Visit the Prado Museum’s rich collection of Spanish and Flemish paintings (entrance included). The afternoon is free for a stroll through the historic heart of Madrid. Suggested sightseeing includes a visit to Royal Palace (entrance not included), and stroll along Gran Via. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 4 MADRID (B, D)

Breakfast at your accommodation. Visit the Reina Sofia’s vast collection of modern art, including Picasso’s Guernica (entrance included). The afternoon is free at teacher's discretion. We recommend a visit to Plaza Mayor, Madrid's famous square, and the Museo de Historia (entrance not included) before getting ready for dinner.

DAY 5 MADRID – SEVILLE (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel followed by check out.
Coach transfer to Madrid Atocha train station.
Depart Madrid on the AVE high speed train to Seville regarded as the quintessential Andalucian city..
On arrival check in to your nearby hotel.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Seville which will take in the cathedral and old Santa Cruz Quarter, where beautifully tiled patios and tiny cobbled streets abound (no entrances included).
Dinner included.

DAY 6 SEVILLE – MADRID (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel followed by check out.
Free morning in Seville.
Return to your hotel and collect your luggage.
Walk to the nearby train station.
Return to Madrid on the AVE high speed train.
On arrival at Madrid Atocha train station coach transfer to your hotel.
Remainder of the afternoon at teacher’s discretion.
Dinner included.

DAY 7 MADRID – AUSTRALIA (B)

Breakfast at hotel followed by check out.
Coach transfer to Madrid airport for your flight to Australia.

Please also see the optional extensions to Granada/Cordoba and/or Barcelona

DAY 8 AUSTRALIA

Arrive Australia (subject to airline schedules).

Options:

at additional cost

Homestay options (from $750)

SALAMANCA OR SEVILLE:
6 nights homestay including breakfast and dinner daily•
15 hours of language lessons•
Orientation walking tour of the city•
Cultural activities in the afternoons•
Return transfer from Madrid•
Note: Language lessons are available in Barcelona, Madrid and Cordoba (no homestay available in these cities)• Lessons available Monday - Friday only

Barcelona add-on

Please find details in our separate tour "Barcelona add-on"

Cordoba - Granada add-on

Please find details in our separate tour "Cordoba - Granada add-on"

Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares including pre-paid taxes and charges
  • Return airport coach transfers
  • 4 x nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotel in Madrid with breakfast and dinner daily
  • 1 x night accommodation at 3 star hotel in Seville with breakfast and dinner
  • Coach transfers: Madrid hotel – train station, Madrid train station – hotel, Madrid hotel - airport
  • Panoramic city sights tour of Madrid by private coach on arrival
  • Sector fares (2nd class) Madrid – Seville – Madrid on the AVE high speed train
  • Guided walking tour of Seville
  • Entrances to Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum