Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to Spain:
Day 2 :
Welcome to Spain!
- Arrive in Madrid:
Begin exploring this vibrant capital of Spain.
Day 3 :
- Guided Tour of Madrid:
Join a local guide for a tour of the city, including the Plaza de España, the Plaza Colón, and a view of the Royal Palace. View Las Meninas in the Prado Museum, then learn about Picasso's Guernica in the Reina Sofía Museum.
- LEAP Cocina Española:
LEAP Activity | Cocina Española
Create some of Spain’s most popular and iconic dishes and discover firsthand what makes these dishes enduring classics of Spanish cuisine.
Day 4 :
- Explore Toledo:
See Spain's golden city, including Toledo's Gothic cathedral, the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, and the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes.
- LEAP El Caudillo's Conquest :
- Add On: Casa Botín Dinner:
Dine on delicious Spanish cuisine at the oldest restaurant in the world, and a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.
LEAP Activity | El Caudillo’s Conquest
Nationalist? Republican? Argue ideology in a revolutionary role-play that delves into the causes of the Spanish Civil War!
Day 5 :
- Board High Speed Train to Valencia:
Take the AVE to Spain's third largest city.
- Discover Valencia with a Local Guide:
A local guide brings you face to face with several blue-domed churches, baroque buildings, and the outstanding Gothic cloister of the Convent of Santo Domingo. Enjoy sweet aromas while strolling through the flower market and botanical gardens. Visit the Colegio del Patriarca and the cathedral, which houses a purple agate chalice said to be the Holy Grail.
Day 6 :
- Visit Bioparc Valencia
See the incredible Bioparc Valencia, an African-themed zoo. Surrounded by authentic trees and very open areas for the animals, you will feel as though you are visiting East Africa.
Day 7 :
- Explore Tarragona:
Wander among the impressive Roman remains of the Puente del Diablo aqueduct and the Amphitheater.
- LEAP Spirit of Spain:
LEAP Activity | Spirit of Spain
Immerse yourself in the art that defines the passion of Spain. Explore the meaning and compare the techniques of artists from El Greco to Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Enrich your knowledge of art history as you debate how these and other artists defined and shaped Spanish culture.
Day 8 :
- Tour Barcelona with a Local Guide:
Wonder at Gaudí's unfinished Sagrada Família, enjoy views of the Olympic Stadium, then visit the historic Barri Gòtic. Tour Gaudí's Casa Milà.
Day 9 :
Return Home OR Extend Your Stay
- Depart from Spain:
Board flight home or extend your stay with two nights in Costa Brava.
Extend your stay | Visit Costa Brava
Head to the coast for two days on Costa Brava. Explore thought-provoking works by Dali at his museum in his hometown of Figueres. Spend some time enjoying the beaches or exploring the peaceful villages.