Experience the East of Spain – Arts & Science
Mornings in Spain are spent absorbing the unique Spanish culture, while any stress you’re carrying from home is quickly abolished during afternoon siesta. Evenings of tapas, flamenco and more will fill your heart (and stomach) with content.
In the only Spanish speaking country in Europe, discover the country that paved the way (for better and worse) for most of Latin America’s modern development, played a significant role in ancient and modern European history and mastered the art of the siesta.
Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.
Day 1 - Depart to Barcelona Spain
Travel to Barcelona, Spain via a connecting overnight flight.
Day 2 - Arrive in Barcelona
Day 3 - Discover Gaudi
Barcelona is famous for Antonio Gaudi’s buildings, one of history’s best architects. First, we will visit Park Guëll, a World Heritage Site designed by Gaudi and decorated with Modernist mosaics. We will visit the Room of a Hundred Columns, a covered market with 84 pillars, and will see the Casa – Museu where Gaudi lived from 1906-1926. After lunch, head inside the Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi as well, which was only now almost being finished after 200 years! Enjoy a guided tour inside the basilica. Next up, head to Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and the architect’s last civic architectural project. Enjoy a self-guided visit of the building and its iconic Roof-terrace that features spectacular stairwells and chimneys. Then, participate in an interactive workshop: “La Pedrera: a school for architects”. Architects for a day! Enjoy dinner as a group.
Day 4 - Explore Barcelona
After breakfast at the hotel, head to Picasso Museum. Picasso was one of Spain’s most important artists in the 20th century. This morning, we will learn more about him and the progression of his work and style over his career. In the afternoon, board a golondrina boat and enjoy a cruise along Barcelona’s port, coastline and beaches. Then, have a traditional group dinner in La Barceloneta area, a former fishermen’s village known for its emblematic beaches. Take a scenic ride from La Barceloneta to Montjüic on a cable car and enjoy a breathtaking view of Barcelona. Then, visit Montjüic Castle, an old military fortress that dates back to 1640. Enjoy the sunset from the castle’s grounds. If we’re lucky, on our way down we might be able to see the Magic Fountain display of water, music and light!
Day 5 - Port Aventura!
Say goodbye to Barcelona and make our way to Port Aventura, one of the biggest theme parks in Spain. Spend a day full of excitement with more than 40 different rides. Then, continue south towards Valencia and enjoy dinner en route. Upon arrival, check into our new accommodations and rest after an exhausting but fun day!
Day 6 - Explore Valencia
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then get ready to explore Valencia! Today we will discover this Mediterranean city by bike. Enjoy a guided bike tour that will take you through Valencia’s most iconic landmarks, including Plaza de la Reina, the Cathedral, Llotja de la Seda, the City Hall and much more. In the afternoon, we will board our private bus and head to Albufera Natural Park. The park is home to the largest lake in Spain and a place of great ecological interest with rare species of wading birds and a rich variety of wildlife. Its waters have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers, supplying ingredients and inspiration for many of the region’s most succulent dishes. We will enjoy a hike along the trails and then we will go on a boat trip on the lake! For dinner tonight we will go to Malvarrosa area, Valencia’s most famous beach.
Day 7 - City of Arts and Sciences
No trip to Valencia would be complete without visiting City of Arts and Sciences, an ultra-modern scientific and cultural complex designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. We will spend the whole day there! First, we will visit the Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe. We will have the chance to see jellyfishes, giant tortoises, clown fishes, sharks and many other marine creatures. After lunch, head to the Science Museum, which features hundreds of interactive exhibitions and scientific activities. Learn about life, science and technology in a didactic, interactive and entertaining way! This evening, we will participate in a paella cooking lesson. Paella is, without a doubt, the most popular dish in Valencia and tonight we will embark on a culinary adventure and learn how to cook an authentic paella.
Day 8 - Travel to Mallorca
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Palma de Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands. Upon arrival, we will get settled into our new accommodations. In the afternoon, participate in a guided walking tour of the Old Town, including the Cathedral, Bellver Castle, Almudaina Palace and much more! Enjoy dinner as a group in Palma tonight.
Day 9 - Explore Mallorca
This morning we will drive east to the town of Porto Cristo and visit Cuevas del Drach. These caves are the most remarkable caves on the island, with an extension of 1,200 meters and a maximum depth of 25 m. They also contain a large underground lake, Lake Martel. Embark on a boat trip across Lake Martel and then enjoy a classical music concert inside the caves at the end of the tour. An unforgettable experience!
Then, we will take part in a glass-bottom boat tour departing from Porto Cristo. Relax at the sunbathing deck or take a look at the underwater world through the glass windows of the catamaran while we sail along the most beautiful bays of the east coast. After the tour, we will have some free time at the beach to swim and sunbathe. Transfer back to Palma and enjoy dinner as a group.
Day 10 - Mallorca > Barcelona
We will spend our final morning in Mallorca at Es Trenc Beach. It is considered one of the best beaches in the island, with 2km of golden sand and crystal-clear waters, often compared to Caribbean beaches. The beach and dunes are part of an Area of Natural Interest and one of the last unspoiled spots on the island, a wonder of nature undeveloped. Enjoy some free time to swim, sunbathe and relax. Games and activities led by your Evolve Tours guide. Then, say goodbye to Mallorca and head to the airport to board your flight back to Barcelona. Enjoy our final dinner in Barcelona tonight.
Day 11 -
Transfer to the airport and board our flight(s) back home, after an amazing trip to Spain together.
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to Spain, aswell as domestic flights.
CoachPrivate coach bus for duration of tour, equipped with A/C, T.V & DVD players, on-board washroom
HotelsCentrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Daily breakfast and dinner included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.
Places You’ll Visit
Gothic quarter of Barcelona, famed Las Ramblas, and so much more!
The beautiful Mediterranean beaches and The City of Arts and Sciences buildings offers the backdrop for our photography workshop.
Palma de Mallorca
Discover this beautiful island