Madrid & The South of Spain: Language & Culture

Starting Price $3299 per person
Trip Duration 10 Days
Availibility All Year
Activity Level High level of fitness
Highlights

MADRID

  • Explore ‘Madrid de los Austrias’, the most historic neighbourhood
  • Enjoy lunch in the San Miguel Market
  • Take in the views from the Egyptian Templo de Debod
  • Visit the extensive Prado Museum
  • Walk through the Retiro Park and wander down the iconic Paseo del Prado
  • Enjoy dinner at the Literary Quarter
  • Participate in interactive activities in Spanish

TOLEDO

  • Visit the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue
  • See some of Spain’s most impressive Gothic architecture at the Cathedral of Toledo
  • Enjoy a breathtaking view of the town from Mirador del Valle

CORDOBA 

  • Participate in an interactive morning Spanish lesson
  • Tour and explore Cordoba, including the Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, the Historic Centre of Cordoba, and the Jewish Quarter
  • Take in the gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
  • Relax at an Arab Bathouse

SEVILLA

  • Take part in a bike tour through Sevilla’s most iconic landmarks
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, and the Real Alcazar
  • Enjoy a cruise along Guadalquivir river

GRANADA

  • Visit the Alhambra Palace
  • Tour the historic Moorish quarter, the Albaycin
  • Take in the views from Mirador San Nicolas
  • Explore and shop at the Arab souqs (bazaar)
  • Watch a flamenco show at the Sacramonte Caves
  • Visit Granada Cathedral
What To Expect

Mornings in Spain are spent absorbing the unique Spanish language. Afternoon explorations of the highlights & culture of Spanin. Evenings of tapas, flamenco and more will fill your heart (and stomach) with content.

Educational Benefits

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.

Customization

All Evolve Tours itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart to Madrid Spain

Travel to Madrid, Spain via a connecting overnight flight.

Day 2 - Bienvenidos a Madrid!

Arrive in Madrid! Meet your Evolve Tour Director and embark on a guided walking tour of the ‘Madrid de los Austrias’. Highlights will include the famous Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral and much more! Stop for lunch at San Miguel Market and taste traditional Spanish food. You will be able to choose from more than 30 different stands! Walk down Gran Vía, the most popular street in Madrid with plenty of options for shopping lovers! Then, head to Templo de Debod, an Egyptian temple that dates back to the 2nd Century DC. Here, students will participate in an interactive activity in Spanish while enjoying the sunset over the temple. Enjoy dinner as a group before heading back to our accommodations for the evening.

Day 3 - Explore Madrid

Today, visit to Madrid’s most important museum and one of the world’s premier art galleries, Museo del Prado. Enjoy lunch in the Atocha area. This could be a good opportunity to try the famous ‘bocadillo de calamares madrileño’, a delicious calamari sandwich and a culinary specialty in Madrid! We will visit Retiro Park. First, we will participate in a Gymkana (Treasure Hunt) through the park’s beautiful trails, where students will be able to practice their Spanish. Next, admire the Puerta de Alcalá gate, one of Madrid’s most well-known monuments, and walk down to Paseo del Prado to see Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains, as well as the City Council building. This evening we will enjoy a tapas dinner in ‘Barrio de las Letras’, or Literary Quarter, where some of Spain’s greatest literati have lived and written over the years.

Day 4 - Madrid > Toledo > Cordoba

Our first stop of the day will be to Toledo, a World Heritage site about 70 kilometers outside of Madrid that was formerly the capital of Spain. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city through the maze of cobblestone alleyways. Highlights include a visit to the Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, Europe’s oldest synagogue. As well, we’ll enter the Cathedral of Toledo, which is considered by some to be the best example of Spanish Gothic architecture. Then, visit Mirador del Valle. Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Toledo and Tagus River. Continue on south to Córdoba. Check into our new accommodation, enjoy dinner and our first night in Córdoba.

Day 5 - Explore Córdoba

Enjoy an interactive morning Spanish lesson. Head out for a day of touring and exploring Cordoba. Highlights will include the Historic Centre of Cordoba, featuring monuments preserving large traces of Roman, Arabic, and Christian times; and the Jewish Quarter, exploring the Jewish history of Southern Spain. Then, we will visit the famous Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture. In the afternoon, we will take a stroll around the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos beautiful gardens. Enjoy a group dinner tonight and then relax after a long day of sightseeing at an Arab Bathouse, a Hamman. The Arabic tradition of taking long baths and relaxing in water was inherited from the Byzantines and the Romans.

Day 6 - Travel to Sevilla

This morning, we will be travelling to Sevilla. After lunch, we will embark on a bike tour of the city. Together we will discover the most quintessential monuments, neighborhoods and most representative parts of the city as well as the lifestyle of Sevillians. Our Spanish-speaking guide will take us to famous spots of the city such as Triana neighborhood, the old historic center, María Luisa Park, and the beautiful Plaza de España. Enjoy our second tapas dinner tonight. Then, head to the hotel to rest after a fun first day in Sevilla!

Day 7 - Explore Sevilla

Head to Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, one of the oldest places still in use in the world. We will wander around its beautiful patios and gardens. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Seville Cathedral, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage. We will also have a chance to climb to the top of Giralda Tower to enjoy an amazing view of the city. Following dinner tonight, we will embark on a cruise along Guadalquivir river. We will be able to see famous monuments, including Triana Bridge and Torre del Oro.

Day 8 - Travel to Granada

Say goodbye to Sevilla and make our way to Granada. In the afternoon, visit the Alhambra Palace with a local Spanish-speaking guide, including the Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife. The complex was built during the Moorish reign in the 15th century and still stands proud and majestic on the hills of Granada. Then, we will have time to discover Albaycin neighborhood, the historic Moorish quarter.  Enjoy dinner in Albaycin, followed by a flamenco show tonight!

Day 9 - Granada > Madrid

After breakfast, we will visit Granada Cathedral, where we will be able to see Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand’s tomb, two of the most important Spanish monarchs. Then, we will take a walk along the river. From Plaza Nueva we will walk up the Carrera del Darro alongside the river Darro. Walk until the end of the street where we will come to Paseo de los tristes and have a great view of the Alhambra palace. Enjoy our final moments in Spain before heading back to Madrid. We will have dinner en route in Valdepeñas, a small town well-know for its wine. Continue on to Madrid for the night.

Day 10 - Travel home

Transfer to the airport and board our flight(s) back home, after an amazing trip to Spain together!

Transportation
  • Airfare
    Roundtrip group airfare to Spain
  • Coach
    Private coach bus for duration of tour, equipped with A/C, T.V & DVD players, on-board washroom
Accommodation
  • Hotels
    Centrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
  • Hostels
    Centrally located, student friendly hostels
Food

Daily breakfast and dinner included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.

Meet Our Leaders
Marta Fabregas
Did you know?

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.

Places You’ll Visit

Madrid

Enjoy a walking tour in the capital of Spain.

Cordoba

Take in the gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

Seville

Enjoy a cruise along Guadalquivir river

Granada

Visit the famous Alhambra Palace