Trip Leaders: Mr Howard Davis and Ms. Maria Woods
Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required.
Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from their destination.
Please note that lunches are not included in the package so students must have spending money to purchase lunch on a daily basis. Recommended amount to cater for this is 10-15 Euros per day.
Andalucia is arguably the most exciting region in the country. As you are captivated by the passion and feeling of flamenco in Seville; taken in by
the beauty of the Alhambra nestled below the Sierra Nevada; enjoy games on the beach in the charming port town of Malaga; become enchanted by the music of a Spanish guitarist; or watch dolphins playing and whales breaching in the Strait of Gibraltar, you will be amazed and enthralled by the various delights the area has to offer.
Madrid is a city known for its relentless energy, with a constant buzz of excitement running through its streets. From the artistry of Los Galácticos at Real Madrid to the art on display in its famous Golden Triangle of Art museums, there is something in the incredible city to captivate everyone. You won’t be able to resist getting caught up in the feeling and emotion evident in all corners of the city.
Arrival day. The group is met by the Indago staff at Malaga airport and we transfer to the hotel. After a staff introduction, safety briefing and an
introduction to the basics of the Spanish language we head into the city.
A walk around the old town with a ‘student friendly’ history of Spain, plus some interesting local stories, helps give us a feel for this lovely Andalucía city with such a wonderfully Spanish atmosphere. We will wander past the 16th Century Cathedral and learn why it is locally know as La Manquita (the OneArmed!), explore the Alcazaba which was the Muslim palace-fortress, before taking a look at the excavations of the Teatro Romano (the Roman Theatre) on the way to dinner.
An early night helps us to adjust to Spanish time so we are fit to enjoy a busy week!
Today we head to Granada, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. We visit the Royal Chapel and Cathedral before lunch in the beautiful old town In the afternoon we explore the fairytale-like Alhambra (citadel) & Generalife (gardens) with our local guide. The incredible red fortress-palace complex perched on a hill overlooking Granada, nestled amongst cypresses and elms in front of the often snow-capped Sierra Nevada, is the most visit cultural site in Spain. Originally built in the 9th Century, it has been altered, redecorated and added to by numerous royal and famous inhabitants. We’ll bring to life the period of the Muslim kings, ending with the re-conquest of Granada by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492.
We return to Malaga for dinner.
Checking out of the hotel, we board our chartered bus and head towards Seville, the charming capital of Andalucía. On the way we stop to visit Caminito del Ray, a spectacular walkway pinned along the side of the narrow gorge of El Chorro. Inaugurated by the Spanish King in 1921, this was once known as the world’s most dangerous path. Recently rebuilt by the local authorities, it is now one of the most popular activities in the region and passes our risk assessment with flying colours!
In the afternoon we continue to Seville, where we check into the hotel, before heading into the city for dinner.
Following breakfast, we head off to explore Seville, one of Spain’s most captivating cities. Once called the world’s most cosmopolitan city (during Seville’s ‘Golden Age’) we wander along the river to visit the famous Plaza de Toros for a guided tour. We then head into the renowned Barrio de Santa Cruz for lunch.
In the afternoon we explore the town with visits to the enormous Cathedral & Giralda (containing the tomb and remains of Christopher Columbus!), wander past the famous Archivo de Indias containing over 80 million pages of archives relating to Spain’s American empire (including the diary / journal of Columbus), and then explore the Alcazar which is the beautiful palace-fortress that is still home to the Spanish royal family when in town!
We then have a little free time for some gift and souvenir shopping, before an early Tapas dinner followed by a spectacular flamenco
Today we leave Seville for Madrid on the high-speed train, leaving early to maximize our time in Madrid.
Having dropped our bags at the hotel upon arrival, we visit the Puerta del Sol and the spectacular Plaza Mayor. In the plaza we learn about the history of the area, including seeing the blood splattered on the walls from bullfights that used to be held there! We then make a fun city walk, with some interesting historical stories that allows us to get a feel for where we are, while taking in some of the local atmosphere. We end the walk at Palacio Real. After the original Alcazar burnt down, the site was used to build one of the finest palaces in the world. As one of the few 18th Century palaces never to have been ransacked, it still retains much of its original elegance.
Before dinner we are treated to a tour of one of the finest collections of European Art in the world with a visit to the Museo Del Prado. Our student friendly highlights tour will include looking at the work of Velazquez, Goya, Titian and Caravaggio, as well as taking the opportunity to admire the building itself.
We have dinner in town before returning to the hotel.
This morning we head south of Madrid to visit Toledo. Our local guide shows us around this stunning city, and we learn about the history of this fascinating melting pot of cultures. We take in the Cathedral, which is widely considered to be the pinnacle of the Gothic style in Spain; and walk past the Santo Tome Church, the main square and the Jewish Quarter.
After lunch we give our feet a rest as we tour outside the city walls on the local train with commentary, and some incredible views.
We return to Madrid in the evening for our final dinner together, at the end of a wonderful week in Spain.
Departure Day. Activities today will depend on the departure time, but one option includes: