From Gaudi to Alhambra

Spain for school groups

Spain can be combined with Portugal, Morocco, France

Cost:

9 days start from $2595
12 days start from $2995
(all inclusive)

Add airfare: $895-$995

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Spain is great for learning about

Architecture famous Gaudi buildings, moorish and gothic towns
Arts
Dance and music flamenco
Cuisine
Religious catholic, islam, judaizm 
History
Spanish language
Literature
And much more

Spain Itinerary

This is an example of the Spain itinerary.

Remember: We are very happy to customize this itinerary to accommodate your group specific interests. We can make it longer or shorter and adjust the cost to fit different budgets.

Day 1
Lisbon

“By day Lisbon has a naive theatrical quality that enchants and captivate, but by night it is a fairy-tale city, descending over lighted terraces to the sea.”

Morning        Arrivals and check-in. Visit the Lisbon Cathedral, go to Praça do Comércio, the Rua Augusta Arch, and try the famous Bolinho de Bacalhau at Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau

Afternoon     Enjoy the view at the top of the elevator Santa Justa. Eat at Time Out Market, trying the best Portuguese specialties of sea food, pasta, desserts, and more. At Bairro Alto, walk around the streets and experience the exciting Lisbon life. Visit Marquis of Pombal Square and Eduardo VII Park

Evening         Group dinner

Meals included: dinner

Day 2
Lisbon

Morning        Walk around the monument Padrão dos Descobrimentos that represents the Portuguese overseas expansion. Visit the Belem Tower, the 16th-century fortification

Afternoon     Visit Monastery of the Hieronymites, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Try the most famous Pastéis de Belém, the typical Portuguese dessert. Explore Sao Jorge Castle, where the first forts date back to the 1st century BC. Ride on the famous tram number 28, the typical Lisbon transport. Walk on the narrow streets of Alfama

Evening         Free evening

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 3 
Sintra

Morning        Walkthrough the charming, narrow streets of Old Town. Sample delicious Queijadas and Travesseiros in local pastry shop

Afternoon     Visit the colorful Pena National Palace and Park and explore the palace “Quinta da Regaleira”. Visit the romantic Monserrate palace, and go to the monastery Convento dos Capuchos

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 
Óbidos

Morning        Drive to Óbidos. Walk around the historical townscape of Óbidos

Afternoon     Visit the Óbidos castle, exploring the medieval architecture while drinking the famous liquor Ginjinha. Walk to Santa Maria square, and visit the medieval church. Free time

Evening         Drive to Coimbra

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5 
Coimbra

Morning        Visit the Botanic garden and “Paço das Escolas” where one of the oldest universities in the world is located, Coimbra University (UNESCO World Heritage). Tour around “A Cabra”, the bell from the university tower, and the Joanina library

Afternoon     Walk at Largo da Portagem square, around the streets, and on the board of Mondego’s River and the parkFree time to shopping (Forum Mall)

Evening         Explore the romanesque architecture of Sé Velha and watch a Fado Concert at Sé Velha (typical Portuguese music style)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 
Águeda/Aveiro

Morning        Walk around the center of Águeda and visit the Umbrella Sky Project, one of the most recognized projects worldwide. Drive to Aveiro.

Afternoon     Explore around the center of Aveiro and visit the old train station. Tour in the Aveiro’s canals with Moliceiros, colorfully painted boats that were originally made to harvest seaweed in the lagoon. Visit the Cathedral Sé Aveiro. Go to Costa Nova beach, walk around the famous and colorful houses. Free time

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 7 
Douro Train/ Winery

Morning        Walk around São João da Pesqueira and the Douro valley to see stunning viewpoints and nature. Visit the vineyard Quinta da Gricha, have a wine tour and tasting

Afternoon     Go to Pinhão, and explore wine villages. Take the famous Douro train-ride to Porto

Evening         Free evening

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 8 
Porto

Morning        Walk around the beautiful and vibrant Santa Catarina Street, with great shops and restaurants. Visit the São Bento station, at the historic center of Porto, famous for its tile panels

Afternoon     Go to the Clérigos church, climb the tower, and explore the baroque architecture. Visit the famous Lello bookshop, considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. Explore the Porto’s riverside area, Cais da Ribeira, and the famous Luís I Bridge to walk. Free time.

Evening         Goodbye dinner

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9
Porto

Departures

Meals included: breakfast

Tour Operator

info@colibritraveltours.com

Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237 

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Country Code for Portugal +351

Police 112

American Embassy: (+351) 21 727 3300 Address: Av. das Forças Armadas 133C, 1600-081 Lisboa, Portugal

Accommodation

Our hotels and casas are centrally located and we usually place 2 students per room. Teachers are placed in single rooms. We offer discounted or complimentary spots for parents and chaperons.

Air condition

Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

Safe

Example from past accommodations

Inclusions

What’s included?

What’s not included

Why teachers and students love our educational trips

Low cost

Our prices include everything listed on itinerary, all meals etc.

Rich itinerary

Designed to create more travel experiences customers love.

Centrally located hotels

We stay in 3-4 stars hotels, mostly 2 students per room

Scholarships for students

We offer full or partial scholarships for the students with financial need.

Interaction with locals

Joint activities or dinner discussions with local students, teachers, artists, entrepreneurs.

Teachers and parents travel

Teacher travel for free and parents/chaperons receive 200-300 USD discount.

Essential Travel Information

for school trips to Spain
visa requirements, health, currency and more

▹ Visa requirements for school trips to Spain

There are no special visa requirements for US citizens entering Spain for less than 90 days. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.

 

▹ Health, Vaccinations

✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major risks associated with traveling to Spain.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.

Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.

 

▹ Electricity

Spain operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.

 

▹ Connectivity, Internet

✔︎ The Internet is available in all hotels although speed may vary.
✔︎ Please consult your phone plan provider for phone call and text messages, international charges and plans.

 

▹ Time zones

✔︎ Portugal is 6 hours ahead Eastern Time (ET). 
✔︎ 12pm in New York is 6pm the same day in Spain.

 

▹ Currency, cash, credit cards

✔︎ The currency in Spain is euro.
✔︎ Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas.
✔︎ ATMs are  available in all major towns and cities and credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are better than American Express, Diners.  Smaller venues accept cash only.

 

▹ Baggage allowance

✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.

 

▹ Tipping

✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.

 

▹ Itinerary

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

 

We LOVE to talk about travel. If you have any questions please give us a call: 617 301 1237 or email us: info@colibritraveltours.com.

We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the question

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Cost:

9 days start from $2595
12 days start from $2995
(all inclusive)

Add airfare: $895-$995

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