Hidden Gems of Northern Spain

Experience Spanish life first hand as you live with a Spanish family in Madrid and visit some of the most beautiful towns and cities in the country. Explore the hidden gems of the North as we visit Bilbao, San Sebastián, Oviedo and León.


Day 1: Travel to Spain
Day 2: Bilbao
Day 3: San Sebastián
Day 4: Village Tour
Day 5: Canoe in Sella River/Beach
Day 6: Oviedo/León
Day 7: Cuevas de Valporquero/León
Day 8: León and homestay drop-off in Madrid
Day 9-14: Family Homestay in Madrid
Day 15:¡Adios España! Fly back to the U.S.!


June 14th - 28th, 2019
Participants must have completed at least two years of Spanish or receive approval from group leaders.

Payment Plan Options

1. Automatic Payment Plan
After your initial online deposit we will divide your total program balance into monthly installments and automatically process your payments each month through Pay Simple, our secure online payment system. We will use the account information from your deposit and payments will be deducted from your bank account each month. Program must be paid in full 45 days before departure. Make online payments here.

2. Manual Payment Plan
After your initial online deposit you must submit a payment of $500 before November 15. Full payment must be made 90 days before departure. All payments must be paid in the form of an E-check via our website. Checks or money orders may be used upon request. Make online payments here.
Payments for manual plan must be made by these dates:

Payment Schedule

Departure Dates

Full Payment is due by

Mar 1 - Mar 30

December 1

Apr 1 - Apr 31

January 1

May 1 - May 30

February 1

Jun 1 - June 30

March 1

May 1 - May 30

February 1

Oct 1 - Oct 31

July 1

Make online payments here.

LATE AND MISSING PAYMENTS (Manual Payment Plan only)

There will be a $50 late fee for failure to submit $500 payment by November 15 and a $150 late fee for failure to pay in full by the deadline. Live ‘n Learn reserves the right to cancel individual participant's registration if full payment is not received 60 days prior to the trip . Cancellation fees will apply.


Participant or participant’s parent/guardian must submit cancellation request to Live ‘n Learn in writing by email to info@livenlearn.com. Please clearly indicate participant’s name, school and program name.  


Live ‘n Learn may cancel a participant due to lack of payment or failure to abide by teacher’s rules/standards. Cancellation fees will be assessed in these cases.


Based on availability, cancelled participants may re-enroll by submitting any missing payments plus a $50 fee and any applicable changes in airline costs. Payment must be made by cashier’s check or money order.


Cancellation insurance may be purchased from to cover any unforeseen event before travel date and in such case a full or partial refund will be provided. It also provides you with full or partial refunds to travel delay, baggage delay and trip interruption. See more policy details here.
Day 1: Fly to Bilbao, Spain!

Day 2:¡Arrive in Bilbao, a foodie haven in the heart of Spain’s beautiful Basque Country region. Get lost in the historic old town and marvel at contemporary art at the Guggenheim, one of the most innovative art museums in the world.

Day 3: Visit San Sebastian, a posh seaside resort city and recent European Capital of Culture. Meander through the narrow, winding streets and discover some of Spain’s most gourmet tapas.

Day 4: Drive through Cantabria and Asturias, a region commonly known as “Green Spain,” and make several stops in quaint villages off the beaten path. The perfect combination of nature, culture and gastronomy.  

Day 5: Canoe down the lovely Sella river and take in the picturesque scenery of the Asturian countryside. Later, relax at the beach in a small seaside village.  

Day 6: Explore Oviedo, Asturias´ capital city full of character, history and intriguing sites. Visit some of the oldest churches in the world. Later travel to León, a cultural paradise known for its art, architecture and exquisite cuisine.

Day 7:Venture deep underground to visit the spectacular Cuevas de Valporquero, a natural gem hidden from the world. Return to León to discover its impressive 13th century Gothic cathedral and other beautiful monuments.

Day 8: Visit the local market to purchase ingredients to cook a traditional Spanish meal in an authentic, hands-on cooking class. In the afternoon depart for Madrid where you’ll begin your homestay with your familia española.

 Day 9-14-: Day 9-14: Enjoy the authentic experience of living like a Spanish teenager as your family welcomes you into their home while showing you Madrid and the Spanish way of life.

Day 15:¡Adios España! Fly back to the U.S.!