Hidden Gems of Northern Spain
June 14 – 28, 2022
Trip ID: 45022
Day 1: Travel to Spain
Fly from CVG to Bilbao, Spain.
Day 2: Bilbao
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: San Sebastián / Bilbao
Visit San Sebastián, 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: Pueblos Tour
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: Kayaking / Llanes
Kayak down the lovely Sella river tucked away in the Picos de Europa mountain range and take in the picturesque scenery of the Asturian countryside.
Day 6: Covadonga / Oviedo
Visit the majestic town of Covadonga as well as the impressive “lagos de Covadonga”, beautiful lakes tucked away at the very top of the mountains above the clouds. Continue on to Oviedo to explore Asturias’s capital while doing a scavenger hunt with students from a local school.
Day 7: León
Travel to León, a cultural paradise known for its art, architecture and exquisite cuisine. Visit the impressive 13th century Gothic cathedral and do a “tapa hop” for lunch.
Day 8:León / Begin Homestay in Madrid
Visit the local market to purchase ingredients to cook a traditional Spanish meal in a hands-on cooking class. After lunch, depart for Madrid where you will begin your homestay with your familia española.
Days 9-14: Homestay in Madrid
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 from Madrid back to CVG.
Included in Trip
- Round-trip airfare
- Travel medical insurance
- 6 nights in centrally-located hotels
- 7-night family homestay
- All meals during trip but two meals during travel portion and all meals during homestay
- Entrance fees and tour guides
- Transportation around Spain
- Bilingual Program Director 24 hrs/day while in Spain
- 1 teacher chaperone per every 6 students
Not Included in Trip
- Spending money
- Two meals during travel portion
- Optional Cancellation Insurance ($270)
- Tips for Tour Director, busses, restaurants, etc. ($10/day; $60 total)