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Merrill – Hidden Gems of Northern Spain

June 4 – 13, 2021

Trip ID: 80210

Program Info

Total Program Price: $3,950

Registration Deadline: November 30, 2020

Group Leader: Kelsey Brown (

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Spain

Fly from Denver 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/Llanes

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.

Day 7: León/Begin Homestay

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. After lunch, depart for Madrid where you’ll begin your homestay with your familia española.

Days 8-10: 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 11: ¡Adios España!

Fly from Madrid back to Denver.

Included in Trip

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel medical insurance
  • 5 nights in centrally-located hotels
  • 3-night family homestay
  • All meals during homestay
  • Entrance fees and tour guides
  • Transportation during tour
  • Bilingual Program Director 24 hrs/day while in Spain
  • 1 teacher chaperone per every 6 students

Not Included in Trip

  • Spending money
  • Optional Cancellation Insurance ($240)
  • Tips for Tour Director, busses, restaurants, etc. ($10/day; $60 total)