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Portugal and Spain – Explore Green Spain

June 14 – 28, 2024

Trip ID: 71024

Program Info

Total Program Price: $4,500*
*small group fee will be added for a group smaller than 18

Registration Deadline: October 4, 2023

Group Leader: Ellen Buchanan (

Please contact your group leaders with any questions you have about the trip.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Porto, Portugal!

Day 2: Porto

Arrive in Porto and cruise down the Douro River, a perfect backdrop to this ancient city. Stroll through Porto’s narrow cobblestone streets while soaking up its renowned charm and history.

Day 3: “El Camino” / Santiago de Compostela

Head north to Galicia, the region commonly known as the “land of 1,000 rivers”. Experience firsthand the landscape of Spain on the Camino de Santiago, walking in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and sharing in this 1000-year-old tradition.

Day 4: Finisterre / Santiago de Compostela

Take a day trip to Finisterre, a town built on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, which up until the 15th century was believed to be the end of the world. At night, take a tour guided by a “meiga” (Galician witch) to discover hidden places, legends of the city and ancient cemeteries.

Day 5: Kayaking / Ponferrada

Kayak down the lovely Sil River and take in the picturesque scenery of the Galician countryside. Enjoy the evening in Ponferrada, a town nestled in the mountains and protected by a castle from the 12th century.

Day 6: Las Médulas / León

Visit Las Médulas, breathtaking Roman gold mines that have been deemed a World Heritage Site. Later, travel to León and eat dinner like a Spaniard by doing a tapa hop around the city.

Day 7: León

In the morning, visit the spectacular 13th century cathedral that marks the heart of the city. Later, head to the local market to purchase ingredients to cook a traditional Spanish meal in a hands-on cooking class.

Day 8: Segovia / Begin Homestay

Travel to Segovia and be amazed by the massive first century Roman Aqueduct and Alcázar Palace. Continue on to Madrid where you will begin your homestay with your familia española.

Day 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 back to the U.S.

Included in Trip

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel medical insurance
  • 6 nights in centrally-located hotels
  • 6-night family homestay
  • All meals during homestay and all meals during tour but five
  • 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

  • Optional Cancellation Insurance
  • Five meals during tour
  • Free-time activities
  • Tips  for Tour Director, busses, restaurants, etc. ($10/day)