Spain Adventure and Discovery
$4,295 + Airfare + $200 Intra Trip Flight
Jul 7 – Jul 19
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
Madrid, Segovia, Malaga, Bilbao, San Sebastian, St. Jean de Luz, Barcelona
|Optional group flight there:||
Newark to Madrid
|Optional group flight back:||
Barcelona to Newark
¡Bienvenidos a España! Come explore the beautiful Mediterranean country of Spain and see why “Spain is different” on this new adventure-packed trip. Stroll through the parks and plazas of regal Madrid and feast on churros and paella. Try your hand at all different water sports on the pristine beaches of the Costa del Sol in Málaga. Fly north to the Basque Country and climb mountains, learn to surf, and hike the famous Camino de Santiago. We will end our trip in fun and funky Barcelona, where we will bike around this beautiful city, sample local cuisine at an old-world marketplace, marvel at the unique architecture, and so much more!
On this trip you will:
- Visit Madrid’s royal palace, still in use by the monarchy, and learn about the scandals that took place here
- Stroll through the bustling Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol
- See masterpieces by Picasso, Dalí, Miró and many more
- Have an up-close visit of both the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona soccer stadiums (including the players’ benches and locker room!)
- Climb to the top of a Disney-like castle and marvel at ancient Roman architecture in Segovia
- Go snorkeling, try water sports, and relax on the white beaches of Málaga’s Costa del Sol
- Watch a spectacular flamenco dance show in Andalucía
- Go on a one-of-a-kind Tapas Tour through San Sebastián, Spain’s culinary capital
- Have surfing lessons at an international surfer’s paradise
- Visit a quaint French seaside towns and see a lighthouse while enjoying a fresh Nutella waffle
- Hike a portion of the ancient Camino de Santiago
- Shop til you drop in the hip boutiques of San Sebastián and Barcelona
- Enjoy a fresh fruit juice at the Boquería Marketplace
- Bike through Barcelona’s hidden passageways to find treasures old and new
- Take in Gaudi’s incredible architecture at Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia
- Learn how to make your very own paella at a cooking course
- See the incredible lights and music show at the Magic Fountain
- And so much more!
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEWARK, NJ
DAYS 2-4: MADRID and SEGOVIA
Welcome to Europe! Madrid welcomes us with open arms, a vibrant culture and a plate of steaming churros con chocolate. We’ll get to know downtown Madrid like locals as we shop in the Puerta del Sol, learn about the bullfights and beheadings in Plaza Mayor, and hang out with the turtles in Retiro Park. You’ll gaze in awe at the massive Santiago Bernabéu soccer stadium, home to Real Madrid, and learn the secrets of the Spanish Royal Palace with our local guide. We’ll see original works by Dalí and Picasso, including his masterpiece Guernica, and feast on a wonderful paella dinner. We’ll also take a day trip to Segovia to see the Alcazar fortress (and climb to the top tower) as well as the incredible Roman aqueduct.
DAYS 5-6: MÁLAGA
Next we head south to the Costa del Sol, a Mediterranean paradise! Try your hand at windsurfing or paddleboarding, or simply relax and soak up the rays on these beautiful beaches. Swim with the fishes during an afternoon of snorkeling, and of course attend an exhilarating flamenco show. You will also get to walk around Málaga’s beautiful Old Quarter and see the remains of the Moorish civilization that lived here. This trip also has the option of a day trip to Granada to see the Moorish Alhambra fortress, visit the Tomb of the Catholic Monarchs, and shop in a Moroccan spice market.
DAYS 7-9: SAN SEBASTIÁN, BILBAO, and ST. JEAN DE LUZ
Say hasta luego to the Mediterranean and fly up to Spain’s Atlantic coast in the Basque Country. Our first stop is Bilbao, where we will see the amazing Guggenheim museum. Next we’ll head to our accommodation in San Sebastián and get familiar with this beautiful seaside city that has it all–mountains, beaches, grand boulevards for shopping, and a lovely Old Quarter with dozens of wonderful restaurants. Go on a unique “Tapas Tour” like the Spanish do, sampling different delicacies in one of the culinary capitals of Spain. Learn to surf at a beach so famous that surfers come from around the world to try it, and take a cable car up to the top of the mountain for an unparalleled view of the whole cove. For an incredibly authentic experience, hike a portion of the “Camino de Santiago” trail that pilgrims have walked for centuries to pay homage to Saint James. To top it all off, we’ll hop over the border for an afternoon in a quaint French village where you can shop, relax on the beach, and enjoy fresh Nutella waffles.
DAYS 10-12: BARCELONA
Hop on the train to Barcelona and dive right into this funky city with lunch at the Boquería Market, a hip old-world marketplace that sells the freshest fruit juices, tastiest tapas, and the best meats and cheeses fresh from countryside farms. Learn how to make your own paella with our private cooking classes and shop along La Rambla, the main boulevard in the downtown area. We’ll take a fantastic bike tour around the city and see the home of FC Barcelona, the Camp Nou soccer stadium. A trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without marveling at Gaudi’s masterpiece cathedral La Sagrada Familia, as well as a sit on the world’s longest bench at Parc Guell. Finally, we’ll enjoy a fancy final dinner on a rooftop terrace and finish our time in Spain with an amazing lights and colors show at a magnificent fountain in front of the royal palace.
DAY 13: FLIGHT BACK TO USA
HOW MUCH FREE TIME DO THE PARTICIPANTS GET ON THEIR TRIP?
Our counselors tend to stay with the group nearly always. Every day we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants lots of choice and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with.
WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE IN SPAIN?
TThe food is delicious! There is a bit of everything, so everyone can eat something that pleases them. Even though a lot of food will look familiar to you, we encourage you to be adventurous, and step out of your comfort zone, try something new! The food in Spain can be a variety of styles—in Andalucía and the Basque Country tapas are a very popular cultural specialty. Tapas are appetizer sized dishes that amount to a full meal. Spaniards love their ham and cheese products. Parts of Andalusia also serve delicious Mediterranean dishes and Shwarma and Falafel wraps are ubiquitous in Granada. In Northern Spain, a wide variety of seafood is the region’s specialty. Due to their size and diversity, Barcelona and Madrid are saturated with restaurants serving foods from all over the globe. In every location we visit vegetarian options are available.
DO I NEED TO SPEAK ANY LANGUAGE TO GO ON THIS TRIP?
None! All over Spain people speak Spanish, but in the Basque Country they also speak Basque and in Barcelona they also speak Catalan. We invite you to practice your Spanish with the locals, but it’s not required.
How Do Flights Work?
Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss this trip’s flight details. Our Team arranges chaperoned group flights on almost every trip. In the few instances that a chaperoned group flight is not available, we pick non-stop group flight paths for ease of travel. You do not have to go on the group flight with us, although there are several advantages to doing so: the group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, a lot of group bonding happens on the trip over, and, on those trips that have group flight contracts, we get preferred group flight prices (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel For Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants as they walk to baggage claim, and escort them to where the rest of the group has assembled. For more information about Flights,visit our Flights page.
WHERE DO WE STAY ON THE SPAIN ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY TRIP?
Hotels are only in safe areas plus they are clean and set up for supervising groups of kids. This means we do not use large, impersonal hotels on the outskirts of cities. Not only do they not provide the authenticity we seek but when kids are not grouped into a manageable space and there are many other people in the hotel, supervision is more difficult. We do not use hotel chains; instead we primarily stay in small hotels, but do use hostels on some of our trips. All of our hotels are in safe areas with 24 hour security. Every student will have his or her own bed.
In Madrid, we will be staying in a 3-star hotel right in the Puerta del Sol, the very center of Madrid (and of Spain). Metro lines 1, 2, and 3 stop here, as well as numerous buses and taxis. TFT has been staying at this hotel for years and we have a wonderful relationship with the staff. In Málaga and San Sebastián, we will be staying at family-run hotels right near the beach in the historic Old Town. Our hotel in Barcelona is right between the Port and La Rambla, in other words, close to all the action but secluded enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Who are the counselors on the trip?
The Trip Leader for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Leaders often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving, so our participants enjoy sharing experiences with them. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff. It is the job of the counselors to keep the fun clean and happening, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.
What is included in the cost of this trip?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not Included: (not intended to be an exhaustive list) Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas & visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like,expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters, and the like, personal and medical expenses.
Electrical Current and Plug Shapes
Spain uses the “Europlug” or “Schuko” socket shape. The voltage is between 220-240 volts (U.S. and Canada are 110-120 volts). The plug has just two prongs about an inch long and an inch apart, with rounded tips.