From the buzzing capital city of Madrid to the laid-back charm of sunny Andalucía, this tour offers something for everyone while educating students about Spain’s cultural history. Begin this adventure of a lifetime in regal Madrid, where students will learn about modern Spanish life as well as ancient Roman history on a day trip to Segovia. We’ll take the high-speed train from Madrid to Córdoba, the seat of the Moorish Caliphate, and learn about the diverse cultures that have called Spain home over the centuries. Walk where the final battles were fought over al-Ándalus in Granada, and see how Spaniards have held onto their traditions in the vibrant city of Sevilla.
Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Language students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Our staff members will help students discover that foreign languages are an exciting tool they can use wherever their travels might take them.
Our goal is to help students to step outside their comfort zone, appreciate other cultures, and discover the joy of traveling. Thanks to our years of experience in leading young travelers around Spain, Travel For Teens are experts in engaging and inspiring student travelers. Join us on this one-of-a-kind cultural experience and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Have a guided tour of Madrid’s Royal Palace, still in use by the monarchy today
- Visit the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium, home to Real Madrid, and Camp Nou, where FC Barcelona plays
- Soak in masterpieces by Velázquez, Picasso, and Dalí, among others
- Marvel at the ancient Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, still standing after 2,000 years
- Watch the dancers’ feet fly at a live flamenco performance
- Take traditional dance classes from a local instructor
- See Christopher Columbus’ tomb and be amazed at the views from atop the Giralda Belltower
- Have the chance to go for a soak in a traditional Arab hammam, or bath-house
- Enjoy Spain’s natural beauty at the beach or on a hike through the Sierra Nevada
- Explore Andalucía’s rich Moorish heritage at the Alhambra Palace, in the Alcaicería Marketplace, and the Alcázar of Sevilla
- Walk in the convergence of four cultures at Córdoba’s spectacular Mosque-Cathedral
DAY 1: ¡Hola, España!
Flight from your preferred airport to Madrid.
DAY 2: Walking with the Royals
¡Bienvenidos a España! Arrive in Madrid and meet your TFT guides, who will join you for the remainder of your journey. After getting settled into your hotel in the heart of the city, we’ll kick off the trip with a guided tour of the Royal Palace. In the afternoon, we’ll take a walking tour of downtown Madrid, familiarizing ourselves with the area around la Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. For our first Spanish dinner, enjoy traditional homemade tapas followed by an evening walk for ice cream.
DAY 3: Parks and the Prado
Today we’ll see why Madrid is one of Europe’s most livable cities. Begin with a guided tour of the Museo del Prado, where our art historian guide will help students gain an appreciation for the masterpieces found here. Next, in the Parque del Retiro, have a relaxing lunch, visit the turtles at the Crystal Palace and go for a rowboat ride on the pond. In the afternoon, the group will have their choice of seeing works by Dalí and Picasso at the Museo de la Reina Sofía, visiting the home of Real Madrid Football Club at the Bernabéu Stadium, or having free time for shopping in Madrid’s hip boutiques. For dinner, try some more local specialties, like Basque pintxos or tortilla de patata.
DAY 4: Ancient Aqueducts
Take a journey back in time today with a day trip to nearby Segovia, home to the impressive Roman Aqueduct, which is still standing after 2,000 years. We’ll also visit the Alcázar de Segovia, a beautiful fortress-turned-castle, and have some free time to explore this medieval city. Students will be able to sample local products like cheeses, rustic breads, chorizo, and pastries. Upon returning to downtown Madrid, students will have time for souvenir shopping in the trendy boutiques of Malasaña and Gran Vía.
DAY 5: The Confluence of Cultures
This morning, board the high-speed AVE train from Madrid to Córdoba–Traveling at 192mph, we’ll be there in under 2 hours. Upon our arrival, visit the ancient Mezquita, the mosque-turned-cathedral that lies in the heart of the Jewish quarter. After lunch, we’ll head to Granada, the last city to fall to the Catholics during the Reconquista. During our time here, we’ll learn about the Moorish Caliphate in Spain and how its heritage is still prevalent today.
DAY 6: Spain's Moorish Heritage
Start the day with a guided tour of the Alhambra, home to the last Moorish rulers of Spain, and the Nasrid Palaces. After lunch, we’ll travel outside Granada to appreciate some of Spain’s natural beauty. In the summer, head to a nearby beach to relax on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Or in cooler months, we’ll do a hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains just outside Granada. After dinner at one of our favorite traditional bodegas, students (and teachers) will have the option of going for a soak and massage in the hammam, or traditional Arab baths!
Day 7: Unlocking Granada's secrets
This morning, take a walking tour of downtown Granada to get to know this city like a local! First, pay your respects at the Tomb of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Ferdinand. Visit the archaeological remains of a real Arab hammam, and climb up to a lookout point for incredible views over all of Granada. In the afternoon, browse for treasures in the Moroccan-style Alcaicería marketplace. As always, dinner will feature traditional, authentic cuisine at one of our favorite local restaurants.
DAY 8: Sunny Sevilla
Say “hasta luego” to Granada as we travel to our final stop: sunny Sevilla, the capital city of Andalucía. Upon our arrival, we’ll take a walking tour of downtown Sevilla, including the Plaza de España, Parque María Luisa, the Guadalquivir River, and the Bullring. In the evening, enjoy a live flamenco performance before our dinner of tapas.
Day 9: Castles and Columbus
Today we’ll explore Sevilla’s complex cultural history and learn about the different groups of people who have called this city home over the centuries. Begin the day with a visit to the Alcázar, a palace that the Spanish King and Queen still use today but that was decorated in the Mudejar artistic style. We’ll then explore the Cathedral of Sevilla, which was once a mosque but has now been converted into a Catholic place of worship (and, interestingly, is where Christopher Columbus is buried). After lunch, we’ll meet our local dance instructor for a private sevillanas dance class! In the evening, take some free time to do souvenir shopping in the beautiful neighborhood of Santa Catalina. For our final evening, enjoy an upscale dinner to celebrate the end of an amazing trip!
Day 10: ¡Hasta luego!
Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
The TFT Difference
We Never Combine Groups
Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.
Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support
We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.
Photos and Email Updates
Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!
Central Accommodation and Local Meals
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
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"I had never done an overnight camp before and I decided to go big and go to Scotland and Ireland with TFT! It was the best experience I ever had and I made so many memories. First off, the staff is incredible and they always take care of safety first, they are very fun and very supportive. One of the best adventures I remember was when we went rock climbing on the cliffs and rocks on the coast of Ireland, we got to jump off from the cliffs and into the ocean and that was such a blast. We also got to visit a castle and learn about falcons and even hold them as they would fly back and forth off our arms. The food was also incredible, as we got to try typical meals like a full English breakfast and haggis. The accommodations were very good too. For two of the three places we stayed at, we stayed at a hostel. They were quite small, but with all the new friends you meet there, it does not feel weird to be within such close proximity with others. The third place we stayed at was at an outdoor activity center on Achill Island and that was the most fun since every day there was a new activity such as surfing, canoeing, coasteering (climbing the rocks by the ocean), archery, and so many more. I have traveled a lot before, but with TFT, they are always on the move and you are trying new activities and trying new food while taking in the breathtaking scenery."
"I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel across Europe with amazing kids my age and outstanding counsellors. This trip showed me beautiful parts of the world I longed to see since I was a little girl. Not only were the people, accommodations and food incredible, but also the activities. Like canyoning down a mountainside in the middle of the Swiss Alps, paddle boating in the canals of Amsterdam and riding my bike on a beautiful trail just at the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle to a lake where we could swim to the middle and face the German hillside with two beautiful castles as the backdrop. After going on this trip, I can now tell my friends that I’ve travelled across Europe and I’m not even finished with high school yet. It was truly an incredible experience and I would totally recommend it to any teenagers aspiring to travel."
"I have traveled with TFT for four summers now, exploring Costa Rica, Croatia, Fiji and Greece. These trips have been the highlight of my summers. They have broadened my horizons and strengthened my confidence. Going on these trips and meeting new people changed how I view the world. I love having conversations with locals and people I meet along the way. The small TFT groups and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic group leaders make for a fun and eye-opening experience. What sets TFT apart is that we immerse ourselves in the culture and we are not just tourists. We meet locals, hear stories about their lives, and it is truly invigorating. Travel For Teens has given me so much more than fun memories over the summer. They have given me the ability to be comfortable talking to anyone, being in new places, having a widened perspective on other cultures, and to be independent. On my Costa Rica and Fiji trips, we volunteered with school children. In a very short time we made deep connections that I will always cherish. I feel so fortunate to have had my eyes opened through TFT to so many beautiful places and memorable people."