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Road Scholar
Program #3045RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Apr 13 — Apr 29, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, April 13 -
Evening: International flight to Spain.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Museum Triangle and right near the Atocha train station, this four-star hotel offers high quality in the heart of Madrid.

Contact info:
Paseo del Prado, 48
Madrid, 28014 Spain
phone: +34 914 296 629
web: www.nh-hotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, safe, mini bar, cable/satellite TV, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, cafeteria, meeting room, internet access in common areas, room service, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel NH Nacional in Madrid. Participants should contact the hotel directly by e-mail at nhnacional@nh-hotels.com (contact person Mr. Javier Balbacid); or by telephone +34 91 4296629. Participants should let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program start date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholar participants.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, April 14 - Arrival/Orientation
Morning: Morning arrival at the Madrid Airport, meet your Group Leader and transfer by private motor coach to the hotel. Check-in and rest before lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: After a post-meal orientation which will cover the program schedule in Madrid, participate in a walking tour around the hotel.

Dinner: Welcome reception and dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel NH Nacional

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Museum Triangle and right near the Atocha train station, this four-star hotel offers high quality in the heart of Madrid.

Contact info:
Paseo del Prado, 48
Madrid, 28014 Spain
phone: +34 914 296 629
web: www.nh-hotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, safe, mini bar, cable/satellite TV, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, cafeteria, meeting room, internet access in common areas, room service, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel NH Nacional in Madrid. Participants should contact the hotel directly by e-mail at nhnacional@nh-hotels.com (contact person Mr. Javier Balbacid); or by telephone +34 91 4296629. Participants should let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program start date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholar participants.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, April 15 - Lectures/Royal Palace
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning lectures on the Geography and Early History of the Peninsula and Political Development in the 16th and 17th Centuries: The Hapsburgs and The Bourbons.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Bus tour of Madrid. Afterwards, a guided tour of the Royal Palace, home to the monarchy's extensive art collection and a showcase of architectural styles.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel NH Nacional

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Museum Triangle and right near the Atocha train station, this four-star hotel offers high quality in the heart of Madrid.

Contact info:
Paseo del Prado, 48
Madrid, 28014 Spain
phone: +34 914 296 629
web: www.nh-hotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, safe, mini bar, cable/satellite TV, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, cafeteria, meeting room, internet access in common areas, room service, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel NH Nacional in Madrid. Participants should contact the hotel directly by e-mail at nhnacional@nh-hotels.com (contact person Mr. Javier Balbacid); or by telephone +34 91 4296629. Participants should let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program start date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholar participants.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, April 16 - Thyssen Museum/Tapas
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Learn about the tapas eating culture in Madrid in a walking orientation. Afterwards, visit the world-reknowned eclectic art collection at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

Lunch: Lunch is tapas on your own with an allowance.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of leisure time in Madrid.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel NH Nacional

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Museum Triangle and right near the Atocha train station, this four-star hotel offers high quality in the heart of Madrid.

Contact info:
Paseo del Prado, 48
Madrid, 28014 Spain
phone: +34 914 296 629
web: www.nh-hotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, safe, mini bar, cable/satellite TV, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, cafeteria, meeting room, internet access in common areas, room service, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel NH Nacional in Madrid. Participants should contact the hotel directly by e-mail at nhnacional@nh-hotels.com (contact person Mr. Javier Balbacid); or by telephone +34 91 4296629. Participants should let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program start date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholar participants.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, April 17 - Segovia/El Escorial
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Field trip to Segovia and El Escorial (60 miles outside Madrid). In Segovia the Roman presence is evident in the stunning aqueduct, a marvel of engineering. The Romanesque churches have an architectural style unique to the city, and the cathedral is an example of late Gothic construction. Visit to the Alcázar.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Segovia.

Afternoon: We stop at El Escorial monastery for a visit of the political center of King Philip II and a pantheon for Spanish royalty, on our way back to Madrid. Late afternoon arrival at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel NH Nacional

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Museum Triangle and right near the Atocha train station, this four-star hotel offers high quality in the heart of Madrid.

Contact info:
Paseo del Prado, 48
Madrid, 28014 Spain
phone: +34 914 296 629
web: www.nh-hotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, safe, mini bar, cable/satellite TV, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, cafeteria, meeting room, internet access in common areas, room service, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel NH Nacional in Madrid. Participants should contact the hotel directly by e-mail at nhnacional@nh-hotels.com (contact person Mr. Javier Balbacid); or by telephone +34 91 4296629. Participants should let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program start date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholar participants.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Thursday, April 18 - Prado Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Expertly guided tour of the Prado Museum, home of the royal collection of art begun under the Hapsburg emperors in the 16th century. Participate in an on-site art history class.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon lecture on "Spain Today", taking an in-depth look at current events in Spain, the political and socio-economic environment.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel NH Nacional

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Museum Triangle and right near the Atocha train station, this four-star hotel offers high quality in the heart of Madrid.

Contact info:
Paseo del Prado, 48
Madrid, 28014 Spain
phone: +34 914 296 629
web: www.nh-hotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, safe, mini bar, cable/satellite TV, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, cafeteria, meeting room, internet access in common areas, room service, laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel NH Nacional in Madrid. Participants should contact the hotel directly by e-mail at nhnacional@nh-hotels.com (contact person Mr. Javier Balbacid); or by telephone +34 91 4296629. Participants should let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program start date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholar participants.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Friday, April 19 - Toledo
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Field trip to Spain's first capital, Toledo (55 miles outside Madrid). We will visit the Gothic cathedral and two museums dedicated to El Greco.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Toledo.

Afternoon: Late afternoon return to Madrid.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel NH Nacional

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the monumental center of Granada.

Contact info:
Calle Navas, 5
Granada, 18009 Spain
phone: +34 958 221 581
web: www.hotelesdauro.com/dauro2/

Room amenities: Hairdryer, television, alarm clock, minibar, telephone, safe.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and meeting rooms, air conditioning and heat, high-speed internet access in common areas.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, April 20 - Travel to Granada/Olive Oil Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning check-out and departure from Madrid to Granada (260 miles). We will make a stop at an olive oil museum in the town of Baeza (at the 200 mile mark), where we will learn about the history and production of this important Spanish export.

Lunch: Lunch at the olive mill's hacienda.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Granada, orientation and walk around the hotel neighborhood.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Dauro II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the monumental center of Granada.

Contact info:
Calle Navas, 5
Granada, 18009 Spain
phone: +34 958 221 581
web: www.hotelesdauro.com/dauro2/

Room amenities: Hairdryer, television, alarm clock, minibar, telephone, safe.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and meeting rooms, air conditioning and heat, high-speed internet access in common areas.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, April 21 - Albaycin/Alhambra
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: A morning tour of the Albaycin neighborhood where Moorish Spain comes alive in the streets of Granada.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Experience a guided tour of the majestic Alhambra, the Generalife summer palace and gardens, vestige of the last Islamic kingdoms in Spain.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Dauro II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the monumental center of Granada.

Contact info:
Calle Navas, 5
Granada, 18009 Spain
phone: +34 958 221 581
web: www.hotelesdauro.com/dauro2/

Room amenities: Hairdryer, television, alarm clock, minibar, telephone, safe.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and meeting rooms, air conditioning and heat, high-speed internet access in common areas.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, April 22 - Royal Chapel/Cathedral
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Visits to Granada's Cathedral and Royal Chapel, studying the Christian influences during the medieval period.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon lecture on Moorish Spain (711-1492) and its modern influences on the culture.

Dinner: Tapas dinner on your own with an allowance.

Lodging: Hotel Dauro II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.

Contact info:
Plaza Nueva, 7
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34 954 224 970
web: www.hotelinglaterra.es

Room amenities: Hairdryer, telephone, television, minibar, safe, heat/air conditioning.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, laundry and room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Consult directly with hotel.
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel Inglaterra directly. Participants should send an e-mail to comercial@hotelinglaterra.es (contact person Mrs. Rocio Limón) and let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program end date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholars.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Tuesday, April 23 - Córdoba/Travel to Seville
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart Granada for Seville (160 miles), stopping in Córdoba (at the 125 mile mark), the crossroads of civilizations, where we will explore the largest mosque outside the Arab world and visit a Jewish synagogue.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Córdoba.

Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville, check-in at the hotel for orientation and a walking tour of the city center.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Inglaterra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.

Contact info:
Plaza Nueva, 7
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34 954 224 970
web: www.hotelinglaterra.es

Room amenities: Hairdryer, telephone, television, minibar, safe, heat/air conditioning.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, laundry and room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Consult directly with hotel.
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel Inglaterra directly. Participants should send an e-mail to comercial@hotelinglaterra.es (contact person Mrs. Rocio Limón) and let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program end date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholars.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Wednesday, April 24 - Fine Arts Museum/Meet Locals
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Explore Seville's Fine Arts Museum, home to works by Zurbarán, Velázquez and more.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon class on the culture of the city of Seville, where we will explore the history and traditions rooted deep in her streets.

Dinner: Tapas dinner at CC-CS headquarters, where you can mingle with the local "Sevillanos" and maybe even practice your Spanish!

Lodging: Hotel Inglaterra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.

Contact info:
Plaza Nueva, 7
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34 954 224 970
web: www.hotelinglaterra.es

Room amenities: Hairdryer, telephone, television, minibar, safe, heat/air conditioning.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, laundry and room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Consult directly with hotel.
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel Inglaterra directly. Participants should send an e-mail to comercial@hotelinglaterra.es (contact person Mrs. Rocio Limón) and let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program end date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholars.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Thursday, April 25 - Jerez
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Excursion to Jerez (60 miles), center of sherry production in Spain. Visit to a winery followed by a viewing of the world-famous Dancing Horses of Andalucia at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Jerez.

Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville, followed by a class on the Art and History of Bullfighting in Spain.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Inglaterra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.

Contact info:
Plaza Nueva, 7
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34 954 224 970
web: www.hotelinglaterra.es

Room amenities: Hairdryer, telephone, television, minibar, safe, heat/air conditioning.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, laundry and room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Consult directly with hotel.
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel Inglaterra directly. Participants should send an e-mail to comercial@hotelinglaterra.es (contact person Mrs. Rocio Limón) and let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program end date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholars.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Friday, April 26 - Royal Palace/Cathedral
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Walk the windy, cobblestone streets of the oldest neighborhood of Seville - the Barrio Santa Cruz/Jewish quarter, followed by a guided exploration of the Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens.

Lunch: Tapas lunch on your own with an allowance.

Afternoon: Visit Seville's Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Following, a lecture on popular culture and festivals in Southern Spain.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Inglaterra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.

Contact info:
Plaza Nueva, 7
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34 954 224 970
web: www.hotelinglaterra.es

Room amenities: Hairdryer, telephone, television, minibar, safe, heat/air conditioning.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, laundry and room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Consult directly with hotel.
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel Inglaterra directly. Participants should send an e-mail to comercial@hotelinglaterra.es (contact person Mrs. Rocio Limón) and let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program end date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholars.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Saturday, April 27 - Flamenco
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Enjoy a morning of leisure time in Seville.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon lecture and hands-on demonstration of the history, culture and art of flamenco dance and music.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: See flamenco come alive at an intimate show at a local "tablao".

Lodging: Hotel Inglaterra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.

Contact info:
Plaza Nueva, 7
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34 954 224 970
web: www.hotelinglaterra.es

Room amenities: Hairdryer, telephone, television, minibar, safe, heat/air conditioning.

Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, laundry and room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Consult directly with hotel.
Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel Inglaterra directly. Participants should send an e-mail to comercial@hotelinglaterra.es (contact person Mrs. Rocio Limón) and let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program end date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholars.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Sunday, April 28 - Itálica/Farewell Lunch
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart by private coach bus to Itálica (8 miles), the impressive Roman ruins outside Seville and birthplace to two Roman emperors. Following, visit a typical bull ranch and learn about the Spanish tradition of raising bulls for the bullring.

Lunch: Farewell lunch at the bull ranch.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Seville.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Inglaterra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Monday, April 29 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning departures to the Seville airport for return flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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15 nights of accommodations
45 meals: 15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
25 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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