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Intergenerational Spain: From Don Quixote to Christopher Columbus

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Program #19383RJ
11 Days | 10 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 Jun 21 — Jul 1, 2013

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Day One: Friday, June 21 -
Evening: International flight to Spain.

Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located in Toledo's historic center.

Contact info:
Trastamara 1
Toledo, 45001 Spain
phone: +34 925 222 100
web: www.carlosv.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, telephone, television

Facility amenities: On-site restaurants and meeting room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: consult with hotel directly
Participants should contact the hotel directly and ask about room availability and cost. They should always inform the hotel that they are from the Road Scholar program that starts the following day.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, June 22 - Arrival/Orientation
Morning: Morning arrival at Madrid's Barajas 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: Orientation and city walk in Toledo followed by a welcome reception and a special activity to get to know each group participant at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Carlos V

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located in Toledo's historic center.

Contact info:
Trastamara 1
Toledo, 45001 Spain
phone: +34 925 222 100
web: www.carlosv.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, telephone, television

Facility amenities: On-site restaurants and meeting room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: consult with hotel directly
Participants should contact the hotel directly and ask about room availability and cost. They should always inform the hotel that they are from the Road Scholar program that starts the following day.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, June 23 - Scavenger hunt in medieval Toledo. La Muela Castl...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Explore the medieval capital of Toledo through an interactive scavenger hunt. Discover the harmony in which the three cultures lived in Toledo. Many historical facts are alive in the city: we visit the 12th century synagogue of Santa María la Blanca -- the oldest synagogue still standing in Europe. The hunt will also run through the Bab Al-Mardum mosque, now the Cristo de la Luz church; the Alcázar fortress; and the Franciscan monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Learn the fantastic adventures of the most famous Spanish literary character: Don Quixote de la Mancha, as we visit the hidden interior of a working mill and listen to a charismatic storyteller. We also visit La Muela Castle, where children will be knighted as they learn about the history of the castle.

Dinner: Tapas dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Carlos V

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: A Royal Monastery, UNESCO world heritage Site, founded in 1340.

Contact info:
Plaza de Juan Carlos 1
Guadalupe, Spain
phone: +34 927367000
web: www.monasterioguadalupe.com/hospederia.htm

Room amenities: Air conditioning, telephone, bar.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, bar and restaurant, garden with terrace. Lounge with television.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, June 24 - Toledo Cathedral. Royal Monastery of Guadalupe
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Explore the city's most outstanding monument, the cathedral, built between 1226 and 1493. It is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Spain and the hierarchical center of the Church in Spain. Hotel check-out and departure from Toledo to Guadalupe (128 miles).

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Arrive the historic town of Guadalupe. Hotel check in. Enjoy a walk in the fairy-tale setting of the village that grew around the magnificent Monastery, which is set in a deep wooded valley.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hospedería Real Monasterio de Guadalupe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: A Royal Monastery, UNESCO world heritage Site, founded in 1340.

Contact info:
Plaza de Juan Carlos 1
Guadalupe, Spain
phone: +34 927367000
web: www.monasterioguadalupe.com/hospederia.htm

Room amenities: Air conditioning, telephone, bar.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, bar and restaurant, garden with terrace. Lounge with television.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, June 25 - Soccer game with Spanish kids.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: In the morning, special activities are programmed with local children, including a soccer game. Kids will learn useful words in Spanish to be able to converse and play with the other children.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of leisure time in Guadalupe.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy Spanish tapas.

Lodging: Hospedería Real Monasterio de Guadalupe

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

Description: Hotel Becquer is a four star hotel located in the historical and commercial center of the city. It was built in the old Palace House of the Marqueses de las Torres, keeping significant elements such as Renaissance grilles, coffered ceilings, etc.

Contact info:
Reyes Catolicos 4
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34954228900
web: www.hotelbecquer.com

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, June 26 - Medieval town of Trujillo and Roman city of Merid...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart by motor coach to Seville. On our way, we relive the magical atmosphere of the Roman theater and amphitheater of Merida, where gladiators fought and won glory.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant en route to Seville.

Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville, check in at the hotel for orientation and walk in the city center.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Becquer

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

Description: Hotel Becquer is a four star hotel located in the historical and commercial center of the city. It was built in the old Palace House of the Marqueses de las Torres, keeping significant elements such as Renaissance grilles, coffered ceilings, etc.

Contact info:
Reyes Catolicos 4
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34954228900
web: www.hotelbecquer.com

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, June 27 - Jewish Quarter of Seville; flamenco dancing works...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: We discover the magical atmosphere of the oldest neighborhood of Seville- the "Barrio de Santa Cruz"/Jewish Quarter, as we walk and learn the history of its windy, cobblestone streets, crucible and cross-roads of cultures and religions. It is followed by a guided exploration of the Cathedral of Seville to visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of leisure time in Seville.

Dinner: Participate in a flamenco dancing workshop with local children at CC-CS headquarters. Enjoy a typical Spanish tapas dinner afterwards.

Lodging: Hotel Becquer

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

Description: Hotel Becquer is a four star hotel located in the historical and commercial center of the city. It was built in the old Palace House of the Marqueses de las Torres, keeping significant elements such as Renaissance grilles, coffered ceilings, etc.

Contact info:
Reyes Catolicos 4
Seville, 41001 Spain
phone: +34954228900
web: www.hotelbecquer.com

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, June 28 - Christopher Columbus expedition. Enjoy a day at t...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning departure to the Monastery of La Rabida, where Columbus' expedition departed from for the New World. Our imaginations come alive as we climb aboard replicas of the ships they sailed on - the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Afterwards, we will enjoy a day at the beach.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the beach.

Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Becquer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located hotel with swimming pool

Contact info:
Acera del Darro, 62
Granada, 18005 Spain
phone: +34 958 258300
web: www.hotelcarmen.com/granadahotel/eng/index-eng.htm

Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe deposit box, mini-bar, tv satellite, private connection for fax and personal computer, hair-dryer, Wi-Fi Internet connection, room service and laundry.

Facility amenities: Boutiques, facilities for handicapped, jacuzzi, outer swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, laundry service

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Saturday, June 29 - Transfer to Granada. Meet Spanish children at loc...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning check-out and departure from Seville to Granada (160 miles). Check-in at the hotel for orientation and walk in the city center.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Meet Spanish children at local swimming pool for a fun cultural exchange and games.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant followed by a performance by a modern-day troupadour group, called Tuna, to learn popular Spanish songs.

Lodging: Hotel Carmen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located hotel with swimming pool

Contact info:
Acera del Darro, 62
Granada, 18005 Spain
phone: +34 958 258300
web: www.hotelcarmen.com/granadahotel/eng/index-eng.htm

Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe deposit box, mini-bar, tv satellite, private connection for fax and personal computer, hair-dryer, Wi-Fi Internet connection, room service and laundry.

Facility amenities: Boutiques, facilities for handicapped, jacuzzi, outer swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, laundry service

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Ten: Sunday, June 30 - Alhambra/Farewell Dinner
Note: Expert-led guided visit to the majestic Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, vestige of the last Islamic kingdoms in Spain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning field trip to the Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens. The Alhambra was the palace of the last dynasty of Muslim kingdoms of Granada until the conquest of Granada by the Catholic Kings, Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. The children can play in the gardens and imagine life in the palace during this rich period in Spanish history.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Afternoon of leisure time.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant where we will recall the highlights of our program and share thoughts on our experiences.

Lodging: Hotel Carmen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Monday, July 01 - Return Travel
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart for Granada's Airport and return flights from Spain.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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