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Flamenco & Fortresses: Spain’s Great River With Your Grandchild

Experience the wonders of Spain as you dance Flamenco, explore a former royal palace and venture to an awesome bull farm, all while building lifelong memories with your grandchild.
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Program No. 20642RJ
11 days
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Flamenco & Fortresses: Spain’s Great River With Your Grandchild

Experience the wonders of Spain as you dance Flamenco, explore a former royal palace and venture to an awesome bull farm, all while building lifelong memories with your grandchild.
11 days
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Program No. 20642 RJ
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What’s a great way for you and your grandchild to experience Spain? Well that would be by the “great river,” of course! On an exciting learning adventure, sail down the Guadalquivir — or “great river” in Arabic — to explore Andalusia, the colorful Spanish region known for its fun Flamenco dancers, fearsome bulls and red-walled fortresses high in the hills. From feeling like royalty at magnificent castles to learning how to whip up tasty tapas, discover that Spain is anything but plain as you explore this amazing country together.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Dance the day away during a Flamenco dance lesson to truly feel like a local.
  • Venture to a jaw-dropping Andalusian Pueblo Blanco “white village” to learn about its mysterious myths and legends.
  • Explore a local "ganaderia" (a ranch where bulls are raised) to learn more about life in Spain and enjoy an exciting field trip to one of the most impressive bullrings in the country.

General Notes

This program is for grandchildren ages 11-15. Because of the special nature of this program, we request that you call us to enroll. Please call toll free at (800) 454-5768, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET.
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