Walking up to 3-4 miles total throughout the day; cobblestone streets; steady pace; sturdy, comfortable footwear is highly recommended.
At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items including egg dishes, breakfast breads and meats, cereals, fresh fruit, milk juice, coffee, tea and water.
Upon arrival at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study headquarters in Seville (which is housed in an 18th-century mansion), we will enjoy a cultural class on contemporary Spain and learn about the changes to Spanish society since the death of Franco and the advent of Democracy in 1975. With our local expert, we will also discuss family structure, schooling, social care, the current economic and political situation, and what lies in store for the future. Then, we will walk with a local historian to the Seville Cathedral, one of the world´s largest, and packed with historic treasures and art. The 343-ft bell tower, the Giralda, the symbol of Seville, is in fact all that remains of the mosque built before the Christians conquered the city in 1248. It was used as a cathedral until earthquake damage caused the Christians to start building a Gothic cathedral on the site in 1401. Construction lasted more than 100 years, paid for partly by gold and silver from the New World. One altar is made entirely of Mexican silver.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals from a select menu with one beverage selection included of wine, beer, soft drink, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Traveling on foot, we will split into smaller group, each visiting the home of a local family. Through casual conversation, we will meet our host families and learn about the realities of family life in Spain as we enjoy an afternoon at their homes.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.