Luggage Policy Change

Due to popular demand, the luggage policy has been changed:  Each student can, if they so choose, check one (1) bag.  They don’t get to complain if it’s misplaced by the airline, however. (Just kidding.)

 

 

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Tour Schedule (Subject to change)

Day 1 Overnight flight to Barcelona

Day 2 Arrive in Barcelona; walking tour of Barcelona; Sample Menus

Upon arrival at the airport the group should be prepared to wait up to 2 hours for consolidated groups to arrive.  Transfer to the hotel and store luggage.  The Tour Director will take the group into the central area of Barcelona by public transport for a walking tour near the Cathedral and along Las Ramblas followed by free time for lunch.  The group will return to the hotel after lunch to check in.  If the hotel is more than 30 min. from the city center, they might have some free time (1-2 hours) in Barcelona first.

Sample Menus:

 

Menu 1

Lentil stew

Pork Loin with potatoes and mushroom

Fruit

 

Menu 2

Buffet with many hot and cold dishes

 

Menu 3

Gazpacho

Chicken paella

Profiteroles

 

These are all sample menus.  All meals are served as a group meal and “a la carte.”  There will always be a vegetarian option.

 

 

Day 3:  Sightseeing of Barcelona; Art Workshop

 

9 am Sightseeing tour with private bus and guide ( 4 hours) including Parque Guell and La Sagrada Familia Cathedral.  Tour ends in central Barcelona where group has free time for lunch.  After lunch, the group will participate in an art workshop.

 

Day 4. Free Morning; Optional Montserrat.

The group will have fee time to visit Barcelona.  Tour Director will give suggestions for activities, such as a visit to Parc del la Ciutadella or the Modernist District.  The group will have free time for lunch.  12:30 pm: Optional excursion to Montserrat. Those not going on the optional tou,r a free afternoon in Barcelona.

 

Day 5: Transfer to Madrid via Zaragoza.

8 am Depart hotel for Zaragoza ( 3 hours 30 min.) Fee time in Zaragoza for lunch and to visit El Pilar Basilica (I hr. 30 min. 

1:00 pm. Transfer to Madrid (4 hours 30 min.)

5:30 pm:  Arrive in Madrid.  Fo to hotel to check in.  Tour Director will take group to and from dinner by public transport.

 

Day 6: Sightseeing of Madrid; Flamenco lessons and show.

 

9am:  Meet guide for sightseeing tour ( 3 hours 30 min.) The route of the panoramic will depend on the time of the Royal Palace reservation.  The main areas covered on the bus tend to be the Paseo del Prade, Plaza Colon, Gran Via, Calle Mayor and Puerto de Sol.  The visit to the Royal Palace is 1 hour.  The tour will end in central Madrid.  After lunch, the group will have free time in Madrid.

 

4:30 pm: Flamenco Lesson and show ( 2 hours ).  Dinner in central Madrid and return to hotel by public transport.

 

Day 7: Walking tour of Madrid; Visit to the Prado, Optional Toledo

 

Tour Director leads a walking tour of central Madrid.  Walking tour will end at the Prado museum where group has time for a self-guided visit ( Up to 2 hours.) The group will have free time in central Madrid for lunch.

 

1pm: Optional tour to Toledo.  Those not taking the optional tour will have a free afternoon in Madrid and meet the rest of the group at dinner.

 

Day 8: Transfer to airport for flight home.

Flight and Hotel Information

Depart 2/17/2014 from JFK on Lufthansa #401 at 3:40 pm

2/18/2014 arrive at Frankfurt

Depart Frankfurt at 10:15 am on Lufthansa #1126

Arrive Barcelona at 12:10 PM

 

Coming Home

Depart 2/24/2014 Madrid at 7:25 on Lufthansa Flight #1126

Arrive 10:05 in Munich

Depart 11:45 Munich on Lufthansa #410

Arrive 3:05 at JFK

 

European Hotels

Don’t know much about. . . European Hotels

 

European hotels are often somewhat smaller and less glamorous than U.S. hotels

European hotels often have smaller lobbies than we’re used to

European hotels are known for having smaller elevators, and occasionally we’ll        have to put many bags in one elevator and send them all up together, while   we walk up and take bags off the elevator as it arrives

European hotels almost never have wash clothes

European hotels occasionally do have hair dryers, but not always

European hotels usually make wake-up calls without any problem, but occasionally those calls don’t get made.  It’s best to have your own travel alarm

European hotels often use large room keys that must be turned into the front desk when leaving the hotel

European hotels occasionally use plastic swipe cards as room keys, and those cards         may be necessary to activate lights and power in the room.  Place card in slot   on the wall near the door of the room to turn on lights in the room

European hotels often charge to access phone cards, even prepaid phone cards, so           check with the front desk before using phones in the room

European hotels normally serve nice continental breakfasts of rolls or croissants      and butter, occasionally yogurt and cereal, coffee, tea, and juice.  Bon         appétit!