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Spain Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Spain!

Spain is a must-go destination in Europe with incredible sights, delicious cuisine and rich history.

Explore Spain differently and get fully immersed in the Andalusian culture. You’ll visit the beautiful city of Sevilla, internationally known for its flamenco, and Granada where the beautiful palace of the Alhambra was built back in the 13th century.

Your trip will take you to Cadiz for some Spanish beach time. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the streets of Madrid and the incredible vibe of Barcelona.

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

Start: Barcelona El Prat International Airport (BCN) -- Barcelona, Spain
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 10:00 am on Day 1.
 

Finish: Madrid City Center -- Madrid, Spain
Plan to depart at anytime on Day 8. Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to Madrid Barajas International Airport.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

What's Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotels
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Domestic flight from Barcelona to Granada
  • Walking tours of Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Cadiz, and Madrid
  • Delicious authentic Spanish meals
  • Explore Barcelona's world famous Gothic architecture
  • Night adventure hike in Granada
  • Traditional Flamenco show in Seville
  • Entrance to Real Alcazar Royal Palace
  • Lounge on beautiful beaches in Cadiz
  • High speed train from Seville to Madrid
  • Private ground transportation throughout Spain
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Spain
Cabs & public transportation, entrance fees to museums, or any optional activities are not included.
If you’d like to visit the Sagrada Familia or Alhambra, you must purchase your ticket in advance.

Highlights

  • Visit Southern Spain and learn about Andalusian culture
  • Experience a real Flamenco performance in Seville
  • Explore Granada differently on an off the beaten path night adventure hike
  • Enjoy delicious and traditional tapas at restaurants and wine bars
  • Visit Gaudi’s masterpieces in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona or relax at the beach
  • Explore the best of Madrid and its famous museums

Is this Trip for You?

If you're interested in immersing yourself in some of Spain's most magnificent cities while soaking up the Spanish culture like a local, this trip is for you!

There will be a lot of walking as we immerse ourselves in multiple Spanish cities. You'll also eat like a Spaniard which means you should expect early breakfasts and late dinners at approximately 9:00 pm.

Get a glimpse of everyday Spanish life as you learn about the rich, and diverse history of Spain. You will even get the opportunity to hang out on a beautiful Spanish beach (weather permitting).

Customize your experience with incredible optional activities that will further immerse you in Spanish culture.

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 12-14
-Physical rating: Moderate. There will be some long walking days while we exploring multiple Spanish cities throughout the trip.

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. 

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Breakfasts will be served at your hotel. Dinners are enjoyed in local Spanish restaurants a short walk away.

Please note that the Spanish diet is mostly meat and fish based. Vegetarian choices can be limited.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Bread, pastries, tortilla, ham, cheese, pan con tomate, coffee, tea, orange juice.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Tapas, paella, oxtail, pork, fish, seafood.

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Some meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private, locally-owned, ground transportation, public high-speed passenger train, and an included domestic flight throughout your trip. There will be early departures on some days in order to optimize time.

  • Private ground transportation to and from the airport (Included)
  • Private ground transportation to and from your hotels around the country (Included)
  • Public high speed passenger train from Seville to Madrid (Included)
  • Domestic flight from Barcelona to Granada (Included)
    Your trip includes (1) checked bag. The weight allowance is 23kg.
    Each traveler is responsible for any fees associated with bags being overweight when checking in at the airport.

Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to the airport on Day 8.
Cabs and other public transportation are not included unless specified on the itinerary.

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.

Please be aware that rooms in Europe can be smaller and don’t always provide a minibar, air-conditioning or a safe.

Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible

Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. 
We are not able to transfer trips or gift experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.


Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Streets can be very narrow in some towns in Spain like Seville and Granada and most streets are cobblestone, therefore it is recommended that you bring a large backpack to carry your belongings. Some hotels and train stations may not have elevators or lifts which means you will have to carry your bags up and down the stairs.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.

Do not forget: Bring a two prong power adaptor to charge your electronics.

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Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in Spain is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Spain beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Spain from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests routine vaccines for all travelers. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

More specific Health information for Travelers to Spain can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

We suggest bringing USD $300 (€300) in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

The official currency in Spain is the Euro (EUR).

ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw Euros from any ATM in Spain, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Although Spain is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night. We recommend staying in small groups when traveling at night.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.

Weather

The average temperature in Andalusia throughout the year is 61°F and sunny days are almost always guaranteed throughout the year. Expect some rain in March.

  • During Spring (April-June), the temperatures are generally warm between 60-70°F.
  • Temperatures during the Fall (September-October) are also very nice with an average of 73°F.
  • Summers are very hot with temperatures that can reach more than 104°F.”

cultural information

Everything starts later in Spain. Breakfast is around 10:00-11:00 am, lunch between 2:00 to 5:00 pm, "merienda" or an afternoon snack at around 7:00 pm. Finally, dinner starts around 9:00 to 11:00 pm.

People normally meet up for drinks around 10:00 pm or later and only start going to nightlife venues at around 1:00 am because that's when they open.

Restaurants operate on their own schedules as well and typically wont open until very late compared to North American norms.

A lot of shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday.

Key Phrases
  • Hello -- Hola
  • How are you?-- Que tal?
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • Please -- Por favor
  • What time is it? -- Qué hora es?
  • I understand/I don’t understand -- Entiendo/No entiendo
  • Where is…? -- ¿Dónde está…?

Optional Activities

The activities below will be paid in Euros. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.

Barcelona
  • Sagrada Familia: USD $19-$36
    Visit the Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. The large cathedral is a UNESCO world heritage site
    We recommend booking your tickets months in advance since tickets sell out quickly.
  • Park Guell: USD $11
    Another one of the masterpieces of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. An enchanting park that overlooks the city.
  • Picasso Museum: USD $13
    Visit one of the most expansive collections of Pablo Picasso.
Granada
  • The Palace of Alhambra: ~USD $17
    One of the highlights of Spain, this ancient Muslim palace dominates the city of Granada giving it a unique and unforgettable skyline. Enjoy Arab art and architecture and a spectacular view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the city. We recommend booking your tickets months in advance since tickets sell out quickly.
Seville
  • Flamenco Dance Class: ~USD 15
    Ever dreamed of learning how to dance Flamenco? Join a local cultural centre and learn more about this beautiful dance so unique to Andalusia.
  • Cathedral of Seville & Giralda Tower: ~USD $10
    Visit the ancient Cathedral of Seville, see the tomb of Christopher Columbus and reach the top of the Giralda Bell Tower, an ancient Muslim minaret enjoying one of the best view of the city.
Cadiz
  • Tavira Tower: ~USD $8
    Enjoy a stunning view of Cadiz and the Atlantic Ocean from one of the highest tower in the city.
  • Santa Catalina & San Sebastian Castle: Free!
    Explore these beautiful ancient castles set on the Atlantic Ocean offering you gorgeous views and an insider view of the history of Cadiz.
Madrid
  • El Prado & Reina Sofia Museum: ~USD $30
    In Madrid you can enjoy world masterpieces guarded in one of the greatest museums like El Prado and Reina Sofia.
  • Real Madrid Barnabeu Stadium Tour: ~USD $20
    Visit the famous Barnabeu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid soccer team.

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

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