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Spain Trip Details

Introduction

Spain is a must-go destination in Europe with incredible sights, delicious cuisine and rich and diverse history. Explore Spain differently and get fully immersed in the Andalusian culture where you’ll visit the beautiful towns 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 also take you to Cadiz for some beach time. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Madrid and explore the streets and incredible vibe of Barcelona.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Start: Barcelona El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain (BCN) 
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive Day 1 by 10:00AM 

Finish: Madrid City Center
Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to airport, and are welcome to depart at any time on Day 8.

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 with Under30Experiences
-7 nights boutique hotel stay in double accommodations
-7 Breakfasts and 7 dinners
-Pickup at Barcelona El Prat Airport
-Ground Transportation
-High speed train
-Flight from Barcelona to Granada
-Walking tours, Flamenco show, Night Adventure Tour
-Real Alcazar entrance
-Under30Experiences trip leaders

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare

Highlights

-Visit the southern part of the Iberian peninsula and learn about Andalusian culture
-Experience a real flamenco performance in Seville
-Explore Granada differently by going on a night adventure tour
-Enjoy delicious and traditional tapas food at restaurants and wine bars
-Visit famous Gaudi’s masterpieces in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona or go relax at the beach
-Explore the best of Madrid, capital of Spain and its numerous museums

Is this Trip for You?

If you're interested in immersing yourself in some of Spain's most magnificent cities and 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 and can expect early breakfasts and late dinners at approximately 9pm.

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).

Take part in optional activities to customize your experience to your heart's desire.

-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.

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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

-Sample menu for breakfast:

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

-Sample lunch & dinner menu:

  • May include tapas, paella, oxtail, pork, fish, seafood.

-Please be aware that Spanish diet is mostly meat and fish based; vegetarian choices can be limited in Spain and less varied.

We do our best to accommodate vegan and vegetarian requests or any allergies.

Transport

You'll be traveling in a comfortable, safe, air-conditioned private shuttle.

From Madrid to Seville, the group will be traveling on a comfortable high speed train.

Your trip includes (1) checked bag on Vueling. The weight allowance is 23kg. Each traveler is responsible for any fees associated with bags being overweight when checking in at the airport.

Cabs and other public transportation are not included unless specified on the itinerary.

Accommodation

Boutique hotels in twin/multishare rooms ensuite for duration of trip.

Solo travelers are placed with someone of the same gender

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

Laundry available at some hotels for an extra fee (ask front desk for details).

Private rooms available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.

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. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of 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.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders 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 sustainable 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 certified organic when possible.‍

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you U30X will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US 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 US Embassy 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

  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • There are no required vaccinations needed to enter into Spain however the CDC recommends routine innoculations.
  • More specific Health information for Travelers to Spain can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

  • The official currency in Spain is the Euro (€).
  • Depending on your spending habits, bring cash with you for additional expenses such as lunch (not included), snacks, souvenirs, optional activities. We suggest about ~$350 USD (~ 300€).
  • ATMs are available in most towns and you can exchange money at the airport. Please be aware that some places might not accept credit cards under a certain amount of money. You will need to alway have a little bit of cash with you.
  • Call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.  
  • For the specific portion of our trip, you can get away with not having cash and just using your credit/debit card, but like we mentioned before, it never hurts to have some cash with you.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended on the beach.
  • Leave flashy jewelry at home.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov
  • Although Spain is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any town at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time activities, as they are the safest and easiest way to avoid any issues one might encounter on the streets after dark.
  • Taxis can be organized from reception of your hotel. Also, take the address of the hotel with you.

Weather

The average temperature in Andalusia throughout the year is 61°F.

Summers (July & August) are very hot and dry in Andalusia with an average temperature of 84°F and can reach 95°F. Seville is known to be the second hottest city in Andalusia!

Expect some rain during the months of February-March.

The months of September and October are still very warm in Seville and Granada. Temperatures in Seville in September range between 63°F-88°F and 56°F-78°F in October.

Temperatures in Granada in September range between 57°F-82°F and 48°F-70°F in October.

cultural information

Here are some key phrases you can use in Spain:

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

We suggest bringing about $350 USD (~300€) for optional activities, lunches, and other personal expenses.

Madrid

El Prado (€15) & Reina Sofia Museum (€8)

In Madrid you can enjoy world masterpieces guarded in one of the greatest museums like El Prado and Reina Sofia.

Student tickets available for students under 26 years old.

Real Madrid Barnabeu Stadium Tour - €18

Visit the famous Barnabeu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid soccer team.

Seville

Kayak Adventure - €32.90

At Under30Experiences we love to explore the world in a new different prospective.

Join a Kayak tour along the river and explore Seville differently with a local staff. The tour starts at the Pabellon de la Navigacion and will head north passing through the Golden Tower and many other sights.

Must be booked in advance. Tour lasts around 1h30’

Flamenco Dance Class - €10

Ever dreamed of learning how to dance Flamenco?

Join a local cultural centre and learn more about this beautiful dance so unique to Andalusia.

Must be booked in advance. Class lasts 1h

Cathedral of Seville & Giralda Tower - €9

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

We recommend to book tickets in advance.

Cadiz

Tavira Tower - €6

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.

Granada

The Palace of Alhambra - €14.85

One of the highlights of the entire Spain, this ancient Muslim palace dominates fierly 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 to book the tickets months in advance, they get sold out quickly. We recommend you to choose a guided tour or have an audioguide with you to learn about all the treasures of the Alhambra.

Please, respect the time slot given to visit the Nasrid Palace.

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.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Here are some great hotels in the area.

Of course, feel free to take a look at the list above for activities in the area.

Hotels in Madrid

Hotels in Barcelona

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