Immerse yourself in the second most common language spoken on earth, as you open your mind to a whole new world of culture, art, music, food & tradition.
Get comfortable speaking the language and acquire comprehension and pronunciation skills never possible in a classroom.
Your phenomenal home stay experience in a small village, nestled between the mountains and the coast, will leave you with enhanced communication skills and new friendships that last a lifetime.
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Full Program Itinerary
Day One – Buen Viaje!
|Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Barcelona – the cosmopolitan capitol of the Catalonia region, known for its art, architecture and distinctive Spanish dialect.|
Day Two – Welcome to bonita Barcelona!
|Upon arrival in this spectacular, world-class city, we’ll meet our magnifico local Travel Manager & Driver.
Barcelona is the vibrant heart of Spain. More than just beautiful beaches and lively locals, this historic city is bursting with opportunities for learning and growth. After an exciting & fun orientation briefing, our lifelong obsession with Spain will have begun!
The first human settlements in Barcelona date back to Neolithic times. At the end of the 1st Century BC, the Romans established a colony here called Barcino.
Today, colorful streets packed with world-class art and spectacular architecture house a never-ending array of landmarks and attractions.
The Spanish know that the way to the heart is first through the stomach, so our immersion into Spanish culture naturally begins with a delicious lunch of local specialties.
This afternoon, Barcelona’s most spectacular sites will be ours for exploration:
We’ll discover first-hand where the English term “gawdy” originates, as we marvel at the distinctive architecture of famed architect Antoni Gaudí.
Next, we’ll explore Gaudi’s incredible Parc Guell, a fantasy-like blend of architecture and nature, with amazing views of the city and the sea.
In 1882, construction began on the speactacular La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece cathedral. 134 years later, it’s still not finished, and it won’t be until 2026!
Following our Welcome Dinner this evening, we’ll fight off jetlag with a high-energy Flamenco show, and learn all about the culture of Flamenco!
Day Three – Gaudí, Gaudí everywhere!
|Spain boasts one of the richest, oldest and most powerful cultures in Europe. After breakfast this morning, we will set out on a “City Quest” to experience it for ourselves!
Like a “Spanish scavenger hunt,” we’ll explore, traverse and examine the city’s most exciting, colorful and historic attractions to discover clues, learn more and forge a deeper connection with this beautiful city and its inhabitants.
**We’ll spot Gaudi’s influence all around us today.**
In the center of Barcelona is a towering hill called Montjuic. This hill is where the Romans first founded this city in the 1st century BC. Today, Montjuic is home to
We’ll take a restored antique funicular (like a cable car) to the top and explore one of the city’s most memorable destinations!
Dinner tonight is a once-in-a-lifetime event. We’re joined by a renowned Spanish chef who will instruct us in “the art of Paella.”
Day Four – Picasso!
|The world has been forever changed by the influence of Pablo Picasso’s art.
Following a delicious Spanish lunch in the city, we’ll board our motorcoach and continue to Manresa, where we will meet our host families for our Spanish Home Stay!
The first segment of our adventure has been an introduction to Spanish culture, history, food, art, architecture and of course a chance to warm up our Spanish language skills.
We have explored a world class city, gained exclusive access to some of its richest treasures and been taught by fun and exciting local experts.
Our experiences, discoveries and personal growth from these Barcelona days will continue to inform our personal lives, education and careers throughout our lifetimes.
The next segment, our Home Stay, is a full immersion into Spanish language and culture, and a chance to experience what everyday life is like for typical families and students. It’s a profound and unforgettable opportunity that you will love!
You’ll enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your new home stay family.
After, you’ll review plans for the rest of the week, settle into your new home and start putting your Spanish language skills to work!
Days Four through Nine – Home Stay!
|Live like a local in your Spanish Home Stay!
Day Nine – Climbing & Dancing to New Heights!
|This morning, in flawless Spanish, we’ll bid a sad farewell to our Home Stay families. But the adventure isn’t over!
This afternoon, we’ll encounter yet another fascinating aspect of Spanish culture and history at Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey.
Tonight, dress in your best for our Farewell Dinner!
Day Ten – Adios, España!
|Today, we bid farewell to Europe and head to the airport for our flight back to the USA.|