|Leaders for Mediterranean Dream||
June 28 to July 16, 2018 – Departs from Atlanta (ATL)
Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.
|Duration in days||
Exclusive People to People Homestay
Trained and First-Aid Certified Educator Leaders
Full-Time Delegation Manager
International Land Transportation
3 Meals Daily
Entrance to all Attractions and Activities
Guided Sightseeing by Expert Local Guides
All Tips and Gratuities
Pre-Departure Trainings and Support
24-Hour Support on Program
Medical Protection Plan
Taxes and Fees
Your adventure begins. Meet up with your delegation and board your overnight flight to Madrid, Spain.
Welcome to Madrid! A specially-designed orientation showcases the Spanish capital and its world-renowned landmarks in all their splendor. Unearth the secrets of the city, treasures of the Royal Palace, and history of the people.
During a peer-led tour, gain a unique glimpse into Madrid’s famous Las Ventas Bullring. Immerse yourself in the passion of Flamenco, where you’ll learn the basics of the dance before tucking in to a Spanish tapas dinner.
Experience rural European life in Zaragoza at a traditional working farm. During a variety of engaging hands-on activities, learn how to create local delicacies, including Zaragoza’s celebrated cheeses and yogurts.
Lose yourself in the fantasy-like architecture of Gaudi, including the world-famous La Sagrada Familia, a fantastic blend of architecture and nature. Take part in a culinary demonstration and learn to cook like a local as you are taught the secret regional recipe for the classic dish, Paella.
Tackle unique challenges in a variety of sports created for the blind. While playing alongside each other, you’ll gain an understanding of some of the difficulties faced by blind people during their day-to-day lives. Later, meet your Spanish homestay family and be immersed in the traditional Spanish way of life.
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Embrace the Spanish way of life alongside your homestay family. Your homestay family is carefully selected, based on matching you with peers your own age and with activities designed to provide you with the most authentic experience possible. Eat regional foods, meet local students, and see the real Spain during this unique People to People experience.
Explore the Tautavel Cave, one of the largest prehistoric sites in the world. The 450,000-year-old Tautavel fossil remains of huge importance to modern day scientists studying human evolution.
Navigate your way through the narrow streets of the medieval town Carcassonne, which was also the setting for the movie “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” You’ll fully understand why this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon head to the beautiful city of Avignon, where you can marvel at The Palace of Popes, the largest Gothic palace in all of Europe.
Visit the Rhone American Cemetery, the final resting place of 861 soldiers who were killed during a surprise landing in southern France during 1944. Enjoy some well-earned relaxation on the French Rivera, visiting the most gorgeous beaches for sunbathing before an evening at the cinema or bowling. Tonight will be your chance to enjoy a dinner with the addition of a typical French specialty.
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Explore French hospitality at its finest as your group is welcomed into a beautiful rural French village on your way to Monaco. Feast on authentic French BBQ with an array of local delicacies as you learn French outdoor games with your new French friends!
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Go celebrity-spotting during a tour of Monaco, notable for its royal family and world-renowned Grand Prix racetrack. Visit the celebrated L’Usine Laboratoire of Fragonard and learn about the science and art behind the production of perfume. Your afternoon will be something to remember as you take part in a multi-sensory journey. In small groups accompanied by a blind guide, visitors spend 45 minutes in total darkness to experience a new way of “seeing” their surroundings, relying exclusively on their senses of touch, hearing, smell, and taste.
Set sail along the Cinque Terre coastline from Portovenere to Monterosso, the perfect way to appreciate the beauty of the Tuscan beaches and ancient villages. Discover the city of Pisa and be inspired by some of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in the Italian city. Later in the afternoon, continue on to Pisa to visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Spend the morning exploring Florence like a local. You’ll have the chance to see the Gothic Cathedral and take in the striking beauty of the Gates to Paradise. Pay a visit to the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s colossal statue, David. Spend the evening exploring the history, art, and cuisine of Florence.
This morning you’ll have the unique privilege of meeting with a local monk or a priest who will explain life in the monastery and the history of its distinguished founder, Saint Francis of Assisi. This afternoon you’ll be stepping outside your comfort zone during an exhilarating rafting or rope garden adventure. Today couldn’t get much better as you spend your evening at an outdoor team BBQ, celebrating your achievements of the day.
Tour the spectacular Colosseum and the Roman Forum. These ancient landmarks of Rome require no introduction. The wealth of art and history on show at the center of the old Roman Empire is second to none.
Visit the world’s smallest country and the center of the Catholic Church as you tour the Vatican and admire Da Vinci’s frescos inside the Sistine Chapel. Later in the afternoon, explore the iconic sights of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. Follow tradition and throw a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to Rome.
Bid farewell to the Mediterranean, taking home an eclectic mix of memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.