Mediterranean Dreams: Spain, France and Italy

19 Days. From Spain to the French Riviera to Italy, discover the history and spirit of three very special countries. Bask on the beaches, visit the farmland and medieval towns, embrace the local cultures, and all along the way, enjoy opportunities to settle in and get to know the people who call these places home.

19 days


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Duration in days


Program Details

Day to Day

Depart, USA

Depart USA

Day 1

Your adventure begins. Meet up with your delegation and board your overnight flight to Madrid, Spain.

Madrid, Spain

Hola Madrid

Day 2

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.

People to People Moment

Connect with Peers - Spend the Day with Spanish Students
Madrid, Spain

Spanish Friends

Day 3

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.

People to People Moment

Interactive Learning Experience - Farming and Cheese Making
Zaragoza, Spain

Spanish Farm Life

Day 4

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.

People to People Moment

Interactive Learning Experience - Paella Cooking Class
Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona

Day 5

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 pro as you are taught the secret regional recipe for the classic dish, Paella.


People to People Moment

Connect with Peers
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Beach

Day 6

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. Enjoy some free time as you hunt for mementos of your trip in the heart of Barcelona. Don’t forget to visit the gorgeous Barcelona Beach.
This evening you will meet your host family who you will be staying with for the next 3 nights.

People to People Moment

Exclusive People to People Homestay Experience
Barcelona, Spain

Spanish Homestay

Day 7-8

During an exclusive People to People moment, embrace the Spanish way of life alongside your homestay family. As one of the most popular aspects of the program, your time with a local family provides a perspective that very few have the chance to experience.

Languedoc, France

Human Evolution

Day 9

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.

Provence, France

Medieval France

Day 10

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.

french riviera
French Riviera, France

French Riviera

Day 11

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.

People to People Moment

Peer Connections - French BBQ with French Students
French Riviera, France

New French Friends

Day 12

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!

People to People Moment

Interactive Learning Experience - Multi-Sensory Journey
Genoa, Italy

New Sensations

Day 13

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.

Tuscany, Italy

Cinque Terra

Day 14

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.

Tuscany, Italy


Day 15

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.

Umbria, Italy

Saint Francis of Assisi

Day 16

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.

Rome, Italy

Ancient Rome

Day 17

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.

Rome, Italy

The Vatican and Rome

Day 18

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.

Depart, Italy

Depart for USA

Day 19

Bid farewell to the Mediterranean, taking home an eclectic mix of memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

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