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The Canary Islands: Sponsored by the Barrington Community School
January 31st-February 7th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Although politically in Europe (the islands are a part of Spain), the Canary Island archipelago sits in the Atlantic off the northwestern coast of Africa, and thus benefits from a tropical climate. On the same latitude as Orlando, FL, the Canaries have less rainfall and warmer average temperatures than Florida. Our tour divides its time between the two largest islands of the chain of seven – Gran Canaria and Tenerife. There will be free time to enjoy the weather, take tours into the heart of each island to marvel at the incredible volcanic scenery, explore the culture and enjoy Canarian delicacies, such as the local wines and cheeses, and the abundant fresh seafood.
*This is a guaranteed departure*
Barcelona & Mallorca: A Homage to Catalonia
April 18th-27th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
We begin in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, and Spain’s most visually striking city. As Rose Macaulay wrote sixty years ago, in The Fabled Shore, “…it gives an impression of tempestuous, surging, irrepressible life and brio.” It remains true today. We’ll spend our days exploring the Barri Gotic, the very heart of Barcelona, her outstanding museums and architecture, and take an excursion up the Costa Brava in search of Salvador Dali. Finally, a 4-night stay on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca concludes the trip with a welcome change of pace as we explore hidden villages and monasteries, winding lanes and quiet corners. From the mountains of the northwest to the fertile central plain, there is an abundance of historical and artistic treasure to occupy the discerning visitor. And of course, beautiful beaches that have made the island a haven for European tourists seeking the summer sun.
A Pilgrim's Way: Following the camino de santiago from bilbao to santiago de compostela
June 6th-15th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Join Discover Europe’s Gavin Miller and explore the ancient route of the Camino de Santiago in northwest Spain. Also known as The Pilgrim’s Way or Way of St. James, it has been travelled a foot by those seeking redemption since AD 1085. Starting in Bilboa where we will go to the stunning Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry; we will stay in hotels right along the path to get an idea of what life is like walking the Camino. With visits to the beautiful stained glass cathedral in Leon, Gaudi’s The Bishop’s Palace, and Cebreiro, a traditional Galician mountain settlement with pallozas (thatched houses), we will wind our way to Santiago where present day pilgrims celebrate the end to their 500 mile journey, with swollen feet and big smiles.
September 27th- October 6th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Nothing in the world conjures up more romantic and beautiful images than the Mediterranean. Azure waters, white sands, mountain villages, and year-round sunshine combine to create a mood of tranquility and contentment that is truly irresistible. Beginning in Barcelona, we then cross the Spanish/French border, stopping at the ancient walled city of Carcassonne en route, and on into Provence, a region that intoxicates with its light and landscapes. From our base in Arles we explore the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Ancient hilltop villages beckon to be explored and a day in Avignon allows us to dance sur le pont! Our final stay is in elegant Nice, jewel of the Cote d’Azur, a city whose greatest charm is itself: the avenues, squares, markets, shops, and cafes that create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.
Madrid Y Andalucia
November 7th- 16th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Join Discover Europe for a journey into the heart and soul of Southern Spain. Timeless, sunbaked landscapes surround this region’s vibrant cities, and traditional rural communities continue unchanged beside the bustle of modern-day urban life. The country’s proud history and architectural legacy embrace Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Moors, and the Catholic Kings of Spain’s “Golden Age.” Starting in the beautiful city of Seville where we will see the Alcazar (Royal Palace), stroll through the winding streets, taste tapas and see modern day flamingo, we will then go on to Granada to visit the Alhambra, a fortress that captures the intricacy of Moorish culture, and drive up to the Sierra Nevada Alpujarras range, one of the most scenic areas when blooming flowers create fields of yellow.
Thanksgiving In Mallorca
November 22nd-30th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
This trip has been specifically designed to avoid the tourists and take in the culture of this multifaceted island! In November the weather is still warm, and the historical sites will be blessedly free of tour buses. Our base is the fabulous Gran Hotel in the historic town of Soller, set in the beautiful Tramontana Mountains. Soller is accessible to the capital, Palma, by a wonderful antique electric train that affords incredible views as it weaves up through the mountains and out the other side. We’ll celebrate Thanksgiving Mallorcan style with slow-roasted lamb at a very special restaurant up in the mountains. This year don’t spend all day in the kitchen. If you like your relatives, bring them along - if you don’t, leave them to it and join us for fun in the sun on an island paradise! Join our most popular tour guide, Gavin Miller, who will take us to many very special places on this beautiful island that he calls home.