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(May 9-21, 2005)

ATTENTION! COMMUNITY MEMBERS, DARTON STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF! We are now recruiting for a trip to SPAIN during the Summer of 2005! Continuing Education Credit will be available for participants in this tour. Contact the Office of Continuing education at 317-6730 for details.

What follows is a detailed description of the program and all costs except your spending money there. In order to participate, students must be in good standing. Community members, faculty and staff must be adventurous and energetic!

This tour, called Spanish Rhapsody, will be coordinated and conducted by ACIS (American Council for International Studies), a very reputable educational travel company with which we have traveled a number of times.


(ACIS reserves the right to modify the itinerary slightly, but this is pretty close. We'll get you a new one if it changes.)

Day 1: Depart USA by overnight flight. I hope you packed your walking shoes!

Day 2: Madrid. Arrive in Madrid. Free time to explore or enjoy a sidewalk café.

Day 3: Madrid. Today we enjoy the sights of Madrid with a local guide. We'll visit the Plaza Mayor, scene of bullfights, executions, and celebrations, and enjoy the treasures of the Prado Museum; Goya, Velázquez, and some of the old Flemish masters. Free afternoon.

Day 4: Madrid. A day trip to Spain's old capital of Toledo. The day includes a visit to the Church of Santo Tomé for works by El Greco, a tour of the Gothic cathedral, and a visit to the medieval synagogue. Lunch is included today instead of dinner. Return to Madrid in the afternoon and get ready to roll.

Day 5: Salamanca. Morning drive to the palace-monastery of El Escorial, built by Spain's king Felipe II in the 16th century and home of the Royal Pantheon, where almost every Spanish king since Charles V is entombed. Then on to the Valley of the Fallen, the somber memorial to the million men who died during the Spanish Civil War. Next, we journey to Segovia, where we will see the still functioning Roman aqueduct and storybook castle El Alcázar, and to the walled city of Ávila, home of St. Teresa. We'll end the day in the university town of Salamanca.

Day 6: Salamanca. Today's tour includes the beautiful Plaza Mayor with its arcaded buildings and new cathedral, and a visit to the 13th century university, the oldest in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe.

Day 7: Sevilla. Travel southward through lush valleys and orange orchards, olive groves and sunflower fields. We'll stop at the ancient city of Mérida, which has more Roman ruins than any other in Spain. Then we continue to Sevilla in the heart of Andalucía.

Day 8: Sevilla. Our sightseeing in Sevilla includes the immense and impressive Gothic cathedral, home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus, and the Moorish Giralda Tower. We'll also visit the Moorish fortress/palace, the Alcázar, and later have time for a stroll through the old Jewish quarter Santa Cruz or a horse and buggy ride. This evening there is an evening of flamenco included.

Day 9: Granada. Say adiós to Sevilla as we travel to Córdoba. Roman and Moorish influences are seen in the long arched bridge and the Mezquita, the colorful mosque of this former Moorish capital of Spain. We'll continue to Granada, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.

Day 10: Overnight train. Our morning sightseeing of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Europe, will take us to the exotic and romantic Alhambra Palace and fragrant Generalife Gardens. Tonight we board an overnight train to Barcelona.

Day 11: Barcelona. Wake up in Gaudí's city of Barcelona! On the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is Spain's second most important city. Here we will visit the Gothic quarter, the Cathedral, the Pueblo Español, and get a view of Gaudís Sagrada Familia.

Day 12: Barcelona. This morning we will go to the sacred mountain of Montserrat for a visit to the Basilica and the Black Madonna. This afternoon is free for last minute shopping and packing for home.

Day 13: Departure for the USA with memories for a lifetime!


Please read carefully all of the Terms and Conditions in the Registration Booklet for details of all regulations, fees and late fees, payment schedules and deadlines, coverages, and allowances. What follows is a brief outline. Deadlines are indicated as appropriate.

ACIS Membership Fee                             $95

Non-refundable; includes Basic Protection Plan (described in Registration Booklet)
To be paid with registration.

Program Fee                         by November 1, 2004 - $2799

Weekend Departure Fee                        $45

Adult Surcharge (13 day trip, 10 overnights) $60 plus $30/night = ($360)

Comprehensive Protection Plan (Optional - see details in Registration Booklet)

Ultimate Protection Plan (Optional - see details in Registration Booklet)

Airport Taxes and Security Charges            $135

To register, or for further information, contact Patty Davis in F-120G, 317-6876, davisp@darton.edu.
ACIS is on the web at http://www.acis.com.
For Continuing Education, call 317-6726.