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(May 9-18, 2006)

ATTENTION! COMMUNITY MEMBERS, DARTON STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF! We are now recruiting for a trip to SPAIN during the Summer of 2006! Continuing Education Credit will be available for participants in this tour. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 317-6730 for details. Deadline for Registration is Oct. 31, 2005.

The Plaza de España in Madrid memorializes Miguel de Cervantes and his famous novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha.
The Plaza de España in Madrid memorializes Miguel de Cervantes and his famous novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha.

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! All participants are responsible for obtaining their own passports. International students should inform themselves regarding visa requirements.

This tour, called Andalusian Fiesta, 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: Toledo. Arrive in Madrid and drive the short distance to Spain’s former capital of Toledo. Free time to explore or enjoy a sidewalk café.

Day 3: Toledo. Today we enjoy the sights of Toledo with a local guide. We’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé (home to one of El Greco’s greatest works, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz), the impressive Gothic cathedral, and the medieval synagogue. In the afternoon there is free time to enjoy this wonderfully preserved World Heritage City and shop for Damascene ware, or take time for a café con leche on the main plaza. If you prefer this afternoon, the group may opt for an excursion to Aranjuez, a favorite residence of monarchs over the centuries. See details in section on costs.

Day 4: Granada. On our way south to Andalucía, we’ll view the windmills of Consuegra in La Mancha and imagine the scenes played out by Cervantes’ Don Quixote. After a brief stop, we’ll continue on to Granada, situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Granada is home to the greatest Moorish legacy in Europe.

Day 5: Ronda. A morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Alhambra and the fragrant Generalife Gardens. The Alhambra is one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture and is simply breathtaking. In the afternoon we depart for Mijas, one of the “white towns” (pueblos blancos) of Andalucía. The white houses decorated with iron grilles makes it a real jewel. Finally, we’ll arrive at Ronda for the night, where we’ll have time to wander to the 18th century bullring and view the cathedral at sunset. Ronda is known as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, and a key scene in the movie For Whom the Bell Tolls was filmed here.

Day 6: Sevilla. Today we head north through sunflower fields and olive groves to Seville, capital of Andalucía. Along the way we’ll view several of the “white towns” situated on rocky crags, with whitewashed houses and charming narrow streets.

Day 7: 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 8: AVE-Madrid. 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. The mosque dates to the 10th century, and parts of its beauty are preserved to this day, while part of the interior was taken for the construction of a cathedral. Later we’ll board the high speed AVE train to Madrid, Spain’s busy capital, for dinner.

Day 9: Madrid. Sightseeing with a local guide shows us the Plaza Mayor and the treasures of the Prado Museum, home to El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya, as well as many of the Flemish masters. This evening you may want to wander through the Puerta del Sol, geographic center of Spain, and sample some tapas.

Day 10: 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, insurance coverages, and allowances. What follows is a brief outline. Deadlines are indicated as appropriate.

All information below is valid only for
participants enrolled by October 31, 2005.

ACIS Membership Fee $95
  • Non-refundable; includes Basic Protection Plan insurance (described in Registration Booklet)
  • To be paid with registration.
Program Fee $2559
  • Departure from Atlanta
  • $400 toward this amount must be paid within 30 days of your first invoice. Final balance payment must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2006 (see payment schedule in Registration Booklet).
  • Includes roundtrip airfare from Atlanta; all breakfasts and dinners (unless otherwise stated); courier service, admission to included attractions, accommodation in double, triple or quadruple rooms. (Darton College faculty and staff receive a 20% discount off this fee.)
Weekend Departure Fee  
  • Departures or returns on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday are subject to a surcharge in each direction. Since we are scheduled to depart on a Tuesday and return on a Thursday, this should not apply to us.
Adult Surcharge (10 day trip, 8 overnights) ($355)
  • Required of participants age 24 and over.
  • Guarantees double room in hotel accommodations (single room guaranteed at higher rate per night).
  • Covers higher entrance fees and travel costs for adults.
  • Pay with the balance.
Comprehensive Protection Plan insurance
(Optional – see details in Registration Booklet)
  • non-refundable
  • under age 66 $10 per day x 10 days = $100
  • age 66 and over $10 per day plus $100 surcharge + $200
  • Pay with the balance.
Ultimate Protection Plan
(Optional – see details in Registration Booklet)
  • non-refundable
  • under age 66 $20 per day x 10 days = $200
  • age 66 and over $20 per day plus $100 = $300
  • Pay with the balance.
Airport Taxes and Security Charges $146
  • This is subject to change because it is set by the U.S. government.
  • Pay with the balance.
Optional Excursion to Aranjuez  
  • The entire group has to agree on this one. If the vote is unanimous, the cost will be $40 per person.

To register, or for further information, contact Patty Davis in F-120G, 317-6876, patricia.davis@darton.edu.
Deadline for Registration is Oct. 31, 2005.
ACIS is on the web at http://www.acis.com.

La mezquita de Córdoba
La mezquita de Córdoba