Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - Universitat de Vic

Study Abroad in Barcelona - Universitat de Vic: Cultural Excursions

Included in your program fee are a range of day trips and a 3-day excursion which will take you outside Barcelona and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Spain.

Pyrenees (3 days)

Included in program fee

You will visit Cadí National Park, the most remarkable area of the Pyrenees Mountains, dividing Spain and France. The smell of pine trees and the sights of the Berguedá Mountains are a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona.

Includes transportation, accommodations, breakfast and entrances to the National Park.

Gerona and Besalú (day trip)

Included in program fee

A walled city of Roman origin, Gerona is located at a strategic point on the route between the Pyrenees and Barcelona. Its narrow cobblestone streets and spectacular monuments and museums make it a visit to remember. Besalú is a beautiful medieval village of stone houses and squares that take you back in time. Its most well-known monuments are the bridge, the miqvé or Jewish baths and the church of the Sant Pere. In 1966, Besalú was declared a “National Historic-Artistic Ensemble” due to its high architectural value.

Includes transportation, entrance fees and the services of a local guide.

Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum (day trip)

Included in program fee

Morning visit to Figueras and the Teatro Museo Dalí, one of the most visited museums in Spain, where Salvador Dalí one of the 20th century’s greatest artists worked and is buried. Many of Dalí’s most famous works are on display, including Rainy Taxi and the Mae West Room.

Includes transportation, entrance fees and the services of a local guide.

Montserrat and Sitges (day trip)

Included in program fee

Visit the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat, located 2,400 feet above sea level and Catalonia’s most important pilgrimage site for more than a thousand years. See the 12th century carving of the Black Virgin. In the afternoon travel onward to the former fishing village of Sitges, now a thriving, cosmopolitan beach resort, offering excellent beaches, restaurants and museums, located 30 minutes south of Barcelona. Students have free time to explore the town or enjoy the beach before returning to Barcelona.

Includes transportation, entrance fees and the services of a local guide.

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 nights)

Included for students on the AIFS flight package only.

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en-route to Barcelona. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring England’s capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, sightseeing tour and AIFS Tour Manager.

Optional Excursion to Tangier And Tetouan, Morocco (3 days $445)

Travel from Spain to Tangier, Morocco where you will have lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant. Visit the medina and experience the colors, sights and aromas of the souk of Tangier.

On day two, after breakfast in the hotel, take a tour of Tetouan including Plaza Moulay El Mehdi, Plaza Hassan I and the Royal Palace. Continue on to the Mellah or Jewish neighborhood and to the medina and souks. You will have free time to sample and shop in the crafts, goods and food markets. Continue on to the mountain town of Chaouen where you will enjoy lunch followed by free time for shopping and bartering and a walking tour of the medina. Dinner in the evening will include a show.

On the last morning, depart Tangier for the lovely white-washed coastal town of Asilah. Visit the city medina and walls, Cape Spartel and the caves of Hercules. Then take a camel ride! There will be free time for lunch before departure to the airport.

Fee includes round-trip transportation from airport to city center, hotel accommodation (triple rooms), breakfasts, most lunches and most dinners, Tour Manager and local guide in English and excursions as described above. Drinks at dinners or lunches, breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day and tips are not included.

Round-trip flight from Barcelona to Morocco are not included. Students will be advised of which budget flight to book once in Spain. A minimum enrollment of 15 students is required for the tour to run. Please note that if you are not a U.S. citizen traveling on an American passport, you may need to arrange a visa to visit Morocco before traveling to Spain. It is your responsibility to check visa requirements.

Optional Excursion to Andalucia, Seville and Granada (3 days $395)

The province of Andalucía in the south is quintessential Spain - white washed villages, fields of olive trees and orange tree lined squares. Visit the colorful city of Seville, explore the labyrinth of narrow streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter of the city and climb up the Giralda tower. Next day travel to Granada - home to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, a World Heritage Site and Spain’s jewel in the crown. Discover the winding streets of the Albaicin neighborhood, the ancient Arab quarter of Granada before returning to Barcelona.

Fee includes transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, local guides, entrance to the main monuments and the services of AIFS staff to accompany you. Flights are not included. A minimum of 15 students is required for the excursion to run.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.