Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

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Study Abroad in Madrid: Cultural Excursions

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

El Escorial (day trip)

Included in program fee

Enjoy a day trip to El Escorial, located in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range. Visit includes:

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Locally guided tours and visit to the Escorial palace

Segovia (day trip)

Included in program fee

Explore the picturesque city of Segovia during a day visit that includes:

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Locally guided tours and entrances to the Alcázar Castle

Toledo (day trip)

Included in program fee

Discover charming, medieval Toledo on a trip from Madrid. Day includes:

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Locally guided tours and entrance fees to the Toledo Cathedral, Church of Santo Tomé, Santa María la Blanca

Granada, Andalucía (3 days)

Included in program fee

Enjoy a 3-day tour to southern Spain. Tour includes:

  • Accommodations and breakfast
  • Round trip transportation
  • Guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Guided tours and visits to the Albaicín and other attractions
  • Services of an accompanying AIFS staff member

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 nights) (Spring Semester Only)

Included for students on the AIFS Flight Package only on the Hispanic Studies, Spanish Plus and Internship Programs

Check Buckingham Palace off your bucket list with a trip to London en-route to campus. Visit includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • Guided sightseeing tour past major sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Tower of London
  • Free time to explore on your own

Optional Excursion to Marrakesh, Morocco (3 days – $595)

Ever dreamed of exploring the colorful country of Morocco? While studying abroad in Spain, you can. Excursion to Marrakesh includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation with round trip flights between Madrid and Marrakesh
  • Breakfast, dinner, and one lunch
  • Services of an AIFS Tour Manager and local guide
  • Locally guided tours and visits to the Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh’s main square and open-air theater, the souks (markets), Agafay desert and the Berber villages of Toubkal National Park
  • Traditional tea in the Lalla Takarkoust Lake
  • Optional camel ride for an additional fee
  • A minimum enrollment of 15 is required for this trip to run

Please note that if you are not a U.S. citizen, you must check whether a visa is required to visit Morocco and if so you must acquire the visa before departing the U.S.

Optional Excursion to Salamanca (2 days – $195)

Explore the 'Golden City' of Salamanca with its beautiful sandstone architecture. Excursion includes:

  • Round trip transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • Visits to the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral
  • Local guides
  • Entrances to the main monuments

Please note that if you are not a U.S. citizen, you must check whether a visa is required to visit Morocco and if so you must acquire the visa before departing the U.S.

Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions in the U.S. by the final payment deadline. Once paid for excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation by AIFS.