Study Abroad in Seville, Spain

Study Abroad in Seville: Cultural Excursions

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

Cádiz (day trip)

Included in program fee

Founded in around 1100 BC the port city of Cádiz is one of Europe’s oldest settlements. Its Cathedral and decadent houses and squares were built during the 18th century, the fruits of the gold and silver trade between Spain and the U.S. which dominated this period. Today it is known and loved for its relaxed and up-beat atmosphere, its delicious seafood, eclectic mix of museums and monuments and its Carnival, celebrated each year before Easter.

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

Granada and Córdoba (3 days)

Included in program fee

Granada is home to the Alhambra whose name in Arabic translates as ‘the red-fortress’ bringing to mind the color this enchanted palace-fort glows as the sun starts to set. Everything you wanted to know about Spain’s Moorish history is here from the stunning Islamic architecture and intricate interior exemplified in the Palacios Nazaries to the Generalife gardens where elegant pools of water, fountains and patios and courtyards invite you to pause.

A UNESCO World-Heritage site and Spain’s jewel in the crown, the Alhambra attracts visitors from around the world. Discover the winding streets of the Albaicín neighborhood, the ancient Arab quarter of Granada and explore contemporary Granada’s shops, bars and tapas restaurants before returning to Seville.

In Córdoba you will enjoy a city tour of the Judería quarter, visit the stunning 10th century mosque La Mezquita (now a cathedral) and the 14th century synagogue.

Includes transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, local guides, entrance to the main monuments and the services of AIFS staff to accompany you.

Ronda (day trip)

Included in program fee

Visit historic Ronda in the mountains of Málaga province where the old and new town are divided by a 1000m deep gorge. Take a guided tour of the 17th century ‘Plaza de Toros’ - the oldest bullring in Spain still in use.

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

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 nights)

Included only for students on the AIFS Flight Package

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en-route to Seville. 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 – $495)

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 whitewashed 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 ferry from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier, Morocco, 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.

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.

Optional Excursion to Madrid and Toledo (3 days – $475)

Visit the charming medieval town of Toledo to see the 13th century cathedral, the church of Santo Tomé to see a masterpiece by El Greco and Santa María la Blanca, a beautiful old synagogue with walls and ceiling of Mudejar architecture at its finest. There is time to visit a sword and damasquinado craftwork factory before continuing on to Madrid, the capital city of Spain.

There, you will visit the Prado Museum, one of the world’s finest art museums. Your guided tour will take in masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya and Murillo. Then visit the Royal Palace and take a panoramic tour of La Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and the Paseo de la Castellana.

On your last day take a morning bike ride through the Retiro park or enjoy free time for shopping before returning to Seville.

Fee includes transportation, hotel accommodation (triple rooms), breakfast, entrances, an AIFS Tour Manager and local guides. A minimum enrollment of 15 students is required for the tour to run.

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.

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