The Lifetime Learning Center is pleased to announce SPAIN’S CLASSICS, an international travel-and-learn adventure. We’ll experience Spain’s colorful pageant of art, history and culture. Set against a backdrop that spans sunny Mediterranean shores and grand mountain ranges, this stunning destination is dotted with white pueblos and groves of oranges and olives. Our itinerary will take us to the cities of Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona.
Our cultural curriculum will include: An Exploration of the priceless treasures of the Royal Palace at Madrid, one of Europe’s largest palaces, a visit to the exotic and expansive Alhambra Palace, resplendent with Moorish regal flair. See the Cathedral of Seville, the largest gothic cathedral in the world. We will also enjoy reserved seating at a flamenco show and feel the passion of this famous dance, and become part of an authentic “paella experience,” to learn how this rice dish is made and where it originated. A special highlight will be an opportunity to see Antonio Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, including La Sagrada Familia.
- Professional Tour Manager
- Expert local guides providing insider knowledge
- Attraction and museum entrance fees with preferential access
- Visits to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Madrid’s 18th-century Royal Palace
- Enriching Cultural Experiences
- First-Class hotels / 4-Star Accommodations
- Modern motorcoach and professional driver
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- 14 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 4 dinners
Day 1: Sat., Oct. 21 – Overnight Flight – Meet at Craven Community College, then transfer by motorcoach from New Bern to Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU). Overnight flight to Madrid.
Day 2: Sun., Oct. 22 – Madrid, Spain – Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s lively capital and largest city. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Mon., Oct. 23 – Madrid – Royal Palace – Toledo – During a locally guided tour of Madrid’s historic center, see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century. An expert-led tour of the monumental, 18th-century Royal Palace reveals lavish halls, banquet rooms, a throne room and royal armory. This afternoon travel to Toledo, a UNESCO site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560. Our tour highlights the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the 13th-century synagogue, a testament to Toledo’s Jewish heritage. Also stop in the Church of Santo Tomé to view El Greco’s masterpiece painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. (B)
Day 4: Tues., Oct. 24 – Cordoba – Seville – Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Then, travel to the extraordinary Moorish city of Cordoba. Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita. This UNESCO site, an architectural marvel built as a magnificent mosque by the Moors in the 8th century, was converted into the city’s cathedral in the 16th century. Continue your exploration of Cordoba in the city’s well-preserved and historical old Jewish Quarter. Later, transfer to Seville, considered Spain’s “cultural capital.” (B, D)
Day 5: Wed., Oct. 25 – Seville – Today you will see Columbus’ tomb, the ornate Seville Cathedral (UNESCO), and the Giralda Bell Tower. Enjoy a walking tour of the quaint, old Santa Cruz Quarter with its bright flowers, whitewashed buildings and winding streets; then continue to Plaza de España and the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, one of the loveliest in all of Europe. This evening, enjoy an authentic flamenco show (UNESCO) featuring Seville’s top performers. (B)
Day 6: Thurs., Oct. 26 – Seville – Granada – Travel along the peaceful Sierra Nevada to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain before it fell to the Catholic monarchs in 1492. Join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra, the immense hilltop palace that is a UNESCO site. Also tour the Generalife, meaning “garden of the architect,” where the grounds are beautifully designed with waterfalls, courtyards and smaller, secret gardens. (B, D)
Day 7: Fri., Oct. 27 – Granada – Valencia – Today you travel through Spain’s amazing landscape viewing rolling hills dotted with picturesque olive groves while en route to the Mediterranean coast. Arrive in the city of Valencia, a treasure trove of Roman and Arabic architecture, surrounded by citrus groves. (B)
Day 8: Sat., Oct. 28 – Valencia – Paella
It’s your choice today! You may take a walking tour of historic Valencia to see the ornate, 14th-century Serranos Tower and imposing 15th-century Quart Tower; then arrive at the bustling Central Market, one of the largest in Europe, concluding your tour at the impressive 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Or, perhaps you would prefer to explore the impressive City of Arts & Science, an ultramodern, multi-faceted educational institution, followed by a tour of the Lladro City of Porcelain to learn about the history and creative process of the world-famous, handmade Lladro figurines. Later, we all gather and travel to the area where paella cuisine originated. A “paella experience” features a boat ride on the canals surrounding rice field plantations; a visit to a traditional fisherman’s home known as a “barraca”; a paella-making demonstration and an authentic paella lunch. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B, L)
Day 9: Sun., Oct. 29 – Valencia – Barcelona
Travel to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting cities. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Barcelona’s fascinating boulevards including the famous Las Ramblas, dotted with colorful bird and flower stalls. (B)
Day 10: Mon., Oct. 30 – Barcelona
Today, get an in-depth look at vibrant and lively Barcelona. Your locally guided tour showcases the Columbus Monument and the Parc de Montjuic, plus Antoni Gaudi’s UNESCO World Heritage sites including La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Batllo House and the unconventional Casa Mila building. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip to Spain! (B, D)
Day 11: Tues., Oct. 31 – Barcelona
Tour ends. You return home with vivid memories of a spectacularly beautiful land with an old, rich and diverse cultural heritage. (B)
Hometown transfer: Meet at Craven Community College for group transfer to Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU)
All other airport/hotel transfers and return to New Bern are included
Round-trip airfare – RDU to Madrid / Barcelona to RDU
Trip interruption and travel insurance with comprehensive coverage
Pricing and Terms:
The cost per person for this tour is based on double occupancy. We can provide single occupancy accommodations at an additional cost of $600 per person. The number of single rooms is limited and will be accepted on a first-come first serve-basis. For that reason, you may want to consider a roommate for this trip. If you are interested in finding an appropriate roommate to take advantage of the double occupancy rates, we will be pleased to share contact information with others seeking a roommate. Please let us know of your interest.
For this LLC adventure, we have planned a truly comprehensive experience. A hometown transfer to RDU, round-trip airfare, assistance through security and customs, all transfers, accommodations for 10 nights with breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, guide and escort services, admissions and views as described in the itinerary and ground transportation for all excursions. Jennifer Baer, Director of The Lifetime Learning Center for CCC, will escort the group and work in partnership with AAA of the Carolinas and our professional guide for the benefit, comfort and safety of our group from departure to return. In addition, Jennifer will be offering suggestions and providing additional resources to help you take advantage of your free time.
We have an initial block booking of 40 reserved seats, with availability on a first-come, first serve basis. We do need to reach a minimum participation of 15 registrations to proceed with the trip. A deposit of $530 per person is due with the completed registration form. Initial deposits are due by May 15.
To follow are the prices per person for our CCC/LLC trip based on double or single occupancy.
Complete Tour / Air / Transfers / Escorts
Comprehensive Travel Insurance**
Total price per person (Double)
Single Room Supplement
(Additional cost for single room)
Total price per person (Single)
Take $100 off per person – register by 5/15/2017
Take $50 off per person – AAA membership
To complete a registration for “Spain’s Classics” that secures one of 40 places on our tour roster:
- Complete a registration form and submit it by May 15 to AAA of the Carolinas, Corri Besier, Travel Sales Specialist
- Pay the $530 trip deposit and travel insurance premium that corresponds to your overall trip expense total
**Note: The individual cost of the travel insurance is $280. It is a set fee for everyone, regardless of age or supplement. The purchase of travel insurance is a requirement of Craven Community College for participation in international group tours. To opt out of this required insurance premium, one must provide proof of insurance with comparable INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL coverage at the time of registration. A separate brochure with complete points of coverage for this plan is available.
Registrations will be secured on a first-come, first-serve basis from the date deposits are received by AAA. Initial deposits are due by May 15, 2017.
Sponsored by the
Craven Community College Foundation
Lifetime Learning Center
Jennifer Baer – Director
(252) 638-7351 or (252) 633-2618
Tour booking by
Corri Besier, Travel Sales Specialist
AAA of the Carolinas Kinston
704-L Plaza Blvd., Kinston, NC 28501
Fax: (252) 523-7782