Day 1 Saturday In Transit
Depart your gateway city for Madrid abroad scheduled jet service.
Day 2 Sunday
Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Wellington. Attend a welcome briefing with your AHI Tour Director who will ensure that you are fully informed about the program. In addition you will be given a Spanish cell phone* to use throughout your stay. Afterward, enjoy a Welcome Reception at the hotel. *Each cell phone will have a EURO 1o credit that can be used for local or international calls. You may purchase additional time as needed.
Day 3 Monday
See the highlights of Madrid, including the Museo del Prado, Spain’s national art museum. View works of European masters, including Velázquez and Goya. This afternoon depart for Salamanca. Upon arrival check into the Exe Hal 88 Apartahotel, then follow your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.
Day 4 Tuesday
Get to know your new home. Begin with a lecture on the history of Salamanca and Castilla y León. Then explore Salamanca on a guided walking tour. Locate your language school, shops, pharmacies and other essentials. Lunch is served at a Salamanca restaurant. This afternoon, visit a local market with your Lifestyle Guide and hone your grocery buying skills,
Days 5 – 6 Wednesday – Thursday
Tour the language school, meet the staff and begin your formal instruction. Each Monday through Thursday for the rest of your trip, experience Salamanca through your language lessons and excursions with your Lifestyle Guide and on your own.
Days 7 – 9 Friday – Sunday
An extra language lesson on Friday helps orient you to your new setting. That night, kick off the weekend with a tapas dinner, and trade stories of your first week with your fellow travelers. Your weekends are free to explore Salamanca and its surroundings. On Saturday, learn about Spanish cuisine during a cooking demonstration and enjoy a delicious lunch. Then venture to the medieval town of Ávila on Sunday. Over lunch, take in a lecture on contemporary Spain.
Days 10 – 13 Monday – Thursday
Through your lessons, continue your immersion into the language and culture of Salamanca. Travel to Hacienda Zorita, just outside Salamanca, for a lecture on Spanish wine and a tasting on Wednesday.
Days 14 – 16 Friday – Sunday
Enjoy Friday and Saturday at leisure. On Friday, join fellow travelers at a café for tapas, drinks and camaraderie. Visit the charming medieval cities of Burgos and Zamora on Sunday.
Days 17 – 20 Monday – Thursday
Through your lessons, continue your immersion into the language and culture of Salamanca. On Wednesday, enjoy dinner hosted by a local family in Salamanca. Meals with locals provide a great opportunity to practice your Spanish skills and learn more about the Spanish lifestyle. Eat lunch and practice your Spanish with university students on Thursday.
Days 21 – 23 Friday – Sunday
Enjoy Friday and Saturday at leisure. On Friday, join fellow travelers at a café for tapas, drinks and camaraderie. Spend Sunday on a full day excursion to Portugal. That night, celebrate your Salamanca journey at a Graduation Ceremony followed by a Farewell reception and Dinner.
Day 24 Monday
Transfer to Madrid. Enroute, stop at Segovia, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage city. Upon arrival in Madrid, check into the Hotel Wellington.
Day 25 Tuesday
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.