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Portugal and Spain
March 1, 2012 – March 10, 2012

Terms and Conditions
Day 1 Thursday, March 1 – Departure

Depart from Newark airport on a direct evening flight to Lisbon via Continental Airlines.

Day 2 Friday, March 2 – Lisbon

Arrive in Lisbon around 8:30 a.m. and be met by our tour manager. We will then go on a half-day sightseeing bus tour of Lisbon including Bairro Alto and Alfama. You will also visit the wonderful art collection in the Gulbenkian Museum. Transfer to the Hotel Mundial for check-in. The balance of the day is free.

Day 3 Saturday, March 3 – Lisbon and Belém

Today you will enjoy a tour of Lisbon for approximately five hours. We will visit Belem Tower and the magnificent 16th century Monastery of Jeronimos, which houses remarkable cloisters and Vasco da Gama’s tomb. Following lunch on your own, we will tour the National Coach Museum and then return to your hotel. Free evening. We may want to go to a fado hall or restaurant.

Day 4 Sunday, March 4 – Sintra, Obidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré

Get ready for a full-day guided excursion outside Lisbon. First we will walk through the lovely town of Sintra and tour Sintra Palace (the summer residence of Portugal’s kings). Then you will visit the medieval walled town of Obidos, where you have lunch on your own. After that it’s on to Alcobaca to visit a medieval Catholic Monastery founded by the first Portuguese king Alfonso in 1153. Finally we will stop at Nazaré, a picturesque fishing village, to enjoy beautiful views. Return to our Lisbon hotel.

Day 5 Monday, March 5 – Coimbra

Depart Lisbon for Coimbra, Portugal’s third largest city and home to its oldest and most prestigious university (founded in 1290). Upon arrival, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the University (Sala Dos Capelos, King John’s Library, and a Private Exam Room). Overnight at the Hotel Astoria.

Day 6 Tuesday, March 6 – Porto

Morning departure for Porto. En route, you will tour a port-wine lodge at Vila Nova de Gaia. You will also enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Porto, an enchanting city and a World Heritage Site. The tour includes entrance to the Stock Exchange Palace with its lavishly decorated rooms. Overnight at Dom Henrique Hotel.

Day 7 Wednesday, March 7 – Porto

Free day for more sightseeing in Porto.

Day 8 Thursday, March 8 – Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Morning departure toward Galicia, Spain. Stop in Pontevedra for a half-day sightseeing tour of the old city. Then it is off to Combarro, a picturesque Galician village where you will enjoy lunch on your own. We continue on to Santiago de Compostela, a famous pilgrimage destination since medieval times. Appropriately, our hotel is a former 16th century monastery next to the Cathedral in the historic quarter. This is a perfect location to explore the medieval streets.

Day 9 Friday, March 9 – Santiago de Compostela

This morning you will enjoy a guided sightseeing tour on foot which includes a visit to the famous Santiago Cathedral. For those interested we will attend the pilgrim’s mass at noon and experience the ritual with the botafumeiro (incense holder). Free afternoon and evening.

Day 10 Saturday, March 10 – Return

Early morning transfer to La Corunna airport for your Span Air flight to Madrid connecting to a Continental flight to Newark. Arrival at 2:15 p.m.

Course Information

Students register in November for Span. 130 (Iberian Culture and Civilization), 3 credits, GH, IL, or for the Honors section, Span.130H. Both are spring courses.

For information on this class please contact Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, or at 771-4151.

A non-credit Continuing Education course is also available for participants on this trip (schedule number:  531455) All Penn State students, faculty, staff, and spouses are welcome on our trips.

Cost information for the Provence trip

Price for the trip - $2,350.00-$2,500.00 based on double occupancy. Price will depend on group size.

Penn State York students may receive financial funding from the Student Activity Fee Committee after a campus-wide presentation in April. There are some additional scholarships available depending on student GPA and financial need. Honors students receive separate funding as well.

The Price Includes:

  • Continental Airlines flight from EWR to Lisbon, returning from Madrid to EWR
  • Span Air flight from La Corunna to Madrid
  • Airline fuel surcharge of $442.00 (subject to change until ticketed)
  • All transfers between airports and hotels
  • Porter at hotels for one bag per person, except in Santiago
  • Services of English-speaking tour escort/manager  from arrival to departure
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at the Mundial Hotel, Lisbon
  • 1 night hotel accommodation, in double room, at the Hotel Astoria, Coimbra
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at the Dom Henrique Hotel, Porto
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at the Hospederia San Martin Pinario, Santiago de Compostela
  • Breakfast daily
  • Modern air-conditioned motor coach throughout the trip
  • Local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Tuition for 3 credits for full-time students at any Penn State campus.
  • Guidance and academic supervision by Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, associate professor of Spanish at Penn State York.

The Price Does Not Include:

  • Single room supplement + $399
  • Transportation to Newark Airport
  • Estimated Airport taxes $89
  • Tips for driver and tour guide
  • Meals other than specified
  • Cost of personal items: phone, drinks, entrance to museums not included in itinerary,etc.
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Passport & visa fee (passport should be valid til Sept. 2012)
  • Everyone needs a valid passport. In case you are not an American citizen a visa may be required.


Terms and Conditions

Gate 1 Travel terms depend on contracts with Continental Airlines, hotels and other suppliers. Regulations below must be strictly enforced as they are related to these contracts.

Air deposit: $300 due by September 6, 2011. Checks payable to “Gate1 Travel” should be taken to the Bursar Office in the Main Classroom Building ( MCB) and handed to Sue Ruch or a staff assistant.

Second deposit: $400 due by October 7, 2011

Third deposit: $500 due by November 15, 2011

Final payment due December 13, 2011.  Late fee: $50 +, applicable for registration and/or balance payments received December 14, 2011 or later.

Cash Discount:If you should choose to pay by cash/check your final invoice will reflect a 5% discount


All cancellations must be sent to Gate1 Travel in writing. Following penalties will apply:

  • 99-61 days prior to departure: $200
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50 percent land cost, 100 percent air cost
  • 30 days or less prior to departure/no show: 100 per cent of total price

We recommend that you avail yourself with travel insurance as a protection against these penalties. Please, check with Gate 1 Travel Web site for their travel insurance plan.


To make your reservation please contact:

Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, associate professor of Spanish, or by phone 717-771-4151

Your deposit (made payable to “Gate 1 Travel”), name as it appears on your passport, address and phone, roommate name (if applicable), and copy of your passport can be taken to the Finance office in the Main Classroom Building (MCB)
or mailed to:

Sue Ruch
Finance Officer
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403

If you don’t have a passport yet make sure you hand in the deposit and other information by the due date so as to secure a space on the trip. Apply for a passport as soon as possible. Then you can give me a copy of your passport once you’ve received it.

Tour #384002 - Penn State York         Portugal and Spain




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