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Spain – Spring Break 2009, Tour #229348
March 6 - March 14, 2009
Course Information
Terms and Conditions
Day 1 Friday, March 6 - Departure

Depart from Dulles airport to Madrid via Continental Airlines at 7:40 p.m. connecting in Newark.

Day 2 Saturday, March 7 - Madrid

Arrive in Madrid at 11:30 a.m. and be met by our Tour Manager.  Bus transfer to Ganivet Hotel in downtown Madrid.  Afternoon walk in historic Madrid. Late afternoon visit of the Prado Museum, one of the world’s great art museums (free entrance 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Day 3 Sunday, March 8 - Madrid and Escorial

This morning we’ll be taking a private bus tour outside Madrid as we visit El Escorial, also considered “the eighth wonder of the world.” Built by Philip II in the 16th century this vast building complex contains a monastery, a palace, a basilica, the Royal Pantheon, an art museum, and an impressive library. We will then continue by bus to the Valley of the Fallen, a memorial for those who died in the Spanish Civil War built by the dictator Franco. Return to Madrid.  Free afternoon and evening.

Day 4 Monday, March 9 - Madrid

Meet in the lobby at 8:30 a.m. Walk to the Royal Palace for a visit. Cross the street and enter the Nuestra Señora de la Almudena (Madrid’s new cathedral). In the afternoon we’ll visit the Reina Sofía Art Center, Spain’s modern art museum which houses Picasso’s Guernica.  Free evening.

Day 5 Tuesday, March 10 - Toledo

Meet in the lobby at 8:00 a.m. Optional trip to Toledo. We’ll be taking a local train to Toledo (45 min. away). Enjoy this medieval city, historical capital of Spain for over one thousand years. Visit the Cathedral, El Greco’s house, la iglesia de Santo Tomé (see El Greco’s “The Burial of Count Orgaz”), Sinagoga del Transito (Sephardic museum), and Santa María la Blanca. After admiring damascene jewelry, famous Toledo swords, and trying delicious marzipan we return to Madrid. Free evening.

Day 6 Wednesday, March 11 - Barcelona

Morning transfer to the Atocha train station to take the AVE (high speed train) to Barcelona. Upon arrival a private bus will take us on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Barcelona. The drive will go past the Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, and Plaza Sant Jaume en route to visit the port and the Olympic village. We’ll continue to Montjuic for panoramic views of the city and port, and tour the Olympic Stadium. The drive continues to Park Guell, a playful and unique Gaudi work of art. Check in at the Catalonia Aragon hotel. In the afternoon we’ll visit the landmark of Barcelona, Gaudi’s unfinished church, La Sagrada Familia. Then take a stroll down Barcelona’s famous pedestrian street, the Ramblas, toward the Mediterranean.
Day 7 Thursday, March 12 - Barcelona

Walking tour of Barri Gotic (the Cathedral and the old quarter). Then walk along Passeig de Gracia, visit the Block of Discord (three major Modernisme buildings) and take a self-guided tour of Gaudi’s avant-garde apartment building, Casa Mila. Free afternoon and evening.,4589,417470534_417617303_3,00.html

Day 8 Friday, March 13 - Barcelona

Free day to explore sights in Barcelona or visit places a bit further out. Some options: Palau de la Musica,  the Catalan Art Museum, Joan Miro Museum, Picasso museum, Dali’s museum in Figueres (two-hour train ride), the medieval town of Girona, the Roman ruins of Tarragona, the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat.

Day 9 Saturday, March 14 - Return

Morning transfer from our hotel to the airport. Return to IAD on Continental. Arrival at 6:48 p.m.

Course Information

Students register in November for Span. 130 (Iberian Culture and Civilization), 3 credits, GH, GI, or for the honors section, Span. 130H. Both are spring courses.
For information on this class please contact Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Ph.D., or at 717-771-4151
A noncredit continuing education course is also available for participants on this trip.

Cost information for Spain trip

Price for the trip - from $1,980 to $2,195 depending on group size. These prices are based on double occupancy

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.

The Price Includes:

  • Continental Airlines flight from IAD to Madrid, returning from Barcelona to IAD
  • Airline fuel surcharge of $330 (subject to change until ticketed)
  • Estimated airport taxes $114
  • All transfers between airports and hotels, and hotels and train stations
  • Porter at hotels for one bag per person
  • Tour manager  throughout the trip
  • Four nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at the Ganivet Hotel, Madrid
  • Three  nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at the Catalonia Aragon Hotel, Barcelona
  • Breakfast daily
  • AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona
  • Guided bus tour to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen
  • Guided panoramic sightseeing tour of Barcelona
  • Tuition for 3 credits for full-time students at any Penn State campus.
  • Guidance and academic supervision by Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish at Penn State York.

The Price Does Not Include:

  • Single room supplement + $320-$355
  • Transportation to Dulles Airport
  • Tips for driver and tour guide
  • Meals other than specified
  • Cost of personal items: phone, drinks, etc.
  • Optional travel insurance ($99 from Gate 1 Travel)
  • Passport & visa fee (passport should be valid until Sept. 2009)
  • 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 Delta Airlines, hotels and other suppliers. Regulations below must be strictly enforced as they are related to these contracts.

Air deposit: $150 due by October 10, 2008. Checks payable to “Gate1 Travel” should be given to Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Ph.D. (in her campus mailbox or in her office).

Second deposit: $300 due by November 20, 2008

Final payment due December 12, 2008.  Late fee: $50 +, applicable for registration and/or balance payments received December 13, 2008 or later.


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: 35 percent land cost, 90 percent air cost
  • 30-1 days prior to departure: 50 percent land cost, 90 percent air cost
  • Day of departure/no show: 100 percent 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 the $99 travel insurance plan for this trip.


To make your reservation please contact:

Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, or by phone 717-771-4151
Your deposit (made payable to “Gate1Travel”), name as it appears on your passport, address and phone, roommate name (if applicable), and copy of your passport can be taken to room 203 in the M. S. Grumbacher Information Science and Technology Center, or dropped in the campus mail or regular mail to:

Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez
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 #229348 - Penn State York         Madrid and Barcelona




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