• Spring Break 2019

    Spain, France, and Italy 

    12 days: (tentatively) March 3 – March 14, 2019


    Follow a path through some of the world’s best art, architecture and natural scenery. The Prado in Madrid, Gaudi’s masterful architecture in Barcelona, the Duomo in Florence, the lavender fields of Provence, the Colosseum in Rome—whether in a museum or a landscape, these three distinct cultures show a common appreciation for the beauty that surrounds them.


    Tour leaders:           Teresa Ruiz             truiz@huntsville-isd.org

                                     Karen Tymniak        ktymniak@huntsville-isd.org





                                                   Tour # 1990898PA





    Day 1: Fly overnight to Spain 

    Day 2: Madrid 

    – Meet your Tour Director at the airport in Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain. Explore Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city, and travel back in time to Spain’s Golden Age at Plaza Mayor, where you’ll learn about this grand square’s history of bullfights, royal weddings and public executions. At the Prado art museum, behold paintings like Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s paired canvases. Get a taste of royal Madrid at the extravagant Palacio Real, where you’ll wander the fabulous palace interior and find more than 2,000 rooms decked in beautiful frescoes, delicate porcelain wares and finely woven rugs.

     – Take a walking tour of Madrid

     – Visit the Prado


     Day 3: Madrid

     – Take an expertly guided tour of Madrid:

    Plaza Mayor; Puerta del Sol 

    – Visit the Palacio Real

     – Enjoy a free evening or Attend a Flamenco Evening


    Day 4: Barcelona

     – Travel by AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona, an art lover’s dream city and the place where masters like Miró, Picasso and Dalí flourished. During your stay you’ll explore open-air plazas dotted with avant-garde gems, like the Plaza de Catalunya and Plaza España. Snap photos of the twisting spires of La Sagrada Familia and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which delights with dazzling light and water shows. From atop Montjuïc Hill enjoy panoramic views of the harbor below. Here you’ll also find the 1992 Olympic stadium. Marvel at the landscaped greenery and playful modernist mosaics on your visit to Park Güell. Flower vendors and street performers greet you as you walk the tree-lined Las Ramblas.


    Day 5: Barcelona

     – Take an expertly guided tour of Barcelona:

    LaSagrada Familia; Montjuïc Hill; Barrio Gótico; Barcelona Cathedrel 

    – Visit Park Güell

    – Take a walking tour of Barcelona


    Day 6: Carcassonne | Provence

    – Take a tour of Carcassonne

    – Continue on to Provence


    Day 7: Avignon | French Riviera

    – Take a tour of Avignon

    – Visit the Palais des Papes

    – Visit the Pont du Gard

    – Take a walking tour of Nice


    Day 8: Pisa | Florence

    – Travel to Pisa

    – See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

    – Visit the Pisa Baptistery

    – Visit the Pisa Cathedral

    – Continue on to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian language, opera and the Renaissance, and where works of art like Michelangelo’s statue of David and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus still reside today. As you stroll through the city, pass by classical statues at the Piazza della Signoria. See the domed cap of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, better known as the Duomo, which dominates the skyline. Opposite the Duomo, look for the bronzed doors of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise at the Baptistry. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge where many of Florence’s famed leather and gold artisans keep shop.


    Day 9: Florence

    – Take an expertly guided tour of Florence

    – Visit the Duomo

    Day 10: Assisi | Rome

    – Travel to Assisi

    – Visit the Basilica of St. Francis

    – Continue on to Rome,

     a city that integrates its past into the present better than any other. During your stay, explore the world’s most famous arena, the Colosseum, where you can almost hear the stamping feet of the crowds gathered for gladiatorial combat. Nearby, the Roman Forum marks the former heart of the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar gave many of his great political speeches there. On your visit to the Vatican City, marvel at Michelangelo’s breathtaking ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and look out for the colorful uniforms of the Swiss Guard, protectors of the Vatican City. Beforeyou say “arrivederci,” toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure a return trip to the Eternal City.


    Day 11: Rome

    – Take an expertly guided tour of Vatican City

    – Visit the Sistine Chapel

    – Visit St. Peter’s Basilica

    – Take an expertly guided tour of Rome

    – Visit the Colosseum

    – Visit the Roman Forum


    Day 12: Depart for home