Spain 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

About this Program

Spain is a country truly like no other, historically ruled by leaders from the north, south, and even as far as Africa. As a result, multiculturalism and diversity are woven throughout the fabric of this warm and passionate country. With three separate languages (Castilian Spanish, Catalan, and the unique Basque, which is unrelated to any other known language), Spain offers a full cultural journey within its borders.

Explore the Golden Age streets of Madrid, a veritable museum of outdoor sculptures, and enjoy nature in one of the city’s numerous parks. View the contemporary art collection of the Reina Sofia, gaze at classic works at the Prado, study in Retiro Park, people-watch at the cafés in Plaza Mayor, and shop at Mercado de San Miguel.

Head north to Basque Country, an autonomous region in northern Spain that’s home to the Basque people and the city of Bilbao, where you’ll visit the famous Guggenheim Museum, a contemporary masterpiece of modern architecture. A short drive away is the sophisticated seaside city of San Sebastián, boasting one of the finest urban beaches in the world and one of Europe’s best locations to catch a wave, La Concha! The adrenalin doesn’t stop there—experience the thrill of the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival on an excursion to Pamplona.

Travel south and wander through the beautiful quarters of Barcelona, immersing yourself in Catalan language, culture, and cuisine. Sun yourself at the glamorous Sitges Beach; be awestruck by examples of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, including the Sagrada Família and Park Güell; study the intricacies of the elaborate buildings in the Gothic Quarter; and amble down café-lined streets in search of the perfect souvenir to bring home.

Included in your program

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City walking tours

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Guggenheim Museum

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Running of the Bulls

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Beaches

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And more!

Other Inclusions of this Program:

  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available*
  • Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
  • Access to Vidigami photo sharing
  • And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

Flight Details

Flight details for 2018 will be updated when available.

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

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Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Friday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.

Optional Excursions

The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on last year, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!

Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid Club de Futbol) Tour (Madrid)

Come tour Bernabéu Stadium, home of the legendary Real Madrid Club de Fútbol!

Panoramic view of the Stadium: The guided tour starts in one of the 8 panoramic lifts at the stadium to give you an overview of where the action takes place.

Trophy Room: European Cups, Intercontinental Cups, League titles, Spanish Cups, UEFA Cups, Spanish and European Super Cups, and many more titles that Real Madrid FC has won. The trophy exhibition also includes videos and an array of memorabilia.

Dressing room: You will be able to see the recovery area, showers, Jacuzzi, kit store, coaching dressing room and player’s individual lockers.

Tunnel, dugout and pitch: The players’ tunnel is the access point to the benches and the coaching area. You will be able to see just how spectacular the stadium is from the ground.

Presidential Box: The Presidential Box is reserved for Real Madrid Board Members, those of visiting clubs, important personalities and special guests. It is also the place where numerous Real Madrid captains have received many of the titles the team has won.

Press Room: Press conferences take place here once matches are over.

Official Store: The gift shop offers a wide variety of official merchandise where you are sure to find the ideal souvenir to commemorate your visit.

Price: $125

Real Madrid - Optional Excursions Spain Blyth International 2017

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Aqupolis Waterpark (Madrid)

Thrills and spills are the order of the day at Aquopolis waterpark, where there’s something for everyone. Located in Villanueva de la Cañada in the city’s western suburbs, this wet and wild world is packed with attractions of all heights and shapes, from white-knuckle rides to gentle slides.

Try exciting rides such as the ‘Turbolance’, the Black Hole or the Wavesurfer, and other more relaxing attractions, including a variety of whirlpools, two rivers and soft slides. There are more than a dozen water slides, including daredevil magnets such as the Kamikaze and the Angel’s Leap – all in beautifully landscaped surroundings. This is a park where you can go from a thrilling adrenalin rush to the peaceful quiet of the lush gardens in a matter of moments. You’ll be able to let yourself go in the Boomerang, the enclosed slides, the Zig Zag for most daring or the easy-going attractions such as the Soft Slides and the Wave Pool.

Please bring swimwear, towel, sunscreen, water and snacks. Leave valuables at the hotel.

Price: $150

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Surf Lesson (San Sebastian)

Take to the waves and learn to surf on one of the best surf beaches in Europe, Zurriola Beach. Local, national and international competitions are held here between spring and autumn, so you may just get to watch and learn from some of the very best!

You’ll enjoy a lesson on land with a qualified instructor before getting wet and attempting to hang ten in the surf. This exhilarating experience may leave you exhausted, but you’ll never forget the moment you caught your first wave!

Includes surf board rental, wetsuit, access to changing rooms, lockers and hot showers. Please bring swimwear, sunscreen and water.

Price: $150

San Sebastian - Optional Excursions Spain Blyth International 2017

Stand Up Paddling (Barcelona)

Stand Up Paddling is fast becoming one of the most popular water sports in the world. Paddlers can keep fit, sight see, race or even do yoga on serene lakes, river rapids or ocean waves.

With the Barcelona skyline as our backdrop, we’ll learn the moves and have a safety briefing on dry land with our instructor, before suiting up with wetsuits and taking to the water at Olympic Port.

You do not need to be super-fit to enjoy this sport – you can paddle as fast or slow as you wish!

Please bring flip-flops (for the beach/walk to the entry point NOT for paddling itself), a towel and shirt, as well as sunscreen and water. We will have access to changing rooms with showers and lockers (nominal fee). Our lesson will last 2 hours.

Price: $125

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Sailing Excursion (Barcelona)

This is a great activity and guaranteed fun for all!

Enjoy a 3 hour cruise of the Costa Brava shoreline by boat. There’s plenty of space to spread out and sunbathe on deck. After some time sailing, we’ll set anchor to enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water.

An unforgettable way to enjoy explore the Balearic Sea!

Wear your swimsuit. Make sure you bring your flip flops (no black soled shoes are allowed), towel and snorkel. Please also bring water, sunscreen and a hat, and snacks.

Price: $250

Boating in Barcelona - Optional Excursions Spain Blyth International 2017

Hiking in the Pyrenees (Barcelona)

On this full day excursion we will discover the beautiful Valle de Nuria. We will enjoy some of the most peaceful and awe-inspiring countryside of the region in this not-to-be-missed day excursion.

Leaving Barcelona after an early breakfast, we stop en route to stretch our legs at a couple of traditional Catalan towns, before reaching the village of Queralbs. From here we take a cog railway train up the mountain to Nuria (apart from hiking this is the only way to access the valley!).

After spending time relaxing in the sunshine beside the lake, viewing the animals at the farm and enjoying a picnic, we begin our hike down the mountain. This hike follows a well signed route, with some steep descents, and is about 7km, taking about 2.5-3 hours meeting our bus back in Queralbs, and returning to Barcelona for dinner.

Please remember to bring sunscreen, water, and a jacket for the cooler temperatures at the mountain top (there may still be some snow on the ground!) and wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. Please bring a picnic lunch and snacks, though there will be places to purchase food. Don’t forget your camera!

Price: $275

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July 2nd – 27th, 2018*

Travel Services
$3,710
Appx. Taxes & Fees$895
Tuition & Supervision$2,885
Total:$7,490***
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Functions (MCR3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)

Itinerary

  • Madrid: 7 days
  • Bilbao: 3 days
  • San Sebastian: 4 days
  • Barcelona: 10 days

Accommodations

A final list of Accommodations for 2018 will be updated closer to the program date.

Testimonials

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*All dates are subject to change.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $895 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.

***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.