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SEPTEMBER 6-16, 2012

Other dates available upon request



Group is limited to 28 travelers to maximize your travel experience. Embrace the many personalities of Spain as you explore the countrys diverse regions from home bases in Barcelona, San Sebastin and Madrid. Take guided tours of the renowned Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the stately Prado in Madrid. See the fanciful architecture of Antoni Gaud in Barcelona. Walk along the lovely promenade of the Bay of Biscay outside of your hotel in San Sebastin. Discover Pamplona, Hemingways beloved city. Explore Toledo, a former capital with a glorious cultural legacy created by its Jewish, Moorish and Christian communities centuries ago.

ome to Spain and immerse yourself in three of the countrys distinct, personality-packed cities. In Barcelona, feel the exuberant spirit of Catalua. The cityscape blends modern skyscrapers, Gothic churches and Gauds fanciful architecture. San Sebastin is part of the Basque Country, where residents speak the distinctive Basque language and are fiercely proud of their unique culture. The cuisine here is among the best in the world. Compared to Barcelona and San Sebastin, Madrid is stately, the modern embodiment of regal old Castile. These cities, despite their differences, possess at least one common Spanish trait: an irresistible passion for life.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Dear Vanderbilt alumni and friends,

We are pleased to invite you on an unforgettable journey to Spain. Our itinerary, carefully crafted by seasoned travel professionals, showcases three distinct regions in Spain: Catalua, Basque Country and Madrid, the heart of old Castile. Well visit the most interesting sites in and around Barcelona, San Sebastin and Madrid and delve into the local cultures and lifestyles. Traveling on one of our Small Group programs has many advantages. Expert guides lead you on fascinating excursions that will give you an in-depth look at the local culture and history. Enjoy the special experience of traveling with one of our small groups, limited to 28 travelers. We have seen friendships blossom and a special camaraderie form among our passengers in this intimate setting. In addition, you will appreciate the ease with which a small group travels. We also make sure you have ample free time for independent exploration. This is sure to be a popular program, so we encourage you to make your reservation today. Sincerely,

San Sebastin

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
~ Frank Gehry, Canadian-born U.S. architect, b. 1929

But man does not create ... he discovers.

~ Antoni Gaud, Spanish architect, 1852-1926

It is not the same thing to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring.

~ Spanish proverb

A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some

John Hindle BA'68, PhD'81 President, Vanderbilt Alumni Association The Vanderbilt Travel Program

fool who knows what he is talking about.

~ Miguel de Unamuno, Basque writer, 1864-1936


Left: Sardana Dance Monument, Montjuc Park, Barcelona Lower left: Las Ramblas, Barcelona Below: Dancer

UNESCO The Historic City of Toledo, Burgos Cathedral and the Works of Antoni Gaud are UNESCO World Heritage sites featured in this program. These sites are distinguished due to universal scenic, historic, artistic or scientific value.

Day One
Depart your gateway city for Barcelona aboard scheduled jet service.A

Day Two Barcelona


Upon arrival, to the Cristal Palace Hotel. This evening, attend a Welcome Dinner.


Day Three Barcelona

including the fascinating La Sagrada Familia and leafy Parc Gell. Independent Exploration: The afternoon is at leisure. Set your sights on the Picasso Museum, or stroll the colorful Rambla, home to La Boqueria, one of the worlds most spectacular produce markets.

Educational Focus: History of Catalua and Barcelona. This region of Spain has its own history and culture. Discover what makes Catalua unique. Excursion: Barcelona. A morning drive introduces you to this fascinating city. See the Passeig de Grcia, the Champs-lyses of Barcelona; the lush hilltop retreat of Montjuc, home to the Olympic Stadium; and other architectural marvels from 14th-century Gothic buildings to more modern designs.

Day Five Bilbao & San Sebastin

San Sebastin


Day Four Barcelona

Excursion: Gauds Barcelona. Antoni Gauds moderniste style left an indelible mark on Barcelona. See some of his famous works,

This morning, fly from Barcelona to Bilbao. Continue to San Sebastin. Excursion: A Walk Through San Sebastin. Stroll through San Sebastin Donostia in the Basque language to see the highlights of this popular resort along the Bay of Biscay. Local Flavor: Discover why San Sebastin is a mecca for foodies during a typical lunch of pintxos, the Basque version of tapas. After lunch, check in to the Hotel Londres y de la Inglaterra.

The Architecture of Northern Spain

Head to northern Spain to see some of the countrys most glorious architecture. Barcelona has its share of historic monuments in the Barri Gtic, its Gothic Quarter, but its architectural stars are from the modernisme movement. Antoni Gaud (1852-1926), the most famous architect of this movement, created unforgettable works, including the opulent, but unfinished, La Sagrada Familia and the fanciful Parc Gell and Casa Batll. Another architect who has made his mark in northern Spain is Canadian-born American Frank Gehry (b. 1929), whose contemporary buildings seem like an homage to his modernism forebears. The faade of his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao bears sweeping ribbons of titanium, a common Gehry feature.

Top: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Above: Parc Gell, Barcelona

Educational Focus: A History of Northern Spain. San Sebastin is in Pas Vasco, Basque Country Euskadi in the Basque language. There is a mystique about the Basque region and its people, who are most commonly believed to be descendents of the Vascones, a tribe that lived in this region long before the Romans invaded the peninsula.

Day Six Pamplona


Excursion: Pamplona. Wander along the 16th-century streets of Hemingways beloved Pamplona. Visit one of the largest bullrings in Spain, the chapel where matadors pray and the splendid Gothic cathedral. Local Flavor: Enjoy the local fare of the Navarra region at lunch. Independent Exploration: The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Day Seven Bilbao


Excursion: Bilbao. Visit Bilbao and the famous Guggenheim museum designed by American architect Frank Gehry. Inside the museums undulating titanium curves, youll find a breathtaking collection of contemporary masterpieces from de Kooning to Rothko. Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in Bilbao, a city known for its exceptional Basque cuisine, and dinner at a restaurant in San Sebastin.

Museo del Prado, Madrid Top left: Burgos Cathedral Top right: Gran Va, Madrid Left: Local woman, Madrid

Day Nine Madrid


Day Eight Burgos & Madrid


Depart for Madrid via Burgos. Excursion: Castilian Capital. En route, linger in delightful Burgos, the old capital of Castile; visit its Old Town and its famous Gothic cathedral. Completed in the 15th century, it took more than 300 years to build. Local Flavor: Dine on classic regional dishes during lunch in Burgos. Continue to Madrid, where you will check in to the Wellington Hotel.

Educational Focus: Contemporary Spain. Explore recent Spanish history and discover Spains role in the world today. Excursion: The Spanish Capital. Witness the grandeur of Madrid. See the Royal Palace; lively Plaza Mayor; beautiful buildings that line the Gran Va; and many other landmarks. Local Flavor: Break for lunch at one of Madrids classic restaurants. Excursion: Museo del Prado. Explore this world-class museum on a guided tour. Founded by Fernando VII, this royal collection includes masterpieces by Velzquez, Goya and other Spanish and international artists.

Day Ten Toledo


Excursion: Toledo, Spains Cultural Soul. Discover a harmonious blend of Jewish, Moorish and Christian heritages in Toledo. See the cathedral, one of the most

Parador de Toledo

impressive Gothic structures in the world; the 12th-century Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue; and El Grecos The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, inside Santo Tom Church. Local Flavor: Enjoy a classic Castilian lunch at the Parador de Toledo, which also provides a view over the city from its position atop Cerro del Emperador, the Emperors Hill. This evening, attend a Farewell Dinner.

Day Eleven
This morning, transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city.A
Note: Itinerary subject to change. Some events on this program involve an element of walking. Included meals indicated each day as B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

Provided for Air Program participants.

The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, El Greco

Spains diversity of landscapes and culture is reflected in its cuisine, but most people agree that Basque Country San Sebastin, in particular is the countrys culinary capital. Here, the freshest of seafood is the star on the traditional table as well as in restaurants serving progressive haute cuisine and all ingredients, from the land or sea, are treated with painstaking care and respect. It is said that the best tapas are found in Basque Country, where they are called pintxos. No one will argue that Barcelona is another gastronomes delight. Like San Sebastin, it is on the sea, so fresh fish and seafood are excellent. For a special, authentic treat in Barcelona, head to a llesqueria, where pa amb tomquet, bread and tomato, is a fine accompaniment to cured ham, sausage and cheeses. Though it sounds simple, this snack grilled bread rubbed with garlic and a ripe, juicy tomato before being topped off with a drizzle of Spanish olive oil is a local favorite. Pour a glass of cava, the sparkling wine produced in the Peneds region of Catalua, to accompany these tasty morsels. Of course, tapas can be found in Madrid, but you may wish to try traditional, hearty Castilian fare, such as roasts and stews.

The Spanish Palate



This luxurious hotel near Madrids Retiro Park is within walking distance of fashion boutiques and the museums of the Art Triangle. The hotel features three fine restaurants and two lounges. Guest rooms are elegantly appointed and offer every modern amenity, allowing you to enjoy your stay to the fullest.


This elegant hotel just steps away from Playa de La Concha, San Sebastins famous beach was built in 1845 as a royal summer retreat. Today, it offers panoramic views of La Concha Bay and ideal proximity to shopping. The hotel has a fine-dining restaurant that serves Basque cuisine. Guest rooms are appointed with many amenities to ensure your comfort.



Located in the very heart of Barcelona, this sleek hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the city and its unique urban environs. After a day of sightseeing, your return will be welcomed with gracious Spanish hospitality. Relax in the lounge or over a delicious meal in the restaurant and enjoy the many modern amenities of your well-appointed guest room.

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Panoramic view of Toledo from San Martin district

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A IR P ROGRAM September 6-16, 2012

Take advantage of AHI Travel's exclusive Group Air Program, which provides the benefit of specially negotiated rates on major commercial airlines worldwide. Participants enjoy advanced seat assignments on most airlines; guaranteed arrival and departure transfers with baggage handling; a price guarantee that covers airfare, fuel surcharges and all taxes; and many other benefits. AHI can also make flight arrangements for passengers who wish to fly independent of the Group Air Program. All passengers who book their flights through AHI automatically receive flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms. Please indicate how you would like us to handle your air on the Reservation Form or call us to discuss your flight options. Special business-class upgrades are available on select international flights. AHI Travel's exclusive Air Program provides special advantages for travelers who are flying on our designated group flights.

Day 1 ..............Depart your gateway city Day 2 ................Arrive Barcelona, Spain Day 3 ......................................Barcelona Day 4 ......................................Barcelona Day 5 ............Barcelona/San Sebastin Day 6 ............San Sebastin/Pamplona Day 7 ..................San Sebastin/Bilbao Day 8 ..............................Burgos/Madrid Day 9............................................Madrid Day 10 ............................Madrid/Toledo Day 11 ..............Depart for gateway city
NOTE: This itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.



Spend three nights in Barcelona at the first-class Cristal Palace Hotel. Spend three nights in San Sebastin at the first-class Hotel Londres y de la Inglaterra. Spend three nights in Madrid at the deluxe Wellington Hotel.

Enjoy an extensive meal program, including nine breakfasts, six lunches and four dinners in addition to in-flight dining service. Tea or coffee is included with all meals, plus wine with dinner. Take advantage of leisure time to try local cuisine independently. Sample authentic regional specialties at local restaurants. Attend a special Welcome Dinner. Gather for a Farewell Dinner.
Transfers and Porterage

Flight from Barcelona to Bilbao, motor coach transfers between hotels, including baggage handling at the hotels.
Your Exciting Travel Program

(For full details please refer to the day-by-day itinerary.) Informative educational programs, presented by local experts, will enhance your insight into the region. Personal VOX listening devices allow you to hear every word from your expert English-speaking guide. All excursions: Uncover the charm of Barcelona and admire Gauds architectural whimsy. Stroll through San Sebastin. Explore Hemingways beloved Pamplona. Journey to Bilbao to tour the city and the Guggenheim Museum. Tour Burgos and the citys cathedral. Discover the highlights of Madrid. Explore the Prado Museum. Wander through historic Toledo.
Many Included Extras

Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure. Services of a friendly, professional Travel Director. Detailed travel and destination information to assist you in your planning. Tipping of excursion guides and drivers. Complimentary travel wallet.

Top to bottom: Palacio De Comunicaciones, Madrid Men at bullfight, Pamplona Folk dancer, Madrid Quaint shop, San Sebastin Cover photos (clockwise): San Sebastin Spanish man Parc Guell, Barcelona

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