Syracuse University Alumni & Friends in Madrid and Barcelona (May 17-25, 2016)

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Syracuse University Alumni & Friends in Madrid and Barcelona (May 17-25, 2016)


TOUR PRICE:  $2221.00 pp based on double occupancy air-inclusive.


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The tour includes:

1. Non-stop flight to Madrid with a return trip from Barcelona on
Delta Airlines out of JFK

2. All fuel surcharges and air taxes (subject to change)

3. Three nights in Madrid at the four stars, Paseo Del Arte Hotel and
four nights in Barcelona at the four stars, Ayre Gran Via Hotel

4. Full buffet breakfasts daily

5. Private motor coach transfers from airport and train station to/
from hotels. One way AVE Tourist Class seats on the train from
Madrid to Barcelona

6. A half day guided walking tour in Madrid and Barcelona including
entrance to Sagrada Familia

7. SYRACUSE Alumni & Friends Reception (possible tour of the SU
Madrid Campus)

8. Optional Tour (at added cost) to the following:
Tour to Segovia from Madrid with entrance to Alcazar & Valley of the
Fallen ($99.00 pp)

ACT NOW for this opportunity of a lifetime! Open to all SU
Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, Family & Friends!
*Minimum of 20 participants needed for tour to operate

Madrid, in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, is truly one of the great cities of
Europe. The museums alone warrant paying a visit to this remarkable
Spanish capital. The Prado, for instance, contains over 4000 masterpieces by
such artists as Goya, El Greco, Boticelli, Velazquez and others, ranking it
among some of the most magnificent European museums, including the
Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. If museums are not
your thing, have no fear, for there is much else to see and do in Madrid. A
visit to the Royal Palace, which contains over 2000 rooms, makes for a fun
way to experience the opulence of the world of Spanish kings and queens.
You can follow up your tour of the royal residence by participating in a
Spanish version of a pub crawl, called a tapeo, which involves visiting
tascas (tapas bars) in order to sample the vast array of delicious bite-sized
portions of food called tapas, which are normally washed down with wine,
beer or sherry.

After a few days of exploring Madrid's fascinating culture, why now take
a day trip to one of the several historic towns that are in close proximity to the
city? Two fantastic towns worth visiting include Segovia, whose El Alcazar
is one of the most photographed fortresses in the world, and Toledo, which in
addition to its own impressive Alcazar, is home to one of the greatest Gothic
cathedral's in the world. The Roman Aqueduct, also located in Segovia, was
built during the 1st century under the Roman Emperor Trajan, and was still
functioning until just a few years ago. In addition to Segovia and Toledo,
other options outside of the city include San Lorenzo de El Escorial, El Valle
de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen), and Avila.

Following three nights in Madrid, we will travel eastward to Catalonia to
spend four nights in the amazing city of Barcelona, a city with a unique and
irresistible allure. From its Catalonian dialect, which Franco tried to stamp
out, to its avant-garde architecture, such as Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia,
Barcelona reflects an independence of character that is linked to a proud past
but is always poised to anticipate and embrace the future. It is no wonder
that the surrealist painter, Pablo Picasso, found the city of his youth a delight
and in 1970 donated 2500 of his paintings and other works to what is now the
Picasso Museum of Barcelona, one of the largest collections of Picasso's
works in the world. Home to the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona has
quickly become one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe. Its
location on the Costa Brava astride the Mediterranean has for centuries made
it an important commercial center and springboard to the Balearic Islands of
Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca. To stroll along the promenade Les Rambles, to
explore the medieval Gothic Quarter, to eat tapas at one of the innumerable
restaurants that line the busy streets is to feel the pulse of this cosmopolitan
city. (The nightlife of Barcelona is especially legendary.) Don't pass up this
chance to jump on board this affordable getaway. Now Accepting
Reservations. Limited Space Available.