PROGRAM EXCURSIONS, FALL 2016

On all excursions, bring your passport and Cursos Internacionales ID. Please have your cell phone on and operative!

The following visits are organized by your program. Costs covered by the program include transportation, guides and entrance and activity fees as well as hotels for overnight trips. Most meals are not covered. Our goal is to bring students to off-the-beaten-track areas of Spain that they might not otherwise see or to give in depth visits to traditional destinations.

Province of Salamanca: Campo Charro y Sierra de Francia. This daytrip brings us through the varied landscape of the province of Salamanca. First we visit a “finca” where the owners show us how they raise animals that are adapted to the ecosystem of the Salamanca plains (cows, bulls, pigs). Our mid-morning refreshment consists of products that are typical of the region. We continue on to the Sierra de Francia mountain range, famous for its picturesque villages. We visit a small sustainable olive oil producer, who takes us through the olive tree grove and the facilities before guiding us through an olive oil tasting session. After a break for lunch and shopping in the village of La Alberca, we visit a traditional home now turned into a small museum. The grandson of the original inhabitants take us through this house where he grew up and shows us how people lived in the region before the advent of modernity. September 10

Madrid:  Spain´s capital city houses countless museums, among which the most well-known are the Prado and the Reina Sofía. Accompanied by one of the Prado’s experts, we cover highlights of this museum’s extensive collection of Spanish painting, concentrating on El Greco, Goya and Velázquez. The highpoint of our visit to the Reina Sofía is Picasso´s “Guernica.” But Madrid offers more than museums. A walking tour of old Madrid, a bicycle spin through the “Retiro Park” (Madrid’s equivalent of New York’s Central park), tapas tasting and a visit to the Palacio Real show us other sides of this fascinating city. September 29 - Oct 2 

Peñafiel (Ribera del Duero). Spanish wine-making traditions vary from region to region. In this daytrip, we tour a winery to learn about the particular characteristics of the wine of the “Ribera del Duero” region (2 hours from Salamanca). We see the underground wine cellars of the region, and sample local products such as ham, cheese and lamb. We finish our visit by touring the 15th century castle of Peñafiel. October 23

CURSOS INTERNACIONALES EXCURSIONS, FALL 2016

You can complement the GU program’s offering with trips organized by Cursos Internacionales at the Universidad de Salamanca, using your cultural funds to pay for 1 weekend trip and 1 day trip; any trips beyond that are paid out of pocket. The following dates may change. Please see below for link to updated Cursos Internacionales trip information.   

Sept.:

Toledo. Sábado, día 10

León - Zamora. Sábado, día 17

El Escorial - Ávila. Domingo, día 18

Segovia - La Granja de San Ildefonso. Sábado, día 24

Oct.:

Toledo. Sábado, día 8

Portugal. Viernes 14, sábado 15 y domingo 16 (3 días).

Segovia - La Granja de San Ildefonso. Sábado, día 22

Nov.:

Andalucía. Viernes 11, sábado 12 y domingo 13 (3 días)

El Escorial - Ávila. Domingo, día 29

For a complete updated information of Cursos Internacionales' trips (calendar and brief description of itinerary) click here.