This History school/university trip to Madrid and Andalusia will give students a look into Spain’s dynamic history, from the Catholic monarchs to the Civil War. Here’s our History educational tour program in Spain at a glance:
- Day 2 in Madrid: civil war-themed city tour, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de los Cibeles, Parque Oeste, historic food tour, cooking class
- Day 3: flamenco class, bullring
- Day 4: El Escorial, Valle de los Caídos, Reina Sofía
- Day 5 in Granada: bike tour
- Day 6: Alhambra, Arabic tea shop in Moorish quarter, Córdoba
Like what you see? Discover Spain’s rich and varied history in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Morning Madrid
Day 2: Historical Highlights
Once you’re up, get ready to soak up some history. Embark on a civil war-themed city tour taking you around the capital’s must-sees: the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de los Cibeles and many more. Finish off with a stop at the Parque Oeste, where you can explore the labyrinth. There’s also a bunker left behind from the Battle of Ciudad Universitaria during the Civil War.
Spend your evening taking a historic food tour. Learn about traditional Spanish dishes, then get ready to roll up your sleeves – it’s your turn to have a go. After the cooking class, it’s time to eat your delicious creations for dinner!
Day 3: Flamenco Dancing
Start the day bright and early and put on your dancing shoes. Immerse yourself in a flamenco class, where you’ll have the chance to learn about the history of this famous dancing style and get the hang of some moves.
Visit a bullring to learn more about Spain’s long-standing bullfighting tradition, dating all the way back to 711 A.D. But don’t worry – you won’t be watching a bullfight.
After working up an appetite, enjoy some traditional Spanish tapas for dinner.
Day 4: El Escorial and Guernica
Take a day trip to El Escorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an incredibly rich history. It was the residence of the King of Spain and was both a monastery and a palace.
Marvel at the impressive architecture and interior design, before taking a tour of the nearby Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen), where Franco was buried. Learn about the controversy surrounding Franco, the dictator that ruled Spain from 1939 to 1975.
After dinner, go to the Reina Sofía to stand before one of Picasso’s famous paintings, Guernica. It was a big political statement, named after the town that the Nazis bombed during the Spanish Civil War.
Day 5: Getting to Grips with Granada
Time to jet to Malaga! Take a minute to admire the indoor forest in Madrid’s Atocha station before catching your flight. Touch down and drive to Granada where you will check into your accommodation.
After a morning of travelling, stretch your legs with a bike tour around Granada. Discover more about the city at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains as you go.
Treat your taste buds to some delicious local specialities for dinner – our favourite is Habas con Jamón!
Day 6: Alhambra
Head for the Alhambra, a wonderful Arabic palace and fortress. Once a royal palace under the Sultan of Granada Yusuf I, it was taken over by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, where they lived when they granted Christopher Columbus permission to set off on his voyage.
Relax at an Arabic tea shop in the Moorish quarter of Granada to hear about the area’s history. Once refreshed, continue on with your travels to Córdoba. The Mosque-Cathedral has a captivating combination of Islamic and Christian architecture, and its history of two religions is just as fascinating.
This is your last night. Feast on a final meal of Spanish tapas before preparing for your flight home in the morning.
Day 7: Adiós!
Take your transfer to the airport, and spend the flight reflecting on your magical week. It’s home time, but it’s not over. Spain’s rich history will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Understand the causes, short-term and long-term effects of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).
Recognise the importance of Moorish culture to Spanish history.
Understand how traditions, like flamenco dancing, influence the identity of the Spain we know today.
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