Summer Experiences

Spain Discovery

Journey into the heart of Andalusian Spain, and explore the cities of Madrid, Seville, Toledo, Cordoba, Malaga and Granada. View the art of Picasso, climb the Rock of Gibraltar, wander Alhambra Palace and spend a memorable Shabbat on the Mediterranean coast. Come away with a deep appreciation for the multi-ethnic richness of Spain's Golden Age and its vibrant modern society.

  • Spain Discovery is an 11-day cultural tour covering all the must-see highlights, but also the off-the-beaten-path treasures of Spain's Andalusia Region. You'll experience what it feels like to luxuriate in a traditional hammam (bath), get wowed at a Spanish Flamenco show and discover why many consider Spain to be the culinary capital of the world!

    As a Jewish experience, you'll learn about a unique moment in world history when Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted harmoniously in what is affectionately called the Golden Age of Spain -- and how that moment ended tragically in the Spanish Inquisition. Our experience also includes a unique Shabbat on the Rock of Gibraltar – a special place where Jewish family identity is still defined by the Conversos legacy.

    Spain Discovery is a well-balanced combination of must-see touring, eye-opening Jewish experiences and a unique opportunity to forge friendships with fellow teens in culturally rich Spain. You'll come away with a deep appreciation for the multi-ethnic richness of Spain's Golden Age and its vibrant modern society.

    Program Highlights

    For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

     

    Explore Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Gibraltar, Toledo and Madrid
    Wander the majestic Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens
    Learn about Spain's rich Sephardic Jewish heritage and the story of the Inquisition
    Hike in the snow-capped Sierra-Nevada Mountains and discover the mysterious "gypsy caves" of Sacramonte
    Spend a memorable Shabbat on the Rock of Gibraltar
    Enjoy an authentic flamenco show, sample delicious local cuisine and view the art of Picasso
    Tour Seville's old bull-fighting ring and the Real Madrid's stadium in Madrid
    Soak in the sun on Spain's Costa Del Sol

    Itinerary Snapshot

    A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

    WEEK #1 | Granada, Cordoba & Gibraltar

    Arrive to Madrid and begin traveling south through Spain's beautiful Andalusia Region. Explore the Mezquita in Cordoba, the world famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, relax at the Costa Del Sol and scale the Rock of Gibraltar.

    WEEK #2 | Seville, Toledo & Madrid

    Experience a unique Shabbat in Gibraltar (part of the UK), then continue on to the stunning city of Seville. Return northwards to explore ancient Toledo and then conclude in trendy and art-filled city of Madrid, Spain's modern capital.

  • We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program.

    DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

    • Depart from New York
    • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

    DAY #2 | Monday | Hola Espana!

    • Arrive to Barajas Airport in Madrid
    • Meet local staff and travel through the Andalusian countryside to Cordoba
    • Trace the history of the Spain’s Golden Age at the stunning Mezquita
    • Walk along the alleys of Juderia (Jewish Quarter)
    • Explore the Casa de Sefarad Museum and the monument to Maimonides
    • Evening: Enjoy a traditional Spanish Flamenco show!
    • Overnight: Cordoba Accommodations, Spain

    DAY #3 | Tuesday | Alhambra Palace

    • Continue from Cordoba to Granada in the Sierra Nevada highlands
    • Explore the world famous Alhambra Palace
    • Stroll through the Generalife Gardens, the oldest surviving Moorish gardens
    • Sunset view of Granada from the Mirador de San Nicolás overlook
    • Evening tea in the Moorish quarter El Albayzín
    • Overnight: Senator Granada Spa Hotel – Granada, Spain

    DAY #4 | Wednesday | Sierra Nevada Mountains

    • Hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains – Ride a cable car to the summit
    • Discover the Roma “Gypsy” caves of Sacromonte
    • Cathedral & Capilla Real – Tombs of Isabella and Ferdinand
    • Evening: Relax at the exquisite Old Moorish Hammam “baths”
    • Overnight: Senator Granada Spa Hotel – Granada, Spain

    DAY #5 | Thursday | Costa Del Sol

    • Explore the Treasure Cave in Rincón de la Victoria
    • Beach time in Málaga on Spain’s “Costa Del Sol”
    • Explore Picasso Museum of Málaga
    • Arrive at the Rock of Gibraltar on the Mediterranean – Enter the United Kingdom!
    • Overnight: Elliot Hotel of Gibraltar, United Kingdom

    DAY #6 | Friday | Top of the Rock!

    • Ascend the Rock of Gibraltar via the cable car
    • Explore St. Michael’s Cave and get close to Gibraltar’s famous wild apes
    • Hike up to O’Hara’s Battery at the Top of the Rock!
    • Follow the Mediterranean Steps path down to Jew’s Gate
    • View the African Continent from Point Europa – Southernmost tip of Europe
    • Tour of the World War II Tunnels – Time permitting
    • Kabbalat Shabbat service with local Jewish community of Gibraltar
    • Overnight: Elliot Hotel of Gibraltar, United Kingdom

    DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat on Gibraltar

    • Shabbat morning program and lunch
    • Pool time and sports at Rosia Bay
    • Afternoon walking tour of Gibraltar’s Old Town district
    • Evening: British-style fish & chips dinner
    • Overnight: Elliot Hotel of Gibraltar, United Kingdom

    DAY #8 | Sunday | Seville

    • Re-enter Spain in the morning and travel to Seville – The center of Andalusian Spain
    • View the tomb of Christopher Columbus and climb the Giralda bell tower
    • Explore Seville’s famous bull-fighting ring
    • Tour the Seville Castle and navigate its natural hedge maze
    • Evening: Cruise down the Guadalquivir River through Seville
    • Overnight: AC Sevilla Forum Hotel – Seville, Spain

    DAY #9 | Monday | Toledo

    • Continue northwards to Toledo
    • Panoramic view from the Alcazar Fortress
    • Explore Toledo on foot walking along the River Targus
    • Tour of the Synagogue Transito and the Sephardic Museum
    • Overnight: Euro-Stars Hotel – Toledo, Spain

    DAY #10 | Tuesday | Madrid

    • Walking tour of the Royal Palace – official residence of the King of Spain
    • Experience the unique spirit of Spain in Madrid’s central Plaza Espana and Plaza Mayor
    • View the masterpieces at the Prado Museum of Art
    • Tour of Real Madrid’s football stadium – Home of Spain’s most famous soccer team
    • Wrap-up and closing dinner in central Madrid
    • Overnight: Be Live City- Madrid, Spain

    DAY #11 | Wednesday | Adios!

    • Depart Madrid on a morning flight
    • Arrive back to New York in the afternoon

     

  • You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

    How will my teen travel to the program?
    An optional group flight is offered – typically from New York City. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our group flights.

    Where will my teen be sleeping?
    We stay in a variety of 3-star hotels, and each teen will have their own bed.

    How is the program staffed?
    Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

    What's the summer weather like?
    The weather throughout Spain is a typical Mediterranean climate – dry heat, cool evenings, and little to no rain. Temperatures will typically be in the 80’s and 90’s. Because of the dry nature of the heat in the Mediterranean, the sun is deceptively strong, and you should plan to bring plenty of sunscreen and a good hat for outdoor touring.

    How do you approach security?
    The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

    What's the typical group size?
    Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

    What's the food like?
    Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

    Will I need a visa?
    If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

    For more information, check out our general FAQs.

  • BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

    Connected Experiences

    * Recommended pairing

Spain Discovery is an 11-day cultural tour covering all the must-see highlights, but also the off-the-beaten-path treasures of Spain's Andalusia Region. You'll experience what it feels like to luxuriate in a traditional hammam (bath), get wowed at a Spanish Flamenco show and discover why many consider Spain to be the culinary capital of the world!

As a Jewish experience, you'll learn about a unique moment in world history when Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted harmoniously in what is affectionately called the Golden Age of Spain -- and how that moment ended tragically in the Spanish Inquisition. Our experience also includes a unique Shabbat on the Rock of Gibraltar – a special place where Jewish family identity is still defined by the Conversos legacy.

Spain Discovery is a well-balanced combination of must-see touring, eye-opening Jewish experiences and a unique opportunity to forge friendships with fellow teens in culturally rich Spain. You'll come away with a deep appreciation for the multi-ethnic richness of Spain's Golden Age and its vibrant modern society.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Explore Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Gibraltar, Toledo and Madrid
Wander the majestic Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens
Learn about Spain's rich Sephardic Jewish heritage and the story of the Inquisition
Hike in the snow-capped Sierra-Nevada Mountains and discover the mysterious "gypsy caves" of Sacramonte
Spend a memorable Shabbat on the Rock of Gibraltar
Enjoy an authentic flamenco show, sample delicious local cuisine and view the art of Picasso
Tour Seville's old bull-fighting ring and the Real Madrid's stadium in Madrid
Soak in the sun on Spain's Costa Del Sol

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

WEEK #1 | Granada, Cordoba & Gibraltar

Arrive to Madrid and begin traveling south through Spain's beautiful Andalusia Region. Explore the Mezquita in Cordoba, the world famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, relax at the Costa Del Sol and scale the Rock of Gibraltar.

WEEK #2 | Seville, Toledo & Madrid

Experience a unique Shabbat in Gibraltar (part of the UK), then continue on to the stunning city of Seville. Return northwards to explore ancient Toledo and then conclude in trendy and art-filled city of Madrid, Spain's modern capital.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York
  • Spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Hola Espana!

  • Arrive to Barajas Airport in Madrid
  • Meet local staff and travel through the Andalusian countryside to Cordoba
  • Trace the history of the Spain’s Golden Age at the stunning Mezquita
  • Walk along the alleys of Juderia (Jewish Quarter)
  • Explore the Casa de Sefarad Museum and the monument to Maimonides
  • Evening: Enjoy a traditional Spanish Flamenco show!
  • Overnight: Cordoba Accommodations, Spain

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Alhambra Palace

  • Continue from Cordoba to Granada in the Sierra Nevada highlands
  • Explore the world famous Alhambra Palace
  • Stroll through the Generalife Gardens, the oldest surviving Moorish gardens
  • Sunset view of Granada from the Mirador de San Nicolás overlook
  • Evening tea in the Moorish quarter El Albayzín
  • Overnight: Senator Granada Spa Hotel – Granada, Spain

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Sierra Nevada Mountains

  • Hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains – Ride a cable car to the summit
  • Discover the Roma “Gypsy” caves of Sacromonte
  • Cathedral & Capilla Real – Tombs of Isabella and Ferdinand
  • Evening: Relax at the exquisite Old Moorish Hammam “baths”
  • Overnight: Senator Granada Spa Hotel – Granada, Spain

DAY #5 | Thursday | Costa Del Sol

  • Explore the Treasure Cave in Rincón de la Victoria
  • Beach time in Málaga on Spain’s “Costa Del Sol”
  • Explore Picasso Museum of Málaga
  • Arrive at the Rock of Gibraltar on the Mediterranean – Enter the United Kingdom!
  • Overnight: Elliot Hotel of Gibraltar, United Kingdom

DAY #6 | Friday | Top of the Rock!

  • Ascend the Rock of Gibraltar via the cable car
  • Explore St. Michael’s Cave and get close to Gibraltar’s famous wild apes
  • Hike up to O’Hara’s Battery at the Top of the Rock!
  • Follow the Mediterranean Steps path down to Jew’s Gate
  • View the African Continent from Point Europa – Southernmost tip of Europe
  • Tour of the World War II Tunnels – Time permitting
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service with local Jewish community of Gibraltar
  • Overnight: Elliot Hotel of Gibraltar, United Kingdom

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat on Gibraltar

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch
  • Pool time and sports at Rosia Bay
  • Afternoon walking tour of Gibraltar’s Old Town district
  • Evening: British-style fish & chips dinner
  • Overnight: Elliot Hotel of Gibraltar, United Kingdom

DAY #8 | Sunday | Seville

  • Re-enter Spain in the morning and travel to Seville – The center of Andalusian Spain
  • View the tomb of Christopher Columbus and climb the Giralda bell tower
  • Explore Seville’s famous bull-fighting ring
  • Tour the Seville Castle and navigate its natural hedge maze
  • Evening: Cruise down the Guadalquivir River through Seville
  • Overnight: AC Sevilla Forum Hotel – Seville, Spain

DAY #9 | Monday | Toledo

  • Continue northwards to Toledo
  • Panoramic view from the Alcazar Fortress
  • Explore Toledo on foot walking along the River Targus
  • Tour of the Synagogue Transito and the Sephardic Museum
  • Overnight: Euro-Stars Hotel – Toledo, Spain

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Madrid

  • Walking tour of the Royal Palace – official residence of the King of Spain
  • Experience the unique spirit of Spain in Madrid’s central Plaza Espana and Plaza Mayor
  • View the masterpieces at the Prado Museum of Art
  • Tour of Real Madrid’s football stadium – Home of Spain’s most famous soccer team
  • Wrap-up and closing dinner in central Madrid
  • Overnight: Be Live City- Madrid, Spain

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Adios!

  • Depart Madrid on a morning flight
  • Arrive back to New York in the afternoon

 

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional group flight is offered – typically from New York City. In some cases a group flight may also depart from Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Europe. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in a variety of 3-star hotels, and each teen will have their own bed.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

What's the summer weather like?
The weather throughout Spain is a typical Mediterranean climate – dry heat, cool evenings, and little to no rain. Temperatures will typically be in the 80’s and 90’s. Because of the dry nature of the heat in the Mediterranean, the sun is deceptively strong, and you should plan to bring plenty of sunscreen and a good hat for outdoor touring.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens.

What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Connected Experiences

* Recommended pairing