Discover Spain: To Essos and Back
Young Alumni Trip from $1695

Madrid - Seville - Cordoba - Granada - Barcelona
8 days

Check Availability or call 301-405-7938 or 800-336-8627

What's Included?

The 8-day land package includes:

  • 6 nights in superior tourist class hotels, 2-share with private bath and shower
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Three specialty dinners including
  • Welcome tapas dinner in Madrid
  • Dinner of Spanish delights in Seville
  • Farewell Catalonian dinner in Barcelona
  • Guided Tours in Seville, Cordoba and Granada, all led by a local historian
  • Guided tour of Alhambra
  • Entrance to the Alcazar and the Alhambra
  • Flamenco show in Barcelona
  • High-speed trains as per itinerary


  • Private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All scheduled sightseeing
  • Ground transportation by private air-conditioned motor coach as per itinerary
  • All service charges and local taxes
  • Luggage tag and travel booklets

Featured Sights & Events:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Gaudi's Archetecture in Barcelona
  • Game of Thrones filming locations of Dorne, King's Landing
  • Alcazar Palace in Seville
  • Cordoba sights


Free time.... see the Royal Palace ... Plaza Mayor ... Gran Via ... Welcome orientation and dinner with tour director ...


Moorish architecture ... Dorne and Kings Landing filming sites ... Real Alcazar ...UNESCO World Heritage site Cathedral de Sevilla and La Giralda ... Parque Maria Luisa & Plaza de España ... Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza ... Plaza d'Espana ...


Cordoba - Andalusian equivalent of Volantis ... La Mezquita mosque ... Callejon de las Flores ... Roman Bridge ...


The Alhambra, UNESCO World Heritage Site ... The Cathedral and Royal Chapel ... The Banuelo ... Tapas


Park Guell ... Barri Gotic ... La Sagrada Familie ... Montjuic Castle ... and much more!

Free Airport Transfers & Discount Airfare

When you book your airfare through AESU, you get these great benefits:

  • Free airport transfers overseas on tour start and return dates
  • Hassle free—we take care of all the details
  • Free quotes & competitive rates
  • Fly with fellow travelers
  • Flexible payment schedule
  • AESU can help with special flight requests too
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Optional Activities & Excursions Offered on Your Trip.

Have it your way and personalize your trip by adding fun, optional activities. These activities are not included in your land package price to allow free time for those who want to explore on their own. Rates have been specially negotiated with the suppliers and will include transportation to and from the event, where applicable. All options are based on a minimum number of travelers participating. Rates listed are approximate rates in US$ and are subject to change. Contact your tour director upon arrival overseas to book and pay for your options. Payment to tour director in cash in local currency.

Excursion to Osuna

Today, Game of Thrones enthusiasts head to the town of Osuna, to take in the city's impressive bullring. Although the HBO series filmed all around Osuna, it's the bullring that is of particular interest, as it will appear as Daznak's Pit. With the help of CGI magic and hundreds of residents happy to serve as extras, the town's century-old bullring was transformed into the main fighting pit of Meereen. Filming only lasted 17 days, but Osana has been feeling the impact ever since.The Museum of Osuna recently rolled out a permanent exhibit devoted to the series, which shot some of the most memorable scenes here. On display at the museum is also one of the 600 T-shirts director David Nutter gave to the extras who braved unseasonably warm temperatures during long days of filming in Osuna's bullring
Times and prices are subject to change.

Sailing Trip Barcelona

Sail on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea from aboard a catamaran. Travel along the coast and take in views of La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Cathedral, Montjuic, Tibidabo and the Port Olympic. Head out to sea, go for a swim, then enjoy a drink and snacks.

The cost includes round-trip transfer, 3-hour sailing, lunch including spanish tapas, salad, tomato bread, wine and water. Min. number of guests required to operate this option is 16. We will be sailing in a fleet of two or more boats, capacity per catamaran is 8 guests.

Excursion to Girona

Girona has become one of Spain’s hottest destinations since appearing in season six of Game of Thrones. This historic walled city of cathedrals, churches, winding alleyways, and towering arches has changed little over the centuries, and proved the perfect backdrop for Braavos and King’s Landing. Our local guide takes us to the key filming sites and share insider gossip about the show. Walk in the footsteps of Arya Stark and visit the spot in the Medieval Quarter, behind Girona Cathedral, on a street called Bisbe Cartana, where she set begging and the streets of Braavos where she was later attacked.
Times and prices are subject to change.


What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.



Traveling on this trip will introduce you to some native cuisine, including local specialties.

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We stay in superior tourist class hotels, all with private bath/shower in 2-share rooms. Our hotels have been specially selected for their European atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and cleanliness. Our hotels are centrally located or within a short walk of public transportation to take you to the landmark of your choice in the city you are visiting. (Why stay in remote cabins, hostels, or share your room with up to 6 people, when you can stay in a centrally located hotel?)

You'll be given a complete hotel address list with your final documents. Properties are subject to change and any substitutions would be the equivalent of those listed. *Single supplement only applies if single accommodations are requested. Independent hotel reservations, special tours and FIT tours always apply a single supplement. Please check your itinerary.


This historic hotel is in the heart of Madrid, by the Puerta del Sol. Facilities include free Wi-Fi and a café-bar on the large outdoor terrace. Rooms are equipped with spacious bathrooms with a bathtub and hairdryer.Sol Metro Station is only yards away and offers easy transport around the city. Victoria 4 is in a lively area, within walking distance of Gran Vía and the Art Triangle.


Located opposite the Macarena Basilica, Hotel Sevilla Macarena faces Seville’s ancient city walls. It offers a rooftop pool with panoramic city views, and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen a satellite TV, minibar and safe. The hotel is set around a typical Seville-style patio with a restaurant and cafeteria.


The stylish Hotel Abba features an outdoor pool, a gym and a spa with Turkish bath, hot tub and saunas. Rooms include LCD satellite TV. Abba Granada is next to Fuente Nueva Park and the University of Granada. The historic Albaicin district and Granada Cathedral are around half a mile away. Each air-conditioned room has modern décor and elegant dark wood furniture. Bathrooms come with toiletries and a hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.


Pestana Arena Barcelona is a short 5-minute walk from Barcelona’s Plaza Espanya and Fira Exhibition Center. It features a gym, sauna and modern, air-conditioned rooms with free wired internet access. It is also in a 3 minute walking distance from the Las Arenas Shopping Center and and 8 min walk to Sants Station. Las Ramblas can be reached from Plaza Espanya Metro. The hotel rooms feature parquet floors and stylish décor. Each one has a work desk, a pillow menu and an LCD TV with satellite channels.

Discover Spain: To Essos and Back$1695.00
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If you purchase your own airfare, book your overnight flight from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date listed above.

*Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, and do not want to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender traveler. If no travelers are available to share, a single supplement of $395 will apply.


Gateway Cities

Fly into Madrid return from Barcelona

Airfare is not included in land price. If you choose to book air with AESU, after receipt of your land booking, AESU will email you a quote with your tour confirmation invoice. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline airfare. (Or call AESU at 800-638-7640 for a quote prior to booking).

Book Airfare with AESU - FREE Airport Transfers

Purchase your airfare from AESU and receive free arrival/departure transfers between the airport to your hotels. We also try to book you on the same flights as others traveling on your tour. Land only participants BOOKING OWN FLIGHT OVERSEAS, DO NOT receive airport arrival/departure transfers. If you book land only with us, book your flights from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date. If you are not booking flights through AESU, we recommend not booking airfare until your tour is guaranteed (This will be noted on website with “guaranteed” next to tour start date).

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How to Book

Click on a date above to get a quote or make a reservation. You can make your $500 deposit ONLINE to confirm your space on the land tour. Full payment isn't due until 90 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 90 days). Or you can scan/email or fax a booking form.

If you just want a quote and don’t want to secure a spot on the land program, select date above and click “Get a Quote” button on next page.

NOTE: Reservations to be paid in full 90 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and any airfare quote can only be held for 72 hours. Payment in full, for late bookings, will be due upon receipt of invoice from AESU. A late booking fee of $100 per person will apply.

All prices reflect a cash discount (For full payment by credit card, there is a 4% processing fee.)

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INSURANCE: We highly recommend travel insurance. The Alumni Association will provide information on insurance once you have booked your trip.

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University of Maryland
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