Join the Fulbright Insight Trip to Spain and Portugal!

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For your safety as well as that our your fellow travelers, an FDA-authorized vaccine or vaccine authorized by emergency use by the World Health Organization against COVID-19 is a requirement for this trip.

Itinerary

1

Day 1

Arrival to Lisbon. Check in to the hotel and walk in the Lisbon city center. Enjoy a welcome dinner with fado singers. Stay overnight Lisbon.

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Day 2

Full day walking tour of Lisbon: Sao Jorge castle, Jeronimos Monastery, Commerce Square, Belem Tower, Santa Justa Elevator, Cathedral, and more. Stay overnight Lisbon.

3

Day 3

Take a day trip to Sintra, visiting the Pena Palace. Drive to the Westernmost point of Europe Cabo da Roca and and enjoy the fishing villages of Cascais and Estoril. Return to Lisbon and stay overnight.

4

Day 4

In the morning, make a visit to Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Transfer to the airport and fly to Oviedo via Madrid. Dinner and overnight stay in Oviedo.

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Day 5

Walking tour of Oviedo to visit Santa Maria del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo. After lunch, continue the Asturias day in the beautiful old city of Gijon. Dinner and return to Oviedo to stay overnight.

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Day 6

Take a morning walk of Lastres on the way to the prehistoric paintings in the Cave Altamira. Then, take an afternoon stroll on the streets of Sanrillana de Mar. Stay overnight in Comillas.

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Day 7

After breakfast, discover Comillas with its Marqués de Comillas’ fabulous neo-Gothic palace (Antonio Gaudi's elements). Then, dive into the charming city of Santander and see the newest culture center Botín. Then, continue towards Bilbao for and an overnight stay.

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Day 8

Walk the Casco Viejo and visit Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, then travel to San Sebastian to see the Buen Pastor Cathedral, Plaza de la Constitucion, Monte Urgull, and more. Stay overnight in San Sebastian.

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Day 9

Drive to Burgos and visit the buriel place of El Cid Campeador, the Spanish hero of the Middle Age. Drive further to the capital Madrid, where the main tour ends with a delicious flamenco dinner. Stay overnight in Madrid.

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Day 10

Complimentary transfer to the airport and depature home.

Costs

Double Room Rate

$3199

What's Included

  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as specified in itinerary above during the trip
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned van, as well as group transfers as appropriate
  • English speaking guide(s)/interpreter(s) to accompany participants through the whole trip period
  • All activities, sightseeing, and entry fees listed in the itinerary
  • Full telephone support from English speaking staff in Passport Europe’s local office
  • Comprehensive tailor-made info-pack

Single Room Rate

$3711

What's Not Included

  • Flights to and from Ljubljana airport.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, room service, etc.)
  • Passport application fees.
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance.
  • International medical and travel insurance (we strongly advise that each participant arrange for their own travel and health).
  • Food and beverage other than that specified in itinerary above.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Costs associated with trip interruption or modification due to weather, travel conditions, political/civil disputes, medical emergencies or other causes beyond our control.

Registration Instructions

Spots will be first-come, first-served. Click below to pay your deposit, complete the necessary forms, and secure your place.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact our office at travel@fulbright.org or by phone at (202) 775-0725.

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Membership Requirements

You must be a current member of the Fulbright Association in order to join the tour. If you are not a member, you can click here to join, or if you are a lapsed member, please click here to renew your annual membership. Not a Fulbright alumn? No problem! The Fulbright Association welcomes all supporters of the mission of the Fulbright Program to join as Friends of Fulbright. Tour registrants may also bring one non-member guest. Please indicate who your guest is in your registration materials.

FAQ

What if this trips gets cancelled?

These are obviously still uncertain times. We feel comfortable moving ahead with this trip, but will of course be paying close attention to conditions in the coming weeks. Your safety is our primary concern on these trips. If by any chance the situation gets out of control and traveling would be too risky, all participants will get 100% of their money refunded, so absolutely no risk of losing their money.

Is the situation in Ukraine a threat to this trip to Slovenia?

Of course, our thoughts are also constantly with our friends in Ukraine as they face this devastating situation. Our travel partner is based in Slovenia full time, even now. They see no reason as to why this trip in particular should be cancelled. While Slovenians are doing all they can to help their friends in Ukraine, they feel completely safe, especially as a part of NATO and the European Union. If by any chance the situation gets out of control and traveling would be too risky, all participants will get 100% of their money refunded, so absolutely no risk of losing their money.

Of course, our thoughts are also constantly with our friends in Ukraine as they face this devastating situation.

How difficult is this trip physically?

Our trips are rated on a scale of 1-3, with this trip being estimated at a level 2. We consider this to be fairly standard. Here is a bit more information as what we consider to be “level 2 difficulty”: active pace: 5-7 activities each day including meals and tours; walking 1-2+ miles throughout the day on paths, trails, roads, villages, towns, walking tours, hikes; standing in lines/wait time for tours; long days with early breakfast and later dinners; elevation gain from 0 to 1,000 ft to 5,000 ft (seaside, cities, alps); endurance for 5+ activities each day ( churches, castles, hikes, winery tours, cave, museums, wineries); accessibility issues ( steps, cobblestones, stairs, few elevators); active sightseeing (walks, tours,); transportation (vans, boats rides, cable cars), and; moderate energy level for multiple activities each day.

What about COVID?

Current conditions in Slovenia make it safe for travelers to experience all that the beautiful country has to offer. As a matter of protocol, the Fulbright Association requires that all travelers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized by emergency use by the World Health Organization. Those considered “fully vaccinated” have received two shots of Pfizer-BioNTech/Moderna or a single dose of Janssen/J&J (or the equivalent as stipulated here).

Proof of vaccination is required upon registration.

How can I check if I am a current member of the Fulbright Association?

To check your membership status, please email us at info@fulbright.org or call our office at (202) 775-0725. We will be happy to check your membership status.

Do I have to have completed a Fulbright Grant to join the Fulbright Association?

We here at the Fulbright Association welcome all supporters of the Fulbright Program, regardless of grant status!

I am not sure I can join for the entire length of the trip. Is there an option to join for a few days?

We ask that all travelers make their best effort to be present for the entire duration of the trip. You will certainly get the best experience that way. For special cases, please email us at travel@fulbright.org.

Are flights included in the listed price?

As travelers join us from all over the globe for these trips, flights are not included in the above cost. Participants are individually responsible for coordinating, financing, and insuring their flights.

Should I purchase travel insurance?

We strongly recommend that each traveler purchase insurance for their trip.

Contact

Questions? Feel free to contact our office with any concerns.

Email: travel@fulbright.org

Phone: (202) 775-0725

Please read all the information in our registration packet for terms on cancellations, refunds, and other policies.