PSU Abington Fall Fun in Madrid & Barcelona (November 9-17, 2016)
Madrid, in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, is truly one of the great cities of
Europe. The museums alone warrant paying a visit to this remarkable
Spanish capital. The Prado, for instance, contains over 4000 masterpieces by
such artists as Goya, El Greco, Boticelli, Velazquez and others, ranking it
among some of the most magnificent European museums, including the
Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. If museums are not
your thing, have no fear, for there is much else to see and do in Madrid. A
visit to the Royal Palace, which contains over 2000 rooms, makes for a fun
way to experience the opulence of the world of Spanish kings and queens.
You can follow up your tour of the royal residence by participating in a
Spanish version of a pub crawl, called a tapeo, which involves visiting
tascas (tapas bars) in order to sample the vast array of delicious bite-sized
portions of food called tapas, which are normally washed down with wine,
beer or sherry.
After a few days of exploring Madrid’s fascinating culture, why now take
a day trip to one of the several historic towns that are in close proximity to the
city? Two fantastic towns worth visiting include Segovia, whose El Alcazar
is one of the most photographed fortresses in the world, and Toledo, which in
addition to its own impressive Alcazar, is home to one of the greatest Gothic
cathedral’s in the world. The Roman Aqueduct, also located in Segovia, was
built during the 1st century under the Roman Emperor Trajan, and was still
functioning until just a few years ago. In addition to Segovia and Toledo,
other options outside of the city include San Lorenzo de El Escorial, El Valle
de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen), and Avila.
Following three nights in Madrid, we will travel eastward to Catalonia to
spend four nights in the amazing city of Barcelona, a city with a unique and
irresistible allure. From its Catalonian dialect, which Franco tried to stamp
out, to its avant-garde architecture, such as Antonio Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia,
Barcelona reflects an independence of character that is linked to a proud past
but is always poised to anticipate and embrace the future. It is no wonder
that the surrealist painter, Pablo Picasso, found the city of his youth a delight
and in 1970 donated 2500 of his paintings and other works to what is now the
Picasso Museum of Barcelona, one of the largest collections of Picasso’s
works in the world. Home to the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona has
quickly become one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe. Its
location on the Costa Brava astride the Mediterranean has for centuries made
it an important commercial center and springboard to the Balearic Islands of
Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca. To stroll along the promenade Les Rambles, to
explore the medieval Gothic Quarter, to eat tapas at one of the innumerable
restaurants that line the busy streets is to feel the pulse of this cosmopolitan
city. (The nightlife of Barcelona is especially legendary.) Don’t pass up this
chance to jump on board this affordable getaway. Now Accepting
Reservations. Limited Space Available.
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PSU Abington Oktoberfest in Bavaria (September 30 – October 7, 2017)
The Oktoberfest in Bavaria 2017 eight days fully-escorted and air-inclusive package includes: Round trip air transportation from Newark to Munich, Germany, on Swiss Airlines, one of the best carriers in the industry; SEVEN nights hotel accommodation in the first class Hotel Mercure in the small town of Garmisch, Germany; seven breakfasts and four dinners, one of which is at a local beer house; a full day excursion to Munich with morning panoramic sightseeing and an afternoon entrance and lunch at the Oktoberfest; a full day guided sightseeing tour to Innsbruck, Austria; a half day guided tour to Neuschwanstein Castle; a second day transportation to/from Munich for independent enjoyment of the city and/or Oktoberfest; the services of a full-time English-speaking tour escort throughout the trip; the opportunity to participate in a number of optional excursions, including one to the top of Zugspitze Mountain; and a pre-departure orientation and pizza dinner. Space is limited to a maximum of 52 passengers per bus.
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