Viva España

Viva España

When: September 7th ~ 14th, 2018

Where: Madrid, Toledo, & Barcelona!

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Description

A trip to Spain is like an adventure into a fairytale. The immense castles  and unique architecture along with beautiful people and exquisite cuisine are enough to make a great trip. We have combined tours through Madrid and an optional extension to Barcelona with pickleball to create a trip of a lifetime. Receive world-class instruction, take a siesta and refuel with spoonfuls of Paella. This is a trip you do not want to miss!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Madrid, Pickleball Trips Clinic (September 7th)

Plan your trip to arrive in Madrid this day.* Upon arrival, take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The cost is 30
euros and further instructions will be provided regarding the address, etc. We will meet in the afternoon to walk from the hotel to a nearby park, where we will have our first pickleball
clinic. Dinner is a light tapas dinner since you will be tired from the journey.

Day 2 – Toledo

This morning we take an early bus from Madrid to the ancient capital and UNESCO World Heritage site of Toledo (1 hour). A guide meets us to take us sightseeing, show us around the city and tell us about the history of this fascinating town. After lunch and some time to stroll around we return to Madrid where dinner is a Spanish style feast, our official welcome to Spain dinner at Zerain.

Day 3 – Pickleball, Prado & Flamenco

We have another pickleball session at the park this morning where we further our skills with instruction and play. In the afternoon, a professional guide takes us to see the famous Prado Museum with some of the most important pieces of art in the world. We get a highlight tour though, as we don’t have time to explore all 130 rooms. A lively Flamenco dinner show caps off the day, just a few minute walk from the hotel.

Day 4 – Segovia & Escorial

We leave early this morning for Segovia (1 hour). Segovia, another world heritage city, developed as an important trade hub, experiencing its heyday in the middle ages. After a
tour of the city, we continue onto Escorial, the historic residence of the Spanish Kings. We eat a special lunch together in Segovia, before returning to Madrid. Dinner is on your own tonight because tomorrow is an early morning as we take the train to Barcelona.

Day 5 – Madrid ~ Barcelona

We depart Madrid early this morning for the 3-hour train ride to Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast. The train is extremely safe and comfortable, traveling at speeds of
almost 200 miles per hour. We arrive at the hotel around noon and have some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, a local guide meets us to take us on a tour of the Gothic quarters of the city. We walk to our dinner, a traditional Catalonian feast prepared in a popular restaurant.

Day 6 – Pickleball in Barcelona

This morning we drive 30 minutes to the University of Barcelona, where we conduct our Barcelona pickleball session. The university campus overlooks the beautiful city and sea in the background. After returning to our hotel, you have a free afternoon to explore the city. Keep in mind that tomorrow we will be seeing the Sagrada Familia and Gaudi area of Barcelona.

Day 7 – Sagrada Famila, Barcelona ~ Madrid

The same guide meets us this morning to take us to the one and only Sagrada Familia Church. This building has been under construction since 1882 and truly stands as a one of a
kind monument. We also visit an apartment building that Gaudi himself designed. Returning to the hotel, we pack up to take the train back to Madrid. For some, this will be your last dinner in Spain – at least for now.

Day 8 – Pickleball, Departure from Madrid (September 14th)

For those who have a later flight out of Madrid or are staying on for the tournament, we will have another morning pickleball session. The afternoon is free to explore the city or get some rest for the tournament tomorrow. For those of you who are departing, we will help organize taxis so that you arrive at the airport with sufficient time. Dinner is at another Spanish-style restaurant for those who remain.

Day 9 & 10 – Tournament

There will be a tournament bus to pick us up from the hotel this morning. From there, we will be at the tournament venue all day, where there is a café and restaurant serving a
variety of food and drinks. The schedule of events will be announced closer to the time of the tournament.

Day 11 – Departure from Madrid

Everyone leaves today. We will help organize taxis so that you arrive at the airport with sufficient time.

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Please keep in mind that this itinerary is subject to change and should not be considered final.

*You will likely have to depart North America the previous day to arrive in Madrid on September 7th.

Included

  • 7 nights (or 9) at five-star accommodations with complimentary breakfasts
  • All activities including tours, entrance & guide fees, pickleball clinics, transportation, etc.

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Madrid-Barajas Int’l Airport
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Cancellation Policy

  • 60 ~ 31 Days Prior to Arrival: 20% of the Total Costs
  • 30 ~ 4 Days Prior to Arrival: 50% of the Total Costs
  • 72 Hours or Less Prior to Arrival: 100% of the Total Costs

Please contact us at pickleballtrips@gmail.com if you have any additional questions regarding our cancellation policy.

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travelers to invest in travel insurance to both minimize your financial risks of traveling and provide you with peace of mind to fully enjoy the your trip. Travel insurance can provide many helpful resources including refunds or assistance for any of the following situations that may arise before or during a trip:

  • You need to cancel your participation on the tour
  • You need to cancel or change a flight
  • Lost baggage during the trip
  • Stolen items during the trip
  • Medical costs during the trip

We suggest you talk to your insurance provider to ask about the travel insurance plans available to you. You can also compare policies online. Here are two well-known travel insurance providers to consider:

Please contact us at pickleballtrips@gmail.comif you have any additional questions regarding travel insurance.