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Spain, France, & Portugal

From the Iberian Peninsula to the City of Light

June 20 — July 20
June 27 — July 27
$9,990 + airfare

Spain, France, & Portugal

From the Iberian Peninsula to the City of Light

June 20 — July 20
June 27 — July 27
$9,990 + airfare

Delve into the cultures and diverse heritage of Spain, France, and Portugal this summer, along with a stop in the Pyrenees mountain town of Andorra la Vella. Experience iconic sites and museums, such as Lisbon’s historic Belem Tower and Madrid’s Prado, and get off the beaten path by exploring Barcelona’s street art. Participate in cultural workshops, relish local specialties like pastéis de nata and tapas, and stretch your legs hiking in the Pyrenees or strolling along the Seine.

• Take in a performance of Fado music, a Portuguese tradition
• Marvel at Gaudí’s awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia basilica
• Learn to prepare classic French dishes with a local chef
• Participate in a workshop to learn the traditional sardana dance
“I was expecting a trip filled with incredible adventures and Putney did not disappoint. This has been one of, if not the best trip I’ve been on in my life, and it’s all because of how amazing our leaders were.”
—Delaney D., Judge Memorial High School, Hideout, UT

Itinerary

This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

Departure — Travel Day

Meet your student travel group and one of your trip leaders in New York and fly together to Lisbon, Portugal. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Lisbon & Sintra, Portugal — 4 days

Begin your adventure in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Get to know your group during an in-depth orientation, then delve into Lisbon’s captivating blend of old-world charm and contemporary vibrancy. Immerse yourself in historic neighborhoods, exploring cobbled streets and colorful buildings. Explore remnants of civilizations like the Phoenicians, Romans, and Goths, and the cultural melting pot that is the Iberian Peninsula. Visit nearby Sintra and the sites of former inhabitants of the area including the Moors and Knights Templar.

Madrid, Spain — 5 days

Continue on to the Spanish capital of Madrid, home to world-class art museums including El Prado and the Reina Sofia, and stunning architecture from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Visit Retiro Park, go on a tapas tour, or perhaps catch a football match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid Football Club. Arrive and depart from Atocha Station, known for its indoor tropical garden.

Barcelona, Spain — 5 days

Catch the high-speed AVE train to Barcelona, the heart of Catalonia, known for its incredible cuisine, stunning modernist architecture, and vibrant social scene. Enjoy some time on the Mediterranean beach, revel in the wonders of Antoní Gaudí, and get to know what makes Catalán culture unique to the rest of Spain.

Castellar de N’Hug — 2 days

Head into the Pyrenees Mountains and make a stop in Castellar de N’Hug, a village of less than two hundred residents. Explore the region bordering the principality of Andorra while hiking, biking, and enjoying other outdoor activities in the fresh mountain air.

Montpellier, France — 4 days

Continue by train to Montpellier, an elegant and multicultural Mediterranean city. Enjoy the sights of this vibrant city, which has had the greatest population growth of any urban area in France since 2000. Home to one of the oldest universities and medical schools in the world at the University of Montpellier, students can get a feel for a European college town where almost a quarter of the inhabitants are students. Take a daytrip to Nimes, home to an impressive Roman colosseum and close to the world-renowned Pont du Gard.

Lyon, France — 3 days

Travel by train to Lyon and dive into French cuisine. Visit the food stalls and learn about the historical significance of Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a famous indoor food market. Join a local chef for a French cooking class, and learn to prepare quenelles (fish dumplings), Lyonnaise potatoes, and praline tart.

Paris, France — 6 days

Continue north to Paris, one of the world’s most beloved cities, and get ready to explore the streets of this massive capital city full of cafes, creperies, and culture. Experience the vibrant art scene, boasting some of the best known museums in the world, including the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and galleries brimming with art throughout the city’s streets. Enjoy a final celebratory dinner with your group and reflect on your adventures.

Return — Travel Day

Fly from Paris to New York with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Itinerary

This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

Departure — Travel Day

Meet your student travel group and one of your trip leaders in New York and fly together to Lisbon, Portugal. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Lisbon & Sintra, Portugal — 4 days

Begin your adventure in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Get to know your group during an in-depth orientation, then delve into Lisbon’s captivating blend of old-world charm and contemporary vibrancy. Immerse yourself in historic neighborhoods, exploring cobbled streets and colorful buildings. Explore remnants of civilizations like the Phoenicians, Romans, and Goths, and the cultural melting pot that is the Iberian Peninsula. Visit nearby Sintra and the sites of former inhabitants of the area including the Moors and Knights Templar.

Madrid, Spain — 5 days

Continue on to the Spanish capital of Madrid, home to world-class art museums including El Prado and the Reina Sofia, and stunning architecture from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Visit Retiro Park, go on a tapas tour, or perhaps catch a football match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid Football Club. Arrive and depart from Atocha Station, known for its indoor tropical garden.

Barcelona, Spain — 5 days

Catch the high-speed AVE train to Barcelona, the heart of Catalonia, known for its incredible cuisine, stunning modernist architecture, and vibrant social scene. Enjoy some time on the Mediterranean beach, revel in the wonders of Antoní Gaudí, and get to know what makes Catalán culture unique to the rest of Spain.

Castellar de N’Hug — 2 days

Head into the Pyrenees Mountains and make a stop in Castellar de N’Hug, a village of less than two hundred residents. Explore the region bordering the principality of Andorra while hiking, biking, and enjoying other outdoor activities in the fresh mountain air.

Montpellier, France — 4 days

Continue by train to Montpellier, an elegant and multicultural Mediterranean city. Enjoy the sights of this vibrant city, which has had the greatest population growth of any urban area in France since 2000. Home to one of the oldest universities and medical schools in the world at the University of Montpellier, students can get a feel for a European college town where almost a quarter of the inhabitants are students. Take a daytrip to Nimes, home to an impressive Roman colosseum and close to the world-renowned Pont du Gard.

Lyon, France — 3 days

Travel by train to Lyon and dive into French cuisine. Visit the food stalls and learn about the historical significance of Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a famous indoor food market. Join a local chef for a French cooking class, and learn to prepare quenelles (fish dumplings), Lyonnaise potatoes, and praline tart.

Paris, France — 6 days

Continue north to Paris, one of the world’s most beloved cities, and get ready to explore the streets of this massive capital city full of cafes, creperies, and culture. Experience the vibrant art scene, boasting some of the best known museums in the world, including the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and galleries brimming with art throughout the city’s streets. Enjoy a final celebratory dinner with your group and reflect on your adventures.

Return — Travel Day

Fly from Paris to New York with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

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Featured

Leaders

Meet some of our featured leaders. Please note that these may not be your leaders for the program. 

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Zulmaris Garcia
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David Florez Murillo
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About the Destination

Spain, France, and Portugal boast rich histories, vibrant cultures, and a wide variety of landscapes. Spain captivates with its passionate flamenco, iconic architecture like Sagrada Família, and historic cities like Madrid and Barcelona. France exudes elegance with the Eiffel Tower, art at the Louvre, and culinary delights in Paris. Portugal's charm lies in its colorful tiles, charming coastal towns, and exploratory past. Each nation showcases unique traditions, from Spain's bullfighting to France's haute couture and Portugal's Fado music. With a wealth of cultural treasures and natural wonders, these countries offer an unforgettable journey through European heritage.

Language

Castellano, or Castilian Spanish, is the official language of Spain, although other languages are spoken in different regions, including Catalan in Cataluña, Galician in Galicia, and Euskara in the Basque Country. French is the official language of France, although there are over 40 regional dialects. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, though here too there are many regional dialects.

Climate

Summer temperatures in Europe can be very warm. Daytime temperatures in Spain and Portugal range from 80–95ºF (27–35ºC), and in France from 70–90°F (21–32ºC).

Cuisine

Spain, Portugal, and France offer diverse cuisines that reflect their unique cultures and culinary traditions. Spain boasts tapas, with an array of small dishes like paellaand jamón. Portugal's cuisine delights with bacalhau (salted cod) and custard tarts (pastéis de nata). France is renowned for its delicate pastries, cheeses, and escargot. Each country celebrates fresh ingredients, regional specialties, and a love for food that brings family and friends together.

About the Destination

Spain, France, and Portugal boast rich histories, vibrant cultures, and a wide variety of landscapes. Spain captivates with its passionate flamenco, iconic architecture like Sagrada Família, and historic cities like Madrid and Barcelona. France exudes elegance with the Eiffel Tower, art at the Louvre, and culinary delights in Paris. Portugal's charm lies in its colorful tiles, charming coastal towns, and exploratory past. Each nation showcases unique traditions, from Spain's bullfighting to France's haute couture and Portugal's Fado music. With a wealth of cultural treasures and natural wonders, these countries offer an unforgettable journey through European heritage.

Language

Castellano, or Castilian Spanish, is the official language of Spain, although other languages are spoken in different regions, including Catalan in Cataluña, Galician in Galicia, and Euskara in the Basque Country. French is the official language of France, although there are over 40 regional dialects. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, though here too there are many regional dialects.

Climate

Summer temperatures in Europe can be very warm. Daytime temperatures in Spain and Portugal range from 80–95ºF (27–35ºC), and in France from 70–90°F (21–32ºC).

Cuisine

Spain, Portugal, and France offer diverse cuisines that reflect their unique cultures and culinary traditions. Spain boasts tapas, with an array of small dishes like paellaand jamón. Portugal's cuisine delights with bacalhau (salted cod) and custard tarts (pastéis de nata). France is renowned for its delicate pastries, cheeses, and escargot. Each country celebrates fresh ingredients, regional specialties, and a love for food that brings family and friends together.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Exploration

To learn more about our Exploration programs click here.

Independent Project

Pursue an independent project and explore an aspect of local culture of particular interest to you—become an expert on Gaudí’s most famous works, create a recipe book of French dishes, or learn the differences between regional cheeses.

Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer travel program. You can expect to hike and swim regularly. You will also do a lot of walking in various towns and cities. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities.

Accommodations

Accommodations are varied, ranging from comfortable hostels to cosmopolitan hotels. Rooms are a mix of doubles, triples, and quads. Leaders reside together with the students throughout the program.

Meals

We begin each day with a traditional breakfast at our residence. For lunches and dinners, we find small restaurants or go to local markets to purchase food for a picnic. Restaurants range from traditional regional cuisine to a more international selection in Madrid and Paris.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Exploration

To learn more about our Exploration programs click here.

Independent Project

Pursue an independent project and explore an aspect of local culture of particular interest to you—become an expert on Gaudí’s most famous works, create a recipe book of French dishes, or learn the differences between regional cheeses.

Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer travel program. You can expect to hike and swim regularly. You will also do a lot of walking in various towns and cities. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities.

Accommodations

Accommodations are varied, ranging from comfortable hostels to cosmopolitan hotels. Rooms are a mix of doubles, triples, and quads. Leaders reside together with the students throughout the program.

Meals

We begin each day with a traditional breakfast at our residence. For lunches and dinners, we find small restaurants or go to local markets to purchase food for a picnic. Restaurants range from traditional regional cuisine to a more international selection in Madrid and Paris.

A Day in the Life: Barcelona

Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Barcelona.
8:00am
Enjoy a simple Spanish breakfast at your accommodations
9:00am
Head out to visit the MACBA, the city’s museum of contemporary art
11:30am
Complete a photo scavenger hunt of the vibrant El Raval neighborhood
12:00pm
Stop for a snack at the historic Mercat de Santa Caterina
12:30pm
Peruse the extensive urban street art with a guide
2:00pm
Eat a hearty lunch of traditional Catalán fare
4:00pm
Relax on the beach and take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea
7:00pm
Group meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule
9:00pm
Enjoy dinner at a local eatery with your group and a few Spanish teenagers
10:00pm
Learn to dance the sardana from locals who keep this tradition alive at annual festivals
11:00pm
Return to the accommodations for nightly check-in and lights out

A Day in the Life:
Barcelona

Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Barcelona.
8:00am
Enjoy a simple Spanish breakfast at your accommodations
9:00am
Head out to visit the MACBA, the city’s museum of contemporary art
11:30am
Complete a photo scavenger hunt of the vibrant El Raval neighborhood
12:00pm
Stop for a snack at the historic Mercat de Santa Caterina
12:30pm
Peruse the extensive urban street art with a guide
2:00pm
Eat a hearty lunch of traditional Catalán fare
4:00pm
Relax on the beach and take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea
7:00pm
Group meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule
9:00pm
Enjoy dinner at a local eatery with your group and a few Spanish teenagers
10:00pm
Learn to dance the sardana from locals who keep this tradition alive at annual festivals
11:00pm
Return to the accommodations for nightly check-in and lights out
“This is something that she will remember forever and I am so grateful to Putney for putting together such an amazing trip! Thank you!”
—Gabriela B., Demarest, NJ
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This Program is Directed by

Evan Overton

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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This Program is Directed by

Evan Overton

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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Spain, France, & Portugal
From the Iberian Peninsula to the City of Light

2024 Dates
June 20 — July 20
June 27 — July 27

Duration
31 days

Tuition
$9,990 + airfare

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
16–18 students, 2 leaders

Group Flight
Departs from New York


 

Additional Info

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

 

2024 Dates
June 20 — July 20
June 27 — July 27

Duration
31 days

Tuition
$9,990 + airfare


 

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
16–18 students, 2 leaders

Group Flight
Departs from New York

 

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

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