Exchange in Madrid

Spain | 12 days / 10 nights
Madrid - Streets

DAY 1: USA | SPAIN

  • Fly overnight to Madrid, Spain.

DAY 2: MADRID

  • ¡Bienvenidos a España! A Forum Representative will greet you at the airport and help you transfer to your partner school in Madrid.
  • Upon arrival, meet your exchange partners and host families.
  • Start your exchange program. While living with a host family, you will discover that Spanish is more than just a textbook language as you fully immerse into the daily life of your family and school community. You will attend school with your exchange partner, apply your language skills on a daily basis, and experience life as a true local!
  • Enjoy your first dinner with your host family.

DAYS 3 – 4: WEEKEND WITH HOST FAMILY

  • Spend the weekend with your exchange partner and host family.
Aqueduct Segovia

DAY 5: EXCHANGE PROGRAM

  • After breakfast at home, attend school with your exchange partner.
  • Afternoon activities and workshops may be organized at the school during your visit (to be confirmed with your partner school).
  • Dinner and evening with your host family.

DAY 6: DAY TRIP TO SEGOVIA

  • After breakfast at home, meet your Forum Tour Manager and board your private bus to Segovia nestled in the heart of Castilla y León.
  • Upon arrival, meet your local guide under colossal arches of the Roman aqueduct. Constructed of 20,400 blocks held together only by opposing forces, this engineering marvel provided water to the city from the 1st century A.D. until the 19th century.
  • Follow your guide through the winding streets of the historic center to the Plaza Mayor to admire Segovia’s beautiful Gothic Cathedral.
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch, then follow the city walls to the Santiago gate built in the Mudejar style.
Alcazar Segovia
  • Take a guided tour of the Alcazar, a fairytale-like castle that was a favorite residence of the medieval monarchs and is said to have inspired Walt Disney’s castle in Sleeping Beauty.
  • See the Throne Room, Armory and tower, which boasts gorgeous views of Segovia’s surrounding landscapes.
  • Return to Madrid for dinner with your host family.

DAY 7: EXCHANGE PROGRAM

  • After breakfast at home, attend school with your exchange partner.
  • Afternoon activities and workshops may be organized at the school during your visit (to be confirmed with your partner school).
  • Dinner and evening with your host family.

DAY 8: DAY TRIP TO TOLEDO

  • After breakfast, meet your Forum Tour Manager and board your private motorcoach to Toledo, Spain’s medieval capital. The history of Toledo dates back to Roman occupation (Toletum) circa 192 BCE. The ruins of the Roman circuit are still visible just outside the walls of the city.
Alcázar-of-Toledo-Spain
Plaza Mayor of Madrid
  • Meet your local guide and discover the history of Toledo’s fortified walls on a walking tour. Enter Toledo’s monumental Cathedral, the spiritual heart of the Spanish Church.
  • Later, enjoy some free time for lunch and to explore the city at your own pace, consider a stop at the Pastelería Santo Tomé to taste the locally-made marzipan pastries.
  • On your return to Madrid, stop at a traditional sword workshop where metal is forged into elaborate weaponry.
  • Return to Madrid for dinner and night accommodation with your family.

DAY 9: MADRID

  • After breakfast, spend the morning exploring the capital with your Forum Tour Manager.
  • Start with a guided tour of the Museo Nacional del Prado. Admire the masterpieces by El Greco, Goya and Velázquez, including Las Meninas.
  • Then, enjoy some free time for lunch in El Retiro, Madrid’s largest park which was initially designed as a playground for royalty.
  • Explore the 350-acre park by bike, visit the enchanting Crystal Palace, or challenge your friends to a rowboat race!
  • In the afternoon, take a guided visit through the Palacio Real, an immense 18th-century palace, twice the size of Buckingham Palace.
  • Return to your host family for dinner.

DAYS 10 & 11: WEEKEND WITH HOST FAMILY

  • Spend your final weekend with your exchange partner and host family.

DAY 12: DEPART

  • Today, say a fond “¡Adiós!” to your exchange partner and host family and transfer by private bus to the airport for your return flight home.

What our teachers are saying

Kate S.,Teacher from Hopedale, MA, Spanish Exchange

We had a wonderful time and would love to do another exchange in Andalucía next school year!