An Exciting Experience
Students can experience an unforgettable adventure by joining one of our groups for a 12-day stay in Spain. They will live with typical Spanish families, allowing them to participate and be submerged in the culture. They will also gain an intimate knowledge of a historic and cosmopolitan Spanish city — Cadiz — while at the same time enjoying conducted trips to nearby cities such as Seville, Cordoba, Jerez, and Granada.
What to expect on this amazing tour
Students stay in twos or threes with carefully selected host families for their stay, thus immersing themselves in the culture in a way not possible if they stay only in hotels.
Lessons Come to Life
Programs in language and history are specifically tailored to our students’ needs and levels. All students will receive a certificate from an internationally accredited school.
We Take Care of Everything
From airline tickets, consent forms, and payment forms — to host families and hotels, entrance fees, all meals, all transportation, and all the tips. We take care of everything so teachers, parents and tour organizers don’t have to.
Great Benefits for Teachers
CSLI offers the best reward points program for teachers available in the industry. We also make it possible for teachers to relax and enjoy their evenings with peace of mind knowing their students are taken care of.
Cadiz is an ancient port city in southwest Spain situated on a narrow peninsula surrounded by the sea. Founded as Gadir or Agadir by Phoenicians from Tyre more than 3,000 years ago, it’s the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe. In Greek mythology, Hercules was credited with founding Cadiz and it’s believed that it’s the origin of the myth of the “pillars of Hercules”. The city was later conquered by Carthage, and then by the Romans in 206 BCE when it flourished as a port and naval base known as Gades. In 410 the Visigoths invaded and overthrew the Romans until the year 711, when it was taken over by the Moors arriving through North Africa. Under the Moors, the city was called Qādis, from which the modern Spanish name was derived. Finally, it was conquered in 1262 by Alphonso X of Castile.
The city experienced a renaissance during the Age of Exploration, and it was from here that Christopher Columbus sailed off on his voyages to the New World. Because of its wealth, the city became a major target of Spain’s enemies. It suffered many serious attacks throughout the following centuries and survived several wars. The many different civilisations who settled here, each left an important cultural imprint on the city, whose influence still survives in the character of its people.
Today’s Cadiz is a typical Andalusian city full of picturesque vistas, winding alleys connecting charming plazas, and well-preserved historical landmarks. The city is dotted with parks containing exotic plants, including giant trees brought to Spain by Columbus from the New World. A former 16th-century centre for trade and exploration, it has over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships. The 18th-century waterfront cathedral has a golden dome with stunning views of the city and the sea. Love-struck visitors speak fondly of Cadiz’ seafood, beaches and collection of fascinating monuments and museums. What’s more, they gush happily about the Gaditanos (people from Cadiz), a warm, friendly and sociable bunch whose great sense of humor and sense of fun, and whose upbeat alegrías (flamenco songs) will bring warmth to your heart.
A Beautiful Setting
Highlights of what you’ll experience on your 12-day trip to Spain
SevilleSeville is the capital and largest city in southern Spain’s Andalucia region. Situated on the river Guadalquivir, it’s known for its Flamenco culture, the ornate Alcázar palace built by the Moorish Almohads in the 14th century, as well as the Seville Cathedral—the largest cathedral in the world and third largest church. The cathedral is also the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a famous minaret turned belltower, the
GranadaSprawled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors and their legacy lies all around. The city is known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra; an astonishing hilltop palace complex whose Islamic decor and landscaped gardens are without peer in Europe.
CordobaCordoba is a beautiful historical city located in the interior of the Andalusia region. It was an important Roman city in ancient times, and an Islamic cultural center during the Middle Ages. The city is known for its enormous Mosque-Cathedral known as La Mezquita, originally built in the 7th century CE. The old quarter contains a beautiful network of alleyways, squares and white-washed courtyards surrounding the Great
Spring Break and Summer 2020
Day 1-2: Arrival in SpainFly to Malaga and meet your CSLI tour director at the airport. You will then be transported to Cadiz where you will meet your host family and have your first Spanish home-cooked meal.
Day 3: OrientationGuided orientation tour around the old part of Cadiz in the morning. Visit to the Torre Tavira and Cadiz Museum in the afternoon.
Day 4: Paella PartyPlacement test at the school in the morning. Flamenco and Spanish cooking classes in the afternoon.
Day 5: SevilleYou’ll have a guided tour of the city, visit the largest cathedral in the world (3rd largest church) where you’ll see Christopher Columbus’ tomb and monument, and have a guided tour of the Alcazar of Seville.
Day 6: Bolonia & VejerClasses in the morning. Visit the beach town of Bolonia with its amazing Ancient Roman ruins (Baelo Claudia) and museum. Tour of Vejer de la Frontera in the afternoon, one of the most beautiful all-white towns in Spain.
Day 7: Beach DayClasses in the Morning. You’ll go to one of Cadiz’ beautiful beaches in the afternoon.
Day 8: Cordoba (Optional)Guided tour of the old town and the Mezquita of Cordoba. Free time to explore and do some shopping after.
Day 9: Flamenco ShowClasses in the morning. Free time to explore Cadiz in the afternoon. Flamenco show in the evening.
Day 0 Jerez & Santa MariaClasses in the morning. Guided tour of Jerez where you’ll visit the Alcazaba (11th century Moorish fortress). Afternoon visit to the Port of Santa Maria with guided tour of the castle.
Day 11: GranadaGuided tour of the historic center, including the Royal Chapel and the market area with free time to explore. Afternoon visit to the Alhambra palace, one of the most famous monuments of the Islamic historical legacy.
Day 12: Departure from SpainTransfer to the airport—End of trip.
Canada’s Best Educational Tours
CSLI has provided educational tour programs in Canada since 1997. Our main goal has always been to improve students’ language skills and self-confidence abroad while obtaining a unique first-hand look at the culture and people of the places they are visiting. Our focus on value and affordability, along with making our trips the most complete and of highest quality compared to our competitors is what truly makes a CSLI tour the best. We make all of the necessary arrangements for our tours, alleviating headaches for teachers and trip organizers making the trip more enjoyable and giving you time to truly explore the wonders abroad.
Canadian-owned and run
CSLI Tours is a family-owned Canadian company based in BC, driven by values and a real passion for travel. We have an excellent track record for the best customer satisfaction and have never compromised on the quality of the services we provide. Every tour we offer was designed to inspire your students and enrich their learning experience, while increasing their self-confidence and understanding of other cultures.
Safety & security
For more than 22 years the safety of our groups has been our top priority. All of our tour directors are first aid certified and well-trained to manage challenging situations. We always have contingency and emergency plans in place and we are always available 24/7 through our direct contact line to provide assistance to teachers, students, parents and school administrators if anything comes up before or during the trip.
As a group leader, your travel is absolutely free and includes all meals and accommodation at carefully selected hotels. Because one of our representatives will stay with you 100% of the time, the teachers get to relax during the evenings and explore the sights and sounds of the cities they visit. We’ll make all the room checks and ensure that each evening, the students are safe in their hotel suites or with their host families.
The CSLI Experience
Program price includes
Round-trip airfare from Vancouver on major carriers
All entrance fees to attractions as per itinerary
Three meals per day
All transportation by comfortable private motor coach
All the tips
All guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
10 overnight stays with host families and at hotels
Language and history lessons
24/7 services from our professional tour director
Professional tour guides at all attractions as per itinerary
A deposit of $300 per person at the time of registration is required. A cancellation, medical insurance is mandatory, and can be purchased at time of enrollment. Payments can be made by cheque, Visa, MasterCard or American Express – a surcharge will apply for credit card payments. Taxes not included.