Adwowa Afenyi-Annan and I (both pictured left) met on a similar version of this trip in 2013 with the Language Academy. In fact, she liked it so much that she came back in 2014 and brought her parents along. Since that time, we’ve become like family. I’d do anything for her and she’d do the same for me. If you’ve seen any of the pictures from our previous trips, one of the first things you’ll notice is that they attract a diverse group of people, diverse not just in race but also in gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views. Today we find ourselves in divisive times, so we decided to do something to help bring people together. Out of that mission comes United Through Travel, a project to celebrate the differences among us and to bond through a shared travel experience. For our first adventure we picked a place we know well, the Basque Country, in Northern Spain. We’ll start with 2 days in the cosmopolitan city of Bilbao, then move on to San Sebastian, which will be our home base for the remainder of the trip. Our final full day we'll spend in Southwestern France in the resort city of Biarritz and the fishing village of Saint Jean de Luz. If you haven’t been to San Sebastian, you are in for a real treat. It’s a small city of about 200,000 people, with mountains behind you, the beach in front, and some of the greatest food and wine that the world has to offer. As you will quickly learn, spending time in San Sebastian is an experience like no other. - Craig Snyder, Language Academy President & CEO
Here's some of what we'll do:
Tour the city of Bilbao
Visit the Guggenheim Museum
Eat (a lot!) and experience first-hand the world of Basque tapas
Visit the coastal town of Getaria
Attend a wine tasting and try the local anchovies
Go to Spanish classes; yes you can learn something there too!
Tour the city of San Sebastian and drink the local cider
Visit the Wednesday market in the town of Ordizia
Take a cooking class in the town of Pasaia with a Master Chef
Hike on the Camino de Santiago
Visit the French towns of Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz
How much will the trip cost?
A variety of hotel options are available | Final cost is determined by your choice of accommodations
A non-refundable deposit of $350.00 is due by May 1, 2019, however, space is limited to 20 people and this trip will likely sell out well before the deposit deadline. To secure your spot, please submit your deposit as soon as you decide to come. Final payment is due before July 15, 2019.