Alumni and Friends Travel Spain

Alumni and friends are invited to join fellow Pioneers in discovering the history, food and color of Spain May 15-24, 2019. Your guide as your travel across this vibrant landscape will be Dr. Jessica Boll, associate professor of Spanish. Learn more about Dr. Boll and the experiences planned for the trip below. 

Jessica Boll Photo

¡Hola a todos! I hope you will consider joining us next spring on an exciting adventure in sunny Spain. They say that Spain is un país viejo que se siente nuevo—an old country that feels new—and that is certainly the case. Throughout the centuries countless cultures have left their mark on the Iberian Peninsula, and their influence is still present in the country’s art, architecture, cuisine and lifestyle. At the same time, Spain is proud to be a vibrant, modern destination. In May 2019, we will have the opportunity to sample both old and new as we journey from Madrid to Barcelona, enjoying many of the country’s most popular sites in between. We will visit castles, palaces, museums and the Mediterranean coast, and will stay well-fuelled with plenty of tapas, paella and sangría along the way!

I have had the pleasure of traveling to Spain more than a dozen times, both as a student and as a Spanish professor. As an undergraduate I studied in the beautiful city of Granada, where I fell in love with the Spanish language and culture alike. As a graduate student I was the assistant director of a program in the bustling capital of Madrid, and I now bring Carroll students to charming Seville where we learn of the medieval coexistence of Christians, Muslims and Jews. With each visit to Spain I discover new treasures, and I’m excited to share these treasures with alumni as we explore each of these destinations and beyond.

This trip is especially significant, as Carroll President Cindy Gnadinger and her husband, John, will be joining us for their first alumni travel experience. We welcome you to accompany us on this adventure. Together we’re sure to have a buen viaje!

Please contact me at 262.524.7214 or if you have any questions.


Jessica Boll, Ph.D.
Associate professor of Spanish

Trip Details




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Tour guide

Dr. Jessica Boll, associate professor of Spanish at Carroll University

Preliminary Itinerary*

This itinerary was created in partnership with Travel Leaders/Goli's Avenues of Travel in La Crosse, Wis. and Globus Family of Brands. *The itinerary is subject to change. 

Itinerary Key

Day 1: Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Madrid! At 6 p.m., meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner included)

Day 2: Madrid

The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. To make the most of your stay, exciting optional excursions are available. (Breakfast included)

Day 3: Madrid–Cordoba–Seville

Drive south through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba, where sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the medieval Jewish quarter, a visit to the magnificent 8th-century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper, the Roman Bridge and the remains of the Alcazar. Then, continue to Seville—the vibrant, festive capital of Andalusia. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 4: Seville

Start with a [LF] visit to magnificent PLAZA DE ESPAÑA, used in the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars. Meet your Local Guide, and hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show. (Breakfast included)

Day 5: Seville–Granada

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features Granada’s main attraction: the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. The mighty yet graceful citadel was planned by 13th-century Moorish ruler Al Ahamar. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also amble through the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. (Breakfast included)

Day 6: Granada–Valencia

Cross Mora Pass and the troglodyte cave dwellings, hollowed out of the soft tufa stone, near Purullena and Guadix on your way to Valencia, once a royal capital. During your guided walking tour, Valencia’s Roman, Moorish, and Spanish history comes alive. Sample a traditional Horchata drink, and tonight—a special paella dinner has been prepared for you at La Marcelina restaurant. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 7: Valencia–Barcelona

Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and host of the Olympic Games in 1992. Enjoy a traditional TAPAS dinner tonite. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 8: Barcelona

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Columbus Monument, Plaza de Cataluña and Paseo de Gràcia. Visit the spectacular Sagrada Familia basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece, followed by a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuïc Hill. This afternoon, an optional excursion to Montserrat can be arranged, and this evening, enjoy [LF] Sangria and a special farewell dinner at La Fonda del Port Olimpic restaurant to say adios to your traveling companions. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 9: Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast included)

Vacation Highlights


Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum


Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs


[LF] Visit the Plaza de España; guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter


Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife


Guided walking tour; taste a Horchata drink; [LF] paella dinner at a local restaurant


Guided sightseeing, visit the Sagrada Familia Basilica; panoramic view from Montjuïc Hill; [LF] enjoy a Sangria and special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout the tour.

*For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Barcelona program cannot be excluded.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Jo Ann Buening from Travel Leaders, Owned and Operated by Goli's Avenues of Travel La Crosse, Wis. | | 608.791.8358

Office of Alumni Engagement | | 262.524.7237

Panoramic View of campus