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Trips with SLU-Madrid

Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus offers students many opportunities to explore Spain and the rest of Europe during their studies.

All the trips listed on the web for the current or future semesters are subject to change or cancellation. All trip fees must be paid in SLU-Madrid Finance Office, located on the ground floor of Padre Arrupe Hall.

View SLU-Madrid’s Complete List of Trip Policies and Guidelines

Fall 2018

Monasterio de Piedra
  • Date: Sept. 8
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 45 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.

The Monasterio de Piedra was founded in 1194 when Alonso II granted an Arab castle to the monks of Poblet to build a monastery in the hopes of consolidating Christianity in the area. Legend says that this monastery is where the first chocolate candy was made. The natural park of Monasterio de Piedra offers an unbelievable experience, with a two-and-a-half hour walk through a lush parkland with waterfalls and grottos hidden in one of the driest areas of the region of Aragón.

Monasterio de Piedra

 

Toledo
  • Date: Sept. 9
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 45 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m

Toledo is a World Heritage site located just outside of Madrid. It is known as the “city of the three cultures” because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in this city for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

Toledo

 

Salamanca
  • Date: Sept. 15
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 45 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.

Salamanca has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is best known for its university which was founded in the beginning of the 13th century. Don’t leave Spain without visiting one of the most breathtaking Renaissance cities in Europe and exploring its Romanesque and Baroque architecture.

Salamanca

 

Segovia
  • Date: Sept. 16
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 45 euros
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m

Segovia is one of the must-do day trips while in Madrid. Join us in visiting this World Heritage site, famous for the Roman aqueduct that stands tall in the center of the old quarter. In addition, you will see numerous Romanesque churches, and the Cathedral and Fortress (Castle).

Segovia

 

Murcia and Alicante

Group I
Date: Oct. 4-7

Group II
Date: Oct. 18-21

Group III
Date: Nov. 8-11

  • Faculty: Mónica Pérez Bedmar/Olaya Pérez
  • Mandatory trip
  • Course: EAS 1050: Introduction to Oceanography
  • Approximate price: 380 to 420 euros

The field trip will take students to Cabo de Palos, in the region of Murcia on Spain's southeastern coast. As one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the Mediterranean Sea, it proves an ideal site to study the main environmental issues the region is facing. The field trip includes visits to nearby oceanographic institutes, a desalination site, natural reserves and natural parks. The excursion includes a dive  at one of the most important Mediterranean reserves, Islas Hormigas, off the coast of Murcia, which provides the opportunity — weather permitting — to snorkel in its crystal blue waters and identify the different organisms studied in the course. The trip also includes kayaking along the most developed Mediterranean coastlines, to identify coastal issues and successful restoration projects. Price includes transportation, lodging, excursion (as programmed in the final itinerary) and breakfast.

Murcia and Alicante

 

Tablas de Daimiel/Manzanares River
  • Dates:
    • Tablas de Daimiel—Lagunas de Ruidera: Oct. 11
    • Manzanares River: Nov. 20
  • Faculty: Mónica Pérez Bedmar
  • Course: EAS 1310: Water - Our Precious Resource
  • Mandatory trip
  • Approximate price: 35 euros

Two mandatory day trips:

The first day trip takes students to Spain's most important wetlands in the heart of the Peninsula, Tablas de Daimiel and Lagunas de Ruidera. These two very important ecological and historical places, declared National Parks and European Areas of Interest, will aid students in the comprehension of the historical uses of water, the consequences of mismanagement of vital ecosystems, and the international and national initiatives to recover these wetlands.

The second  day trip takes students to the mountains in the north of Madrid, where they will start at the head of the river that supplies drinking water to Madrid, and then follow the ecosystems along the river channel down to the Manzanares River. Students will hear first hand from the city managers who have reinstated the natural channel, and they will learn how the river has recovered vital ecosystems. The trip will end at the sewage treatment plant, where students will gain insight into the end the cycle of the water used in Madrid.

Tqablas de Daimiel

 

Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Faculty: Cary Barney
  • Date: Oct. 19-21
  • Course: ENGL 4310: Early Shakespeare
  • Approximate price: 170 to 190 euros

The trip involves a guided tour of the house where Shakespeare was born and attendance at one play from Shakespeare's time performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Transportation to Stratford-upon-Avon will be arranged at the students’ discretion. Low cost airfare to the UK starts at around 100 euros. Make sure you book your flights and trains as quickly as you can.

For further assistance, contact the Student Life office at studentlife-madrid@slu.edu

Stratford upon Avon

 

Loyola Retreat
  • Date: Oct. 5-7
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 110 euros (actual cost is 220 euros, 50 percent of which is subsidized by SLU-Madrid)
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall at 8 a.m.

Open to all students of all faiths. Travel to the Basque countryside of northern Spain and visit the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. This is an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises in the place where Saint Ignatius was born and lived his life.

Loyola retreat

 

Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos)
  • Date: Nov. 7. Departure from front steps at Padre Rubio Hall
  • Faculty leader: Chris Ealham and Laura Tedesco
  • Course: POLS 3567: Political Development in Contemporary Spain
  • Approximate price: 10 euros

Ealham will lead the tour of the Cathedral and Abbey built into the Sierra Guadarrama mountains to the northwest of Madrid, which houses the tombs of General Francisco Franco and José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Spanish Fascist Party. The focus of the visit will be the symbolic and political significance of this landmark of 20th-century Spanish architecture and the contemporary debates relating to its past and future. Mandatory for all students enrolled in this class.

Valley of the Fallen

 

Flamenco and Museum
  • Date: To be decided determined
  • Faculty: Aitor Bikandi, Ph.D.
  • Course: SPAN 4790: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • Mandatory activities
  • Approximate price: 36 to 75 euros

Flamenco is an artistic expression fusing song (cante), dance (baile) and musicianship (toque). The Gitano (Roma) ethnic community has played an essential role in its development, but it also has deep roots in Moorish musical traditions. Although Andalusia in southern Spain is the heartland of Flamenco, it has become one of the icons of Spanish culture, and in 2010 UNESCO named it an  Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Museo Reina Sofía is a world-renowned contemporary art museum. The focus of our visit will be the art collections of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, two of the most important painters in the history of art. Among other masterpieces, we will see the crowned jewel of the museum: “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso.

Flamenco and museum

 

 

Spring 2019

Monasterio de Piedra
  • Date: Jan. 12. Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 45 euros

The Monasterio de Piedra was founded in 1194 when Alonso II granted an Arab castle to the monks of Poblet to build a monastery in the hopes of consolidating Christianity in the Area. Legend says that this monastery is where the first chocolate candy was made. The natural park of Monasterio de Piedra offers an unbelievable experience, with a two-and-a-half hour walk through a lush parkland with waterfalls and grottos hidden in one of the driest areas of the region of Aragón.

Sign up on welcome day or at the finance office. This day trip sign-up closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday before each event.

Monasterio de Piedra

 

Toledo
  • Date: Jan. 13. Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 45 euros

Toledo is a World Heritage site located just outside of Madrid. It is known as the “city of the three cultures” because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in this city for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

Sign up on Welcome Day or at the finance office. This day trip sign-up closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday before each event.

Toldeo

 

Salamanca
  • Date: Jan. 18. Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 45 euros

Salamanca has been declared a “City of Mankind’s Heritage” by UNESCO World Heritage site, and is best known for its university which was founded in the beginning of the 13th century. Don’t leave Spain without visiting one of the most breathtaking Renaissance cities in Europe and exploring its Romanesque and Baroque architecture.

Sign up at the finance office. Day trip sign-up closes at 5:30 p.m. on the Wednesday before each event. 

Salamanca

 

Segovia
  • Date: Jan. 20. Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 45 euros

Segovia is one of the must-do day trips while in Madrid. Join us in visiting this World Heritage site, famous for the Roman aqueduct that stands tall in the center of the old quarter. In addition, you will see numerous Romanesque churches and the Cathedral and Fortress (Castle).

Sign up at the finance office. Day trip sign-up closes at 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before each event.

Segovia

 

Loyola
  • Date: Feb. 1-3
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 110 euros (Actual cost is 220 euros, 50 percent of which is subsidized by SLU-Madrid)

Open to all students of all faiths. Travel to the Basque countryside of northern Spain and visit the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. This is an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises in the place where Saint Ignatius was born and lived his life.

Loyola retreat

 

Rome
  • Dates: Feb. 21-24 (Winter Break)
  • Optional trip
  • Price: TBC
  • Deadline: Jan. 14

Campus Ministry organizes a winter break trip to the Città Eterna (Eternal City): Rome, Italy. On this trip, you'll visit the Vatican and Vatican museum, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, just to name a few of the noteworthy sites. Enjoy a true Italian gelato in the Piazza Navona, attend Mass at the Catacombs and  stroll through one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Europe. Students will be accompanied by our campus minister and an exceptional, faculty guide, Fr. Alberto de Mingo.

For more information contact Paloma Gómez de Salazar at paloma.gomezdesalazar@slu.edu

Rome

 

Ávila
  • Date: TBA
  • Faculty: Paul Vita, Ph.D.
  • Course: ENGL 2350: Faith, Doubt and Literature
  • Mandatory trip
  • Price: 55 euros

Among the thousands of pilgrims flocking to Ávila this year, SLU-Madrid students taking ENGL 2350 Faith, Doubt and Literature will visit Avila. Saint Teresa's autobiography is one of the most widely read Spanish prose classics after Don Quixote. The proximity of Ávila to Madrid means that students can visit many of the sites that the great mystic and religious reformer wrote about in her works, including the shrine that stands on the site of her birth, the Augustinian Convent where she went to school, the Monastery of the Incarnation where she lived for 30 years and San José, the reformed convent she founded.

Ávila

 

Lanzarote
  • Date: TBA
  • Faculty: Olaya García Pérez, Ph.D.
  • Courses:  EAS 1010: Earth Systems I: Solid Earth (Volcanoes of Spain) and EAS 1020: Earth's Environment I Lab (Mandatory trip)
  • Mandatory trip
  • Approximate price: 500 euros

Travel to volcanic island of Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands. Created over 35 million years ago, the island is a geological wonder and shows evidence supporting the theory of continental drift. Its 850 square kilometers are home to over five hundred species of plant life unique to the island.

Lanzarote

 

Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos)
  • Date: TBA
  • Faculty leader: Drs. Chris Ealham and Mary Prendergast
  • Course: POLS 3567: Political Development in Contemporary Spain, ANTH 3390: Cultural Anthropology and ST: Archaeology of Mediterranean Civilizations.
  • Approximate price: 15 euros

Ealham will lead the tour of the Cathedral and Abbey built into the Sierra Guadarrama mountains to the northwest of Madrid, which houses the tombs of General Francisco Franco and José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Spanish Fascist Party. The focus of the visit will be the symbolic and political significance of this landmark of 20th-century Spanish architecture and the contemporary debates relating to its past and future. Mandatory for all students enrolled in these classes.

Valley of the Fallen

 

Murcia and Alicante

Group M01
Date: TBA 
Faculty: Mónica Pérez-Bedmar

Group M03
Date: TBA
Faculty: Olaya García Pérez, Ph.D.

Group M02
Date: TBA
Faculty: Mónica Pérez-Bedmar

  • Course: EAS 1050: Introduction to Oceanography
  • Mandatory trip
  • Price: 370 to 399 euros

The field trip will take students to Cabo de Palos, in the region of Murcia on Spain's southeastern coast. As one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the Mediterranean Sea, it proves an ideal site to study the main environmental issues the region is facing. The field trip includes visits to nearby oceanographic institutes, a desalination site, natural reserves and natural parks. The excursion includes a dive at one of the most important Mediterranean reserves, Islas Hormigas, off the coast of Murcia, which provides the opportunity —weather permitting— to snorkel in its crystal blue waters and identify the different organisms studied in the course. The trip also includes kayaking along the most developed Mediterranean coastlines, to identify coastal issues and successful restoration projects. Price includes transportation, lodging, excursions (as programmed in the final itinerary) and breakfast.

Murcia and Alicante

 

Flamenco and Museum
  • Date: To be decided between professor and the students in the class.
  • Faculty: Aitor Bikandi, Ph.D.
  • Mandatory activities
  • Course: SPAN 4790: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • Price: 36 to 75 euros

Flamenco is an artistic expression fusing song (cante), dance (baile) and musicianship (toque). The Gitano (Roma) ethnic community has played an essential role in its development, but it also has also deep roots in Moorish musical traditions. Although Andalusia in southern Spain is the heartland of Flamenco, it has become one of the icons of Spanish culture, and in 2010 UNESCO named it an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Museo Reina Sofía is a world-renowned contemporary art museum The focus of our visit will be the art collections of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, two of the most important painters in the history of art. Among other masterpieces, we will see the crowned jewel of the museum: “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso.

Flamenco and museum

 

Camino de Santiago: Walking the Path
  • Staff leader: Paloma Gómez de Salazar
  • Date: May 13-19
  • Approximate price: 300 euros

Start your Spanish experience on the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) before your summer classes begin. Meet people from all over the world as you walk the Camino through the north of Spain, known for its beautiful landscapes and delicious cuisine. Walking the Camino de Santiago is an opportunity to follow in the steps of pilgrims who have hiked the same route since the ninth century for personal, health, religious and recreational purposes. Price includes transportation from Madrid to the starting point (to be determined) and from Santiago to Madrid, daily lunches and lodging in the Camino albergues.

Camino de Santiago

 

Madrid Royal Botanical Garden
  • Date: TBA, noon- 2:30 p.m.
  • Faculty: María-José Morell
  • Course: BIOL 1265: Principles of Biology II Laboratory
  • Second mandatory trip of the course
  • Approximate price for both mandatory trips for this course: 20 euros

The  Royal Botanical Gardens of Madrid are home to an impression diversity of plantlife. On this clas trip, a guide will lead students through various garden displays and greenhouses which exhibit the evolution and adaptations of different plants.  The class will meet at the gardens for the visit. Students are responsible for arriving via public transportation.

Jardín Botánico

 

Madrid Zoo
  • Date: TBA, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Faculty: María-José Morell
  • Course: BIOL 1265: Principles of Biology II Laboratory
  • First mandatory trip of this course
  • Approximate price for both mandatory trips for this course: 20 euros

The visit to the Madrid Zoo will be focused on studying the different adaptation strategies, threatened species and conservation efforts, species interactions, survivorship curves and life history strategies of the animals in situ. The class will meet at the zoo for the visit. Students are responsible for arriving via public transportation.

Zoo Madrid

 

 

Summer 2019

Monasterio de Piedra
  • Date: May 26. Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 8:30 a.m.
  • Optional trip
  • Approximate price: 50 euros
  • Minimum number: 20 students

A hidden treasure, the Monasterio de Piedra was founded in 1194 when Alonso II granted an Arab castle to the monks of Poblet to build a monastery in the hopes of consolidating Christianity in the area. Legend has it that this monastery is where the first chocolate candy was made. The natural park of Monasterio de Piedra offers an unbelievable experience, with a two-and-a-half hour walk through lush parkland with waterfalls and grottos hidden in one of the driest areas of the region of Aragón.

Sign up on Welcome Day or at the finance office. This day trip sign-up closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday before each event.

Monasterio de Piedra

 

Toledo
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9:00 a.m.
  • Date: June 2
  • Optional trip
  • Price: 50 euros
  • Minimum number: 20 students

Medieval capital of Spain, Toledo is a World Heritage site located one-hour's drive south of Madrid. It’s known as the "city of the three cultures" because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in this city for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.

Sign up at the finance office by Wednesday before the event.

Toledo

 

Murcia and Alicante
  • Date: June 15-17
  • Faculty Leader: Mónica Pérez-Bedmar
  • Course: EAS 1050: Introduction to Oceanography
  • Approximate price: 395 to 410 euros

The field trip will take students to Cabo de Palos, in the region of Murcia on Spain's southeastern coast. As one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the Mediterranean Sea, it proves an ideal site to study the main environmental issues the region is facing. The field trip includes visits to nearby oceanographic institutes, a desalination site, natural reserves and natural parks. The excursion includes a dive at one of the most important Mediterranean reserves, Islas Hormigas, off the coast of Murcia, which provides the opportunity — weather permitting — to snorkel in its crystal blue waters and identify the different organisms studied in the course. The trip also includes kayaking along the most developed Mediterranean coastlines, to identify coastal issues and successful restoration projects. Price includes transportation, lodging, excursions (as programmed in the final itinerary) and breakfast.

Murcia and Alicante

 

Segovia
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.
  • Date: June 30
  • Approximate price: 50 euros
  • Minimum number: 20 students

A must-do day trip from Madrid. Enjoy the charm of this UNESCO World-Heritage site, famous for its first- and second- century Roman aqueduct in the center of town. Take in the sweeping views from the Alcazar (fortress) — the authentic medieval inspiration for Disneyland's castle — see numerous Romanesque churches and visit the beautiful cathedral. The price includes transportation to and from Segovia, entrance fees to sites and guided tours.

Segovia

 

El Escorial
  • Departure from Padre Rubio Hall front steps at 9 a.m.
  • Date: July 7
  • Approximate price: 50 euros
  • Minimum number: 20 students

This monumental UNESCO World Heritage site was built at the end of the 16th century on a plan in the form of a grill, the instrument of the martyrdom of St. Lawrence. A great symbol of the Counter Reformation, the Escorial Monastery stands in an exceptionally beautiful site in Castile. Its austere architecture, a break with previous styles, had a considerable influence on Spanish architecture for more than half a century. It was the retreat of a mystic king and became, in the last years of Philip II's reign, the center of the global superpower of the time.

El Escorial