Spain In Focus: A KJZZ Study Tour

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Join KJZZ General Manager
Dr. Jim Paluzzi

September 25 - October 8, 2015
An exclusive experience for just 15 KJZZ members

 

EXPERIENCE SPAIN

The country, the culture, the people... and the food!
Spain is more than a country.  It is an experience that will challenge you to reconsider just about everything you consider "normal".  Big meals at 2pm in the afternoon.  Dinners at 10pm.  And then there's the siesta.  Even during tough financial times, Spain stands committed to living the good life, la buena vida, as it has for centuries. 

KJZZ is hosting a most unusual tour, a tour designed for public radio listeners who are curious about the world around them. This is a tour for those who will not be satisfied by simply sightseeing.  This tour is about experiencing Spain in a way that will open your eyes to Spain – and it's hidden stories – that few tourists ever get to see.

 

 TRIP AT A GLANCE

No one can resist taking pictures of Bilbao's Guggenheim museum (photo credit: Jim Paluzzi)
Old Town Bilbao (Casco Viejo) by night (photo credit: Dr. Jim Paluzzi)
The Flysch is a sequence of sedimentary rocks that is deposited deep in the sea off the coast of the Basque region of Spain. (photo credit: the Basque Coast Geopark)

The Basque Country of Spain
Perhaps the least understood region of Spain, the Basque Country is a study in contrasts.

Your trip will begin in Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque Country, and home to Bilbao’s famed Guggenheim Museum.

You will see a city that has transformed itself from a gritty industrial city to a culturally rich, sophisticated town that has been likened by many to be the “Pittsburgh of Spain.”

Of course, we will examine more than museums; you will explore the unique Basque architecture of the region, guided by local experts in architecture.

And there’s more…

We will visit the Basque Coast Geopark, where we will travel through 60 million years of history to explore the Flysch, rock formations that come out of the sea to let us see a world before history.

And, of course, no visit to the north of Spain would be complete without a trip to the famed wineries of La Rioja. 

The Cantabrian Sea off the coast of the Basque region. (photo credit: the Basque Coast Geopark)

 

The South of Spain: Murcia and Cartegena
Spain’s Mediterranean Coast is known for its beaches, it’s nightlife, and it’s Arabic influence.  However, even before the Arab occupation, the Romans also populated Spain for centuries.  They constructed incredible baths for socializing – and to enjoy the curative properties of the local mud.  We will learn about the lives of the Romans, and will have a better understanding of how the impact of a culture can last for generations.

Balneario de Archena (photo credit: Balneario de Archena)The city of Murcia is the economic hub of the region, full of life, great food, shopping, and architecture.  There will be plenty of free time to explore this great city, as you will be staying in the heart of city.  Nearby, you will have a close encounter with olives on a 2.6km hiking trail that will take you through El Olivar de Abanilla, where you will see olive trees that are nearly 500 years old.  The hike will conclude at an almazara, an olive oil operation called “Cooperativa Olivarera Santa Cruz”, where you will enjoy a tutored olive oil tasting.

We will also be staying at the maritime port of Cartegena, to experience life as a seafarer, including a visit to the Naval Museum of Cartagena, where you will encounter the Pereal, the world’s first electric battery powered submarine, commissioned in 1888.


Madrid: Palaces, museums, and food – behind the scenes.
Good food, good friends, and una copa de vino in Madrid (photo credit: Jim Paluzzi)No visit to Spain would be complete without a stay in Madrid, the capital, which is clearly the economic, political, and geographical center of Spain.  Of course, we will visit the big sites, they add significantly to understanding the culture of the country.  However, we will do something that you are most likely to remember for a lifetime: we will dig into Spanish food.  Seriously. In a big, curious way.

Literary Quarter of Madrid (photo credit: Spanish Sabores)Our food exploration will begin in the Literary Quarter of Madrid, a cobblestone, tree-lined streetside experience, complete with locals-only markets, out of the way chocolaterias, tapas bars, and cheese shops.  You will meet local vendors and be guided by local English-speaking food professionals.

Spanish ham ... it's everywhere! (photo credit: Dr. Jim Paluzzi)Your KJZZ Spain Study Tour will conclude with the ultimate Spanish cuisine experience, where we will take you behind the scenes at one of Madrid’s most emblematic taverns to see how they prepare one of the city’s signature dishes.  In between tastings, the history of this city will come alive as we guide you through some of the most historic neighborhoods.  Finally, if you are brave enough, you can partake of the ham challenge, a tutored tasting of the different varieties of Spanish cured ham. 


TRIP FACTS
14 Days / 13 Nights (land without air)
$3,475 PP Dbl. Occupancy (Land price with 15 KJZZ guests)
$795 Single Supplement
Trip begins Friday evening, September 25 with welcome dinner
Trip ends Thursday morning, October 8 after breakfast

IT’S INCLUDED
•    Hosted by KJZZ General Manager Dr. Jim Paluzzi
•    13 nights of accommodation in charming, centrally-located hotels
•    All breakfasts, most lunches, plus a welcome and farewell dinner
•    Air tickets from Bilbao to Alicante and ground transportation to Cartegena and Murcia
•    Rail or motor coach transportation between Murcia and Madrid
•    Tours with local experts
•    Transportation throughout on an air-conditioned motor coach
•    Entrance fees to all museums & sights described above
•    A pre-tour informational gathering at KJZZ studios (and studio tour)
•    Gratuities for guides and drivers
•    Small group of fun-traveling KJZZ companions

NOT INCLUDED
Travel insurance; any items not listed in your itinerary; airfare to Bilbao to arrive by September 25; airfare back to Phoenix from Madrid.

PLEASE NOTE
This excursion is also being offered in conjunction with a course offered by Rio Salado College, COM 298, Public Speaking for International Audiences, which will be taught at the Hemingway Institute in Bilbao September 13-25, 2015. 
Additional information available from Dr. Jim Paluzzi at jpaluzzi@rioradio.orgClick here to learn more.


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A beautiful Madrid evening at  the Puerta del Sol. (photo credit: Dr. Jim Paluzzi)