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San Sebastian, Spain

Tentative Itinerary (2015) (with sample lecture topics)

MAY 15—Depart Atlanta

MAY 16 – Arrive Madrid, transport to lodging at Colegio Mayor San Agustin Avenida Seneca 7, 

rest, free afternoon, tour of Plaza Mayor, welcome dinner

MAY 17– lecture, Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, Tour of Hapsburg District, evening meet with Jesus Castro of Castro-Vilaba-Pla law firm, q & a, free evening

MAY 18 – lecture, Congresso de Deputados, el Senado, Flamenco Dinner and Entertainment

MAY 19 – Travel to Valladolid by private bus, rest, walking tour of Valladolid, capital of Spain until 1561, dinner at “La Nieta” (

*laundry facilities

MAY 20 – University of Valladolid lectures (Edmondson, translator) Lecture titles: “The Future of Spain,” “Spain and Immigration Policy,” “Spanish Everyday Life”

MAY 21 – Burgos, San Sebastian, “Hotel Avenida”), free time

MAY 22 – San Sebastian, free day to relax and explore “Spain’s Most Beautiful City”

MAY 23—rest, lecture (The Spanish Basque Country: Politics and Culture), explore town and area, free for dinner, 

MAY 24—Broto, Spain (Spanish Pyrenees), Hotel El Mirador, free afternoon to explore 

11 June- lecture, hiking, Spain (Spanish Pyrenees: Ordessa y Monte Perdido Parque Nacional)

MAY 25- Zaragoza, Madrid, rest, lodging at airport hotel (Axol Feria), free time Madrid

MAY 26- flight to Dublin, arrival, transport to Glendalough, lodging at Glendalough International Hostel, Wicklow mountains, rest, hiking, relaxation, welcome dinner

MAY 27-lectures, hiking to Glenmalure via “Spink Loop”, dinner, entertainment, transport back to hostel

MAY 28—lectures, optional (vigorous) hiking opportunity, free evening

MAY 29—leave for Galway, arrival, evening free

MAY 30—lecture, Galway walking tour, evening free 

MAY 31—Galway, Dublin, arrival All Hallows College, dinner together 

JUNE 1—lecture, visit to Irish Parliament, National Art Museum

JUNE 2—walking tour of Dublin, Irish entertainment, departure dinner 

JUNE 3—optional excursion to Scottish Highlands (not included in program cost; or, alternatively, you may design your own excursion. Lodging facilities will still be covered at All Hallows College, Dublin, if you prefer to take day trips during this time.

JUNE 4—optional excursion

JUNE 5—optional excursion

JUNE 6—night of Irish entertainment and cuisine at Taylors Three Rock ( 

JUNE 7—depart to Atlanta

*laundry facilities should be available a lot of place we go, but not all. Everytime we can verify that laundry facilities are currently available, we will make note of it. The advice  is: if you have an opportunity to do laundry, you should probably do it, even if it is a light load. We arent always sure when the next opportunity will come--even if we are supposed to have it, there's always the possibility that a machine (or more) is broken; or that demand is high. As noted in the FAQ, be sure to bring some articles of clothing that you can wash in the sink, and remember: jeans take forever to hang dry, certainly in Ireland and northern Spain.