Barcelona, the renowned international metropolis of Spain, is distinguished for its remarkable architecture and relaxed ambiance, making it a highly sought-after destination for educational excursions in the country. Rondo Travel holds the distinction of being a founding member of the School Travel Forum and stands as one of the inaugural School Tour Operators to receive the esteemed Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Our commitment to transparency is reflected in our practice of avoiding unnecessary administration charges. Furthermore, we ensure a seamless experience for our clients by assigning a dedicated point of contact throughout the entire process, with the added convenience of being on call to assist with any aspects of the tour.
This serves as a sample itinerary; however, all our itineraries are tailored to meet your specific preferences and needs.
Day 1: Commence your journey with seamless flights and transfers, either directly to Barcelona or to the picturesque Costa Brava region, according to your preference.
Day 2: Embark on a day of exploration in central Barcelona, featuring iconic landmarks such as the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia, the vibrant Parc Guell, the culturally rich Picasso Museum, the picturesque harbor, and the lively promenade of la Rambla.
Day 3: Venture beyond the central area for a day filled with cultural delights. Highlights include a visit to the Spanish Village, the historic Olympic Stadium, and the renowned Camp Nou stadium.
Day 4: Indulge in a day of amusement at Port Aventura theme park, or opt for a visit to the serene Montserrat, ensuring a perfect balance of excitement and tranquility.
Day 5: Conclude your journey with a smooth transfer and return flight home, cherishing the memories of your tailor-made experience.
Rondo Travel integrates language learning into the fabric of our Barcelona Tours, providing students with a deeply immersive and engaging educational experience that extends beyond traditional classroom settings. Understanding the importance of real-world application in language acquisition, we design our tours to maximize interactions with the local culture, people, and the rich linguistic environment of Spain, specifically focusing on Spanish and Catalan, given Barcelona's unique bilingual context.
Immersive Language Learning Activities
-Guided Tours in Spanish: Our guided tours of Barcelona's landmarks, such as the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, and the Gothic Quarter, are conducted in Spanish. This approach allows students to listen to and comprehend the language in context, enhancing their listening and comprehension skills.
-Interactive Workshops and Classes: We collaborate with local educators to offer workshops and classes that teach not only the language but also about the culture, history, and art of Barcelona. These sessions are tailored to various proficiency levels, ensuring all students can participate meaningfully.
-Language Immersion Challenges: Students are encouraged to engage in language immersion challenges where they interact with local vendors, artisans, and residents in Spanish. Tasks may include ordering food, asking for directions, or conducting simple interviews. This real-life practice bolsters their conversational skills and confidence in using the language.
-Cultural Experiences: Experiencing local traditions, festivals, and daily life in Barcelona provides an authentic context for language use. Students learn specific cultural references, idioms, and expressions that are unique to the region, enriching their vocabulary and understanding of the language's nuances.
-Reflection and Journaling: Encouraging students to journal their experiences in Spanish serves as a reflective practice, allowing them to process what they've learned each day, practice writing skills, and document their progress and observations about the culture.
Supporting Diverse Learning Needs
-SEN and Accessibility: Our commitment to inclusivity ensures that students with special educational needs or disabilities have tailored support to participate fully in these language learning activities. Adaptations and assistance are provided based on individual requirements, ensuring a positive and enriching experience for all students.
By integrating language learning with cultural immersion, Rondo Travel's Barcelona Tours aim to achieve several key educational outcomes:
-Enhanced language proficiency through practical application in real-world settings.
-Increased cultural awareness and understanding of the Spanish and Catalan cultures.
-Improved confidence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish.
-Lifelong memories that inspire continued language learning and appreciation for cultural diversity.
Our approach to teaching languages during overseas trips emphasizes engagement, interaction, and practical application, ensuring that students return with not only improved language skills but also a deeper appreciation for the culture and history of Spain.
Rondo Travel's Barcelona Tours offer a unique and enriching opportunity for students to delve into the world of art, making it an ideal choice for school trips focused on art education. Our approach to teaching art during these overseas trips is holistic, integrating firsthand experiences with the rich artistic heritage of Barcelona, a city celebrated for its distinctive architecture, galleries, and vibrant street art scenes. Here's how we deliver this curriculum subject:
Immersive Artistic Experiences
-Architectural Tours: Barcelona is synonymous with Antoni Gaudí, whose works are foundational to the city's architectural landscape. Students will explore iconic Gaudí landmarks like the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, and Casa Batlló. These tours are not just visual feasts but are accompanied by discussions on Gaudí's unique style, his influence on modernism, and the historical context of his works.
-Gallery Visits: Our itineraries include visits to premier art galleries such as the Picasso Museum and the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC). These visits are curated to provide insights into the evolution of art in Barcelona and Spain, from medieval times to modern art movements. Educators and docents at these institutions offer guided tours and workshops designed to engage students with the artworks and their creators.
-Art Workshops: Recognizing the importance of active participation in the learning process, we arrange for interactive workshops led by local artists. These sessions may cover various mediums and techniques, offering students hands-on experience in creating art inspired by their surroundings and the works they've encountered during their visit.
-Cultural Immersion: Understanding that art is not confined to galleries and museums, our tours also include walks through neighborhoods known for their street art, such as the Gothic Quarter and El Raval. This exposure to contemporary art forms and discussions around public space and art provides a broader perspective on the role of art in society.
Tailored Educational Content
-Customized Itineraries: Recognizing that each school group may have different educational objectives, our tours are customizable to focus on specific art movements, techniques, or periods. Whether it's a deep dive into Catalan modernism, exploring Gothic art, or understanding Spain's contribution to the surrealist movement, our itineraries are designed to meet your educational goals.
-Educational Materials: Prior to the trip, teachers are provided with educational materials that can be integrated into their curriculum. This includes pre-visit readings, worksheets, and suggested activities that prepare students for their immersive art experience in Barcelona.
-Reflection and Discussion: Encouraging reflection and critical thinking, we facilitate discussions and debriefing sessions after visits and workshops. This helps students process their experiences, articulate their observations, and understand the cultural significance of the art they've encountered.
Accessibility and Inclusivity
-SEN and Accessibility: In line with our commitment to inclusivity, we ensure that all students, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, can fully participate in and benefit from our art-focused educational tours. We coordinate with venues and service providers to ensure accessibility and provide any necessary accommodations.
Rondo Travel's Barcelona Tours are designed to offer an immersive, educational, and inspiring art experience. By engaging directly with the rich artistic heritage of Barcelona, students gain a deeper appreciation for art, enhance their understanding of different artistic movements and techniques, and are encouraged to express their creativity in new and exciting ways.
Groups typically commence with a minimum of 10 participants, and there is no specified maximum group size. In the context of secondary schools, we operate on a ratio of 1:10, providing one free place for a teacher for every ten participants.
Rondo Travel is committed to promoting inclusivity on all our group trips. To achieve this, we encourage open communication about any specific requirements right from the initial inquiry stage. While some destinations may not be currently accessible, we are dedicated to providing guidance on suitable alternatives or implementing effective workarounds to accommodate diverse needs.
Rondo Travel strives to minimize administration charges for minor changes, a practice that sets it apart from numerous other tour companies.
Barcelona, Spain's second-largest city, stands out as a captivating cultural destination for students across various disciplines, boasting an array of exceptional art galleries, distinctive architecture, and historic monuments. The city is notably influenced by the architectural masterpieces of Gaudi, exemplified by the ongoing marvel of the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Exploring iconic landmarks such as Plaza Catalonia, la Rambla, and the Gothic Quarter provides students with a firsthand experience of Gaudi's artistic legacy and the traditional Catalonian ambiance.
In addition to its artistic and architectural allure, Barcelona offers attractions like the Olympic village and the renowned Camp Nou football stadium, both of which are popular among visitors and highly recommended for exploration. Moreover, the proximity to the enchanting holiday region of Costa Brava, with its typical Spanish holiday offerings, provides a convenient base for students. From this location, easy access is facilitated to Girona, Montserrat, and the thrilling theme park at Port Aventura, enriching the overall educational experience for students exploring this vibrant and diverse region.
At Rondo Travel, our primary focus is comprehending your unique needs and customizing tours to align with your preferences, rather than adhering solely to the tour operator's standards. Be assured that all our tours benefit from financial protection through the ABTA & ATOL schemes. As proud founders of the school travel forum, we stand out as one of the pioneering school tour operators to be honored with the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.