SPS Trips

Spain & France:  Spring Break 2015

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Spring is a great time to visit two great European cities, Madrid and Paris, with some gorgeous stops in between. This ten-day trip in March 2015 will begin with 3 days in Madrid. Guided tours to the El Prado Museum and the neighboring town of Toledo will highlight Spain's rich history.

Participants will then travel to the northeastern part of Spain and spend a few days in Burgos, home of Spain's national hero, El Cid, and on to Bilbao with an audio guide of the Guggenheim Museum. Before leaving Spain, visitors will enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque seaside town of San Sebastian located in the Basque region.

Crossing into France, visitors will continue to experience Basque culture in the resort town of Biarritz, where royalty once spent their summers. From there, participants will ride a TGV (high-speed train) to Paris, the City of Lights, and take in the iconic sights of the Eiffel Tower, Versailles Chateau and a boat ride on the Seine River. And no visit to Paris is complete without a stroll through the magnificent Louvre Museum. ¡Vamos! and Allons-y!

Itinerary details are available; trip costs are approximately $4,300 per person all-inclusive (costs may vary depending on date of sign-up).  For more information, contact trip sponsors George McJimsey (gmcjimsey@sandiaprep.orgor Daniel de León (ddeleon@sandiaprep.org).              


Zimbabwe & Botswana:  Summer 2015

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History Teacher Arne Vanderburg will lead a small group of Sandia Prep students and parents to Zimbabwe and Botswana in late May 2015. This will be his second SPS trip to the region and his third overall in the last two years. It is an area with which Arne is very familiar, as he worked there for eight years.  

This is an incredible opportunity to experience a very rural part of Africa, as well as Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The group will stay in the midst of several thousand square miles of African grassland and savannah.  African wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, buffalo, baboon, zebra, kudu and many more species, will be a part of participants' daily life for almost two weeks.

The trip will include rafting or kayaking on the Zambezi River, visits to local communities and schools and the opportunity to stay with families in a village.  There will also be an excursion into Botswana to visit Chobe National Park.  For more information, contact Arne Vanderburg at avanderburg@sandiaprep.org.  

   

Japan & Bhutan:  Summer 2015

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In June 2015, a few intrepid travelers will depart for a Sandia Prep excursion to Asia.  The trip will include sites in Japan and Bhutan.  Space will be limited to no more than 15 people.   

Participants will visit Tokyo and Kyoto; travel on the Shinkansen (bullet train); and fly to Bhutan for a 10-day adventure of service, rafting, and a visit to the newly opened park dedicated to Bengal tigers.

Itinerary and details are available.  Trip costs will be approximately $4,200 per person all-inclusive. (Trip costs are determined primarily by the cost of air travel; final costs may vary based on changes in airfare.)  For more information, contact SPS History Chair and trip sponsor Tom Gentry-Funk at tgentryfunk@sandiaprep.org.