Culture, Tapas and Barbary Macaques - Take the Trip of a Lifetime to Spain

New for 2016, the Chamber has added group travel to our program offerings. Lori Odom, the Chamber's director of international business, answers questions about this year's trip and why group travel is a great way to make vacation memories.

Q: The Chamber is partnering with Central Holidays this November to offer group travel to Spain's Costa del Sol. What are some advantages of group travel?
A: We are very excited to offer members and future members the opportunity to experience a high-quality, affordably priced foreign excursion. Group travel is an easy, cost-effective way to see the world. All the details are taken care of for you. Just register, pay and show up! Flights, hotel transfers, tours and most of your meals are included. The trip is a great balance of planned activities and time to explore on your own. If you’ve always wanted to travel internationally, but were reluctant to take the leap, group travel can help you meet people with similar interests and create new friendships.

Q: The geography of the Costa del Sol combines beaches and mountains, and the area is also known for its rich cultural heritage. What are some of the highlights of the trip's itinerary?
A: I think Seville will be a highlight of the trip. Originally founded as a Roman city, it’s where Columbus docked upon returning from America and where his tomb is located. There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Seville, and the architecture is known for being amazing. Gibraltar will be a great day trip as well. The Barbary macaques (wild monkeys), the Rock of Gibraltar, and seeing the place where John Lennon married Yoko Ono sounds like a good day to me.

Q: How much does the trip cost, and what's included in the price?
A: It’s the most affordable way to travel to Europe! The cost for nine days and seven nights, including hotel, airfare from Nashville, meals and day trips, is only $2,949 per traveler. To register, click here. A $500 deposit is required when you sign up, but the final payment is not due until August.

If you're interested in learning more, join our free info session Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m. (register here).  For a detailed itinerary, click here.


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