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Spanish Course and Wine Holiday in Spain

Wine is part of the soul of Spain. The Spanish language is closely related to gastronomy, due to its enormous importance as a cultural reference. With this course, you can enjoy excellent wines and aperitifs in some of the best wineries in Madrid, at the same time as you immerse yourself in the specific vocabulary related to enology, spending a pleasant time in good company.

Highlights

  • 2 wine-related activities
  • 20 Spanish course lessons
  • Introductory class to art and wine at the Prado Museum
  • Final certificate of participation in the course
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Free welcome folder

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (US$69 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

TANDEM Madrid offers different types of accommodation for students, so as to suit their personal needs and interests. All accommodations are carefully selected in order to provide the same level of quality for everybody. They are exclusive for students of our Spanish courses in Madrid.

At this time, students can choose from:

Host family

The Spanish host family accommodation experience: The decision to stay with a host family will undoubtedly offer you a true Spanish living experience. You will speak Spanish all day thereby allowing you to enjoy the maximum benefit of your Spanish course, as well as provide you with a comprehensive view and understanding of the day-to-day life in a different culture.

Host family accommodation details:

Your host family will be composed of parents and children, couples without children, or individuals living alone, all of which enjoy the company of others and look forward to the opportunity to share their culture. You will not be the first to go out with your host family to tour the city or, keep in touch with the family long after you have completed your course.

With respect to your meal plan, you can choose between breakfast, half-board (breakfast and dinner), or full-board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Your meals will be served during the normal Spanish dining hours and you will eat Spanish food. However, to the extent possible, your host family will take your preferences into consideration.

Further, if necessary, there are families that can adapt to certain dietary requirements such as those of a vegetarian or someone with food allergies, as well as those with food restrictions related to their religion.

Most host families will be able to offer an Internet connection with WiFi.

In the event that you come with another person, the program offers double rooms (it is not necessary that your roommate take a course).

You will receive a set of your own house keys so that you can come and go as you please. Also, you will be able to receive calls on your host family's landline.

FAMILIAS PLUS: These host families offer you a private bathroom which is located in your bedroom.

Private apartment: A privileged accommodation in the heart of Madrid

  • 5-minute walk from the “Puerta del Sol”
  • 10-minute walk from Tandem

Located in “Barrio de las Letras”, the private apartment accommodation is designed for people who want to study Spanish in Madrid and have their own space, with comfort and convenience.

Advantages:

  • All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and kitchen, plus everything you need for cooking.
  • All apartments have access to a large terrace with magnificent views across Madrid from above and the mountains and surrounding area.
  • Daily cleaning of the apartments.

Types of private apartment:

  • Studio apartment: for one or two people if you are a couple. The studio has a double bed, living room, bathroom, kitchen, and terrace with views of Madrid.
  • Apartment A: for two or three people. With a separate bedroom with double bed or twin beds as requested, living room with sofa bed for one person, bathroom, kitchen and terrace with views of Madrid.

Summer university residence (open from June 1 to August 31)

The summer university residence is based in the university campus area (Moncloa district). It is situated in the university neighborhood of the capital with a metro station and bus stops right outside the door, being only a few minutes from the city center using public transport.

There are well-maintained facilities (a large outdoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped gymnasium, sports grounds with football pitch, basketball and handball courts, as well as various study areas with WIFI in common areas and student room. A large, modern dining room offers breakfast, half board, and full board. All of the meals are cooked daily from fresh ingredients, catering to all dietary requirements (vegetarians, celiacs, etc.).

All these great facilities make the residence the perfect choice for your accommodation in Madrid during the summer months.

The perfect location!

  • Close to the metro station “Metropolitano” Line 6 (Circular)
  • Close to a shopping area with bars and restaurants.
  • 15 minutes by metro to Puerta del Sol, the city center.
  • 26 minutes by metro to the airport
  • Various bus services are available

All single rooms have a bathroom and include:

  • WiFi
  • Security safe / strong box
  • Worktable
  • Fully furnished bathroom
  • Wardrobe
  • Bed

The shared facilities are:

  • Dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Cinema and concert room
  • TV and games room
  • 25 metre outdoor swimming pool, open from 12:00 to 21:00
  • The gym and weights room are open from 8.00 to 23.30
  • Common room for internet access and leisure
  • The reception remains open 24 hours a day

TANDEM student residence

The TANDEM Madrid Students Residence is located in the heart of the center city of Madrid, close to all the important things to see in Madrid:

  • A 5-minute walk from “Puerta del Sol”
  • A 10-minute walk from the Prado’s Museum
  • A 10-minute walk from Tandem
  • Located in “Barrio de las Letras” (Literary Quarter)
  • Located in Madrid‘s bustling shopping district

If you are looking for a more independent feel to your stay in Madrid, TANDEM can offer you the perfect housing option at “Luis Vélez”. In this housing, you will have the opportunity to meet other students as well as, enjoy a stress-free and comfortable stay in the center of Madrid.

The residence offers:

  • 29 private and double bedrooms
  • Bedrooms with a private bathroom
  • Fully-equipped kitchen and dining room
  • Computers and WiFi throughout the residence
  • The residence offers a fully-equipped kitchen and a washing machine and dryer
  • Daily cleaning service and bed linens changed on a weekly basis
  • The residence also offers a cafeteria in which you could have breakfast each morning

Hostels

Hostels are establishments similar to hotels, but with a lower level of services and cheaper prices. Spanish hostels are considered particularly good and the ones we choose for our students are in the heart of Madrid and very close to Tandem, so it is possible to walk to the school every day.

This category offers rooms with an en-suite or a shared bathroom.

The hostels provide a wide range of styles to meet everyone’s requirements and offer an array of services and facilities so that the student will feel at home. Some of them also offer meals, other bed and breakfast, other only the room. All establishments we choose are compliant with European quality standards.

Hotels

Tandem partnered with hotels close to the school in order to provide students with a higher category of accommodation. Good value for money hotels.

Located in the center of Madrid, just a short walk from the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía museums and the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Gran Vía, and close to the Atocha Renfe-AVE train station. The theme of the hotel is Spanish wine regions. All rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen satellite TV.

The hotels are just a 5 to 10-minute walk from the school. The standard of hotels in Spain use to be outstanding, you’ll enjoy a very pleasant learning travel experience.

Generator Hostel Madrid

Generator Madrid has an excellent location in the center of Madrid, in the street San Bernardo corner with street Silva. Its unique location, really close to the always vivid street Gran VÍa of Madrid, will allow you to admire the most touristic and cultural attractions of the city (monuments, art galleries, cultural centers, theaters, cinemas, etc.), go shopping in the shopping areas of Madrid (which are one step away from Generator Madrid) and enjoy the many restaurants and pubs that you will find in the area.

If you usually prefer to avoid public transport, Generator Madrid is a good option for you as here you will be able to enjoy getting to know almost the whole city on foot and walking to your language classes in TANDEM if you wish to.

Thanks to its modern and cozy facilities, staying in Generator Madrid feels just like home, with a reception desk that opens 24 hours a day and free Wi-Fi connection. Furthermore, you will be able to ask for information about trips and visits around Madrid and have a drink in its bar or cafeteria. If you are a woman, you will be able to request a room just for women.

Program

Madrid is the perfect city for the lovers of enology and viticulture. Not only does it offer a marvelous selection of wines branded “Protected Designation of Origin of Madrid”, the only capital in the world with its own Designation of Origin, and wine cellars where you can learn about the grapevine cultivation process and the production of wine, but also many neighborhoods with bars and restaurants specializing in tastings of not only wines from Madrid, but also from all of Spain.

The varieties of wines and the nuances you can taste are limitless: white wine, rosé, red wine, sweet wine, or sparkling wine. If you’ve always wondered how to know the difference between young, crianza, reserva, gran reserva or sobremadre wine and become a professional sommelier, the Spanish and a Passion for Wine Course is just what you are looking for.

In this special program, the study of Spanish will be combined with all the knowledge you need to acquire related to the Spanish culture of wine. Mornings students are taught 4 daily lessons in Spanish, and afternoons will be dedicated to cultural activities related to enology: wine tastings, a visit to a wine cellar, or an introductory class on art and wine in the Prado Museum.

If you want to join this course, you need to know the minimum enrollment period is for a week, 20 language classes of 45 minutes each. You can join the course any Monday of the year if you are over 18 years of age. However, if you are a beginner, you will only be able to start the course on the first and third Mondays of each month in order to take full advantage of the course.

It does not matter if you have a high or a low level of Spanish proficiency, or if you are already an expert in the world of wine. The ‘Spanish and a Passion for Wine Course’ has been designed in order for anyone who is interested in learning both Spanish and discovering more about wine culture. If you take full advantage of this course, you will end up being fluent in the language and know the characteristics of Spanish wines, which are considered some of the best in the world.

Being an expert on wine does not mean you need to know the name of every enologist in the more than 4000 wine cellars of Spain. It means to know what you like about wine and to be able to define what it is about a particular wine that makes you love it so much. The bars, cafes, restaurants, and taverns of Madrid are undoubtedly some of the best places to put all this knowledge into practice.

Spanish course

  • Lessons per week: 20 lessons / week – 4 lessons / day + 2 lessons / week Spanish and Conversation from A2 level
  • Levels: All levels
  • Lessons' duration: 45 minutes
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Cultural activities: In the afternoons, from 16:00 to 18:00. Examples: wine tasting, visiting a winery, introductory class to art and wine at the Prado Museum

Timetable

Morning schedule:

  • 09:30 - 11:00 Classes
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Classes

Afternoon schedule:

  • 15:00 - 16:30 Classes
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Break
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Classes

Note:

  • From January to May: only morning timetable.
  • From June to September: some groups will have a morning schedule and others will be programmed in the afternoon.
  • The maximum number of students per class is 10, and the minimum is 4. If the number of students per class is less than 4, the school will reduce the number of classes to half of the total.

Included excursions

During this holiday, you will join visits to a winery or introductory classes to art and wine at the Prado Museum.

Location

This holiday will take place in Madrid, Spain. As soon as you arrive in Madrid, you will feel impressed by its beauty and all the things you can do here. It is easy to find Madrid tourist information on the internet or at the tourism offices located near the most important attractions, like in almost all touristic cities in Spain.

However, it is a huge city with over six million inhabitants so it may be necessary to use public transportation to move between different neighborhoods. Madrid has excellent infrastructure and transport that include one of the best metro services in Europe, commuter rail, buses, and plenty of taxis.

Food

Host family

With respect to your meal plan, you can choose between breakfast, half-board with breakfast and dinner, or full-board. Your meals will be served during the normal Spanish dining hours and you will eat Spanish food. However, to the extent possible, your host family will take your preferences into consideration.

Further, if necessary, Tandem Escuela Internacional Madrid has families that can adapt to certain dietary requirements such as those of a vegetarian or someone with food allergies, as well as those with food restrictions related to their religion.

Private apartment

All apartments have fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and kitchen, plus everything you need for cooking.

Shared flat

The flat has fully equipped kitchen and is located in a quaint neighborhood and close to a variety of restaurants, bars, grocery shops, and coffee shops.

Summer university residence

All of the meals are cooked daily from fresh ingredients, catering for all dietary requirements.

Things to do (optional)

  • Madrid Market with drink and tapa
  • Excursion to Aranjuez
  • Excursion to Segovia
  • Excursion to Toledo
  • Excursion to Alcalá de Henares
  • Tour to Cultural Center
  • Tour to the museum (1 or 2 hours depending on the museum chosen)
  • Tour in Madrid neighborhoods
  • Tour in Madrid Park

What's included

  • 2 wine activities
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Free welcome folder
  • Placement test
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Loaned out coursebook
  • Books, films, and music CD loan service
  • Spacious classrooms equipped with audiovisual and digital media
  • Access to a patio-garden
  • Vending machines
  • Area for self-study: multimedia area with modern computers
  • Student assistance service (purchase of tickets, information on transport, etc.)
  • Two free cultural activities per week
  • One free extra Spanish class (Coffee and news / Café y Noticias)
  • Free TANDEM Language Exchange service
  • Tutorial sessions with teachers and head of studies.
  • The final certificate of participation in the course

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD). Flight information must be confirmed in writing at least one week prior to arrival, otherwise, Tandem Escuela Internacional Madrid will accept no responsibility for picking up you from the airport and no refund will be given or if delays and changes to flight schedules are not notified in advance.

They will provide you a telephone number in which you can contact the person in charge of transportation. This person will wait at the most 60 minutes after the planned time of flight’s arrival. If you do not contact them, the service will be canceled. It is a private and comfortable transfer and each trip (one way) costs 65 EUR.

Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport transfer available: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (US$69 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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This vacation is available all year round with arrivals on Monday.

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