Additional Information About Travel in Spain
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your tour guide and driver a gratuity. Your WEST tour coordinator will collect the gratuity at any point during the tour (many travelers like to pay ahead of time to get it out of the way). Although it is not required, your driver and tour guides rely on these tips, and work hard to ensure you an unforgettable experience. We recommend tipping the equivalence of $3 USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6 USD/CAD to $9 USD/CAD per person per day for your tour guide. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2 USD/CAD per local guide, payable following the local tour. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping. For golfing Edventures, if you take a caddie, it is customary to tip $25USD/CAD per round (more if the caddie has done an outstanding job or saved you strokes!).
In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. and Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Spanish consulate for your particular entry requirements.
Round-trip flights for tours beginning or ending in Spain arrive or depart from any of Spain's international airports, depending on tour. Included transportation on this tour is usually by private motor coach, and sometimes internal flights or overnight trains, depending on your Edventure. Madrid’s main center is compact and walkable, but you’ll want to take advantage of the fast and efficient metro system for most attractions. Buses and taxis (which are inexpensive compared to most European cities) are also readily available and well-regulated. Navigating Barcelona can be a little daunting, due to the city’s spread-out and ever-expanding design. However, most of the main attractions and tourist hangouts are near the area known as Las Ramblas and the Barri Gòtic. For access to the other attractions, use the excellent metro system. You can buy tickets in singles or, for a better deal, in a package, from most tobacconists, newstands and metro vending machines. The city centers in Seville and Córdoba are all easily accessed on foot. Take local buses and taxis to reach outlying areas. Northern Spain’s small cities and towns are easily walkable. If you need a break from walking, though, local buses serve most areas, as do taxis.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry- on luggage.
Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing, especially for the walks. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). When it is noon in California, it’s 9 pm in Spain.
Spain operates on the European standard 220 volts.
There are no major health risks when traveling to Spain. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements. As mentioned, this tour does include a significant amount of walking. Travelers should be in reasonable health and should be accustomed to short hikes and walking on uneven terrain.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. In Spain, breakfast is very light, usually consisting of only rolls and coffee. Lunch is traditionally a three-course meal, which can take much of the afternoon to consume. The traditional dish is known as paella and is made from chicken, meat, vegetables, seafood and saffron rice. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Tapas, a series of small samples of various appetizers, is an evening staple at Spanish bars and cafes.
The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates
of exchange are usually available at your destination, although it is
worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first
arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit
cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. You
can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks
Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about
withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card
company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your
international purchases for fraudulent charges.
- Handicap cards - Your USGA handicap card is your passport to the courses on this tour. If you’re unable to provide your card, please bring a letter from your local pro providing your on-course proficiency.
- Caddies & carts - Motorized golf carts are referred to as “buggies” in Spain; “carts” refer to pull-carts. Both caddies and pull-carts are available at all courses for an additional fee. Motorized carts are available at some courses for an additional fee and require a note from your healthcare provider. If you need a motorized cart for medical reasons, please call us prior to departure, so we can accommodate your medical needs
- Club transport - The cost of checking your golf bag is additional, and is not included in your final invoice. You should expect to pay an additional fee at the airport. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage and golf bag transport policies. The porterage provided on your tour includes one suitcase and one golf bag per person.
- Dress Code & etiquette - soft spikes (these will be required at all the courses on your itinerary); extra balls (buying these abroad tends to be more expensive); collared golf shirts; tailored pants or Bermuda shorts; sports jacket (jackets are required in some clubhouse rooms); raincoat (Spa’s weather is unpredictable and a waterproof jacket, pants and shoes may be necessary); certain courses don’t allow clothing featuring logos (hats can feature golf-related logos, but shouldn’t be worn in Royal Troon’s clubhouse); cargo pants and jeans are not allowed on the courses or in the clubhouses; cellphone use may be prohibited or discouraged at some courses; most dress codes require that ladies wear shirts with modest necklines and collars and/or sleeves