Spanish Immersion & Luxury Vacation In San Sebastián

One of the culinary capitals of Europe known as “Little Paris”, beautifully situated on the Atlantic coast where the mountains meet the sea in Basque country. A real delight!
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Learn to Speak Spanish in San Sebastián

Are you looking for a language immersion program that can also serve as a luxury vacation? Learn to speak a new language in style with your private one-on-one language instructor at some of the greatest destinations and finest luxury locations.

About San Sebastián

What a “treat” this place is, literally! San Sebastian is considered the cultural center of the Basque region and one of the culinary capitals of Europe with seven Michelin three-star restaurants and over 200 Pintxo bars (Pintxos = tapas).

It doesn’t hurt that it has Rio de Janeiro-like outcroppings and natural bays on the Atlantic with access to incredible seafood and great surfing, hiking, and, of course, wine tasting and cooking schools / tours.

A Culinary Paradise

San Sebastián is a culinary paradise, but, known in the past as “Little Paris”, its cultural scene proves it has much more to offer. Crowned “2016 European Capital of Culture,” it offers large-scale artworks that populate public spaces, the San Telmo museum will present a joint project with Madrid’s Reina Sofía museum, the modern Kursaal auditorium and other area theaters will screen films as part of its annual film festival, and the historic Hotel Maria Cristina beautifully updated its époque interiors.

Origin of the Basque

The Basque region is clean, orderly, with a very hardworking and dedicated population. The origin of the Basque is a mystery as is that of their language – linguists can’t find ANY similarity to other European languages nor to any other in the world for that matter. One thing for sure is that their mountainous terrain made it next to impossible to conquer so they managed to remain isolated for centuries unlike most areas in Europe in which migrations played a major role in shaping the DNA pool.

But no need to worry about the language as Spanish – and a very clean, beautiful Spanish – is the predominant language throughout San Sebastian, although you will see some signs and hear the Basque language spoken from time to time.

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“Staying in San Sebastian was such a relaxing time, close to the shore, yet I got to experience the mixture of Basque and Spanish cultures all in one. This location is truly a magical place and I was not only able to pick up Spanish, but also learned some local Basque phrases during my stay meeting locals in the city.”

Martin Cisneros – Las Vegas, Nevada

Frequently Asked Questions

Every Language & Luxury experience is a hand-tailored private journey to learn a foreign language, with a Personal Language Instructor, one on one, in some of the world’s cities and towns. If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Is this a group classroom language learning experience?
No, this is not a group or classroom of strangers; we focus on providing a language immersion instructor just for you and your exclusive small group of friends or family.
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How can I prepare in advance for my Luxury Language Learning Experience?
The truth is that you don’t have to do anything other than bringing an open mind and a positive attitude, and our experienced language instructors, cultural immersion activities, and time will do the rest!  But if you would like to get a jump on things we suggest the following:

1. Practice your listening skills using one or both of the following methods:
a. If your TV service provider has any programming in the language that you plan to learn, watch and listen to those programs! News programs are best because they identify a theme and stick to it for a while, compared to movies or sitcoms that have more complex themes and dialogue.  But any exposure is good.

b. There are mobile applications that allow you to listen to radio stations from all over the world. One example is an iPhone app called “TuneIn”.  Thus, if you’re learning Italian, for example, you can listen to Radio Rai or another Italian station.  Sometimes it’s news, other times it may be a soccer match, but plug in your headphones and go for a walk and let your mind do the rest! In both cases it’s not a problem if you don’t understand, just pay close attention and your mind will start to decipher repetitive sounds.  Pick out a word and look it up if you can; be interactive.

2. Read up on your destination and become familiar with the sites and customs. The more interest you take in the culture the more natural it will feel to begin learning and practicing the language.
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Every individual’s language level is different and we also each learn differently. How can language instructors possibly sort this all out?
Having a personal one-on-one language instructor solves a lot of issues as that’s exactly what they are trained to do, namely, evaluate the student’s level and understand how they learn (and what are their interests).  Our language instructors are each unique but share certain traits such as:

They are handpicked and very experienced in teaching adults. There will be an evaluation, either prior to departure or once on site, to establish the language learning level. They focus heavily on conversation, and cover grammar as is needed to address practical needs and uses throughout the day; the curriculum and activities are designed for practical use. And they will adapt to every individual’s way of learning and interests as they get to know them over time.
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What is the recommended length of stay in a destination?
One to three months is ideal to realize significant language improvement, but we will build a Customized Experience for as little as two weeks if necessary. Another option would be to concentrate on one language but spend time in two locations, such as Paris and Bordeaux, Madrid and San Sebastian, Rome and Siena, etc.
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Do you book flights?
We do not so flights should be booked through your travel agent, travel website, or directly with the airlines.
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Do you book train tickets?
We do not book train tickets, though we can advise on trains when that is your choice for in-country travel.  You may also get help through the dedicated concierge once onsite.
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How can I pay?
You may pay by credit card or bank/electronic wire transfer.
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Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is for your protection, in case of unforeseen events causing trip cancellation/interruption, or any medical expenses during your trip. We strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance, which may include coverage options from basic trip cancellation insurance to full coverage with emergency medical assistance. Travel Insurance gives you peace of mind and safeguards your investment in the event of a cancellation prior to or during your trip.  You can find travel insurance plans with any of the following:  Travel Guard, Allianz, and Travelex.
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What are the departure dates for your language programs?
Key to the success of the Language & Luxury methodology is one on one language instruction, so the program is a customized experience rather than a group tour.  Thus, the dates are flexible and totally up to you.  You simply select the destination and provide us the arrival and departure dates.
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Are meals included with your language program?
We do not include meals in the standard package, as enjoying food is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture!  We do provide restaurant guides and a dedicated concierge service for restaurant recommendations and reservations.

And as part of the customization, we will offer other options for dining, such as a private chef, cooking courses and wine tastings; and, of course, our properties are equipped with full kitchens.
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Will I be able to fully speak a foreign language?
It can take many months to become truly fluent in a language depending on the individuals ability, motivation and dedication. Our language learning methodology is superior to traditional language learning methods and you will learn faster by using the one on one language instruction and cultural immersion that Language & Luxury™ provides.
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Are you looking For A Private One On One language immersion program that Also serves as a luxury vacation?

THIS IS A PRIVATE LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM. NO CLASSROOMS. NO GROUPS OR STRANGERS. JUST YOU OR YOUR EXCLUSIVE SMALL GROUP OF FRIENDS & FAMILY.

We take care of all the details, from transportation to accommodations and excursions. All you need to do is sit back, immerse yourself in the local culture and relax.

Pricing for Core Immersion Program starts at $3,500 / week for a solo traveler, discounts apply for two or more guests.

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