Andalusia Cultural Tour: Highlights of Southern Spain
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Arrive in Malaga, Orientation & Welcome Dinner. (D)
Lecture on Introduction to Andalusia, City Centre Walking Tour, Picasso Museum (B)
Ronda Walking Tour, Ronda´s Bullring, Winery visit and Tasting (B, L)
Transfer to Granada, Alcazaba, Roman Theater, Lecture on Moorish Spain (B)
Albayzin & Royal Chapel, Flamenco show (B)
Alhambra & Generalife Gardens, Independent Exploration (B)
Transfer to Sevilla, Cordoba Great Mosque & Synagogue (B, L)
Lecture on Seville´s Golden Age, Cathedral, Alcazar Royal Palace, Jewish Quarter Walking Tour (B)
Fine Arts Museum, Olive Oil Mill visit and Tasting, Independent Exploration (B)
Itálica, Cooking Class & Farewell Paella Lunch (B, L)
End of program (B)
Day by Day
The tour coordinator will greet everyone and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions. After orientation, we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel. At a restaurant, we´ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.
After breakfast, an expert will join us to give a presentation on Andalusia. We will learn about the different cultures that have influenced the shape of this region throughout history. Then, we will meet a local expert for a walk to the Historic Old Town to learn more about the history of this magnificent city.
In the afternoon, we will depart from the hotel by private bus towards the Picasso Museum to meet a local guide who will lead our visit to the museum.
After breakfast, we will set out with a local expert for a day trip to Ronda. Upon arrival, we will visit the oldest bullring in Spain and the three main bridges that cross the famous gorge under the guidance of a local guide. During the walk, we will also learn about the unique role Ronda played during Spain’s Civil War. Afterwards, we will have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, on our journey back to Malaga, we will stop at a winery where we will enjoy an expert-led visit and a wine tasting session. Then, we will continue to Malaga, expecting to arrive late in the afternoon.
Breakfast at hotel. After check-out, we will meet a local expert who will accompany us to the Alcazaba. This fortress palace dates back to the Muslim period and it is one of the most visited historical monuments in Malaga. We will then visit the Roman Theater, built in the first century A.D. Afterwards, we will begin our transfer by private bus to Granada.
After checking in at the hotel and settling into our rooms, a local expert will join us at the hotel meeting room for a presentation on Moorish Spain and its influences.
After breakfast, we will meet a local expert for a walk through the Albayzin, with its well-preserved Moorish streets. The Albayzin is Granada’s oldest Arab district, located on the hill opposite the Alhambra. Afterwards, we will walk with the same expert on a field trip towards the Royal Chapel, the final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
In the afternoon, after enjoying some free time for independent exploration, we will depart by bus to a local “tablao” for a special flamenco music and dance show.
After breakfast, we will spend the morning at the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens with a local expert. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most significant examples of Islamic art.
Then, we will have free time to explore the city and our tour coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.
After check-out, we will be transferred by private bus to Seville. On route, we will stop in Cordova, crossroads of civilizations and the mainstay of Islamic and Jewish heritage in Spain. While here, we’ll enjoy expert-led explorations of the Great Mosque and Cathedral, and one of the last-standing ancient synagogues in Spain. Afterwards, at a local restaurant, we will enjoy a delicious set menu. Then, we will continue to Seville, expecting to arrive in the late afternoon.
After checking in at the hotel and settling into our rooms, we will have an orientation walk.
After breakfast, we will walk to Alandis Travel headquarters, an 18th century old mansion, where we will be joined by a local expert who will give us a presentation on the 16th and 17th centuries in Seville. Then, we will meet with a local guide who will lead us inside the Cathedral, one of the world´s largest and most packed with historic treasures and art.
In the afternoon, we will meet with a local expert who will accompany us to the extraordinary Alcazar Royal Palace and lead us in our visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, we will walk around Seville’s oldest neighborhood and former Jewish quarter, the Barrio of Santa Cruz.
We will depart for a walk with our tour coordinator to the extraordinary Fine Arts Museum where we will meet a local expert who will show us the brilliant works of 17th century Spanish Masters of Art such as Velazquez, Zurbaran, and Murillo. Then, we will depart by private bus to spend the rest of the morning visiting an Olive Oil Mill. An expert will give us a lecture on the production of the “golden liquid” of Spain and we will have an oil tasting session.
Then, we will return to Seville and we will have the rest of the day free to explore the city, for which our Tour Coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.
We will depart by private bus to the Roman ruins of Italica, birthplace of two Roman emperors, for an expert-led visit with a local historian. Afterwards, we will return to Seville to have a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef. We will learn about the most popular traditional Spanish dish, Paella, and how to cook it. After enjoying the meal we cooked, we will have free time to pack, explore or just relax.
Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.