Experience romantic southern Spain on a seven-night journey in Andalucía. Stay in a modern parador in Antequera, and discover the history of Al-Andalus, as this region of Spain was known during eight centuries of Moorish control. Examine the influence of Moorish culture, along with Christian and Jewish influences, on the region’s art, architecture and cuisine while appreciating its contemporary culture. See the courtyards and fountains of the Alhambra in Granada, the iconic arches of La Mezquita in Córdoba and the imposing Alcázar in Sevilla. From beautiful Ronda perched above the El Tajo Gorge to a spirited flamenco, embrace the best of Andalucía.
SMALL GROUP JOURNEY – with max. 28 participants.
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- Trip Type
- International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Jun 13, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019
– 7 nights in Antequera, Spain, at the first-class Parador de Antequera.
- day 1
Depart for Málaga, Spain.
- day 2
Málaga, Spain | Antequera
Transfer to the Parador de Antequera. Tonight, at the parador, get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
- day 3
Discovery: Ancient Antequera. Witness Europe’s most striking megalithic monuments, the Menga and Viera dolmens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ponder the incredible labor and skill required to build these enormous stone burial chambers. Then take a guided walk in Antequera. Begin at the Alcazaba, the Moorish fortress, and admire sweeping vistas of Antequera. Visit the Real Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor, a 16th-century church, and see other landmarks in the old town. Enjoy lunch in town. Free Time: Set your own agenda this afternoon. Enrichment: Andalucía and the Moorish Influence.
- day 4
Discovery: Granada & Palace City. Travel to Granada to visit the stunning Alhambra, the Moorish fortress and palace complex. It was built in the 13th and 14th centuries by the kings of the Nasrid dynasty who sought to create their own paradise on earth. In the Palacios Nazaríes, see the Court of the Myrtles, the Hall of the Ambassadors, the Court of the Lions, and more. Visit the castle, and stroll amid the gardens of Generalife. Within the Alhambra, relax over lunch at the Parador de Granada’s restaurant. Free Time: Head down into Granada to explore.
- day 5
Discovery: Sevilla. Journey to Sevilla, the cultural heart of southern Spain. On a panoramic/walking tour, visit the magnificent Plaza de España, adorned with colorful ceramics. Then step inside the grand Cathedral of Sevilla, the world’s largest Gothic building. Next, visit the splendid Real Alcázar, a 10th-century Moorish palace that later became a Spanish royal residence. See the centuries-old bullring and Torre del Oro, the Moorish watchtower near the Guadalquivir River. Finish with a walk through the charming Barrio de Santa Cruz. Free Time: Find a nice spot for lunch on your own before returning to Antequera.
- day 6
Enrichment: Bullfighting Traditions. Discovery: Ronda. Spectacularly set on the edge of El Tajo Gorge high above the open countryside, Ronda is a showstopper and the largest of the region’s “pueblos blancos,” or white towns. Visit the Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor, a church built on the site of a mosque. Then stand in the famed sandstone bullring, Plaza de Toros, inaugurated in 1785, and discover more about this iconic Spanish tradition at the museum on-site. Delight in an unforgettable view over El Tajo from the terrace of Casa de San Juan Bosco. Discovery: Bodega Joaquín Fernández. Sit with a glass of wine and take in the gorgeous scenery at the vineyard of this organic winery. Your visit includes a tasting of the bodega’s wines and lunch.
- day 7
Discovery: Córdoba. Explore the great mosque, La Mezquita, containing the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Spain. After the city was recaptured by the Spanish, a cathedral was built inside the complex in the 16th century. Its most spellbinding feature is the superb hall with 856 columns made from marble, granite, jasper and onyx connected by striped arches. See the Roman bridge, and walk in the atmospheric Jewish quarter, filled with winding streets and whitewashed homes. Free Time: Make your own plans for lunch and exploration in Córdoba. This evening, dine at a restaurant in Antequera.
- day 8
Enrichment: Contemporary Spain. Free Time: Spend the day at leisure in Antequera, or join one of today’s activities. ELECTIVE | Torcal & Olive Oil Experience. Visit a family-owned olive oil mill and learn how olive oil is made. Savor a delicious brunch featuring the mill’s olive oil. Then drive through the unique limestone landscape of El Torcal Nature Reserve. You can also opt to take a complimentary, round-trip shuttle to vibrant Málaga and explore on your own. Tonight, celebrate your time in the south of Spain at a Farewell Reception and Dinner in the parador. During a special performance, relish the passion and precision of flamenco, Spain’s renowned art form.
- day 9
After breakfast, transfer to the Málaga airport for the return flight to your gateway city.
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