Discover the Secrets of Muslim Spain.
Travel in time to Al-Andalus & Iberia, staying within the Golden Age Cities of al-Andalus. Explore the history of Iberia from it’s Medieval population, it’s ethnic and religious diversity, until today.
AL-ANDALUS EXPERIENCEDiscover the Secrets of Muslim Spain
We specialise in planning & providing exclusive incoming tours and unique experiences in Spain. Ten years of all sized group tours beyond Andalusia, our local region in Spain, several times a month, allow us to plan and perform group tours to any schedule at best standards. Being a specialised incoming local travel agent also grants us best rates.
“- We set out in 2007, to uphold and share the legacy of Al-Andalus, covering a culture gap present in Europe, through travel and cultural events."
Discover our history, culture & leisure, or educational tours, workshops, and events. Share a unique journey into Islamic heritage, infused with Iberian tradition & roots. Discover the origin, rise, and fall of Islam in Al-Andalus in full detail, as researched and accounted by modern, independent unbiased researchers.
Al-Andalus Experience is also honored in being the first travel company established locally in Spain to address the needs of worldwide Muslim travelers when visiting Golden Age Cities of Al-Andalus, more so we also hold a unique insight into Islamic heritage, Iberian tradition & roots.
“- A great part of our team is composed of first and second generation European Muslims, hence we have a deep understanding of our local travel interests & needs."
COMBINE OUR CATALOG CATEGORIES TO TRAVEL YOUR OWN STYLE!
You can combine our Online Booking Engine offer categories to optimize and extend your traveling time through our focused and leisurely plans at each location.
A 10-year service with the most humble start, where our exclusive service has allowed us to develop an offer year after year until today, learning to adapt to today’s traveler needs while creating a flexible travel offer with your choice and excellence in service, as our main priority.
We have also learned to be flexible about your own bookings within our tour offer. With this in mind, we no longer include our hotel offers directly along with our tour offer by default, but these are suggested to mach your travel route with our best hotel selection for each tour and at the best available rates, when you complete any tour booking from our online booking system.
You can book our hotel packages on their own also, providing freedom for you to plan and added value through our best bonus discount in all of our ‘City Guided Tours and Activitites’. This approach will ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the main highlights at any location, yet you get to plan your independent or semi-independent trip freely, at your own pace and style by combining our different offer sections to your own date selection.
You will find all these options below with full online booking possibilities. For custom travel routes or service packages, please use our ‘Need Help to Plan?’ menu or button links to our guided service custom plan form.
Our aim is to deliver excellence in travel, keeping your choice and best experience in mind.
Our exclusive ‘Travel Route Service Packs’ are essentially multi-day tour packages offered in a new manner to provide a range of distinct new standards and choice, in daytime tour & logistics services.
TRAVEL ROUTE DAYTIME SERVICE PACKS!?**
BEST VALUE SHARED TRAVEL ROUTES & EXPERIENCES
*MULTIDAY TRAVEL SERVICES INCLUDING ALL THE HIGHLIGHT TOURS AND SERVICES FROM ARRIVAL TO DEPARTURE, WITH LOCAL GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION,
choose your plan, dates & groupsize
INCOMING GROUP TOURS
We design our group tours to a comfortable standard. One of our tour managers will assist your group from arrival to departure, coordinating with our bus driver for transportation to tour sites and from city to city. City highlights and main Islamic heritage site tours are carried out by official UNESCO Heritage guides in Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and other cities when required. Our tour managers are well known to vividly narrate the general story, contrasting the information provided by the Official Local Guides at each city center.
choose your plan, dates & groupsize
FAMILY ECONOMY TOUR
Through experience, we have found that most small parties would preffer a service which doesn’t become too expensive, while the alternative of a non-guided service is also posible, we preffer to have a middle way. Our guides will act as courtesy driver when necessary throughout our travel routes for groups under 6 person, we will only charge you for the actual vehicle running cost per day in this case, no extras for driving!
choose dates & arrival point
JOIN OUR REGULAR TOUR
Finally our effort for the past 10 years has been to establish ongoing regular group tours, where travellers of a different origin can interact during the tour while sharing the cost of our daytime servive units; vehicles, guides, etc. Our promotion group tours are offered twice a month in good standards standards, the only conditionant is they are to be confirmed at 15 participants and over. If the trip is cancelled then we would suggest alternatives or produce a full refund a month ahead.
CITY HOTEL TOUR OFFERS
FOR YOU TO BOOK ALONG WITH OUR TRAVEL ROUTE SERVICE PACKS OR AT YOUR OWN PACE & STYLE, WITH EXTRA TRAVEL SERVICES AVAILABLE WHILE PLANNING & BOOKING
choose hotels for any route
TRAVEL ROUTE HOTEL OFFER
Watch out for regular updates in our ‘City Hotel Offers’ section, where you can book the hotel packages of our travel routes or make your own plans, independently at your own pace & style. Optional extra travel services can be arranged to obtain the benefit of our guides under any circumstances or you can hop on and off from our weekly ‘City Guided Tours & Activities’ at each location as you go, which allows for more lengthy personal and independent travel plans
REQUEST BEST HOTEL OFFER
With the innovative tendency towards hotel booking automation, prices provided by most European hotels are today ‘dynamic’, according to real-time booking demand for each particular location and hotel. For a local company based on our own local service as our prime capital, it is hard and expensive to keep up with this all. We can take in any specific hotel request and grant best market rates, but this will be via 24-48 h manual process. We can also price match hotels before you confirm, should you want us to deal with your package as a whole,
booking.com alternative RATES
SAFEGUARD YOUR RATES
If you would like to make an immediate hotel booking to safeguard your rates, this is also possible. We recently partnered with booking.com, through their online hotel booking solution for travel agents we can follow up on any bookings made by you through our Booking.com Agent Link, matching your booked services from our website towards pick-up time at your specifically chosen hotels.
extra leisure tour modules, to connect to each other, or to your group tour
2-3 Night Packages & Options
Arrival/connection transfer included from arrival/departure point in Spain.
As always, extra optional services available during our booking process, or combine with a discount in all ‘City Guided Tours & Activities’ local offer, to tune your trip further.
CITY ESCAPES & SERVICE OPTIONS
YOUR KEY TO THE GOLDEN CITIES OF AL-ANDALUS, A SELECTION OF CITY ACCOMMODATION, ALONG WITH ADDED SERVICE VALUE AND CHOICE.
combine our offer to your choice
BROWSE & PLAN ONLINE
Your key to the Golden Age cities of Al-Andalua, a selection of city accommodation along with optional extra ground services to enhance your stay, inlcluding added value tour & activity vouchers and a discount code to our entire ‘City Guided Tours & Activities’ section.
hop-on at your own pace & style
CITY GUIDED TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Add our unique experiences at each location into your own travel plan and hop-on and off as you go! We count with local managing teams at each of our tour featured cities, each managing our own local catalog of tours, activities and local events on a weekly basis for you to join!
count with our local know-how
LET US HELP YOU PLAN
Let us help you plan your trip flexibly step by step, arranging all of your tours and activities at each location so that you can comfortably enjoy from start to end.
COMBINE OUR CATALOG CATEGORIES TO TRAVEL YOUR OWN STYLE!
Explore our seasonal online offer and availability, combine our catalog sections and extra options to tune your trip adding tours or accommodation packages until you feel it is right. You may also combine our Daytime Travel Service Packs and City Guided Tours and Activities with your own accommodation or hotel bookings. We offer our own favourite city centre accommdation at best rates through the booking process to match each tour’s exact travel route and encourage you to stay with us throughout your entire booking experience, your choice starts here!
Local Muslims Assisting Muslim Travelers, unofficially since 1994.
Our story goes back to a collaboration of individuals, professionals, and organizations in Spain, committed to upholding and sharing the legacy of Al-Andalus. We welcome travelers from all over to discover this legacy through our educational tours, workshops, and events. Our services cater to Muslims, offering Halal meals and a healthy, family-friendly environment.
Upholding and sharing the legacy of Al-Andalus. Discover our educational tours, workshops, and events.
Our options are served, the choice is yours.
OUR PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS
COUNT WITH OUR LOCAL KNOW-HOW, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERTISE & RESOURCES
EXCLUSIVE TRAVEL ROUTE PLANS
Our tours are planned by local well-traveled tour managers, improving upon a clockwork performance one year after another for ten years now is what makes us exclusively different from a growing number of competitors who offer a parallel service to ours through the past years. Being the first local offer to create a service is not enough to keep us afloat, we work hard to stay first!
EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE, FROM ARRIVAL TO DEPARTURE
Our personal attention to travelling groups starts from the first enquiry we receive from you at our administration office in Granada, Spain. We back you up throughout the booking and performance of any travel plan. We pay a special attention standards: vehicles & drivers, guides, restaurants, hotels or anything listed has been selected to offer customer’s best satisfaction.
EXPERT GUIDES, TELL YOU THE STORY AS WE MOVE
Our team of local experts, travel assistant tour conducting guides, UESCO Heritage Guides, and other local expert support, grants a cohesive and threaded story line to our journeys, offering new insights into tradition and heritage of our unique cities and contrasting them with historiological sources,
CITY HIGHLIGHT TOURS & MAIN TICKETS INCLUDED
In case there is any doubt, we include the UNESCO Heritage Site Monument tickets and UNESCO Local Guides in all of our City Guided Tours, as part of our ‘Travel Route Service Packs’ as well as our ‘City Guided Tours & Activities’ sections.
KNOWN BY OUR GOOD STANDARDS THROUGHOUT
We make sure that any vehicles hired towards our tours meet the conditions and needs of our groups. A steady 100km/h cruise requires good engines, while we like to leave 10 seats free on our fullest bus. Smaller family tour and VIP tour vehicles will meet your demand for a comfortable tour.
YOUR CHOICE OF HOTELS, WE ALSO PRICE MATCH
We offer different standard choices to any of our tours and this is also helped by our flexible policy about hotel reservations you may join our services to your own chosen hotel bookings, also very interesting for our travel agent collaborators, who would like to add on to our services to build your own packages.
Since 2017, to celebrate our 10 years of service anniversary, we set out to expand our concept from a one department company to a multi department organization, by setting up ‘Local City Delegations’ at each of our closest and most visited cities in Andalusia. We are welcoming our new City Manager Teams in Cordoba and Sevilla, as well as new staff members and collaborators are workng around from our hometown Granada, Spain. Hence our catalog expansion, containing new offers adressed to the indendent traveller, as you will have noticed from our most recent catalog offer sections, namely our ‘City Escapes & Optional Service Extras’ as well as the ‘City Guided Tours and Activities’ are managed by our new local teams at the centre of each city itself. We hope to be posting more of our action throughout this process.
Finally, as they say, “if you can’t beat them join’em!”, so we have also partnered with our main online hotel booking competitor Booking.com in order that you can book online with them and we will be able to follow up and plan to pick you up at whichever hotels you book through our booking.com partner link.
Welcome to our cities, in whichever way you decide it to happen!
EMINENT CITIES OF AL-ANDALUS
& IBERIA TODAY
The model of cities with stable environments, where men of different sciences were commissioned to study and develop the different sciences, had already brought a cultural revolution in the East. Cities such as Damascus and Baghdad collected and further developed several elements taken from the Byzantine, Persian, Hindus and Chinese civilizations, integrating them within the Islamic holistic approach to knowledge. Further, the wise Hispaniola-Muslims, strongly influenced by this Eastern Revolution, also studied the ancient Greek philosophical work. New ways to sail at sea were opened by the development of the compass, new methods of irrigation for the fields where introduced and paper itself was manufactured towards books of science.
The Medina, city in Arabic, had defensive towers, with optical communication systems and offered its inhabitants protection in times of war. The main streets of the medina where born at the doors of the city walls and were turned into stoned roads. The rest of the city where a labyrinth of little alleyways. These cities, both small and large, created stable environments where scholars in the different sciences would gather to share and further develop their studies. Large cities had sewerage systems for dirty water, public fountains with drinkable water and numerous baths. There where also funduqs or guest houses for the caravans which brought diverse merchandises to the town, coming from the farmlands, other cities or diverse foreign countries.