Discover Al-Andalus

5 night Tour in Andalusia, Spain.
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DISCOVER AL-ANDALUS

 

A classic journey into the heart of al-Andalus, through the Golden Age Cities which are the most important historical capitals of Andalusia, their Islamic legacy as well as their provinces as we move through Cordoba, Seville and Granada. We will stay two nights in Cordoba, Caliphate Capital of Al-Andalus, one night in Seville and two nights in Granada, the Last Muslim Kingdom in Iberia.

We start this tour with a group meeting at Malaga International Airport, moving directly into a historical narration on our way to Cordoba, the Umayyad capital of Al-Andalus where we shall spend two nights. On our way to the former kingdom of Granada, the last Muslim state in Spain, we will have a daytime excursion into Seville. Once in Granada, we will spend most of the two days on touring the Alhambra and historical quarters of the city. The rest of the time gives you the option to relax and enjoy whilst shopping or preparing for any extra activities available for booking during the tour. Extra nighttime visits & walks or workshop programs are also possible.

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 The mystery surrounding Islam’s introduction to Spain is one echoed by many historians. It is openly acknowledged that much of Al-Andalus’ history has been either hidden or re-written in the wake of the Spanish Inquisition. This lack of historical transparency continues to inspire researchers, historians, and local enthusiasts to investigate and reveal this particular rich yet ‘covered’ history.

 Al-Andalus Experience originally emerged partly to a lack of service that goes into solving logistic problems for Muslim travelers in Spain. A great part of our team and collaborators are of Muslim faith and religion, hence we appreciate the needs and interests of Muslim travelers. In spite of this, we would like to offer our tours, activities and excursions to an intercultural public, such as the one which originally inhabited al-Andalus. In this way we  fulfill our aim as a travel agency in securing a ‘Cultural Bridge’ throughout these enriching experiences in Spain.

Travel back into the times of Al-Andalus & Iberia and staying within the Golden Age Cities of al-Andalus. Carefully planned travel routes, in a chronological order according to historical relevance, taking account for leisure and even shopping! Our routes invite you to discover the historical centers of the main cities in the heart of Al-Andalus.

We start this tour with a group meeting at Malaga International Airport, moving directly into a historical narration on our way to Cordoba, the Umayyad capital of Al-Andalus where we shall spend two nights. On our way to the former kingdom of Granada, the last Muslim state in Spain, we will have a daytime excursion into Seville. Once in Granada, we will spend most of the two days on touring the Alhambra and historical quarters of the city. The rest of the time gives you the option to relax and enjoy whilst shopping or preparing for any extra activities available for booking during the tour. Extra nighttime visits & walks or workshop programs are also possible.

Day 1. Arrival at Malaga. Transfer to Cordoba.

Pick up at Malaga international airport and transfer to Córdoba (170 km). Welcome presentations, introduction to Andalusia and Spain on our way to Cordoba. After arrival, check-in to our hotel in Cordoba’s town centre, a leisurely walk through the Medina al-Qadima of Cordoba, our first welcome dinner and finally an evening rest at our hotel in Cordoba.

Day 2: Cordoba, Capital of the Umayyads.

In the morning we will have our guided visit of the Umayyad Mosque of Cordoba, one of the oldest structures still standing when Muslims ruled Al-Andalus in the late 8th century. After this we continue to Medinat Al-Zahra, the Caliph’s court city palace’s archaeological site, research & exhibition centre. After lunch; free time is given for any extra activities, rest, or shopping! Besides a lively town centre and many shops, there are today’s three active mosques in Cordoba worth visiting. This could be an opportunity to meet some local Muslims while touring around town.

Day 3: Excursion to Seville & continue to Granada.

On this day we will take an excursion from Cordoba to Seville. We will arrive in Seville before midday and have guided visits in Seville’s historical center including the Alkasr Royal Palaces & Gardens, Cathedral of Seville, modern Giralda, Torre del Oro, Jewish quarters, the old medina and city walls, Parque de Maria Luisa, Plaza de España, and the remains of the Almohad courtyard and minaret.

After the visits, lunch & some ‘free time’, we will continue to Granada for an active program covering the fourth and fifth day of this trip.

Day 4: Granada, the last Muslim Kingdom of Al-Andalus. Tour of the Alhambra court city, palaces and gardens.

A guided visit to the Alhambra palatial town, including the Nashrid Palaces, Alkasaba fortress, Generalife’s summer palace & gardens, and the old Medina of the Alhambra. Afterwards, we move on to visit the old medina of Garnatta and it’s main areas, divisions, and city walls. We will visit the Albayzin Mosque at the Mirador de San Nicolas, most famous viewing point of Granada and the Alhambra. After a lunch break, we walk down to the town center, visit the ‘souq’ streets, and the area’s most historical points. After due resting, you will have the afternoon free to make your own plans for shopping or extra optional activities available in Granada. You may enjoy some free time in the modern town which is a fusion of Souq markets, old alleyways, the riverside & the active modern city appeals.

Day 5: Leisure & Activity day in Granada.

This day is reserved for your own leisurely plan, you may participate in any of our own or other local available available. These consist of for example visiting the Science Park Museum in Granada, or our own series of workshops or sport activities which we will happily offer to groups of ten plus participants and have a separate cost range of 25€ for the workshops and 35€ for a complete multi-activity and sports package (climbing, paint-ball, archery, cycling, etc). upon your request, horse riding activities are also available. None of the above activities are included within the price of the tour package, the costs must be provided beforehand and upon registration of the activity, course or workshop. Essentially we have a free program until tomorrow’s departure. Those opting for a shorter, five night tour will have a private transfer arranged from Granada to Malaga Airport, taking around oune hour and a half, and leaving Granada four hours before the groups earliest flight departure time.

Day 6: Departure Transfer to Malaga International Airport.

The program from this point onwards will depend on your departure arrangements as well as any optional tour extensions chosen at the time of your booking. If you are leaving today, we recommend you to book a late evening flight home from Malaga international airport. On a Friday Jummah in Granada is a lovely experience, the Albayzin Mosque at Mirador de San Nicolás watches over Granada city, the Alhambra and the snowy topped Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges.

*Note: Please seek our advice upon extension plans, optional leisure activities, visits or available excursions to add on to this tour.

Accommodation & Meals

Our default accommodation choice is at a 3-4 stars hotel with breakfast included, unless stated otherwise within the ‘Price Terms’ of each offer. We can usually confirm the whole circuit with 4 stars if the group is booked early. Tour prices are stated per person, sharing a double room,or single room upgrades are also possible.

 

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We can also offer more family or student groups oriented city picturesque hostels or touristic apartments. Breakfast is not usually included by default at the apartments, but can be arranged nearby or provided as a self-catering breakfast to be self served before our morning  group meeting time.

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Finally you may also use your own hotel bookings while benefiting of our daytime Travel Route Service Packs at different service standards.

 

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As a standard for ‘Group Tours’ we would like to include a full board meal option, two daily halal meals throughout the program, mostly at local Muslim restaurants.

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Tour Guides &  Transportation  

Arrival & departure point is Malaga International Airport [Airport code: AGP]; other connections available upon request. We include flight bookings upon request.

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Our ‘Group Tours’ are managed by one or more of our local Muslim guides, who will welcome you at arrival meeting point (airport, port) and will continue with the group until departure. Added to this general tour conductor, we include Official Guides at every UNESCO Heritage Monument tour.

 

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Transportation between cities is included, a private bus with A/C.

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Monuments included: Cordoba: Mezquita Catedral de Córdoba*, Live Museum of al-Andalus, Medinat al-Zahra**, Casa Andalusi; Sevilla: Alkazar de Sevilla*, Catedral de Sevilla, Torre del Oro, Plaza de España. Granada: Alhambra Palace* & Gardens, Jannat al’Ariff (Generalife) Summer Palace*; Mezquita Mayor de Granada *Official UNESCO World Heritage Guide included. **This monument is closed on Sundays & Mondays, we sometimes have to compromise or displace them to another time/day than that listed on the above program.

Other Extra Activities may be included or left as optional by the school organizing board. Onboard Group Shool Monitors should be informed of incluive items like specific extra visit tickets, and inform the group of their options according to the final negotiations and bookings  the school decides to leave for open or multiple choices.  We need to make prior arrangements for the group so ideally all extra activity participant numbers should be closed before arrival, independently of whether they are paid ahead or on the spot by the group.

Notes

The optimum ‘Group Tour’ value is obtained towards groups with 20 travellers or more, However, we quote to any standard and group size you request.  The pricing listed below has been calculated for a minimum group size of 30 participants, under this number the service cost will have to be requoted to a new, higher value. 

The schedule is intended as a flexible introduction to Al-Andalus. Group or private connections can be made to Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon and the tour could also continue south into Morocco. Please contact us via the form provided for a step by step guide in planning your trip, you may also search our ‘Private Tour’ section for independent travel packages and dedicated private services.

 

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Due to reasons beyond our own control, we may have to change the itinerary program according to the travel dates, opening hours and other elements, to another time/day than those listed.

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All items and the final program, standards and price will be confirmed during the booking process.

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We also offer travel insurance upon request, we do not include it by default.

 

OUR CHOSEN ACCOMMODATION FOR Brondesbury College London:

Apartamentos Patio de Viana

One of our top picks in Córdoba.These stylish apartments are set around a garden patio and sun terrace. Located next to Santa Marina Church, they are 20 minutes’ walk from Córdoba’s Mezquita Cathedral.

Each air-conditioned apartment features free Wi-Fi. The living room has a sofa and flat-screen satellite TV. A fridge, microwave, coffee maker and dishwasher can be found in the well-equipped kitchen. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer.

Breakfast is available at Apartamentos Patio de Viana and there is a tour desk and ticket service. There is limited private parking on site, and public parking is available nearby for an extra charge.

This is our guests’ favourite part of Córdoba, according to independent reviews.

Groups particularly like the location — they rated it 8.7 for stays with multiple people.

Apartamentos Puerta Real

These modern apartments are located in a quiet street in the centre of Granada, a short walk from the pedestrian city centre and historical quarters of the Albaycin, though within the modern historical centre of Granada, near to Bib-Rambla and the current Cathedral area (former Mosque location).  The accommodation in Apartamentos Puerta Real features a small kitchenette.

There are many shops nearby. The Town Hall is within a short walk.

The kitchenette in each of the apartments includes a microwave and a fridge. There is also air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a TV. The building has a lift.  Granada City Centre is a great choice for travellers interested in ancient landmarks, architecture and monuments.

Groups particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for stays with multiple people.

PACKAGE PRICING OPTIONS EXCLUDING FLIGHTS*:

*The offer below is a special private offer provided for Brondesbury College London, by means of our delegate sales manager Nizam. The prices below have been calculated towards a minimum group size of 30 participants.

SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

We are a legally constituted travel agency, in Andalusia, Spain, with license CIAN 186365-2. This license implies that we are duly qualified, authorised and insured to arrange travel packages of all sorts worldwide, though we specialise in incoming packages to Andalusia, Spain. We are also honoured in being the first local travel agency in Spain to address Muslim travel needs since 2007. Our home town being Granada, we are accredited Alhambra ticket distributors, the ‘Red Palace’ remaining from the Last Muslim Kingdom of Al-Andalus, UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most visited attractions in Spain.

Our speciality lies in developing travel routes based on the Muslim Heritage of Al-Andalus, to be achieved at any standard or travel style. Our travel routes invite you to discover the historical centres of the main cities in Andalusia, the heart of al-Andalus, being planned in a chronological order according to Spain’s Islamic history, while taking into account leisure and even shopping!

Our service is the fruit of first and second generation local Spanish and European Muslim efforts to gain the benefit of meeting and assisting travellers of a worldwide origin. Al-Andalus Experience originally emerged partly after recognizing a lack of service in solving logistic problems for Muslim travelers in Spain. A great part of our team and collaborators are of Muslim faith and religion, hence we can appreciate the needs and interests of Muslim travelers.We are committed to honouring and communicating the legacy of Al-Andalus, providing a unique insight into the history and modern affairs of ‘Muslim Spain’.

 

 

Upholding and sharing the legacy of Al-Andalus. Discover our educational tours, workshops, and events.

Share a unique insight into Islamic heritage, 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 university researchers in Andalusia, Spain.

Travel in time to Al-Andalus & Iberia, staying within the Golden Age Cities of al-Andalus. Explore the history of Iberia from an early stage from its Medieval population and religious diversity until today.

As a foundational stone of Europe and the modern world, we should try to come close to Al-Andalus, learn more about it. We might find clues about our modern world, how to live in it better and avoid falling into the same mistakes.

Carefully planned travel routes, in a chronological order according to historical relevance, taking account for leisure and even shopping! Explore the history of Iberia from an early stage.

Community partnership, research, and local networking are at the heart of the Al-Andalus Experience project. We support local and Muslim businesses, cultural and educational organizations by utilizing their resources in all projects, whenever possible. Likewise, we are always open to networking and collaborating with different individuals, professionals, volunteers and organizations.

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