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‘A 4 night tour to discover the secrets of Muslim Spain’

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This tour contains a journey of discovery of the most important historical capitals of Andalusia, their Islamic legacy and their provinces while moving through Cordoba, Seville and Granada. This itinerary is intended as a flexible and extendible express introduction to Andalusia.

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: Granada & departure or optional tour extensions

If you are leaving today, we would like to recommend you to book a late evening flight home from Malaga international airport. Jummah in Granada is a lovely experience, the Albayzin Mosque at Mirador de San Nicolás has a superb view of Granada city, the Alhambra and the snowy topped Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges. The program after Jummah depends on your departure arrangements as well as any optional tour extensions chosen at the time of your booking.


Further Details

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 night time visits & walks or workshop programs are also possible.

You have a choice to conclude your tour on the 5th day in Granada or to enjoy more shopping, extra activities or workshop programs. Tour extensions into other cities and nature escapes are available during the booking process. tours-in-andalusia-spain

Tour Standards

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The optimum ‘Group Tour’ value is obtained towards groups with 20 travelers or more However, we quote to any standard and group size you request. 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 below, you may also search our ‘Private Tour’ section for independent travel packages and dedicated private services.

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

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

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


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