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7 NIGHT TOUR: FROM IBERIA TO AL-ANDALUS
Travel in time to Al-Andalus & Iberia,
know and enjoy the Golden Age Cities of al-Andalus.

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FROM IBERIA TO AL-ANDALUS

This is a 7 night discovery tour starting out in Madrid and covering the most important historical capitals of Al-Andalus, their Islamic legacy and monuments as well as their provinces. We will be moving through Toledo, Cordoba, Seville and Granada before a leisurely return to Madrid, the capital of modern Spain. The schedule is intended as a flexible introduction to Al-Andalus & Iberia; the same route can also be performed with a night in Toledo, Seville, and further nights in Madrid. Group or private connections can be made to Barcelona, Lisbon or into Morocco, before or after the suggested itinerary.

 

Day 1: Arrival and Introduction at Madrid: From Islamic medina to modern capital of Spain.

Airport welcome & introduction to Madrid, the current capital of Spain. On our way through the capital, Madrid, we will have a city panoramic, including views to the Royal Palace, souvenir stop at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, coffee stop at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. After our introduction through Madrid, the capital of Spain, Madrid, afternoon leisurely in Madrid's pinpoint center district. * The schedule is intended as a flexible introduction to Al-Andalus & Iberia; the same route can also be performed with a night in Toledo.

Day 2: Morning departure to Toledo and South along the Route of Don Quixote, to Cordoba.

Today we will start travelling on time to Toledo, Capital of Iberia, Medieval, pre-and post-Muslim Spain. Welcome to the 'medina' or ancient town of Toledo, we explore the medina of 'Toleytula' from within and indulge in some first shopping around the 'souq' streets before dinner within the medina. After lunch, we will continue south along the 'Route of Don Quixote', through Castilla La Mancha and Andalusia to reach Córdoba by mid-afternoon. We will stop before reaching Cordoba at a roadside stop made for Muslim travellers, offering a generous and varied 3 course buffet meal and the prayer & resting facilities.

Day 3: Cordoba, Capital of the Umayyads.

In the morning we shall have our guided visit of the Umayyad Mosque of Cordoba. After we continue to Medinat Al-Zahra, the Caliph's court city palace's archaeological site, research and exhibition center. After lunch, free time is given for any extra activities, rest, or shopping! There are three active mosques in Cordoba worth visiting and a marvellous opportunity to meet some local Muslims while touring around town.

Day 4: Seville, from rival kingdom to capital of Andalusia today.

Once a rival kingdom to the Ummayad, ruled by the Almowahidin dinasty, today Seville triumphs as the capital of Andalusia. Seville is a city where we can witness the fusion of the Iberian paradox. Guided visits in Seville's historical center including the Alkasr Royal Palaces & Gardens, Cathedral of Seville contains some artefacts of the former Almohad mosque courtyard and minaret. And a final walk along the old Medina and city walls, Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza de España. We suggest you take a leisurely evening plan enjoying walks or rides along the riverside and pedestrian city center.

Day 5: Mountain Route into Granada.

The route from Cordoba to Granada contains views of many castles, towers, 'zagras', white villages, where we can recreate a vivid historical vision of this whole period, the last Muslim lands of Al-Andalus, into the former Kingdom of Garn'atta, today's Granada. We will be cruising along sites that used to be a 250 years border between the Muslim Kingdom of Granada and the four Spanish Christian Kingdoms, after their conquest of Cordoba. A quick stop along the way will allow travellers to gain some knowledge about the Olive Oil industry, enabling us also to purchase olive oil & traditional rural products, with the best quality and price.

Our first stop in Granada is usually a walk into the Albaycin to reach San Nicolas square, where we shall find the Mosque to pray at 'Mezquita Mayor de Granada'. We will have dinner nearby the mosque and later check into our hotel in the city center. Welcome to our home town Granada!

Day 6: Granada, Alhambra Palatial town.

Guided visit to the Alhambra's palatial town, including the Nashrid Palaces, Generalife summer palace & gardens, and the old medina of the Alhambra. After this we move on to visit the old medina of Garnatta and its main areas and city walls divisions. This will take us through to a leisurely lunch time in the modern town which is a fusion of Souq markets, old alleyways, riversides & the active modern city appeals. Those willing may revisit the Albayzin Mosque at 'Mirador de San Nicolás by daytime, watching over views of Granada city, the Alhambra and the snowy topped Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges behind.

Day 7: Departure through Madrid, leisurely afternoon in Madrid, capital of Spain.

Transfer from Granada to Madrid, Capital of Spain, where we shall have some leisurely shopping time in and spend our last night before departure the next day. Our suggestion towards your first evening in Madrid is to enjoy a leisurely evening walk introducing the Royal Palace square, Opera Square, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and free time by Gran Via of Madrid, before dinner nearby your hotel in the city center of Madrid.

Day 8

Program on our final morning in Madrid will depend upon your flight departure time. Departure is scheduled from Madrid Barajas International Airport.

*The schedule is intended as a flexible introduction to Al-Andalus & Iberia you can add further nights in Madrid upon request.

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

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Further Details

A guided approach to the origin of Islam in Iberia,  Al-Andalus. A story of unity vs division and dispersion, the Golden Age of Islam in Europe, it’s height and downfall. 

 

We start out this tour at Madrid, the capital of modern Spain, moving straight into our historical narration by staying at Toledo, Medieval capital of Iberia, ‘mosaic’ and ‘bridge’ between the three main cultures & religious traditions in Al-Andalus. After Toledo, we move south along the ‘Route of Don Quixote’, through Castilla La Mancha, to Andalusia while receiving an introductory summary of the history of Iberia, its origins, population and religious diversity, in Christian Spain before. As we move into Andalusia, we will also be shifting in time, to Al-Andalus. The tour will also present the deeper roots of Iberian tradition and the Moorish-Morris fusion into our modern time through the very words of reading our Spanish top literature master Miguel de Cervantes.

 

We will be moving through the most picturesque Spanish landscapes, while following the River Guadal Quivir (Kabir) South into Seville, or the mountain ranges which crown the prior kingdom of Granada, the last Muslim Kindgom of Al-Andalus, holding the Alhambra as the highlight of a lost heaven. Once in Granada, after touring the Alhambra and historical quarters of the city, we will be able 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.

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Set Departure Price Terms

Our set departure tours or scheduled tour groups consist of a regular promotion price that we offer travelers to enjoy our best standard tours at an optimum cost. Each tour will require a minimum attendance of 15 participants in order for the offer to be possible.  When it is not possible to reach this minimum at any given tour date, we will provide the option of re-scheduling to another date, re-arranging to the private independent travel terms, re-quoting or re-funding to any registered members.


Accommodation is included, this at a 3-4 star hotels with breakfast included. Tour prices are stated per person sharing a double room. Single room upgrades are also available.


Meal options are provided upon the booking process, they are not included in the listed cost. We recommend to have at least one meal a day organised as a group, to gain value and group experience. Our meals are offered as group meals at local Muslim restaurants (Halal), or inside the hotels when available (halal).


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 continue with the group until departure. Added to this general tour conductor, we include Official Guides towards the UNESCO Heritage Monument tours.


Transportation between cities is included by private bus, within modern vehicles with A/C and in good condition.


Monuments included as per itinerary with tickets and official UNESCO World Heritage Guides included.


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


We include flight bookings upon request, they are not included in the price so far. The intended arrival & departure destination airport is Madrid International Airport [Airport code: MAD]; other connections available upon request.


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

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


General Group Tour Standards

The optimum ‘Group Tour’ value is obtained towards groups with 20 travellers or more. We can quote to any standard and group size you request. Please contact us via the form provided below, or within our group tour itineraries with your requirements .You may also search our ‘Private Tour’ section for independent travel packages and dedicated VIP & private services.


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


We recommend you to have at least one meal a day organised as a group, to make sure you obtain a good value and addition to the group experience. These options are given during the booking process and we offer group meals at local Muslim restaurants (Halal).


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 continue with the group until departure. Added to this general tour conductor, we include Official Guides towards the UNESCO Heritage Monument tours.


Transportation between cities is included by private bus, within modern vehicles with A/C and in good condition.


The monuments and sites included in each package will be listed within the ‘Price Terms’ of your offer. We include World Heritage Sites in packages in all our ‘Group Tours’ tours in Andalusia, with the corresponding UNESCO Heritage Guides being included.


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


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


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


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



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