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WITHIN THE HEART OF AL-ANDALUS

A classic jouney into the heart of Andalusia and the Golden Age Cities of al-Andalus,
allowing for leisure, relaxation and optional activities.

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WITHIN THE HEART OF AL-ANDALUS

Discover the most important historical capitals of Al-Andalus, their Islamic legacy and monuments as well as their provinces: Cordoba, Seville and Granada. We will spend the third night in Granada and a final night at ‘Costa del Sol’. In this way the tour will provide you with space for relaxation, optional activities, and workshops. We will start from Malaga airport, spend two nights in Cordoba, Caliphate Capital of Al-Andalus, one night in Seville, the current capital of Andalusia, before we take a picturesque route of three days from Ronda to Granada, the Last Muslim Kingdom of al-Andalus and a final night at the coast near Malaga.

Day 1: Arrival al Malaga and direct transfer to Cordoba.

Pick up at Malaga international airport and transfer to Córdoba (170 km). On our way we will have welcome presentations, and an introduction on Andalusia and Spain. Upon arrival and check-in to our hotel in Cordoba's town centre, we will take a leisurely walk through the Medina al-Qadima of Cordoba and end with our first welcome dinner and a moment of rest at our hotel in Cordoba.

Day 2: Cordoba, capital of the Umayyads.

During our first day in Córdoba city we will visit a small museum within the access tower 'Dar al-Hourat', the Tower of Liberty, where we will find the 'Live Museum of al-Andalus'. In this museum we will receive an introduction to the old medina, before we walk our Official tour into the medina al Qadima (Ancient town) of Cordoba and the Ummayyad Mosque (748-1236). After our visit to Cordoba, we will benefit most from the tour visit to Medinat Al-Zahra, the Caliph's city during the Ummaya's Dinasty in Cordoba. Besides the archeological site, the city also contains a research and an exhibition center prized by the European Board of Museums as well as the Aga Khaan World Board of Architects. The visit includes an animated cinematographic recreation of the city and its daily life during the reigning period of the Caliph of al-Andalus and its 128 Walis & Government. Free time is given for snacks and shopping. This will provide an excellent opportunity to see the Andalusian courtyards, homes, streets and alleys. Optional visits to any of the three active mosques in today’s Cordoba. In the evening we will proceed to rest a little. After the visits and a negotiated time for leisure & shopping, we will gather as a group again for our welcome dinner at Andalusian Courtyard home in the medina of Cordoba.

Day 3: From Córdoba to Seville, capital of Andalusia today

We will continue down the Guadalquivir River, making our way to Almodovar del Rio and further down towards Seville (150 km). Upon arrival in Seville, we will introduce the city to our guests through a bus tour and check in at the arranged hotel. Guided visits in Seville's historical center. This includes 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.

The evening will be dedicated to walks, rides and river boat tours in Seville's historical center and along the beautiful riverside. Lastly the day will end with a meal and rest.

Day 4: Ronda mountain route through to the last kingdom of Al-Andalus: Granada.

We will leave Seville to visit Ronda, a fortified ancient Iberian town in the Northern Mountains of Málaga. Here in Ronda we will learn about the different historical periods of the Iberian Peninsula, specifically in regards to Islamic Spain. Our introductory walk takes us through the streets and alleyways of the old medina, with various sightseeing stops while we discover the 'Fortress City' of Ronda. We will learn about Spain, Iberia, Andalusia and Al-Andalus, and its cultural or traditional heritage to our current times. We will not include any monumental visits in Ronda, unless it is available and convenient at the time of our visit. Especially since we will do the main monumental visits in Granada, the last Muslim Kingdom of Al-andalus. We will then move swiftly to Granada (260 km), were we can rest at our leisure, before dinner and a walk through the city.

Day 5: Granada, the last Muslim Kingdom of Al-Andalus - Tour of the Alhambra city court, palaces and gardens.

Guided visit to the Alhambra palatial town, including the Nashrid Palaces, Alkasaba fortress, Generalife summer palace & gardens, and the old medina of the Alhambra. Afterwards, we move on to visit the old medina of Garnatta and its main areas, divisions, and city walls. We will visit the Albayzin Mosque at the Mirador de San Nicolas, the most famous viewing point of Granada and the Alhambra. After a lunch break, we will walk down through the historical quarters & different stages of expansion in the former Muslim medina. This walk will take us through to the modern town, which is a fusion of Souq markets, old alleyways, riverside and the active modern city appeals. According to our group’s interest and stamina, we can offer additional visits to the former Madrassa area, bab Rambla and silk market which are hidden in the modern part of the city.

Day 6: 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 a 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 7: Transfer back to Marbella via the Costa Tropical and Costa del Sol, with leisurely, panoramic and meal stops along the coast.

Leave Granada along it’s Tropical Coast, taking leisurely, panoramic and meal stops at will in Salobreña, Almuñecar and La Herradura, to further drive along the ‘Costa del Sol’ and into Marbella mosque for prayer and refreshment. Finally again at Marbella, for our last evening, we have a choice of spending some time at Puerto Banus the modern and fashionable marina and shopping area, or heading straight to our hotel check-in for a rest before dinner. Later on we will have a nighttime walk by the coast until our seaside dinner location.

We will spend our last night in Andalusia at our selected hotel by the coast near Malaga.

Day 8: Transfer from Marbella to the International Airport in Malaga for departure.

Tour services will conclude upon arrival at the airport terminal and assisting travelers with their luggage at the check-in desk before departure.

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Further details

We start out this tour with a group meet up at Malaga International Airport, moving directly into historical narration on our way to Cordoba, the Umayyad capital of Al-Andalus where we shall spend two nights. After Cordoba, we move into Seville, the modern capital of todays’ Andalusia. The next day, we will visit Ronda on our way to the former kingdom of Granada, last Muslim lands in Spain, where we spend three nights. 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, extra night time visits & walks or workshop programs during our last day in town,.

During the last day in Granada you may enjoy a leisurely program for shopping, extra activities or workshop programs. Private tour extensions into other cities and nature escapes are available during the booking process.

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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 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 organized as a group, to make sure you obtain a good value and have a great group experience. These options are given during the booking process; 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 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: 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 itinerary program according to the dates of travel, 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 over. 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 Trips’ section for independent travel packages and dedicated private services to extend or compliment your tour with.


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 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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