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Pathways of Culture

Program Number: 3045RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/13/2013 - 4/29/2013; 4/6/2015 - 4/19/2015; 5/18/2015 - 5/31/2015; 6/8/2015 - 6/21/2015; 9/21/2015 - 10/4/2015; 10/19/2015 - 11/1/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/15/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Spain
Price starting at: $4,792.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 45; 15 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Follow the cultural pathways that brought Spain from cave to palace and into the new millennium, from Madrid’s monuments and museums and Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, on to Seville to unearth the parade of civilizations that led up to the Castilian Golden Age.




Highlights

• Recall the bygone days of Moorish Spain at the Alhambra and the Generalife.
• Enjoy dinner and lively conversation with local Sevillanos.
• Explore the largest mosque outside of the Arab world on a visit to Córdoba.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles during field trips on uneven streets and terrain.




Date Specific Information

4-6-2015, 5-18-2015, 6-8-2015, 9-21-2015, 10-19-2015, 11-2-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Madrid, 5 nights; Granada, 3 nights; Seville, 4 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Madrid
5 nights

Accompanied by an expert, visit the Royal Palace, home to the monarchy’s extensive art collection and a showcase of architectural styles, and learn about the early history of the Iberian Peninsula and Spain’s political development in the 16th and 17th centuries. Explore the Prado Museum, home of the royal collection of art begun under the Hapsburg emperors in the 16th century, and view Segovia’s Roman aqueduct, a marvel of engineering. Discover the monastery of El Escorial for a fine example of late Gothic construction, and in nearby Toledo, visit the Gothic cathedral and two museums dedicated to El Greco.



Coach to Granada
3 nights

Visit an olive oil mill for insight into this important Spanish export. A lecture in Granada traces Moorish Spain and its modern influences on the culture, followed by a walking tour of the Albaycin neighborhood. Observe Granada’s Moorish past at its most majestic on a visit to the Alhambra and the Generalife summer palace and gardens.



Coach to Seville
4 nights
Departure

Visit Córdoba to explore a synagogue and the largest mosque outside the Arab world. A walk in Seville orients you to the city center and you hear about Spain’s Golden Age as you stroll through the Jewish Quarter and the Alcazar Royal Palace and gardens. Partake in a hands-on lecture on flamenco music and dance, and meet with local Sevillanos for a conversation over a tapas dinner. Enjoy a flamenco music and dance show at a local tablao, travel by private coach to the Roman ruins of Italica and visit a local bull ranch to learn about raising bulls for the bullring, as well as participate in the preparation of a typical "paella."






Spain

With the ascension of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, the Kingdom of Spain took on a shape similar to today’s nation. Ruling a culture born of Roman, Visigoth and Moorish invasions, Spain’s Catholic monarchy threw open the door to the Age of Discovery at the turn of the 16th century, importing goods and ideas from around the world while exporting their cultural fusion throughout the first empire on which the sun never set.



Accommodations
Madrid: Hotel in the heart of the Puerta del Sol. Granada: Hotel in the monumental center. Seville: Hotel in Plaza Nueva, central to all major monuments.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Rene Oliva

After graduating with a double major from the University of Havana, Cuba, Rene Oliva began his work as a Road Scholar group leader and coordinator in Cuba. Since relocating to Seville, Spain in October 2004, he has been sharing his knowledge of Spain with Road Scholar and university groups. His enthusiasm and love for Spain and travelling have made him an expert in the country’s history and culture.
 
Francisco Garcia

Paco Garcia was born in Madrid and received his B.A. in history from The Complutense University in Madrid. He then continued his studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D., specializing in Medieval history, and also lectured there. He spent all of 1997 at the University of California at Berkeley on a Fulbright Investigative Scholarship. In 2011, Paco journeyed to Japan for a role as a visiting professor. He is presently a professor at St. Louis University, Madrid Campus. Being an expert on the history of Spain, he shares his passion and enthusiasm in his lectures.
 
Judy Cotter

Judy Cotter, a native Californian and “Sevillana” by adoption, is a professor of Spanish culture and art history in Seville. Her presentations cover a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the cultural legacies of Romans, Arabs and Jews to Andalucian festivals and the Flamenco and Taurine Arts. Judy has translated several books by Spanish authors and has collaborated on recordings of instructional CDs on flamenco. She is co-author of a book about the talented American artist and matador, John Fulton.
 
David Puente

David Puente received his Ph. D. in English and comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine, and now holds a part-time teaching position at the University of Granada. A native of Minnesota, David Puente has made his home in Granada since 2002. As a student backpacker, and later as an active duty military officer, David was lucky enough to be able to explore an impressive array of twenty-odd countries in several continents before settling in Spain. In recent years, he has focused his energies on travelling through Spain, often with groups of American undergraduates, and reading about its endlessly fascinating history. In his spare time, he and his wife are enjoying the challenges of bringing up bilingual children.
 
Jose Sanchez

Jose Sanchez, professor for the Academic program at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study, enjoys collaborating with Road Scholar programs. An expert on the history of Spain, he transmits to participants his passion and enthusiasm in his lectures and excursions to the Roman Ruins of Italica. Says Jose: "After teaching young people for 17 years, I consider teaching Road Scholar participants the most rewarding professional experience. I find the great interest they have in learning and the gratitude they convey very special and fulfilling. Teaching them has given me confidence in my ability to communicate with other cultures."
 
Alejandro Perez-Malumbres Landa

Alejandro Pérez-Malumbres Landa has focused his professional work in the fields of archaeology and art, investigating various aspects from prehistoric times to the modern age, in several cities of Andalusia (Malaga, Cadiz, Tarifa) and working for different institutions. He has always sought to combine research with the interpretation of historical heritage during his more than 15 years of experience as an educational excursion leader, writing books, creating brochures and information panels for monuments, organizing exhibitions, giving conferences and developing television commentaries. He wishes to convey his experience and passion for history and art, in a pleasant and accessible way, to all those who are interested, whatever their prior knowledge.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel NH Nacional
  Madrid, Spain 6 nights
   Hotel Dauro II
  Granada, Spain 3 nights
   Hotel Inglaterra
  Seville, Spain 6 nights
 Hotel NH Nacional
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the Museum Triangle and right near the Atocha train station, this four-star hotel offers high quality in the heart of Madrid.
  Contact info: Paseo del Prado, 48
Madrid,  28014 Spain
phone: +34 914 296 629
web: www.nh-hotels.com
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, safe, mini bar, cable/satellite TV, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, cafeteria, meeting room, internet access in common areas, room service, laundry service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel NH Nacional in Madrid. Participants should contact the hotel directly by e-mail at nhnacional@nh-hotels.com (contact person Mr. Javier Balbacid); or by telephone +34 91 4296629. Participants should let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program start date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholar participants.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Dauro II
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the monumental center of Granada.
  Contact info: Calle Navas, 5
Granada,  18009 Spain
phone: +34 958 221 581
web: www.hotelesdauro.com/dauro2/
  Room amenities: Hairdryer, television, alarm clock, minibar, telephone, safe.
  Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and meeting rooms, air conditioning and heat, high-speed internet access in common areas.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Inglaterra
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
  Contact info: Plaza Nueva, 7
Seville,  41001 Spain
phone: +34 954 224 970
web: www.hotelinglaterra.es
  Room amenities: Hairdryer, telephone, television, minibar, safe, heat/air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, laundry and room service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Consult directly with hotel. Additional nights may be reserved by contacting the Hotel Inglaterra directly. Participants should send an e-mail to comercial@hotelinglaterra.es (contact person Mrs. Rocio Limón) and let them know that they are Road Scholars, indicate the program end date in Spain, and the number of extra nights they would like to stay. They will benefit from a special price for Road Scholars.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts with lunch at 2pm at the Hotel in Madrid. Hotel check –in begins at 1pm. Meet in hotel lobby for lunch. You will be staying at Hotel NH Nacional that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Seville. Hotel check-out is at 12pm. You will be staying at Hotel Inglaterra the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is no parking available.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Renfe service (and many bus lines) runs from many major European cities to Madrid. Train Station is very near to the hotel, five minute walk.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Madrid
  Nearest city or town:  Madrid
  Nearest airport:  Barajas (MAD)
  Transportation to site: Independent travelers can follow signs to the airport's taxi stand and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. If you take a taxi, the cost should not normally exceed 25-30 Euros unless traffic is extremely heavy. Please note that the amount shown on the meter does NOT include the supplement for taking a taxi in the airport or the extra charges for baggage or if it is a holiday or at night. There is an Airport Express public bus transfer from Barajas Airport to Atocha Station almost every twenty minutes and the price is 5€ per pax. Atocha Train Station is very near your hotel, less than 5 minute walk. For further information on the bus schedule you can consult http://www.emtmadrid.es/lineaAeropuerto/index.html
  From End of Program
  Location:  Seville
  Nearest city or town:  Seville
  Nearest airport:  San Pablo (SVQ)
  Transportation from site: A transfer to the airport will be provided for all participants on a group flight. Independent travelers can join the group transfer if it coincides with their departure time. If not, they can take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. It will cost about 25 euros. There is an Airport Express public bus transfer from Seville city center almost every thirty minutes and the price is 4€ per pax. Participants need to take the tram from the hotel to the bus stop. The Group Leader will give them all the necessary information.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Saturday, April 13)
   
 Evening: International flight to Spain.

Day 2: Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 Morning: Morning arrival at the Madrid Airport, meet your Group Leader and transfer by private motor coach to the hotel. Check-in and rest before lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: After a post-meal orientation which will cover the program schedule in Madrid, participate in a walking tour around the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome reception and dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel NH Nacional
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lectures/Royal Palace
(Monday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Morning lectures on the Geography and Early History of the Peninsula and Political Development in the 16th and 17th Centuries: The Hapsburgs and The Bourbons.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Bus tour of Madrid. Afterwards, a guided tour of the Royal Palace, home to the monarchy's extensive art collection and a showcase of architectural styles.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel NH Nacional
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Thyssen Museum/Tapas
(Tuesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Learn about the tapas eating culture in Madrid in a walking orientation. Afterwards, visit the world-reknowned eclectic art collection at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch is tapas on your own with an allowance.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of leisure time in Madrid.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel NH Nacional
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Segovia/El Escorial
(Wednesday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Field trip to Segovia and El Escorial (60 miles outside Madrid). In Segovia the Roman presence is evident in the stunning aqueduct, a marvel of engineering. The Romanesque churches have an architectural style unique to the city, and the cathedral is an example of late Gothic construction. Visit to the Alcázar.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Segovia.
 Afternoon: We stop at El Escorial monastery for a visit of the political center of King Philip II and a pantheon for Spanish royalty, on our way back to Madrid. Late afternoon arrival at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel NH Nacional
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Prado Museum
(Thursday, April 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Expertly guided tour of the Prado Museum, home of the royal collection of art begun under the Hapsburg emperors in the 16th century. Participate in an on-site art history class.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon lecture on "Spain Today", taking an in-depth look at current events in Spain, the political and socio-economic environment.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel NH Nacional
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Toledo
(Friday, April 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Field trip to Spain's first capital, Toledo (55 miles outside Madrid). We will visit the Gothic cathedral and two museums dedicated to El Greco.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Toledo.
 Afternoon: Late afternoon return to Madrid.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel NH Nacional
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Travel to Granada/Olive Oil Museum
(Saturday, April 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Morning check-out and departure from Madrid to Granada (260 miles). We will make a stop at an olive oil museum in the town of Baeza (at the 200 mile mark), where we will learn about the history and production of this important Spanish export.
 Lunch: Lunch at the olive mill's hacienda.
 Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Granada, orientation and walk around the hotel neighborhood.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Dauro II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Albaycin/Alhambra
(Sunday, April 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: A morning tour of the Albaycin neighborhood where Moorish Spain comes alive in the streets of Granada.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Experience a guided tour of the majestic Alhambra, the Generalife summer palace and gardens, vestige of the last Islamic kingdoms in Spain.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Dauro II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Royal Chapel/Cathedral
(Monday, April 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Visits to Granada's Cathedral and Royal Chapel, studying the Christian influences during the medieval period.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon lecture on Moorish Spain (711-1492) and its modern influences on the culture.
 Dinner: Tapas dinner on your own with an allowance.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Dauro II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Córdoba/Travel to Seville
(Tuesday, April 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Depart Granada for Seville (160 miles), stopping in Córdoba (at the 125 mile mark), the crossroads of civilizations, where we will explore the largest mosque outside the Arab world and visit a Jewish synagogue.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Córdoba.
 Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville, check-in at the hotel for orientation and a walking tour of the city center.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Fine Arts Museum/Meet Locals
(Wednesday, April 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Explore Seville's Fine Arts Museum, home to works by Zurbarán, Velázquez and more.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon class on the culture of the city of Seville, where we will explore the history and traditions rooted deep in her streets.
 Dinner: Tapas dinner at CC-CS headquarters, where you can mingle with the local "Sevillanos" and maybe even practice your Spanish!
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Jerez
(Thursday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Excursion to Jerez (60 miles), center of sherry production in Spain. Visit to a winery followed by a viewing of the world-famous Dancing Horses of Andalucia at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Jerez.
 Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville, followed by a class on the Art and History of Bullfighting in Spain.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Royal Palace/Cathedral
(Friday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Walk the windy, cobblestone streets of the oldest neighborhood of Seville - the Barrio Santa Cruz/Jewish quarter, followed by a guided exploration of the Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens.
 Lunch: Tapas lunch on your own with an allowance.
 Afternoon: Visit Seville's Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Following, a lecture on popular culture and festivals in Southern Spain.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Flamenco
(Saturday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning of leisure time in Seville.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon lecture and hands-on demonstration of the history, culture and art of flamenco dance and music.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: See flamenco come alive at an intimate show at a local "tablao".
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Itálica/Farewell Lunch
(Sunday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Depart by private coach bus to Itálica (8 miles), the impressive Roman ruins outside Seville and birthplace to two Roman emperors. Following, visit a typical bull ranch and learn about the Spanish tradition of raising bulls for the bullring.
 Lunch: Farewell lunch at the bull ranch.
 Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Seville.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departure
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Morning departures to the Seville airport for return flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


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Contemporary Spain: A Handbook


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For Whom the Bell Tolls


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Lonely Planet: Spain


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Moorish Architecture of Andalusia


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Mythology and History in the Great Paintings of the Prado


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Spain: The Root and the Flower


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Tapas: The Lilttle Dishes of Spain


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The Alhambra


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The Spanish Labyrinth: An Account of the Social and Political Background of the Spanish Civil War


Author: Gerald Brenan


The Sun Also Rises


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Travellers' Tales: Spain


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