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22107
Spain

Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights

Savor the wine, sunshine, culture and traditions as you explore Spain’s sun coast — a unique blend of Muslim, Christian and Jewish influences — alongside locals and experts.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22107RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,649
Flights start at
925
Spain

Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights

Savor the wine, sunshine, culture and traditions as you explore Spain’s sun coast — a unique blend of Muslim, Christian and Jewish influences — alongside locals and experts.
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,649
Flights start at
925
Program No. 22107 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2021
Starting at
1,649
Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2021
Starting at
1,649
Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the Jan. 22, 2022 date of program 22116 “Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast”, and we’ll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Feb 13 - Feb 20, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the Feb. 19, 2022 date of program 22116 “Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast”, and we’ll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Mar 6 - Mar 13, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the March 12, 2022 date of program 22116 “Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast”, and we’ll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2022
Starting at
1,649
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2021
Starting at
1,899
Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2021
Starting at
1,899
Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the Jan. 22, 2022 date of program 22116 “Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast”, and we’ll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Feb 13 - Feb 20, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the Feb. 19, 2022 date of program 22116 “Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast”, and we’ll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Mar 6 - Mar 13, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the March 12, 2022 date of program 22116 “Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast”, and we’ll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2022
Starting at
1,899

At a Glance

Situated on the subtropical Costa del Sol, Andalusia boasts stunning scenery, captivating history and one of the mildest winters in Europe. Bordered by mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Southern Spain’s culture emerges in elaborate Moorish architecture, lush olive tree groves, fiery Flamenco and savory Spanish cuisine. Soak in history in Granada, Málaga and Alfarnatejo, where you’re invited into the homes of local families for an unforgettable cultural exchange.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one to two miles per day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • History comes to life during an expert-led excursion to the Moorish Palaces of the ancient Alhambra.
  • Voyage through the breathtaking Andalusian mountains to Alfarnatejo, a small town known for crafting pure olive oil.
  • Live like an Andalusian by sharing a traditional Spanish lunch at the home of a local family.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast" (#22116) for even more learning in Southern Europe! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
Featured Expert
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Paula Cristina Afonso Fernandes
Paula Fernandes graduated in 1990 from the New University of Lisbon with a degree in anthropology. She began working as a group leader in Portugal in 1984 and since then has been an educational travel director all over Europe. Road Scholar participants enjoy Paula's in-depth knowledge of the culture, art and history of the Iberian Peninsula, and her excellent leadership skills. Paula currently divides her time between homes in Spain and Portugal and can speak Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Paula Fernandes graduated in 1990 from the New University of Lisbon with a degree in anthropology. She began working as a group leader in Portugal in 1984 and since then has been an educational travel director all over Europe. Road Scholar participants enjoy Paula's in-depth knowledge of the culture, art and history of the Iberian Peninsula, and her excellent leadership skills. Paula currently divides her time between homes in Spain and Portugal and can speak Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.
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The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
by Maria Rosa Menocal, Harold Bloom (Introduction)
A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492.
The Alhambra
by Robert Irwin
Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.
Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia
by Chris Stewart
Stewart's memoir about moving with his wife to a farm in Alpujarras is charming and insightful. Unlike many expatriates, Stewart manages to ground himself far enough into the community to make lasting friends -- as well as a home for his young daughter.
Lonely Planet Andalucia
by Lonely Planet
A comprehensive guide in the hallmark Lonely Planet style.
Adventures in Spain
by Catherine Petit
From Madrid north to Santiago and south to Granada, join Catherine Petit as she shares her journeys through the countryside, hills, mountains and quaint cities and towns of the breathtaking country of Spain. Catherine serves as your personal guide through cathedrals, museums, parks, gardens, and architectural delights as she treks her way through the enchanting landscape. The photographs will bring the experience of Spain right to your door. The friends she made, the people she met, and the cultural extravagance she witnessed will ensure you make Spain your next destination.
Andalucia Map 578
by Michelin Travel Publications
A travelers' map of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol at a scale of 1:400,000 with city plans of Seville, Malaga and Granada.
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(5)

A wonderful time to visit Costa del Sol without the long lines. Weather was delightful. Looking forward to combining with other winter in Spain trip.

(5)

If you are open-minded, generally cheerful, like meeting new people, not put-off by language gaps, enjoy luxury bus transportation, hungry to learn new cultures and peoples from experts, enjoy wonderful food, like to see new and different places, this program is for you. And if not . . . go anyway. You may be carried away to a wonderful place you've never been before!

(5)

This was a fabulous trip to a magical part of Spain. Myrna Laracuente

(5)

Our trip to Spain was awesome. Our Group Leader Tony Muldoon was extremely knowledgeable and very professional. All the participants were all very friendly and very nice to be around. Spain was beautiful and everything we saw was unique and very interesting. I thoroughly enjoy the trip to the vineyard and our wonderful meal and was prepared by the owner of the vineyard, It was awesome. I loved going to the Olive Oil Processing place and the meal we had with Anna, our hostess was fabulous. The hotel we stayed at was beautiful. I will have wonderful memories of my trip to Spain.

(5)

This is an excellent program for anyone interested in history, culture and warm sunny days! I learned so much while enjoying the sea, the food and the native Andalucians who are warm and welcoming to visitors...happy to show their beautiful part of the world, and their everyday life. Highly recommended.

(5)

This was a wonderful introduction to a beautiful part of the world. Tony provided us with the perfect mix of visits to the expected sites such as the Alhambra and the unexpected small villages and wonderful local people. Many thanks.

(5)

The winter weather was mild. The restaurant food was spectacular. Tony Muldoon is a great resource.

(5)

This trip was excellent. I can't think of any change I would make. Excellent Tour Leader and local guides; very nice accommodations; we learned a lot.

(5)

Winter in Andalusia was a great introduction to a fascinating and historical area of southern Spain. We felt that the program - while brief - was sufficiently in-depth to give a basic overview of the area, and its important place in history, and cultural contributions.

(5)

Great diversity of activities and learning experiences! Good pace and interesting sites to see.

(5)

This was an eye-opening trip through the history and current life of the Costa del Sol.

(5)

If you have never traveled with Road Scholar you should. We met people on this trip who had been on up to 40 different trips with Road Scholar. They will always get you into places that would be very difficult, time consuming or even unknown to you if you were doing this by yourself in such a small timeframe.

(5)

A great introduction to southern Spain. Good combination of monuments and everyday experiences. Group leader is always a key, and Fernando was terrific.

(5)

The south of Spain is a special place and I recommend this trip to all who enjoy the sky, sea and fascinating history.

(5)

This is a terrific program - well organized, in a lovely location, with Paula who is an experienced and excellent leader. I learned so much about the history, geography and agriculture of the area. Several wonderful meals at carefully chosen restaurants, especially at the vineyard. I had expected the Alhambra to be the highlight but the visits to the olive oil press, the home meal, and seeing Picasso through Remi's eyes were also highlights. We were lucky with perfect weather and delightful fellow travelers. Returning each day to a beach, the water and the palm trees wasn't bad either.

(5)

Road Scholar has the best guides on the planet and one comes away from the programs with new knowledge and insights about the places we visit, historical and current. I’ve been on many programs and I find this level of excellence consistent. I’ve gained a lot from my travels with Road Scholar and have continued friendships and studies.

(5)

This is a fascinating, doable gem of a trip with a great leader!

(5)

The program was outstanding in every way and far exceeded our expectations. A true delight and learning experience, plus met some amazingly nice people, both fellow travellers and local people along the way.

(5)

I cannot say enough great things about our recent participation in 'Winter in Andalusia' with Road Scholar. It was a wonderful experience on so many levels - the program, the leadership, the accommodations, the food, our fellow travelers - we look forward to traveling with RS again.

(5)

A very interesting sampling of the culture, history and landscapes of the south coast of Spain. Our guide Paula, was very knowledgeable of the area and a highly experienced group leader. I would recommend this trip and its companion based in Estepona to anyone who wants to explore Andalucia.

(5)

Outstanding program! I chose this program primarily to visit the Alhambra (and escape cold Midwest weather), but I’m coming home with so many wonderful memories. The visit to the Alhambra exceeded my expectations, and there were great surprises like the Balcony of Europe (one mile walk down the beach from hotel) and a visit to an olive oil processing co-op and lunch with local families. Paula, our group leader, was simply the best!

(5)

This program was very interesting. Highlights include: Wine tasting and lunch at a delightful Bodega, Visit to Alhambra and Royal Chapel, Picasso museum, and visit to an olive oil coop.

(5)

Varied, excellent program led by great staff.

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The website works fine.

(5)

This program is WONDERFUL. I was expecting it to be enjoyable, but it was over the top. The food, the history, the mountain views - all amazing!

(5)

The highlight of the trip was the Alhambra. Also wine tastings, olive oil pressing and much more. The group leader Paula was wonderful, too.

(5)

In two words, this tour was both surprising and wonderful. I did not realize the vast differences between Andalusia and the rest of Spain. The tour provides the attendee with a lot of history, culture and information about the people of the area. Our group leader (Paula) was highly knowledgeable and approachable and the local guides provided a wealth of information. The Alhambra is not to be missed.






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