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22116
Spain

Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast

Immerse yourself in the cultural bounty of southern Spain, where you’ll discover Moorish architecture, explore the Rock of Gibraltar and learn the vibrant story of this ancient land.
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Program No. 22116RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,149
Flights start at
750
Spain

Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast

Immerse yourself in the cultural bounty of southern Spain, where you’ll discover Moorish architecture, explore the Rock of Gibraltar and learn the vibrant story of this ancient land.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,149
Flights start at
750
Program No. 22116 RJ
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Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding Jan. 16, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding Feb. 13, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding Feb. 20, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Mar 5 - Mar 12, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding Feb. 27, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding March 06, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding Jan. 16, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding Feb. 13, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding Feb. 20, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Mar 5 - Mar 12, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding Feb. 27, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Special Offer

Enroll in this date and the preceding March 06, 2022 date of program 22107 “Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights”, and we'll transfer you at no cost! This can only be reserved by calling an advisor for more details!

At a Glance

Surrounded by sea and mountains, the southern tip of Spain is an ideal getaway for anyone suffering from the “winter blues.” While the incredible landscapes may be the first thing that draws your eye, this region is also an ideal jumping-off point for exploring Spain’s rich heritage, from ancient Roman and Moorish influences to traditional Andalusian cuisine. With the North African coast in view on a clear day, the seaside communities and verdant vineyards offer a unique connection across cultures and time. Follow in the footsteps of ancient invaders, inspired poets and adventure-seekers both past and present — all along the beautiful Mediterranean coast.
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 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover breathtaking Sierra de Ronda with visits to Spain’s oldest bullring and ancient Moorish houses.
  • Indulge in the region’s culinary treasures with an expert-led visit to an olive grove to learn about the different types of olives and the region’s olive oil.
  • Explore the Rock of Gibraltar and enjoy a bird's eye view of the British-style streets of Gibraltar.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights" (#22107) for even more learning in Southern Spain! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
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Tony Muldoon
After graduating with a master’s in Hispanic Studies in 1993 from the University of Glasgow, in his native Scotland, Tony Muldoon came to live and work in the mountains of Andalusia — first in the Sierra Nevada and now the Serrania de Ronda. He leads trekking and cultural programs all over Spain, Portugal and Morocco as well as cultivating olives and almonds on his smallholding. His passion for the history, culture and landscapes of his adopted home is heartfelt.

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

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After graduating with a master’s in Hispanic Studies in 1993 from the University of Glasgow, in his native Scotland, Tony Muldoon came to live and work in the mountains of Andalusia — first in the Sierra Nevada and now the Serrania de Ronda. He leads trekking and cultural programs all over Spain, Portugal and Morocco as well as cultivating olives and almonds on his smallholding. His passion for the history, culture and landscapes of his adopted home is heartfelt.
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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.
Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia
by Eyewitness Guides
This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps and essays on the culture, history and geography of the region. With a pullout city map of Seville.
Spain: The Root and the Flower
by John A. Crow
Take this book with you to Spain; it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age, and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain.
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.
Ghosts of Spain
by Giles Tremlett
Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.
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.
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8 days
7 nights
16 meals
6 B 4 L 6 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight

Activity note: Though southern Spain is known for its pleasant winter weather, evenings can be chilly. Temperatures can range from 45 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit; be sure to pack layers so you are prepared for any weather during our program, as well as rain gear in case of showers.

DAY
2
Arrive Málaga, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Estepona
D
H10 Estepona Palace

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Orientation: 6:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as "Free time" and "At leisure" offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we'll get to know each other over a plated welcome dinner including complimentary wine and mineral water.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Spain Today, Estepona's Old Town
Estepona
B,L,D
H10 Estepona Palace

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving to and from downtown Estepona, no more than 5 miles (8 km) in total. Walking up to 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in Estepona in the morning; cobblestones and uneven ground. Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll choose from the buffet featuring a selection of bread and pastries, cereal, yogurt, fruit, and cold cuts; beverage choices of coffee, tea, juice, water.

Morning: We'll gather in a hotel meeting room for an introduction to Spain's mighty past from our Group Leader. We'll then head out by motorcoach to downtown Estepona. Led by a local expert, we will visit the charming pedestrian old town with its Andalusian whitewashed buildings, discover the municipal market and clock tower, and learn about the ancient Phoenician and Moorish invaders.

Lunch: In the Old Town of Estepona, we will enjoy a selection of simple tapas at a local tapas bar; mineral water and wine included.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Cordoba & The Moorish Influence
Estepona
B,L,D
H10 Estepona Palace

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 150 miles (244 km) one way to Cordoba. Walking 1.5 miles on city streets with some cobblestones. Temperatures inland can be cooler; warmer clothing may be necessary. Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will drive inland by motorcoach to Cordoba, former capital of the Muslim Caliphate of Al Andalus. Our expert-led visit of the old town will include the cathedral, popularly known as the "Mezquita," which stands over a Christian church built in the Visigothic period (5th century). After the Moorish conquest of Spain, it was used as a mosque. In 1236, following Cordoba's fall to Ferdinand and after over 500 years of use as a mosque, the site was reconsecrated as Christian and in 1523, a cathedral was erected. The Mezquita of Cordoba is one of the most emblematic monuments in Europe, and a unique example of the interplay of Christian and Muslim cultures in Spain.

Lunch: In Cordoba.

Afternoon: Free time. We'll then return to the hotel by motorcoach.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Introduction to Spanish Cookery, Fish Workshop
Estepona
B,L,D
H10 Estepona Palace

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Spain is currently one of largest consumers of fish in the world. We will meet our local expert at Estepona's fishing port for an on-site presentation of local fishing traditions and an introduction to the fresh local produce that is key to the local economy, and an important component of the renowned Mediterranean diet. Later on, we will transfer by motorcoach to a local venue, where we will join a participative seafood paella making workshop.

Lunch: We'll enjoy the results of our cooking course with a complimentary glass of wine. We'll then return to the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At a local cultural center, we'll enjoy a performance of classic Spanish guitar by a local musician (performance subject to availability and may be substituted).

DAY
6
Ronda, Olive Oil, Spain Today
Estepona
B,L,D
H10 Estepona Palace

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 50 miles (80.5 km), approximately 1.5 hours one way. Walking up to 2 miles on very uneven terrain, with many cobblestones, inclines and steps without railings. Temperatures inland can be cooler; warm clothing may be necessary.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will drive north to the beautiful scenery of the Sierra de Ronda. Ronda is an ancient Spanish town, famous for its breathtaking views of the El Tajo gorge that plunges down hundreds of meters and dramatically divides the town into two. Uniting both these sections is a spectacular 18th-century arched bridge. In Ronda, our local expert will show us the oldest bullring in Spain and the ancient Moorish houses. Later on, we will head to a local olive grower, where we will visit the groves and, with a local expert, learn about the different types of olives and the region’s olive oil – Spain’s “liquid gold”. We will end our visit with an olive oil tasting and some light tapas before returning to the hotel by motorcoach.

Lunch: At the olive grove, we'll enjoy a tapas meal with wine before returning to the hotel.

Afternoon: We'll join our Group Leader for an examination of Spain today. We will hear about the radical evolution of Spain and Andalusia since Franco's death, the advent of democracy in 1975, as well as the current challenges and opportunities faced by the Spanish population.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Gibraltar, Free Time
Estepona
B,D
H10 Estepona Palace

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach and minibus in Gibraltar; driving about 30 miles (47.9 km), approximately 45 minutes to Rock of Gibraltar. Walking about 1.5 miles during the included activities. Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll depart by motorcoach on a field trip to the Rock of Gibraltar, a small peninsula on the Spanish coast under British jurisdiction, and a major area of dispute over the centuries. During the drive along the Costa del Sol, your Group Leader will explain the reasons and arguments behind the sovereignty of this 7.5-mile stretch of land. Once across the border, we will join our local expert and board a minibus to the Punta de Europa (European Point) from where you can enjoy a bird's-eye view of the British-style streets of Gibraltar and, in clear weather, the Moroccan coastline. Later, we will visit the underground World War II tunnels from where Operation Torch – the Allied invasion of North Africa – was planned, see the famous Barbary "apes" (macaca sylvanus) who roam freely around the peninsula, and the pillars of Hercules – the legendary promontories that flank the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar.

Lunch: Enjoy local cuisine on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. We'll then return to the hotel and hold a program wrap-up meeting prior to dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Say farewell to new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes, In Transit from Program
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by Noon. Airport transfers beginning at approximately 4:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet, flight times permitting. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don't forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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