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Southern Spain Yesterday & Today: Madrid, Granada & Seville

Program No. 22175RJ
From olive groves to world-renowned cathedrals, Southern Spain is a diverse region just waiting to be explored. Discover the very best of Madrid, Granada and Seville!

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At a Glance

Glorious Gothic cathedrals, intricately detailed synagogues, traditional Moorish neighborhoods and ancient Roman ruins: The icons of Southern Spain are a testament to its distinct history of conquest, culture and art. Discover the unique legacy and exuberant modern life in Madrid, Granada and Seville through expert-led walks, lectures and excursions. Join us to learn about some of the most diverse and exciting cities in all of Europe.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to 3-4 miles per day, cobblestones and winding roads.
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.

What You'll Learn

  • Discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens.
  • Explore the Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the world’s leading art museums.
  • Spend an exciting evening seeing Flamenco Dance in Seville. Meet a local expert for Alcázar Royal Palace visit.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Francisco Garcia
Francisco “Paco” Garcia was born in Madrid and received his B.A. in history from The Complutense University in Madrid. He continued studies at the University of California/Berkeley, earning his M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval history, as well as lecturing. In 1997, he received a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2011, Paco journeyed to Japan as a visiting professor. He is presently a professor at the Madrid campus of St. Louis University. An expert on the history of Spain, he shares his passion and enthusiasm in his lectures.

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

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Francisco Garcia View biography
Francisco “Paco” Garcia was born in Madrid and received his B.A. in history from The Complutense University in Madrid. He continued studies at the University of California/Berkeley, earning his M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval history, as well as lecturing. In 1997, he received a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2011, Paco journeyed to Japan as a visiting professor. He is presently a professor at the Madrid campus of St. Louis University. An expert on the history of Spain, he shares his passion and enthusiasm in his lectures.
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Covadonga Hortal View biography
Covadonga Hortal is passionate about education and traveling. After graduating from university with a degree in tourism, she led her first travel program in 1999 and continues leading groups, having worked as a cultural expert around Europe. She is a certified Andalusia guide and a Europe certified expert in cultural tourism with ample competency in Spanish culture. She’s ever continuing her education, having earned her post-graduate master's degree in teaching Spanish, studying French, and Chinese. She has led many Road Scholar groups in Spain.
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Deborah Cole View biography
Deborah Cole Díaz has been teaching Spanish history and geography for more than 22 years, at both the university and high school levels. She has found that lecturing with Road Scholars is by far the most fulfilling and enjoyable. Road Scholars are special, not simply interested in passing exams or obtaining diplomas, but are here to learn. They ask the most pertinent and interesting questions, both in the classroom and during field trips. Indeed, they want to understand the connection of history to contemporary events.
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Elena Moro, born in Australia to an Andalusian family, is a professional Flamenco dancer. She began at the age of 5 and has toured all over Australia and parts of Asia with a Flamenco dance company. After many years traveling back and forth with dance scholarships, Elena now lives in Seville. She has worked with Road Scholar for almost ten years as a Group Leader and travelled to most parts of Spain.
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Lucia Gonzalez View biography
Lucía González has been leading groups since 2009, having worked in Norway and Scandinavia. Along with her travel leader studies, she took several languages, and has led groups around Europe in Spanish, English, French, German, and Italian. She is also a Spanish teacher, and is currently enrolled in an art history degree program. Lucía is passionate about traveling, both as a professional and as a free-spirited traveler.
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Meals
21 Meals
11 Breakfasts
7 Lunches
3 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 13, 2024 - Oct 25, 2024
  • Oct 13, 2024 - Oct 25, 2024
  • Sep 02, 2024 - Sep 14, 2024 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Sep 23, 2024 - Oct 05, 2024 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Oct 13, 2024 - Oct 25, 2024 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Oct 28, 2024 - Nov 09, 2024 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Mar 17, 2025 - Mar 29, 2025 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Mar 31, 2025 - Apr 12, 2025 (Madrid to Departure)
  • May 05, 2025 - May 17, 2025 (Madrid to Departure)
  • May 26, 2025 - Jun 07, 2025 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Sep 15, 2025 - Sep 27, 2025 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Sep 29, 2025 - Oct 11, 2025 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Oct 06, 2025 - Oct 18, 2025 (Madrid to Departure)
  • Oct 20, 2025 - Nov 01, 2025 (Madrid to Departure)
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the historical and commercial centre of Granada, a stone’s throw from the city’s main monuments, on one of the city’s most flavourful streets, surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the most commercial area (in front of Corte Ingles) and just a few steps to get the cultural and business area of the city, only 500 metres to the Congress Palace of Granada and 400 metres to the Cathedral.
4 nights
Sevilla
You’ll find the NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas hotel in central Seville, right in the heart of the city, near Sierpes Street, the city’s prime shopping district. The hotel was fully renovated.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
See All Lodging Options
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the historical and commercial centre of Granada, a stone’s throw from the city’s main monuments, on one of the city’s most flavourful streets, surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the most commercial area (in front of Corte Ingles) and just a few steps to get the cultural and business area of the city, only 500 metres to the Congress Palace of Granada and 400 metres to the Cathedral.
4 nights
Sevilla
You’ll find the NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas hotel in central Seville, right in the heart of the city, near Sierpes Street, the city’s prime shopping district. The hotel was fully renovated.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
See All Lodging Options
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the historical and commercial centre of Granada, a stone’s throw from the city’s main monuments, on one of the city’s most flavourful streets, surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the most commercial area (in front of Corte Ingles) and just a few steps to get the cultural and business area of the city, only 500 metres to the Congress Palace of Granada and 400 metres to the Cathedral.
4 nights
Sevilla
You’ll find the NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas hotel in central Seville, right in the heart of the city, near Sierpes Street, the city’s prime shopping district. The hotel was fully renovated.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
See All Lodging Options
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the historical and commercial centre of Granada, a stone’s throw from the city’s main monuments, on one of the city’s most flavourful streets, surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the most commercial area (in front of Corte Ingles) and just a few steps to get the cultural and business area of the city, only 500 metres to the Congress Palace of Granada and 400 metres to the Cathedral.
4 nights
Sevilla
You’ll find the NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas hotel in central Seville, right in the heart of the city, near Sierpes Street, the city’s prime shopping district. The hotel was fully renovated.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
See All Lodging Options
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the historical and commercial centre of Granada, a stone’s throw from the city’s main monuments, on one of the city’s most flavourful streets, surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the most commercial area (in front of Corte Ingles) and just a few steps to get the cultural and business area of the city, only 500 metres to the Congress Palace of Granada and 400 metres to the Cathedral.
4 nights
Sevilla
You’ll find the NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas hotel in central Seville, right in the heart of the city, near Sierpes Street, the city’s prime shopping district. The hotel was fully renovated.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
See All Lodging Options
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the historical and commercial centre of Granada, a stone’s throw from the city’s main monuments, on one of the city’s most flavourful streets, surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the most commercial area (in front of Corte Ingles) and just a few steps to get the cultural and business area of the city, only 500 metres to the Congress Palace of Granada and 400 metres to the Cathedral.
4 nights
Sevilla
You’ll find the NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas hotel in central Seville, right in the heart of the city, near Sierpes Street, the city’s prime shopping district. The hotel was fully renovated.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
See All Lodging Options
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the historical and commercial centre of Granada, a stone’s throw from the city’s main monuments, on one of the city’s most flavourful streets, surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the most commercial area (in front of Corte Ingles) and just a few steps to get the cultural and business area of the city, only 500 metres to the Congress Palace of Granada and 400 metres to the Cathedral.
4 nights
Sevilla
You’ll find the NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas hotel in central Seville, right in the heart of the city, near Sierpes Street, the city’s prime shopping district. The hotel was fully renovated.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
See All Lodging Options
4 nights
Madrid
The Melia Madrid Serrano is situated only a few minutes from the major museums, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Congress Centre.
4 nights
Madrid
Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.
3 nights
Granada
Located in the heart of Granada's old town and close to the cathedral, the NH Victoria Granada is an early 20th century building, comfortably furnished with bright and modern decor.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the historical and commercial centre of Granada, a stone’s throw from the city’s main monuments, on one of the city’s most flavourful streets, surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
3 nights
Granada
The hotel is located in the most commercial area (in front of Corte Ingles) and just a few steps to get the cultural and business area of the city, only 500 metres to the Congress Palace of Granada and 400 metres to the Cathedral.
4 nights
Sevilla
You’ll find the NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas hotel in central Seville, right in the heart of the city, near Sierpes Street, the city’s prime shopping district. The hotel was fully renovated.
4 nights
Seville
Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
See All Lodging Options





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