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Southern Spain Yesterday & Today: Madrid, Granada & Seville

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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Program No. 22175RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
4,249
Flights start at
625
Spain

Southern Spain Yesterday & Today: Madrid, Granada & Seville

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!
Length
13 days
Starts at
4,249
Flights start at
625
Program No. 22175 RJ
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2021
Starting at
4,399
Itinerary Note

Alhambra tickets are sold months in advance and cannot be purchased without passport information. Tickets are subject to strict regional government quotas. Visits may be rescheduled or substituted if necessary.

Oct 11 - Oct 23, 2021
Starting at
4,399
Itinerary Note

Alhambra tickets are sold months in advance and cannot be purchased without passport information. Tickets are subject to strict regional government quotas. Visits may be rescheduled or substituted if necessary.

Nov 1 - Nov 13, 2021
Starting at
4,299
Itinerary Note

Alhambra tickets are sold months in advance and cannot be purchased without passport information. Tickets are subject to strict regional government quotas. Visits may be rescheduled or substituted if necessary.

Feb 21 - Mar 5, 2022
Starting at
4,249
Mar 14 - Mar 26, 2022
Starting at
4,549
May 2 - May 14, 2022
Starting at
4,549
Sep 5 - Sep 17, 2022
Starting at
4,549
Oct 3 - Oct 15, 2022
Starting at
4,549
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2021
Starting at
5,049
Itinerary Note

Alhambra tickets are sold months in advance and cannot be purchased without passport information. Tickets are subject to strict regional government quotas. Visits may be rescheduled or substituted if necessary.

Oct 11 - Oct 23, 2021
Starting at
5,049
Itinerary Note

Alhambra tickets are sold months in advance and cannot be purchased without passport information. Tickets are subject to strict regional government quotas. Visits may be rescheduled or substituted if necessary.

Nov 1 - Nov 13, 2021
Starting at
4,949
Itinerary Note

Alhambra tickets are sold months in advance and cannot be purchased without passport information. Tickets are subject to strict regional government quotas. Visits may be rescheduled or substituted if necessary.

Feb 21 - Mar 5, 2022
Starting at
5,059
Mar 14 - Mar 26, 2022
Starting at
5,359
May 2 - May 14, 2022
Starting at
5,359
Sep 5 - Sep 17, 2022
Starting at
5,359
Oct 3 - Oct 15, 2022
Starting at
5,359

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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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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Deborah Cole
Deborah Cole is half-Spanish, half-American with a degree in history and geography, specializing in the Middle Ages and Spanish Colonialism. She also holds a master’s in international boundaries and a PhD on the Spanish southern border and Strait of Gibraltar and Alhucemas Sea. Deborah teaches high school history and geography for the regional government of Andalusia. In her free time, she loves to paint, hike, cycle, yoga and meditate.

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

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Deborah Cole is half-Spanish, half-American with a degree in history and geography, specializing in the Middle Ages and Spanish Colonialism. She also holds a master’s in international boundaries and a PhD on the Spanish southern border and Strait of Gibraltar and Alhucemas Sea. Deborah teaches high school history and geography for the regional government of Andalusia. In her free time, she loves to paint, hike, cycle, yoga and meditate.
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Judy Cotter View biography
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.
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Francisco Garcia View biography
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.
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Spain: What Everyone Needs to Know
by William Chislett
Spain has undergone significant transformations over the past three decades, from a dictatorship to a democracy and from a mostly local and agriculture-based economy to one of the biggest financial systems in the EU and internationally. Until 2008, it enjoyed a major influx of foreign investment and the most rapid economic growth of any of the countries in the EU, resulting in half of the new jobs created during the early days of the Union. Yet, it now faces the highest rate of unemployment in Europe and slow growth for the foreseeable future. Additionally, the country faces internal strife from the separatist Catalan region and stringent austerity measures.
The Arts of Intimacy: Christian, Jews and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture
by Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Maria Rosa Menocal, Abigail Krasner Balbale
The authors paint a portrait of the culture through its arts, architecture, poetry and prose, uniquely combining literary and visual arts. Concentrating on the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the book reveals the extent to which Castilian identity is deeply rooted in the experience of confrontation, interaction, and at times union with Hebrew and Arabic cultures during the first centuries of its creation. Abundantly illustrated, the volume serves as a splendid souvenir of southern Spain; beautifully written, it illuminates a culture deeply enriched by others.
If I lived in Spain
by Knorr, Rosanne and John
Verses describe family life, school, shopping, and other aspects of everyday life in Spain, and introduce some basic Spanish words and phrases
Rivers of Gold. The Rise of the Spanish Empire
by Thomas Hugh
A history of Spain's first thirty years in the Americas traces Columbus's famous pioneering voyage through Magellan's first circumnavigation of the earth, in an account that offers insight into the period's political climate and profiles the era's monarchs and explorers.
The New Spain: A Complete Guide to Contemporary Spanish Wine
by John Radford
Moorish Architecture of Andalusia
by Marianne Barrucand and Achim Bednorz
Moorish-Andalusian art and architecture combine elements of various traditions into a new, autonomous style. Among the outstanding architectural witnesses to this achievement are the Great Mosque in Cordova and the Alhambra in Granada, recognized and admired as part of the world's heitage right up to the present day. They are described in detail in this book. The main centres of Hispano-Islamic art and architecture, the cities of Cordova, Seville and Granada, are discussed within the chronological framework of developments, both political and cultural, from 710 to 1492.
Golden Age Spain
by Henry Kamen
For over a century Spain controlled the greatest empire the world had ever seen, and its collapse provoked, both then as it does now, a range of analyses over which there has been little agreement. In the second edition of this successful text, Henry Kamen asks: was the Golden Age of Spain in the sixteenth century actually an illusion? By examining some of the key issues involved, Kamen offers a balanced discussion of this fundamental question.
Travelers' Tales: Spain: True Stories of Life on the Road
by Lucy McCauley
Journey into Spain with some of the world’s best writers, and discover a country of heightened senses, bougainvillea blossoming in crimson and orange, and air pungent with sizzling olive oil. Readers travel the ancient road to Santiago, get a glimpse of Pamplona during the running of the bulls, walk in Don Quixote’s footsteps on a midlife quest, and follow a woman’s dream to study the “male” art of flamenco guitar. These soulful stories of travel in a land poised between the old world and new. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Barbara Kingsolver, Calvin Trillin, and Penelope Casas are among the authors featured.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
Fiction
The Spanish Civil War: A very short introduction
by Helen Graham
This Very Short Introduction offers a powerfully-written explanation of the war's complex origins and course, and explores its impact on a personal and international scale
Tales of The Alhambra
by Washington Irvin
Fiction
South From Granada: Seven Years in a Andalusian Village
by Gerald Brenan
Part autobiography, part travelogue, and wholly a tribute to the unspoilt beauty of southern Spain
The Train in Spain
by Cristopher Howse
The bestselling author Christopher Howse makes ten great railway journeys that explore the interior of the peninsula, its astonishing landscapes and ancient buildings.The focus is the way the Spanish live now.
Tapas: The Lilttle Dishes of Spain
by Penelope Casas
Penelope Casas, who introduced the classic little dishes of Spain to American cooks more than twenty years ago, now gives us a splendid updated edition of that seminal book with fifty exciting new recipes and eight full pages of new color photographs showing tapas in all their glory.
Mythology and History in the Great Paintings of the Prado
by Rosa Lopez Torrijos
This selection from the master paintings of the Prado provides an opportunity for the reader to explore two fascinating themes represented in the collection: mythology and history. In addition to enjoying the pictures for their aesthetic qualities, the reader is drawn into what lies behind them, and the context within which they were created





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