23911
Spain

Independent Seville: A Mosaic of Ancient Cultures

Discover the rich cultural legacy of Seville as you explore the city alongside local experts, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about Moorish architecture and Flamenco dance.
Program No. 23911RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,599
Flights start at
775

At a Glance

Welcome to Seville, where history flourishes around every corner and vestiges of ancient cultures are abundant in the Moorish architecture, Gothic cathedrals and centuries-old neighborhoods you’ll learn about on this educational adventure. In the south of Spain, join local experts on a journey through this bustling city’s cultural legacy, from its Ancient Roman origins to its role as the capital of Andalusia today. With plenty of time to explore on your own, gain insider’s knowledge of Seville’s rich past, visit breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about the Old and New World traditions of its lively people.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extensive walking: up to 4 miles with some uneven ground, cobblestone streets and stairs.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Alcázar Royal Palace with a local historian and attend a traditional Flamenco dance performance.
  • Discover Córdoba, an important Islamic center from the Middle Ages, and study the Islamic and Jewish landmarks that still stand tall today.
  • Learn how to make traditional Spanish paella during a hands-on cooking class with a professional chef.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and most meals will be on your own to enjoy what you like. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities are provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Sara Rumbso
Sara Rumbao holds two degrees: one in travel management and another one in English language and literature. She worked in the United States as a Spanish teacher for four years. She has been working at The Center for Crosscultural Studies since she returned to Spain eighteen years ago. After returning, she got a master’s in education and in history. She currently teaches classes on language, literature and history. In her free time, she enjoys reading and studying about religious history, art history and visiting museums.

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

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