Saturday, September 18 to Monday, September 27, 2021
Seville was the hub of the Spanish Empire and it will dazzle you. Tour activities don’t start until 10 a.m. so you don’t have to rush, enjoy your delicious breakfast and join us in an entertaining Spanish class. Our local guide will show you the Archive of the Indies, created in the 1700’s to bring together under a single roof all the documentation regarding the overseas empire, and Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in the world. As we stroll around the city, you’ll encounter history at hundreds of niches and corners. We will savor seasonal dishes at the midday meal. Afterwards, you will have time for yourself to discover more of Sevilla. At 8 p.m., you may choose to join us for a beautiful sunset at the Metropol Parasol, a futuristic structure with amazing views of the city.
After your delicious breakfast and fun Spanish class, we will explore the Royal Alcazar, one of the oldest palaces in use in the world today, ramble through the old Jewish quarter with its quaint plazas and narrow streets, visit the iconic Maria Luisa Park with its Plaza de España and beautiful gardens, and Carmen’s old Royal Tobacco Factory. After a fabulous midday meal and siesta, you can enjoy free time in Seville.
Jerez de la Frontera Day Tour- Regal Horses and Sherry
Breakfast and Spanish lesson, then a wonderful trip to this small city famous for its Sherry wine. Enjoy the excitement of the Royal Equestrian School, enjoy a tasty midday meal, go to a wine tasting at Tio Pepe Winery, and end the day with a nice evening meal before returning to Seville.
Roman Ruins, Monasteries, and Olive Oil
After breakfast, we’ll load up our luggage and visit the ruins of Italica, first Roman city in Spain where Emperors Trajan and Hadrian were born. We’ll visit San Isidoro del Campo monastery where the first translation of the Bible into Spanish began, the so-called Bible of the Bear. We’ll enjoy an appetizing midday meal and on our way to Córdoba, we will stop at the Hacienda Guzmán, a historic farm from wich olive trees were taken to America, and sample excellent olive oils. We will then part to Hotel Monasterio de San Francisco in Palma del Río, Cordoba, a preserved monastery turned into a hotel built in 1492 where Fray Junipero Serra stayed before going to America with orange trees. The hotel’s award-winner restaurant will provide the evening meal.
Cordovan Oranges, and Flamenco
Enjoy breakfast with local delicacies and join the Spanish lesson of the day. We will stroll through Palma del Río’s old town, enjoy a private tour of the Portocarrero Palace where we will enjoy art, botanic, and sample orange products. From the palace, we will depart for the city of Cordoba where we’ll have a delicious Cordovan meal and time to relax. In the evening, we’ll revel in a passionate flamenco performance and taste a delicious evening meal.
Cordoba: Medieval Europe’s Greatest City
Wake up in classy Cordoba, have your breakfast and fun with your Spanish lesson. Then get ready to be dazzled by the magnificence of the Great Mosque-Cathedral, witness the Roman imprint around the city, and feel the enchantment of its old Jewish quarter. Discover more of this welcoming city during your free time until we depart for Granada at 6 pm. We’ll stop in Antequera for our evening meal.
Your eyes will open in Granada, the Moorish Jewel, with the magnificent Sierra Nevada in its background. After a warm breakfast, we will enjoy the stunning Alhambra with its breathtaking palaces, gardens and views. After the midday meal and siesta, we will visit the spectacular Granada Cathedral and the Royal Chapel where Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand are buried. You will have free time to roam and discover the beautiful sights and places of the Albaicín quarter.
The Spanish city most connected to the American Revolution will receive you with open arms. The “Manquita” Cathedral, the Roman ruins, and the Moorish Alcazaba are only a few of the iconic venues that will make you want to come back. After an early evening meal, we’ll return to our hotel in Seville.