We will be exploring the capitals of Cordoba & Granada, to Illustrate the Golden Age of Islam in Europe, a period fusion in arts, culture and traditions. Travel in time through these two singular cities in ancient Muslim Spain, Al-Andalus.
We start out this tour with a group meet up at Malaga International Airport, moving directly into historical narration on our way to Cordoba, the Umayyad capital of Al-Andalus where we shall spend two nights. After Cordoba, we have a daytime excursion into Seville, on our way to the former kingdom of Granada, last Muslim lands in Spain, where we spend a further two nights. nce in Granada, after touring the Alhambra and historical quarters of the city, we will be able to relax and enjoy whilst shopping or preparing for any extra activities available for booking during the tour, extra night time visits & walks or workshop programs.
You have a choice to conclude your tour on the 4th day in Granada after three nights, or to enjoy further time for shopping, extra activities or workshop programs. Tour extensions into other cities and nature escapes are available during the booking process.
Day 1. Arrival at Malaga. Transfer to Cordoba.
Pick up at Malaga international airport, brief welcome presentations and transfer to Córdoba (170
km), introduction to Andalusia and Spain on our
way. Upon arrival and check-in to our hotel in Cordoba's town centre, we
will take a leisurely walk through the Medina al-Qadima of Cordoba into the very surroundings of the Ummaya Mosque, current Cathedral of Cordoba. Free time is provided here for any extra
activities, rest, or shopping! As well as a lively town center and many
shops, there are three active mosques in Cordoba today worth visiting, a
marvelous opportunity to meet some local Muslims while touring around
town. Our welcome group dinner plan is optional at extra cost, we will advise you upon possible activities at the hotel lobby upon check-in.
Day 2: Cordoba, Capital of the Umayyads.
In the morning we shall have our guided visit of the Umayyad Mosque of Cordoba, one
of the oldest structures still standing from the time Muslims ruled
Al-Andalus in the late 8th century. After we continue to Medinat Al-Zahra,
the Caliph's court city palace's archeological site, research &
exhibition centre. After lunch, we will continue to Granada for an active program there, the next day. The route from Cordoba to Granada contains views of many castles, towers, 'zagras', white villages, whereby we can vividly recreate the historical vision of this whole period, the last Muslim lands of Al-Andalus, into the former Kingdom of Garn'atta, today's Granada. We will be cruising along what was formerly for around 250 years border between the Muslim Kingdom of Granada and the four Spanish Chrisitan Kingdoms, after their conquest of Cordoba. A quick stop along the way will allow travelers to gain some knowledge about the Olive Oil industry, enabling us also to purchase olive oil & traditional rural products, in best quality and price.
Once in Granada we will again check-in to our hotel and set our meeting time for an optional introductory walk, merging the modern city center with a brief presentation of the city center, a fusion of Souq markets, old alleyways, riverside & the active modern city appeals. This will lead us to independent leisure time, optional dinner arrangements and extra activities. Welcome to our home town Granada!
Day 3: Granada, the last Muslim Kingdom of Al-Andalus. Tour of the Alhambra court city, palaces and gardens.
Guided visit to the Alhambra palatial town, including the Nashrid
Palaces, Alkasaba fortress, Generalife summer palace & gardens, and
the old medina of the Alhambra. Afterwards, we move on to visit the old
medina of Garnatta and it's main areas, divisions, and city walls. We
will visit the Albayzin Mosque at the Mirador de San Nicolas, most
famous viewing point of Granada and the Alhambra. After a lunch break,
we walk down to the town center, visit the 'souq' streets, and the
area's most historical points. After due resting, you will have the
afternoon free to make your own plans for shopping or extra optional
activities available in Granada. You may enjoy free time in the modern
town which is a fusion of Souq markets, old alleyways, riverside
& the active modern city appeals.
Day 4: Departure or optional tour extensions
We recommend if you are leaving today to book a late evening flight
home from Malaga international airport. Jummah in Granada is a lively
experience, the Albayzin Mosque at Mirador de San Nicolás watches
over views of Granada city, the Alhambra and the snowy topped Sierra
Nevada Mountain Ranges behind. The program from here will depend on your
departure arrangements as well as any optional tour extensions chosen
at the time of your booking.