Expert-Led Group Tour

Spain Group Tour - Islamic Geometric art in Andalucia

Explore and learn about Islamic patterns with Eric Broug

8 days

from £3,995pp
  • Visit the beautiful cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada
  • Discover the history behind Islamic geometric patterns from Eric Broug
  • Spend ample time exploring Granada's Alhambra Palace

Explore one of Spain's most fascinating and varied regions, Andalucia. Starting in the beautiful city of Seville, explore the Alcázar castle complex, continue onto Cordoba, visiting the Mezquita, before finishing in Granada, spending ample time at the Alhambra. With the expert guidance of Eric Broug learn about the history of Islamic geometric patterns in these regions.

Spain is unique in Western Europe in having been conquered by an Islamic power. The Moors first crossed from Africa in AD 711, and in the south of the country they stayed for nearly eight centuries. The Moorish civilization of the cities of Andalucía was one of the most sophisticated of the Middle Ages. It is through this history that it is possible to see great art and architecture of both Islamic and Christian traditions side by side. Our group tour to Spain focuses on Islamic Geometric patterns in three main cities, Seville, Cordoba and Granada. 

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?

Islamic Geometric patterns and design are a fascinating and beautiful area to explore and understand. With the expert knowledge of Eric Broug this tour explores three of southern Spain’s beautiful cities showcasing this wonderful art form.

IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, aswell as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.

We have a no mandatory single supplement policy on most of our group tours, meaning that we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION IN SPAIN LIKE?

Accommodation in Spain can be very varied, from the small cave properties in certain regions of Andalucía to luxury boutique haciendas and then larger beachfront chain hotels. For this Spain tour we have focused on properties we know well and trust, offering a great location and warm Spanish hospitality.

HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?

You do not need to be particularly fit to participate, there are no long walks. Time will be spent exploring the cities on foot and the grounds of the Alcázar and Alhambra are extensive so although this will all be done at a gentle pace, comfy shoes are a must. 

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN SPAIN?

Spain is known for its wonderful cuisine. Every region has its own distinctive cuisine, from Paella in Valencia, to Gazpacho in Andalucía, and of course tapas. The Spanish are reliant on plenty of locally grown fruit and vegetables, along with meats such as Jamon serrano and Chorizo. Seafood and fish are popular in coastal areas. Olive oil and garlic are common ingredients in Spanish cooking.
Spain is also known for its wines, including the rioja, made in the northern province, along with sherry, a fortified wine that may be dry or sweet; and sangria, wine mixed with fruit and soda water.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

May is a lovely time to visit Spain, the days are getting longer and it is generally warm throughout the day and cooler in the evenings.

 



Departing on:
  • 13th May 2018

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

DEPART UKARRIVE UKPrice Excluding Flights (£)Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
13th May 2018 20th May 2018 £ 3,995 £ 400 £ 700 Eric Broug Available
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what is included

  • Accommodation in Seville, Cordoba and Granada
  • Accompanied by an English speaking local guide
  • Accompanied by Eric Broug throughout
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • All entrance fees as stated in itinerary
  • Evening tour of the Alhambra
  • Full day tour at the Alhambra
  • Gratuities
  • Transport from Seville to Cordoba and onto Granada

what is excluded

  • Additional drinks and meals
  • International Flights (We are happy to arrange these)
  • Items of a personal nature

TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, OUR GROUP TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS STANDARD. WE CAN ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON YOUR BEHALF AND THE ABOVE IS AN INDICATION OF COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Seville


Seville arrival
On arrival into Seville Airport you will be met in the arrivals area and transferred to your hotel.

The stylish and scorching city of Seville is the capital of Andalucia. Also known as 'The Frying Pan of Spain', it enjoys arguably the strongest cultural identity in the entire country. It is the artistic, historic and cultural capital of southern Spain, and is the closest you are likely to get to Andalucia in a nutshell.


Dinner at a local restaurant included


You will be staying at Corral del Rey, Full board

Day 2

Private walking tour of Seville Cathedral, the Santa Cruz area & the Plaza de España
Visit the Santa Cruz suburb and the old Jewish quarter. This is an area peppered with narrow, meandering streets and charming plazas. Learn about Seville’s great cathedral, the largest gothic cathedral in the world and holder of the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Delve into the Maria Luisa Park to visit the Plaza de España, Spain’s pavillion for the 1929 Iberian-American Expo and one of the finest examples of Regionalist architecture.


Afternoon walking tour of the Alcazar
Afternoon visit to the Alcázar, a royal palace built by Moorish kings, with beautiful gardens and the finest examples of mudejar architecture to be seen today. Learn about the fascinating relationship between Peter the Cruel and Mohamed V which allowed for the Alcázar to benefit from the finest artists and architects in Spain.


Lunch and Dinner included at local restaurants


You will be staying at Corral del Rey, Full board

Day 3

Morning private tour of the Alcazar
This morning you will have the chance to return to the Alcazar with your guide and learn even more about this fascinating monument.


Lunch and Dinner included at local restaurants


You will be staying at Corral del Rey, Full board

Day 4

Travel from Seville to Córdoba
Depart Seville and drive Northeast through agricultural land and olive groves to the city of Córdoba, approximately 90 minutes away.


Private walking tour of the Mezquita, 3 hours
Enjoy an afternoon walking tour around the Mezquita. Originally a pagan temple, later converted into the great mosque of the Ummayad caliphate and finally transformed into a Catholic church with many moorish traits.


Lunch and Dinner included at local restaurants


You will be staying at Hotel las Casas de la Juderia, Full board

Day 5

Private walking tour of the rest of Córdoba, 3 hours
Embark on a walking tour around Córdoba’s city centre. Explore the winding side streets of the old Jewish quarter, visit the Alcázar of the Catholic kings, wander up the Callejón de las Flores, visit the synagogue and cross the Guadalquivir over Córdoba’s Roman bridge.


Private transfer from Córdoba to Granada, 2 hours
Leave Córdoba and drive Southeast through endless olive groves until you arrive at the city of Granada, about 2 hours away.


Lunch at a local restaurant located inside an unused bullring. Dinner included at a local restaurant


You will be staying at Hotel Casa 1800, Full board

Day 6

Private walking tour of the Alhambra, 6 hours
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the Alhambra was a courtly city where the sultans of the Nasrid Dynasty lived. Perhaps the highlight of your tour is entry into the incredible Nasrid palaces with their impressive architecture, plasterwork and decoration. In addition to the ornate palace, your guide will take you the Alcazaba fortress with commanding views over Granada. The final stop on your tour is a stroll through the Generalife summer palace and gardens, renowned for their beautiful flora and numerous water-features.


Picnic lunch at the Alhambra. Dinner included at a local restaurant


You will be staying at Hotel Casa 1800, Full board

Day 7

Private walking tour of Granada city, 3 hours
Today explore the city centre of Granada. Visit the Royal chapel, burial site of the Catholic Kings and renowned for its elaborate interiors, impressive marble carvings, ironwork and its art collection. You will also visit the Cathedral of Granada, the Bib-Rambla square and other emblematic sites in the centre of the city.


Private evening walking tour of the Alhambra, 3 hours
This evening you will be able to see the Alhambra and it’s Nasrid Palaces in a different light. After sunset an evening tour of the Alhambra gives you a different perspective of this magnificent monument.


Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner at a restaurant with breathtaking views of the Alhambra .


You will be staying at Hotel Casa 1800, Full board

Day 8

Drive from Granada to Málaga, 1.5 hours
Drive down to the Southern coast from Granada, where Málaga airport is located, journey time of around 1.5 hours.

Drive from Granada to Malaga (Road Journey)

Fly Malaga to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Corral del Rey

Corral del Rey

Originally a 17th Century Casa Palacio this 300 year old building is now a boutique hotel that has been meticulously restored and converted....

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Tour expert

Eric Broug

Eric Broug
Eric’s passion for Islamic Geometric design started whilst he was a student in Amsterdam with a book called ‘Arabic Geometrical Pattern and Design’ by Jules Bourgoin. For over ten years, he worked with a compass, ruler, pencil and paper and tried to deconstruct the patterns in this book in order to be able to reconstruct them. He moved to London, where he studied at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. He continued his education at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), where he did an MA in the History of Islamic Art and Architecture.



He now travels around the world for an academic publisher teaching people about Islamic design, along with writing, educational and artmaking activities.

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Group Size:

Min 6 / Max 15

Tour Expert:

Eric Broug

Departure Date (S):

  • 13th May 2018

  1. Moderate Activity - The tour may occasionally involve slightly longer walks, but nothing over 4 hours. The tour will involve visits to a variety of sites throughout the duration of the itinerary and be at a moderate pace.

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