Andalucia Excursion, March 16-31, 2020
Explore the magic of this rich and diverse culture.
Marvel at the enduring imprint of the Moors on monuments, gardens, cuisine, architecture, and art. Appreciate Andalucian ceramic art, tiles and pottery.
Day 01/March 16, 2020: Arrive in Seville, Evening introduction at our hotel, Hotel Monte Triana Seville . Included welcoming drink at local restaurant. Optional dinner.
Day 02: Guided visit to the Archeological Museum and the Mudejar Pavillion. Introduction to the Andalucian history and art styles. Visit to the Cathedral and the Giralda minaret/bell tower.
Day 03: Guided visits to the Triana Ceramics Museum and pottery studios. Guided visit to the royal Alcazar de Sevilla palace and its ceramic collection. Free time in the palace gardens. optional visits to the Museum of Fine Art or the Pilatos mansion.
Day 04: Depart for Cordoba. Visit the ancient site of Medina Azahara enroute. First explorations of the historic town and the Roman bridge. Free afternoon; optional visits to the Alcazar and its gardens or the Marques de Viana mansion. Overnight in converted 18 Century palace hotel, NH Amistad Collection Cordoba
Day 05: Guided visit to the Mezquita, focusing on Islamic, Catholic and Visigothic art. Guided visits to the Archeological Museum and to sights at the Juderia, such as the Sinagogue, Capilla Mudejar, Iglesia de San Bartolome, Casa Andalusi and the many patios.
Day 06: Depart for Ubeda. Guided walk on Plaza Vazquez de Molina focusing on Renaissance architecture and the work of the architect Andres de Vandelvira. Overnight in the Andres de Vandelvira designed 16 Century Parador Hotel, Parador Ubeda
Day 07: Visit to Tito’s ceramic workshop with demos. Guided walk through the Juderia focusing on Jewish history and culture. Visit to the Sinagoga del Agua and private houses.
Day 08: Visit to ceramic workshop (Pablo Tito 2) with hands on session. Olive tour with tasting. Free afternoon; optional visits to the Renaissance churches of Ubeda and scenic walks around Ubeda.
Day 09: Depart for Granada. Guided walk in the historic Albaicin neighbourhood. Enjoy an aperitif and the sunset views of the Alhambra. Overnight at the historic 15th-century Moorish house, Casa Morisca
Day 10: Full day guided visit to the Alhambra Museum: Nasrid Palace, Ceramics Collection, Museum of Fine Arts. Free time exploring the Generalife Gardens.
Day 11: Guided visit to sights in the Centro of Granada: Bib-Rambla square, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. Walking the Sacromonte neighbourhood. Visit the Cave Museum and enjoy the natural environment. Optional relaxation at a Moorish bath. Optional night visit to the Alhambra.
Day 12: Walk to the Sacromonte neighbourhood. Visit the Cave Museum and enjoy the natural environment. Free afternoon; optional relaxation at a Moorish bath.
Day 13: Transfer to Ronda, check in to scenic Parador Hotel, Parador Ronda Hotel Guided tour of the historic centre. Included dinner at the Restaurante Parador de Ronda
Day 14: Free day in Ronda.Included dinner at the Restaurante Parador de Ronda
Day 15: Transfer to Malaga. Visit the Alfarar Pottery enroute. Guided panoramic bus tour of Malaga.Overnight in the historical center at the well appointed hotel, NH Malaga
Day 16: Guided old city walking tour including Roman theatre and Alcazar. Free afternoon for gallery explorations. There are many museums and galleries including: Picasso Museum and Picasso birth house, Thyssen, Pompidou, and the Malaga Archeological. Final group dinner.
Day 17/ March 31: Breakfast, group or individual transfers to airport.
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The excursion starts in Sevilla at 7 pm on the evening of March 16, 2020 in the lobby of our hotel, and ends in Malaga at our hotel after breakfast on March 31, 2020.
16 nights accommodation double occupancy including 5 nights at historic Parador hotels, 4 star hotels, 18 century palace, and boutique properties.
2 Dinners at the Restaurante Parador de Ronda
Meet, assist, and transfer for international arrivals and departures on March 16.
March 31 transfer to airport.
Transport throughout Andalucia in a first-class minivan
City and site transportation.
Professional Spanish on-board English speaking guide and tour leader.
Guided visits with expert guides in the different cities.
On-board professional ceramic artist and tour leader.
Special guided tours to historical sites and museums.
Guided visits to potteries including demonstrations and optional hands on experience.
Olive oil tour, production, history, culinary tradition and tasting.
Entrance fees, advance tickets and reservations to museums, U.N.E.S.C.O. sites, fine art galleries and special sites such as:
Alcazar de Sevilla, Alhambra and Generalife in Granada, Mezquita in Cordoba, Picasso Museum and Picasso’s birth house in Malaga.
Optional Alhambra night visit entrance not included.
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If you must cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
• Up to June 10, 2019
• June 11 - July 25
• July 25 - August 15
• Aug 16/19 - Feb. 15/20
• February 16 - March 16
• Deposit of $500
• 30% of trip cost
• 50% of trip cost
• 75% of trip cost
• No refund
There is no refund for arriving late or leaving the trip early.
Discovery Art Travel reserves the right to cancel the trip due to low enrolment, or if we feel that the quality of the trip or the safety of travelers would be compromised. In such a case, we will refund all payments received to date, which constitutes full settlement.
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