Two options: 4 days (September 20-24) or 9 days (September 20-29)
We will begin this tour right after lunch on the last day of the conference, with faculty member Stephen Hirtenstein as our guide. Our adventure begins with a private tour of the olive oil mill of the Nunez de Prado Family set in the countryside of Baena. From there we will continue to the capital of the western world in the 11th century, Cordoba, where we will tour the Mosque-Cathedral, the old Jewish quarter and the Alcazar Palace.
Outside of Cordoba we will stop at the ruins of Medinat al-Zahra, the largest known city built from scratch in Western Europe, it was the forgotten Versailles of the middle ages. We will then head across the fertile countryside to Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In Seville we will enjoy a Tapas Meal, explore Santa Cruz (the old Jewish Quarter), visit the Royal Fortress and explore the huge Gothic Cathedral which was the original site of Seville’s 12th-century Mosque. The journey will end after breakfast on the 24th in Seville for those only traveling with us for four days.
Those continuing on for the longer journey will travel “The Route of the White Villages,” making stops in Arcos de la Frontera, situated on a mountain range 160 meters high above the Guadalete river; Zahara de la Sierra, built on Moorish foundations and located on a mountainside; and Ronda, the jewel of Andalusia. We will then head to Costa de la Luz “The Coast of Light” and visit the town of Tarifa as well as the ancient Roman town of Baelo Claudia. We will also visit the seaside town of Vejer de la Frontera, a perfectly preserved example of what many Andalusian towns were like during five centuries of Islamic occupation. We will travel via Medina-Sidonia, considered by some to be the oldest city in Europe and return to Arcos de la Frontera. The last day of our journey we will travel via the ancient city of Moron and Marchena, “The Unknown Beauty.” Our last night will be spent in Seville and, after breakfast on the 29th, everyone can depart from the Seville airport.
Price: $795 per person for accommodations in a double room, $1050 for a single room for the four-day tour; $1495 per person for accommodations in a double room, $1950 for a single room for the nine-day tour.
These prices include all accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners (participants will be free to explore on their own for lunch, suggestions will be made by our guide), all entrance fees and travel in a luxury coach.
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