Discovering Muslim Spain
Bringing to life the history of Al-Andalus
Fully accompanied by a professional local guide
6 Days - 5 Nights from £550
Journey to Southern Spain to discover the secrets of the magnificent land of Al-Andalus.
A land that was ruled by the Muslims for almost 800 years. During their reign they transformed a backward society to the most sophisticated and advanced in Europe. Whilst the rest of Europe was enveloped in the gloom of the ‘dark ages’ Muslim Spain was perhaps the epicentre of knowledge and education for the whole of Europe and beyond. Street lights, paved roads, advanced irrigation systems, universities, and great men of learning were common place in Al-Andalus in stark contrast to the rest of Europe.
We invite you on this eye-opening journey that will truly bring to life the history of Al-Andalus. A journey that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster – there will be times of happiness as well as times of sadness.
To really discover the secrets of this amazing land, we think it is essential to have local expert guides who can help us uncover the many secrets that are waiting to be discovered.
We promise that this will be an experience that you will not forget for a very long time!
Available Tour Dates (6 Days - 5 Nights):
13th – 18th March 2023
24th – 29th April 2023
15th – 20th May 2023
19th – 24th June 2023
17th – 22nd July 2023
21st – 26th August 2023
18th – 23rd September 2023
16th – 21st October 2023
13th – 18th November 2023
18th – 23rd December 2023
PICK UP & DROP OFF TIMES
– Pick up: from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Malaga (AGP) Airport
– Drop off: 10:30 am at Malaga (AGP) Airport
Day 1 - Malaga Airport to Cordoba
After meeting at Malaga Airport we will proceed to Cordoba. We will arrive at lunch time, you can have free time for lunch, After lunch we will visit the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Bridge of Musa ibn Nusayr, Calahorra Tower, which are the main visits of the day. After the guided tour, there will be free time in the old quarters. Overnight in Cordoba.
Day 2 - Cordoba to M.Azahra to Seville
After Breakfast we will visit Madinah Al-Zahra archeological site and an interactive Museum. It was the City of the Umayyad Khalifa during the 10th Century, it represents the pinnacle of Muslim rule in Spain. Afterwards we will proceed to Seville. Here we will visit the Royal Alcazar, a Christian Palace built by Muslim craftsmen with unique mudejar decoration; the Giralda Tower; the former Minaret of the Mosque of Seville from the year 1182. Plaza España is our last stop in Seville, we will try to view the sunset here. After the guided tour, there will be free time in the Muslim quarters to explore and for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Seville.
Day 3 - Seville to Granada
After Breakfast, we will continue our journey to Granada (2hrs). On arrival in Granada we will check-in at the hotel to freshen up. In the evening we will visit the Albayzin, former Muslim quarters, enjoy panoramic views of Alhambra. Dinner and overnight in Granada.
Day 4 - Alpujarra Mountains
After Breakfast we will make our trip to the Alpujarra mountains, where the last Muslims of Al-Andalus were living and practicing Islam for more than 150 years after the fall of Granada. New Muslims are living here now, some with their own olive plantations, possibly the very same olives trees that were once planted by the Muslims who fled to these mountains hundreds of years ago. We will visit the traditional village of Pampaneira, where you can see the local carpets, the chocolate factory, traditional houses, and the beautiful architecture of the place. We will have lunch in a local restaurant, and after this we will go to the countryside, where you can walk around the orange orchards and olive trees. We will return to Granada where you will have free time for shopping and exploring the area. Overnight in Granada.
Day 5 - Alhambra, Granada
After breakfast we will visit the Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain, and the best preserved medieval Muslim royal palace in the world. During our visit we will walk in the royal houses of the Muslim sultans from the Nasrid dynasty, founded by Muhammad al-Ahmar, and we will “Read the Alhambra”, by following the Arabic inscriptions on the walls, full of du’a, Qur’an, poetry and more. We will then visit the main Masjid of Granada, where we will offer prayers. For the rest of the day you will have free time to relax, explore and shopping. Overnight in Granada
Day 6 - Granada to Malaga Airport
After breakfast, we will head to Malaga Airport according to the drop off time. If you want to stay longer in Granada or Malaga, we can help you to arrange a public bus to Malaga Airport on your departure day.
* There may be minor changes to the itinerary & including switching days
This package includes:
Accommodation in good quality hotels
Services of an experienced local guide
Guided visit of every city focused on the Islamic Heritage tour itinerary
Entrance tickets to various sites
Ground transportation in Spain
HALAL RESTAURANT GUIDE (Cost of meals not Included) Our guide will accompany you to the restaurants where you can order and pay for the meals
Extras in the hotels
Lunch and dinner
Tips for the guide (tips 5€/person/day are expected)
Price (per person) Sharing Twin/Triple Room
Adult Rate: £550*
Children Rate (Age 3-9): £350*
Infant Rate (0-2): £100
Additional single room supplement fee: £150
Full payment required with booking.
Price does not include tips for driver and guide.
SEVILLE: EXE Sevilla Macarena 4 Star (or similar)
CORDOBA: Ayre EXE Las Adelfas 4 Star (or similar)
GRANADA: EXE Triunfo 4 Star (or similar)
All hotels will be confirmed prior to departure.
How to Book:
1. Please call us to ensure we still have availability on your chosen departure dates
2. Book your flights (taking into account drop-off and pick-up times) - Please call us if you need help with arranging flights
3. Complete booking form
4. Make payment by bank transfer:
Account Name: AL-HIDAAYAH TRAVEL LTD
Sort Code: 20-08-98
Account Number: 90918997
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Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel. If you do not hold a British passport, please ensure you acquire the necessary visas prior to departure.
Flights are not included, please ensure to book your flights according to the airport transfer times outlined above.
Entrance to the Alhambra Palaces is subject to securing the entrance tickets.