From sprawling palaces to towering cathedrals, Andalusia’s most stunning architecture remains brilliantly haunted by the region’s many imperial lives. Venture through the Gothic Catedral de Sevilla, for example, and you’ll find dazzling relics of the great Moorish mosque that once stood in its place. On this trip, we’ll explore the south of Spain through the waves of empires and kingdoms that once ruled it, tracing the rise and fall of Al-Andalus in its spectacular architecture and its penchant for elaborate performance. We’ll wander through palace halls, descend into underground corridors, and glimpse hidden gardens—all to unearth the complex, royal past of the forgotten kingdoms of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $575 ($695 for 2023 departures). After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.
Travelers should be comfortable walking between three and four miles over the course of each day and staying on their feet for long stretches of time.
Note that this trip begins in Sevilla and ends in Granada. We recommend you arrive in Sevilla by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart from Granada anytime on Day 8. Sevilla and Granada both have various flight and train options to Barcelona, Madrid, and other transport hubs in Spain.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please let us know in advance, and we'll do our best to arrange alternatives.
Visa requirements for Spain vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Spain and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.
This trip pays tribute to the multicultural medieval history of the kingdoms of Al-Andalus—where people of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths coexisted in relative peace until 1492. By exploring Al-Andalus's history and culture, we hope to promote the values from the region's peaceful past. In addition, we'll support the last-surviving active 16th-and-17th-century monasteries and their respective culinary traditions in Sevilla. In Córdoba, we'll visit the "Festival of Patios," an event that helps to preserve the city's historical heritage by supporting the courtyard-gardens still owned by local families. We'll also visit small, lesser-known museums where tourism dollars are essential to their survival. In Granada, we'll enjoy a flamenco show, where we'll support local musicians and dancers from the Sacromonte cave community.