Spain: Andalucia in a Parador
September 9 to 17, 2021
- Starting Price: $3,245 per person. VAT is an additional $295. If booked before March 15, 2021, deduct an additional $250 per person. Airfare not included.
- Special Note: Limited to 24 travelers.
- Activity Level: Moderate
- Travel type: Land
- Tour Partner: Alumni Holidays International (AHI)
- Brochure: Download PDF
- More information: NC State + AHI website
- Reservations: To ask questions or make a reservation, call WolfTreks Travel Manager Kathy Hart at 919-515-0508 or book online using this link.
Antequera. At the prehistoric Menga and Viera dolmens, imagine the incredible labor and skill involved in the construction of these enormous stone burial chambers. Then head into Antequera for a guided walk that reveals its roots as a cultural crossroads. Start at the Alcazaba, a 14th-century Moorish fortress, and admire sweeping vistas of the city and nearby countryside. Visit El Carmen Church and see other historic landmarks.
Granada. Discover the Alhambra, the dazzling Moorish walled city of palaces and towers. The Nasrid sultans who built it in the 13th and 14th centuries sought to create their own paradise on earth. As you meander within the courtyards and arcaded walkways, marvel at the exquisitely filigreed carvings and mosaic details. In the Palacios Nazaríes, see the Hall of the Ambassadors,the Court of the Myrtles, the Court of the Lions and other chambers. Visit the heart of the Alhambra’s defense system, and stroll in the gardens of Generalife, the summer palace. Conclude with lunch at the Paradorde Granada inside the Alhambra’s walls.
Sevilla. Visit the majestic Plaza de España with its pretty bridges and tiled alcoves. Step inside the stunning Cathedral of Sevilla, the world’s largest Gothic church. Next, tour the Real Alcázar, a 10th-century Moorish palace, still in use today as a royal residence. See the centuries-old bullring and the Moorish watchtower near the Guadalquivir River. End with a walk in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, where narrow lanes lead to shady squares and bougainvillea spill over the balconies.
Ronda. Spectacularly situated on the edge of El Tajo Gorge, Ronda is the largest of the pueblos blancos, or white towns. Visit the lovely Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor. Then stand in the arena of the Plaza de Toros, first opened in 1785, and delve into the intensely dramatic world of bullfighting at its museum. Cap off your Ronda visit with unforgettable views from Casa de San Juan Bosco.
Córdoba. Explore the beautiful mosque-cathedral, La Mezquita. Built in the eighth century, the great mosque was converted into a Catholic church after the Reconquista in 1236, and a Renaissance cathedral was added in the 16th century. The combination of Christian and Islamic decorative elements is truly astonishing. Continue with a tour of the Jewish Quarter and free time.
Málaga. Choose to take a complimentary, round-trip shuttle to Málaga on your free day and make your own sightseeing plans.
Fernández. Delight in this organic winery’s pastoral setting over lunch and a tasting.
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