Spain Islamic Heritage Tour

A big welcome is reserved for you in Spain by our staff who hand-picked this historic tour for you. Spain is known for its Moorish Heritage due to an Islamic civilization that thrived in here for eight hundred years leaving an everlasting legacy nowhere else to be found. Today Spain is a Catholic country and Spaniards never discriminate the other beliefs. Over two million Muslims live side by side with their fellow Christians in harmony and mutual respect. The Muslim community enjoys a total freedom to practicing its rituals, as well as the norms of prayers and, has it infrastructure well set for visitors of the Islamic faith. You will find mosques and places set for prayers, halal markets, and restaurant to enjoy all staples unique to Spain. TYhis Tour is a journey through the intricate history of Muslim Spain visiting the highlights of historical importance. We will make sure that you will visit the best Islamic landmarks of Toledo, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda, Malaga, Aranjuez and Madrid. Enjoy your trip with you tour manager who is scholarly trained to give the layers of Islamic History and architecture of Spain.

Cross-Cultural Services is offering special Islamic Heritage journeys and trips in Spain to take Muslim visitors through an engaging, insightful tour into this important period in world history. Enjoy and explore the forgotten Islamic civilization of Spain guided by local Spanish Muslims. The package includes: Meeting you at the airport of Madrid as you arrive, all local transportation, 4* hotels with breakfast, local Spanish Muslim guides and entrance fees to sights we visit, museums and other monuments, all taxes and more.

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ITINERARY

Arrival at Madrid Airport Barajas. Meet and greet with our local representative and transfer to the hotel. We arrange for prayers in Spanish Mosque. Our small group starts visiting the most important and historical monuments such as Plaza España and Plaza del Sol. Dinner will be taken in a Halal restaurant at 21.00 h. approximately and then, check-in to hotel and relax.

Breakfast at hotel at 9.00 approximately, and later, transfer to Toledo, the oldest towns in Europe and has a great artistic beauty and buildings from almost all periods in history (Arabian, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style of architecture). Toledo is called the “City of the Three Cultures” since Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived together. In the XVI century, it was also the place of residence of the great painter El Greco. We will make a Panoramic Tour of Toledo by Bus, with photo stop in Mirador del Valle. At 14.00 h. have lunch. After that, we will make walking tour Visiting Square Zocodover, Street of Commerce, Damascena Workshop and the Former Mosque of Bab Al-Mardum. Your private guide will take you on this monumental city tour for most of the afternoon. Free time for shopping if it is possible and have dinner at 21.00 h. approximately. Check-in at hotel and overnight in Toledo.

Breakfast at 8.30 h. At 9.00 h. departure to Granada, which trip will take approximately 4 hours. Once in Granada, have lunch in a specialized-Moorish restaurant food at 14.00 h. After that, take a little break at a hotel in order to relax a little before your local guide meets you and continue visiting the city center. At 17.00 h, visit Albaicin quarter with the most spectacular viewpoints, such as San Cristobal, San Nicolas or San Miguel, where the visitant can feel all Granada's beauty from different perspectives, and Elvira Street, the largest and main road during the Islamic age in Granada. Dinner at 21.00 in a halal restaurant. Afterward, transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Breakfast at 9.00 h. Then, transfer to the Alhambra so as to, at 11.00 h., discovering Granada’s beautifulness through visiting the most famous archaeological remains like The Alhambra: Palace, citadel and fortress, residence of the Muslim sultans who inhabited the kingdom from the ninth century, and where they left all their wit and wisdom represented through their works. In addition, visit the Generalife Gardens: Fountains, gardens, and courtyards whose sights and sounds have inspired the minds of writers like Washington Irving and his "Tales of the Alhambra”. After that, at 14.00 h, have lunch in a halal restaurant and break at the hotel. At 18.00 h, visit the city center where there will be free time for shopping. At 20.00, dinner and back to the hotel.

Breakfast at 9.00 h. at hotel. After that, transfer to Málaga, one of the oldest cities in Europe with a rich historic past marked by the passing of Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Muslims. The guided tour starts in Alcazabilla Street, close to the Roman Theatre and the Cathedral of Malaga, where we will know about the Muslim legacy in a city they inhabited for eight centuries. Have lunch at 14.00 h approximately. Then, in the city center and next to the sea, we find the Alcazaba of Malaga, one of the city´s most important monuments well-renowned for its beauty and history. This fortress was built in the XI century as a castle that became a fortress. We will wander along its main rooms as our local guide reveals many other curiosities: Plaza de Armas, Puerta de Los Arcos, Cuartos de Granada, the Torre de Homenaje, and much more. Free time and in the evening, have dinner at 21.00 h, and finally, check-in at hotel and overnight in Málaga.

Breakfast at 9.00 h. at hotel. Then transfer to Marbella, a shopper´s paradise with its many hypermarkets, supermarkets, designer boutiques and back street tourist shops. Free morning for shopping. Have lunch at 14.00 h. approximately and, in the afternoon, continue shopping until 17.00 h. After that, transfer to Torremolinos, in order to walk along its award-winning beaches. In the evening, have dinner at 21.00 and check-in at the hotel to relax.

Breakfast at 9.00. Next, transfer to Seville, which arrival will take 2 hours approximately. Once there, visitants will be able to know the Andalusian capital in depth by visiting the Royal Fortress, the main representative Islamic remains as well as Giralda or Gold Tower. Lunch in a specialized-fish restaurant at 14.30 h. After that will be visited Tetuán Street for the purpose of buying whatever visitants want. Then, in the afternoon, free time for shopping. Dinner at 21.00 and check-in hotel. Overnight in Seville.

Breakfast. As it is commonly known, Ishbiliya or Sevilla is Spain’s most beautiful city. The Muslims left a rich legacy in this historical city that gave birth to a culture which was the epitome of the refinement of the Moorish-Andalusian heritage. Visit what was once the main Mosque, which was demolished and replaced by a Gothic Cathedral. Visit Spain Square, located in the Parque de María Luisa, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929; stop by the Golden Tower, built in the 13th century by the Almohad dynasty in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river. visit Plaza España and a walk around Guadalquivir River in order to contemplate the Gold Tower. Around 21.00 h., have dinner and later, check-in in the hotel and relax.

Breakfast at 9.00 at the hotel. Check out and transfer to the magnificent city of the Caliphate “Córdoba”. Start your city Muslim Heritage tour in Qurtuba with a stroll through the cobbled streets of this jewel city of the Middle Ages. Be spellbound by the Mezquita, the exquisite mosque started by Abdul Rahman I and expanded by his successors. The Great Mosque -Aljama- of Córdoba as it is also known, built during the period of Moorish governance in the most splendid Islamic monument in the western world. Its construction commenced in 785 when Abd Rahman established Córdoba as the capital of Al-Andalus; it was extended during successive periods by Abd Rahman II, Al-Hakam II, and Almanzor sultans. Have lunch at 14.00 h approximately. In the afternoon, After lunch, we will continue with the visit of a Twelfth-Century House that retains the intimate atmosphere of Hispanic-Muslim houses, with an exhibition of Arabic coins, decorative items, etc., of the Andalusian Muslim period. Have dinner and later, check in at hotel, dinner, and overnight in Cordoba.

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to visit Medinet Al Zahra, the magnificent and mysterious city that Muslim King Abd-al Rahman III had built at the foot of Sierra Morena, eight kilometers from the city of Cordoba, contains, even in its name, legendary stories. Back to Cordoba and have lunch at 14.00 h. In the afternoon, a complete tour through the rest of Islamic heritage of Cordoba: Calahorra Tower, Roman temple in the center of the city, Roman bridge, as well as walking on its flowery main streets. If it is possible, free time for shopping. In the evening, have dinner and back to the hotel.

Breakfast at hotel at 9.00 h. Then, departure to Madrid in order to spend the last one day the best as we could. But, before, we will make a stop in Aranjuez, historic city of southern Madrid. Once there, we will know about all its history and visit all the main monuments such as Royal Palace, Isabel II gardens, Island garden… Have lunch and in the afternoon, free time shopping for some souvenirs. At 15.00 h. transfer to Madrid again, in order to visit some of the monuments we could not visit the first day, such as Bernabeu, Retiro Park or Debod temple. In the evening, have dinner and check-in in the hotel to spend the last night in Madrid.

Breakfast at hotel at 8.30 h. Later, depending on the Flight Departure, we might go to “Las Rozas” Factory Outlet, where you can have free time for shopping. We will Transfer to the airport 4 hours before flight departure.

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDES

  • Eleven nights accommodation in 3 star hotels
  • Land Transportation in a Deluxe Van
  • Multi Lingual Tour Manager and local guides
  • Hotel Taxes and Baggage handling
  • Halal Breakfast and Dinner daily

HOTELS

  • MADRID / 2N APARTO SUITES MORIENTES
  • GRANADA / 2N HOTEL NAVAS
  • SEVILLE / 2N HOTEL VIRGEN DE LOS REYES
  • TORREMOLINOS / 1N HOTEL ZEN
  • MÁLAGA / 1N HOTEL LAS VEGAS
  • CÓRDOBA / 2N HOTEL AVERROES
  • TOLEDO /1N HOTEL CONQUISTA DE TOLEDO
  • TICKET FOR ALHAMBRA
  • TICKET FOR MOSQUE CÓRDOBA
  • TICKET FOR MEDINA AZAHARA
  • TICKET FOR ALCÁZAR DE SEVILLA
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