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explore SOUTHERN SPAIN

TOURS

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MADRID       TOLEDO       CORDOBA        SEVILLA        RONDA       GRANADA       MALAGA


august 10 - 20, 2022

Explore the heritage of Al-Andalus, the Islamic civilization that flourished in Iberia (modern Spain and Portugal) from 711-1492 CE. Starting from the nation’s capital and passing through the region of La Mancha, journey through key cities of the Muslim era in Andalucía (a region of several provinces in southern Spain), learning about the multi-faith experience of cooperation and conflict, scientific advancements, and cultural influences that continue to impact us today. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, try unique cuisines, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes that will transport you to another world.

Itinerary in southern Spain

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TOURS

Bayan has been offering faculty-led tours to world heritage destinations since 2017, with previous tours to Southern Spain, Malaysia & Singapore, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Now in 2022, we are excited to be able to renew our line-up of tours we had hoped to offer in 2020, but were interrupted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Our hope is that with appropriate precautions, we can once again venture forth and explore various regions of the globe and be enriched by new religious and cultural experiences.

 

WHY JOIN A BAYAN TOUR?

Tours offered by Bayan cater to the diverse interests and needs of families, while offering an exceptional educational and cultural program. Each tour is led by one or more faculty members who provide daily background lectures and insights about the historical and contemporary contexts. Local guides are utilized as well at various points in time. The itinerary is crafted by experienced personnel to maximize your enjoyment and satisfaction. While the scheduled program is robust, ample time is provided to explore on your own, shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs, and enjoy some leisure activities. Bayan’s tour group size is generally kept to 20-30 participants.

SOUTHERN SPAIN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Madrid

  • Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, Puerta del Sol

  • Royal Palace

  • Friday prayer at Madrid Central Mosque

  • El Retiro Park

 

Toledo

  • Mezquita de Cristo de la Luz

  • Synagogue El Transito & Sta. Maria La Blanca

  • Damascene metalworks shops

  • Visigothic Museum

Cordoba

  • Mezquita-Catedral (Great Mosque)

  • Judería (old Jewish quarter)

  • Museum of Three Cultures

  • Madinat Al-Zahra archaeological site

 

Sevilla

  • Royal Alcázar of Sevilla

  • Cathedral of Sevilla / Giralda Tower

  • Plaza de España

  • Horse-carriage ride

 

Ronda

  • Puente Nuevo

  • Casa del Rey Moro

  • Arab baths archaeological site

 

Granada

  • Alhambra palace

  • Friday prayer at Mosque of Granada

  • Albaicín (old Muslim city)

  • Flamenco show


 

Along with visiting these sites, we will encounter the people and make friendships, sample various cuisines, appreciate cultural programs, and enjoy the natural landscapes that we pass through.

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TOUR INFORMATION

Tour Pricing INCLUDING AIRFARE

All pricing is double-occupancy.

 

Adult                              $2,795

Additional Adult          $2,595

Minors (8-17)               $2.095

 

Single supplement:       $400

Land Package Inclusions

  • Airport transfers in Spain

  • 9 nights hotel (4* in most cases)

  • Ground transportation  by private A/C coach

  • Local bus, taxi, metro fares during group excursions

  • Entrance fees for sites

  • Breakfast + lunch or dinner (2 meals/day)

  • Gratuities for group transport, meals, activities

  • Daily lectures/discussions with readings/handouts

 

exclusions

  • International airfare to Spain (budget about $1,400 round-trip per person from US gateways) and applicable baggage fees

  • Tourist visa if required (US and EU citizens do not need a visa)

  • Travel insurance

  • Covid-19 testing costs (if required for entry or return to country of origin)

  • Additional meals/beverages, personal items

  • Hotel incidental charges, hotel porters and other individualized services

International Travel Arrangements

 

Booking Your Flights

Numerous airlines provide service to Spain. Participants joining only the Spain tour should book flights to arrive in Madrid (MAD) and depart from Malaga (AGP). This is a “multi-city” booking, rather than round-trip. However, participants who wish to remain in Spain after the tour concludes and make their own arrangements to return to Madrid may book round-trip flights through Madrid.

 

Participants intending to join the Morocco tour following the Spain tour should book their return flight from Casablanca (CMN) rather than Malaga. This is a “multi-city” booking, rather than round-trip. A separate booking for transportation between Spain and Morocco will be handled by Bayan Tours, and will be billed separately. Budget about $200 for the flight from Malaga to Casablanca.

 

Participants joining only the Morocco tour should book flights to arrive and depart from Casablanca (CMN). This is a round-trip booking.

 

Once you’ve paid your deposit to Bayan Tours, you should book your “multi-city” flights as soon as possible to obtain better pricing. You can use your own travel agent or check airline websites and other booking sites and select the flight legs that are best for you, taking into consideration any layovers you may wish to arrange.

Arriving to Spain

Travelers from the US should depart from their origin city on Wednesday, August 10 to reach Madrid on Thursday, August 11. Travelers from other origin points should also plan to arrive in Madrid on August 11. You can plan your travel to add extra days in transit before reaching Madrid, but the transfer from airport to hotel is only available to those arriving on August 11. The tour program will officially start at 5:00pm on August 11 with a group orientation meeting in the Madrid hotel.

 

Departing from Spain

On Saturday, August 20, participants of the Spain-only tour will be provided transportation from the hotel to the Malaga airport for flights to the US directly or through other transit points (ex. Madrid, London, Paris, etc.). Those planning to stay longer in Spain should make their own arrangements for further lodging, transportation, and departure.

 

Participants who will continue for the Morocco tour will remain in Malaga on Saturday, August 20 and travel with the group to Casablanca on the morning of Sunday, August 21.

HOTELS

Our tour group will stay at the following hotels, or ones of comparable quality:

 

  • Madrid: Hotel Petit Palace Lealtad Plaza  (2 nights)

  • Cordoba: Eurostars Palace (2 nights)

  • Sevilla: Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana (1 night)

  • Ronda: Hotel Catalonia (1 night)

  • Granada: NH Victoria (2 nights)

  • Malaga: Zenit Málaga (1 night)