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Ma7 20-30, 2021

Andalucia: Food, Culture & History in Southern Spain with Chef Aliza Green

$6149

per person in a twin room

$995 single supplement 

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Friday, May 20, 2022 DEPARTURE: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO SEVILLE

Departure from the US for overnight flight to Seville on Friday, April 20. Your round trip airline ticket to Spain should arrive at Seville and return from Malaga on Monday, May 30Airfare is not included but Celestial Voyagers can help you get the best airfare and schedule.

DAY 2: Saturday, May 21, 2022 WELCOME TO ANDALUCIA! | Meals: D | Hotel Casas de la Juderia 4*

Arrival in Seville. English-speaking assistance and group transfer on arrival is included. Check-in for three nights to your 4* hotel, Las Casas de la Juderia. Guided walking tour of Santa Cruz and the Guadalquivir Riverbank. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. night’s rest.

DAY 3: Sunday, May 22, 2022 EXPLORE SEVILLE AND TAPAS TASTING | Meals: B L | Hotel Casas de la Juderia 4**

In the morning, we explore the famous sights of Seville, the Cathedral, the Giralda and the Real Alcazar with an expert local guide.

At lunchtime, we will have a private tapas tour in Triana with detailed explanation of the various tastings. The afternoon will be at leisure to further explore Seville on your own.

Free evening for dinner or a snack and a glass of vino. We can make recommendations and help with reservations.

DAY 4:  Monday, October 24, 2022 | EXPLORE ROMAN PROVENCE | Meals: B L | Hotel Mercure Pont d'Avignon 4*

In the morning, we drive to Jerez de La Frontera, about 1½ hours where we’ll spend the day visiting the town and visiting a sherry cellar to learn about the methods of production of this world-famous fortified wine.

We’ll visit the local market and then have a cooking demonstration by the chef of La Carbona Restaurant. A local family found this old winery, where the treasures of Marco de Jerez were stored. The son of the Muñoz Soto family, Chef Javier, has found inspiration for his cuisine within its walls at his atmospheric restaurant nestled under rustic wooden beams.

We’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration by the chef followed by lunch based on the use of sherry of course accompanied by sherry in its varied forms. Guests will receive recipes so they can  recreate the dishes back at home, perhaps accompanied by a bottle of Jerez wine brought back from here.

We return to Seville and have the evening at leisure for tapas and more wine or dinner and a stroll through the town.

DAY 5: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 CORDOBA & ITS JEWISH HERITAGE | Meals: B L | Hotel NH Amistad Cordoba 4*

After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and depart for beautiful Cordoba for a fascinating day exploring the influence of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity there.

We visit La Mezquita (a former mosque), the Old Town, the Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos and the historic Jewish quarter. We will be led by a guide who has expert knowledge of Cordoba’s Jewish heritage.

Our sumptuous lunch at Casa Mazal (House of Good Luck) will be a beautifully-presented selection of typical Sephardic dishes. A performance of the hauntingly beautiful music of the Sephardim (Jews of Spanish origin) will help bring this culture to life.

After checking in to our hotel in Cordoba for one night, the remainder of the day will be at leisure.

DAY 6: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 BAENA, ZUHEROS & PRIEGO DE CORDOBA | Meals: B L | Hotel La Huerta de las Palomas Priego

In the morning, we depart for Baena where we’ll visit the Olive Oil Museum, naturally including an olive oil tasting and the typical dish of Salmorejo (tomato and olive oil creamy cold soup).

On to Zuheros where we’ll visit the cheese producer,  Quesería de la Sierra Subbética.

Lunch will be at Zuhayra Restaurant and will feature local products like cod, chickpeas, pine nuts, oxtail, and “Flores”: flower-shaped honey-dipped pastry.

After this royal lunch, we leave for the typical little Andalucian town of Priego de Cordoba, about 30 minutes away.

There we check into our hotel, La Huerta de las Palomas for one night.

Time for a stroll about the town on your own before calling it a night.

DAY 7: Thursday, May 26, 2022 GRANADA & THE ALHAMBRA| Meals: B D | Hotel NH Collection Victoria Granada 4*

After breakfast, we depart for Granada, a 1¼ drive. Upon arrival, we will visit the exquisite Royal Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Spain’s most significant and well-known example of Islamic architecture along with the Generalife Palace, the country estate of the rulers of the Granada in Al-Andalus.

After check-in to the Hotel NH Collection Victoria for two nights, we’ll join together for dinner at a local restaurant featuring local specialties

DAY 8:  Friday, May 27, 2022 GRANADA MARKET & GYPSY FLAMENCO | Meals: B L | Hotel NH Collection Victoria Granada 4*

Today, we’ll visit the local food market and learn about local products and then join together for a hands-on cooking class followed by the lunch we prepare.

After free time in the afternoon to explore Granada on our own, we’ll visit the historic hammam (Islamic bathhouse) on the banks of the River Darro in the Albaicin quarter of the city.

In the evening, we will have a drink while seeing an exciting show of Gypsy-style flamenco in a cave where the Gypsy community long resided.

DAY 9: Saturday, May 28, 2022 RONDA & MALAGA ON THE COSTA DEL SOL | Meals: B L | Hotel Molino Lario 4*de Gibralfaro 4*

After breakfast, we depart for a morning drive to Ronda, a drive of about 2¾ hours, where we’ll see its famous bridge.

Next, we visit an organic winery, Cellar Joaquim Fernandez, where we’ll taste four organic wines along with an appetizer followed by lunch in the vineyard. In Ronda, warm Mediterranean highland climate and the and the stronger cooler Atlantic influences make the highland, sustainable, craft wines of Ronda unique. The phylloxera virus in the 19th century wiped out the original vines, but in 1986 the first new Ronda vineyard was established. Now there are nearly 30 new vineyards scattered about the countryside.

After lunch, we will have a guided tour of Ronda, one of the most remarkable medieval towns in Spain.

We continue onto beautiful coastal Malaga, a drive of about 1¾ hours, and check in our charming hotel, Molino Lario for our last two nights in Andalucia.

DAY 10: Sunday, May 29, 2022 HISTORIC MALAGA & TAPAS CLASS | Meals: B L D | Hotel Molino Lario 4*

For our final day, we’ll visit the local food market to choose the ingredients for our tapas cooking class and then enjoy them for lunch.

In the afternoon, we will have a guided walking tour of historical Malaga,  one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, founded by Phoenicians about 770BCE. The remains of the walls of Phoenician city are visible in the cellar of the Museo Picasso Málaga, which contains 285 works by the artist who was born in Malaga.

We’ll tour the Cathedral, the Castle of Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba, the fortress and royal residence, originally built in the eleventh century by the Muslim rulers, and the Arabian Baths. We’ll see the Church of Santiago (Saint James), an example of Gothic vernacular Mudéjar, the hybrid style combining elements from Christian and Islamic traditions that evolved after the Reconquista.

Our Gala Farewell Dinner will be at Jose Carlos Garcia, a one-star Michelin restaurant located in the Port of Malaga.

DAY 11: Monday, May 9, 2022 FAREWELL TO BEAUTIFUL ANDALUCIA | Meals: B |

After breakfast, drive to Malaga Airport for flights home (or extend your stay in Andalucia--we can help).

INCLUDED ON THIS TOUR

  • Nine night’s accommodation, double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels
  • Welcome dinner (drinks not included)
  • Seven lunches (drinks not included unless indicated) at restaurants and with cooking classes
  • Three dinners (drinks not included unless indicated)
  • Bottled water on coach and with meals
  • Coffee and tea with meals
  • Expert commentary, culinary advice and background by Chef Aliza Green
  • All culinary activities and excursions in the program
  • Two cooking classes plus demo and two wine tastings at wineries
  • English-speaking assistance for airport arrival and departure
  • Professional English-speaking local guides for the visits in the program
  • All entrance fees to museums and historic sites
  • Luxury, private coach for transfers and excursions
  • Daily city tax at the hotels
  • VAT and Local taxes

NOT INCLUDED ON THIS TOUR

  • Single room supplement
  • International flights between US and Palermo and between Catania and the US for the return
  • Beverages (other than bottled water, coffee and tea) with lunches and dinners
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers (we will help with suggested amounts)
  • Trip cancellation and travel insurance (travel insurance is required)
  • Passport and visa fees as needed (Note: if you are not a US citizen a visa may be necessary; a green card is compulsory.) 
  • All passports must expire at least six months after the trip end date
    so after November 30, 2022.

Want More Information?

For questions, visit my contact page or send an email to spice@alizagreen.com.

Registration information will be posted soon.