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history • 8 days, 7 nights

The Kingdoms of Andalusia: Secret Gardens and Haunted Palaces

Spain
history • 8 days, 7 nights

The Kingdoms of Andalusia: Secret Gardens and Haunted Palaces

Spain
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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Urban Exploration
from $4,370 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

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.

Highlights
  • Private palace tours
  • Historic architectural wonders
  • Memorable multi-course meals

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Trip Leader

Felipe Trigo
Felipe Trigo is a historian, trip guide, and events whiz with a degree in History from Barcelona University. He curates immersive, dynamic itineraries that explore history through the most surprising and hidden elements within the city, such as visits to normally off-limits private collections and houses, hidden bunkers and shelters, and performance events, theatrical tours, concerts, and dinners in the most unusual locations. Inspired by a special devotion to stage arts, Felipe has directed the underground cabaret company Kriminal Kabarett since 2011. For the past five years, he has served as co-director for Hendrick’s Congress for Curious People in Spain. He has been creating and leading trips for Atlas Obscura since 2018, welcoming travelers to discover the myths and mysteries of Barcelona, Rome, Andalucia, and Tuscany.

Additional Info

Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

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.

Activity Level

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.

Arrival & Departure

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. 

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable boutique hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • Transfer from airport in Sevilla and to airport in Grenada (2023 departures only) 
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to Sevilla and from Granada. 
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please let us know in advance, and we'll do our best to arrange alternatives.

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