June 3 - 13, 2021
$6,590, from Madrid, Spain
Two of W&L Traveller's most popular travel leaders, Florinda Ruiz and Lorri Olán, have designed a fascinating tour of Spain, a nation of vibrant cities, culinary wonders and stunning art and architecture. Our recurring theme will be the remarkable women who have helped to shape the history of Spain, from saints, queens and nuns to artists, scientists and lawmakers. Throughout this traditional itinerary, many of the women who inspired the admiration and devotion of Spanish citizens over the centuries will at last have their voice.
Our program begins in Madrid, Spain's capital, known for its historic landmarks, enticing street energy, and one of Europe's finest concentrations of art. We'll explore the city's treasures from the Prado Museum to Palacio Real and from elegant Plaza Mayor to bohemian La Latina, sampling some of Spain's best tapas. From Madrid, we'll travel to the grand Monasterio del Escorial, the historical residence of Spanish royalty, and the charming Castilian town of Segovia. Thereafter, we'll visit the medieval walled city of Ávila enroute to Salamanca, Spain's famed Renaissance city and home to the prestigious Universidad de Salamanca, one of the world's oldest universities.
We'll next venture deep into Andalucía, entering this breathtaking corner of Spain through Córdoba. The obvious highlight is Córdoba's 8th-century Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D. Dinner with local W&L alums will be another. In Seville, we'll witness the dazzling Reales Alcázares, the Royal Palace boasting the greatest example of Mudejar (Christian-Muslim) architecture, as well as the passion of Flamenco during a private dance performance. We'll conclude with a tour of Granada's incomparable Alhambra and a final banquet of Spanish cuisine in the Albayzín. Flor and Lorri will be with us throughout, sharing their enthusiasms and guiding our discovery of the role of women throughout the history of Spain.