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PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Spain Andalusia Photo Tour

  • Fall under the spell of Andalusia, Spain during the April Fair of Seville and Patio of Flowers in Cordoba.
  • Photograph the impressive architecture of Granada’s Alhambra, Seville’s Alcazar, Cordoba’s Mosque, and more.
  • Ronda, and the enchanting ‘white-town route’, villages strung together, draped along hillsides, under their castles.
  • Photograph the beautiful patios, flowers, gardens, Roman and Moorish monuments, and bullrings.
  • Stay in the heart of each location, taking early morning and dusk photo walks with Tom & Cree.
Region

Europe

Destination

Spain

Dates

April 21-May 3 2020

Duration

12 days

$5995

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 10 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $600 if 8-9 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $1195.

Tour Overview

Fall under Spain’s magical spell: Andalusia (Spanish Andalucia) is outside the major cities and is considered somewhat “off the beaten path”. It is undoubtedly the most exotic and stunning region in all of Spain. The beauty of it’s remarkable architecture and breathtaking landscape will entrance you, while the diversity and warmth of it’s culture will captivate you.

If this rugged landscape could speak, it would testify to untold battles and conquests by both Moors and later Christian...

Fall under Spain’s magical spell: Andalusia (Spanish Andalucia) is outside the major cities and is considered somewhat “off the beaten path”. It is undoubtedly the most exotic and stunning region in all of Spain. The beauty of it’s remarkable architecture and breathtaking landscape will entrance you, while the diversity and warmth of it’s culture will captivate you.

If this rugged landscape could speak, it would testify to untold battles and conquests by both Moors and later Christian forces. These remarkable people left behind some of the finest architectural examples of their refined culture. Many regard Granada and the fabulous high Sierra Nevada as the hub of this astonishing region. The first view of the Sierra Nevada; a majestic hunched, spine of rock glistening with its mantle of snow in very early spring is a memory that abides forever. Directly behind the great hulk of the Sierra Nevada lie the fertile hills and valleys of Las Alpujarras. From Granada you will travel on to Ronda, and photograph the white-town route, as you drive west from Ronda, there will be Zahara, Arcos de la Frontera to the plains of Jerez. Then on to Seville during the April Fair or Seville Feria, being the centerpiece of romàntic Spain. You are certain to feel, and encouraged to capture the flamenco spirit in your heart as well as through your lens. Cordoba, a photographer’s delight, has enough subjects and light conditions to fill albums. Venture to Andalusia with Tom and Cree on this amazing journey.

The trip is suited for people of all photographic levels, and there will be plenty of time to work individually with participants to address specific photographic concerns. On several occasions, we will venture out to photograph the city at night This is primarily a photo tour,with time to enjoy the famous architecture and arts.

Photo Leader

Tom & Cree Bol

Tour Itinerary

April 21: Home

There are overnight flights from the U.S./Canada to Granada, Spain (GRX). PLEASE NOTE EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO BOOK MULTI CITY FLIGHTS, HOME FROM SEVILLE (SVQ).

April 22-23: Granada - Alhambra

Arrive Granada this morning or early afternoon where you will be transferred to the hotel. The City of Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the confluences of two rivers. The backdrop of mountains creates a beautiful setting for this historical city that embraces an artístic grandeur of Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. A taste of the city’s appeal is found in Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra, a useful book to read prior to departure. Enjoy the afternoon on your own, to rest after your day of travel.  There will be an introductory meeting, followed by sunset photography and welcome dinner.

The next morning your local guide will take you on a journey through the Albayzin and the Realejo neigborhood, a labyrinth of streets in the historical disctricts of Granada. Sharing the hidden streets full of history and charm, with you some of the most stunning views and memories of the city. Late this afternoon you will have a tour of the Alhambra, although a tourists highlight, the crowds may have given way. Ascent to the gardens of the Alhambra and surrounding areas, passing by the Cármen de los Mártires, which, with its more than seven hectares, is the largest of the Cármenes of the city, which includes a magnificent mansion, romantic gardens and orchards. Enjoy sunset photography from San Nicolás and the viewpoint San Cristobal. The Mosque gardens provide another vantage point from the Carmen de los Geraneos. Overnight Granada (D; B, L)

April 24-25: Ronda

After enjoying your last morning in Granada travel to Ronda for photographic activities along the El Tajo gorge. Ronda sits on a plateau of a large rock outcropping. Because of the cliffs, Ronda was one of the last Moorish cities to fall during the Reconquest of Spain by the Catholic monarchs. It certainly takes the prize for picturesque views. You can easily explore its central sights on foot, however, if you choose to take the foot trails up and down the cliffs you will need to be in good physical condition. You will have a guided tour learning about the history of the bullring, the Puente Nuevo -18th century bridge, Plaza de la Ciudad and Santa Maria la Mayor Church, take an optional hike up the former mosque tower for a different view.

There are footpaths leading off the Plaza del Campanillo down to ruined Moorish mills; or upper mills footpath for spectacular views of waterfall and Puente Nuevo. You can also soak in the ancient baths, taking the trail from the Casa del Rey Moro – lavishly furnished mansion with terraced gardens and a flight of 365 stairs cut into the living rock and leading to the river and the Moorish baths. Meet again this evening for sunset photography. Overnight Ronda (B; B, L)

April 26: Arcos de la Frontera

Since todays drive is a short one, venture off the the beaten path again, traveling northeast of Ronda, to the lesser known white towns of Setenil, Olvera or Zahara. Setenil has a twist on the traditional white towns, being that the houses in the ravine, are built in to the side of the cliffs. Continue westerly, reconnecting with the ‘white-town route’, which is made up of white villages strung together, draped along hillsides under their castles. Rolling hills are broken by patches of grey mountains, broken by fertile land, producing wheat, grapes, and olives. As you approach Arcos there are marvelous photo ops to capture the setting of the village. After checking in to the hotel, wander with your local guide through the ancient, romantic, winding streets of the old town. Overnight Arcos de la Frontera (B, D)

April 27-29: Cordoba

After breakfast pass by Seville on your way to Cordoba. Just before Cordoba is the UNESCO archeological site of Medina Azahara, at one time it was a sumptuous Moorish palace, now the city is left in ruins. Continue on to Cordoba, a photographer’s delight, including a Roman bridge crossing the river, which is magical at sunset. After checking in to the hotel you will have a brief walking tour. Enjoy another two full days photographing this magical city. At one time the population of one million, was comprised of Muslims, Christians, and Jews líving in harmony.

There will be a walking tour through the city’s ancient Jewish quarter, a maze of narrow streets now one of the most fashionable neighborhoods. One of the architectural marvels is the Mosque (Mezquita), a vast square of what seems like endless red-and-white striped arches. Weather permitting the tour has been planned to visit the city during the Patio of Flowers festival, beautiful gardens along the Street of Flowers, with flowing potted plants, hanging along side the white washed homes. Overnight Cordoba (B, D; B; B)

April 30-May 2: Seville

After breakfast say goodbye to Cordoba and return to Seville. Just outside the city center is the Plaza de Espana, built for the 1929 World Fair. After checking in to the hotel enjoy a city tour, to acclimate you with the different neighborhoods of Seville. Remember one of the highlights in Seville is the April Fair, which we will photograph tomorrow. The majority of residents are on holiday, leaving many markets and shops closed during your stay. You will find many wine bodegas,  sometimes referred to as the other “cathedrals” of Spain and provide a wonderful opportunity to learn of the culture and history of the area.

Walk the historical city of Seville from the medieval walls southward to the main landmarks, following the ancient cardús, or north-south road of the Romans. Discover the north half of the historic city, less famous than the postcard Seville, but with plenty of unique buildings and more importantly, unique people. Other highlights of Seville include: Macarena Gate and Walls, The Cathedral of Seville including the Giralda (originally the mosque’s minaret). You may wish to return and climb the spire in the late afternoon for the best views. Photograph as you wander with your local guide on the narrow streets in the Old Jewish Quarter and the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Enjoy your evenings photographing amidst the tapas bars, clubs, and narrow, winding, medieval lanes. Your guide can point out hotels with rooftop terraces to enjoy the skyline at dusk. Overnight Seville (B, L; B; B, D)

May 3: Seville - Home

Everyone departing today will be transferred out to the Seville (SVQ) airport for departure home. (B)