OPTIONAL CONGRESS TOURS
Following tours are based on a minimum of 25 participants per coach
TUESDAY, 6 May, 2003 and TUESDAY 13 May, 2003
Tour to the ancient village of Aracena 09:00 - 18:00
The city of Aracena has the same name as one of the most important
points of the mountain range. The city of Aracena has been inhabited
since ancient times. It is here that restorations of the III millennium
BC in the caves called "Cuevas de Umbra" can be found.
Restorations of the II millennium BC resides in the village of Castanuelo.
The main attractiveness of the city resides in the "Gruta de
las maravillas", which is a beautiful cave of stalactites with
a large underground lake.
Euro 103 per person
WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2003 or WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2003
Tour to the Caliphal City of Cordoba 09:00 - 18:00 hrs
Ancient Cordoba, city of Caliphs is one of Spain's oldest cities
and the greatest embodiment of Moorish heritage in all Andalucia.
From the 8th to the 11th centuries, the Moorish emirs and caliphs
of the west held court here, and the city became one of the Western
world's greatest centers of art, culture, and learning. Moors, Christians
and Jews lived together peacefully, within its walls. Where the
Mosque stands today, there used to be a basilica consecrated to
San Vicente in Visigothic times.
Against this background, view the majestic Mosque of Cordoba "La
Mezquita". This impressive Arabian mosque, the third largest
in the world, is one of the most beautiful and original buildings
in all of spain. This Mezquita initiated the Caliphal style, which
combined roman, Gothic, Byzantine, Syrian and Persian elements and
was the starting point of all Arabian/Hispanic architecture.
Euro 112 per person
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2003
Seville by night (4 hours)
Visit the picturesque Triana Quarter where famous bullfighters,
flamenco dancers and singers were born. Continue to a popular Seville
Tavern to taste the local "Tapas", and finally a visit
to a famous and colourful Flamenco Show.
Euro 55 per person
TUESDAY, MAY 7 - WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2003
This overnight tour is based on a minimum of 25 participants per
2-day tour to Granada
In the shelter of the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, the
Mulhacen (3,481 m) and the Veleta (3,393m) lies the beautiful Andalusian
city of Granada with its Parador called "San Francisco"
The city witnessed the end of Arab rule in Spain when Boabdil, the
last Nasrid King, surrendered and handed the keys of this city to
the Catholic Monarch in 1492.
This tour will include the Alhambra palace, overlooking the city
of Grenada, which stands out as the most famous example of Moorish
architecture, and perhaps it is one of the most known Muslim constructions
Alhambra means "Red Castle" a name derived from the colour
of its walls made from the clay that was extracted from the very
hill on which it stands. The slender structure of Alhambra, the
breathtaking details, the celebration of life, the mixture of nature
in men's design, all underline what tragedy the return of Christianity
in Spain was to be for centuries to come.
Though tiring for the legs with its steep, cobbled street the Albayzon
district is will worth a visit. Mosques converted into Churches,
Arab water cisterns still in use, Moorish palaces and tranquil villas
hidden behind lush greenery
View the Sierra Nevada - one of the biggest mountains in all of
Overnight at a 4 star hotel in Granada, including dinner and breakfast
in the hotel
Euro 260 per person in a double room, Euro 40 - single supplement