Spain October 11-24, 2018

Andalusia Festival Tour!

Malaga, Cadiz, Seville, Cordoba, Jaen, Granada

Folk Dancing, Folk Music, History, Culture, Art, and Adventure!

When: October 11-24, 2018

Led by:   Jim Gold and Lee Friedman

Malaga, Cadiz, Seville, Cordoba, Jaen, Granada!
Prepare your Don Quixote heart for a windmill tilting, delighting,  ultimate Olé tour beyond your wildest flamencan dreams.  We’ll meet local folk music and dance groups, learn fandango,  jota, bolero, and sevillana.  The hotels are lovely, the food delicious, the spirit exuberant! From Malaga, home of Picasso, to Cordoba, former capital of the medieval Umayyad dynasty with its mosque, old quarters—the Juderia and San Lorenzo areas— to the Andalusian capital, Seville, with its landmark Giralda Tower, to Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, surrounded  by fertile plains, filled with Moorish culture and the breathtaking Alhambra Palace, through the picturesque countryside to the exciting and lesser known provinces of Jaen and Cadiz, you will be part of an unforgettable Spanish adventure!
Come spend 13 days of Spanish cultural and Andalusian folklore discovery. Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Berbers, Arabs have left a mark on this most sunny region of Spain.  Our tours are for dancers, non-dancers, and anyone with a love of travel and culture.Our price includes round trip jet from New York, transfers, hotels, three meals daily, and our own bus and guide.

Price: Land Only: $3495   Land and Air: $ 4695 

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Our Itinerary:

Day 1: October 11, Thursday:
Depart Portugal airlines from JFK in New York city, or take an airline of your choice.

Day 2: October 12, Friday: Madrid and Malaga
Transfer from Malaga airport to Parador de Gibralfaro hotel.  Welcome dinner. 

Day 3: October 13, Saturday: Malaga
Malaga–birthplace of Pablo Picasso Malaga.  Morning tour of Malaga including the Cathedral and Picasso Museum.  Then we’ll be introduced to the local gastronomy with a tapas tour through the central market and some of the most renowned taverns in the city.  Free time after lunch or visit the Pompidou Museum.  Evening: a typical “tablao”  to learn Spanish tango followed by dinner and flamencan dancing.    

Day 4: October 14, Sunday: Ronda and Grazalema
Travel to Ronda, a city of horses and tradition.  First stop will be the Joaquin Fernández winery where ecological wines are made with love. After wine tasting and lunch, drive to the typical Andalusian white town of Grazalema  with its “pinsapos,” a species of fir trees that can grow until 30 meters. Arrive to El Puerto de Santa María for dinner and folk dancing at our hotel.  

Day 5: Monday, October 15: Cadiz
After breakfast, we’ll visit Cadiz to see its neo-classic Cathedral, city hall, and Bellas Artes museum.  Lunch in a traditional restaurant, then return to Puerto de Santa María for a Spanish dance lesson at Peña Flamenca followed by dinner and a flamenco spectacle.   Overnight at our hotel.

Day 6: Tuesday, October 16: Doñana/Palos de la Frontera – Seville
Drive to Doñana National Park, considered one of the most important protected natural areas in Europe.  After lunch, we’ll tour the village of Palos de la Frontera.  Christopher Columbus sailed from here on his first and, searching for a passage  to India, he “accidentally” discovering America. Palos is also the strawberry capital of Spain.  We’ll see hundreds of plantations with this savory fruit. On to Seville for dinner, folk dancing,  and overnight. 

Day 7: Wednesday, October 17: Seville
An exciting visit of the Seville Flamenco Museum, most important one in Andalucía.  After learning more about this vibrant art form, we’ll have a dance class in Sevillanas.  Lunch in Cabildo Square, then see Triana quarter. the  Cathedral, Giralda, and Torre Del Oro. Dinner in a traditional tablao. 

Day 8: Thursday, October 18: Cordoba
After breakfast, drive to the multicultural city of Cordoba whose different cultures have coexisted for centuries.  Check in to our hotel before lunch, then see the famous Cordoban Cathedral-Mosque.  Walk through the Jewish quarter and  Christian Alcazar. Evening dinner and  folk dance at our hotel. 

Day 9: Friday, October 19: Cordoba
Travel to Viana’s Palace and the Museum of the Three Cultures.  Lunch in a typical Cordoban courtyard with the Spanish folk guitar, then visit the home of a flamencan artist and his family, one of the human treasures of Cordoba.  Watch a short documentary before our  flamenco workshop and private show. Tapas for dinner in a nearby tavern. Return to our hotel.

Day 10: Saturday, October 20: Jaén–Ubeda–Baeza
Morning drive to Baeza with a special stop in our way to visit an Oil Mill producer of authentic extra virgin olive oil.  Taste the best oil selection, Andalusian lunch in their pressroom.  Learn about the Renaissance style in Úbeda followed by a flamenco dance lesson. Dinner and folk dancing at our hotel. 

Day 11: Sunday, October 21: Granada
Head to Granada.  Special stop in Jaen to visit San Idelfonso Square, the Basilica and Cathedral. Hear the Lizard’s Legend. Dinner in Jaen before drive to Granada. Dinner and folk dancing in hotel.

Day 12: Monday, October 22: Granada
Tour the Alhambra and Generalife!   Beautiful gardens, complex palaces, Muslim legacy.  After lunch, walk through the Albaicin quarter souk, visit an authentic Spanish guitar workshop. attend a dance class, and enjoy a tapas tour. Return to the hotel.

Day 13, Tuesday, October 23: Granada
Visit Sacromonte with its Muslim culture and Mezquita Mayor.  Lunch in traditional restaurant. Afternoon free to stroll the city center before our farewell dinner with a flamenco performance.  

Day 14, Wednesday, October 24: Granada and Malaga Airport
Depart for Malaga Airport and international flights.

About Jim Gold

JJim Gold at Mt Araratim brings a love of music, people and languages to his tours and  dance classes, making them a joy for all ages. For over 25 years, he has led Jim Gold International Folk Tours to Bulgaria, Greece, Norway,Turkey, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Egypt, Tunisia, Russia, the Baltics and Spain to experience their history and culture, from a folk dance perspective. He is also the author of ten books. His latest is: 50 Folk Dances Choreographed by Jim Gold. Jim is a classical guitarist and folk singer as well.
He has performed on TV, at universities and schools, and on national radio.

About Lee Friedman

Lee Friedman has been dancing for over 40 years. She first started doing International Dancing with Lenny Johnson on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. The 70’s and 80’s were the golden years of dancing in Philadelphia and she would do International dancing 4 nights a week. From there she discovered Israeli, Contras, Swing, Scandinavian, Cajun, and Zydeco dancing.Over the years she has taught International and Israeli Dancing at a variety of venues, including The Old Songs Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Song Society and, for Temples, Bat Mitzvahs, and adult groups.Since retiring from the Philadelphia School System, she has been traveling a lot with Jim Gold, Yves Moreau, and Steve Kotansky to learn dancing in some of the countries where they originated and to see the countries and meet the people who live there. This will be her first time leading a group with the wonderful Jim Gold Team of leaders!

Lee Friedman

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