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Day 1

 

Arrival in Seville and transfer to the hotel. Depends on the time of arrival today we will start our route for the Andalusian capital.Irving, had housed in a mansion in the alley of the Water, opposite the Alcázar, in the old Jewish quarter Seville. He spent the mornings in the saloons of the Archivo de Indias, between bundles and bulky cartographic documents study.

 

Some days he visited archives of the Cathedral and other palaces lifted from the gold and silver brought from the New World. His meticulous work ended with the publication, some years later, of the book “Life and voyages of Cristóbal Colón”. 

 

But mostly he discovered during his stay in Seville the dreamy soul of Al-Andalus heritage, lifted centuries before the Christians entered the gates of the capital. They were Bewitched buildings involved in the hazy legend of lost time. Today we will visit the Archivo de Indias, Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, the Cathedral of Seville, theGiralda and the Santa Cruz district where he spent hours our protagonist. At the end of the day we will have dinner in a tavern in the District of Santa Cruz.

 

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 2

 

Today will focus it on other places of the Andalyusian capital that enchanted the romantic artist as La Gran Plaza and the Park of María Luisa, the narrow streets of Triana with its taverns and walks by the river and as not the Plaza de Toros in Seville.

 

We will visit some of the churches where are saved the most emblematic carvings of the Sevillian Baroque such as Sailors, El Salvador, El Cachorro or La Magdalena. The rest of the afternoon will be free to rest, photos and shopping.

 

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

 

After breakfast we will go to the countryside of Seville that our author visited with an Andalusian horse. The entire route is spotted by open landscapes, such as the alcores displayed by Carmona.

 

In the old Roman villa still the Moorish wall and its Alcázar resists the passage of the centuries. Through the door of Seville the walkers enter in search of churches that were mosques before. That devoted to Holy Mary still retains the ablutions courtyard and minaret from which the muezzin calling for prayer. We will visit the Roman necropolis of Sibilia.Free time for lunch and then we continue on our way to Marchena. The city has the countenance of lime and sand on all its sides. It is found in the middle of two gentle hills, beside the Corbones River. It has in addition a walled enclosure sensed between the hamlet and an old Castle, a ducal square and a carpeted path of wheat which takes the traveler to Écija, end of the day of our trip.

 

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

WASHINGTON IRVING ROUTE - Sevilla / Granada - 8 days

 

Tours start on a regular basis from several cities.
You can go on your own to the meeting point of every tour.

 

This route goes through the steps that followed the romantic and diplomatic North American writer Washington Irving, fascinated by the wealth and exoticism of the Hispanic-Muslim civilization in 1829. An artery of communication, which, in the late Middle Ages, served as a trade route between the Christian peninsular South and the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. Route which, like others, had a distinctly border. Truce in truce, went to Granada from Seville countryside agricultural products and cattle, which were exchanged by spices, dyes, cloths and silks. In stages, the route crosses land loaded with an extraordinary landscape and monumental wealth, places, towns and cities filled with historical, legendary and literary evocations. The route links the capitals of the two traditional Andalusia, the low and the high; two Plains, the countryside and the Vega, separated by a suggestive injured trip. The way oscillates between Seville and Granada, the two forced stations of the romantic tour, which projected the image of Andalusia in Europe, attracting a crowd of artists, writers, curious and all kinds of travelers since the dawn of the 19th century. 

SYNOPSIS:

Washington Irving came to Spain joining a United States Minister named Everett coming in diplomatic visit, and was the story of the discovery of its wide continent that brought him here. Newly landed, Irving went to the city of Seville. Someone should tell him that the soul of the legendary Al - Andalus rested in Granada, a handful of days on horseback from Seville. A year after his arrival, Irving undertook the journey to the city of Alhambra.

The Washington Irving route runs along the 250 kilometers linking Seville and Granada. The route is willing to make Seville its departure and Granada its arrival. As following the real chronology, in 1492 the Arabs ceased to own this piece of world, Granada agrees to be legendary Mecca of the traveler, the Ithaca of the Walker. The Sevillian countryside and the vega of Granada, the maternal undulations of the Malagaserrezuela, farms and the cortijadas, the valleys and glens, beds and rivers.

ITINERARY
P.V.P.: 1.250€*/pax
*6 pax group
*Single Extra Fee 350 €/pax


P.V.P.: 1.040€*/pax
*8 pax group

*Single Extra Fee 350 €/pax
 
P.V.P.: 950€*/pax
*12/15 pax group

*Single Extra Fee 350 €/pax

 

INCLUDED:

  • Assistance by our staff in all arrivals and departures at airport, hotels, stations, trains, etc.

  • Transfers, guided tours and excursions mentioned in the program on vehicles:

    • 4-8 pax: Mercedes Vito with A/C

    • 9-15 pax: Minibus with A/C

  • Accommodation for a total of  6 nights in regime double room and breakfast included

  • 4 dinners

  • Guide Service companion in English and naturalists in the lagoon of  source of stone and the Torcal de Antequera

  • All applicable taxes on hotels and transportation

  • The Government service fees

  • Basic travel insurance

  • Tickets to monuments that are visited

 

NOT INCLUDED :

  • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tips…

  • Any other expenses not specified in the program and not mentioned as included

  • Evacuation, cancellation or other insurance (Ecowildlife can provide them, if desired. See prices)

 

Recommendations :
- Rain coat
- Mountain shoes
- Camera
- Binoculars
- ...

Day 4

 

After breakfast we travel to old churches and towers of the so-called Pan of Andalusia, with the highest temperature in the area. Baroque churches that guard in their interior untold riches of offerings and religiosity. Later we set off to Osuna in the green countryside in spring and full of gold camps in summer. Surely Washington Irving should pay attention to the peasants who worked these golden fields from sunrise to sunset. In the afternoon the romantic traveler found rest in villages of populous places where swarmed preachers, artisans and some other Bandit. By Osuna, by its narrow streets that rise up to the collegiate and the University, the writer walked. Here, he dedicated hours to the study of the roles of the Conde de La Gomera, sponsor and guarantor of Cristobal Colón expeditions on their voyages of discovery of America.

 

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel 

Meals: breakfast

Day 5

 

Then we leave to Estepa. It seems that someone told Irving that Cervantes stayed overnight here when he worked as collector of the Royal Treasury. Only a section of the author of Don Quixote keeps the people.

 

But its graceful tower of victory, elegant and Baroque, continues symbolizing the villa from the mid-eighteenth century it was built together with a convent of Friars. Antequera is today, just as yesterday, a crossroads.

 

Before arriving at Antequera, we stop at the Paraje Natural El Torcal. A fascinating and incredible place where stone has been shaped by the weather making a saw a place of legends that imagines the writer in some of his novels and books. We will devote the afternoon to explore it to learn from its history. Iberian goats, foxes and eagles are the owners of these Rocky Mountains. At the end we continue to Antequera where we will sleep.

 

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel 

Meals: breakfast

Day 6

 

Layered next to this spine which according to mountain range runs through all Andalusia, Antequera attracted the conquering lust for many peoples. First it was Roman and then Mora. And from those tumultuous times the alcazaba dates and the Tower of homage that faint lines broken up to an elegant farmhouse, neat houses and scented squares. From the viewpoint which is next to the Arco de los Gigantes traveler can see the Peña de los Enamorados. Irving left written the legend that the Muslim girl Tagzona, daughter of the jailer, fell in love with Christian Tello. The two were thrown from the top of the Hill, leaving the evocative name which today owns with his last breath. Archidona is next to Antequera. It has an octagonal square and one main square that serves as a large courtyard of neighbors where people gather. And it is also a town of height. Its primitive enclosure, its Andalusian footprint, is stands on a pointed Hill. Back up an aljama mosque found accommodation. At the time of the Reconquista new residents wanted to locate an Hermitage where venerate our Lady of grace in it. But this time they respected the ashlars and its Moorish arcades.We continue road towards Granada but we will make a stop at the lagoon of Fuentedepiedra, place where nests the most important colony of Flemish masters of Europe. After the visit we reach Loja already at the gates of Granada.

Day 7

 

Breakfast.

About Loja, Irving said: "Is wild and picturesque. Above the city everything is wild and sterile, whereas at its bottom there is the richest vegetation and fresh greenery that you can imagine". Those words have today the same meaning. Loja is clustered around the Valley where down the runway of the Genil. Way forward there is the junction that leads to Granada. 

 

Way forward there is the junction that leads to Granada, where there is a Church called Iglesia de la Encarnación. We  will step back to find a fertile and clean path, humidified by the stream and the dew. Through this path, specked with olive groves, you can see the geometric shapes of a cut rock. There we arrive at Montefrío, one of the most beautiful town of Andalusia. On top of  the rock, you can see the vertex and the edge of the church of La Villa. Half-way among the pine tres, is the Arabic village and the wall that was closed times ago. You can see the town and its white complexión from there and sense Granada in the distance. The Sierra Nevada and its white crown is in the background, with its beautiful orange-coloured shape. In Santa Fe, Colombus signed the capitulation of his risky undertaking against the Catholic Kings. The memory of those days when Granada put a end to the Golden age of his nazareth reign finds itself in the Iglesia de la Encarnación. Irving brings back to memories the legends of that era in the Tales of the Alhambra. We will then reach the Nazareth-related capital, where we will sleep.

 

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 8

 

Breakfast.

During his stay in the city of Alhambra, “one of the most pleasant dreams” of his life, we slept between red towers and Nasrid Palace. He worked during the mornings, and in the afternoon he walked through the Albayzín and the Antequeruela. Irving did not return to Granada, but his memories accompanied him for lifetime. Today we will spend the entire day to remember those stories.

Early, we will visit the Alhambra and then walk through the narrow streets of the Albaicin. 

 

In the afternoon we will walk through the neighborhoods of taverns and we will have dinner in one of those tabernas-cueva who liked to author listening to flamenco and tasting meals from the land. This route that for centuries marked a prominent way of communications in the late Middle Ages, serving as trade bridge between the South of the peninsula and the Kingdom of nazari of Granada, acquired relevant tourist importance when in 1829 the American romantic and diplomatic writer Washington Irving, on his visit to the city of Seville was fascinated by the history of Hispanic-Muslim civilization which met through ancient narrative and cartographic documents stored in the Archive of Indica, so he decided to explore the highlights of its way until he reaches the legendary soul of the legacy of Al-Andalus, Granada. Today, that path has been recovered and institutionalized as a route for tourism.

 

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 9

 

After breakfast you will be collected for transfer to the airport and end of the trip.

Depends on the time of departure of the flight, we will make a stop at the birthplace of the great writer Federico Garcia Lorca in the village of Fuente Vaqueros where some of his most beautiful memories are saved and memory of one of the most famous poets of Spanish literature.