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22nd – 28th December 2019
29th December – 4th January 2020
4th – 10th July 2020
Andalucian Routes is proud to offer our Heritage Tour which was developed and debuted in 2010. Islamic History is full of stories where people travelled to sit at the feet of scholars to gain knowledge. Andalucian Routes wanted to revive this tradition and thirst for knowledge and make it possible for Muslims to travel with a scholar and discover lost history. We do this by teaching history in a way that is relevant to you and ensuring that the lessons you learn whilst on your journey with us allows you to connect with your heritage and spirituality. The Heritage Tour has been described in many ways including being a “Mini Umrah” or “Life Changing Journey” and “Once in a lifetime experience”.
The Heritage Tour is a completely unique experience where we combine travel, history and knowledge. This is achieved by travelling and visiting unique Islamic historical sites in Spain, Morocco and Turkey. We provide in depth knowledge from expert guides during excursions to site visits, and then reinforce that information with interactive presentations by our travelling scholar. When we were in the selection process of who the right scholar would be, one name stood out from the rest. Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick.
Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick is a historian, social activist and religious leader of African and Native American descent. He has travelled to over 58 countries doing research and delivering lectures to various communities. His qualification in Islamic Studies comes from a BA from the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia and his history background is shaped by an MA and PHD from the History Department of the University of Toronto, Canada. Sh.Quick has been successfully leading the heritage tour since 2010.
This tour promises to be the best heritage tour yet with visits to Malaga, Seville Cordoba, Granada and Alpujjarra.
Adult: £695.00 Per Person
Child: £450.00 Per Person
Single Supplement: £150.00
Pickup: 12pm – 1pm
Drop off: 10am – 11am
Upon your arrival at Malaga airport you will be greeted in the arrivals by Andalcuian Routes. Once the group has gathered you will be transferred to Cordoba, the legendary Muslim city that was the Capital of al Andalus(approximately 2 hour drive). Upon arrival we will check into the hotel. There will then be time to freshen up before a short briefing and introduction, followed by a short evening stroll in the city (evening stroll to be confirmed).
After breakfast we will take a guided tour of Cordoba Mosque, one of the most important and largest Mosques in its time. After taking lunch we take a walk through the old Jewish quarter and then across the old Roman bridge for a visit to a fantastic interactive Museum on Islamic Spain(approximately 4-5 hours). In the evening we will be visiting local Spanish Muslims on their farm in Almodovar for dinner.
After breakfast we will leave for Seville stopping on the way at the archaeological site of Madinat al Zahra. The city built by the Caliph Abdul Rahman III. Here we see the Palace ruins and take a visit to the new exhibitions and museum (approximately 2.5 hours). We will then continue to Seville(approximately 2 hours drive). Upon arrival there will be free time to explore the city.
After breakfast we will take a guided visit to Seville’s historic center which will include the Royal palaces and gardens built for a Christian king in Islamic Architecture and its Giralda Tower, once the biggest Minaret in the world. It is said the Muezzin used to ride up on a horse to call the Azan(approximately 2 hours). We will then depart for Granada, the last Muslim Kingdom which held out for 250 years before the inevitable fall in 1492(approximately 3 hours drive). Upon arrival we will check into the hotel and freshen up before a quick city tour of Granada.
After breakfast we will make our way to the Alhambra, usually the highlight of the tour for many. Nominated a wonder of the world the visit to the Palaces, gardens and fort will leave you breathless (approximately 3-4 hours). You will then have free time to explore the Albaycin and shopping.
After breakfast there will be free time before we make our way up to the new Mosque for Jummah. There will then be free time before departing for the Alpujjara along the route of Nasrids. On the way we will stop at the old Muslim bridge and the Muslim fort/castle which is the location of one of the last stands made by the Muslims of Alpujjara. We will have a chance to interact with the local Muslim community while having dinner at a Muslim restaurant run by Spanish Muslim revert(approximately 4-5 hours). We will then return back to Granada.
After breakfast we will make our way back to Malaga airport(approximately 1.5 hour drive).
Our Andalucian experience comes to an end with final farewells.