12-Day Islamic Heritage Tour

October 30-November 10, 2019

MADRID | TOLEDO | CORDOBA | SEVILLA | GIBRALTAR | GRANADA

Led by Prof. Munir Shaikh

Expert on Andalusian history and experienced tour leader

Munir Shaikh is Director of Academic Affairs & Planning at Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School in Southern California. He holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies from UCLA, where he studied the history, architecture and culture of Al-Andalus (Islamic Spain). He served as a teaching assistant for several summers in UCLA's study abroad program in southern Spain and Morocco, and has led his own tour to these areas on numerous occasions. He has also managed tours to China, Malaysia/Singapore, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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ITINERARY

A high quality experience customized for the Olive community Services, Inc.

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TOUR PRICING

(GROUND PACKAGE)

DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY (SHARED ROOM)

ADULT $2,600 ea.

YOUTH (age 8-17) $2,200 ea.

SINGLE-OCCUPANCY (PRIVATE ROOM)

ADULT $3,100 ea.

Discounts may be available for families of 3 or more individuals traveling together (lodged in double and/or triple rooms). Group Flight pricing to be announced shortly. Budget around $700.

Reserve your spot today by paying a $500 per person deposit!

GROUND PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

● Reception at Madrid airport and transfer to/from hotel

● Hotel lodging for 10 nights (4 star) - double-occupancy

● Private modern luxury bus and driver

● Two meals per day (including buffet breakfast at hotel)

● Entrance fees to all historical sites, museums, shows

● Gratuities for group activities and meals

● Educational lectures and materials

NOT INCLUDED

●     Airfare: you can make your own arrangements or inquire about joining a group flight, charged separately.

●     Meals/beverages/snacks not included in the package

●     Optional activities and excursions (ex. Horse carriage ride)

●     Souvenirs and other personal purchases

Group flight confirmation deadline is Sept. 20.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Tour is designed with shorter walking distances and a slightly reduced pace to accommodate all generations.

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MADRID

Madrid is the capital of the modern Spanish state, a cosmopolitan city located roughly in the center of the country. Our tour begins and ends in Madrid.

Some points of interest:

● Plaza Mayor - the main public square.

● Gran Via - Madrid's major street lined with boutiques, cinemas, cafes etc.

● Prado Museum

● Plaza de Toros - the major bullfighting arena designed in a Moorish style.

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SEVILLA

Sevilla is located downstream from Córdoba along the Guadalquivir River, and served as the primary port of the Spanish empire during the New World conquests in the 16th century

Sevilla is a vibrant, major city of modern Spain, with many industries and a rich cultural life.

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CORDOBA

Cordoba, located alongside the Guadalquivir River, is an ancient city that has existed at least since Roman times. After the Muslim conquest of Iberia in 711, the Umayyad amirs made Cordoba the capital of al-Andalus. By the 10th century, Cordoba had become one of the greatest cities in the world, thanks to the efforts of the powerful and wise caliph Abd al-Rahman III.

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GRANADA

We will spend several days in this important city. We will walk along the streets of the modern city, familiarizing ourselves with the layout and observing various Islamic monuments. We will spend the evening in the old city of Granada, known as the albaicin, where today’s Muslim community makes its home. There are many Muslim restaurants and tea shops in this neighborhood. We will spend several hours visiting the Alhambra palace complex, as well as the Generalife gardens. This is a breathtaking and awe-inspiring destination, another tour highlight. We will also have an opportunity to experience our second Jummah at the lovely mosque of Granada that was established in 2003. Free time will be allocated for you to explore on your own, shop for souvenirs or other goods, and relax.

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TOLEDO

Toledo is located 42 miles southwest of Madrid. It is situated on a large hill and is surrounded on three sides by the Tagus river, creating a natural fortress. As a result of its isolated position, Toledo retains a quaint medieval quality, with narrow cobblestone streets and various handicraft shops.

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GIBRALTAR / COSTA DEL SOL

The Southern Spanish coast between the port cities of Algeciras and Malaga is known as Costa Del Sol (“the Sun coast”), and is a popular holiday destination. Numerous beach towns dot the coast. Algeciras lies close to the famous mountain or rock of Gibraltar (Jabal Tariq), named after the Berber general Tariq ibn Ziyad.