3 - 12 April 2018
Jewels of Andalucía – Seville, Cordoba, and Granada
To wander through the streets of these three magnificent cities, travelling through time and civilizations to try to understand the complexity of modern Spain is a great privilige. To create a photographic narrative of this is a challenge. Let me, Alberto, offer you a helping hand. My intimate and passionate connection with this country, a country full of contrasts and contradictions, will be the platform from which we will explore, get to know and photograph.
The emphasis during this tour will be on developing your own personal narrative; the art of telling an engaging story through your photographs. Alberto will be at hand to nurture you through this artistic process with creative support and technical help if requested.
At Ambient Light we believe in the full experience. Inspiration comes from the stimulation of all the senses, not just the visual. With this mission in mind, my extensive knowledge of the area and Spanish background will ensure that you discover the essence of Castile through its food, its locals and its culture. All the locations, the restaurants and accommodation have been personally researched and carefully selected in order to guarantee the success of this tour.
Included In Workshop: 9 nights accommodation, all meals were stated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner at scheduled restaurants), entrance fees to stated monuments, all transport during the tour on scheduled events, guidance and tuition. For Madrid extension additional 3 nights accommodation and as above.
Accommodation: Bedrooms with en suite in four and five star hotels depending on the area. Hotel and bedroom upgrades available on demand.
Not included:Transfers to and from Sevilla Airport, meals and drinks where not stated, travel insurance, any other personal costs not covered in the itinerary.
Welcome and Orientation (DAY 1, D)
Arrive at Sevilla Airport and transfer to Hotel: Welcome drink, orientation and dinner for members of our group, this offers us the time to get to know each other and discuss what we would like to see.
Sevilla (DAY 2, BLD)
Breakfast: private guided tour of the Alcazar and the cathedral. The Alcazar, one of the gems of Mudejar architecture building by Pedro I, gives us great opportunities to photograph buildings, gardens and abstractions. The cathedral is one of the largest of its kind and challenges us to capture its majesty and artistry with our cameras. After lunch we will walk around the narrow and twisting streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter.Each turn leading us to discover a quiet square, picturesque lane or secluded patio.
Sevilla (DAY 3, BLD)
The Palaces of Casa Pilatos and Las Dueñas highlight the power and wealth that were concentrated in Sevilla. We will also visit a Convent.
After lunch we will walk back through the Plaza Mayor, the old Tobacco Factory now part of Sevilla University and on to Parque de Maria Luisa, site of the Plaza de España where the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 took place.
Transition Sevilla to Cordoba (DAY 4, BLD)
Stop at the town of Carmona absorbing its wonderful and rich cultural offerings, the Roman Necropolis, the town with its Alcazar, churches and typical white streets. Drive to Cordoba.
Cordoba (DAY 5, BLD)
The Cathedral Mosque is the highlight of Cordoba, unique in that it still a place of worship and a synthesis of the changes that occurred in `Spanish history. A guided tour to get the most understanding around its history and meaning.
After lunch we will photograph the picturesque winding streets of the Juderia and old town.
Cordoba (DAY 6, BL)
After breakfast we will visit the archeological site of Medinat Azahara, the seat of the Omeya Caliphate. Built to impress his allies and enemies alike, it was the envy of the known world. After lunch you will have the rest of the day as a free time. Time can be assigned to discuss your photographs.
Transition Cordoba to Granada (DAY 7, BLD)
Drive to Granada, stopping along the way at Antequera. A town of historical importance, baroque churches, the Alcazaba, old town, World Heritage listed Dolmens and El Torcal Natural Park. After lunch we drive to Granada settle into our hotel and have a leisurely dinner.
Granda (DAY 8, BLD)
The Alhambra, regarded by many as the height of Islamic art, the jewel of El Andaluz. Its palaces and gardens will provide you with the opportunities to add to your photographic narrative. The guide will explain the intricacies of the geometric art and as photographers this will have particular resonance.
After lunch we will visit the cathedral area of the city, its winding streets, grand squares and wider streets.
Granada(DAY 9, BLD)
The Albaicin, the old Arab quarter, with its Carmenes looking back toward the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
After lunch Albaicin area. Farewell dinner.
Granada Checkout (DAY 10, BLD)
Breakfast and wrap up of the trip. Transfer to Malaga for those departing from there.