Dates: March 7 - March 17, 2018
Total Duration: 11 days
Cost: $7,195 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
History of Art
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Western Europe
In the 15th and 16th centuries, the discovery of the Americas, the overthrow of long-established native empires, and the circumnavigation of the globe by the Spanish conquistadores occurred at a dizzying pace, changing the world forever. Accompanied by Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of Art, explore the lives of explorers Pizarro, Cortés, and Columbus. Visit the cities and towns where they lived and the churches where they prayed, the museums housing the treasures they brought back, the priceless maps and charts they used to navigate, and replicas of Columbus's three caravels—Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Savor gourmet meals at historic paradores and a vibrant performance of flamenco, Spain's signature dance, at a local tablao.
This exciting eleven-day adventure begins in Madrid, ends in Granada, and includes Toledo, Trujillo, Merida, Seville, the province of Huelva, and Cordoba. In Madrid, visit the Museum of America, with its rich collection of pre-Columbian treasures and precious Tro Cortesiano Codex; and the Naval Museum, which houses the first map to depict the Americas. In Toledo, see the Gothic Cathedral, two centuries-old synagogues, and the Isabelline Gothic Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Continue to Trujillo, birthplace of Francisco Pizarro and his brothers, who built or enriched many of the city's medieval and renaissance buildings.
Explore Seville's treasures—the Royal Alcázar palace; the cathedral where Columbus is buried; the Archive of the Indies; the Barrio de Santa Cruz (the medieval Jewish Quarter); Maria Luisa Park; and the Andalusian palace and gardens of Casa de Pilatos—and enjoy a private flamenco performance. Spend a day in the province of Huelva, visiting full-scale replicas of Columbus's three caravels and the picturesque town of Palos de la Frontera, from whence Columbus departed on his first voyage. Conclude with visits to two of the greatest Moorish buildings in Europe—Cordoba's Mezquita and Granada's extraordinary Alhambra fortress.