Andalusia dances to the mysterious rhythm of flamenco, the atmosphere cloaked in tradition and expressionism. Sublime landscapes swirl like a vibrant dancer, ancient World Heritage towns are bathed in ballads of Spanish guitar, and the heartbeat of a culture spills from ambient juergas and tablaos. Including dance classes, music lessons, and nightly performances in historic venues, this 10-night tour uses flamenco to explore the romance and charm of Spain's most soulful region.
Seville – Passionate Flamenco Jamming in Triana District
Impromptu singing and improvised guitar have cascaded from Seville's taverns for over 200 years, the tones embodying the city's permanent atmosphere of fiesta. Legendary styles were born in these hubs of enthusiasm and dozens of bars continue the tradition of its tangos, rumbas, and sevillanas. Your driver guide greets you at Seville Airport for a short transfer to your hotel. Relax and reenergize, the streets of Seville immediately luring you into an energetic ambiance as you wander at leisure. In the late afternoon, your flamenco guide takes you on a tour through Triana District. Start in El Zurraque, where hundreds of photos adorn the walls of legendary flamenco bars. Rounds of traditional tapas are served as you soak up avenues doused in indelible charm. Move onto La Alameda de Hercules Avenue, each building a nod to old-world Spain and memoirs to the great 19th century performers.
As your guide provides an overview of flamenco and its eclectic styles, you move to El Altozano, the home of flamenco and an ode to dreams about iconic Spain. You've got a prime table at Casa de Anselma, one of flamenco's most famous venues. The guitarist plucks gently, slowly increasing his volume as a lone tenor voice sings of love and loss. A dancer emerges, her dress twirling and her body flowing as if lost in a trance. There are barely 150 in the audience, helping to maximize the feeling of intimacy as the music continues hour after hour. Flamenco is a social occasion. During the breaks between performances you're served a fabulous array of tapas as laughter fills the tavern.
Seville – Discovering the History of Flamenco and Fandangos
Seville – Flamenco Dancing Class in the Feisty City
Cordoba – Exoticism and Fandangoes in Ancient Cordoba
Cordoba – A Sublime Concert and Learning the Spanish Guitar
Granada – Renaissance History and Gipsy Dances in the Mountains of Granada
Granada – Boutique Wine Tasting and Andalusia's Oldest Flamenco Hall
Almeria – Relaxing in Coastal Almeria
Malaga – Faster Beats on the Andalusian Coastline
Seville – In the Footsteps of a Legend
Seville – Departure
- Enjoy live flamenco performances in Andalusia's most historic music venues, including everything from atmospheric taverns to dazzling concert halls
- Learn the art of flamenco with a dancing class in historic Triana and a music lesson in a famous master's Spanish guitar shop
- Spend three days in the passionate city of Seville, exploring World Heritage Sites and soaking up the colorful history of Andalusia
- Flamenco is an improvised art form and the villages of Andalusia roll to its impromptu beat, enabling you to delve deep into the heart of traditional Spain
- Settle into the exotic charms of Cordoba, a World Heritage city with its foundations in half a dozen ancient civilizations
- Explore the rich diversity of Andalusia with wine tasting, tapas tours, mountain escapes, dramatic fortresses, quaint coastal villages, and Renaissance palaces
- Get serenaded with personal performances from some of Andalusia's finest flamenco musicians, their hypnotic ballads played in traditional villages lost in the mountains
Flamenco was born in the villages and taverns of Andalusia, its passionate rhythm coming to be symbolic of the region. Spanish guitars flutter across tables of tapas and enthusiastic chatter. Dancers elegantly swirl in vibrant dresses, responding to improvised songs of romance as the music spills onto streets of tradition and intrigue. There's a distinct beat here, one with indelibly Spanish flavors yet idiosyncratic tones. Andalusia is the Spain of travel reverie, full of fiestas, passion, and old-world charm. It's also a country within a country, home to a distinct culture that's personified by the live flamenco that inhabits village streets and city squares. Flamenco is an improvised art form developed over three centuries in Andalusia. Spanish guitar and soulful singing fills venues with harmonic rhythms, while virtuoso dancers add mysterious visuals on stage.
This handcrafted and hands-on tour explores the art of flamenco, incorporating music classes, performances from renowned masters, and nightly tables at the region's most historic music venues. By delving into the heart of the art form you discover the soul of Andalusia. Explore ancient walled cities with an exotic edge. Taste fine wine in mountain villages unspoiled for centuries. Visit off-the-beaten-track suburbs where Andalusian culture is displayed in uninhibited glory. Immerse yourself in mysterious architecture, absorbing everything from Moorish relics to Renaissance palaces, and fortressed towns to glittering cathedrals. Heritage and culture is all around as flamenco provides a paradigm to experience the real Andalusia.
It all starts in Seville, flamenco's traditional home and an ongoing hub of live performances and atmospheric streets. Explore the city's UNESCO sites, enjoy the best tables at the city's finest venues, and learn how to dance flamenco with a day of lessons. Nights four and five are spent in ancient Cordoba, an exotic walled city with an eclectic style. While Seville brings the fiesta and the passion, Cordoba exudes soulful tones and the mysterious rhythm of centuries past. During these first five days you take day trips into small surrounding villages, discovering the history of flamenco and listening to masters strum Spanish guitar.
Throughout this itinerary, all transfers are in a luxury sedan with a qualified driver guide passionate about flamenco. Days six to ten take you across Andalusia, the region's finest attractions blurring together like an uninterrupted cante chico. Go wine tasting at historic farms, learn guitar in a famous guitar shop, discover Spain's earliest Renaissance architecture, and wander the mesmerizing alleys of fortressed towns. And this is just a sample of days six and seven. Head to the coast and its all fast strumming and enthusiastic songs, yet hear graceful tones in cute mountain villages. The tour finishes back in Seville, where there's an opportunity to be serenaded on stage or to join the artists in performing.
Like all Zicasso itineraries, every aspect of this tour is fully customizable. One potential add on is to enjoy a few days or even a week of flamenco dancing or music classes, something that's possible in both Seville and small coastal villages.
$4,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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