For centuries before the rule of the Catholic Monarchs, the wide plains and hilly villages of Spain provided a haven for an unprecedented coexistence of Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities. Known as “La Convivencia,” this fertile blend of Mediterranean, Germanic, Arab and North African influences gave birth to an intoxicating culture, known around the world for the haunting melodies of its music, the earthy bite of its wines and the intense spiritual charge of its art and architecture. Through the conquests of the Imperial Era and the struggles of modernity, Spain has continued to raise and inspire some of history’s greatest creatives, from Velázquez, El Greco and Goya to Picasso, Hemingway, Dalí and Tàpies. On this inaugural Insider Journey to Madrid, Córdoba, Granada and Sevilla—led by expert art historian, Met lecturer and cult-favorite host Page Knox—you’ll have the opportunity to take a deep dive into Spain’s many masterpieces, with privileged entrance into the country’s most significant palaces, UNESCO sites and museums, as well as exclusive invitations into private homes that hold some of the country’s most sought-after collections. Throughout, there will be time for tapas, Flamenco and indulgence at hotels designed for royalty—an itinerary too delicious to resist.
Plus: When you sign up for this special trip, you’ll automatically be enrolled on a complimentary basis in an 11-part virtual live lecture series hosted by Page: Indagare Art Club: Masterpieces of Spanish Art from the Hapsburgs to the Modern Age. (And if you’re still deciding on the trip, you can get to know Page before joining! Sign up for the Art Club in time for the first session and get a taste of her expertise—and a sneak peek at the itinerary highlights. If you later join the Insider Journey, we’ll apply your Club attendance towards the trip cost.)
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What to Expect
Itinerary highlights include:
Discover masterpieces of Spanish art, architecture and culture on special tours led by expert guide Page Knox in Madrid, Córdoba, Granada and Sevilla. In addition to exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites like Córdoba’s impressive Mosque- Cathedral and Sevilla’s enchanting Alcázar Palace, you’ll also enjoy privileged entrance into top foundations and private homes, including the Norman Foster Foundation (a beautifully restored 19th-century townhouse with an impressive private collection of contemporary art), the Palace of Galiana (the private Toledo estate of the Araoz-Marañon family), and the Palace of Liria (the residence and foundation of the House of Alba). Highlights will include art tours, meetings and meals with the collectors, and more.
Enter the Prado Museum before it opens to the public for a tour with one of the museum curators, highlighting treasures of the collection like Velázquez’s Las Meninas and The Third of May, Caravaggio’s David with Head of Goliath and Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son.
Have lunch at one of the most exclusive clubs in Spain (and the world): Real Club de Puerta de Hierro, Madrid’s finest polo and golf club, which was created by King Alfonso XIII and has beautiful views of the Guadarrama mountains.
Experience a night of Andalusian traditions with a Flamenco performance, followed by tapas.
Connect with your host and fellow travelers—and gain a deeper understanding of the itinerary—before the trip with complimentary enrollment in Page’s new Indagare Art Club: Masterpieces of Spanish Art (11 virtual sessions, $1,100 value).
- Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience. Plus: You’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue, while on the ground.
Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.
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WhenMarch 14 - 21, 2023
Length8 days / 7 nights
Type of TravelerArt Lovers , Intellectuals , Foodies