- Exclusive flamenco performance
- Palacio de Dueñas
- Private opera recital
- Seville’s Fine Arts Museum
- The Baths of Dona Maria de Padilla, Alcazar Palace
Musical and Cultural Heritage of Andalusia
- VIP door to door
- Small group 30 or less
"He who has not seen Seville has yet to see a wonder." Spanish proverb
Seville provides a fitting setting for this tour that captures the spirit and soul of Andalusia. Explore its palaces, mansions, museums and galleries on a series of privately guided visits and tours. Immerse yourself in the music, passion and drama of flamenco, the most quintessentially Andalusian art form. And enjoy illuminating, in-depth lectures from leading experts on the history of Spanish art and flamenco.
- Included travel insurance
- Return flights and transfers
- 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner at your hotel and 3 dinners in local restaurants
- Wine with all included dinners
- Specialist lecturers
- Saga Tour Manager
- Local guides
- All excursions and visits listed
- Private opera performance
- Two private flamenco performances
- Porterage at your hotel
Dr Jeremy Roe
Jeremy received his PhD on the reception of Velázquez’s Seville oeuvre from the University of Leeds. He went on to teach and undertake post-doctoral research at the University of Nottingham and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he continues to participate in a range of research projects on early modern Iberian art and visual culture.
He is also a qualified translator, specialising in the translation of historical sources and academic publications. To date he has published a range of books, articles and translations including a monograph on Antoni Gaudí, an English translation of excerpts of ‘The Art of Painting’ - the treatise written by Francisco Pacheco, Velázquez's first teacher and more recently, co-edited ‘Representing Women’s Political Identity in the Early Modern Iberian World’ (Routledge, 2020).
Joining all departures.
- Two Author-Painters from Córdoba: Pablo de Céspedes and Antonio Palomino
- History of Sevillian Painting
- The Golden Age of Sevillian Painting
- Casa Pilatos: Art, Erudition and Patronage
Your local Flamenco expert
Dr Jaime Trancoso
Based in Seville, Dr Jaime Trancoso graduated with a degree in musicology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and has a PhD in Flamenco from the University of Seville – receiving a prize from the Seville City Council for his doctoral thesis.
He became a cultural manager after finishing his studies at the University of London and founded the ‘Flamenco Agency’ in 2007. His research and training in Flamenco and his extensive professional experience working with artists and productions in Spain, allows him to offer expert knowledge to festivals, theatres and opera houses around the world.
- Rhythms and Styles of Flamenco
- The Origins of Flamenco
Day 1 UK to Seville
After your flight to Seville you will be met and taken to the Hotel H10 Casa de la Plata where you’ll stay for the duration of your tour.
Once settled, meet your fellow guests for a welcome drink and dinner in the hotel restaurant. D
Day 2 Introduction to Seville
Next morning you set off on a guided walking tour of Seville, exploring the narrow streets and orange-tree lined plazas of Santa Cruz and the old Jewish Quarter where you’ll visit the city’s great Gothic cathedral, final resting place of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. Stepping inside Seville’s Alcazar reveals some of the finest Mudejar architecture in the world today, blending delicate arches with extravagant stucco and arcaded courtyards. This royal palace was created by the finest artists and architects in Spain, and your guide will explain the unlikely circumstances which drew these skilled craftsmen together.
After some free time for lunch and exploration there will be an early evening flamenco lecture, followed by a typically Sevillian evening with tapas and flamenco at the Tablao El Arenal – one of the city’s most famous venues. B, D
Day 3 Cordoba and Cordoba's Museum of Fine Arts
The second full-day of your tour begins with a drive to Cordoba, a golden-stone city of old balconied houses, hidden plazas and paved winding streets. A thousand years ago, Cordoba was the cultured, sophisticated capital of Islamic Spain. Testament to this is the mesmerising, multi-arched Mezquita, one of the world’s greatest works of Islamic architecture. On Callejón de las Flores you’ll encounter a pure Andalusian scene: a narrow, cobbled alley flanked by whitewashed houses decorated with pots of vividly coloured flowers.
After an included lunch and lecture, you’ll join a guided tour in Cordoba’s Museum of Fine Arts and see works by masters of the Spanish Renaissance including Bartolomé Bermejo and Luis de Morales.B, L
Day 4 Seville Fine Arts Museum
The theme of Spanish art continues the next day as you explore the Golden Age of Sevillian Painting. A morning lecture is followed by a guided tour of Seville’s Fine Arts Museum, where you’ll see work by key artists such as Murillo and Zurbarán.
Then another tour highlight: a private opera recital, performed in one of the city’s Casa Palacios and featuring arias from some of the most famous operas set in Seville. B
Day 5 Jerez and Bodega Tradición
The following day you head south to Jerez de la Frontera, a richly Andalusian city set between the Atlantic and the Sierra de Grazalema. Surrounded by vineyards, where grapes for the city’s world-famous sherry wine are grown, Jerez vies with Seville for Andalusia’s most coveted title ‘home of flamenco’, and your guided tour includes the gypsy quarter.
The afternoon is spent in the esteemed Bodegas Tradición, one of the finest sherry houses in Spain, where you can enjoy a tasting of the bodega’s exclusive, premium quality VOS and VORS sherry. The prestigious bodega’s other attraction is a private collection of 14th-19th century Spanish art including seminal works by Goya, Picasso and El Greco. B, L
Day 6 Casa Pilatos and Museum of Flamenco
After the Alcazar, Casa Pilatos is said to be the most beautiful building in Seville. A guided tour the next morning reveals this prototype Andalusian palace complete with painted ceilings, marble columns, mudejar tiles and cool, arcaded patio built around an ornate fountain, while a talk on art, erudition and patronage will provide further insight.
After some free time for lunch, there will be a lecture on the origins of flamenco, followed by a visit to the Museum of Flamenco – the only one of its kind in the world. Learn more about this quintessentially Spanish art, before a private performance in the museum’s own bodega. It’s a small and intimate space, allowing you to experience the spirit and intensity of the dance up close.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at the 350-year-old Restaurante El Rinconcillo, the oldest bar in Seville. B, D
Day 7 Palacio de Dueñas
During your last full day in Seville visit the Palacio de Dueñas, which dates between the 15th and 16th century. Here you can trace the footsteps of illustrious guests such as Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly in its sumptuous salons and elegant Andalusian courtyard.
After a free afternoon, you’ll be collected by horse-drawn carriage and taken for a private rooftop dinner where you can enjoy an exclusive flamenco performance, set against the Sevillian skyline lit up at night. B, D
Day 8 Carmona and return to UK
On the final day of your tour you leave Seville late morning and take a short drive to hilltop Carmona, whose historic old town is overlooked by the mighty Parador de Carmona.
Your tour concludes with a three-course meal in this beautiful 14th century former fortress, after which you’ll continue to Seville airport for your evening flight home. B, L
Step inside Sevilles Casa Palacios
Seville’s Casa Palacios contain some of the city’s most beautiful, often hidden treasures. These beautiful mansions are testament to Seville’s artistic influence in bygone centuries, with sumptuous architectural styles from Italian Renaissance to Spanish Mudejar.
We include privately guided tours in the 15th century Casa Pilatos, considered to be the finest palace house in Seville, and the aristocratic Palacio de Dueñas, famous for its exquisite gardens and elegant, arcaded courtyard.
Included on 7 nights itinerary
Explore the art of flamenco
Flamenco is embedded in the heart and soul of Andalusia. Introduced by Roma travellers in the 15th century, it is a visceral, highly-charged expression of life and love. This tour explores flamenco in depth, from its origins and cultural influences to its rhythms, structures and styles. Three performances in varied settings - including private displays by some of Seville’s most respected artists – offer intimate, authentic experiences of Spain’s most flamboyant art form.
Included on 7 nights itinerary
Enjoy exclusive private performances
Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro… some of the most famous operas ever written were inspired by Seville.
We include a private performance of some of the most famous arias, performed in an elegant Casa Palacio by a professional soprano and pianist. We have also arranged two private, intimate performances of flamenco; one in the small, atmospheric setting of the Flamenco Museum’s underground bodega, the other on a Sevillian rooftop at sunset – a fitting finale to this spectacular tour.
Included on 7 nights itinerary
This newly-built 4-star hotel stands in a pedestrianised street in the historic heart of Seville, making its location ideal for dining out in local restaurants on days when dinners are not included.
The interior design was inspired by a typical Sevillian house and fuses traditional touches such a beautiful Andalusian courtyard, with contemporary features including a lobby bar and restaurant. The 73 bedrooms are elegant, spacious and air-conditioned, all with a television, mini bar and safe. There is also a Nespresso machine, and a kettle is available on request. Free Wi-Fi is available.
As the hotel is situated in a pedestrianised area, the nearest drop-off point for coaches is 200 metres from the hotel.