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Al-Andalus Experience

#68 of 226 Tours in Granada
Granada, Spain
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Discover the Secrets of Muslim Spain. Al Andalus Tours, carefully planned out and scheduled for families, institutions and organizations. Workshops in traditional arts & crafts scheduled towards your group tour or event. Events within select settings of Andalucia or beyond! Resources and solutions to your service.
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anne_aziz wrote a review Oct 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia24 contributions3 helpful votes
Very entertaining show. Very energertic and skillful dance. Very nice costume too. We did not realise 1 hour has passed.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Global Sightseer wrote a review Sep 2019
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I have read hundreds of reviews for years on TripAdvisor but have never written a review. Well, after having such a wonderful experience with this agency, I had to finally write one! From my initial email contact until my family’s departure from Spain, every detail was handled flawlessly. Our focus was Andalusia as well as Madrid and Barcelona. The planning was perfect giving us ample time to see the sites, enjoy delicious local delicacies, go souvenir shopping, and even siesta time to get rid of our jet lag! It was an immersive 360 experience for the mind, body, and soul. Our guide, Ahmad Zaruq Summers, is an institution in himself! He picked us up from the airport and drove us to all the amazing sites while explaining the importance and history of each. It is truly unfathomable the amount of history he knows! There are so many years and dynasties and people. Everything was explained so well that you would actually absorb the history and culture of each city. He was always patient with our never-ending questions and described the sites in a calm manner. There was enough time for taking pictures, and he even showed us many photography tricks. We also visited several types of artisans painstakingly honing and reviving the art of Al-Andalus. There are so many iconic sites we saw on our tour that I cannot list them all, but the most memorable is definitely The Alhambra. I have heard and read so many stories about it, and, of course, I thought it could not be that great. When we went inside with our amazing guide, Alba, we were just stunned! There are not enough words to describe this place. It is beyond anything you have ever seen! The more you look at the intricate details, the more you appreciate the hundreds of artisans who had to toil for this labor of love. Truly breathtaking! However, not everyone gets admission to the Alhambra, tickets may sell out, or guides have maximum group numbers. We were blessed to have Ahmad Zaruq book our tickets and get such a wonderful private guide for us. Mezquita Mayor de Granada is also a wonderful place to get stunning views of the Alhambra at night or any time of day. The restaurants we went to were mind-blowing! The food was so delicious that you wish you were never full (so you could eat more)! Halal meals were taken care of so we never had to worry. The food will take your taste buds on an epic ride! Ahmad Zaruq also explained the importance of olive oil in Spain. Interestingly enough, almost every restaurant table has a bottle of olive oil for you to dine with. Our departure from Spain was bittersweet. This is a special place you definitely want to visit again and again, not to just cross off the bucket-list. Over the course of our trip, Ahmad Zaruq Summers became like a family member showing us around Spain. I am certain there are few, if any, guides who could match his level of care and dedication (even dining with our family until the late hours of the night). Besides being our guide, I am sure he is also a photographer, gastronome, hiker, espresso aficionado, and could be a professor as well. His English was impeccable (complete with a British accent), but what distinguishes him is that he is a Muslim who grew up in Spain and could give insights that others could not. We cannot wait to come back to Spain with Al-Andalus Experience!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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walid00x wrote a review Aug 2019
Gatineau, Canada18 contributions23 helpful votes
Amazing ... No other word can describe the grandeur of the mosque. It was disappointing to see the sign that advises people that only Christian prayer is allowed. It's a bit of a shame; Christians can pray at the Aya Sophia in Istanbul.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Junaid K wrote a review Jul 2019
sf, United States71 contributions40 helpful votes
Great personable guide. Who made sure all four of us were engaged, including our teens. Great historical perspective of city without making it too dry. Good pace for the walk, hard to believe we circled the whole entire old city. Gave us some great refrences to follow up again. Great communication. Will plan on using this company agian soon.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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ronald c wrote a review Apr 2019
Deal, United Kingdom555 contributions100 helpful votes
A fantastic place to visit,but pay for a guide who knows the history,we spent a couple of hours here but really you need 3 or more with a knowledgeable guide to get the full benefits of this amazing place.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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