Flamenco is an art form centuries old, that embraces the exchange of new ideas, and fosters boldness and originality. While the craft and tradition of flamenco continues to flourish, the aficionados and performers still take pride in the art form’s innovative and inclusive nature. Similar to American jazz, Flamenco is influenced by and born of many cultures – Gypsy, Jewish, Moorish, and indigenous Andalusían.
This is your chance to experience flamenco music and dance in its birthplace of Andalusia along with the best food and wine the region has to offer. Ensemble Ibérica artistic director, Beau Bledsoe will be your guide as he shares with you the musicians, dancers and great restaurateurs that have become his friends over the years.
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Tuesday, June 27th: Arrival in Sevilla with transportation provided to the Hotel Fontecruz, located in the very picturesque Santa Cruz neighborhood with stunning views of the Sevilla Cathedral and the famous Giralda tower. After resting up this afternoon, we will all get acquainted at a cocktail reception followed by dinner on the roof-top lounge, featuring and amazing view of Sevilla. Beau will bring along his flamenco guitar to play and explain a little about the flamenco music we are here to experience. After dinner, Beau will take any hardy souls on a brief walking tour of the area.
Wednesday, June 28th: We will explore the Sevilla Cathedral along with a tour of the Museo de Baile Sevilla (Museum of Flamenco Dance) including a live flamenco performance on the museum’s beautiful stage. Afterwards we’ll have a typical Andalusian dinner at El Rinconcillo with some of the local flamenco artists from Sevilla.
Thursday, June 29th: Our private coach will take us to Granada to view one of the new seven wonders of the world, the Alhambra palace. On the way back to Sevilla we will dine in ancient city of Osuna at the famous Casa Curro.
Friday, June 30th: Our private coach will take us to sherry country for a tasting in Jerez de la Frontera then we’ll travel eastward to Sanlucar de Barrameda for a Spanish seafood meal on the beach and a flamenco show with some of Beau’s friends at the flamenco club Bodegón A Contratiempo.
Saturday, July 1st: A private coach tour of the famous Pueblos Blancos (White Towns of Andalusia) with stops in Zahara de la Sierra and Ronda to view the monumental bullring and the bullfighting museum. Lastly, we will visit Beau’s adopted flamenco home La Puebla de Cazalla to hear their famous style of singing and sample the incredible tapas this humble pueblo has to offer. This area of Spain is almost dream-like in its stunning beauty.
Sunday, July 2nd: We visit the original city of light, Cordoba to tour its famous mosque La Mezquita. Afterwards we’ll have dinner at the famous flamenco club Tablao “El Cardenal.”
Monday, July 3rd: A well deserved free day in Sevilla to spend at your leisure.
Tuesday, July 4th: Depart to the U.S.
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