2017 Spain Tour

2017 Spanish Tour

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May 23 – June 1st, 2017

Open to members of Lehigh University Choral Arts, alumni and families.

Lehigh University Choral Arts will be touring to Malaga, Granda, Cordoba and Seville. Along the way, there will be sight-seeing, flamenco-dancing, and singing in some of the most beautiful historic venues in Southern Spain.

All Lehigh singers and alumni singers will be involved in singing during the concerts. Rehearsals will take place at Lehigh prior to departure.

To reserve your spot on the Tour de España, please send a $100 deposit for each person attending to:

Deb Ruthrauff
Lehigh University Music Dept.
Zoellner Arts Center
420 East Packer Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Please mark “Tour deposit” in the subject line of your check – this will ensure your spot on the trip.

The total cost for the trip is as follows:
Our ‘Early Bird Special’ is $3,300 for those who pay in full by Monday, November 21st.
The total cost after that date is $3,500.

To register for tour, click here

Spaces are limited, so we suggest signing up early

Lehigh University Choir

Itinerary for Andalusia, Spain

Presented by Firebird Fine Arts Tours


Monday, May 22 —  rehearsals at Lehigh for all those singing on tour

Tuesday, May 23 — USA – Malaga

9:00 PM Depart JFK on Swiss flight #LX15

Wednesday, May 24 Malaga

Thursday, May 25 Malaga & CONCERT: Church of Los Santos Martires         

  • Buffet breakfastmalaga
  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM Orientation walk of downtown Malaga to give ideas of great ways to spend your day: Picasso Museum, Museum of Carmen Thyssen (fine examples of Spanish art and nice gift shop), and the Malaga Cathedral. All are within 10 minutes walk from our hotel. (In Malaga there is also an automobile museum, as well as a dollhouse museum!)
  • Lunch on your own
  • 4:00 PM Meet in hotel, walk to meeting with our host choir and rehearsal.
  • 8:30 PM CONCERT
  • Dinner after the concert

Friday, May 26 Malaga – Ronda – Sevilla & Flamenco Evening (101 km 1.45 hr.) (127 km 1.45 hr.)

  • Breakfast Buffet
  • 9:30 AM Depart hotel
  • 11:30 AM stop for lunch together in the picturesque town of Ronda. Enjoy the breathtaking views in one of Andalusía’s most historic towns. It is best known for its striking view from the Puente Nova, which spans the El Tajo gorge.
  • 12:00 PM Lunch together in Ronda
  • 1:30 PM Departure from Ronda
  • 3:45 PM Arrival in Seville, check into hotel, The Silken Al Andalus
  • 7:30 PM Transfer from hotel
  • 8:00 PM Dinner and Flamenco Evening

Saturday, May 27 Seville & CONCERT: University Church in Seville

  • Buffet breakfast
  • 9:20 AM Depart hotelseville
  • 9:30 AM Walking tour of Seville with 4 guides, including a visit to the Seville Cathedral, also originally a mosque, which was Christianized in the 13th century. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in the world and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
  • 12:30 PM Free time and lunch on your own
  • 4:00 PM Return to hotel to freshen up and change for concert
  • 6:00 PM Rehearsal at concert site, the Iglesia de la Anunciación
  • 9:00 PM CONCERT
  • Dinner afterwards with members of the University of Seville Choir


Sunday, May 28Seville – Cordoba (140 km)

  • Buffet breakfast
  • 10:00 Depart for Cordoba, a 2 hour drive
  • 12:00PM – 1:30PM Lunch on your own in Cordoba, at Mercado Victoria
  • 1:30PM – 2:30PM Check in to our two hotels:
  • 2:30PM – 5:00PM Our guides will meet us for a 2 hour walking tour to get acquainted with the city of Cordoba, especially the intriguing Jewish Quarter.
  • Cordoba was founded by the Romans and became a port city of great importance, used for shipping olive oil, wine and wheat back to ancient Rome. The Romans built the mighty bridge crossing the river, now called “El Puente Romano”. But Cordoba’s hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus. (Islamic Iberia) in the 8 th century. As well as the unique mosque-cathedral, Cordoba’s treasures include the Alcazar, or Fortress, built by the Christians in 1328; the Calahorra Fort, originally built by the Arabs, which guards the Roman Bridge, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum. Cordoba’s medieval quarter, once the home of the Jewish community, is called “La Judería”
  • 6:00 PM Go by bus to our concert site, the Santa Maria Magdalena Church, to meet and briefly sing joint pieces with the choir of the University of Cordoba
  • 8:00 PM Dinner
  • 9:30 PM Return to hotels

Monday, May 29  – CordobaCONCERT: Santa Maria Magdalena Church

  • Buffet breakfastcordoba
  • 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Free time and lunch on your own
  • 2:00 PM Meet at hotel, take bus to concert site for rehearsal
  • 4:00 PM Return to hotel to freshen up and change for our concert.
  • 6:30 PM Depart by bus to concert site
  • 8:30 PM CONCERT
  • Afterwards, dinner together with Cordoba singers


Tuesday, May 30Cordoba – Olive Farm – Granada (201 km)

  • Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 Depart for Granada, a 2.5 hour drive
  • Make a stop at an olive oil press to learn how olives are harvested and oil is extracted. In this region, 10% of the world’s olive oil is produced. You will also be able to buy a bottle to take home.
  • 12:30 PM Lunch on your own in at the olive farm
  • 2:30 PM Meet our guides for a walking tour to discover the charms of Granada
  • 4:30 PM Check into our hotel, Hotel Maciá Monasterio de los Bailios,
  • 7:30 PM Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, May 31Granada – Alhambra Visit & CONCERT: Santuario de Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro Church

  • Buffet breakfastgranada
  • 8:30 AM Depart for the Alhambra, for a 2-hour visit and time on your own
  • The Alhambra was originally constructed as a small fortress in the 9th Century on the remains of Roman fortifications and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Moorish emir of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. After the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus allegedly received royal endorsement for his expedition)
  • 12:30 PM Depart Alhambra
  • 1:30 PM Lunch on your own in Granada
  • 4:30 PM Meet in hotel to freshen up and change for concert
  • 5:00 PM depart the hotel for the Santuario de Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro Church, the concert site
  • 5:30 – 7:00 PM We are joined by partner choir for rehearsal
  • 8:45 PM CONCERT
  • Farewell dinner after the concert

Thursday, June 1st – Granada – Malaga Airport – USA

  • Buffet breakfast
  • 8:00 AM Depart the hotel for the airport
  • 1:05 PM Depart Malaga on Swiss flight #LX2111
  • 3:45 PM Arrival in Zurich
  • 5:20 PM Depart Zurich on Swiss flight #LX18 to Newark, arrival at 8:10PM



On all four concert days, you will be invited to

participate in extra activities while the choir is

rehearsing.  We will offer a museum visit, an escorted

walk to a special place of interest or assistance to arrange

individual plans you may have.

Participation is entirely voluntary, of course!

(On certain days, you may decide you’d like to visit

a café or go shopping

during this extra time.)