Malaguenos Heritage Tour
Dates:   6/25/23 - 7/6/23   
Cost:  LAND ONLY ~ Double Occupancy $2995 pp  Single Supplement $700

 
 

If it has been your  dream to visit Málaga, Spain where your ancestors once lived, then this unique tour is custom made just for you! It’s exclusively designed for the passionate Malagueños descendant interested in learning more about their heritage.  The itinerary is specifically designed to visit and experience the most important Malagueños heritage sites in Málaga.

Live like a local in the land of your ancestors with your hosts Jose Manuel De Molina and Cynthia Seitz of Heritage Tours by Seitz Travel!

Places You Will Visit on Your Malaguenos Heritage Tour

You will also visit Alhaurin De La Torre, Grenada, Marcharavayaia, Santa Fe, La Costa Del Sol, Friglliana,and more.

This is a preliminary itinerary and may be modified at any time before or during the tour due to unforeseen events or to improve or better accommodate the group

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

-  10 Nights at Hotel Cortijo Chico - Alhaurin De La Torre

-  Breakfasts and dinners are included in your package

-  Entrance to all excursions listed in the itinerary

-  Genealogy expert and Archivist, Jose Manuel De Molina will be your host and guide throughout the week       along with Cynthia Seitz of Heritage Tours by Seitz Travel.

- Daily transportation via motorcoach

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE:

- Flights to and from Malaga

- Tips for Jose Manuel, bus drivers, tour guides, etc.

- Alcohol

- Daily lunches

- Transfer to and from the airport

- Travel Insurance

- Personal items, souvenirs, snacks, or drinks you purchase along

  the way

Monday, June 25, 2023 – Overnight Flight to Málaga, Spain

Tuesday, June 26, 2023 -  Bienvenido a Málaga

Welcome to Málaga.  Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your tour guide José Manuel De Molina. 

An intro to the Alhaurin De La Torre!

Delight yourself with a Malagueños treat of chocolate and churros followed by a reception with the Mayor of Alhaurin de la Torre. After a visit with the mayor, you will enjoy another culinary experience at the best tapas restaurant in Alhaurin de la Torre for snacks and world-renown Iberian Ham.   Afterward, you will take a walking tour of Alhaurin De La Torre, stop for a photo op at New Iberia Avenue and return to the hotel for dinner.


Wednesday, June 27, 2023 - Walking in their footsteps

Walk in their footsteps in Málaga, the hometown of many of our ancestors. In Málaga, you will visit the harbor where your ancestors left Málaga for Louisiana, never to return again.  You will meet with genealogists at the archives to learn more about your Malagueños history and visit churches where your ancestors worshipped as well as the church where Picasso was baptized and see the home where he was born.


Thursday, June 28, 2023 -  Day trip to Ronda, Spain

Visit the beautiful El Camino Del Rey, “The Pathway of the Kings”.  After visiting for a while and taking pictures, you will be on your way to Ronda.  You will stop to eat at a place only locals know for coffee and local delicacies.  You will continue on to Ronda to visit a town famous for its bullfighting ring where you will learn about the famous “Romero” bullfighter.  You will see the famous Roman bridge and enjoy the view of the whitewashed homes on the mountainside.


Friday, June 29, 2023 - Day trip to Nerja and Frigiliana

Visit the beautiful seaside villages of Nerja and Frigiliana where you will experience breathtaking views from the Balcony of Europe.  This is a fulfilled day of discovering these cities, shopping, and sightseeing.

Saturday, June 30, 2023 - Day trip to Granada

On the way to Granada, you will stop to visit the town of Santa Fe, which is famous for two things, its Pius IX (pinionos) cakes and that it is the place where Christopher Columbus met with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to sign the contract commissioning him for his trip in which he discovered America.  Once in Granada you will take a walking tour and visit the tombs of Ferdinand and Isabella.  You will have lunch at a local restaurant and visit the famous Alhambra Palace.


Sunday, July 1, 2023 - Historic Seville

Take a day trip to Seville, Spain, the capital of Andalucía. You will visit Seville’s famous church and learn about the history of Flamenco dance.

Monday, July 2, 2023 - Daytrip to visit the Rock of Gibraltar

Visit the historic Rock of Gibraltar where your ancestors sailed through the straights on their way to their new homes in Louisiana.  

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2023 -  Beautiful Cadiz on the Ocean

Visit the beautiful city of Cadiz where your Malagueños ancestors stopped to pick up supplies for their long trip to Louisiana.  Visit the church and the marketplaces of the old city center.

Wednesday, July 4, 2023 -  Celebrate the 4th of July

You will enjoy an afternoon drive up into the mountains to visit Marcharaviaya, Spain, the birthplace of Bernardo Galvez who commissioned the San Joseff, and to aid Spain in fighting against the British in the American RevolutionToday, You celebrate the 4th of July with the people of Malaga in a reenactment of the Battle of Pensacola 

 

Thursday, July 5, 2023  - Learn to cook Paella

Learn to cook paella just like Malagueños grandmothers made it at a paella cooking workshop. You will be a shoe-in to win the paella cooking contest next year at the Spanish Festival !! 

 

Friday,  July 6, 2023

Adiós Málaga

Today you will return home

Los Islanos Heritage Tour
Dates:   7/8/23 - 7/21/23   
Cost: LAND ONLY ~ Double Occupancy $2995 pp  Single Supplement $1000

This unique tour is customized for passionate Canary Island descendants from Louisiana interested in learning about their Spanish and Los Islenos heritage.  The itinerary is specifically designed to visit and experience the most important Los Islenos heritage sites on the islands of Gran Canria and Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Live like a local in the land of your ancestors with your hosts Guillermo Bernal and Cynthia Seitz of Heritage Tours by Seitz Travel!

Places You Will Visit on Your Los Islanos Heritage Tour

You will also visit the lovely villages of Ingenio, El Corrizal, Vegueta, Tirajuna, Costa Maspalamosa, and more.

 
This Canary Island Ancestry Tour Price includes:​
  • Hotel Stay in the Canary Islands.
  • Admittance into all Museums, excursions (not including any activity you choose to do on our free day)
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • A visit to the archives on Gran Canaria and Tenerife
  • 12 breakfasts and 5 dinners
NOT INCLUDED
- Flights
- Alcohol
- Tips for tour guides and bus driver
- Hotel transfers to and from the airport
- Travel Insurance
- Excursions on free days

 

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 0

July 8, 2023 - Saturday

Our Canary Island Heritage Tour's journey begins with an overnight flight to Gran Canaria.
 

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 1

July 9, 2023 - Sunday 

GRAN CANARIA

Arrival at the airport of Gran Canaria, waiting to know the arrival time. Transfer to the hotel in Agüimes Dinner in Agüimes around 7:00 p.m.


 

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 2

July 10, 2023 - Monday 

GRAN CANARIA


Breakfast at 8:30 
Departure to Las Palmas at 9:30 
Meeting at the archives at 10:00 
12:00 pm Vegueta-Triana lunch 

13:00 Visit the old town of Vegueta.  Here we will visit the Columbus Museum, the Cathedral, and its tower and enjoy this beautiful city.
Until 17:30 visit to the main street of Triana, traditional shopping area. 
Return to Agüimes. 
Dinner at Agüimes at 7:00 p.m.


Today we will visit the beautiful city of Las Palmas, the sister city of San Antonio, Texas, where we will visit the Torre Cathedral, the Canary Museum and the House of Columbus in the morning.
We will visit the archives and have an opportunity to learn more about our family history and do some genealogy research.  We will have lunch in the old town city of Vegueta and Triana quarters and enjoy the area after lunch. In Triana, you can take in the sites of its beautiful architecture, shop, or enjoy a coffee in at a cafe.

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 3

July 11, 2023, Tuesday

GRAN CANARIA


We will visit Tirajana and Costa Maspalomas. After breakfast, we will go to Temisas, Santa Lucía de Tirajana, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, all in the Caldera de Tirajana. Then we will go to the coast through Fataga ravine, to end up in the touristic area of Maspalomas, with some of the most iconic dune fields and beaches in the Canary Islands. We will visit the archaeological site at La Fortaleza and enjoy lunch on a panoramic terrace overlooking Tirajana Valley in Santa Lucia.  We will also stop to see the beautiful Temisas village along the way for a short walk around the city to enjoy its archeological significance.

We will enjoy a cooking demonstration learning to cook a local favorite Papas arrugadas con Mojo which is the most typical tapas in the Canaries.

8:30 Breakfast at the hotel
9:30 departure to Temisas 
10:00 Walking Temisas and soft hike towards the archaeological site of Cuevas de la Audiencia and Cuevas del Gigante
11:30 transfer to Santa Lucía
12:00 Visit to La Fortaleza archaeological site

13:00 to 15:00 Lunch 

16:00 to 16:30 Technical stop and visit to Fataga village 

17:30 visit to Maspalomas dunes and beach
18:30 return to the Villa de Agüimes 
19:00 dinner in Agüimes.  

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 4

July 12, 2023 - Wednesday

GRAN CANARIA


8:30 Breakfast at the hotel
9:30 p.m. through the Villa de Agüimes 
11:00 meeting with the genealogists: Faneque Hernández, Juan Ramón García, Felipe Enrique Martín Santiago, ... 
13:00 transfer to Barranco de Guayadeque, lunch
16:00 visit to La Villa de Ingenio and El Carrizal 
18:30 return to the Villa de Agüimes 
19:00 dinner in Agüimes.


Today we will take a walking tour through Agüimes, the hometown of many of our ancestors. After our walking tour, we will meet with genealogists, Faneque Hernández, Juan Ramón García, Felipe Enrique Martín Santiago where we will have the opportunity to do research and learn more about our ancestors.   If you have ancestors you would like to research, please let us know the names ahead of time.  We cannot promise you will find what you are looking for, but the search is always fun.

 

We will have lunch in a picturesque location. It is a ravine located by the village, with very few cave dwellings, lovely to see) Barranco de Guayadeque where locals live in modern cave dwellings along the ravine. We will take a short walk to enjoy the vistas, natural history as well as human history and perhaps meet some of the locals living here. Perfecto :)

After this, we will visit the villages of Ingenio and El Carrizal.

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 5

July 13, 2023 - Thursday

GRAN CANARIA
8:30 breakfast at the hotel 
9:30 departure to the Vega de San Mateo. We will visit the agricultural market. 
12:00 to 13:00 departure to Bandama wine area and panoramic visit.  
1:00 pm Visit Arehucas local rum distillery 
14:00 to 16:00 Lunch at Arucas 

16:30 to 17:30 Visit Arucas emblematic Village 
17:30 pm return to Agüimes 
7:00 pm dinner in Agüimes  

                      

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 6

July 14, 2023, Friday

GRAN CANARIA

8:30 breakfast at the hotel

9:30 departure towards the highest point of the island (1:45 bus drive including one viewpoint stop). About half an hour atop the highest point of the island to enjoy the vistas.

 12:00 scenic drive to admire Roque Nublo and Bentayga. Several viewpoints stop. Possibility to walk Bentayga archaeological site (1h hike, a bit steep and uneven terrain, but not difficult; included in Gran Canaria Unesco´s Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage designation)  

 14:00 pm Lunch Tejeda

15:30 Visit Tejeda Village (considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Spain)

16:30 Start the way back to the hotel

18:30 arrive at the hotel 

 Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 7

July 15, 2023, Saturday

GRAN CANARIA - FREE DAY

An optional excursion today is Whale watching in the morning and sunset and Stargazing at the mountains in the evening.

If you would like to visit one of the other islands to visit your ancestral home town, and it is possible to get there by ferry, I would be able to make arrangements for you.  This would be an additional charge for the ferry ride and for a private tour guide. 

(Meals: B, D)

Canary Island HeritageTour Day 8

July 16, 2023,  Sunday

GRAN CANARIA to TENERIFE


8:30 breakfast at the hotel
9:30 departure with suitcases from the hotel
11: 00 visit to the Archaeological Park Cueva Pintada, in Gáldar.
13:00 lunch in Agaete.
15:00 visit coffee plantation in the Agaete Valley.
16:00 pm departure on the ferry Fred Olsen to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
20:30 arrival at the hotel Nivaría de San Cristóbal de La Laguna.
7:00 dinner at the hotel

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 9

July 17, 2023, Monday

TENERIFE 


8:30 breakfast at the Nivaria hotel
9:30 a.m. walking tour of the World Heritage City, San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Visit the archives and architectural monuments.
1:00 pm Lunch at La Laguna.
14:30 Spanish nap in the hotel
16:30 continuation of the tour through La Laguna.
7:00 pm dinner at the hotel.

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 10

July 18, 2023, Monday

TENERIFE 


8:30 breakfast hotel Nivaria.
9:30 am a tour of the north of Tenerife, visiting La Orotava, Los Realejos.
1:00 pm lunch
14:30 visit to Puerto de La Cruz
7:00 pm dinner at the hotel

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 11

July 19, 2023, Tuesday

TENERIFE

 
8:30 breakfast at the Nivaria hotel
9:30 am a departure to the Teide National Park.
11:30 optional climb in the Teide cable car to the highest peak in Spain, 3718 meters. Because of their altitude, those who have tension problems or suffer altitude sickness should not climb. To go up and have dizziness and vomiting, the only remedy is to go back down from altitude.
Those who do not climb will appreciate the beauty of the Ucanca Valley.
Lunch about 2:00 on the way.
Bring sun creams, sunglasses, and hats.
Return to La Laguna around 5:00 p.m.
Dinner at the hotel at 7:00 p.m

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 12

July 20, 2023,  Tuesday

Archives

Afternoon to enjoy on your own.

Dinner at the hotel at 7:00 p.m.

Canary Island Heritage Tour Day 13

July 21, 2023 - Wednesday

Today we will return home

(Meals: B)