Spain Trip 2018

SERMEISS in Medieval Spain: Guided Tour of the Lands of Al-Andalus

For Educators and Friends of SERMEISS

JUNE 7–19, 2018

An on-the-ground exploration of Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Southern Spain, led by

Dr. Andrew Kurt, Assistant Professor of History at Clayton State University (Morrow, GA)

Major sights: The Great Mosque of Cordoba, Seville’s artistic and religious gems including Spain’s greatest Gothic Cathedral and the immense Alcázar, Granada’s breathtaking Alhambra palace and gardens, historic Toledo with its medieval synagogues and a towering Cathedral capping the hilltop city.

SERMEISS is pleased to offer five travel grants up to $500 to attend “SERMEISS in Medieval Spain: Guided Tour of the Lands of Al-Andalus” June 7–19, 2018. Please fill out this form and submit to to apply by January 31, 2018.


  • Open to K-12 teachers, community college instructors, graduate students, and non-tenure track faculty in the SERMEISS region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) who are SERMEISS members. Become a member by visiting
  • Please submit your resume or CV along with the completed application.
  • The applicant must intend on teaching in the consecutive school year.
  • Awards will be given up to $500.
  • The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.

“Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain” is a great opportunity to combine travel and educational enrichment. See the beauty of Spain and stroll through layers of history and culture. The coexistence of varied ethno-religious populations from 711 to 1492 and beyond had deep effects still perceivable in the Spanish people, food, language, and dance as well as in architecture, art, and artifact. Become immersed in the many worlds that have been part of what became the first country with a global empire. Our excursion through central and southern España/Al-Andalus, set in context through available readings, discussions, and on-site lectures, allows you to explore a rich terrain still brimming with the evidence of life in the medieval and Renaissance eras.

Tentative Itinerary

June 8 Meet in MADRID ; see the Prado Museum, etc.; 1 nt

June 9-11 TOLEDO (35min train ride); 2 nts

June 11-13 CORDOBA (arrive by train in a.m. / 2hr10 ride); 2 nts

June 13-15 GRANADA (arrive by train in p.m. / 2hr10 ride); 2 nts

June 15-16 MALAGA (arrive by bus in a.m. / 1hr45 ride); 1 nt

June 16-18 SEVILLE (arrive by train in a.m. / 2hr30 ride); 2 nts

            {possible ½-day trip to Italica (Roman city)}

June 18 Train to MADRID (2hr45 ride); 1 nt

June 19 Return flights to U.S. from Madrid

Cost per person - USD

$1170 hotels (dbl occupancy most nts / single = $1920 total ) – 11 nts

$620 trains, taxis, entrance fees and possible guest lecture

$407 meals (bfast $10, lunch or dinner $27) x 11 days

$390 trip misc. 

$2587 {$3337 for all single rooms}