Immerse yourself in the Andalusian way of life, spending three full weeks in seaside Marbella and discovering the region’s fascinating blend of Spanish and Moorish culture on excursions to World Heritage sites and charming villages off the beaten path.

Starting at: $6,290 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The port of Marbella at dusk  Street in Marbella's Old Town  Church in Marbella's Old Town  Evening in Marbella's Plaza de la Inglesia square  One of Marbella's prized beaches  Traditional flamenco dancer  Typical charming street in Estepona  Cordoba  The Mezquita of Cordoba, a cathedral and former mosque   The white hill town of Antequera  A plaza in charming Ronda  City of Ronda, overlooking the Tajo Gorge  The Plaza de Espana, Seville  The immense Gothic cathedral of Seville  The Alhambra of Granada  The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada  Charming town of Frigiliana  Village of Mijas, along the Costa del Sol  White village along the Costa del Sol  The Costa del Sol  The outcropping of Gibraltar  Enjoying food and wine during your stay  Hiking the Caminito del Rey

Living in Spain: A Three-Week Stay in Andalusia

23 days from $6,290

Immerse yourself in the Andalusian way of life, spending three full weeks in seaside Marbella and discovering the region’s fascinating blend of Spanish and Moorish culture on excursions to World Heritage sites and charming villages off the beaten path.

or Call 855-330-1542


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ApartHotel Monarque Sultan

Marbella, Spain

The ApartHotel Monarque Sultan is located along Marbella’s Golden Mile and just 500 feet from the beach and a five minute stroll from the center of the city. The aparthotel features 76 spacious and comfortable apartments divided into two categories: one bedroom and two bedroom. One-bedroom apartments feature a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom. Two-bedroom apartments feature two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, two bathrooms. Guest apartments feature views of the city of Marbella, or the garden or pool. Each apartment has a spacious terrace with lounge chairs to relax. All apartments have a stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, toaster, and irons. Other amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception and security, as well two pools, a gym, and spa. There is also a restaurant and lounge on-site. Shops, cafes, and restaurants are just steps away.   

Number of nights: 21

Hotel Alcázar de la Reina--Optional Excursion

Carmona, Spain

The Hotel Alcázar de la Reina is located in the village of Carmona and in a beautiful Mudéjar building adorned with lovely tapestries and paintings throughout the hotel. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a lovely garden on-site. This historic hotel offers great views of the charming landscape of Carmona and is set close to the historic city center. Alcázar de la Reina offers spacious and bright rooms, all with air conditioning. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas. There is a restaurant, tapas bar, and pub on site.

Number of nights: 2

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Three-week immersion stay in Marbella, Spain. This  stay features accommodations in a centrally located hotel / apartment, within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and program activities. Program includes six half-day or full-day included excursions outside the city as well as walking tours in Marbella. In addition, there will be an optional two-night Weekend Escape offering to Carmona/Seville. On most of these excursions you will encounter cobblestone streets, hills, stairs without handrails, some buildings without elevators, archaeological sites with uneven steps and some ungroomed paths and hills. Because many of our excursions visit historic sites, villages and towns there will be longer walks and steps to get to these sites and city centers where motorcoaches are prohibited.

For those who choose the Active Discovery Enrichment Track (optional) this track will include hiking tours and activities in and beyond the city of Marbella. Hikes will be from 1 to 4 miles and some areas will feature rough and ungroomed trails, higher altitudes, steep inclines, and uneven terrain. We highly recommend guests prepare for the track prior to the trip by exercising and conditioning themselves for these hikes. We also recommend guests with health concerns contact their physician prior to signing up for this track to be sure this Active Discovery option is the right fit for them. 

Our three-week immersion program is geared for the independent traveler who will also enjoy pursuing their own interests, making meal plans independently (either solo or with other travelers) and finding their way to activities independently. (Your Smithsonian Journeys  Resident Director is always available to assist with plans.) 

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 60 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
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Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.