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history walk

Half day trip to Historic Alcalá

history walk

Half day trip to Historic Alcalá

1 review
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Tickets
Hosted in
English
history walk

Half day trip to Historic Alcalá

history walk

Half day trip to Historic Alcalá

1 review
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Tickets
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

The first stop is to see an original Complutensian Polyglot Bible which has huge historical value. This version of the Bible was the basis for later translations such as William Tindale's and the King James' versions. Later we'll head to the university that made Alcalá famous in the 16th century. You'll learn about how it was Cardinal Cisneros dream to make Alcalá into a university city. We will then head into the old town Alcalá which at one time had a population of over 5000 Jews before they were expelled in 1492. This area has some fascinating stories that even many locals have never heard. Next stop is Cervantes house. Cervantes was to Spanish literature as Shakespeare was to English. But that isn't all they had in common. Find out more at this stop. Now we will pop over to where Christopher Columbus met Queen Isabella for his 1st meeting to discuss his journey across the pond. Here you will also discover how from this staunchly Catholic country Protasism was born, literally, in this palace. Finally, you will learn about the importance of an endangered bird that has found its home in this charming town.

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Your host

Learn more about Kim

Kim

Kim and Cristina have spent years in their free time studying the history of areas of Spain that many people have never even heard about, including Spaniards. With husbands & kids in tow, they have found hidden corners, learned about the local legends and the interesting stories that often get left untold. Together they were trained and participated in hosting and touring guests for a large international event which springboarded into them offering the tours, including their favourite spots such as Alcalá, on their own. They show their guests things that they would never see by simply walking through the streets of Alcalá on their own, and tell stories about the people who used to live in Alcala who shaped not only the history of Spain but in some cases, the history of the world. They keep the tours interesting and fun for all ages.

What's included

Tickets
Tickets to the Laredo Palace and the Cervantes Museum

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Where you'll be

Laredo Palace—eclectic style palace which houses an original Polyglot Bible. Alcala University 13th-century chapel where Cervantes was baptized. Main street Oldest theatre in Europe Oldest Hospital in Europe Jewish section of Alcalá (learn about secret passageways and original structures) 13th-century palace where Christopher Columbus met with the Catholic Monarchs Where Catherine of Aragon was born

Availability

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Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Guests should have an interest in Spain, its history and its people. They don't need to have any prior knowledge of Spain's history, just a genuine interest in the place they are visiting.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

Alcalá de Henares is only 25 minutes by train (RENFE) from Madrid's Atocha train station. (NOT METRO-- this is the inter-city train called RENFE) Take the C2 line direction Guadalajara or Alcala de Henares. Get off at the Alcala Central estación.
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Half day trip to Historic Alcalá
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1 review
From $22/person