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Spain, Morocco and Gibraltar: A Clipper Ship Voyage

Program Number: 20481RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/23/2013 - 10/4/2013;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Spain/Gibraltar/Morocco
Price starting at: $4,143.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 26; 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Delve into the Moorish, Jewish and Christian heritage of Andalusia and Morocco, seen in the intricate details of fortresses, mosques and cathedrals, the energy of bustling markets and the distinct cultures of these lands. This voyage aboard a graceful tall ship brings you to the Andalusian capital of Seville, the exotic ports of Tangier and Casablanca, the Rock of Gibraltar, the marvelous Alhambra and more.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 2.5 miles per day; unavoidable stairs and uneven terrain.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Seville (Spain), 3 nights; aboard Star Flyer, 7 nights.

Day 1:
Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 2-4:
Arrival Seville (Spain):

Begin your adventure in Seville, where you walk through the Jewish quarter and explore the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Examine the Spanish masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville.
Lodging: Centrally located hotel.

Days 5-6:
Coach to Málaga / embark Star Flyer / At Sea:

Go ashore in the Andalusian port city of Málaga to discover the imposing La Alcazaba fortress.

Day 7:
Casablanca (Morocco):

Take a field trip to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. Located in a beautiful Moorish villa, this museum relates the history of the country’s once-thriving Jewish community.

Day 8:

Visit the Tangier American Legation, a museum focused on U.S.-Morocco relations and the first American public property outside our borders. Continue into the Tangier Kasbah.

Day 9:
Cádiz (Spain):

Learn about the making of sherry in Jerez de la Frontera, the town from which the wine takes its name. Visit a local farm where horses are bred and raised.

Day 10:

A local expert introduces you to this British territory known for its Barbary macaques. Journey to the top of the Rock for a spectacular view over the Strait of Gibraltar.

Day 11:
Motril (Spain):

Marvel at the Alhambra, a Moorish fortress-palace famed for its spectacular courtyards, fountains and intricate decorations.

Day 12:
Málaga / disembark / departure

Star Flyer

This authentic, traditionally rigged tall ship is 360 feet long and can carry 170 passengers in comfort. It offers all the amenities of a modern cruise ship and boasts expansive teak decks, two swimming pools, an elegant dining room, piano bar and library.

Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Catalonia Giralda
  Seville (Cadiz), Spain 3 nights
   Hotel Vincci Albayzin
  Granada, Spain 1 night
   Star Flyer
  Aboard the Star Flyer, At Sea 5 nights
   Hotel Melia Costa del Sol
  Casa Del Sol, Spain 1 night
 Hotel Catalonia Giralda
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This hotel is located in the historic center of Seville, very near to the beautiful quarter of Santa Cruz and a few minutes walk from monuments such as the cathedral, La Giralda and Maria Luisa Park .
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Sierra Nevada, 3
Sevilla,  41003 Spain
phone: +34954416661
  Room amenities: Air conditioning and heating, Flat screen satellite TV, Free internet access (WiFi), Full-length mirror, Hair dryer, Marble bathroom, Room service, Safe deposit box, Telephone with direct line
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Free WiFi, Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services, Air Conditioning
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

 Hotel Vincci Albayzin
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hotel Vincci Albayzin 4* is located in the center of Granada Spain. Among the Vincci hotels, this hotel is special for its typical Andalusian-style building that boasts a magnificent enclosed patio that bathes its rooms in natural light. The hotel has a total of 104 rooms, including 92 doubles, 6 singles, 2 rooms adapted for disabled guests and 4 junior suites.
  Contact info: Carrera de la Virgen, 48
Granada,  18005 Spain
phone: +34 958 001 920
  Room amenities: Air conditioning and heating Direct-dial telephone Satellite TV with flat screen Minibar Safe Fully fitted bathroom and hairdryer
  Facility amenities: Restaurant Cafe-bar Private parking Function rooms Gym Steam room Dry sauna Bike and car hire
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Star Flyer
Type: Luxury Barge
  Ship Information: Tonnage: 2298 Length: 360 ft Beam: 50 ft Draft: 18.5 ft Sail Area: 36,000 sq ft Masts: 4 masts (tallest is 226 ft) Registry: Malta Number of Crew: 72 Nationality of Officers: International Nationality of Crew: International Speed: 8 knots Electric Current: 110 volts Stabilized: Yes, by water tanks to prevent rolling Air Conditioning: Yes Entered Served: Star Flyer 1991, Star Clipper 1992 Most Recent Refits: Star Clipper Summer 2005, Star Flyer Fall 2007 Size: 170 guests/85 staterooms
  Contact info: 4, rue de la Turbie
Monaco,  98000 Monaco
phone: +37797978400
  Room amenities: Cabin amenities include: Private Safe Hairdryer Individually Controlled AC Direct Dial Telephones Marble Bathrooms Daily Program Color TV Satellite TV Coverage Turndown Service with Pillow Sweet Bathroom Amenities (hand soap, bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower caps) 110 volts outlet Sewing Kit
  Facility amenities: 2 Outdoor pools, Water Sports: water skiing, snorkeling, windsurf sailing and lasers, Piano Bar, Tropical Bar, Private massage tent on deck (additional cost), Laundry/dry cleaning, Movies shown in your cabin throughout the day/night, Radio in each cabin, Nurse onboard, Internet Access (located in Library for 12 euros an hour)
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hotel Melia Costa del Sol
Type: Hotel
  Description: Seafront hotel on the spectacular Bajondillo Beach On the beach by the Paseo Marítimo seafront promenade in Torremolinos, Malaga, and near Puerto Marina Magnificent fully equipped rooms and suites with private terrace and fabulous sea views Fine dining based on traditional, fresh market cuisine Thalasso Spa measuring 350 m2, 2 massage cabins, relaxation area and mini gym Free high speed WiFi internet Car park Convention Centre with 11 meeting rooms for up to 600 people 10 minutes from Malaga Airport and 15 minutes from the Ave Malaga/Maria Zambrano train station
  Contact info: Paseo Marítimo, 11 Torremolinos
Torremolinos,   Spain
phone: +34 952 38 66 77
  Room amenities: Twin beds or a queen size bed Air conditioning / heating (depending on the season) Free high speed WiFi internet 32 inch LCD TV Satellite TV with canal plus and specialist channels 3 music channels Telephone (*) Desk Minibar (*) Safe Full bathroom Hairdryer Make-up mirror Meliá bathroom amenities
  Facility amenities: 24 hour reception Free high speed WiFi internet Internet Corner (E - point) (*) Medical services (on request) (*) Laundry and ironing service (*) Parking (*) Airport shuttle service (*) Wellbeing massages (*) Hairdressers Sunbeds in the gardens and around the pool (May – October) Towel service (with deposit) (May – October) Secretary services / international translations (on request) (*) Currency exchange (*) Car rental (*) Concierge, booking of excursions and sale of entrance tickets FACILITIES Spacious, bright hall Magnificent Convention Centre with 11 meeting rooms and a capacity for up 600 people Thalasso Spa (*) Mini gym Different dining spaces (Buffet Restaurant, La Proa Gastrobar and Lobby Bar) (*) Gardens OUTDOOR POOL Outdoor pool surrounded by gardens and overlooking the sea Sunbeds Towel service (May - October) Bar service (May - October)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins at Program Orientation at 6:00 p.m. at the program hotel in Seville, Spain. You will be staying at Hotel Catalonia Giralda that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends on day 12 with transfers to the airport in the morning. You will be staying at Hotel Melia Costa del Sol the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is not available for this program.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seville (Cadiz)
  Transportation to site: The Hotel Catalonia Geralda is located in the historic center of Seville, approximately 8 miles from San Pablo Airport in Seville. Participants who purchased their airfare through Road Scholar Travel Services will be provided with a transfer from the airport to the hotel. Taxis are readily available for participants making their own way to the hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Casa Del Sol
  Transportation from site: The international Malaga airport is only 15 minutes away from the port and has a direct access via the motorway. Both the Malaga railway station Maria Zambrano and the main Malaga bus station are situated 1,5 kilometres from the port. Participants who purchased their airfare through Road Scholar Travel Services will be provided with a transfer from the ship to the airport at the end of the program.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: International flights to Seville
(Monday, September 23)
 In Transit: International flights depart the USA to Seville, Spain.

Day 2: Arrive Seville / Orientation
(Tuesday, September 24)
 Arrive To: Arrivals at San Pablo Airport in Seville. Transfer to program hotel. Check-in. Settle in.
 Afternoon: Meet for an introduction to your program by your Group Leader.
 Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group.
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Giralda
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Seville, Spain
(Wednesday, September 25)

Note: Exploration of Sevilla will include about 2.5 miles of walking for around 2 hours.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore Seville on foot: Start the morning walking cobblestone streets of the oldest neighborhood of Seville - the Barrio Santa Cruz/Jewish quarter ending the morning exploring the Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in Seville to explore local flavor.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon we explore the Cathedral of Seville, an expression in stone of post-Reconquest confidence and wealth. Built on the site of a mosque, it is the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic building in Europe. It also boasts the largest altarpiece in the world and is the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Giralda
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Seville
(Thursday, September 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, enjoy an expert-led visit of the Fine Arts Museum and then some free time to explore on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore Seville on your own and follow your own interests.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Giralda
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Malaga, Spain / Embark Star Flyer
(Friday, September 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning check out of the hotel in Seville and transfer to Granada and enjoy the drive across the south of Spain. Today, you will visit Alhambra—a sprawling palace-citadel that comprised royal residential quarters, court complexes flanked by official chambers, a bath, and a mosque—was begun in the 13th century by Ibn al-Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty, and was continued by his successors in the 14th century. Its most celebrated portions—a series of courtyards surrounded by rooms—present a varied repetoire of Moorish arched, columnar, and domical forms. The romantic imagination of centuries of visitors has been captivated by the special combination of the slender columnar arcades, fountains, and light-reflecting water basins found in those courtyards—the Lion Court in particular; this combination is understood from inscriptions to be a physical realization of descriptions of Paradise in Islamic poetry. The Generalife -- The Generalife was the country estate of the king of Granada. When the king felt the need to get away from the life at court, he could retreat here to relax and reflect.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Vincci Albayzin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Day at Sea
(Saturday, September 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board the ship.
 Morning: Field Trip: Explore La Alcazaba: Situated in the Old Town district of Malaga, La Alcazaba was originally a Muslim palace / fortress dating back to the early 9th century. Highlights here include Roman excavations, scenic gardens and a small museum.
 Lunch: Lunch in Malaga
 Afternoon: Transfer to the port in Malaga and embark the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
Accommodations: Star Flyer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Enjoy lectures onboard
(Sunday, September 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board the ship.
 Morning: Lecture 1: Introduction to the Moorish Art and Architecture in Iberia led by your Study Leader
 Lunch: Lunch onboard
 Afternoon: Lecture 2: The Legacy of Islamic Art in Andalusia and the Maghreb.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
Accommodations: Star Flyer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Casablanca, Morocco
(Monday, September 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board the ship.
 Morning: Led by a local expert, visit the Jewish museum of Casablanca. This is a unique museum in a Muslim land to preserve the Moroccan Jewish Heritage; it consists of a cultural center, an art gallery with a photo exhibit of Jewish sites in Morocco, a permanent jewelry and dress exhibit, a Moroccan Jewish synagogue and a museum of fine arts. Its exquisite architecture crafted by the best craftsmen in the region makes it one of the top architectural mastepieces in the world for Moorish architecture.
 Lunch: Light lunch of Moroccan couscous.
 Afternoon: Lecture 3: Reconquista and Convivencia: Conflict and Coexistence.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
Accommodations: Star Flyer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Tangier, Morocco
(Tuesday, October 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board the ship.
 Morning: Lecture 4: The Alhambra and the Gardens of Allah: the Last Flowering of Moorish Art.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship.
 Afternoon: On the way to the Kasbah Museum, visit the Kasbah, the original old city of Tangier. It is on the highest point of Tangier and is isolated from the rest of the Medina by its walls. The gate opens to the courtyard which leads to the Kasbah Museum, also known as palace museum, which is devoted to Moroccan art. The palace was built in the 17th century and enlarged later by sultans. The carved wooden ceilings and a marble courtyard enhance the beauty of this palace. The former sultan's palace deserves to be seen not only for its collection of artifacts from the Phoenician to modern times, but also for the exquisite architecture and gorgeous garden.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
Accommodations: Star Flyer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cadiz, Spain
(Wednesday, October 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet onboard the ship.
 Morning: Take the old road to Jerez de la Frontera, whose climate makes it possible to cultivate the different types of grapes that produce the three main sherry varieties. Enjoy a short walk through the narrow streets with a stop at a local cellar for a wine tasting. Next, visit a farm known for raising quality livestock and learn about the horse-breeding business. See the facilities and stables, carriages, colts and clinical labs. An indoor arena allows a view of the animals.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure in port to explore at your own pace.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
Accommodations: Star Flyer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Gibraltar, disembarkation.
(Thursday, October 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet onboard the ship.
 Morning: Morning at leisure on board the ship. Ship will arrive in Gibraltar mid-morning.
 Afternoon: Disembark the ship, and start your exploration of Gibraltar led by a local guide. Discover this strategic link between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean ruled by the Spanish, British and Moors. It is said that as long as the Barbary Apes remain, the British will rule Gibraltar this has held for 350 years. Ride to the top of the Rock for great views over the Strait of Gibraltar. On a clear day you can see Africa. Later, transfer to a hotel on the Spanish coast in Casa Del Sol.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Melia Costa del Sol
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Malaga, Spain / Departures
(Friday, October 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America
Meals Included: Breakfast
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