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Spain and Morocco: Shared Histories, Complementary Cultures

Program Number: 14596RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/12/2015 - 3/28/2015; 4/9/2015 - 4/25/2015; 5/7/2015 - 5/23/2015; 9/3/2015 - 9/19/2015; 10/8/2015 - 10/24/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Spain/Gibraltar/Morocco
Price starting at: $5,594.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 43; 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Journey to the ancient lands of Spain and Morocco, two countries bound by many centuries of history reflected in their modern cultures. Immerse yourself in the varied influences of Islam, Christianity and Judaism in both lands. With special insight, local experts highlight the cities of Toledo, Sevilla, Fes, Rabat and Casablanca to identify Spain and Morocco’s deep roots in tradition and faith -- from medieval times to today.




Highlights

• Experts discuss the blend of cultures that define and complement Spain and Morocco.
• Discover the 12th-century Moroccan city of Fes on an expert-led field trip.
• Enjoy performances of traditional music presented with the English translation of the lyrics.



Activity Particulars

Extensive walking (2-3 miles over the course of the day some days). Winding or hilly roads, as well as cobblestone streets and sidewalks.




Date Specific Information

3-12-2015, 4-9-2015, 5-7-2015, 9-3-2015, 10-8-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Madrid (Spain), Toledo, 2 nights; Granada, 2 nights; Sevilla, 3 nights; Tarifa, 1 night; Tangier (Morocco); Chefchaouen, 2 nights; Fes, 2 nights; Rabat, 2 nights; Casablanca, 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Madrid (Spain)
Coach to Toledo
2 nights

Local experts discuss the origin and development of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian civilizations on the Iberian Peninsula and their coexistence in Toledo, then lead you through the places of worship -- the Mezquita de la Luz, Sinogoga del Transito and the Cathedral of Toledo.



Coach to Granada
2 nights

“A pearl set in emeralds” is how a poet once described the stunning Alhambra. With a resident expert, explore this former palace of the Muslim kings of Granada, as well as the nearby Generalife Gardens with its long pool framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions.



Coach to Sevilla
3 nights
Coach to Straits of Gibraltar/Tarifa
1 night

Sevilla is a mix of Iberian, Phoenician, Roman and Islamic cultures. Discover this city with expert-led discussions on its history and a visit to Alcazar Palace, home of the Great Mosque. En route to Morocco, journey to the Rock of Gibraltar and learn about its role in World War II.



Ferry to Tangiers (Morocco)
Coach to Chefchaouen
2 nights

Chefchaouen is one of Morocco's most beautiful towns. Explore centuries-old traditions, architecture, music and poetry with field trips to its downtown and rural community.



Coach to Fes
2 nights

Fes is Morocco's cultural capital. Explore the bustling medina, a living museum where thousands of artisans and shopkeepers sell goods. Local experts provide insight into the city’s history with field trips to the Shrine city of Moulay Idriss II as well as the biggest Kuranic school of Fes.



Coach to Rabat
2 nights
Coach to Casablanca
1 night
Departure

The modern urban city of Rabat contains many reminders of its storied past. Discover the 12th-century city walls, the royal necropolis in the garden of Chellah, the Royal Palace, the Mausoleum of Mohamed Vth and the colonial city. Casablanca, Morocco’s economic heart, melds a French colonial past with Berber roots to form a dynamic and lively city. Explore cultural attractions and museums, including the Hassan II Mosque.






Accommodations
Toledo: Hotel in historic city center. Granada: Hotel in historic city center. Sevilla: Four-star hotel. Tarifa: Hotel steps from the beach. Chefchaouen: Hotel in the medina quarter. Fes: Luxury hotel in a restored 19th-century palace. Rabat: Four-star hotel. Casablanca: Four-star hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Francisco Garcia

Paco Garcia was born in Madrid and received his B.A. in history from The Complutense University in Madrid. He then continued his studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D., specializing in Medieval history, and also lectured there. He spent all of 1997 at the University of California at Berkeley on a Fulbright Investigative Scholarship. In 2011, Paco journeyed to Japan for a role as a visiting professor. He is presently a professor at St. Louis University, Madrid Campus. Being an expert on the history of Spain, he shares his passion and enthusiasm in his lectures.
 
Judy Cotter

Judy Cotter, a native Californian and “Sevillana” by adoption, is a professor of Spanish culture and art history in Seville. Her presentations cover a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the cultural legacies of Romans, Arabs and Jews to Andalucian festivals and the Flamenco and Taurine Arts. Judy has translated several books by Spanish authors and has collaborated on recordings of instructional CDs on flamenco. She is co-author of a book about the talented American artist and matador, John Fulton.
 
Jose Sanchez

Jose Sanchez, professor for the Academic program at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study, enjoys collaborating with Road Scholar programs. An expert on the history of Spain, he transmits to participants his passion and enthusiasm in his lectures and excursions to the Roman Ruins of Italica. Says Jose: "After teaching young people for 17 years, I consider teaching Road Scholar participants the most rewarding professional experience. I find the great interest they have in learning and the gratitude they convey very special and fulfilling. Teaching them has given me confidence in my ability to communicate with other cultures."
 
Alejandro Perez-Malumbres Landa

Alejandro Pérez-Malumbres Landa has focused his professional work in the fields of archaeology and art, investigating various aspects from prehistoric times to the modern age, in several cities of Andalusia (Malaga, Cadiz, Tarifa) and working for different institutions. He has always sought to combine research with the interpretation of historical heritage during his more than 15 years of experience as an educational excursion leader, writing books, creating brochures and information panels for monuments, organizing exhibitions, giving conferences and developing television commentaries. He wishes to convey his experience and passion for history and art, in a pleasant and accessible way, to all those who are interested, whatever their prior knowledge.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Carlos V
  Toledo, Spain 2 nights
   Hotel Dauro II
  Granada, Spain 2 nights
   Hotel Inglaterra
  Seville, Spain 3 nights
   Hotel La Codorníz
  Tarifa, Spain 1 night
   Riad Dar Chaouen
  Chefchaouen, Morocco 2 nights
   The Hotel Palais Jamai
  Fes, Morocco 2 nights
   Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses Hotel
  Rabat, Morocco 2 nights
   Ibis Casa City Center
  Casablanca, Morocco 1 night
 Hotel Carlos V
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Centrally located to Toledo's historic center.
  Contact info: Trastamara, 1
Toledo,  45001 Spain
phone: +34 925 222 100
web: www.carlosv.com
  Room amenities: Telephone, television, air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please consult with program provider for hotel contact information.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Dauro II
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the monumental center of Granada.
  Contact info: Calle Navas, 5
Granada,  18009 Spain
phone: +34 958 221 581
web: www.hoteles-dauro.com/hotel-barato-granada.html
  Room amenities: Hairdryer, television, alarm clock, minibar, telephone, safe.
  Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and meeting rooms, air conditioning and heat, high-speed internet access in common areas.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Inglaterra
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.
  Contact info: Plaza Nueva, 7
Seville,  41001 Spain
phone: +34 954 224 970
web: www.hotelinglaterra.es
  Room amenities: Hairdryer, telephone, television, minibar, safe, heat/air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, laundry and room service.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel La Codorníz
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located just a few yards from the beach and with outstanding views of the North African coastline across the Strait of Gibraltar.
  Contact info: Crta. Cádiz-Málaga, km. 79
Tarifa,  11380 Spain
phone: +34 956 684 744
web: www.lacodorniz.com
  Room amenities: Most rooms have own terrace, all rooms have telephone, television, hairdryer, AC/heat, small refrigerator.
  Facility amenities: Located just a few yards from the beach, the hotel has an on-site restaurant and meeting rooms. Most rooms have their own terrace.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Riad Dar Chaouen
Type: Hotel
  Description: Riad dar Chaouen is Located across the mountains and water sources in the center of the city of Chefchaouen. its guests with its privileged location in the city and its striking architecture. For relaxation Dar Echaouen from its terrace offers panoramic views of the Medina of Chefchaouen, the river and mountains.
  Contact info: Route Ras El Ma, Quartier El Onsar
Chefchaouen,   Morocco
phone: +212- 5 39 98 78 24
web: www.hotel-chefchaouen.com/riad-chefchaouen.php
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, twin beds, bathroom, toilet .
  Facility amenities: The house offers rooms all equipped with a direct Dial Telephone, TV gives access to satellite channels. The rooms are equipped with wireless Internet access. A refrigerator, coffee / tea makers and minibars are available to customers in the rooms. and hairdryers are available upon request. .Private Bathroom, Each room is decorated with the local tradition of Chefchaouen Reception open 24 hours on 24, Concierge services, Currency exchange,Wireless Internet Access,library, air conditioning.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Hotel Palais Jamai
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Palais Jamai is a palace built in 1879 in the finest Moorish style and was the home of the Grand Vizir of Jamaï. Surrounded by superb gardens and located close to the El Karayouine University, this architectural gem towers above the Fez Medina wich is on UNES CO World Heritage List
  Contact info: Bab Guissa, 3000, Fes
Fes,   Morocco
phone: +212 35 63 43 31
  Facility amenities: The Hotel offers Piano bar, five meeting rooms, swimming pool, tennis court, sauna and fitness centre, hammam, Jacuzzi, sauna, outdoor heated and unheated pools, gift shop, a boutique, a hair dresser, a beautician, and Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses Hotel
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses hotel occupies a majestic position in the heart of the capital city Rabat, close to the Royal Palace and Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Completely renovated, its contemporary design blends with the best in Moroccan architecture. A real palace with an international reputation, 229 rooms including 37 suites have been given the French touch by designer Didier Gomez, keeping to the spirit and design of the Moroccan palace. They offer the ultimate in luxury and are graced with views over the imperial city or the Andalusian gardens. The SOFITEL RABAT JARDIN DES ROSES HOTEL : Near Rabat's leafy boulevards, embassies, corporate offices and Medina
  Ship Information: Safety equipment / installations Sprikler in room ; Fire safety system; 24 hour security staff; Annual safety inspections; Break glass emergency phone ; Keycard-operated door locks; Smoke extractors in corridors; Video camera at bldg entrance; Video surveillance in hallways; Auto. doors can be forced open; Smoke extractors in public areas; Deadbolts and/or locks in rooms ; Loudspeaker system; Exterior video surveillance; Emergency electric generator; Visual alarms in public areas ; Security peephole; Emergency info in rooms; Smoke alarm in public areas;
  Contact info: BP 450 Souissi
Rabat,  10000 Morocco
phone: +212537675656
web: www.sofitel-rabat-jardindesroses.com/fr
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning ; Data port in room; Emergency exit map; Free in-room mineral water; Bathroom doors 32 inches wide; 220/240 V AC 2; Safe deposit box in room 2; TV with VCR; Radio in room; Opening windows; Remote control TV; Wi-Fi in your room; Work desk in all rooms; TV room service ordering; Satellite/cable colour TV; Manual temperature control: Free access with phone card; Phone with 2 handsets in room; Direct dial telephone 2; High speed transmission line 2; Minibar
  Facility amenities: Air-conditioning ; Data port in room; Emergency exit map; Free in-room mineral water; Bathroom doors 32 inches wide; 220/240 V AC 2; Safe deposit box in room 2; TV with VCR; Radio in room; Opening windows; Remote control TV; Wi-Fi in your room; Work desk in all rooms; TV room service ordering; Satellite/cable colour TV; Manual temperature control: Free access with phone card; Phone with 2 handsets in room; Direct dial telephone 2; High speed transmission line 2; Minibar
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Ibis Casa City Center
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Ibis Casablanca City Center hotel is a newly open hotel in the heart of Casablanca. Its unique features are its proximity from the old medina (old city), and its location by the main train station in Casablanca Casa-Port. It is also located 30 minutes away from from Mohamed V airport and is also on a short distance from the sea shore, the old downtown, business district, Hassan II mosque shopping centers, museums and the port
  Contact info: Angle rue Zaid Ouhmad
Casablanca,   Morocco
phone: +2122246656
  Room amenities: The accommodations will be double occupancy rooms and private showers. Limited single rooms at supplemental cost are available.
  Facility amenities: The Ibis city center hotel offers a good service, has air conditioning, cable TV, direct dial phone, hair dryer, wake-up call, mini-bar, safety deposit box, voice mail, and offers non-smoking rooms. The hotel offers internet wi-fi connection, a nice restaurant, a bar and offers a 24-hour service.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: US$ 100.00 The dollar's rate is based on 1 US dollar = 7.5 Moroccan dirhams
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program starts with 2pm lunch at the Hotel Carlos V in Toledo. You will be staying at Hotel Carlos V that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Casablanca. Hotel check-out is at 12 p.m. A group transfer is scheduled to the Mohammed V Casablanca Airport at 6:30 a.m. You will be staying at Ibis Casa City Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for this program. Participants who are not U.S. residents must contact their embassy or consulate to determine visa requirements.
  Parking availability:
There is no parking available.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Renfe train service to Madrid, as well as numerous bus lines, operate from many major European cities, with multiple connections to Toledo.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Toledo
  Nearest city or town:  Madrid
  Nearest airport:  Barajas (MAD)
  Transportation to site: Toledo is approximately an hour away from Madrid and very accessible by train and direct public bus. From Madrid’s Atocha train station the cost is approximately 10 Euros approximately. From Plaza Elíptica bus station the cost is approximately 6 Euros. A taxi transfer from the airport to the train or bus station in Madrid costs about 25 Euros, while a taxi from the bus or train station in Toledo to the Carlos V Hotel costs about 5 Euros. There is also a new Airport Express public bus from Barajas Airport to Atocha Station almost every hour for a price of 5 Euros per person. For further information, consult www.emtmadrid.es/lineaAeropuerto/index.html. There is also train service from Terminal 4 at Barajas airport to Atocha Station every 30 minutes for a price of 2.50 Euros.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Casablanca
  Nearest city or town:  Rabat
  Nearest airport:  Casablanca Airport - Mohamed Airport Casablanca (CMN)
  Transportation from site: Trains to Mohammed V Casablanca Airport run from Casa Port Train Station, located behind the hotel. Price and departure information is available at www.oncf.ma. Grand taxis are widely available. Taxi transfers to the airport can be arranged at hotel reception and the cost is usually about 150 Moroccan dirhams. Fare negotiation and payment are the responsibility of the participant.
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:
(Thursday, March 12)
   
 Evening: International flight to Spain.

Day 2: Arrival/Orientation in Toledo
(Friday, March 13)
   
 Morning: Arrive at Madrid airport and transfer by private coach to hotel in Toledo (60 miles). Check-in hotel and rest before lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Orientation and city walk in Toledo followed by a welcome reception at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Carlos V
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Toledo
(Saturday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Explore the medieval capital of Toledo with in-depth visits to the Cathedral, Mosque and the Synagogue/Sephardic Museum. We will also see El Greco's famous Count of Orgaz painting at the Santo Tomé Church.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Our study of the different religious groups that have coexisted throughout history in Toledo is continued with a lecture on Muslim, Jewish & Christian cultures in the Middle Ages. Explore Toledo on your own with some afternoon free time.
 Dinner: On-site staff will give you suggestions for enjoying a tapas dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Carlos V
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Travel to Granada/Olive Oil Museum
(Sunday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Morning departure from Toledo to Granada. We will stop at an olive oil museum in the town of Baeza (230 miles) to learn about the history and production of this important Spanish export.
 Lunch: Lunch at the olive mill's hacienda.
 Afternoon: We continue on towards Granada (90 miles), arrival and check-in at the hotel. Orientation and walk around the hotel neighborhood.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Dauro II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Albaycin/Alhambra
(Monday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: A morning walking tour of the Albaycin neighborhood where Moorish Spain comes alive in the streets of Granada.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon guided tour of the Alhambra palace and Generalife gardens, the vestige of the last Islamic kingdoms in Spain.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Dauro II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Córdoba/Travel to Seville
(Tuesday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Depart Granada for Seville, stopping in Córdoba, the crossroads of civilizations, and mainstay of Islamic and Jewish heritage in Spain. Visit the Great Mosque of Córdoba and take a visit to the Jewish quarter, where we will see a monument to the great philosopher Maimónides. Enjoy a Sephardic musical performance at Casa de la Sefarad across from the synagogue.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Córdoba.
 Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Seville/Flamenco
(Wednesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Explore the Alcázar - Seville's Royal palace and heritage of Muslim and Christian architects and artisans.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Participate in conferences with local experts on "Spain Today" and "Sephardic Spain". Afterwards, meet with some local Sevillanos at CC-CS headquarters for a workshop on flamenco, accompanied by tapas, conversation and laughter.
 Dinner: Tapas dinner at CC-CS headquarters.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cathedral/Seville
(Thursday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Take a guided stroll through Seville's Jewish quarter, the oldest part of the city. Following, visit the Santa María de la Sede Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.
 Lunch: On-site staff will give you suggestions for enjoying a tapas dinner on your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of leisure time in Seville.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Inglaterra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Gibraltar/Tarifa
(Friday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Check out of the hotel in Seville and depart for the "Rock of Gibraltar" (115 miles). Here, we learn about the history and important role of Gibraltar in the Iberian Peninsula. A British outpost and home to the free-ranging barbary macaque apes. The site of a large British naval base, Gibraltar's name actually derives from the Arabic, Jabal at-Tariq, meaning the Mountain of Tariq, referring to the Moorish general who led the invasion into the Iberian peninsula in the year 711. Today it is an important piece of modern European history and continues to be an issue of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations.
 Lunch: Have lunch at a coastal restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the well preserved Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, the most important city of Andalusian Rome in the second century A.D. Continue on to the port town of Tarifa (15 miles) and check-in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel La Codorníz
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ferry to Tangier/Chefchaouen
(Saturday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Depart from the port of Tarifa via ferry for Tangier. It is about a 35-minute ferry ride. Arrival in Tangier and have a welcome brunch and program orientation. Afterwards, continue by coach to Chefchaouen, with en-route lectures that will cover Drug Plantation and Business, and Illegal Migration.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Chechaouen, Blue City of the Hills in the heart of the Rif mountains.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Riad Dar Chaouen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Chefchaouen
(Sunday, March 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Morning guided tour of the Medina of Chefchaouen, the city center that still preserves its roots as a marketplace and center of activity.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will continue our visits in Chefchaouen, which was built by Moulay Ismail in the 1600s as an Arab fortress and later served as a Spanish prison.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel accompanied by the music of the northern region of Morocco.
   
Accommodations: Riad Dar Chaouen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Ouezzane/Fes
(Monday, March 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Morning check-out of the hotel and departure for Fes. En route, bus lecture "Health Care System in Morocco”. Afterwards we will visit the sanctuary town of Ouezzane.
 Lunch: Lunch is at a private home in Ouezzane, Dar rayhan. It is followed by a lecture: "Women and Islam”,
 Afternoon: After lunch, we depart for Fes. Bus lecture "Agriculture in Morocco". Upon arrival, check-in at hotel and orientation.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: The Hotel Palais Jamai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Fes/Medina
(Tuesday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Guided tour of the Medina of Fes, a city of three centuries: 9th, 14th and 20th.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at a restaurant in the old Medina of Fes.
 Afternoon: Afternoon gathering with local Moroccan students.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: The Hotel Palais Jamai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Rabat/Homestay Dinner
(Wednesday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Check-out of hotel and depart by bus for Rabat. Bus Lecture on “Educational System in Morocco.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning headquarters in Rabat.
 Afternoon: Afternoon lectures on the Tamazight Issues.
 Dinner: Dinner followed by Musical Performance: "Andalusian Music".
   
Accommodations: Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Rabat
(Thursday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Lectures on "Architecture in Morocco" and "Moroccoan Politics".
 Lunch: Lunch at CCCL headquarters.
 Afternoon: Afternoon guided visit to Chellah Roman Ruins. Orientation to dinner wth Moroccan families followed by family pick-up.
 Dinner: Dinner with Moroccan families.
 Evening: We will enjoy a musical performance covering this region of Morocco.
   
Accommodations: Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Casablanca
(Friday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: - Check-out of hotel and depart by bus for Casablanca (1 hour). - Guided Visit: “Hassan II Mosque, the 3rd largest Mosque in the world”, - Bus tour of Casablanca,
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Afternoon of leisure time to explore Casablanca on your own. Progarm wrap up.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner
   
Accommodations: Ibis Casa City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departure
(Saturday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Morning departures and return flights from Casablanca airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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The Arts of Intimacy: Christian, Jews and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture


Author: Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Maria Rosa Menocal, Abigail Krasner Balbale


Description: Named a Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement, this lavishly illustrated work explores the vibrant interaction among different and sometimes opposing cultures, and how their contacts with one another transformed them all. It chronicles the tumultuous history of Castile in the wake of the Christian capture of the Islamic city of Tulaytula, now Toledo, in the eleventh century and traces the development of Castilian culture as it was forged in the new intimacy of Christians with the Muslims and Jews they had overcome. The authors paint a portrait of the culture through its arts, architecture, poetry and prose, uniquely combining literary and visual arts. Concentrating on the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the book reveals the extent to which Castilian identity is deeply rooted in the experience of confrontation, interaction, and at times union with Hebrew and Arabic cultures during the first centuries of its creation. Abundantly illustrated, the volume serves as a splendid souvenir of southern Spain; beautifully written, it illuminates a culture deeply enriched by others. http://www.amazon.com/The-Arts-Intimacy-Christians-Castilian/dp/B005M4M6X8



The Berbers


Author: Michael Brett and Elizabeth Fentress


The Mellah Society: Jewish Community Life in Sherifian Morocco


Author: Shlomo Deschen


The New Spain


Author: John Radford


Description: A Complete Guide to Contemporary Spanish Wine



The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain


Author: Maria Rosa Menocal


Description: Widely hailed as a revelation of a "lost" golden age, this history brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain where, for more than seven centuries, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, and literature, science, and the arts flourished. of photos. 3 maps. http://www.amazon.com/The-Ornament-World-Christians-Tolerance/dp/0316168718



The Rough Guide to Morocco 8


Author: Rough Guide


The Spanish Labyrinth: An Account of the Social and Political Background of the Spanish Civil War


Author: Gerald Brenan


The Sun Also Rises


Author: Ernest Hemingway


Description: Fiction



Travellers' Tales: Spain


Author: Lucy McCauley


Years of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence


Author: Leila Abouseid and Barbara Parmenter


Description: Fiction





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