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Voyages to Antiquity: Spain and Morocco, Ancient Neighbors

Program Number: 21663RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/22/2015 - 11/6/2015;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Spain/Morocco
Price starting at: $5,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 35; 14 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

The Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain and Morocco, is just nine miles across at its narrowest point. So it comes as no surprise that these two countries’ histories and cultures are closely tied together. Learn about these ancient neighbors as you explore Roman ruins, Moorish palaces and exotic medina quarters.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day and standing for up to four hours per day. Some uneven terrain, hills and steep stairs without railings at historic sites.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Madrid (Spain), 2 nights; Seville, 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 3 nights; Marrakesh (Morocco), 1 night; aboard ship, 1 night; Fez, 1 night; aboard ship, 3 nights; Málaga (Spain), 1 night.



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


Days 2-3: Arrival Madrid (Spain):

Begin your adventure in Spain’s cosmopolitan capital. Discover the sprawling Plaza Mayor, the bustling Puerta del Sol, the baroque Royal Palace and more. Savor two staples of Spanish culture: a tapas dinner and a flamenco show. Lodging: Centrally located, 4-star hotel.



Days 4-6: Train to Seville / embark Aegean Odyssey:

A high-speed train zips you 300 miles to the Andalusian capital in 2.5 hours. Experience the city’s imposing Gothic Cathedral and the Moorish Alcázar palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a field trip to Córdoba to find the Great Mosque-Cathedral and the old Jewish quarter. Lodging: Stylish, centrally located hotel.



Days 7-8: Guadalquivir River / Jerez:

Sail down the Guadalquivir and into the Atlantic. A shore excursion to Jerez includes a tasting of Sherry, the fortified wine named after the city.



Days 9-10: Casablanca (Morocco) / disembark / coach to Marrakesh / coach to Casablanca to reembark:

Visit the seaside Hassan II Mosque, featuring the world’s tallest minaret. Continue to Marrakesh for an overnight stay. Explore the Old Medina with its orange-red walls, the open-air Berber market and Bahia Palace’s wonderful gardens. En route back to the ship, discover the Portuguese colonial city of El Jadida. Lodging: 5-star luxury hotel.



Days 11-13: Casablanca / disembark / coach to Fez via Rabat / coach to Tangier to reembark:

After a night onboard, depart for another overnight excursion. Explore Rabat including the Kasbah of the Udayas and the ancient Roman necropolis of Chellah. Continue to the well-preserved site of Volubilis, an outpost of the Roman Empire. Experience the medieval medina of Fez with its palaces, fountains and the world’s oldest university. Reunite with the ship in Tangier, where you visit the Cave of Hercules and a colorful market. Lodging: 5-star luxury hotel.



Days 14-16: Málaga (Spain) / disembark / departure:

Journey through Andalusian countryside to the Alhambra, an opulent palace-fortress built by the Moors. Stroll through its gardens and examine its exquisite interiors. In Málaga, one of the world’s oldest cities, discover ruins spanning the Roman, Arab and Christian eras including the palatial Alcazaba citadel. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.


Meals and Lodgings
   Meliá Galgos
  Madrid, Spain 2 nights
   Meliá Central Hotel
  Seville, Spain 2 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 3 nights
   Sofitel Palais Imperial
  Marrakesh, Morocco 1 night
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 1 night
   Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï
  Fes, Morocco 1 night
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 3 nights
   Hotel AC Málaga Palacio
  Málaga, Spain 1 night
 Meliá Galgos
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the chic Barrio Salamanca, close to the main Paseo de la Castellana, the Meliá Galgos is a recently renovated 4-star hotel. It is surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, cafés and shops, and there are two metro stations nearby providing easy access to all areas of the city.
  Contact info: Calle de Claudio Coello, 139
28006 Madrid,   Spain
phone: +34 915 62 66 00
web: www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/madrid/melia-galgos
  Room amenities: Each room has a full bathroom with a make-up mirror, toiletries set, and a hairdryer, flat screen television, telephone, pillow menu, safe box, minibar, and complimentary WIFI.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, lobby, bar, two restaurants, fitness center with sauna, hot tub and steam room, small roof terrace, meeting rooms and business facilities with printers (for a fee), complimentary WIFI, and air-conditioning.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Meliá Central Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Seville opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza España and very close to the University (Old Tobacco Factory), the Alcazar, the Barrio de Santa Cruz district, the Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies, the new Meliá Sevilla is the perfect choice for your business and leisure trips, thanks to its excellent location in the city centre, its fully equipped and comfortable facilities and the quality of its services.
  Contact info: Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1
Seville 41004,   Spain
phone: +34 95 4421511
web: www.melia-sevilla.com/en
  Room amenities: Each room has 24 hour room service, individually controlled air conditioning, luxury bedding, satellite television, telephone, free high speed WiFi Internet, mini bar, laundry service, an iron and ironing board (on request), safe box, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour front desk service, two restaurants and a bar, lobby, free high speed WiFi Internet, laundry service, outdoor pool with poolside bar, spa and gym, and a lounge.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
web: www.voyagestoantiquity.com
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge or enjoy an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop. Internet: The Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, wireless available in reception area). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sofitel Palais Imperial
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Moorish magnificence melts to French indulgence in this 5-star luxury Marrakech hotel. Set in lush fountained gardens of fragrant herbs, bougainvilleas and a palm-ringed pool, the palace is impressive in its majesty. Marble columns soar to sculpted ceilings, traditional zellige tiles and the deep reds and browns of oriental tapestries induce a sense of atmosphere.
  Contact info: Rue Harroun
Errachid Hivernage
40000 - MARRAKECH,   Morocco
phone: +212 524 425600
web: www.sofitel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has cable/satellite TV, WIFI (for a fee), minibar, mineral water, safe, 24-hour room service, air conditioning, an iron and a hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a several bars and restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools, fitness center, sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, laundry services, currency exchange, gift shop, art gallergy, cash machine, wireless Internet throughout the hotel (for a fee), and a business center with printers.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï is a unique hotel which blends Moorish architecture and French sophistication. In a sublime 1879 palace, this 5-star Fes hotel is located in the heart of the immense landscaped gardens that dominate the medina. The luxurious architecture and Moroccan decor with stained glass windows, lanterns, tiles and woodwork, make each of the 142 rooms distinctive. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the gardens, ramparts and the medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  Contact info: Bab Guissa
30000 - FES,   Morocco
phone: +212 535 634331
web: www.sofitel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has cable/satellite TV, WIFI (for a fee), minibar, safe, 24-hour room service, air conditioning and a hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar with views of the medina and gardens, restaurant, fitness center, sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, tennis court, outdoor heated pool, laundry services, currency exchange, gift shop, wireless Internet throughout the hotel (for a fee), and a business center with printers.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel AC Málaga Palacio
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Modern 4-star hotel located close to the old town of Málaga, and within walking distance of the sea.
  Contact info: Calle Cortina del Muelle, 1
29015 Málaga,   Spain
phone: +34 952 21 51 85
web: www.marriott.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a plasma TV with cable and video on-demand, alarm clock, telephone and high-speed wireless Internet (for a fee), minibar, 24-hour room service, air conditioning and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, lounge, meeting rooms, business center with computers and printers (for a fee), WIFI Internet access throughout the hotel (for a fee), fitness center, laundry services and air conditioning. The rooftop outdoor pool offer magnificent views of the area.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Madrid, Spain. Meet at 5:00 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Meliá Galgos that night.
  End of Program:
Málaga, Spain. The program will end after breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hotel AC Málaga Palacio the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Madrid
  Transportation to site: A taxi from the airport to central Madrid costs 30 Euro. Alternatively, take the Metro Line 8 from the airprot to Nuevos Minsterios station, changing there for Line 10, stopping at Alonso Martinez station. Tickets can be purchased at the station and cost 5 Euro.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Málaga
  Transportation from site: A taxi from the hotel to the airport costs approx. 22-28 Euros.
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: Departures
(Thursday, October 22)
   
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Day 2: Welcome
(Friday, October 23)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival at Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Meet group outside of customs. Transfer to the Innside Madrid Genova hotel. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Meliá Galgos
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Madrid, Spain
(Saturday, October 24)

Note: If the Royal Palace is closed to the public due to a royal event, a museum visit will be substituted in its place.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Morning panoramic sightseeing visit of Madrid including Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid's chic modern district, the Paseo del Prado, also known as the Triangle of Art, the Plaza de Cibeles and Town Hall, La Gran Vía, Madrid's theatre district, and Almudena Cathedral. Visit the stunning Royal Palace, the largest in Europe by floor area and containing a spectacular collection of artwork, as well as furnishings.
 Lunch: Free time for lunch; perhaps explore local fare in Old Madrid at the San Miguel Market.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon or an optional walking excursion with your Group Leader to the majestic 17th century Plaza Major with its three-story residences and statue of Felipe III. Next, on to Puerta del Sol, one of the most well known landmarks in Madrid. Originally named for the gate in the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century, now the city's busiest plaza and the center of the Spanish road system, from which all distances are measured.
 Dinner: Enjoy an introduction to Flamenco with a brief lecture and demonstration followed by a tapas dinner and a Flamenco show.
   
Accommodations: Meliá Galgos
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Train to Seville, Spain
(Sunday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning transfer we transfer to Madrid's Atocha sation to board a high-speed train to Seville. The roughly 300 mile journey takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel upon arrival.
 Afternoon: Check-in to hotel and enjoy some time for relaxing before heading out with your Group Leader to explore nearby Maria Luisa Park and the impressive Plaza de España, built for the World Expo in 1929, and a fine example of typical Sevillan architecture and incoporating traditional Andalucían ceramic tile.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Meliá Central Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Seville, Spain / Córdoba
(Monday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy the rolling plains of the Andalucían countryside during this morning's transfer to Córdoba. Today's full-day field trip will include the Mezquita, a medieval Islamic mosque that was converted into a Catholic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is most notable for its arcaded hypostyle hall, with 856 columns of jasper, onyx, marble and granite. Next, explore Córdoba's Jewish quarter where this population flourished between from the 10th century until their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Its historic synagogue built in Mudéjar style is a memorial to the nearly 500 years of peaceful coexistance of Christians, Jews and Muslims in this city. There will also be time to visit the Alcázar, formerly a Visigoth fortress, then the Umayyads and much later – after its expansion – it served as one of the primary residences of Isabel I and Ferdinand II.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Visit Viana Palace, formerly housing nobility and now a National Historic Monument. It is oft referred to as the Museum of the Patios, for its twelve separate 'patios' or garden rooms, each with their own unique design. There will be some free time after this visit for independent exploration of Córdoba before meeting the coach for the transfer back to Seville.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own upon return to Sevilla.
   
Accommodations: Meliá Central Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Seville, Spain / embark the Aegean Odyssey
(Tuesday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Explore Seville's oldest neighborhood, the Barrio Santa Cruz. Meander its labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys that open onto beautiful plazas. During medieval times, this neighborhood was the Jewish quarter and it is home to many of Seville's oldest churches. Visit its cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral – and the third largest church – in the world. In 1898 it became the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Next, visit the spectacular moorish Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens -- the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Originally a fort built by the Almohad Dynasty it is one of the best remaining examples of Mudéjar architecture.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: After lunch, embark the Aegean Odyssey. Meet in the "Observation Lounge" at 5:00 PM for a brief orientation to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Seville, Spain / cruise the Guadalquivir River
(Wednesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time for independent exploration of Seville.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Cruise the Guadalquivir River, the second longest river with its entire length in Spain.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Arrive to Cádiz in the evening.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cádiz, Spain
(Thursday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: From the port of Cádiz, it is about 1/2 hour to Andalucia's 5th largest city: Jerez de la Frontera. Jerez is the world capital of sherry and the city where flamenco singing began. Wander its well-preserved old quarter dating from medieval times. Admire the Alcazar, a former Moorish fortress, and now a park. Nearby is the archaeological site of the ancient city Asta Regia, once a prominent Roman city. Enjoy a sherry tasting at a local bodega and learn about the manufacture of this celebrated fortifed wine.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At sea. Relax poolside and enjoy the refreshing ocean air as the ship sails for Casablanca.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture. Prepare bag for an overnight stay tomorrow evening in Marrakesch.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Casablanca, Morocco / Marrakesh, Morocco
(Friday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: The ship arrives in Casablanca in early morning. Disembark ship with a packed bag for an overnight stay in Marrakesh. En route to Marrakesh, visit Hassan II Mosque, built partially on land and partially over the Atlantic Ocean. Able to accommodate 25,000 inside and an additional 80,000 in its courtyard; it is the largest mosque in North Africa, the third largest in the world, and its minaret is the world’s tallest.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore Marrakesh, Morocco’s 4th largest city. Located at the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, the historic wealth of the city is manifested in its mansions and palaces. Visit the medina, the old fortified city whose fortifications – 12 miles of orange-red walls – give the city its nickname “Red City.” Marrakesh is home to Morocco’s largest Berber market, or souk, and the vendors and craft people employed by these traditional open-air markets, of which there are 18 throughout the city, represent a huge portion of the city’s tourism-fueled economy.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Overnight in the luxurious Sofitel Palais Imperial Hotel.
   
Accommodations: Sofitel Palais Imperial
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Marrakesh, Morocco / El Jadida, Morocco
(Saturday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Walking excursion of Marrakesh to include the 14th century Ben Youssef Medrassa, once the largest in Morocco and now a historical site, and the 12th century Kubba El Baroudyine. Continue on to the Marrakesh Museum, the Kasbah and Bahia Palace with its Moorish garden, finishing the morning's excursion in the famous Djemma el Fna Square. Coach to El Jadida.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in El Jadida.
 Afternoon: Before rejoining the ship, visit El-Jadida, formerly known as Magazan, or Margazão by the Portuguese occupiers who controlled this territory from 1502 until 1769. Its architecture is unique in its synthesizing of European and Moroccan influences, for which it has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2004.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: The ship overnights onboard in Casablanca. Refresh overnight bag for tomorrow evening's stay in Fes.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Rabat, Morocco / Fes, Morocco
(Sunday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark ship with a packed bag for an overnight stay in Fes. Begin the day with an hour's drive along the Atlantic Coast to Rabat, situated at the mouth of Bou Regreg River. From the Kasbah of the Udayas, built during the reign of the Almohads, and now a residential district, to its abandoned Hassan Tower, Rabat is a rich cultural and historical center. Explore Chellah, an Almohad necropolis located on the site of the ancient Roman city known as Sala Colonia. This site is the most ancient human settlement on the mouth of the Bou Regreg River and excavations have revealed a Roman forum as well as a paved road which is consistent with an important port city.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the UNESCO World Hertiage Site of Volubilis, a partly excavated Roman city located between Rabat and Fes which flourished in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD before falling to local tribesmen around 185. Arrive to the hotel in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Overnight in the beautiful Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï.
   
Accommodations: Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Transfer back to ship in Casablanca, Morocco
(Monday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: With is UNESCO-listed souks and 14th century religious schools, Fez is a medieval marvel. Stroll through Bab bou Jeoud, "the Blue Gate", one of the main gates to Fes el Bali, home to the world's oldest university, and believed to be the largest car-free urban area in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Fez.
 Afternoon: After lunch drive to Tangier, a city founded by Carthaginian colonists in the early 5th century BC. Visit Cape Spartel, the most north-western point of mainland Africa. Below, explore the cave of Hercules; legend has it that Hercules slept in this cave before performing his 11th labor. Enjoy the colorful markets of Tangier's old town and the ocean view from the kasbah before reuniting with the ship, now docked in Tangier.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: The ship will overnight in Tangier. Attend a shipboard guest lecture
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Tangier, Morocco
(Tuesday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning discover Tangier, a city founded by Carthaginian colonists in the early 5th century BC. Visit Cape Spartel, the most north-western point of mainland Africa. Below, explore the cave of Hercules; legend has it that Hercules slept in this cave before performing his 11th labor. Enjoy the colorful markets of Tangier's old town and the ocean view from the kasbah.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration of Tangier.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening departure for Málaga, Spain. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Málaga, Spain
(Wednesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a coach ride through the Andalucían countryside from the port of Málaga to Granada. Here you will experience the majesty of the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy. Together with the adjoining gardens and orchards of El Generalife, this remarkable site is considered an architectural culmination of Nasrid art undertaken in the 13th and 14th centuries and has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1984.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continuation of the full-day excursion to Granada.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: The ship will overnight in Málaga. Free evening to prepare belongings for disembarkation.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Málaga, Spain
(Thursday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Explore Málaga, a city whose history, spanning some 2,800 years, is one of the oldest in the world. Rich in archeological remains and monuments from its Phoenician, Roman, Arabic, and Christian eras, they city itself seems a museum. Visit the Alcazaba Fortress, a palatial citadel overlooking the port built in the early 11th century by the Hammudid dynasty. Explore Gibralfero Castle constructed by Yusuf I at the beginning of the 14th century.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration perhaps to visit the Picasso Museum home to over 200 works by the artist born in this city.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hotel AC Málaga Palacio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Departures
(Friday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) for departures.
   
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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A Traveller's Companion To Madrid


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A Traveller's History of Spain


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A Year in Marrakesh


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Eyewitness Guide Morocco


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Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This superb, colorful guide covering all of Spain features bright photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.



Ghosts of Spain


Author: Giles Tremlett


Description: Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.



Living in Morocco


Author: Stoeltie, Barbara and Rene


Description: From exquisite rugs and textiles to vibrant mosaics, courtyards and homes, this gorgeous photographic collection celebrates the beauty and allure of Morocco's architecture, with a particular focus on interiors.



Madrid, The History


Author: Jules Stewart


Description: Jules Stewart sketches the history of a beloved city from Mayrit to Madrid, the Bourbons, Franco and beyond. With suggested whirlwind itinerary for Madrid in Two Days (and Nights).



Morocco Map


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: An excellent road map in the Michelin style, featuring city and town plans and a full place name index.



Only in Spain, A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir About Food, Flamenco and Falling in Love


Author: Nellie Bennett


Description: In this exuberant memoir, an enthusiastic young Australian discovers a passion for Spanish culture (especially flamenco) as she explores Seville and Madrid.



Spain & Portugal Adventure Map


Author: National Geographic


Description: A colorful, shaded relief map.



Spain, The Root and the Flower


Author: John A. Crow


Description: Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain.



The Alhambra


Author: Robert Irwin


Description: Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.



The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca


Author: Tahir Shah


Description: A great storyteller, of Afghan descent and English-raised, Shah leads us through Moroccan society and culture with deft portraits of ordinary neighbors and craftsmen as he and his wife transform a crumbling palace in old Casablanca.



The Spider's House


Author: Paul Bowles


Description: Set in Fez during a 1954 nationalist uprising, this richly descriptive novel may be the most evocative of Bowles' many works based in Morocco. Originally published in 1955.





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