14596
Spain/Morocco
Spain and Morocco: Shared Histories, Complementary Cultures
Discover Spain and Morocco and the important sites that bind these two lands as you hear engaging lectures, enjoy expert-led excursions and revel in traditional music performances.
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Program No. 14596RJ
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15 days
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15 days
14 nights
36 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight

Evening: International flight to Spain.

DAY
2
Arrival Madrid, Three Cultures Lecture, Waking Tour
Madrid
L,D
Hotel H10 Puerta de Alcala

Morning: Arrive at Madrid airport and transfer to hotel. Check-in to your room and rest before lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. After, we will study the different religious groups that have coexisted throughout history in Spain with a lecture on "The Three Cultures of Al-Andalus". Depart by bus for city centre for a walking tour.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY
3
Day trip to Toledo, free afternoon
Madrid
B,L
Hotel H10 Puerta de Alcala

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 in Toledo.

Afternoon: Return to Madrid for a free afternoon

Dinner: With recommendations from your Group Leader, you'll explore Madrid to find a yummy tapas place to eat out on your own.

DAY
4
Travel to Granada, Olive Tree Oil Museum
Granada
B,L,D
Hotel Comfort Dauro II

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning departure from Madrid to Granada. We will stop at an olive oil museum close to the town of Baeza to learn about the history and production of this important Spanish export.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant close to hacienda

Afternoon: We continue on towards Granada, arrival and check-in at the hotel. Orientation and walk around the hotel neighborhood.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY
5
Alhambra & Generalife Gardens, Albaycin neighborhood
Granada
B,L,D
Hotel Comfort Dauro II

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: With a local expert, we will spend the morning at the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens overlooking Granada. The Alhambra began modestly as a fort around 889 CE. It gradually fell into ruins and was transformed in the 11th century by the Moorish emir/sultan of Granada into a palace. Moorish poets described it as “a pearl set in emeralds.” It later became a royal residence of the Nasrid dynasty but was eventually abandoned after the Christian re-conquest. Finally, it was “rediscovered” in the 19th century and restorations began. Today, it is one of the world’s most significant examples of Islamic art in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, we will explore the adjacent Generalife, the summer palace and private retreat of the emirs/sultans. This was where the ruler escaped official court life and its burdens, to relax and reflect amid exceptional man-made beauty.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart by bus to the Albaycin neighborhood, where Moorish Spain still lives in the streets of Granada. The walk is lead by a local expert and will conclude at Mirador San Nicolas, overlooking the Alhambra, to view the sunset.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY
6
Córdoba Mosque, Synagogue, Sephardic Musical perfomance
Seville
B,L,D
Hotel Inglaterra

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.

Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville and orientation walk.

Dinner: Dinner at restaurant.

DAY
7
The Alcazar, Flamenco, Shepardic Spain Lecture
Seville
B,L,D
Hotel Inglaterra

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Explore the Alcázar - Seville's Royal palace and heritage of Muslim and Christian architects and artisans, as well as the Jewish Quarter.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: At CC-CS headquarters, housed in an 18th Century mansion, We wil meet a expert for a lecture on "Sephardic Spain" After we meet with local Sevillanos at the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, who participate in a language exchange program, for a tapas, conversation and laughter and a Flamenco performance

Dinner: Tapas dinner with Flamenco workshop.

DAY
8
Gothic Cathedral, Spain Today Lecture, Free afternoon
Seville
B,D
Hotel Inglaterra

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning lectures on "Spain Today" at CC-CS Headquarters. After, we set out with a local historian to the Santa María de la Sede Cathedral, the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world. There was a great mosque on this site that was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1401. After Seville was recaptured from the Moors in the Reconquista, and the victorious Christians decided to replace the mosque with a cathedral so grand, they said, “those who see it built will think we were mad.” The gigantic altarpiece was the lifelong work of a single man. It is, in fact, the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, made possible by riches coming in to Spain from the New World. Completed in just 104 years, embellishments and further enhancements continued into the 20th century.

Lunch: On-site staff will give you suggestions for enjoying a tapas dinner on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to buy and pack

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
9
Ferry to Tangier/Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen
B,L,D
Riad Dar Chaouen

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart from Seville to the port of Tarifa via ferry for Tangier. It is about a 35-minute ferry ride. Arrival in Tangier and have a welcome lunch and program orientation

Lunch: Orientation: Overview of Morocco and Program.

Afternoon: .After lunch, continue by coach with en-route lectures covering "Northern Issues". Afternoon arrival in Chechaouen, Blue City of the Hills in the heart of the Rif mountains.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY
10
Chefchaouen's ancient Medina
Chefchaouen
B,L,D
Riad Dar Chaouen

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 local restaurant. Musical Performance: Sufi Music by Local Women

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore 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 restaurant.

DAY
11
Travel to Fes and an afternoon in Ouezzane
Fes
B,L,D
Hotel Merinides

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 in Ouezzane.

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.

DAY
12
Historic Fes and the contemporary population
Fes
B,L,D
Hotel Merinides

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: After finishing up our tour of Fes, we'll meet with a group of Fes university students students for a group discussion

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY
13
Travel to Rabat
Rabat
B,L,D
Cantor Hotel Terminus

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Check-out of hotel and depart by bus for Rabat via Meknes. On the way, bus Lecture on “Educational System". Guided Tour of the 17th Century City of Meknes.

Lunch: Lunch at a traditional riad in Meknes.

Afternoon: Afternoon lecture on "Moroccan Architecture". Resume trip to Rabat.

Dinner: Dinner at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning.

DAY
14
A day in Rabat
Rabat
B,L
Cantor Hotel Terminus

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lectures on "Architecture in Morocco" and "Moroccan Politics and the Arab Spring".

Lunch: Lunch with Moroccan families.

Afternoon: Afternoon guided visit to Hassan Tower and Chellah Roman Ruins.

Dinner: Dinner at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning's headquarters.

Evening: Musical Performance: "Andalusian Music"

DAY
15
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning departures and return flights from Rabat airport.






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