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
33 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight

Evening: International flight to Morocco.

DAY
2
Arrival/Orientation in Rabat
Rabat
D
Cantor Hotel Terminus

Morning: Arrive at Rabat airport and transfer by private coach to hotel. Check-in hotel and rest

Afternoon: Orientation: Overview of Morocco and Program.

Dinner: at the CCCL

Evening: After Orientation dinner will be at the center fro Cross Cultural Learning

DAY
3
A day in Rabat
Rabat
B,L,D
Cantor Hotel Terminus

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning lectures on "Women and Islam" and "Moroccan Costumes

Lunch: Orientation to family life in the old city of Rabat followed by lunch with Moroccan families.

Afternoon: Afternoon guided visit to Hassan Tower and Mohamed V Mausoleum. Lecture on "Moroccan Politics"

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

Evening: Musical Performance: "Andalusian Music

DAY
4
Travel to Fes and an afternoon in Ouezzane
Fes
B,L,D
Hotel Les Merinides

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Check-out of hotel and depart by bus for fes via Meknes. 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 Fes On the way, bus Lecture on “Educational System

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY
5
Historic Fes and the contemporary population
Fes
B,L,D
Hotel Les 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 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
6
Travel to Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen
B,L,D
Riad Dar Chaouen

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning check-out of the hotel and departure for Chefchaouen. En route, bus lecture Farming in Morocco Afterwards we will visit the sanctuary town of Ouezzane. .

Lunch: Lunch in Ouezzane

Afternoon: After lunch, we depart for Chefchaouen. En route, bus lecture "Health Care System in Morocco Upon arrival, check-in at hotel

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY
7
Free day in Chefchaouen
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 hotel restaurant.

DAY
8
Travel and introduction to Seville, Tapas with locals
Seville
L,D
Hotel Inglaterra

Morning: Morning depart to Tangier via the coastal road. After breakfast , continue by coach with en-route lectures covering "Northern Issues"

Lunch: Lunch and Program Wrap Up in Tangier

Afternoon: Meet Spanish GL for departure to Ferry. Arrive at Tarifa, Spain and departure to Seville. Arrive in Seville. At the hotel we have an orientation and walk.

Dinner: At CC-CS headquarters, housed in an 18th Century mansion, we meet with local Sevillanos at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study's, who participate in a language exchange program, for a tapas dinner, conversation and laughter.

DAY
9
Alcázar, Jewish Quarter,Flameco show, SPT and SPH Lectures
Seville
B,D
Hotel Inglaterra

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning lecture on "Sephardic Spain". Later we explore the Alcázar, Seville's Royal palace and the heritage of Muslim and Christian architects and artisans, as well as the Jewish Quarter.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert lecture "Spain Today". Later we depart to Casa de la Guitarra for a Flamenco Show.

Dinner: We have dinner at a beautiful restaurant at Plaza de Doña Elvira, close to Flamenco Show

DAY
10
Cathedral and individual adventure
Seville
B,L
Hotel Inglaterra

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: In the morning we tour Santa María de la Sede Cathedral, the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world. We set out with a local historian for a walking tour to the Catedral de Sevilla. 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: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon free

Dinner: Dinner on own.

DAY
11
Travel to Granada via Córdoba, Olive Oil Mill
Granada
B,L,D
Hotel Comfort Dauro II

Activity note: The transfer to Granada is about 150 miles (approximately 250 kilometers) with driving time of about 2.5 hours depending on traffic.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning check-out of the hotel and depart for Granada, 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 local restaurant in Córdoba.

Afternoon: After lunch, we continue on to Granada. Onn route, we will stop near the town of Baena to explore the Nuñez del Prado Olive Mill. We will learn about the history and production of this important Spanish export from ancient times to the contemporary era and taste the liquid gold. In the long garden, we will see varieties of olive trees from different Mediterranean countries. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel and orientation walk in Granada.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY
12
Alhambra, Generalife, Albaycin
Granada
B,L
Hotel Comfort Dauro II

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: With a local expert, we spend the morning at the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens overlooking Granada. The Alhambra was built 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 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 gardens.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Bus to the neighborhood of Albayzin for a guided tour. We walk through the Moorish neighborhood and learn all its history. The walk will be concluded at the Mirador San Nicolas, overlooking the Alhambra, to view the sunset.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

DAY
13
Travel to Madrid, Lecture 3CUL, Orientation at city centre
Madrid
B,L,D
Hotel H10 Puerta de Alcala

Activity note: The drive from Granada to Madrid is about 260 miles (419 kilometers), or approximately 4.5 hours depending on traffic

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Early morning check-out of hotel and depart by bus for Madrid.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: Upon arrival, check in to hotel. We'll take an orientation walk around the hotel. Later you will have an expert lecture "The Three Cultures of Al-Andalus". In the late afternoon we depart for city centre where you have a city walk in Madrid. You can observe some important places as Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor

Dinner: Dinner at restaurant in the city center. .

DAY
14
Day trip to Toledo and individual adventure
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 also see El Greco's famous Count of Orgaz painting at the Santo Tomé Church.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Toledo.

Afternoon: Return to Madrid

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

DAY
15
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning departures and return flights from Madrid airport.






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