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Highlights
  • Learn about the wondrous architectural masterpieces of Spain, including Gaudi’s unfinished La Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel overlooking the city of Grenada.
  • Visit the colossal Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca's landmark building.
  • On the island of Madeira, discover Europe's highest sea cliff and the vineyards of Funchal.

From the fantastical Gaudi creation La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the narrow cobbled streets of the old fishing port of Puerto de la Cruz on the Canary Islands, join us as we paint a colorful portrait of life in Spain. Begin with three nights in the incomparable cultural capital of Barcelona, then voyage through the Strait of Gibraltar, stopping in Casablanca before reaching the volcanic Spanish archipelago of the Canaries. Along the way, learn about the touchstones of Spanish culture and the influence of art, the Moors, and food and wine on Spain’s identity today.

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Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Ship Name
  • Norwegian Spirit

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Sketches of Spain, Morocco and the Canary Islands

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Road Scholar Owes My Mom A Huge Apology and Refund. Highly advise AGAINST using them. May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland. I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent.

And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund. (Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals.)

It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements. It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May (when our trip was set to start on May 22). Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College. The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own (even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us) and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already." The director of the program was happy to hear this, because the Lake region of Italy is not as easily accessible as other areas.

We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes. In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last 8-10 hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements (which is also advertised on their website) so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa (neither of which either of us will EVER book through again), so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out. We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D.C., from D.C. to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt down to Verona where we would be meeting up with the group -- which, by the way, we never received any information regarding where the group was meeting, the transportation to the lake resort, etc. Nothing. Just "after you get there" stuff.

Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines (and a text message alert that I had set up) saying that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled due to weather. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline (which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in). We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. When you book your flight through a travel agency/group travel organization, if anything happens to your flight, it is the THEIR responsibility to take care of it. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies." When Mike called us back and we told him that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled, he told us that he couldn't look up any other flights (on both United and any other airlines) for us to potentially get on to get to D.C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone (and on hold) the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather. We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling (and unable to make phone calls) he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" (something we definitely understood because we're not stupid).

Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until 7:45 PM tonight, putting us in Verona at 4:05 PM the next day (4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel), so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.C. (the 7:45 PM flight) which had a 23 hour layover in Munich. A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D.C. to arrange that for us, told that there was no guarantee we could get those seats, and more. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that." We finally called Road Scholar to see if there was anything more they could do, who encountered the same mess we already had, and all they did was eventually advise us to go back to the airport (a 45 minute drive) and talk to the desk agent to see IF they could put us in the upgraded seats -- ones we had already paid for and my mom couldn't make the trip without!

Then when asked how they would be getting us to our destination in the Lake region (which is not an easy place to get to, as I looked up the train and bus schedules myself, because - remember - I have tons of experience at this point traveling on the ground across Europe), they wouldn't outright say what our plans would be, which could've been anything from picking us up in the airport in a car, giving us a damn rental to drive ourselves, or simply paying for tickets and expecting us to haul all our luggage from the airport to the shuttle to the train station in Verona, take the 2+ hour train to a town an hour away from our destination, have to catch a bus to the actual town we were supposed to be in, and then walk the rest of the way there. Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom.

The moral of the story here is that my mom and I shouldn't have had to be on the phone with anyone other than Road Scholar, PERIOD. Seeing as we paid well over $10,000 for this trip, the minute the flight was cancelled, Road Scholar should've called us to let us know that they would be making other arrangements for us to get to our trip in the Lake region of Italy. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund. Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom.

My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together (I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go), learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do. I think my mom was even more excited about this trip than I was, voraciously reading all the required/recommended reading, practicing Italian in her room so she could order correctly at restaurants, not giving up when we hit little bumps in the road along the way. Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program.

Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued.
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S

Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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S

Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

Operator Road Scholar

TCtssvawmc

Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrive to Barcelona, Spain

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Abba Balmoral Barcelona

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. Orientation: 6:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Each evening there will be a group dining reservation in the main dining room. However, participants are free to explore other dining options aboard the ship on any evening. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful, rewarding, and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program.

Dinner: We’ll stretch our legs on a short walk to a restaurant near the hotel where we’ll enjoy a plated welcome dinner of Spanish cuisine with our fellow participants. 1 glass of wine and water is included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

Day 3: Barcelona – Spain, Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia & La Pedrera

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Abba Balmoral Barcelona

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach, standing and walking through museums and historic sites. Please note that the Sagrada Familia is subject to very strict entry limits and is therefore not always available. If entry is not available, we will visit another important monument or museum instead.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After boarding a motorcoach, we’ll leave the hotel and go on a panoramic drive of Barcelona to explore the various neighborhoods with a local expert. Our morning activities will conclude with an expert-led visit of La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's unfinished architectural masterpiece. Construction on this unique Roman Catholic basilica began in 1882 and still continues today with hopes that the architectural work will be completed by 2026.

Lunch: At a local restaurant with a complimentary glass of wine and water included.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll visit one of Gaudi's most famous residential buildings, La Pedrera. Also known as Casa Mila, it was built between 1906 and 1912 and was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its unique cultural value as a representation of Gaudi’s work that has been significant to the facilitation of creativity and knowledge in the community through its galleries and educational involvement. Following this visit, we’ll return to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon will be free.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Barcelona. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 4: Barcelona, Las Ramblas

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Abba Balmoral Barcelona

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; busy city streets. Use of public Metro; our Group Leader will review the boarding process.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Walking from the hotel with a local expert, we’ll go on a field trip to explore the Boqueria market. While here, we’ll try some local specialties and mingle with local Barcelonians as they do their market shopping.

Lunch: On your own to sample the local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We’ll reconvene at the hotel at a predetermined time.

Dinner: At a local restaurant a short walk from the hotel, we’ll enjoy a plated dinner, plus a glass of wine, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out, transfer, and embarkation tomorrow.

Day 5: Gothic Barcelona, Picasso Museum, Embark Norwegian Spirit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Activity note: Picasso Museum is subject to strict entry limits and is therefore not always available. If entry is unavailable, we will have an alternative activity. Please pack your passport and any medications in your hand luggage today. There may be extra walking and/or standing in lines as the group prepares to board the ship.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll head to the Picasso Museum with a local expert to see some of the artist's great works. Next, we’ll travel to the El Born area of the city, the historic barrio that includes the gothic Santa Maria del Mar basilica, and many local artisan workshops and galleries. While here, we’ll enjoy a walking field trip (approx. 1 mile) with a local expert and learn about this vibrant neighborhood. Take some time for independent exploration in the Gothic Quarter of the city before we regroup for transfer to the ship and proceed with embarkation procedures.

Lunch: Aboard the ship after embarkation.

Afternoon: Take some time to settle in, unpack and explore the ship. The ship is scheduled to depart Barcelona at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we’ll dine on plated meals with our fellow participants at tables reserved for Road Scholar. Coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: At Sea, Onboard Lectures

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Activity note: Full day aboard ship.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll gather for an onboard lecture given by our Study Leader on pertinent topics.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Regrouping, we’ll join our Study Leader for another onboard lecture relating to the program theme. Later, we’ll enjoy a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party with our fellow participants!

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Casablanca – Morocco, Hassan II Mosque

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Activity note: Periods of standing possible when getting on/off the ship.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Casablanca, the mythical city from the 1942 film "Casablanca," is still a jewel of colonial architecture. Details denoting its colonial origins are still in evidence everywhere in the city center, from the wrought ironwork to the arabesque twirls adorning the buildings. After getting off the ship, we'll meet our local expert and board our motorcoach for the day. We will first visit the colossal Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca's landmark building, which is the largest mosque Morocco capable of housing up to 25,000 worshippers at a time. Beneath its 210 meter high minaret, one of the tallest religious structures in the world, the automated roof of the mosque can also be opened in order to offer contemplation of the sky.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy meals featuring Moroccan cuisine.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll enjoy some time walking as a group down the promenade with its various shops and pools amidst oceanfront scenery. We will continue with a walking exploration seeing Hispano-Moorish architecture.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 8: At Sea, Onboard Lecture

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Activity note: Full day aboard ship. Days at sea will be a mix of Road Scholar lectures along with a chance to enjoy the ship's many activities which will be described in a daily newsletter onboard.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's activities.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll gather with our Study Leader for an onboard lecture on pertinent topics.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: Las Palmas & Vegueta de Gran Canaria, Columbus House Museum, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Activity note: Walking up and down stairs, uneven surfaces. Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Led by a local expert, we’ll enjoy a field trip via motorcoach to the historic Vegueta area of the city, with narrow 15th Century cobblestone streets, traditional Canarian wooden balconies, and the imposing Santa Ana Cathedral. Our morning activities will conclude at the Columbus House-Museum, which is dedicated to the study, research and dissemination of the history of the Canary Islands and their relationship with the Americas.

Lunch: Aboard ship, or on your own in the city.

Afternoon: Free time to see and do what interests you most in Las Palmas or relax aboard the ship. All aboard is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 10: Santa Cruz, La Laguna, La Orotava Wine Valley, Free Time

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Activity note: Walking uneven surfaces, including cobblestone streets and in historic homes. Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Once off the ship, we’ll board a motorcoach and drive to the UNESCO listed town of La Laguna, widely regarded as one of the loveliest towns on the island where the streets and buildings are monuments to its historic past, for a field trip led by our local expert. Later, we’ll travel through the lush wine-growing valley of La Orotava where we will visit the Wine Museum and enjoy a tasting.

Lunch: At the winery, we’ll enjoy a tasty meal of tapas.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the Port of Santa Cruz on your own. We’ll rendezvous at a predetermined time and place before returning to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Funchal – Madeira, Wines of Madeira

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll get off the ship and board a motorcoach that will take us past the vineyards and wine cellars of Barbeito. Afterwards, we’ll continue to Cabo Girao, Europe's highest sea cliff. En route back to Funchal, we’ll make a stop in Camara de Lobos, a fishing village well-known as the place Sir Winston Churchill used as the scenery for painting during his visits to the island. Upon our return to Funchal, we’ll go to Fortress of Sao Tiago in the old quarters of the city. Located in the charming Funchal historical center, in the heart of the astonishing Madeira Island, the São Tiago Fort is a 17th century defensive construction in an irregular star shape, that today houses the town’s Contemporary Art Museum. The Fort was built back in 1614, in order to protect the town and the Island from the pirate attacks that were becoming more frequent, as the Island's economy was developing and originating prosperity. Prior to lunch, we’ll enjoy a wine tasting at the fort with a local sommelier.

Lunch: At the Fort of Sao Tiago’s restaurant. During lunch, we’ll enjoy a talk given by a former journalist and politician (ex-member of regional parliament) focused on daily life in Madeira, history, politics, culture and local stories.

Afternoon: We’ll then head by motorcoach to the Park of Santa Catarina for a visit. While here, we’ll see the statue of Christopher Columbus and hear the story surrounding him before he departed for the Americas. Next, we’ll stop at the Casa do Turista, a showplace for local artifacts and the Madeira hand embroidery of the good old days. We’ll then return to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: At Sea, Onboard Lectures

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Activity note: Full day aboard ship.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll gather for an onboard lecture given by our Study Leader on pertinent topics.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Regrouping, we’ll join our Study Leader for another onboard lecture relating to the program theme.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Malaga & Granada – Spain, The Alhambra, Granada (Malaga)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Activity note: Walking steep and uneven surfaces at the Alhambra. Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 2 hours each way from the port in Malaga to Granada, including rest stops.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

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 the world’s most significant examples of Islamic art in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next we will explore the adjacent Genarilfe, 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: At a local restaurant in Granada, we’ll savor some Andalusian cuisine during our meal with a glass of wine or beer, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll then transfer back to Malaga and the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 14: Alicante – Spain, Old Town Exploration

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Spirit

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: At port in Alicante, a historic town known for its parks, gardens, and lines of palm trees, we’ll set out on foot for an expert-led exploration of Alicante's Old Town to see this colorful part of the community full of wrought-iron window grilles, flowers, and a view of the entire harbor. We’ll take in such sights as the Old Quarters, the Santa Barbara Castle, and the Santa Maria Basilica before returning to the ship for lunch.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Aboard the ship, we’ll gather for a program wrap-up session where we’ll meet with our Study Leader and fellow Road Scholar participants for an informal discussion. We’ll share some of our favorite experiences from the program, discuss what we learned and the places we visited, and get familiar with the disembarkation procedures for tomorrow.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out, disembarkation and departures in the morning.

Day 15: Disembark Barcelona, Program Concludes

In Flight

Activity note: See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Morning: Aboard ship.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 2,995

Price Per Day:

$ 200 per person
 
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Details
Ship Name

Norwegian Spirit

Ship Stats
  • 75,904: Gross Register  Tonnage
  • 2,018: Guest  Capacity (double occupancy)
  • 880.2ft: Overall Length
  • 126.6ft: Max Beam
  • 2014: Refurbished Year Built 1998
  • 912: Ship Crew
Ship Description

Explore the history of the Mediterranean, feel the balmy breezes of the Bahamas and the Caribbean, or just sit back and relax while you cruise across the Atlantic. Whatever you choose to do, you will be travelling in style on Norwegian Spirit. While onboard make a trip to the Tivoli Pool, soak in one of our four outdoor hot tubs, or take the kids to Buccaneer's Wet and Wild. That's just the beginning - with 14 delicious dining options, 12 bars and lounges, the Maharaja's Casino, and the Roman Spa & Fitness centre at your fingertips, you're ready to have a holiday of a lifetime!

Trip Includes
  • 13 nights of accommodations
  • 6 expert-led lectures
  • 11 expert-led field trips
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

Abba Balmoral Barcelona: 3 nights  Barcelona

103 Rooms, free Wi-Fi connection in all hotel, meeting rooms up to 180 people, coffee–bar, restaurant, parking, business center, sauna, fitness center and solarium. In Barcelona city center, 5 minutes to Gaudí's famous building “La Pedrera”, next to la Diagonal of Barcelona and close to Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya.   

 

Norwegian Spirit: 10 nights  Miami

This 881-foot ocean liner can accommodate up to 2,018 passengers. Its 13 passenger decks boast elegant, Asian-inspired decor. Amenities include two main dining rooms and many other dining options, two swimming pools, hot tubs, spa and fitness center, walking track, art gallery, library and more.

Start City
Barcelona
End City
Alicante

Trip ID#: SkeOfsRoa

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