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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

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 Madrid, Sevilla, Fes, and Rabat to identify Spain and Morocco’s deep roots in tradition and faith — from medieval times to today.

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Spain and Morocco: Shared Histories, Complementary Cultures

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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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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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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.

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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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WE

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A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Evening: International flight to Spain.

Day 2: Arrival Madrid and orientation, Madrid

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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 and city walk in Madrid followed by a welcome reception at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: Day trip to Toledo and expert lecture, Madrid

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: 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: Upon our return to Madrid, we'll continue the study of the different religious groups that have coexisted throughout history in Spain with a lecture on "The Three Cultures of Al-Andalus".

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 Oil Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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 in the town of Baeza 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, arrival and check-in at the hotel. Orientation and walk around the hotel neighborhood.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 5: Albaycin/Alhambra, Granada

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Comfort Dauro II

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.

Day 6: Córdoba/Travel to Seville

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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 in Córdoba.

Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Seville and orientation walk.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 7: The Alcazar and Flamenco, Seville

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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: Meet with local Sevillanos at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study's headquarters for a workshop on flamenco, accompanied by tapas, conversation and laughter.

Dinner: Tapas dinner with Flamenco workshop.

Day 8: The rich religious heritage of Seville

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Inglaterra

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning lectures on "Sephardic Spain" and "Spain Today"

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

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9: Ferry to Tangier/Chefchaouen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Morning departures and return flights from Rabat airport.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,899

Price Per Day:

$ 327 per person
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 13 nights of accommodations
  • 8 expert-led lectures
  • 16 expert-led field trips
  • 3 hands-on experiences
  • 4 performances
  • 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:

13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 11 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Accomodations

Hotel H10 Puerta de Alcala: 2 nights  Madrid

Located in the lovely Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, close to Retiro Park and the Serrano and Velazquez shopping districts.

 

Hotel Comfort Dauro II: 2 nights  Granada

Located in the monumental center of Granada.

 

Hotel Inglaterra: 3 nights  Seville

Located in Plaza Nueva, central to all of Seville's major monuments.

 

Riad Dar Chaouen: 2 nights  Chefchaouen

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.

 

Hotel Merinides: 2 nights  Fes

Located on the heights of the oldest city Fes, the Merinides Hotel is a few minutes walking distance from the Merinides dynasty tombs and other main sites to be visited during the program. Its proximity to Al Karaouiyine Mosque, Dar Batha Museum, the Andalusians mosque and the Thermal baths of Moulay Yacoub contribute to make of Merinides Hotel an address of charm for a stay for discovering and relaxation.

 

Cantor Hotel Terminus: 2 nights  Rabat

The Cantor Hotel Terminus is a century-old hotel known as the Terminus. An architectural marvel constructed in 1902; the building was the first hotel to be built in Rabat. Completely renovated, the Art Deco character of the building has been showcased alongside a touch of modernity that was brought to the interior design, offering a product where comfort, luxury and quality of service come together to make sure that your stay and your events at the Cantor Hotel Terminus are unforgettable experiences…

Start City
Madrid
End City
Rabat
Guides

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.

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