Highlights
  • Overnight shore excursions to Marrakesh and Fez give you more time to explore Morocco’s wonders.
  • Discover Madrid’s sprawling plazas and savor a performance of flamenco music and dance.
  • Examine the exquisite interiors and lush gardens of the Alhambra, a magnificent Moorish palace.

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.

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  • MV Aegean Odyssey

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Voyages to Antiquity: Spain and Morocco, Ancient Neighbors

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

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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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Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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 Madrid

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Meliá Galgos

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 PM

Afternoon: Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and get your room assignment. The Group Leader will be on hand to provide assistance as needed. Then take some time to freshen up and relax before Orientation. We will gather at 6:00 PM in the hotel lobby and proceed to our meeting room. 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. We have set aside free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that 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.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a 3-course meal including wine, coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Day 3: Madrid, Spain

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Meliá Galgos

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: In the company of a local expert, enjoy a morning panoramic motorcoach overview 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 Prado Museum which holds one of the world's finest collections of European art. The magnificent building, conceived and designed in 1785, first housed the collection of the Spanish crown. It opened to the public as Spain’s national art museum in 1819. With thousands upon thousands of paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings, other works and historic documents, only a small portion of these vast collections are on display at any given time. Highlights include masterpieces of the French, German, and Italian schools, early Flemish works, and the finest collection of works by Spanish grand masters such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and many more. One of the most famous paintings in the museum is “Las Meninas” -- the family of King Felipe IV -- by Velázquez.

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

Afternoon: You are welcome to join the Group Leader on an informal excursion to the Plaza Mayor, explore on your own, or return to the hotel and relax. This genesis of this most distinguished public space in Madrid dates back to the 1560s, when the king instructed his chief architect to turn the existing marketplace into a regal square. It was not completed until 1617 and then all the buildings surrounding it burned down on three separate occasions before the stately design we see today was implemented. The Plaza Mayor has been the site of royal coronations, great celebrations, and mass events such as the infamous autos-da-fé of the Inquisition. At its center is a bronze statue of King Philips III, cast in 1616. Moving on, we reach Puerta del Sol, one of the most well known local landmarks. 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: Our dinner this evening is preceded by an introduction to Flamenco with a presentation and a demonstration followed by a simple tapas dinner with wine and a Flamenco performance.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 4: Train to Seville, Spain

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Meliá Sevilla

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we transfer by coach to Madrid's Atocha station and board a high-speed train to Seville. This is one of the most picturesque high-speed routes in Europe. The roughly 300 mile journey takes approximately 2 1/2 hours with the AVE traveling at speeds of up to 193 miles per hour.

Lunch: On your own, likely on the train or at the station.

Afternoon: Check-in to hotel and enjoy some time for relaxing before our next field trip. With your Group Leader walk to 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 incorporating traditional Andalucían ceramic tile.

Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course plated dinner with water and a glass of wine.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 5: Seville, Spain / Córdoba

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Meliá Sevilla

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy the rolling plains of the Andalucían countryside during this morning's transfer to Córdoba where you will be greeted by a local expert for a walking excursion of the old city. Begin at 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 coexistence of Christians, Jews and Muslims in this city. There will also be time to visit the Alcázar, formerly a Visigoth fortress before falling to Umayyads conquerors and much later – after its expansion – it served as one of the primary residences of Isabel I and Ferdinand II.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Following lunch, the coach departs Córdoba by about 4 PM for the return trip back to Seville.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own upon return to Sevilla.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Seville, Spain; embark the Aegean Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore Seville's oldest neighborhood, the Barrio Santa Cruz during this morning's walking excursion. We will 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. We will 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, we will explore the extraordinary Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens. This UNESCO listed World Heritage Site incorporates architectural and artistic influences from its beginnings as a Moorish fort into the Middle Ages and on through the Renaissance and Baroque eras to the 19th century. Still used by the royal family, it is the oldest royal palace in Europe and one of the most beautiful with its striking Mudéjar (Moorish influenced) design and ornamentation.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own. Or, if you prefer, the ship offers a welcome lunch buffet following embarkation.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the port to embark the Aegean Odyssey. Take some time to settle in to your cabin, freshen up, and relax. Following embarkation there will be a safety briefing provided by the ship’s staff followed by a brief orientation to the ship by your Road Scholar Group Leader. This is preliminarily scheduled for 5:00 PM, but your Group Leader will confirm timings once on board the ship.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, you may choose from either the Marco Polo Restaurant or the Terrace Café on board. The former serves a variety of á là carte items while the café is buffet-style. Menus are inspired by fresh local ingredients. Wine is complimentary with dinner in both dining areas.

Evening: At leisure. Most evenings aboard ship are free to enjoy as you like whether it’s attending a shipboard guest lecture or listening to live music in the Charleston Lounge.

Day 7: Seville, Spain; cruise the Guadalquivir River, Aegean Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Departure time is tentatively scheduled for the late evening; however final sailing time will depend on tides.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: 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 provided in your first Information Packet. Alternatively, the ship’s shore excursion desk as well as your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy as well as modern and classic novels. The ship arrives in Cádiz around dinnertime.

Dinner: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure. Aegean Odyssey will overnight in Cádiz.

Day 8: Cádiz, Spain

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: The ship sails in the morning, cruising the Guadalquivir River, the second longest river with its entire length in Spain.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Visit Cádiz, Europe’s oldest continually in habited settlement. For over 4,000 years, Cádiz has been a bridge between Europe and Africa and its influence has been felt far and wide. During a brief coach excursion through the old city, you’ll see its 18th-century Baroque cathedral and the Plaza España. Then on to Andalucía's 5th largest city: Jerez de la Frontera, located about 1/2 hour from the port of Cádiz. Jerez is the world capital of sherry and the city where flamenco singing began. Enjoy a sherry tasting at a local bodega and learn about the manufacture of this celebrated fortified wine.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture. Prepare bag for an overnight stay tomorrow evening in Marrakesh.

Day 9: Casablanca, Morocco; Marrakesh, Morocco

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Atlas Medina & Spa

Activity note: The journey to Marrakesh is approx. 3 hours long.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: The ship arrives in Casablanca in early morning and will transfer guests to Marrakesh for an overnight stay.

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. Its 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. Enjoy a walking excursion of the city which will include the 14th-century Ben Youssef Medrassa, once the largest koranic school in Morocco now a historical site. From here, walk the kasbah (fortress) and Bahia Palace with its Moorish garden, finishing the walk in the famous Djemma el Fna Square.

Dinner: Buffet dinner featuring Moroccan and international cuisine at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 10: Marrakesh and El Jadida, Morocco

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Upon check-out, coach to 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.

Lunch: At a local hotel.

Afternoon: Following the day's excursion, rejoin the ship in Casablanca for two overnights.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At sea. The ship overnights onboard in Casablanca.

Day 11: Casablanca, Morocco

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: The drive from Casablanca to Rabat is approx. 2 hours long. Women must cover their heads to enter the mosque.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, return to Casablanca via coach to enjoy a panoramic excursion of Morocco's largest city before reembarking the ship. See the impressive Hassan II Mosque, built partially on land and partially over the Atlantic Ocean.

Dinner: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure. Refresh overnight bag for tomorrow evening's stay in Fez.

Day 12: Fez, Morocco

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Les Mérinides Hotel

Activity note: The journey to Fez is approx. 5 hours long and will include comfort stops.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Coach transfer to Fez for an overnight stay.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: 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. This afternoon's field trip will include a visit to the 9th-century Karaouyine mosque and the 14th-century Bounania Madrasa during which you'll learn about the exchange of religious ideas between Spain and Morocco. See the tanneries and silk-dying markets to learn about local craft and industry.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Fez; Coach to Tangier to reembark Aegean Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Founded in the 5th century BC, Tangier has been part of all major empires in the region throughout history. During this morning's field trip, explore the UNESCO World Heritage 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch coach to Tangier to reembark the ship.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. The ship sails in the evening for Málaga.

Day 14: Málaga, Spain

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aegean Odyssey

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

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 Andalucían 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: Aboard the ship or explore local fare on your own.

Evening: The ship will overnight in Málaga. Free evening to prepare belongings for disembarkation.

Day 15: Disembark in Málaga, Spain

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Molina Lario

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Following disembarkation, 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: Enjoy a three-course farewell dinner featuring local cuisine at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Free evening to prepare belongings for tomorrow's departure.

Day 16: Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) for departures. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future.

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Ship Name

MV Aegean Odyssey

Ship Stats
  • Ship’s tonnage: 11,563
  • Length: 461 feet
  • Beam: 67 feet
  • Draft: 20,5 feet
  • Cruising speed: 18 knots
  • Passengers decks: 7
  • Stabilizers: 2
  • Passengers cabins: 216
  • Passengers - lower beds: 386
  • Ship’s registration: Panama
Ship Description

Classically elegant, but far from stuffy and formal, premium class MV Aegean Odyssey offers passengers every comfort at sea, with a relaxed, congenial atmosphere and the highest calibre of personal service.

Carrying an average of 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey’s ideal size is perfectly suited for coastal cruising to the small inlets of the Mediterranean that larger ships cannot reach. It also allows her to navigate rivers, such as Spain’s Guadalquivir River and Gironde River in Bordeaux for a unique combination of ocean and river cruising.

Aegean Odyssey features generously-sized suites and staterooms, including a special level of accommodation entitled 'Balcony Class' in categories A through D, which offers spacious staterooms with charming balconies and additional amenities including priority sightseeing boarding.

With tastefully understated interiors, Aegean Odyssey combines the best of traditional elegance with all the modern conveniences of a first-class ship.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Observation

Trip Includes
  • 14 nights of accommodations
  • 2 expert-led lectures
  • 14 expert-led field trips
  • 1 hands-on experience
  • 1 performance
  • 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:

14 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 12 Dinners

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

Meliá Galgos: 2 nights  28006 Madrid

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.

 

Meliá Sevilla: 2 nights  Seville 41004

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.

 

Aegean Odyssey: 7 nights  Ft. Lauderdale

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.

 

Atlas Medina & Spa: 1 night  Marrakech

The Atlas Medina & Spa is a luxurious hotel set in the Hivernage Square, Marrakech, Morroco. Centrally situated, the hotel is in a perfect location for exploring this fascinating city. The Atlas Medina & Spa is set amidst lush, picturesque gardens and boasts the finest of modern amenities to ensure every comfort of its guests.

 

Les Mérinides Hotel: 1 night  Fez

Located on the heights of the oldest city in Morocco, Les Mérinides Hotel is a short walk from the Mérinides dynasty tombs. It is close to the Al Karaouiyine Mosque, Dar Batha Museum, the Andalusians mosque, and the thermal baths of Moulay Yacoub make Les Mérinides Hotel a perfect place for discovering the area and also relaxing.

 

Hotel Molina Lario: 1 night  Málaga

Hotel Molina Lario is a four-star superior hotel exceptionally positioned in the center of Málaga right opposite the Cathedral, and just a short distance from the port, the Picasso Museum and the city’s pedestrian district. The recently built hotel is formed by two refurbished 19th-century buildings retaining their original facade and a third completely new building, combining to create a unique hotel in the hub of the city.

Start City
Madrid
End City
Málaga

Trip ID#: VoySpaRoa

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