Plaza de España, Seville, Spain
Plaza de España, Seville, Spain

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Northern Morocco & Southern Spain: Moors & Conquistadors

Morocco and Spain, two unique and vibrant countries that are separated by the strait of Gibraltar yet inextricably linked by a shared Phoenician, Medieval and Moorish past. What has resulted is a melting pot of architectural styles, culture and archaeological artifacts.

Discover Tangier, Europe’s gateway to Africa, and the beautiful hill town of Chefchouan, famous for its blue painted houses, located on the edge of the Rif Mountains. Then, we travel on to a range of stunning Andalusian cities that include the UNESCO-listed city of Córdoba, with its rich Moorish legacy and heady sounds of Flamenco that fill the air. In contrast, wander through marvelous Seville – a city that boasts a truly awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral. There is also the chance to explore Granada, where we can admire the magical Alhambra Palace. Finally, this tour will come to an end in cosmopolitan Madrid, a golden metropolis that is home to amazing art, rich culture, and a strong culinary scene.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Ferry
  •  Four lectures from your expert scholar
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team

Led by...

Dr Allen Fromherz

Dr Allen Fromherz Expert Scholar

Dr. Fromherz is the director of the Middle East Studies Center and Professor of Mediterranean and Middle East History at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Full Price
$9,995

Today's Price
$9,950

Saving
$45

Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $1,500

Tour highlights:

  • Explore the mysterious, rarely visited site of Banasa (Iulia Valentia Banasa), founded by Augustus for the Battle of Actium veterans
  • Tour Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic building in Europe and the third-largest church in the world
  • Explore the beautiful hill-town of Chefchaouen, famous for its blue painted houses and located on the edge of the Rif mountains
  • Discover Granada’s magnificent Alhambra Palace, an eternal and deserved love letter to Moorish culture
  • Savor the exclusive world of Bodegas Lustau in Jerez de la Frontera with a delicious sherry-tasting experience

Tour details

Dates April 9 2020 - April 23 2020
Duration 15 days
Cost
Full Price
$9,995
Today's Price
$9,950
Saving
$45
Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $1,500 Balance due by January 16 2020
Activity Level
Tour code A20MOS

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April 9 2020: Itinerary

We arrive in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest and most modern city, and check in to our hotel. Later, we come together for an introductory lecture, followed by a welcome dinner.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Casablanca

Today we travel to Tangier, or Tingis in the ancient Punic language of the Carthaginians. Here, we are treated to a special access tour of the American Legation Museum. A part of AIMS (American Institute for Maghrib Studies), the Legation Museum was a gift from Morocco to the United States back in 1821. It also symbolizes the 1786 Treaty of Moroccan-American Friendship. Next, we enjoy a walking tour of Tangier Medina, a labyrinth of alleyways contained by the walls of a 15th century Portuguese fortress.

All meals included

Hotel: Grand Hotel Villa de France, Tangier

Known for its incredible blue streets and striking architecture of the Rif, we visit the city of Chefchaouen (the two-horned mountain) today. Here, we learn from local Rif mountain Berbers about their unique customs and practices. Afterwards, there will be time for shopping in the souk. On our way back to Tangier, we stop in the charming city of Akchour, where we can visit the famous waterfalls.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Grand Hotel Villa de France, Tangier

Today, the ancient Phoenician, Berber and Roman site of Lixus – or Larache – reveals its secrets to us. It was known as the site of the Hesperides, the Garden of the Golden Apples, and is rarely visited today. The mysterious site of Banasa (Iulia Valentia Banasa) was founded here in far-away Mauretania by Augustus for the veterans of the battle of Actium. It is almost now completely abandoned, but still accessible to intrepid explorers. On our way back to Tangier we visit Asilah, one of the most charming ports situated on the Atlantic coast that dates back to the Phoenician period. More recently, it was used by King Sebastian in his ill-fated invasion of Morocco that ended in his mysterious “disappearance” in the late 16th century.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Grand Hotel Villa de France, Tangier

Today we head east to the city of Tétouan, which lies along the Martil Valley and is one of the two major ports of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea. En route, we stop at the ancient site of Tamuda, a garrison town and former Phoenician settlement. Many Andalusian migrants settled in Tétouan after being pushed out of Spain by the reconquista. We visit the Ethnographic Museum and explore the souk before returning to Tangier for the last time.

All meals included

Hotel: Grand Hotel Villa de France, Tangier

An early start sees us take a ferry across the straits of Gibraltar from Tangier to the Punta de Tarifa in Spain, the southernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and Continental Europe. The coast of Morocco can be seen from this point. Next, we travel to Gibraltar (or Jabal Tariq) and visit the famous rock named after the Berber conqueror “Tariq”, taking a cable car to the top. Watch out for the mischievous Barbary macaques that occupy the summit.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel Duques de Medinaceli, Cádiz

We head northwest along the Andalusian coast to Cádiz. Known as the oldest city in Spain, Cádiz was founded by the Phoenicians 3,100 years ago. The Museum of Cádiz reveals the secrets of this ancient town and the street plan remains the same, although some of the plants were brought here by Columbus himself. We spend the afternoon at leisure, exploring this city, where the sound of flamenco hangs in the air.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Hotel Duques de Medinaceli, Cádiz

Next, we head inland to the town of Seville. We stop in Jerez to taste its famous sherry and to visit the famous stables of the Spanish Royal Horses – so prized that export of the horses was banned by royal decree in the 16th century. This afternoon, we visit Italica - the first Roman city in Hispania, founded by the Romans after they defeated the Carthaginians. This city is famous for being the birthplace of both Trajan and Hadrian, and its remains include elaborate mosaic floors and an amphitheater.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas

Our first visit today is to the monumental Alcázar of Seville, former royal palace of Moorish kings. Originally established in the 11th century, its sprawling rooms and courtyards are still used by the Spanish royal family. Next, we tour Seville Cathedral. As well as being the largest Gothic building in Europe and the third-largest church in the world, it is also the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and his son, Diego. Its bell tower, the Giralda, was converted from its previous incarnation as a minaret after Seville was taken by the Christians in the mid-13th century. We continue to the Archaeological Museum, home to many artifacts from Italica, as well as other Roman sites in the area. The museum also displays the El Carambolo treasure.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas

We bid farewell to Seville this morning and drive east to Córdoba. En route, we visit Medina Azahara, the ruins of a vast Moorish palace-city that once served as the de facto capital of Muslim Spain. Though it flourished for only 80 years during the 10th century, a romantic complex of decorated archways and halls remains, and this archaeological site is still revealing secrets about the life and legacy of the Umayyad Muslim rulers of Al-Andalus. Upon arrival in Córdoba, we visit the Mezquita, which was built by the Umayyad Caliphs over several centuries and shows the influence of Byzantine, Vandal, Muslim and Syrian styles.

All meals included

Hotel: Hotel NH, Málaga

In Málaga, we visit the Alcazaba (Moorish Fortification) and the archaeological museum before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. This town, famed for being the birthplace of iconic artist Picasso, has undergone a transformation in recent years.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Hotel NH, Málaga

Our travels take us to gorgeous Granada today, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We devote most of today to the UNESCO-listed Alhambra Palace, a hilltop Moorish and Renaissance fantasy set against the backdrop of the Sierra Morena. A huge complex of carved ceilings, flawless courtyards, and glorious gardens, it rightly draws in visitors from all corners of the globe. If time allows, we move on to Granada Cathedral, before walking around the Albaicin.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Vincci Albayzin, Granada

Today, we depart Granada and make our way north. We arrive in Madrid in time for lunch and begin our adventures in Spain’s buzzing capital with a visit to the Museo del Prado, which exhibits renowned works by Goya, Velázquez, and many more.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: NH Collection Madrid Suecia

Our final full day of the trip starts with an enlightening tour of the National Archaeology Museum. Within its collections are artifacts that have been gathered from all over the country, including the renowned Dama de Elche, the most famous piece of Iberian art in existence. Little can compare to the intricacies of this limestone bust, which dates back to around the 4th century BCE. Many of the exhibits were removed from churches and monasteries and there are many ancient sacred artifacts as well. One of the most popular exhibits is an underground replica of the prehistoric cave paintings discovered in Altamira, Cantabria (in northern Spain, in 1868). For preservation reasons, access to the original is highly restricted.

There are also numerous fine examples of Mudejar architecture built by Muslim craftsmen who remained after the Christian conquest of Spain. The afternoon is free for us to explore Madrid at our leisure, leaving plenty of time to go wherever our curiosity takes us. Marvel at Picasso’s Guernica at the Centro de Arte Reína Sofia, connect with 17th century Spain in the Plaza Mayor, or wander the luxurious lawns of the Parque del Buen Retiro. We mark our last night with a delectable farewell dinner and drinks as a group.

All meals included

Hotel: NH Collection Madrid Suecia

We transfer to the airport for our flights home or onward travel.

Meals include: Breakfast

April 9 2020: Additional Info

April 9 2020: Accommodation

Located a 3-minute walk from the Casablanca's old Medina and markets, Hyatt Regency Casablanca features an outdoor swimming pool, 5 restaurants and a spa and wellness centre with sauna, Hammam, and beauty treatments.

Provided with free Wi-Fi, all of the air-conditioned rooms and suites at Hyatt Regency Casablanca are overlooking the medina or Hassan II mosque. They are equipped with an LCD TV, minibar and free toiletries. A safe, telephone and private bathroom are also available.

You can have a glass of wine or a cigar at the Cafe M or the Living Room. Buffet breakfast is served at the Bissat restaurant while continental dishes are proposed at Les Bougainvillees during the summer season. Live music and shows are organised at the Dar Beida, one of the on-site restaurants.

Offering an outdoor pool, Grand Hotel Villa de France is located in Tangier. The property is a 5-minute walk from a fitness center, a spa and wellness center and a tennis club. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities and a tour desk. Free WiFi access is available.

Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and satellite channels. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries.

Located in the historic center of El Puerto de Santa María in Andalusia, the Duques de Medinaceli is a renovated 18th-century palace with an outdoor pool.

The smart rooms are classically decorated and the hotel features tapestries and paintings. There is a lounge with a large fireplace, and the hotel has marble and mosaic floors. There is an interior courtyard, chapel and library.

The hotel restaurant is set in the former dining room of the palace, and offers exquisite cuisine in a magnificent setting. It features a porch and a terrace facing the botanical gardens. You can enjoy a coffee or cocktail in the coffee bar.

This hotel overlooks Seville’s Plaza de Armas Square. Just 200 yards from Seville Bus Station, it is a 15-minute walk from the cathedral and Giralda. Its rooftop pool offers superb city views.

Rooms at Hotel NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas have free WiFi, elegant modern design and smart wooden floors. All rooms offer air conditioning, a minibar and satellite TV. The stylish bathrooms include a hairdryer and a toiletries set.

The spacious restaurant offers a traditional Spanish cuisine and a varied Antiox breakfast buffet, which includes a range of healthy option. The hotel also has a stylish bar.

Set in the historic center of Malaga, NH Málaga is 900 yards from Malaga Cathedral and the Picasso Museum. It offers free Wi-Fi and a gym.

Rooms at NH Málaga are soundproofed, with a pillow menu and parquet floors. They all include air conditioning, a minibar, satellite TV and a safe.

The hotel offers a café-bar, a regional restaurant and 24-hour room service. There is also a business centre. NH Málaga has 24-hour reception and a car rental service.

Set around a traditional Andalusian-style courtyard Vincci Albayzin features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception. It boasts a fitness centre including a sauna and Granada Cathedral is 750 yards away.

Featuring a classic décor, each room has a satellite flat-screen TV, a minibar and a safe. The marble bathroom with bath or shower includes free toiletries and hairdryer.

The hotel boasts a la carte restaurant serving a combination of traditional and international cuisine. Guest will found a wide range of traditional tapas bars within a 10-minute walk and the El Corte Inglés Shopping Center is just 40 yards away.

Featuring a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city, NH Collection Madrid Suecia is located in central Madrid, beside the Círculo de Bellas Artes Cultural Center and Gran Vía.

Modern, air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi and a minibar. The private bathroom includes a rain shower.

The hotel’s Casa Suecia Restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine. You can also enjoy a drink at the lounge cocktail bar or on the rooftop terrace.

Meeting and event spaces are available at the hotel, and you will also find an on-site fitness center.

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