Highlights of Spain and Morocco Experience Tour
- Visit the Gothic quarter of Barcelona
- Visit the famed district of Las Ramblas
- Learn a little basic Spanish and Catalan
- Visit Sagrada Família, a massive piece of architectural wonder!
- Visit Park Guell
- Venture to Barcelona’s beaches
- Participate in a photography workshop
- Visit Arabic teahouses and shops part of a Arabic souk (bazaar)
- Explore the secret passages and palaces of Marrakech
- Participate in an introduction to Arabic class
- Tour the World heritage site of Ait Benhaddou
- See the outside of the Koutoubia Minaret – a beautiful mosque
- Explore the great Sand Dunes of Erg Chebbi
- A Camel trek and a night Bivouac Tent (Nomadic people)
Spain is a mix of the luxury of Europe with the exoticism of a farther off land. The country’s rich history and vibrant, colourful personality is complimented by its patient appreciation for the smaller things in life. Then continue on to Morocco, where beautiful architecture, exotic aromas and spices, and desert as vast as the eye can see take you into a whole new world.
Spain and Morocco are intertwined historically and in proximity, so why not explore both in one trip! From Spain’s blend of European language and culture mixed with Arabic/Muslim influences from Morocco, alongside the stunning & uniqueness of Morocco itself, this tour ties in a wide variety of academic fields, which we can happily hone in on for your group.
Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your groups desires and needs.
Day 1 - Travel to Spain
Travel to Barcelona Spain.
Day 2 - Welcome to Barcelona
Visit the gothic quarter of Barcelona and the famed Las Ramblas. Welcome dinner, meet our Spanish friends and learn basic Spanish and Catalan for the trip ahead.
Day 3 - Barcelona
Tour the many sites left behind by Antonio Gaudi such as Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. Venture to Barcelona’s beaches and to some lesser known beaches just outside the city. There will be plenty of time to explore the famous streets of Barcelona as well along the way.
Day 4 - Barcelona to Valencia
Take a train to Valencia. Join a professional local photographer who will take us to his favorite spots and teach us techniques for taking stunning travel photography. An evening cooking activity is next as we prepare our own dinner of traditional Spanish tapas. A Flamenco Performance ends our evening.
Day 5 - Travel to Granada
Tour the historic Moorish quarter. Granada still bears the evidence of its Arabic influence to this day. Visit the Alhambra and Generalife. Evening visits to Arabic teahouses and Moroccan shops that are part of the Arabic souk (bazaar).
Day 6 - Spain to Morocco
Ferry to Tangier, Morocco. We take a Marrakesh introductory tour which contains many masterpieces of traditional Moroccan art and architecture like the Ben Yusuf Madrassah. An afternoon introduction class to Arabic is next!
Day 7 - Marrakech
Full day of sightseeing in Marrakesh: everything from snake charmers to refined palaces. Visit marketplaces and nearly two miles of secret passages in Medina (old town), the Koutoubia Minare which is the largest mosque in Marrakesh, the Saadian’s tombs and the Dar Si Said Museum.
Day 8 - Marrakech to Dades Gorge
Drive through the Atlas Mountains. Visit the world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. This famous kasbah was used as a backdrop for more than 20 Hollywood films. Head over the Atlas Mountains, pass through Ouarzazate and continue towards the Valley of Roses and the Dades Gorge.
Day 9 - Dades Gorge to Merzouga
Todra Gorge: a massive fault, rising to 300 m in a narrow valley thick studded with palmeries and Berber Villages. Head further into the desert to Merzouga and stop along the great Sand Dunes of Erg Chebbi where you will take a camel ride to travel to our sleeping camp at a Bivouac Tent.
Day 10 - Merzouga to Marrakech
Wake up in the desert and enjoy a traditional breakfast with our new nomadic friends. Return back to Ouarzazate and back over the high Atlas Mountains. We arrival in Marrakesh evening with various activities en route.
Day 11 - Homeward Bound
Travel to Casablanca. Hop on your flight home via connection city in Europe. Arrive home after an awesome trip!
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to Barcelona, return from Casablanca
BusPrivate coach transportation as needed for duration of tour
HotelCentrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Daily breakfast and dinner included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for teenage appetites.
White is the color of mourning in Morocco. A Moroccan widow wears white for 40 days after the death of her husband.
Places You’ll Visit
Make sure to take in the architecture while there!
Explore the promenade and all it has to offer.
Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day.
Contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings!
Enjoy a dip & swim.
The architecture dates back to times influenced by Roman and Arabic cultures.
Take a guided tour of the historic Moorish Quarter!
The Alhambra Palace was built during the Moorish reign in the 15th century.
Catch the ferry to Morocoo.
Welcome to Morocco!
Ben Yusuf Madrassah
16th-century college building with exquisite cut-tile mosaics and Islamic plaster work.
Contains nearly two miles of secret passages.
The largest mosque in Marrakesh!
Dar Si Said Museum
Housing the very quintessence of Moroccan art.
This famous kasbah was used as a backdrop for more than 20 Hollywood films.
Arrive at the beautiful gorge after our journey through the picturesque Atlas Mountains!
A massive fault, rising to 300m in a narrow valley thick studded with palmeries and Berber Villages.
Watch the sunrise over the ochre colored sand dunes.