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Morocco & the Canary Islands aboard Sea Cloud II

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  • Nov 03, 2018 - Nov 14, 2018


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Morocco & the Canary Islands aboard Sea Cloud II

Embark on a grand voyage to exotic ports of call in Morocco and the Canary Islands. Explore legendary Marrakech and the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains, including a “1,001 nights” gala in a tented camp with folkloric entertainment, a traditional gourmet dinner, and a 10-horsemen fantasia show. Embark Sea Cloud II in Casablanca and sail south along the coast of Morocco and then across the Atlantic, calling at the Canary Islands. A special highlight will be several days of sailing in tandem with the original Sea Cloud.

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Frequent study leader and historian, John Meffert is a long-time proponent of preservation. As former director of the National Trust’s Southern Office, John now serves as a consultant on heritage conservation services in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, where he has also served as the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston preserving the historic resources of the city.

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Saturday–Sunday, November 3–4
Home / Marrakech, Morocco
Depart home on an overnight flight to Marrakech. Upon arrival, check in to the elegant La Mamounia hotel. Later, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with musical accompaniment at Palais Soleiman. La Mamounia (R,D)

Monday, November 5
Choose between two included options this morning. (1) Explore the hidden quarters of the Marrakech medina, evocative of the city’s medieval past, for glimpses of authentic local life—a bakery, theological school, café, and handmade crafts. Also visit the Marrakech Museum, housed in the 19th-century Dar Menebhi Palace, a representative example of Andalusian architecture featuring fountains, a central courtyard, a steam bath (hammam), and intricate tilework and carvings. Or (2) discover some of Marrakech’s architectural gems, including the 12th-century Koutoubia
Mosque; splendid 16th-century interiors at the necropolis of the Saadian Dynasty; the 12th-century El Badii Palace, whose exquisite inlaid-wood pulpit has been restored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Moorish-Andalusian Bahia Palace; and the Jewish Quarter, with its 15th-century synagogue. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure for independent explorations and dining, or choose an optional activity (see
back cover) at additional cost. La Mamounia (B,L)

Tuesday, November 6
Travel into the Berber countryside in four wheel-drive vehicles, observing breathtaking valleys, timeless villages, panoramic landscapes, and the snowcapped High Atlas Mountains. Visit the cliff-hanging village of Tizi Ouadou and the lush, green, orchard filled valley of Ouirgane, arriving for lunch at an idyllic mountain resort set amid 25 acres of gardens. Return to Marrakech for independent exploration or your choice of an optional activity (see back cover) at additional cost. Gather this evening for a gala 1001 Nights dinner at a private tented camp set among date palms, featuring traditional cuisine, folkloric entertainment, and a thrilling 10-horsemen Berber Fantasia performance. La Mamounia (B,L,D)

Wednesday, November 7
After a three-hour drive to Casablanca, enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café, designed to recreate the café/piano bar made famous in the movie classic Casablanca. The house pianist is well accustomed to requests for “As Time Goes By” on the café’s authentic 1930s Pleyel piano. Casablanca is also well known for its Art Deco architecture, the theme of this afternoon’s panoramic city tour, which also includes a photo stop at the Hassan II
Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco, and a visit to the central food and flower market. Embark the Sea Cloud II and set sail, enjoying a welcome reception, dinner, and star-gazing under a new moon. Sea Cloud II (B,L,R,D)

Thursday, November 8
At Sea
Enjoy the thrilling experience of sailing in tandem with the elegant Sea Cloud along the coast of Morocco. There will be abundant photo opportunities as the crew demonstrates rigging the ship by hand (weather permitting), and time to attend presentations by the lecture team. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)

Friday, November 9
Dock in Agadir and travel through the Sous Valley to the historic market town of Taroudant, its 11th-century ramparts still mostly intact. Once a trading post for caravans coming from Saharan regions, Taroudant retains the feel of a medieval city, with alleys shaded by reed canopies and
open-air markets. Continue south to Tiout, a Berber village situated in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, surrounded by an oasis of thousands of date palm trees. After lunch at a local restaurant, walk into the oasis to observe traditional agricultural methods and to visit a women’s co-op where argan oil is processed for culinary and cosmetic purposes. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)

Saturday, November 10

At Sea
Relax aboard ship during a second day at sea, including sailing alongside the Sea Cloud and a continuation of the lecture series. (B,L,D)

Sunday, November 11

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
This morning arrive at the main port of Arrecife on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, an archipelago of seven large and several smaller volcanic islands. The island’s enduring natural state of stark beauty is the legacy primarily of one man, Cesar Manrique, an internationally recognized
artist who dedicated his life to achieving a balance between tourism and the authenticity of his native island. Visit his former home in Tahiche, half submerged in volcanic rock and now an art gallery and cultural center, and Jameos del Agua, a spectacularly unique fusion of volcanic geological features and art envisioned and created by Manrique. This afternoon continue cruising to Tenerife. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)

Monday, November 12

Tenerife, Canary Islands
Disembark at Santa Cruz de Tenerife for a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage designated town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, considered one of the most picturesque towns in the Canary Islands. During a walking tour of the town, founded in the late 15th century, marvel at the astonishing number of elegant historic buildings and traditional patios dating from different eras. The ship remains in port tonight, and travelers are welcome to disembark for independent exploration after dinner. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)

Tuesday, November 13
Today choose from one of two included excursions. (1) Parque Nacional de Teide, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts the highest peak in Spain as well as fascinating geological features of basalt, pumice, and obsidian that represent nearly the entire range of volcanic formations found around the world. Learn about the park’s unique geology and plant life and meet scientific researchers who use powerful telescopes to probe the skies at Izaña Observatory. (2) Take a panoramic tour of the island, including a special wine tasting, an easy nature walk through Anaga Rural Park, and photo opportunities in picturesque historic towns. Enjoy the captain’s farewell dinner as the ship departs Tenerife. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)

Wednesday, November 14

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria /Home
Disembark this morning in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and transfer to the airport for flights home. For those with later departures, an optional morning tour that includes the picturesque towns of Teror and Firgas, a banana tasting at a historic garden, and a visit to the Columbus Museum is available (at additional cost of $80 per person). (B)

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Optional Pre-Tour Extension
Rabat, Fes, and the Middle Atlas
October 29–November 4, 2018
Arrive in Casablanca and travel to Morocco’s stately capital of Rabat for a two-night stay at a lovely boutique hotel, with rooms opening up to an exotic garden. See architectural highlights of the capital and learn about the historic relationship between Morocco and the U.S. during a guest lecture. Visit the ancient Roman site of Volubilis and the 17th-century Imperial City of Meknes en route to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Stay in Fes for two nights at a deluxe riad (traditional Moroccan palace surrounding an interior courtyard), and explore 9th-century “Old” Fes,
considered the last true example of a typical medieval Arab town, with its famed colorful leather tanneries, bazaars, and crafts workshops. Enjoy a final night at a lakeside resort in the Middle Atlas (between Beni Mellal and Ouzoud), stopping to see the last forest of great Mediterranean cedars, before arriving in Marrakech to begin the main tour. Additional details and pricing will be sent to confirmed participants.