This one-of-a-kind tour features spectacular opportunities to visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and small ports that larger cruise vessels often overlook, with an excursion included at every stop. Cruise sea routes once plied by Phoenician and Roman galleys aboard the exclusively chartered, 5-star World Traveller, featuring personalized service and gourmet cuisine. Tour the timeless monuments of the storied societies of the Spanish and the Moors. Contemplate the contrast of ancient and modern cultures in exotic Casablanca and medieval Marrakech.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Apr 20, 2024 - Apr 29, 2024
World Traveller This newly constructed small ship, an intimate yacht appointed in retro‑chic elegance, is able to dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships. Each of the 95 suites and staterooms (up to 465 square feet) features a stunning ocean view, and most include a private balcony. All accommodations in your private haven at sea offer a queen-sized bed that can be separated into two twin beds, a private bathroom with spa shower, and luxury hotel-style amenities—including bath products from L’Occitane. Complimentary alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages and Wi-Fi access are available throughout the cruise. All meals aboard ship are included, featuring culinary adventures that rival your discoveries ashore.
Pre‑Program Option – Las Palmas
April 18 to 21, 2024 (Tour Begins: April 19)
Explore historical Las Palmas, the capital city of Gran Canaria, where cobblestone streets and 15th-century colonial architecture tell stories of its iconic past. Walk in the path of Christopher Columbus in Las Palmas’ old town of Vegueta with a visit to Casa de Colón, the house where the Spanish explorer is believed to have stayed in 1492 while repairing La Pinta before crossing the Atlantic. Experience some of the Canary Islands’ rarely visited sites, including the magnificent Viera y Clavijo Botanical Gardens, the Gardens of the Duchess in Arucas, and Teror’s Neoclassical basilica, Our Lady of the Pine—which honors the legend that the Virgin Mary appeared on a pine tree in the center of the village.
Spend two nights at the 5-star Hotel Santa Catalina.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $710
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $930
Post‑Program Option – Fez
April 29 to May 2, 2024 (Tour Ends: May 2)
Experience the sights and sounds of Fez, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities, on this three-night tour extension. Travel from Casablanca through Morocco’s fortified city of Mekenes before arriving in Fez, a carefully preserved imperial city which embodies the essence of the country. Ancient embattlements still partially enclose the ninth‑century, UNESCO-designated Medina of Fez, known as the “Athens of Africa” for its university—the oldest in the world. Visit the Bab Boujloud (the blue gate), the 14th century El Bouanania Medersa, and stop by the religious shrine of Moulay Idress II, founder of the city.
Accommodations are for two nights in Fez at the 5-star Hotel Sahrai
and one night in an ideally located hotel in Casablanca.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,395
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,495
Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.
> Grace Gary’s relationship with the National Trust began when, while in graduate school, she was chosen as a National Trust Maritime Intern. She’s hard to pin down on how many years ago that was, but she admits to having served as a lecturer on more-than fifty Trust tours over a span of more-than thirty years. She is also the author of two titles in the Trust’s “Information” series and served as director of the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. She also served as executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg’s Tourism Leadership Program, and Nemours Mansion and Gardens. While at Nemours she oversaw an $80 million restoration program, which received the highest award from the AIA ever bestowed on a restoration project. She and fellow National Trust Tours lecturer Dwight Young also co-authored “Nemours: A Portrait of Alfred I. DuPont’s Home,” which was published by Rizzoli. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and has a Master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia, where she had the privilege of living on the Range in one of the original, Thomas Jefferson-designed rooms.
A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply
Depart home city - April 20
Depart your home city for an overnight flight.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain - April 21
Arrive in Las Palmas, an attractive town founded by Spanish conquistadors that served as a port for ships sailing around the African continent in 1478. The largest town in the Canary Island chain and a cultural haven in the Atlantic, this lush island also produces grapes, avocados, and tobacco used for cigars said to rival those from Cuba. Check in to the historical, 5-star Hotel Santa Catalina and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Las Palmas/Embark Ship - April 22
Spend the morning exploring the island on your own. Embark the intimate World Traveller yacht in the afternoon and have dinner on board as you cruise to La Palma.
Santa Cruz de la Palma - April 23
Known as La Isla Bonita, “the beautiful island,” for its lushly forested mountain slopes set against a backdrop of bright blue skies and the azure Atlantic waters, La Palma holds an abundance of cultural and natural treasures. Explore the old quarter of Santa Cruz and see its pilgrimage center and shrine of La Virgen de las Nieves (Madonna of the Snow), the island’s patron saint. Behold sweeping vistas of Santa Cruz from Mirador de La Concepción in Breña Alta and discover La Palma’s geologic past with a visit to Mirador de La Cumbrecita, which provides dramatic views of the Caldera de Taburiente. Enjoy time at leisure in Santa Cruz and later, attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - April 24
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teide National Park, a wilderness of mineral‑tinted rock, ancient lava flows, and distinctive vegetation not found anywhere else. Gaze across the vast caldera of Las Cañadas (dormant since 1909) to the snowy summit of Mount Teide and enjoy a panoramic view of the Roques de Garcia. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the UNESCO‑designated San Cristóbal de la Laguna, a beautiful university town established in 1496 that boasts rich history and extravagant architectural styles. Walk back in time as you stroll through the Moorish 17th-century Canarian courtyards.
Day at Sea - April 25
Enjoy luxury amenities and attend guest lectures on this relaxing day at sea.
Safi, Morocco, for Marrakech - April 26
Head to Marrakech for a full‑day excursion into the storied city that blossomed into the hub of the great Berber Empire. Visit masterpieces of Moorish architecture, including the 12th‑century Koutoubia Mosque, one of the most impressive sights in ancient Marrakech; and the exquisite Bahia Palace. Enjoy lunch at Palais Gharnata and spend the afternooon exploring Marrakech’s markets, or souks, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the dramatic Jemaa el Fnaa, “Square of the Dead.”
Casablanca - April 27
Take a panoramic drive along the fashionable Boulevard de la Corniche on an excursion to the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca, Morroco’s thriving cultural and commercial center. Visit the impressive Hassan II Mosque—the largest in Morocco and the only one non-Muslims can visit, built on a promontory over the ocean. See elaborate Moorish architecture and landmarks through the city, including the Mohammed V Square and the Arab League Garden. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to experience the captivating sights and sounds evocative of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s Casablanca.
Casablanca for Rabat - April 28
Gaze in awe at King Mohamed VI’s Royal Palace grounds during a scenic drive past the Parliament, the Chellah, and the new opera house.Tour Mohamed V’s Mausoleum and the 12th-century Hassan Tower, followed by lunch at La Tour Hassan. You will have free time that afternoon in the walled old town in the medina of the Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the neighboring Kasbah des Oudayas—a maze of narrow lanes lined with traditional whitewashed houses. Enjoy dinner on board and attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.
Casablanca/Disembark Ship/Return to Home City - April 29
Disembark the ship and fly home or continue your journey with the Post-Program Option in Fez, Morocco.
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