Spain & Morocco

Take an Immersive Journey

Discover the culinary and cultural wonders of Spain, Morocco, Madeira and the Canary Islands. Immerse yourself in the heart of shimmering Ibiza and visit Santa Gertrudis, an enchanting town where a specially selected local wine cellar awaits your arrival for a wine tasting adventure. Join your fellow explorers on a Moroccan tea and bread experience in Tangier, discovering the secrets of making the perfect mint tea and gaining a greater appreciation for the shared ritual. Learn how to prepare a variety of mouthwatering Moroccan dishes during a cooking demonstration and lunch at the exquisite Umayya Restaurant, located on the Corniche of Casablanca. The volcanic landscapes of La Palma lead the way to one of the Canary Islands' wine cellars for a sampling of local vintage best shared with new friends. In Funchal, enjoy a quintessential cable car ride up Monte and feel the joy of a traditional toboggan ride back down.

Epicurean Expedition
Cultural Expedition

Palma de Mallorca to Las Palmas

September 23, 2024

16 Nights

World Traveller



FREE Cultural Immersion

Sep 23 Palma de Mallorca, Spain Depart: 6:00 pm

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

You know you have arrived in Palma de Mallorca, a major city of the Balearics of Spain, when you are met with majestic limestone cliffs plunging into glimmering blue water. On shore, its rich history is evident in its wonderful buildings, castles, and cathedrals. Take in the landmark Gothic cathedral, La Seu, with its enormous rose window and its wrought-iron canopy over the main altar designed by famed Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí. Go for a run or bike ride along the seaside promenade that connects Palma de Mallorca to the neighboring villages of Portitxol and Es Molinar. Beyond the city, explore the lush Sierra de Tramuntana Valley, the island’s major mountain range and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sep 24 Ibiza, Spain Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 10:00 pm

Ibiza, Spain

Dalt Vila, also known as Ibiza Town, is one of the Balearic’s most picturesque cities and a fabulous place to wander around. It’s home to an old port and historic city ramparts and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island of Ibiza has some of the most beautiful and well-known beaches in the Mediterranean, including Ses Figueretes and Playa D’en Bossa. Wherever you choose to swim or sunbathe, you will find inviting clear blue waters and golden sands lined with beach bars. For a more relaxing excursion, head toward S’Espalmador, a small, uninhabited island between Ibiza and Formentera.

Sep 25 Alicante, Spain Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Alicante, Spain

The area surrounding Alicante has been inhabited by people for more than 7,000 years, starting with the first tribes of hunter-gatherers of the region. Visit the Plaza de San Cristobal in Alicante’s Old Town where buildings dating back to between the 15th and 18th centuries display an array of architectural styles that show the city’s evolution. Overlooking the famous Playa del Postiguet, the Castillo de Santa Bárbara on Mount Benacantil offers exquisite views. Find your way to the Alicante Central Market to sample delicious, local seafood, produce, meat and other Spanish delicacies.

Sep 26 Cartagena, Spain Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Cartagena, Spain

Along the south of Spain on the Mediterranean coast sits Cartagena, founded in 227 BCE and inhabited for more than two millennia. From the 2,000-year-old Roman theater to the ARQUA Marine Archaeology Museum, it’s a place rife with stories for the curious mind to dive into. Driving down dirt roads about 30 minutes outside of Cartagena, you find yourself at the tip of Cape Tiñoso, where the impressive Batería de Castillitos resides. Bring yourself back to the present with shopping, bars, cafes and restaurants on Calle Mayor. While Cartagena only has one beach, Cala Cortina, it’s an oasis jewel located within a tiny cove.

Sep 27 Almeria (Granada), Spain Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 10:00 pm

Almeria (Granada), Spain

With so much to see in the Andalusia region of Spain, Almería is often overlooked. But it holds an enchantment all its own, with fairytale castles amid colorful modern buildings. On Cabo de Gata Natural Park you find a spectacular beach of unspoiled sands and blue water with a backdrop of sand dunes, cacti and mountains. About 30 kilometers northwest of Almería you also find Desierto Tabernas, Europe’s only desert and setting of the famous Sergio Leone starring Clint Eastwood. Discover a local eatery in the quaint fishing town of Garrucha to sample the port’s famous red prawns, fresh-caught from the harbor.
Sep 28 At Sea

At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Sep 29 Tangier, Morocco Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Tangier, Morocco

A Moroccan port in the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier has acted as the connection between Europe and North Africa since Phoenician times. It’s also a less-traveled port, so it offers a more authentic feel to city life in Morocco. Wander the medina to lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets leading to the Grand Socco marketplace. The Kasbah Museum, the old sultan’s palace restored to its former glory, contains a dazzling array of detailed maps, mesmerizing courtyards and signature Moorish architecture. Explore the Caves of Hercules, near Cap Spartel just outside of Tangier city limits.

Sep 30 Malaga, Spain Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 11:00 pm

Malaga, Spain

The Spanish city of Málaga along the Mediterranean’s Costa del Sol combines the simple, cosmopolitan feel with the quiet sleepiness of local fishing villages. A dive into the past starts with the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, its ancient stones creating the path that leads to Alcazaba Castle. When the sun goes down, the party starts at Plaza de la Constitucion. Energy thrums through the city streets as the residents come out for the night. Make your way to Granada to visit the famous Alhambra Palace, an outstanding example of Moorish architecture that attracts travelers from all around the world.

Oct 02 Casablanca, Morocco Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Casablanca, Morocco

Iconic in its own right, the Moroccan city of Casablanca is a pillar of the local culture before French colonization. Marrakesh, meanwhile, offers an abundance of classical, Moorish architecture and the breathtaking gardens of the Bahia Palace dating back to the 12th century. The energy hums amid the Central Market of Casablanca and your senses are enthralled at Marrakesh’s Jemaa el-Fnaa. The monumental Hassan II mosque is a triumph of traditional, Moorish architecture combined with innovations of the 20th century. Known for having the largest minaret in the world and towering above the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a magnificent sight from afar, but a closer look inside provides an even grander sight, as its glass floor gives way to views of the Atlantic beneath its foundations

Oct 03 Safi, Morocco Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Safi, Morocco

Located in Western Morocco along the Atlantic, Safi is a city that has been heavily influenced by Portuguese rule, as evidenced by a centuries-old fort that still stands today, Ksar El-Bahr. It’s also one of the oldest cities in the country, so it holds a great deal of rich history. But it is perhaps best known as a city of potters, as it is here you find colorful, delicate and artistic pieces of pottery that are part of a great Moroccan tradition. Le Plus Grand Tajine Du Monde stands as the largest tagine in the world, a feat crafted by 200 artisans. Wind your way through Safi’s medina, a lively atmosphere of vendors selling carpets, leather, pottery and lighting pieces. The Kechla ruins bring the past to life with its preserved architecture of ancient cannons, crenelated walls and spectacular towers..

Oct 04 At Sea

At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Oct 05 Porto Santo, Madeira, Portugal Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Porto Santo, Madeira, Portugal

One of the small islands of the Madeira archipelago, Porto Santo is renowned for warm waters, a long sandy beach and exceptional dive sites and has come to be known as the Golden Island. The island’s capital, Vila Baleira, holds a great deal to explore, from its main square Largo do Pelourinho to the Infante Gardens. Porto Santo’s main beach with the same name is by far its most popular and iconic landmark, rumored to have curative powers. For a more thrilling adventure, take a GeoSafari tour navigating mountain terrain.

Oct 06 Funchal (Madeira), Portugal Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 3:00 pm

Funchal (Madeira), Portugal

The lava-formed landscapes of the island of Madeira call out to explorers to discover its lush scenery and rugged coastlines. The island’s capital and biggest town, Funchal, offers invigorating adventures like an elevated cable car ride ascending the green slopes up to Monte for incredible sky-high views. As you rise to the top you see a sprawling, lively city and at the end of the ride, the Madeira Botanical Gardens await with enchanting flora. You can find your way back down with a wooden toboggan ride. For the full Madeira experience, visit the Old Blandy Wine Lodge, a winery that has been in business for over 200 years.

Oct 07 Santa Cruz (La Palma), Canary Islands, Spain Arrive: 10:00 am Depart: 11:00 pm

Santa Cruz (La Palma), Canary Islands, Spain

With a historic quarter declared a Historic-Artistic Site, Santa Cruz de la Palma offers colonial homes and paths that invite you to wander through the Canary Islands’ past. Take an invigorating uphill hike to the 17th-century Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves, La Palma’s prime landmark. Over at Maroparque, animal lovers can revel in the rescue center. Displaying an array of wildlife, this small zoo invites you to let out your inner child. Along Playa de Santa Cruz de la Palma, you find a contrasting scene of black-sand beach against a backdrop of verdant hills, a vibrant image you’ll want to get lost in.

Oct 08 San Sebastian (La Gomera), Canary Islands, Spain Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

San Sebastian (La Gomera), Canary Islands, Spain

Sitting along the golden coasts of the Basque Country, San Sebastián offers a seaside allure that pairs beautifully with its culinary culture. Whether enjoying pintxo bar hopping for delicious tapas or savoring the flavors of oysters with txakoli, a lightly sparkling white wine, the local delicacies are sure to inspire and delight your palate. Explore Mercado de La Bretxa, where the vendors claim Spain’s top chefs source their ingredients. Head over to Playa de la Concha to watch the local surfers in the city’s favorite pastime. Ride the vintage funicular to the top of Mount Igueldo for breathtaking, panoramic views. Wander through the Old Town and Plaza de la Constitución to connect with the locals and San Sebastián’s rich history.

Oct 09 Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Canary Islands, Spain Arrive: 8:00 am

Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Canary Islands, Spain

One of Spain’s Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is best known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its capital, Las Palmas, offers some of the best beaches on the island with shorelines bordered by coral barriers that shelter swimmers. Make the trek up to the neighborhoods of San Nicolas and San Juan for remarkable views of the homes below. Within the capital’s heart you can find the Pueblo Canario, a replica of a traditional Canarian village where you can learn about the island’s culture and how it has evolved.

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