Tour Detail

13 Day Spain & Morocco Pilgrimage with Father Vigil and Sister Vasquez

Itinerary

Day 1 Denver/Barcelona

Today we gather at the international airport for our fl ight to Spain. Dinner, Breakfast and entertainment on board.

Day 2 Barcelona

Arrive, meet and assist on the airport. Have half day tour including Sagrada Familia. Get a unique view of the harbor from the Columbus Monument “El mirrador”. Enjoy a walk along Las Ramblas, the busiest and most lively street of the city. Arrive at the Plaza de Cataluna and continue to Paseo de Gracia. Admire the impressive Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece. Feel the atmosphere of the city walking in the Gothic quarter. Visit the Cathedral of Barcelona. (D)

Day 3 Barcelona – Montserat – Barcelona

Travel to Montserrat, home of the Benedictine monastery dramatically set in the Montserrat mountain range. Pilgrims from around the world fl ock to this monastery to view its magnifi cent architecture. This shrine has attracted pilgrims for over 700 years, much as it did Ignatus in March of 1522. Visit the Black Madonna of Montserrat, probably Spain's most fervent devotion to the Blessed Mother. Back to Barcelona for short afternoon tour including Park Guel. Dinner in local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4 Barcelona – Valencia

Transfer to Valencia. Arrive and have half day tour. The tour of the charming old city starts by going to the neo-classical town hall, library and museum. Continue to La Llotja, a late Valencian Gothic style civil building, the site of the ancient local silk trade. Go to the Arena of Valencia. See the massive Torres de Quart, Torres de Serrano, medieval towers, part of the ancient wall that surrounded the old city. Enjoy the Arts and Science Complex, located where the old river Turia used to fl ow. It is famous for its architecture by Santiago Calatrava. The tour fi nishes with a visit of La Seo, a curious cathedral with doors from three distinct architectural periods. (B,D)

Day 5 Valencia – Granada

Transfer to Granada. Have tour and visit of Granada's main attraction, the Alhambra. Part fortress, part palace, part garden and part, this Moorish medieval complex overlooking Granada is often considered on a par with the 7 wonders of the world. Enjoy a walk through ornamental gardens and fountains. Admire the panoramic view of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a cave which houses a museum, discos, and fl amenco shows. Enjoy the fascinating water gardens of the Generalife, a former summer palace and country estate of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus. (B,D)

Day 6 Granada – Ronda – Marbella

Departure to Ronda, one of the oldest cities in Spain, surrounded by mountains and situated between three bridges. Visit the traditional bullfi ghting ring - Plaza de Toros, the oldest one in Spain, and enjoy the striking traditional buildings. Free time for lunch, afterwards, proceed to Marbella, a charming town, one of the major tourist centres in Costa del Sol. Walk through the historic part of the town and discover the narrow streets with Andalusian fl avor. Overnight in Marbella. (B,D)

Day 7 Marbella – Gibraltar – Tarifa – Tanger

In the morning continue the journey through the scenic route along Costa del Sol and reach Gibraltar, an independent colony under British control since 1704. Visit the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Proceed to Tarifa and take the ferry to exotic Morocco and our fi rst destination - the city of Tangier. Enjoy the city by night and get acquainted with the rich and colourful culture of this arabic country. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 8 Tanger – Fez

Breakfast at the hotel Have short city tour in Tangier. Later we head south to Meknes via the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Once a Roman settlement, dating from the 3rd century BC, Volubilis was a central administrative city for this part of Roman Africa, responsible for grain production and exports to Rome. On arrival in Meknes, one of the kingdom's Imperial Cities founded in the 11th century, we enjoy a tour of the city known as the ‘Versailles of Morocco' and visit the old medina and the Bab el Mansour Gate. We continue to Fez where we enjoy dinner. Overnight in Fez. Dinner at Palais Medina with folkloric show. (B,D)

Day 9 Fez

Breakfast at the hotel Fez is arguably the symbolic heart of Morocco, set in the gentle rolling countryside of the mid Atlas Mountains. The World Heritage-listed medina of Fez el-Bali (old Fez) is one of the largest living medieval cities in the world, and its gates and walls are magnifi cent. After breakfast our whole day will be devoted to seeing Fez, the oldest of Morocco's four Imperial Cities., we visit the famous Medina which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981, where the narrow lanes and colourful traders make for some fantastic photo opportunities. This includes the Islamic learning centre Bounania, Kairaouine Mosque and the fountains of Carpenter's Square. The Mosque is one of the oldest of its kind in the western Muslim world and does not allow non-Muslims to enter, so the best place to view this magnifi cent building is from the top of Medersa Attarine (when open). There will also be some time to shop in the Medina, so make sure you bring your best haggling skills! The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore. Overnight in Fez. (B,D)

Day 10 Fez- Marrakech

Breakfast at the hotel Check out Departing Fez this morning we head for Marrakech via Beni Mellal, located in the Middle Atlas Mountains. The area offers a variety of landscapes to view on the way and is also known for hiking, pistes (Ski Runs) and picturesque cascades. We continue to Marrakech, one of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco. It was founded in the 11th century by the Berber dynasty Almoravid and soon became the capital of the Islamic Empire that stretched as far as Spain and Western Africa. During the rule of Yousef Ben Tachfi ne, Marrakech was blessed with fi ne gardens, palaces, mosques and legendary walls and was infl uenced by the Almoravids' conquest of southern Spain. Morocco was colonised by the French in the 20th century and the strong infl uences from these countries can be felt today. Overnight in Marrakech. (B,D)

Day 11 Marrakech

Breakfast at the hotel. The red royal city of Marrakech is set within sight of the snowy peaks of the High Atlas mountains. Our entire day is dedicated to sightseeing in Marrakech, the second oldest of the four Imperial Cities and defi nitely the ‘Pearl of the South'. First we visit the 16th century monument site of the Saadian Tombs which were sealed right up until 1917 when they were rediscovered. The tombs are brilliantly decorated with detailed carvings, colourful tiles and Arabic scripts. Next we move onto the aristocratic Bahia Palace which functions as a Royal residence, then onto Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Art which houses many types of woodwork. We also see the Koutoubia Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Overnight in Marrakech. (B,D)

Day 12 Marrakech- Rabat – Casablanca

Breakfast at the hotel Check out It's an early start today and after breakfast we depart Marrakech and continue to Morocco's largest and most modern of cities (and Africa's second largest city), Casablanca. We continue to Rabat, the current capital and home to the Moroccan government and his Excellency Mohammed VI. Rabat is a sophisticated seaside city with an impressive cultural life. We visit the Royal Palace(outside), the offi cial residence of King Hassan II of Morocco and the Hassan Tower(outside), a 44 meter tall tower which is one of the country's national symbols. We continue our sightseeing with a visit to Mohammed V Mausoleum (inside), which was built in dedication to Sultan Mohammed V, the man who led Morocco to independence in 1956. Back to Casablanca, this city was made famous by the movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart. We enjoy a short visit to the Central Market, the Hassan II Mosque (outside) which is the second largest mosque in the world, and AinDiab Esplanade. (B,D)

Day 13 Casablanca/ Denver

Departure Breakfast at the hotel Check out Today we farewell Morocco and transfer to the Casablanca airport for our fl ight home. Arrive home the same day. (B)

*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Inclusions

Included:
• Roundtrip airfare from Denver including taxes and fuel charges
• Airport-Hotel transfers & taxes
• 11 night accommodations in superior tourist class  hotels
• Breakfast and Dinner daily
• Private Air Conditioned Motor coach transportation
• Touring by itinerary per program
• Services of an English speaking professional tour guide
• Porterage (1 bag per person)
• Daily Mass

Not Included:
• Single supplement -$700.00
• Meals not mentioned
• Tipping
• Optional travel insurance -recommended

Contact:
Sister Andrea Vasquez, OSB •Offi ce: (719) 542-5952 • Home: (719) 564-5633
or
Nick Gjeca • Regina Tours •1(800) CATHOLIC ext.216 • ngjeca@groupist.com