Dates: November 3 - November 14, 2018
Total Duration: 12 days
Cost: From $6,995 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Sea Cloud II
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Embark on a grand voyage to exotic ports of call in Morocco and the Canary Islands aboard the romantic Sea Cloud II. During a three-night stay at La Mamounia, one of the most famous and romantic hotels in the world, discover the authentic fabric of life in Marrakech and the Berber villages of the High Atlas Range during immersive small-group experiences. An unforgettable conclusion to this part of your adventure is a 1,001 Nights Gala Dinner in a deluxe private tented camp set amid date palms, with Oriental carpets, folkloric performances by torchlight, a bonfire, traditional gourmet dinner, and a 10-horsemen fantasia. Optional activities in Marrakech include a Moroccan cuisine lesson at La Maison Arabe, visits to philanthropy projects, a traditional Moroccan steam bath (hammam) at the Medina's premier spa, and perfume-making with a top garden designer and botanist.
Travel overland to Casablanca for lunch at Rick's Café and a visit to the Hassan II Mosque before embarking the elegant Sea Cloud II and setting sail south along the coast of Morocco. Cruise alongside the legendary Sea Cloud, with wonderful photo opportunities of these two landmark vessels sailing in tandem, to the Canary Islands, an archipelago of seven large and several smaller islands, all of volcanic origin. Discover dramatic lunar landscapes created by centuries of volcanic activity on Lanzarote, and visit the open-air sculptures of renowned local artist Cesar Manrique. On Tenerife, the largest and most populous of the Canary Islands, explore beautifully preserved medieval towns such as La Laguna and La Orotava, or visit one of the planet's most important astronomical observatories, Izaña Observatory, and Teide National Park, home of the highest mountain in Spain.
Pre-trip optional extension: Fes, Chefchaouen, Rabat