Morocco & Spain
October 19 2019 - October 29 2019
Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Seville, Jerez, Granada, Córdoba, Madrid

Explore beautiful Morocco & Spain with Merrill Eisenhower, CEO of People to People International.

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  • RSVP: Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Member Fees: $5,750.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $6,000.00
  • Deposit Amount: $0.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $0.00
ITINERARY
DAY 01, October 19, 2019 | Marrakech
Marrakech

Welcome to Morocco! Your journey begins in Marrakech, the ochre city that gave the country its name, this exotic and friendly city is known also as the Pearl of the South. Marrakech showcases all of the magic and diversity that Morocco has to offer. You will be met at the airport and taken by private transfer to check into your hotel. Welcome dinner this evening will be enjoyed at the hotel.

DAY 01, October 20, 2019 | Marrakech
Marrakech

Today, you will enjoy a tour of Marrakech. Renowned for its architectural wonders, historical monuments, the mystical medina and its thrilling souks. In the middle of the medina, travel back through time with original photos of Morocco dating from 1870 until the 1950s at la maison de la photography. Enjoy a fascinating walk in the beating heart of Marrakech “The Medina”, Far from the touristy areas, you will explore the real Moroccan life amid the neighbourhoods, where “Marrakchis” still live in simplicity. Walk through the Labyrinth of Souks, this maze of colorful alleys and small squares is home to a bewildering number of stalls and ateliers, devoted to everything from spices and ironwork to the ingredients necessary for casting magic spells.

Emerging out into the famous Jamaa el Fna, the city’s main square. No one is really certain how it came into being, but over the years the square has become the beating heart of Marrakech, where fire eaters, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians perform at every turn.

DAY 01, October 21, 2019 | Marrakech – Asni Valley - Marrakech
Marrakech – Asni Valley - Marrakech

Today, you will unearth a different side of Morocco, the majestic Asni Valley taking in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. As you are driven by minibus through the beautiful sceneries of Asni valley, a very exciting drive climbing up through the Plateau du KIK, passing very impressive landscapes and Berber villages where people still live very simply. You will have the opportunity to visit a local family home and learn about the fascinating Berber culture and taste a delightful mint tea, savouring home-made bread with olive oil. In the afternoon return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

DAY 01, October 22, 2019 | Marrakech – Casablanca – Rabat
Marrakech – Casablanca – Rabat

Today you will travel 2 hours 45 minutes northwards towards Rabat, stopping en-route for an orientation tour of Casablanca, Morocco's largest metropolis and industrial hub. Discover the city's rich architectural heritage made from a blend of French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style known as Moresque architecture. Developed back in the 1930s and heavily influenced by Art Deco, it embraced decorative details such as intricate tile work and ornate iron balconies. You will notice that some of the era's gems have been magnificently restored, whilst others lie in disrepair. Visit the Hassan II mosque, the landmark and the highlight of the city, this phenomenal building is one of the world’s largest mosques. It was built to commemorate the former king’s (Hassan II) 60th birthday and opened in 1993. Built on reclaimed land, almost half of the surface of the mosque lies over the Atlantic Ocean; taking literally the verse from the Quran that states: God's throne was built upon the water. Rabat is the political capital of the Kingdom and situated at the mouth of the River Bu Regrag, opposite the city of Sale.

DAY 01, October 23, 2019 | Rabat – Fes
Rabat – Fes

This morning your Akorn representative will take you on a half day city tour highlighting Rabat’s cultural influences and the superbly preserved relics of its Moorish past, the most famous site is the 12th Century Hassan Tower, with its incomplete minaret of the great mosque built by Yacoub al-Mansour. Located alongside is the mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V, the founder of modern Morocco and the grandfather of the current king.

Visit the Mohamed VI museum of Modern & Contemporary art, the first museum in Morocco dedicated entirely to modern and contemporary arts. The Museum aims to cover the evolution of Moroccan artistic creation in the visual arts, from the beginning of the 20th century to our days.

You will also pay a visit to the Oudaya Kasbah which is built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate is one of the most beautiful surviving in the Moorish world.

After lunch in a local restaurant you will travel 2 hours 15 minutes eastwards to Fes, arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon to check-in and enjoy the evening at leisure.

DAY 01, October 24, 2019 | Fes
Fes

Today you will visit Fes El Bali, the largest living and complete medieval medina-city and the cultural heart of Morocco. You will explore some of the 9000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks that make-up the labyrinth of the city’s old quarter. Enjoy a walking tour through the Medina, starting from Bab Boujloud down to the former house of Maimounid to see the water clock. The route continues via Talaa El Kebira & down to the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain made up of mosaic and elaborate tile-work.

You will visit the tanneries, where for centuries the leather produced has been highly esteemed and the methods remain the same today as in the medieval times. Only natural ingredients are used for the coloration such as indigo, saffron and poppy. From here you will head to Fez Jdid (the new Fez), an extension to Fez El Bali (the old medina). Fez Jdid was the first new town developed by the Merinids from the 13th century! The quarter also includes the Mellah, former Jewish quarter, with its cemetery and the Royal Palace which is not open to the public but whose impressive main gate can be admired on the Southern side (Place Des Alaouite). Return to your hotel in the late afternoon where you will enjoy a farewell to Morocco dinner.

DAY 01, October 25, 2019 | Fes – Seville
Fes – Seville

This morning, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Seville. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred directly to your hotel.

Later this afternoon you will take a walking tour of the city. Seville is a melting pot of historic cultures and influences, discover how these diverse periods in history have combined to make Seville into the city it is today. Begin your tour with a visit to the fifteenth-century cathedral, one of the most breath-taking in all of Christendom, and see La Giralda. Visit the Alcazar, a magnificent fourteenth-century Mudejar palace that is one of the oldest royal residences in Europe still in use. Finally, enjoy a walk through the Barrio de Santa Cruz, a maze of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, small squares and flower-filled patios. Stop in a traditional tapas bar for a glass of "fino," dry sherry and some traditional tapas before returning to the hotel.

DAY 01, October 26, 2019 | Seville – Jerez - Seville
Seville – Jerez - Seville

This morning you will travel for just over an hour south into the Andalucian countryside. Your route takes you to Jerez de la Frontera, famous worldwide for its sherry and brandy, as well as for its fine horses. Explore the old town, the ‘casco antiguo’, which dates back to Moorish times with an 11th-century fortress. At midday, visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you can watch the horses being trained (subject to schedules and ticket availability). Afterwards, enjoy a visit to one of the many sherry bodegas, or cellars, for a tour, light lunch and a tasting of this renowned dry ‘fino’ wine. Return to your hotel in Seville at the end of the afternoon.

A visit to Seville would not be complete without watching a performance of the region’s famous Flamenco. This evening transfer to Tablao El Arenal for an authentic Flamenco show performed in a building dating from the seventeenth century, with typical Andalusian architecture and decoration (enjoy dinner during the show).

DAY 01, October 27, 2019 | Seville – Granada
Seville – Granada

This morning you depart Seville for the 2 hours and 30 minute journey east towards Granada. After lunch in a local restaurant you will enjoy an afternoon tour in Granada, visiting the Alhambra, the most perfect example of the Arabian heritage in Andalucía, founded in the 1240s. Once a great citadel containing a whole community of houses, schools barracks and gardens, the Alcazaba fortress and Royal Palace are all that remain today but they offer a complex of magical, exotic buildings. Take a stroll through the lovely gardens of the Generalife Palace. Afterwards take a walking tour to include the Royal Chapel (burial place of the Catholic Monarchs Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon) and Cathedral. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

DAY 01, October 28, 2019 | Granada – Cordoba – Madrid
Granada – Cordoba – Madrid

This morning you will visit historic Cordoba. Upon arrival enjoy lunch at leisure before you begin a sightseeing tour (2.5 hours) of the city. Enjoy a walking tour through the flower-filled streets of the Jewish Quarter and visit the Mezquita, built between the 8th and 10th centuries and considered to be one of the most extraordinary buildings in all of Europe. In the 1520s, a Christian Baroque nave was constructed in the heart of the mosque, which fortunately is so large that the unity of the building was not destroyed by this resplendent but anomalous addition. ,br>
Later you will be transferred to the train station where you board your AVE train at Cordoba rail station (Preferente Class carriage) to Madrid. Private transfer to your hotel to check-in. Dinner tonight is in a lively restaurant on the Plaza Mayor.

DAY 01, October 29, 2019 | Madrid
Madrid

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
Rue El Adala Marrakech

Telephone
+212 5244-59000

Website
https://www.hotelsbarriere.com/en/marrakech/le-naoura.html#

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
Rue El Adala Marrakech

Telephone
+212 5244-59000

Website
https://www.hotelsbarriere.com/en/marrakech/le-naoura.html#

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
Rue El Adala Marrakech

Telephone
+212 5244-59000

Website
https://www.hotelsbarriere.com/en/marrakech/le-naoura.html#

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
Rue El Adala Marrakech

Telephone
+212 5244-59000

Website
https://www.hotelsbarriere.com/en/marrakech/le-naoura.html#

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hôtel Le Diwan
Place de l'Unité Africaine Rabat

Telephone
(+16)0530200390

Website
https://sofitel.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2820-hotel-le-diwan-mgallery-by-sofitel/index.shtml

Hôtel Le Diwan
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hôtel Le Diwan
Place de l'Unité Africaine Rabat

Telephone
(+16)0530200390

Website
https://sofitel.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2820-hotel-le-diwan-mgallery-by-sofitel/index.shtml

Hôtel Le Diwan
HOTEL INFORMATION

Les Mérinides
Borj Nord Fez

Telephone
+212 5356-45226

Website
https://www.lesmerinides.com/en-us

Les Mérinides
HOTEL INFORMATION

Les Mérinides
Borj Nord Fez

Telephone
+212 5356-45226

Website
https://www.lesmerinides.com/en-us

Les Mérinides
HOTEL INFORMATION

Les Mérinides
Borj Nord Fez

Telephone
+212 5356-45226

Website
https://www.lesmerinides.com/en-us

Les Mérinides
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sevilla Center Hotel
Avda. De la Buhaira, 24 Seville

Telephone
+34 902 202 345

Website
https://www.hotelescenter.es/hotel-sevilla-center/

Sevilla Center Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sevilla Center Hotel
Avda. De la Buhaira, 24 Seville

Telephone
+34 902 202 345

Website
https://www.hotelescenter.es/hotel-sevilla-center/

Sevilla Center Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sevilla Center Hotel
Avda. De la Buhaira, 24 Seville

Telephone
+34 902 202 345

Website
https://www.hotelescenter.es/hotel-sevilla-center/

Sevilla Center Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

NH Collection Granada Victoria
Puerta Real, 3 Granada

Telephone
+1 646 760 2413

Website
https://www.nh-collection.com/hotel/nh-collection-granada-victoria

NH Collection Granada Victoria
HOTEL INFORMATION

NH Collection Granada Victoria
Puerta Real, 3 Granada

Telephone
+1 646 760 2413

Website
https://www.nh-collection.com/hotel/nh-collection-granada-victoria

NH Collection Granada Victoria
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía
Gran Via, 21 Madrid

Telephone
+1 212 219 7607

Website
https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-collection-madrid-gran-via

Hotel NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía
Gran Via, 21 Madrid

Telephone
+1 212 219 7607

Website
https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-collection-madrid-gran-via

Hotel NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía
  • Spanish
    Arabic
    French
  • Euro
    Moroccon dirham (MAD)
  • Couscous
    Pastilla
    Paella
    Marmitako
  • Sagrada Familia
    Ibiza
    Hassan II Mosque
    Bahia Palace
TRIP DETAILS
TRIP LEADER(S)
Merrill Eisenhower Atwater

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater joined People to People International as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. Before joining People to People International he served as the Director of Aviation at Kansas Department of Transportation. Mr. Atwater joined Kansas Department of Transportation from Housby where he served as National Sales Director. Prior to that he was with Fox Energy Corp. of Kansas City, MO serving as President of New Business Development. He has spoken both at the national and international level on various topics including; Business Development, Energy, and Transportation.

He holds a Bachelors of Science in History and Interpersonal Communications from Missouri Western State University and in 2015 he received is Masters in Business Administration from Baker University. Mr. Atwater has previously been a member of several boards including: The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Executive Staff, NASAO Board of Directors, the Kansas Freight Advisory Committee, Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Aviation System Planning, Standing Committee on Airfield and Airspace Capacity and Delay, Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Relations in Aviation and a sub-committee on UAS Integration into the national air space. He currently sits on the board for the Dean’s Council of Kansas State University (Salina).

Mr. Atwater has received numerous awards and recognitions. He was recognized for the 2017 Aviation Impact Award from the FAA and was awarded National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO’s) Center for Aviation Research and Education Award. In 2016, he was selected to the 40 under 40 Most Influential and Accomplished Leaders of Business. He is married to Shonda Atwater and they have two children.

INCLUSIONS

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Hotels as detailed in the ininerary
  • Costs of all visits/fares/activities included in the itinerary
  • Audio systems for use whilst touring
  • Licenced local guides as required for sightseeing
  • Private transportation for departure transfers (Mercedes Viano)
  • Private transportation for touring
  • Hotel porterage
  • Meals as detailed in itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • All taxes
  • 24 hour emergency contact service based at A&K Europe

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • All air travel and associated costs
  • Meals other than those included in meal plan
  • Airport porterage
  • All items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, telephone calls, laundry, personal insurance)
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the “Inclusions” list above
TERMS & CONDITIONS

People to People International reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a program participant. Should any person’s health, physical infirmity, or general deportment, in the judgment of the delegation leader, impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants, the leader has the right to terminate that person(s) participation, and a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators, is the limit of the sponsor’s responsibility should such person be required to depart the program. In arranging for transportation or conveyance, hotel accommodations, or other services and in carrying out the program, neither the sponsors nor their agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, cost, damage, injury, delay, irregularity, or expense of any kind whatsoever arising from the use of any conveyance, accommodations, or services, or from thefts, pilferage, government restrictions, or regulations and any loss or expense resulting from the above contingencies shall be borne by the participant. Neither the sponsors nor the agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, injury, damage, or expense suffered or incurred by the participant in respect of any acts, or omissions of any third parties, the participant hereby expressly waiving any such responsibility or liability, and services are subject to the laws of the countries visited. People to People International shall not be responsible in any way for loss or damage to baggage or personal effects. INSURANCE FOR LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EFFECTS, ACCIDENTS, AND TRIP CANCELLATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If the program must be canceled prior to travel, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to refund of monies received by People to People International or its agents for delegates currently registered. The sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the program (in which case a refund will be made) or to make such alterations in the schedule as they may deem necessary or desirable. No refund shall be made for services not taken in case of sickness, accident, or emergency resulting in omission of service for less than three consecutive days. Refund will be made on the basis of such amount, if any, as is actually recovered on unused accommodation and service, less all expenses and charges incidental to effecting cancellations. Refund for unused transportation tickets will be made in accordance with the respective carrier regulations. If the program must be canceled after travel has begun, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators. All parties must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrollment in a program allows People to People International the right to use any photos or videos taken during the program.

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