18 days

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Summary

Where Africa & Europe meet

Separated by only a narrow body of water, Morocco and Andalucía have exchanged peoples and cultural ideas for millennia. Not only were both countries united by the Roman empire in antiquity, but Berbers were key to the initial Islamisation of Spain, just as the Berber Almoravids and Almohads were instrumental in stopping the advance of the Catholic reconquest of Spain in the 11th and 12th centuries. It is in Al-Andalus where Islamic art and traditions reached their apogee in Europe. This cultural exchange produced a wonderful, shared architectural language, involving a variety of instantly recognisable decorative elements such as horseshoe arches, zellij tilework and muqarnas. On this tour of a lifetime, you will explore the nexus between Africa and Europe, starting in the Roman period and continuing to the expulsion of Muslims and Jews in the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella. You will explore unforgettable Roman ruins in both continents at Volubilis and Italica, and stunning Moorish architecture in the medinas and palaces of Fez and Marrakech, as well as in the palaces of Sevilla and Malaga. Standing in the wondrous Cathedral of Cordoba or in the Alhambra in Granada, you will experience centuries of culture which transcend boundaries between Europe and Africa, between Christian and Muslim.

Tour highlights:

  • Explore the extensive ruins of Volubilis, one of the most important archaeological sites in North Africa
  • Visit Fez with its UNESCO listed Medina and its historic buildings and medieval museum
  • Examine the site of Gadir which includes remains from the Phoenician and Roman periods
  • View the extraordinary site of Granada, the last bastion of Muslim culture in Andalucía

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$8,045

Deposit: $1,000 Single supplement: $1,395

Meet your Experts

Dr Eireann Marshall

Andante Guide Lecturer

An Honorary Research Fellow for the Open University, Dr Eireann Marshall is bilingual (Italian and English), and she has led many Andante tours.

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Doru Bogdan

Andante Guide Lecturer

A researcher and lecturer at the University of Alba Iulia in Romania, Doru Bogdan is a specialist in Roman archaeology and has also supervised an array of fascinating excavations.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
28 February 2023 AMAS230228 28 February 2023 (Tuesday) 17 March 2023 (Friday) Dr Eireann Marshall Doru Bogdan $8,045
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31 October 2023 AMAS231031 31 October 2023 (Tuesday) 17 November 2023 (Friday) Dr Eireann Marshall Doru Bogdan $8,045
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