2019 DCIS Spain & Morocco Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 DCIS Spain & Morocco Program!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info, that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and get excited for Spain and Morocco!
Travel Dates: March 21, 2019 - April 1, 2019
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Program Tuition: $3,050 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $999
Deadline(s): Final payments are due March 15, 2019

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Spain Cultural Journey

The smell of paella, the rhythmic tapping of flamenco, the rugged peaks of the Pyrenees, the soft waves of the Mediterranean, the world class museums, the Moorish palaces, the medieval villages, and the people who seem to have more lust and passion for life than anywhere else; this is Spain! You will access all of this and more as you improve your Spanish language skills and escape the tourist path. We have carefully developed programs that include spending days hiking along the epic Camino de Santiago, learning to make olive oil at an old-world grove, enjoying tapas, exploring the colorful streets of Barcelona, and sketching our own versions of Dalí.

-The above is a general description of activities on our programs in Spain. Please consult your itinerary below for exactly what you all will be doing on your adventure.-

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.

Visit an organic olive farm in Sevilla for a tour and olive oil tasting

Learn to make classic cuisine in a traditional Spanish cooking class

Explore the heart of Andalucia

Experience the art and history of old madrid with a guided tour

Explore the Alhambra and dance the flamenco in Granada

Bike through quaint coastal towns

The Itinerary


We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
March 21USA - Madrid, SpainToday the group will travel from the USA to Madrid, Spain.Airplane
March 22MadridOn our first day in Madrid, we will tour our neighborhood and enjoy a snack near Plaza Mayor, which is really close to our hostel. From there we will walk to the Royal Palace to see the grounds, the statues of old Visigoth kings and tour the palace (if we arrive early enough). From there we will walk to the Templo de Debod and enjoy our first evening and sunset together!TOC Hostel
March 23Madrid & MarrakechAfter our morning flight to Marrakech, the group will start their Morocco portion of the program! We will check into our Riad. Lunch will be served at Nomad, a rooftop terrace that overlooks the Spices Square in the old medina. Afterwards the group will be picked up and transferred to ride camels! When our afternoon activity finishes, we will head back to our Riad where we will dine and enjoy live Gnawa music.Marrakech Riad
March 24MarrakechGroup will take breakfast on the rooftop of the riad and get ready for their last day in Marrakech. Everyone will be picked up by a local guide for their half a day medina tour. We will visit Badi Palace, Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace. This will be a great opportunity to reflect on the similarities between Moroccan and Spanish arcitecture. Our guide will leave everyone in Jemaa el-Fna (the main square), where we will head across the street to view Koutoubia Mosque. Our afternoon will end there where we will discuss the history of Marrakech’s tallest arcitecture. The night train to Tangier that the group will be taking departs at 9pm, therefore we will head to the train station for dinner in advance.Sleeper train
March 25TangierWe will arrive in Tangier in the morning and check into our hotel. The rest of the morning and early afternoon will be spent on a day trip to the Caves of Hercules. The afternoon will end with the group having Moroccan tea at Cafe Hafa (a simple cafe that has a beautiful view of Tarifa’s coastline). Afterwards the group will dine at Le Saveur du Poisson. Once back at the hotel, the program leaders will hold a reflection in order to get everyone ready for the Spain portion of their trip the following day!Tangier Hotel
March 26Tangier & SevilleAfter breakfast we jump on a ferry and cross the Straight of Gibraltar, entering Europe again. Upon arrival in Seville, we'll have lunch and then visit the cathedral to see the Giralda and tombs of Columbus and Ferdinand III, both of whom shaped and were shaped by the Reconquista. We will continue with an orientation tour through the old Jewish quarter in Barrio Santa Cruz and the picturesque Calle de Agua. We will end the night in the Alameda de Hercules for dinner.Hostal Plaza Santa Cruz
March 27SevilleWe will start the day in the Real Alcazar, which features a mix of Arabic, Mudejar, and Gothic architectural styles, and learn about the legendary rulers there – which might seem familiar to Game of Thrones fans. We will have lunch at the Mercado de Triana, which sits in an old Moorish fortress and later seat of the Spanish Inquisition or the Mercado Lonja del Barranco, a fish market along the river that was converted into a modern food market. After lunch, we're off to Parque Maria Luisa for a look at the Plaza de España with special attention to the regional decorations that feature scenes of the Reconquista. After that, students will enjoy unstructured time to explore the gardens, including opportunities to visit the Mudejar art museum and Seville’s museum of archeology that contains impressive Roman art and ruins salvaged from Italica.Hostal Plaza Santa Cruz
March 28Seville & CordobaAfter breakfast in Seville we will take the train to Cordoba for a day-long visit to the enchanting city. Our first visit will be the iconic mezquita. As a church that was then a joint mosque, to only mosque, maintained by Jewish architects and engineers, and then converted into a church, there is no better monument to the conflict and cooperation between Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Andalusia. After lunch (which must include the Cordoban specialties salmorejo and tortilla), students will go on a “patio hunt” to try to find the best examples of Cordoba. We'll return to Seville this afternoon/evening for dinner.Hostal Plaza Santa Cruz
March 29Seville & GranadaAfter breakfast we're off to Granada. Upon arrival we check into the hotel and then strike out for the Granada cathedral, which took so long to build that its art and architecture reflect many changing styles in Europe. We will visit the tombs of Ferdinand and Isabella, who completed the Christian conquest of Spain. If time allows we will also visit the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, part of the University of Granada for students to get an orientation on options for a longer study abroad experience. In the evening, we will tour the beautiful and historic streets of the Albaicin, and end the day watching the sunset over the Alhambra from the mirador San Nicolas.Hotel Macía Monasterio de los Basilios
March 30GranadaAfter breakfast, we will visit the Alhambra, the last pinnacle of the Islamic era of Spain. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner and a flamenco show caves of Sacromonte, as well as a guided tour of the Albaicin.Hotel Macía Monasterio de los Basilios
March 31Granada & MadridToday we head back to Madrid to visit the Parque de Buen Retiro and its surroundings so that students can relax and enjoy unstructured time to explore before our final farewell dinner.TOC Hostel
April 1Madrid & USAFly home!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

 

Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
TOC Hostel

TOC Hostel is a spacious hostel minutes away from the metro and major tourist attractions. This is a modern and hi-tech hostel with shared rooms or private suites.

 

 

Monasterio Basilio

Monasterio Basilio is located in the center of Granada. This 3-star hotel can accommodate 1-4 students per room with ensuite and shared bathrooms. Some of the amenities include but are not limited to free wifi and gym access.

Grand Hotel Villa de France Tangier

This four star hotel was built in the eighteenth century and is located in the historic center of Tangier. The architecture of the Grand Hotel Villa de France, along with its fountains, terraces and gardens, today create a convivial, relaxing atmosphere in one of North Africa’s most magical cities. Two or three students will share a room, and there’s a pool!

Sleeper Train – Marrakech to Tangier

The overnight train is a popular and time-effective way to travel from Tangier to Marrakech. The ONCF overnight train has one couchette car with eleven 4-berth compartments. Each bed is provided with pillow, sheet and light blanket. The car is air-conditioned, the compartment doors lock securely and it is a safe, comfortable and time-effective way to travel!

Riad Star

Riad Star offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech – a little slice of luxury in the heart of the medina. Students will be roomed in double, triple or quadruple rooms based on gender. Wifi is available throughout the hotel. Breakfast will be provided on the rooftop.

Hostal Plaza de Santa Cruz

Hostal Plaza de Santa Cruz is located in the heart of Sevilla, making it ideal for getting around easily on foot. The three star hotel comes with air conditioning, Wifi and breakfast served on the terrace each morning. Students will be split between gender between double, triple or quadruple rooms depending on availability.

Safety and Support


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HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
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EXPERT LEADERSHIP
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COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

I thought all in all it was a great experience and wonderful program!! My daughter speaks about her experience daily. She had a ball!!

April
Parent of Jaylah, traveler on 2017 Program to Costa Rica

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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