2021 St Mary’s Academy Spain and Morocco Program
June 17, 2021 -
June 28, 2021
Dates are tentative
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $3,999
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Spain and Morocco 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 learning to make olive oil at an old-world grove, enjoying tapas, and biking the outskirts of Ronda.
Across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, Morocco has long attracted travelers who are lured by tales of its exotic markets, endless desserts, alluring coastline, and rugged mountains. Today it is a country that finds itself cautiously entering the 21st century while remaining loyal to deeply traditional roots. Upon arrival one is immediately captivated by the geographic diversity of Morocco’s landscapes. Whether navigating a heaving bazaar, winding your way through the narrow and tightly packed back alleys of the medina, or hiking in the Rif mountains above the charming village of Chefchaouan, you will be entranced by amazing Morocco.
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.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Tour an organic olive farm in Seville for a tour and olive oil tasting
Visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest Mosque in Morocco
Learn to make traditional Moroccan cuisine in a private cooking class
Scavenger hunt through the blue-rinsed streets of the Medina
Explore the heart of Andalucia
Experience the art and history of Old Madrid with a guided tour
Dance the flamenco in Granada
We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|June 17||USA - Madrid||Today the group will travel from the US to Madrid, Spain.||Airplane|
|June 18||Madrid||We'll arrive in Madrid and settle into the hotel after the long day of travel. After some brief orientation meetings we'll have a quick snack of churros con chocolate and visit the the Prado museum, one of the most impressive art museums in the world. After that, we'll enjoy a typical Spanish lunch in the historic center. In the afternoon, we will explore our neighborhood, visiting the Plaza Mayor, and checking out the views from the Royal Palace and the Templo de Debod, an Egyptian temple dating back to the 2nd century B.C. that was donated to Spain. In the evening, we'll enjoy our first meal of tapas and traditional Spanish food.||TOC hostel|
|June 19||Madrid||This morning, we'll stroll through the Retiro Park, once the king's personal refuge, and have an early picnic in the park. Then we'll travel south to Granada, one of the most idyllic cities in all of Spain, which was once the thriving capital of the Moorish empire. After settling into our hotel and before dinner, we'll have a guided tour of the old Albayzin, the traditional Gypsy neighborhood, and the historic Jewish quarter.||TOC hostel|
|June 20||Madrid - Granada||We'll have a guided tour of Alhambra during the day, one of the most photogenic places on the planet. Afterwards, we'll have some free time to wander through the old quarter, possibly visit a traditional Moroccan tea house, and attend a flamenco performance in a cave above town this evening.||Hotel Macía Monasterio de los Basilios|
|June 21||Granada - Ronda||Travel to Ronda in the heart of Andalucia and visit the precipitous ravine before enjoying a scavenger hunt tour around the town. In the evening, we'll put our Spanish skills to use with a dinner of tapas with Spanish students. Que guay, no?||Hotel Macía Monasterio de los Basilios|
|June 22||Ronda - Sevilla - Tangier||Today we're headed to Morocco! We begin by continuing on to Sevilla where we'll catch a flight to Tangier in northern Morocco, a city with incredible history and character. Upon arrival we'll settle into our riad and explore our neighborhood before dinner.||Tangier Hotel|
|June 23||Tangier - Assilah - Tangier||After breakfast the group will be privately transported to Assilah (45 min)! Assilah is a small city located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, south of Tangier. Its old white medina, is surrounded by ramparts and well-preserved doors, built in the 15th century by Portuguese settlers. The medina is an artistic center renowned for its colorful, modern murals. The students will take a guided tour that will end with a late lunch. Everyone will have the chance to partake in a Moroccan tradition, henna before wrapping up our first full day in Morocco!||Tangier Hotel|
|June 24||Tangier - Chefchaouen||After breakfast the group will be privately transported to Chefchaouen (2.5hr). Chefchaouen is a city located in the Rif Mountains, in northwest Morocco. It is famous for the remarkable buildings in different shades of faded blue! Leatherwork and weaving workshops line its steep cobbled paths. Upon arrival students will check into their riad and enjoy the afternoon by walking to visit the city’s Ras El-Maa, where local women come to do their household washing. There, the group will sit alongside the mountain stream and sip Moroccan mint tea at a local cafe. Afterwards the group will walk through the Kasbah before dinner.||Riad in Chefchaouen|
|June 25||Chefchaouen||After breakfast the students will take a guided tour through Chefchaouen's medina. The city is built on a hill so be prepared for a lot of uphill walking (when you get to the top it can feel like you just did a mountain hike)! That being said, walking is the best way to experience the city as there are tons of narrow streets that cars can’t access. The group will learn all about this old fortress and the history it preserves. After lunch everyone will have a moment to sip mint tea on a rooftop terrace cafe before everyone has free time to do some souvenir shopping!||Riad in Chefchaouen|
|June 26||Chefchaouen - Casablanca||After breakfast the group will be privately transported to Casablanca (5hr). Casablanca is is a port city and a commercial center located in the west of Morocco, facing the Atlantic Ocean. The French colonial heritage of the city is reflected in the Moorish architecture of the city center, combining Moorish style and European Art Deco. Upon arriving to Morocco's largest metropolitan city, we will check-into our hotel. Afterwards we will have time to walk through the historical habous before dinner!||MELLIBER Appart Hotel|
|June 27||Casablanca||After breakfast we will visit the Hassan II Mosque; the largest mosque in Morocco and the 13th largest in the world (its minaret is the world's tallest at 689 ft.). The walls are composed of handcrafted marble and the roof is retractable; it also stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, allowing worshippers to pray over the sea. Students will take a guided tour inside the mosque and then pair up in groups to photograph and explore it’s stunning exterior architecture. We will spend the afternoon near the seaside before visiting Morocco Mall!||MELLIBER Appart Hotel|
|June 28||Casablanca - USA||On our way home! Hasta luego!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Monasterio Basilio is located in the center of Granada. This 3-star hotel can accommodate up to 4 students per room with ensuite and shared bathrooms. Some of the amenities include, but are not limited to, free wifi and gym access. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Enfrente Arte is a unique hotel in the heart of Ronda, Spain. Each room has its own character, and is themed differently. All rooms include an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and central heating. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
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, pool, terraces and gardens, today create a convivial, relaxing atmosphere in one of North Africa’s most magical cities. Students will have internet access in order to stay connected, and will be grouped in double or triple occupancy rooms according to gender.
Safety and Support
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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.
Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica
Your Adventure Includes
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. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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