Explore Spain and Morocco

Multifaith Cultural Heritage Tour in Southern Spain and Northern Morocco
led by Prof. Munir Shaikh.

 

You can sign up for the full tour or just the Spain portion or Morocco portion.
Pricing is based on double-occupancy (two persons per room). Ground package only. Airfare is not included. See below for inclusions.

FULL PROGRAM: June 17 (departure from US) – July 2 (return)   |   14 nights

  • Adult: $3,200   /   $3,050 ea. additional
  • Youth (age 8-17): $2,600   /   $2,450 ea. additional

– $150 off ea. additional person in group
– Single adult traveler price is $3,700

You will arrive in Madrid (MAD) and depart from Casablanca (CMN).


SPAIN only: June 17 – June 27   |   9 nights
MADRID | TOLEDO | CORDOBA | SEVILLA | GRANADA | MALAGA

  • Adults: $2,600   /   $2,500 ea. additional
  • Youth (age 8-17): $2,200   /   $2,100 ea. additional

– $100 off ea. additional person in group
– Single adult traveler price is $3,200

You will arrive in Madrid (MAD) and depart from Malaga (AGP).


MOROCCO only: June 27 – July 2   |   5 nights
TANGIER | CHEFCHOUAN | MEKNES | FES | RABAT | CASABLANCA

  • Adults: $900   /   $825 ea. additional
  • Youth (age 8-17): $700   /   $625 ea. additional

– $75 off ea. additional person in group
– Single adult traveler price is $1,200

You will arrive and depart from Casablanca (CMN).


INCLUSIONS

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off in Spain and Morocco
  • 4-star hotel accommodations
  • Private luxury A/C bus transportation
  • Breakfast + lunch or dinner (2 meals/day)
  • Entrance fees to scheduled monuments, museums and group activities
  • Local bus, taxi, metro fares during group excursions
  • Gratuities for group transport, meals, activities
  • Daily lectures/discussions with instructional materials

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare (you can sign up for a group flight from LAX or make your own arrangements for the relevant arrival and departure dates)
  • Hotel porterage tips for luggage assistance

Reserve your spot now with a $500 deposit per person (refundable until May 15, less $50 admin. fee per person). Your balance, including applicable discounts based on your group size, will be provided via email invoice. Balance due by April 1.

Families/groups with 4 or more participants may be eligible for an additional discount. Please inquire at tours@bayanclaremont.org.


WHY BAYAN TOURS

Tours offered by Bayan are carefully designed to cater to the diverse interests and needs of families, while offering an exceptional educational and cultural program. Each tour is led by one or more faculty members who provide daily background lectures and insights about the historical and contemporary contexts. Local guides are utilized as well at various points in time. The itinerary is crafted by experienced personnel to maximize your enjoyment and ensure you have the most comprehensive experience available. While the scheduled program is robust, ample time is provided to explore on your own, shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs, and enjoy some leisure activities.

KEY SITES

The tour includes access to the following key sites, and additional locations and activities are included. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to experience a variety of foods, including zabiha, seafood and vegetarian options, from Spanish, Italian, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, and Asian cuisines, including paella, tapas, gelato, local soups, confections, teas, and more.

Registered participants will receive a detailed package with the full daily schedule.

MADRID

  • Plaza Mayor
  • Gran Via
  • Museums
  • Madrid central masjid (jumah)

TOLEDO

  • Mezquita de Cristo de la Luz
  • Visigothic Museum / Church of San Roman
  • Synagogue El Transito
  • Synagogue Santa Maria la Blanca
  • Roman Bridge

CORDOBA

  • Mezquita-Catedral (Great Mosque)
  • Madinat al-Zahra
  • Museum of Three Cultures
  • Juderia (Old Jewish Quarter)
  • Roman Bridge

SEVILLA

  • Plaza de España
  • Alcazar and gardens
  • Cathedral and Giralda tower
  • Guadalquivir river
  • Juderia (Old Jewish Quarter)

GRANADA

  • Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens
  • Albayzin (Old Muslim town)
  • Alcaicería shops
  • Masjid of Granada (jumah)
  • Flamenco show

MALAGA

  • Seaside lunch stop / vista point
  • Malaga shops
  • Leisure time

TANGIER

  • Ferry from Algeciras for full tour participants
  • Cave of Hercules
  • City center

CHEFCHOUAN

  • Lunch in famous blue city
  • Visit to Volubilis Roman ruins
  • Visit to Moulay Idris hilltop town

MEKNES

  • Bab Mansour
  • Royal Stables / Granaries
  • Dar Jamai Museum

FES

  • Qarawiyyin Masjid / Library
  • Funduq al-Najjariyyin
  • Madrasa Bou Inania
  • Madina shops / tanneries
  • Jewish quarter
  • City gates and garden

RABAT

  • Oudaias Kasbah
  • Hassan Tower
  • Mausoleum of Mohamed V

CASABLANCA

  • Hassan II Mosque
  • Corniche
  • City center

DAILY ITINERARY

Day Date Description
1 June 17 (Wed) Depart US Gateway
2 June 18 (Thurs) Arrive Madrid. Hotel Check-in. Welcome meeting, walking tour (Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor), and dinner. Overnight in Madrid.
3 June 19 (Fri) Walking tour (Gran Via, Plaza de Toros), lunch, jumah at Madrid central masjid. Afternoon: El Retiro Park. Dinner. Museum visit. Overnight in Madrid.
4 June 20 (Sat) Depart by private bus for Toledo. Full-day Toledo tour, shopping. Reach Cordoba and hotel check-in. Overnight in Cordoba.
5 June 21 (Sun) Visit to Madinat al-Zahra, Great Mosque of Cordoba, Museum of Three Cultures. Shopping. Overnight in Cordoba.
6 June 22 (Mon) Depart for Sevilla. Visit Plaza de España. Lunch. Hotel check-in. Evening stroll along Guadalquivir. Dinner. Overnight in Sevilla.
7 June 23 (Tues) Visit Alcazar, Cathedral/Giralda. Shopping, Free time. Overnight in Sevilla.
8 June 24 (Wed) Depart Sevilla. Stop in Ronda for lunch and local site visit. Proceed to Granada. Check-in. Dinner. Overnight in Granada.
9 June 25 (Thurs) Visit Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens. Lunch. Shopping, Free time. Flamenco show. Overnight in Granada.
10 June 26 (Fri) Visit Albayzin. Jumah at new Granada masjid. Afternoon check-out. Stop in Nerja. Overnight in Malaga.
11 June 27 (Sat) Airport drop-off for Spain only participants; all others proceed to Algeciras for mid-day ferry to cross Strait of Gibraltar. Overnight in Tangier.
12 June 28 (Sun) Visit Cave of Hercules. Proceed to Chefchouan, exploration and lunch. Proceed to Volubilis. Proceed to Moulay Idris, evening prayer. Proceed to Meknes, hotel check-in.
13 June 29 (Mon) Meknes tour. Proceed to Fes. Check-in. Dinner. Visit madina jadida and Jewish quarter. Overnight in Fes.
14 June 30 (Tues) Full-day Fes tour. Site visits, lunch and Shopping. Proceed to Rabat. Overnight in Rabat.
15 July 1 (Wed) Morning: Rabat site visits, lunch. Proceed to Casablanca. Afternoon: Hassan II masjid. Free time. Overnight in Casablanca.
16 July 2 (Thurs) Airport drop-off for return flights to US.
This trip has been amazing. I wasn’t so sure about what it would be like, but it is a great learning experience. It is wonderful that we can be together as Muslims, while experiencing different monuments and Islamic art all over Spain. My favorite activity was the night time horse carriage ride in Seville.
Zahabiyah, Chicago, IL
A variety of settings for meals and conversations not only made for increased time getting to know new friends but allowed for individual food needs and styles to be accommodated. The scope of the tour was challenging but doable, and the spirit was wonderful. My expectations were fully met.
Paul, Madison, WI
All the arrangements, from the hotels, the private bus, the cities visited, the restaurants and food options, and the expert guided tours were excellent. It was a very educational and pleasant experience.
Abdul M., Los Angeles, CA
I was very impressed with the tour leader’s ability to tailor the experience to such a diverse tour group! My children, ages eight and nine, were thoroughly engaged and had a fantastic time (truly a feat for a study tour). The tour leader very aptly anticipated the needs and wishes of everyone in our group. Every day, our itinerary was clearly structured, yet allowed for adjustment as per each person’s needs. Transitions between activities were near seamless. Transportation between locations was always comfortable and utilized to either offer some needed rest or very welcome education.
Sara, Los Angeles, CA
I have seen pictures of the Alhambra Palace while taking a Spanish language class in college. Ever since, I wanted to come and see Andalusia with my own eyes. I could feel the spirit of our forefathers as we go through the big masjid of Cordoba, and other Muslim remains. If one listens, he/she can hear Andalusia sing. It is a sad song that misses the hustle & bustle of Muslims, the adhan of the mueddhins from tall minarets, the recitations of the Qur’an and so much more. I am grateful to Allah (swt) that I got this opportunity to see all the memories of 700 years. I wish all Muslims could have a look at this rich heritage of ours!
Hafiz, Princeton, NJ
It was a true vacation because all the planning and thinking was done by our amazing tour guide. Therefore we were able to relax mentally as well.
Zarina, Los Angeles, CA
Munir Shaikh, the Spain Tour Director/guide is phenomenal. He is patient, he is firm, he is responsive and he is open minded. Above all, he is very knowledgeable about the history of the region.
Ruby, Los Angeles, CA
Our tour director, Munir Shaikh, did a tremendous job of organizing the Spain Tour: everything from the selection of hotels and food, giving guidance to local specialties & shops, and especially the teaching moments on history & architecture.
Najeeba, Orange County, CA
The tour was customized to the needs of the group and the guide was very flexible about accommodating our requests without compromising the overall experience.
Syed, Orange County, CA

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