Encounter the legacy of medieval Moorish culture on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar and experience the vibrant contemporary cultures of the Canary Islands, Morocco, and southern Iberia.


  • In Tenerife, Canary Islands, discover the UNESCO-listed historic quarter of La Laguna, known for its perfectly preserved mansions, town hall, and cathedral.
  • Drive through pine forests to the foothills of Teide National Park to visit the Sitio Litre orchid garden, or take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of La Orotava to admire its 17th-century heritage buildings.
  • Spend a day on Portuguese-accented Madeira and explore its farmers’ market, featuring the island’s freshest fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and enjoy a tasting of Madeira’s eponymous wine.
  • Venture through the “red city” of Marrakesh and marvel at the Kutubiyya minaret and the gardens and interiors of Bahia Palace.
  • Pass through the Strait of Gibraltar—known in antiquity as the Pillars of Hercules—then experience the sweeping views from the top of the Rock of Gibraltar.
  • Appreciate the varied heritage of Seville, Spain, reflected in its delightful Spanish-Moorish architecture.
  • Step back in time to the 15th century—when Portugal launched the Age of Discoveries—in Sagres, home of Prince Henry the Navigator and the location of his famous school of navigation.

Itinerary at a Glance

April 17Depart gateway city
April 18Arrive in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
April 19Tenerife—embarkation
April 20Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
April 21Arrecife, Lanzarote
April 22At sea
April 23Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
April 24At sea
April 25Safi, Morocco | Marrakesh
        *Optional Marrakesh Jet-Set Excursion (Two days/One night)
April 26Casablanca | Rabat
April 27Gibraltar, United Kingdom
April 28Cadiz, Spain | Seville
April 29Portimão, Portugal | Sagres | Lagos
April 30Lisbon—disembarkation | Depart for U.S.

Optional Extension(s)

Post-tour: Lisbon

Trip Scholar

Jerry Coyne

Jerry Coyne is professor emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. His scientific work is on the genetics of species formation, the problem raised (but not solved) by Darwin in On the Origin of Species. For his work he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition to 125 scientific papers, Coyne has written a scholarly book about his research area, Speciation (Sinauer Associates, 2004) and two popular books, the New York Times bestseller Why Evolution is True (Viking, 2009) and Faith versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (Viking, 2015). He’s also written more than 160 popular articles and book reviews in places like the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Slate, and The Nation. Coyne’s blog, Why Evolution is True, has more than 60,000 subscribers and discusses not only the latest research in evolutionary biology but also a variety of unrelated issues, including philosophy, politics, food, and cats.