On this music and dance tour, you’ll experience the longing of flamenco, the spiritual rhythm of Sufi drumming, and the emotion that floats on every beat. Discover that music is more than sound, it is art and culture that inspires new perspectives while preserving tradition. Music is both spiritual and personal, as it provides a platform to unite cultures in a shared space. This exclusive itinerary creates this connection, as you uncover the heart of flamenco and the soul of Sufi.
Seville – An Orientation in the City of Flamenco
Once your plane touches down in Seville, you will immediately be compelled by the city’s rhythm. There is energy on the streets and a sense of possibility enhances the atmosphere. Travel down back-lanes and wander across the plazas, as you soak up the inimitable style of Andalusia’s capital and orient yourself with a unique city. A local guide will accompany you and point out the different districts and customs, as they help you feel comfortable in Seville. Your accommodation will be in Triana, the district that forms one point of the flamenco triangle. Part of the orientation involves wandering the streets of Triana where legendary flamenco figures grew up, including the Pinea family and Pepe el de la Matrona. You’ll pass taverns along Betis Street and bars for impromptu performances along La Alameda de Hercules Avenue. Tonight, you relax, explore, settle in, and feel the rhythm start to flow through your veins.
Day 2 - 4
Seville – Flamenco Dance Classes and Uncovering a Vibrant City
Day 5 - 7
Seville – Tracing the Legendary Flamenco Route Through Andalusia
Moulay Idriss – Introduction to the Sufi Orders
Moulay Idriss – Volubilis Ruins and Joining the Drummers
Fes – Introduction to Issawa Spiritual Music
Fes – Jajouka Rhythm and Following the Musicians Through the Mountains
Fes – Afternoon Workshop Around Gnawa Rhythms
Marrakech – Dekka Music and Joining the Performers on Djemaa El-Fna
Marrakech – Gnawa Dance Along With the Festivities of Andalusian and Sephardic Music
Day 15 - 16
Essaouira – Relaxing in the City That Inspired Hendrix
Marrakech – Departure
- Learn the flamenco with dance lessons in the Triana district of Seville, the spiritual home of the art form
- Absorb the teachings of Sufi masters throughout Morocco, and take in a wide range of distinctive styles, including Issawa, Jajouka, Gnawa and Dekka
- Savor a unique understanding of the deep (jonda) flamenco style as you explore the flamenco triangle, following a twisting path to uncover the genesis of the art
- Join the Sufi drummers in performance, with workshops and live shows also attended by followers who dance in a trance
- Take your time discovering the evocative attractions of Seville, as you immerse yourself in the colors and charm
- Get to know the souks and walled cities of Morocco, as time in Fes and Marrakech creates experiences that complement the music
- Enjoy flamenco performances in Andalusia’s most legendary venues, with the world’s finest flamenco musicians on the stage
- Travel to the city that inspired Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa among others, with a visit to Essaouira completing your journey through Moroccan music influences
Music has always had the power to bring people together, and it has been doing so in Andalusia and Morocco long before the Western pop culture of the 20th century. For many centuries music has been both a means of escape and a vessel of unity, an art form that transcends cultural differences while it enables culture to share experiences. In Andalusia, the music of choice is flamenco. In Morocco, the music has a deep spiritual element, as it originates from holy Islamic tenets. Both styles have evolved over the last millennia, with a myriad of offshoots and new creations that keep the music fresh.
These two unique styles of music are difficult to experience outside Andalusia and Morocco. Of course, you can hear the music anywhere in the world, but it’s only in Morocco and Andalusia that you can truly experience the art forms and what they mean. Only in the home of the music can you feel the emotion and uncover the meaning behind it all while you learn to play the music for yourself.
This unique 17-day itinerary combines time spent in Andalusia with a visit to Morocco. Through the music, you will enjoy unique cultural connections with the people and the places. You’ll experience some of the greatest performers at some of the most legendary venues, from 200-year-old village taverns to spiritual open spaces beneath the stars. You’ll also have the opportunity to get involved, as you learn flamenco dancing and Sufi drumming from the experts. While music provides a focus, the 17 days are also packed with the sights and charms of iconic destinations so that you can get a real feel for the cities’ atmospheres.
Start in the Triana district of Seville, with flamenco dance lessons, exploring the city, and opportunities to watch performances. Then spend time exploring the cradle of flamenco, and follow the three-four time route through the flamenco triangle. It’s a journey full of secrets, including the sublime music venues that form the genesis of deep flamenco.
Then, you’ll fly to Casablanca and enjoy an immediate insight into the spirituality at Moulay Idriss, with local mystics that offer an understanding of the art’s fundamental roots. Over the next few days in Fes and Marrakech, you’ll join the drummers and trance dancers, and each day will focus on a different spiritual music offshoot including Issawa, Jajouka, Gnawa, and Dekka. Finish this handcrafted tour in Essaouira, the musical city that inspired Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and others.
$5,129 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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