Andalusia is one of the most attractive areas within the Mediterranean regions due to its mild climate, environmental nature, its history and its culture. It was consecutively conquered by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. Following this, for five centuries, Vandals. Suevians and the Arabs occupied the region.
Seville, Granada, Cordoba - cities of light and music, inspiration for many poets, writers and great artists gather the best monuments of a splendorous past. The Giralda in Seville, the Alhambra in Granada, and the Mosque in Cordoba are, along with many others, a delight for all visitors.
Morocco is a country of cultural, linguistic, and climatic contrasts. Its old and beautiful Imperial Cities, its artistic monuments and picturesque streets, Kasbahs, Medinas, and Souks offer a fascinating view of this country. Beyond the mountains and the walls of its towns and cities, Berbers, Arabs, Nomads and Highlanders hide out. Morocco, the country of light and colour, inspires with the magic of its oases, mountains, sky and sea.
Day 1: Barcelona – Madrid
Arrive at Barcelona Sants train station and catch the AVE high-speed train to Madrid. Upon arrival at Puerta de Atocha train station in Madrid you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Madrid – Cordoba – Seville (BD)
This morning transfer for the meeting point for tour departure at 8.30am. Drive along La Mancha, land of hapless knight, Don Quixote. Brief stop at typical site in Puerto Lapice. Cross through the natural border of “Despeñaperros” and get into Andalusia, a region with preserved heritage from a splendorous past. Reach Cordoba. Explore its impressive Mosque and stroll through the narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a two hour ride, reach Seville.
Day 3: Seville (BD)
Highlights this morning include the exterior of the Cathedral, the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome; Santa Cruz quarter an authentic backdrop of “Carmen” and the land where the myth of “Don Juan” comes from. Also see Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace.
Optional Flamenco tour (supplement applies)
Day 4: Seville – Ronda – Costa del Sol (BD)
This morning drive south passing typical villages. Reach Ronda; time at leisure to admire this town of Celtic origin and the marvellous view of the valley and mountain range. In the afternoon continue on to the Costa del Sol, one of the most modern and beautiful areas.
Day 5: Costa del Sol – Fez (BD)
Morning drive along the picturesque tourist route of Costa del Sol via famous resort towns like Marbella and Puerto Banus. Arrive Algeciras or Tarifa and board the ferry boat to cross the Strait of Gibraltar towards Africa. Arrival to Morocco, disembark, clear customs, and continue on by bus via Larache to Fez, the most monumental of the Imperial Cities. The University of “Karaouyne” in Fez is the largest Islamic sanctuary in Morocco.
Day 6: Fez (BD)
This morning explore the most ancient and monumental of the Imperial Cities visiting the seven Gates of the Royal Palace, Jewish Quarters or Mellah Gate of Bab Bou Jelous, and continue with a walking tour of the “Medina” (Old City) declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace.
Optional dinner with show. (supplement applies)
Day 7: Fez – Meknes – Marrakech (BD)
Morning drive towards the ancient city of Meknes. This old imperial city is located in the heart of the Mid Atlas. Upon arrival explore the walled city including some time to admire the great Bab Al Mansour Gate - Morocco’s most beautiful Gate and the most well known monument in town. Continue driving southwards through the Mid-Atlas mountains to Marrakech Capital of the South located within an extensive oasis between the Atlas Mountains and the pre-desertic area.
Day 8: Marrakech (BD)
Today’s highlights include the Koutoubia Tower, twin tower of the Giralda in Seville; Saadines Tombs, and Bay Palace. In the afternoon walk around the Medina, souks, and the magic Jamaa El Fnaa Square which is packed with fortune tellers, snake tamers, acrobats and dancers all making the centre of the city an open air theatre that invites the participation of the audience.
Optional dinner with show at “Fantasia Chez Ali”. (Supplement applies)
Day 9: Marrakech – Casablanca – Rabat (BD)
Morning departure northwards via Benguerir and Settat to Casablanca, the actual industrial and economic capital and the most populated city housing 10% of the country’s population. Explore the most interesting sections of the city - Anfa boulevard, Nations square residential areas, and visit the outside of the Hassan II grand mosque. Afternoon departure to Rabat - diplomatic and administrative capital and official residence of the King Mohamed VI. (BD)
Day 10: Rabat – Larache – Tangier (BD)
This morning embark on a city tour visiting the the Royal Palace from outside, Mohamed V Mausoleum and the unfinished Hassan Tower all of which are important examples of the Almohade architecture. In the afternoon continue via Larache to Tangier, cosmopolitan city that has always been protected due to its strategic location at the main gate of Europe and Africa. Upon arrival take a short orientation tour followed by an afternoon at leisure to continue exploring at your own pace.
Day 11: Tangier – Costa del Sol (BD)
Transfer to the pier and aboard the ferry to return across the strait of Gibraltar back to Spain. Overnight at the Costa del Sol.
Day 12: Costa del Sol – Granada (BD)
Morning departure towards Granada and its incredible monumental environment, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens. The sounds and sights here have inspired several authors and stories such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Afternoon at leisure.
Optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte Square.
Day 13: Granada – Toledo – Madrid (B)
Morning drive northward towards Toledo. Located on the Tagus river, the impressive Imperial city of Toledo, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is known as the city where three cultures - Christian, Moorish, and Jewish - have lived together for centuries. Characterised by Spanish art, history and spirituality, the whole town is a National Monument. Take a short guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets and visit a famous “Damasquinado” factory, where gold and silver are inlaid in iron. Continue to Madrid.
- Tourist class accommodation as specified (or similar)
- High-speed AVE train Barcelona-Madrid (tourist class)
- Transportation as per itinerary in air-conditioned deluxe coach
- Professional English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Daily breakfast
- 11 dinners
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
- This is a multi-lingual coach tour
- Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax)
- This itinerary is made up of several separate tour components meaning you might not have the same guide vehicle or travel companions throughout your tour.
- During the stay in Costa del Sol tour escort service will not be available.
- Only one piece of luggage per person is allowed. Travellers have to go through customs control with their own luggage.
- Meals and sightseeing as per itinerary
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