32. Southern Spain & Morocco

32. Southern Spain & Morocco

Departure point: Madrid
Tour kicks off every Thursday
Duration: 12 days

Price from: €1279
Duration: 12 days

Tour starts on every single THURSDAY all year long.


Tour code: C-4122

Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners

- modern and air-conditioned bus

- multi-lingual tour escort

- sightseeing tour with local guide in Sevilla, Fez, Marrakech, Rabat, Granada and Toledo

- tickets to the Medersa in Fez

- tickets to the Saadian Tombs and Summer Royal Palace in Marrakech

- tickets to Alhambra in Granada

- tickets to St. Tome Church in Toledo

- travel insurance

- free Wi- Fi on board (except Morocco)

- porter service (1 suitcase per person)

- tips 

A twelve-day tour that combines the beautiful sights of Andalusia with the Arabian charm of Morocco.

After spending some time in the Andalusian cities of Cordoba and Sevilla, having indulged in exotic foods and wines, charmed by the Flamenco dancers and passionate people that celebrate colorful fiestas, you'll travel further to the south of Costa del Sol and end up at Marbella. Thereafter you will take a ferry to cross the Bay of Gibraltar and start the African segment of the tour. You'll see the fascinating cities of Tangier and Fez, Meknes and Rabat. You will also spend a full day in Marrakech, the most distinctive city in Morocco. 

Later, you will get back to Marbella, travel further up to Andalusia, exploring the beautiful city of Granada with the picturesque Alhambra Palaces. on the last leg of the tour, before you get back to Madrid, you will visit the former capital of Spain - Toledo. 

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IMPORTANT: Please note that you will leave the European Union and enter the Kingdom of Morocco during this tour. Ensure you have a valid Moroccan visa, and a Schengen visa with multiple entries to enter the EU.

Day 1. Madrid - Caceres - Seville (560km ~ 348 miles)

Departure from the bus terminal at 08.00 in the morning.

We head to the beautiful Extremadura region, where you will make a first stop in Caceres - a beautiful town founded by the Romans in 25 BC.

Once we arrive, you will have free time to explore the charming old town ‘Parte Antigua’, with its famous medieval quarter and ancient walls. Caceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 due to the city's blend of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. After a break, we head to Seville, taking the ''Autovia de la Plata'' highway, infamous for the fact that it roughly corresponds to the ancient Roman ''Silver Route'' from the mines of Northern Spain to the Mediterranean.

Dinner and accommodation upon arrival.

 

Day 2. Seville

Breakfast.

A city tour with a local guide to see Seville’s most beautiful places and notorious sights:

  • Park of Maria Luisa – Seville’s main public park, and the largest green area that stretches along Guadalquivir river,
  • the Plaza de España – most famous square in Seville and one of the largest in Spain,
  • the Cathedral of Saint Mary
  • the Minaret of Giralda;
  • the typical Quarter of Santa Cruz (former Jewish Quarter) with its white houses and tiny narrow streets.

After the city tour you will have the afternoon off to rest or explore more on your own.

You can also join an optional tour to the Reales Alcazares (Royal Palaces of Seville). 

Dinner and a night in Seville.


Day 3. Seville - Ronda - Marbella (190km ~ 118 miles)

Breakfast.

On your way to Costa del Sol you will check out some beautiful white villages as well as the roman village, Ronda, founded by Romans, and situated in a very mountainous area around 750 meters above sea level.

It is famous for its three bridges:

  • ''Puente Romano'',
  • ''Puente Viejo'' and
  • ''Puente Nuevo''

that span the canyon. After some free time, there you will continue to the coastal city of Marbella, located on the Costa del Sol, translated as the Sunny Coast. Marbella is known as a very rich city, where famous actors, singers, and other well-known people from all over the world permanently reside or spend their vacations. Seeing famous people, especially actors, is a common occurrence here.

Arrival in Marbella during the late afternoon. You can take a swim, walk along the promenade, relax and enjoy the sunset on the beach.

Dinner and a night in Marbella.

 

Day 4. Marbella - Tarifa - Tangier - Fez (Ferry) (433 kms)

Breakfast.

Departure towards to one of the Spanish gates to Morocco – either Tarifa or Algeciras (depending on exact date). From where you will take a ferry to cross the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Kingdom of Morocco. After disembarking, a bus will take you through to the enchanting city of Tangier, where the tour leader will briefly explain the main highlights. 

Later the bus will transfer you to imperial city of Fez.

Arrival, accommodation and dinner. 

 

Day 5. Fez

Breakfast.

The city tour to see one of the largest and oldest Medinas in the world - Fes El Bali. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the world's largest car-free urban areas. The maze of 9400 winding alleyways are far too narrow for cars, and too crowded for just about anything but foot traffic. With its exotic corners, mosques, madrasas, fountains and handicraft shops, - this place never is boring.

You will see the oldest university in the world, the university of al-Karaouine, founded in 859 AD, the Royal Palace of Fez and the quarter of tanners - where leather is produced exactly the same way as it was many centuries ago.

In the afternoon you will have plenty of free time exploring the city on your own.

Dinner and second night in Fez.

 

Day 6. Fez - Meknes - Marrakesh (547km ~ 340 miles)

Breakfast.

Departure to Meknes - the formal capital of Morocco. It is a marvelous city surrounded by 40 kilometers of town walls and with a huge gate called ‘Bab el-Mansour’ - the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. After a tour and some time in Meknes tour will continue to Marrakesh. Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 7. Marrakech

Breakfast, followed by the city tour to see Saadin Tombs (''Graves of Saadinas''), the sepulchers of Moroccan Sultans of the 16th century. These tombs, because of their decorative beauty, have been one of the major attractions for visitors to Marrakech. You will visit the exotic plaza, Djemaa el Fna, a huge square and market place in Marrakesh's Medina (Old City) used by locals and tourists alike.

More things to see during the tour: The Royal Palace that attracts visitors because of its imposing fortified walls and Koutoubia Mosque, - the largest Mosque in Marrakesh. 

During the day you can haggle over (bargain for) and purchase traditional local shoes, wallets, handbags and other popular Moroccan goods.  At night, you have the full specter of the street ''theatre'' entertainment presented on Djemaa el Fna, including musicians, dancers, singers, magicians, and story-tellers to name a few.

The rest of the day will be free so you can discover the Medina (Old City) with its various colorful craft shops.

Exotic local dinner and a night in Marrakesh.

 

Day 8. Marrakech - Casablanca - Rabat (330km ~ 205 miles)

Breakfast. 

Departure to Casablanca - a city by the sea, the legendary and cosmopolitan place (just to mention a world-famous ''Casablanca'' movie by Michael Curtiz!). Casablanca is also a largest (most populated) city in Morocco. Then we'll continue to the capital - another imperial city - Rabat. Hotel check in and dinner. 

 

Day 9. Rabat - Tanger (249km ~ 155 miles)

Breakfast. A city tour around Rabat - you'll have a chance to stroll through its small narrow streets and explore the main sights: Mausoleum Mohamed - a construction, that contains the tombs of the Moroccan King, and the Towers of Hassan - the incomplete minaret, that supposed to be the largest in the world, but was never finished. Later in the afternoon you will head to Tanger. Arrival, accommodation and dinner. 


Day 10. Tanger - Marbella (145km ~ 90 miles)

Breakfast. Departure to board the ferry and cross back the Strait of Gibraltar towards Spain. Arrival to Terifa or Ageciras. After short ride arrival to to one of the hotels in Marbella, Costa del Sol. Most of the day will be in your full disposal. Enjoy it - beaches, shopping, fun. Later dinner and night in Marbella.

 

Day 11. Marbella - Granada (180km ~ 112 miles)

After breakfast you will continue onward to Granada. Here you are going to visit the impressive monumental fortresses of La Alhambra, its Arabian palaces, Nazaries, and its green and picturesque Generalife Gardens.

Besides Granada´s absolutely awesome and historical sights, this city is known as one of Andalusia’s hippest, most youthful places, with a free tapas culture (when you get a free ´tapa´ or snack with each drink ordered), cool bars and intimate flamenco haunts.

In the evening you will have the opportunity to visit the Sacromonte caves and experience a magnificent Zambra flamenco show. 

Dinner and accommodation.


Day 12. Granada - Toledo - Madrid (446km ~ 277 miles)

Breakfast.

In the morning of your last day you will leave Granada and make your way towards the imperial city of Toledo - a former capital of Spain, a place where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together for centuries. After lunch you will enjoy a walking tour where you can stroll through narrow and charming streets, see old squares, thick walls, and fully immerse yourself into the real atmosphere of a medieval town.

You´ll visit the church of St Tome, with its famous paintings of El Greco, and the Synagogue of St. Mary.

Later, you´ll pay a visit to the factory where jewelry and other items were produced from the infamous Damascus steel. Toledo was for its swords, made from excellent, high quality Damascus steel many centuries ago.

In the early evening, you will head back to the starting point of the tour - Madrid.

Arrival and end of the tour.

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To see the route on a map click here.

Please click here to see the optional day trips for this tour. 

Prices:

Per person in double/twin room: 1279€ 

Single Supplement: 340€

Supplement July to Oct.: 80€

Supplement on departures on April 11, 18 and 25, also on May 2 and 9: 100€

 

Discounts:

- Children less than 4 years old: free, without granted seat in the bus

- Children between 4 and 7 years old: 25% discount off adult price, in a room with adults

- Teenagers between 8 and 18 years old: 5% discount off adult price 

- Seniors (65+ years old): 5% discount off adult price 

- Third person in triple room: 5%

Discounts cannot be combined. 

Seville

Silken Al-Andalus Palace**** This hotel is located among the gardens of the Heliopolis neighborhood and close to the María Luisa Park and Plaza de España, in the southern part of the city, a short walk from the historic center of the Andalusian capital. Rooms are spacious, full of natural light, comfort and serenity. Among the services of the Silken Al-Andalus you will find a fantastic outdoor pool, with bar service. The hotel also offers a gym, beauty salon, as well as terraces, gardens and open spaces to relax in.


Marbella

The NH Marbella**** hotel is an ideal place for exploring Marbella’s upmarket shops, bars and restaurants. It’s located along the ‘Golden Mile’, roughly halfway between the city center and famous Puerto Banus. It is less than 10 minutes walking to the beach. Hotel’s 163 rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable. They all have balconies and many come with mountain or sea views. Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and satellite TV are standard. Hotel’s restaurant serves classic Mediterranean dishes. In spring and summer you can dine outside on beautiful terrace. In the gardens, you’ll find a pool with a poolside bar, also hotel possess a free gym.


Fez

Pickalbatros Royal Mirage***** this charming luxury 5 star hotel rests in a perfect location with an easy access to a vibrant city center of Fes. It has a perfect combination of comfortable accommodation, traditional Moroccan hospitality, delicious food and relaxing facilities. All spacious guest rooms decorated in an elegant style with modern amenities.

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Menzeh Zalagh**** hotel offers a great view on the Medina - the oldest area of the city, and UNESCO world heritage sites. Hotel also has its own night club, garden and a swimming pool. All 150 rooms have balconies, air-conditioning, minibars and satellite TV. 


Marrakech

Atlas Medina & Spa***** is a luxurious hotel located in the Hivernage Square - a perfect location to start to explore a wonderful city of Marrakech. The Medina & Spa is set amidst flourish and picturesque gardens, features a wellness center, two swimming pools, jaccuzi. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, minibars and balconies.  

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Jardin del Agdal**** this luxury five star hotel is situated just about half kilometer from Agdal Gardens, Aquedal Park and Al Mazar shopping Mall. Many other Marrakesh sights, including Royal Palace and Tin Mal Mosque are about 20 min walking distance from the hotel. Jardin de L’Agdal offers the nightclub, tennis courts and two swimming pools - indoor and outdoor. Free Wi-Fi, wellness center, Spa, hammam, solarium and the terrace will add to the picture.

 

Rabat

Golden Tulip Farah****. Most of the rooms of this five star hotel offer excellent view of the Bourgreb River. 192 comfortable rooms are spread out over four floors, providing a range of modern amenities including air-conditioning, direct dial phone, satellite TV, and balconies. Dining options available onsite, including the popular La Tulipe Brasserie and beautiful Panorama Lounge. The hotel situated right next to Hassan Tower and mausoleum of Morocco's King Mohammed V. Vibrant and busy downtown of Rabat is just a short walk away, yet guests still have the peaceful tranquility of the Golden Tulip Farah hotel to come back to.

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Hotel Rabat*****. This five star hotel located in the central part of Rabat, near the Old Medina, and the business part of the town. It has a Spa center and an indoor swimming pool. All rooms are decorated in Art Deco-style designs. Two restaurants and the Irish-style minibar are at your disposal.

 

Tanger

Hilton Honor****

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Cesar**** Cesar Hotel & Spa is located on the seafront and 5 min from downtown. It offers panoramic and stunning views of the Strait of Gibraltar and the Bay of Tangier, it combines nature, gastronomy and prestige. The hotel has a Spa that offers a range of different treatments and sevices, such as an indoor heated pool, a sauna, a Hammam. Facilities also include a buffet restaurant and a VIP lounge. 


Granada

Los Angeles and Spa**** hotel located right in the heart of Granada, close to La Alhambra’s peaceful and quite residential area. This recently refurbished family hotel is perfectly equipped to provide the most relaxed stay for its customers.  Comprised of 6 floors, the Los Angeles & Spa offers a number of facilities amongst which is Spa, equipped with 2 pools, and massage rooms with bathrobes. During the evenings, guests can enjoy typical Andalusian dishes before relaxing with a cocktail at the bar. 

 

In some cases hotels can be substituted with the ones of the same category and level.

Here you will find commonly asked questions regarding our tours. Although you can find most of the information under the ''Overview'', ''Itinerary'' and ''Prices'' sections, we decided to lay it out below:

 

 Are the tours for individuals, families, small groups of friends?

- Yes. Our tours are for single travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends whom we put together with other travelers to form a larger group.

 

How many people are normally included on a tour?

- We cannot guarantee an exact number per tour. Normally it ranges from 10-20 people per group, but these numbers can vary greatly depending on the season in question. In summer, groups tend to be larger as this is a popular time of year while the Winter season usually attracts smaller groups. There are certain tours that combine travelers if the destinations follow the same routes, e.g., you may be on a 10-day tour package with companions travelling on a 5-day package. The tour will cover the same areas and the 5-day package guests will break off thereafter.

 

Is there is a guide in the bus?

- Yes. An accompanying guide (tour leader) usually travels with the group during the entire tour. An exception may occur when there are minimal numbers signed up for a particular tour. These small groups will travel with an experienced, English-speaking driver/guide. For the city tours, we use local professionals and licensed guides.

 

What languages do the guides use?

- English and Spanish. All our tour guides speak both languages fluently. If a tour group consists of an English-speaking group only, the tour will run in English.

 

Do your tours run during certain times of the year?

- Most of our tours run all year long. Some tours, e.g., those running to the northern regions of Spain, only run from March till October. Each tour’s description provides all the relevant information needed For example: ''Sundays all year'' means that a tour will start on every Sunday of the year, regardless of the numbers.

 

What cities do the tours start from?

- The first four tours start in Madrid and the rest start in Barcelona, however the description for each tour is listed.

 

Where are the meeting points for the tours?

In Madrid, it is Calle Ferraz 3 (Ferraz str., 3). The meeting point is in the City center, right off Plaza España.

- In Barcelona, it is in the reception of the Hotel ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’, Carrer de Muntaner, 505, 08022, Barcelona.

 

Do you pick up from the hotels on the first day of the tour?

- By default, no. We do not pick up from hotels because that would delay the tour launch time.

However - if your hotel is enroute, using the same bus route on launch day, we will pick you up. A week before travel, we require the name of your hotel in Madrid, and will inform you if you can be picked up directly from your hotel or need to head over to the meeting point at 7.45am.

In Barcelona, the meeting point is always in the reception of the ''Catalunya Barcelona 505'' hotel.

 

What type of vehicles do you use?

- Buses for larger groups and minibuses for smaller ones. Vehicles are modern with air- conditioning.

 

Are meals included?

- Lunches and dinners are included anywhere that's mentioned in the itinerary (section ''Itinerary''). Buffet breakfasts are included every morning in all hotels our guests occupy during their tour.

 

I am a vegetarian or allergic to certain products, any problem?

- No problems at all. Inform the tour leader and he will assist you. On a side note, many dinners are of the buffet-type, so you can simply choose what you prefer. For those with allergies, if in doubt, please remind tour leader during mealtimes. Alternatively, ask the restaurant staff about the content of the dishes. 

 

What time do you depart for Madrid on the last day of travel? Can I book a flight on the same day, flying out of Spain?

- Normally we return to Madrid between 17.00 and 19.00 on the last day of the excursion (depending on the specific tour). However, it is not recommended to book the flight out on the same evening/night, as traffic jams in Madrid or other possible events may delay your flight.

 

I need a night in the hotel or transfer from/to the airport to be booked before or after the tour.

- Sure. Just let us know when.

  

Can I just show up for the trip without reservation and pay directly in the office, on the spot?

- Unfortunately, not. The tour must be booked in advance, as we need to make all the arrangements beforehand.

 

How long in advance should I book a trip?

- If you book at least 2 weeks in advance, the trip is guaranteed, though we recommend booking even earlier, if possible. Requests received with less than 2 weeks to go prior to launch date, usually work out 80% of the time, just contact us.

 

Can I customize one of the tours for myself?

- No. However, if you are a group of 20+ persons, the route can be customized upon your request as the tour could be run privately for your group. Please contact us regarding the terms and conditions.

 

What is the booking process?

- It is very simple. Once you have chosen the tour, there are 6 steps:

   a) you confirm the tour by e-mail, indicating starting date, tour code, number of persons travelling and their names,

    b) we send you an invoice,

    c) you pay 10% to book the tour,

    d) we issue the confirmation,

    e) 2 weeks before the starting date, you pay the rest of the monies due, and

    f) you show up for the tour on the appointed date and time.

 

How much should I pay and when?

- We require a 10% deposit during reservation, and the remaining 90% in no less than 2 weeks before the tour commences.

 

How would I pay?

- You can pay in one of four ways:

1) Bank wire to our company’s bank account. Our banking details are included on the invoice that you receive,

2) We can charge your credit card. Please keep in mind that in this case we charge an additional 2% on top of the amount (bank charges), we need you to sign an Authorization form and you need to send us your passport copy and copy of the credit card (the front) to verify ownership,

3) Western Union (normally for short-notice reservations, and when amount needs to be received urgently), and

4) Transferwise.com – an online system allowing the transfer of funds. There is a small commission attached.

 

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

- 10% paid at the time of reservation is non-refundable. The other 90% is fully refundable if cancelled in no less than 2 weeks (e.g., if you paid 100% upfront during reservation). There are no refunds for cancellations made with less than 2 weeks to go before the trip.

 

Are there any discounts?

- Yes. Discounts are listed under the section ''Prices''.

 

Are taxes included in the tour prices?

- VAT and Tourist Taxes are always included, except for the Tourist Tax in Cataluña (the region where Barcelona is located) that needs to be paid at the hotel. The amount is currently 1 euro/person and per night.

 

Most of the multi-day tours start and ends in Madrid. What are the options for a “Day Tour” and excursions in Madrid on my own/o, if we have a few days in the Capital before or after a multi-day tour?

- We have numerous day tours around Madrid and to the surrounding areas. If you have time before or after your multi-day tour, please check our website for options. If you wish to start in Barcelona, please check this link.

 

How do I know if I need a visa for Spain or Morocco?

- Please check the visa information on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain. The visa requirements for Morocco can be found here. Please note that all trips to Morocco will require your Schengen visa to be of an ''multiple entry'', as you will enter Spain for the second time.

 

I am ready to go ahead and book one of your tours, but I need a Visa to enter Spain.

- Yes, we do help our customers to get their Visas, after a trip is confirmed and the deposit has been paid. As we are a fully licensed tour operator in Spain, after the deposit paid, we can issue the confirmation, which you later bring to Spanish Embassy/Consulate. In this letter we confirm that you booked and partly (or fully) paid for a tour with us. Please note, we do not guarantee the issue of visa and cannot influence the process. The decision is up to the Embassy, as they have their own rules and regulations for each country. At the same time, we do our best to ensure we provide assistance where possible.