28. Andalusia & Morocco

28. Andalusia & Morocco

Departure point: Madrid
Tour kicks off every Tuesday
Duration: 10 days

Price from: €1209
Duration: 10 DAYS

Tour starts on every single TUESDAY all year long.

 

Tour code: C-2102

Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners

- modern and air-conditioned bus

- multi-lingual tour escort

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

- tickets to Cordoba's Mosque

- tickets to Saadian Tombs and Summer Royal Palace, Marrakech

- ticket to the Medersa in Fez

- 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 

This is a ten-day tour that combines the best highlights of Andalusia with the Arabian charm of Morocco. Essentially, this package is not just about two countries, but two continents: Europe and Africa – fabulous times await.

After spending some time in the Andalusian cities of Cordoba and Sevilla with classic tapas, authentic flamenco dancers, and the warm-hearted and passionate people that celebrate colorful fiestas, you'll travel further to the south of Costa del Sol by Marbella. Thereafter, you'll take a ferry to cross the Bay of Gibraltar and commence the African segment of the tour. You'll visit the cities of Tangier and Fez, and later the historical Meknes. The African experience ends off in the capital of Morocco - Rabat. 

A few days later you'll come back to Marbella, and travel further to Andalusia, exploring the beautiful city of Granada with its magnificent Alhambra Palaces.

On the way back to Madrid, you will visit the former capital of Spain - Toledo. 

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IMPORTANT: be aware that this tour crosses international borders. You will leave the European Union and enter the Kingdom of Morocco so please ensure you have a valid Moroccan visa. Also note your Schengen visa (to enter the European Union) needs to be a "multiple entry" one.

Day 1. Madrid - Cordoba - Seville (530km ~ 329 miles)

Departure from the bus terminal at 08.00 in the morning towards Cordoba.

On the way you will pass the beautiful region of La Mancha.

Upon arrival you will take a tour around Cordoba where you will experience the true charm and atmosphere of this Andalusian city. The tour includes entrance to the famous Mosque-cathedral of Córdoba and a visit to the Jewish Quarter. The Mosque-cathedral was originally a Catholic Christian church built by the Visigoths, however it was later converted into an Islamic mosque in the Middle Ages. After the Reconquista, (the “Reconquest”), it was converted into a Catholic Christian church once again.

After the sightseeing tour, the bus departures to Seville.

Dinner and accommodation.

 

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 - Tanger- Casablanca  (449km ~ 279 miles)

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 and enter the Kingdom of Morocco.

After disembarking, a bus will take you to the enchanting city of Tangier, where the tour leader will briefly explain the main highlights.

Soon after you will be relocated to the largest, and probably most famous city of Morocco, Casablanca. Casablanca is known as a legendary and cosmopolitan destination, affectionately remembered by the world-famous Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Casablanca is also a largest, and most populated city in Morocco.

Accommodation and dinner.

 

Day 5. Casablanca - Marrakesh (237km ~ 147 miles)

Breakfast.

Short panoramic sightseeing tour around Casablanca, then a departure towards Marrakech.

Upon arrival, embark on a 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.

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 “theater” entertainment presented on Djemaa el Fna, including musicians, dancers, singers, magicians, and story-tellers to name a few.

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. 

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 6. Marrakech - Rabat - Meknes - Fez (470km ~ 292 miles)

Breakfast.

Departure to Rabat where you'll have a chance to stroll through its small narrow streets and explore the main sights:

  • Mausoleum Mohamed V, a mausoleum that contains the tombs of the Moroccan King and his two sons, and 
  • the Towers of Hassan - the incomplete minaret that intended to be the largest in the world.

Then tour continues to Meknes, the formal capital of Morocco. It is a marvelous city surrounded by 40 kilometers of town walls, with a huge gate called ‘Bab el-Mansour’ - the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways.

Later that day you will relocate to Fez.

Arrival, accommodation and dinner. 

 

Day 7. 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 8. Fez - Tanger - Marbella (435km ~ 270 miles)

Time to head back to Spain.

After breakfast you will head back to Tangier, and from there take the ferry back to the Costa del Sol, Spain. After a one-hour bus ride along the Spanish southern Coast, you will arrive in Marbella.

During the evening, enjoy the beautiful promenades of the city.

Accommodation, dinner and night in Marbella. 

 

Day 9. 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 10. 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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Please click here to see the route on a map.

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

Prices:

Per person in double/twin room: 1209€ 

Single Supplement: 350€

Supplement July to Oct.: 70€

Supplement for departure on April 16 and May 7: 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

Tryp Macarena ****: hotel, that is located in Seville, close to the historic center, to Parliament, Macarena Basilica, also to the River Guadalquivir, and ‘’Magic Island’’ theme park (''Isla Mágica''). Hotel possess an outdoor pool with panoramic views and a beautiful Andalusian-style patio. There is a possibility to exchange currency right in the hotel.

 

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.

 

Casablanca

Recently renovated the hotel Kenzi Basma**** is located in downtown Casablanca, right at the heart of the city: a prime setting, nestling between the amazing architecture of the Art Deco neighborhood and the economic capital’s cosmopolitan business district. The cozy and welcoming ambiance and the harmonious design, make this haven a must of Casablanca.

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Golden Tulip***** is a luxury 5 star hotel. It offers numerous facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, Spa, fitness club and few restaurants and bars, where you can try different type of food, also free Wi-Fi connection. Rooms are cozy-designed and tastefully furnished. Hotel is within walking distance to Medina – traditional and historic old part of the city.   


Marrakech

Atlas Asni**** hotel. All 334 rooms have balconies that overlook either swimming pool, gardens or Atlas Mountains. Feel free to discover its ‘’Daniel Jouvance’’ Spa, - a 1500 m² space of pure wellness joy, with rituals straight from Moroccan traditions. Few restaurants and lounges are at your disposal.

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Kasbah Zalagh**** The hotel is situated near the Agdal gardens and the ramparts of the old city “Medina”, and it’s only 1 minutes from the Jemaa-el-Fna square. Kasbah Zalagh offers tranquility because it is far from the bustle and traffic and it has beautiful views of the Atlas Mountains. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, an international restaurant and a few bars. You can also enjoy the spa and discover Moroccan traditional beauty cares and massages, as well as the traditional Hammam – a heated pool.


Fez

Menzeg Zalagh**** This 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. 

 

Granada

Carmen ****: a nicely located hotel - right in front of El Corte Inglés - Spain’s most famous shopping mall, - this property has all the facilities necessary for comfortable and relaxed stay: lounge bar, restaurant and swimming pool, to mention the least. ‘’Fuentes de las Batallas’’ square – the ‘’heart’’ of Granada - is within a short walking distance.

 

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.