27. Southern Spain & Morocco

27. Southern Spain & Morocco

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

Price from: €1364
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 tours with local guides in Sevilla, Fez, Marrakesh, Rabat, Granada and Toledo

- tickets to the Medresa in Fez

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

- tickets to Alhambra in Granada

- tickets to St. Tome and St. Maria Blanca churches in Toledo

- travel insurance

- free Wi- Fi on board (except Morocco)

- tips 

This is a twelve-day tour, that combines the best highlights of Spanish South with the Arabian Moroccan charm. Essentially, this package is not just about two countries, but two continents: Europe and Africa - fabulous times await. The packages, actually, splitted exactly in half - six nights in Spain, and six nights in Morocco - so, you have enough time thoroughly explore all the best spots in most popular cities in both countries. 

From Madrid you'll be taken first to the ancient town of Caceres, then later - to the very heart of Andalusia to place, that truly encompasses the spirit of the Spanish culture - Seville. Guitars, flamenco, wine, tapas, and passionate people - that's what this city is famous for. 

With its curious mishmash of Moorish majesty and Roman relics, rustic charm and indelibly beautiful back country, where mountains tower above gushing rivers and canyons carve through the ground, it's hardly surprising that Andalusia remains one of the most visited regions in Spain. 

We'll pass through the ancient village of Ronda on the way to the southern coast, where you will enjoy wonderful beaches of Costa del Sol.

Thereafter, you'll take a ferry to cross the Bay of Gibraltar and commence the African segment of the tour, starting from Tangier, and making a strong accent on visiting ancient imperial cities of Morocco: Marrakesh, Fes, Meknes, and Rabat. Rabat is the current capital city, and, although a modern city at first glance, it has several interesting historical attractions, such as the Kasbah of the Oudaias and the Hassan Tower, also the gleaming Royal Mausoleum. Marrakesh is famous for its Medina (Old City), numerous souks, ancient palaces like Badi and Bahia Palaces, the striking Koutoubia Mosque, the energetic square Djemaa el-Fna, and the Saadian Tombs. The former capital of Fez boasts plenty of stunning architecture, though it is perhaps most known for its large tanneries (leather-producing facilities) and for being home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Meknes has one of the most impressive monumental gates in all of Morocco: Bab el-Mansour. On top, you will also see Moroccan cosmopolitan city of Casablanca.

A few days later you'll come back to Spanish southern coast and night after will travel further (or back!) to Andalusia, this time exploring the beautiful city of Granada with its magnificent Alhambra Palaces and Nazare Gardens.

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

To see the route on a map click here.

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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" type.

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

Departure from Madrid at 8am in the morning. We'll be heading to the region of Extremadura, where you will make a first stop in Caceres - a beautiful medieval town founded by the Romans in 25 BC. Visiting this place is like travelling back in times, to the old medieval era. The streets climb and twist among hoary palaces and mansions. As you turn your head up, you can see the skyline decorated with gargoyles, spires, and gigantic storks’ nests. The fortress has been serving as defensive walls since the 16th century. You will have a good hour and a half there, so, please go ahead and check the main highlights, those are very close to each other and located in the city center:

  • Plaza Mayor - town’s most-lively square. There are several must-see places located in Plaza Mayor. Climb up the steps from the Old Town and turn left. You will see the great Torre de Bujaco, or Bujaco Tower. At the top of the tower, you will be treated to a storks’ eye view of the Plaza Mayor. To climb the tower, you need to spend 2 euros.
  • Next to Torre de Bujaco, at the top of the stone stairs, you will see Arco de La Estrella, (Star Archway). This archway serves as a traditional entrance to the Old Town. Built in the 18th century, this archway is considered to be the most important gate in Cáceres.
  • The essential part of travelling to Cáceres is what lies inside the fortress. As you enter through Arco de la Estrella, several antique buildings greet you. If you walk left from the archway, you will find Palacio de Toledo-Moctezuma, built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Though you can only visit the palace from the outside, the front-facing architecture is worth seeing.
  • Additionally, the small streets in the Old Town have different small shops selling local products, such as homemade pastries and sweets. Other local products definitely worth trying are goat cheese (Torta de Casar) and fig cake.

Continuation to Seville, arrival, dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 2. Seville

Breakfast in the hotel, followed by a proper city tour throughout Seville with a local guide, to admire this beautiful and also the largest city of Southern Spain. With a numerous sights and attractions, this city will never leave visitors stuck for choice. Main highlights of the tour:

  • Plaza de España was built as a centerpiece for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. Described as one of Seville’s most impressive sights, this plaza (square) measures at 50,000 sq. meters. Only a twenty-minute walk from Seville Cathedral, this is one of Seville’s more popular locations and with a canal measuring 500 meters, the plaza is known as ''the Venice of Seville’’. It is a magnificent sight and a must see, with its colored ceramics and 48 tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. This place is not only popular with tourists and visitors as it has been used for the location of a number of films including Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars.
  • Maria Luisa Park acted as the site of the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929. Filled with orange trees, palm trees and flower beds, it is the perfect place to unwind. With a number of colorfully tiled benches and fountains erected in a Moorish style, this park brings a touch of the exotic to the city. It is surrounded by a number of historic sites and wonderful architectural buildings which allows visitors to indirectly appreciate the beauty of Seville.
  • Seville’s Cathedral is one of the largest in the world. It stands at an enormous 126 meters long and 83 meters wide with a ceiling height of 37 meters. The classical exterior draws visitors into an equally impressive interior. For example, the main alter piece, consists of 36 gilded panels, gently glimmering through the space. Globe-trotters can also pay their own homage to one of the world’s greatest travelers – the cathedral holds the sarcophagus of Christopher Columbus. A definite must-see.
  • Barrio Santa Cruz - Seville’s most famous area and a former Jewish Quarter. Its unfeasibly narrow streets, white houses, secret squares and small churches creates an unforgettable atmosphere, just enjoy it.

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

  • You can check out the inside of the Cathedral, or visit the famous Giralda Bell Tower , attached to it. This is most iconic representation of the Islam and Christian traditions that define Seville's history. You can walk to the very top, and, except for the final section, which features stairs, the route almost all the way up (for stunning views!) is via ramps.
  • Go to Metropol Parasol, also known as the ''Mushrooms of the Incarnation'', built just a few years ago - and now is one of Seville’s newest architectural ventures. It is the largest wooden structure in the world, and from the top of it you can have a truly spectacular view. The structure also hosts a museum, which houses Roman remains found during the beginning of construction.
  • Another suggestion for your free time - to explore disrict of Triana - Seville’s former Gypsy quarter and one of the city’s most distinctive attractions. Its colourful, quaint streets are lined with old-style tapas bars, the walls of which are often plastered with faded bullfighting posters, photos of flamenco artists and weeping Virgin Marys. It is also known for its locally made ceramics, which adorn the walls of its old, whitewashed houses, and one of Seville’s best and most lively markets - the Mercado de Triana.

Night in Seville.


Day 3. Seville - Ronda - Costa del Sol (190km ~ 118 miles)

Breakfast. Transfer and a first stop in beautiful town of Ronda. Steeped in dark myths and bullfighting folklore, whilst boasting one of the most extraordinary locations in Spain, it is no wonder that Ronda has become Andalusia’s third most visited place. With its world-famous New Bridge and bullring, as well as the hidden corners of the gorge on top of which it perches, Ronda will definetely not disappoint. In Ronda you will have a free time to explore the main highlights of this beautiful town.

  • Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge) - one of southern Spain’s most famous attractions, Ronda’s epic bridge, spans the 100m-deep El Tajo gorge, connecting El Mercadillo (The Little Market) - the newer part of town, with La Ciudad (The Town) - the old Moorish quarter. The bridge was completed in 1793, and it took some forty years and the lives of 50 construction workers to build.
  • Puente Viejo (Old Bridge) - is the more notable of the two crossings that the gigantic Puente Nuevo was built to improve upon. Comprising a single stone archway, this early 17th-century structure is reached by strolling down through the beautiful Jardines de Cuenca (Cuenca’s Gardens), and from its center, there are some spectacular views of the countryside beyond Ronda.
  • Bullring – simply the largest (by diameter!) bullfight ring in the world.
  • Old and New Town - El Tajo canyon not only rendered necessary Ronda’s most iconic attraction, it also divides the town into two separate halves, each with its own style and atmosphere. La Ciudad – or The Town – is the original Moorish part and weaves around one central Street - Calle Armiñan, south of Puente Nuevo. On the northern cliffs of El Tajo is the more commercial part of town, known as El Mercadillo (The Little Market).

Later we'll continue to Costa del Sol. 

  • Situated in the province of Málaga, in the south of Spain, Costa del Sol (or Coast of the Sun) is among the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. Having marvelous weather (with over 300 days of sun a year) ensures that Costa del Sol gets bombarded by tourists any time of the year. Coming to there means finding not only beautiful landscapes and scenery, but also outstanding beaches. Each town is rich in cultural heritage and tasty food. 

Depending on a date, number of people for the tour and other factors, you’ll go either to chic Marbella o flashy Torremolinos. Both places are beautiful coastal towns with excellent beaches, vibrant nightlife and very relaxed atmosphere.

Arrival, dinner and accommodation. 


Day 4. Costa del Sol - Tarifa - Tangier - Fez (Ferry) (433 kms ~ 269 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards to one of the Spanish ''gates'' to Morocco – either Tarifa or Algeciras (depending on date), from where you will take a ferry to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and enter the Kingdom of Morocco. Be prepare to pass the custom control in both Spain and Morocco, which sometimes can be a bit caotic, especially in Morocco. After disembarking, a bus will take you to the enchanting city of Tangier, where the tour leader will briefly explain the main highlights.

  • Travelling to Tangier will take you to the past and present at the same time. With a lifetime of influence from France, Spain and Britain, Tangier has become the centre of mixed traditions in Morocco. As you get to the city, you will immediately notice the men and women in their djellabas (Moroccan dresses), a lot of spoken Spanish, and colourful souks. Tangier is a city full of life, due to its extended history that started back in the 5th century BC. 

Later we will continue to Fez. Arrival, accommodation, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5. Fez

Breakfast, then a proper city tour around imperial city of Fez. Being one of the most important cities in Morocco, Fez is rich in culture, history, traditions, and gastronomy. With one of the first universities and the oldest medieval Medina (Old Town) in the world, this city has a lot to offer. Main highlights of the city tour:

  • Dar el Makhzen - the Royal Palace of Fez, might not be open to the public but is definitely worth seeing. The royal family doesn’t live there, but they maintain a palace in every city for each of their visits. Truly an impressive sight, it features gigantic doors made of brass and gold, surrounded by zellij tilework and carved cedar wood. It’s a popular place with tourists, as the detailed mosaics and bold colors make for beautiful pictures that play with light and perspective.
  • Chouara Tannery - this is the most iconic place in Fez, and the oldest tannery in the world, where they still operate like they did in medieval times. Here men make leather in a massive tannery surrounded by houses and shops. The smell can get rather intense, so normally a mint leave is offered to all who enters the door, as this is definitely a unique site to behold.
  • Medersa Bou Inania - right at the entrance of the Old Medina lies the former college for Muslim intellectuals. It was built by Sultan Bou Inan in the 14th century but has been beautifully restored, featuring gorgeous mosaics, carved plaster, cedar mashrabiyyas (lattice screens) and impressively large doors. The inside is splendid, with a fountain in the courtyard and endless, hand-carved walls and zellij tilework. It also has rooms on two floors, where classes used to be taught. Entrance and the tour.
  • Walking Medina. Medina (the Old City) is the heart of Fez. The high, sandy-colored walls protected inhabitants from invasions in times gone by. Pass through one of the towering gates and you’ll find yourself in a chaotic world of mayhem - where people, bicycles, scooters, cars, donkeys, carts, and street stalls all compete for space. Narrow alleyways lead to even smaller walkways, with ornate doors and interesting door knockers adding visual charm to otherwise nondescript buildings. Tradesmen get on with their daily tasks in open-fronted workshops, groups of teenagers huddle together as younger kids play, and women gossip loudly as they walk through the streets. The medina is the place to go if you want to fully immerse yourself in the local Moroccan life.

 Enjoy the beauty of Fez on your free time. Dinner and second night in the city.  

 

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

Breakfast in the hotel then transfer to Meknes. One of Morocco's old imperial cities, Meknes became the capital city in the 17th century. Located in the Middle Atlas region, it sees fewer tourists than nearby Fez and is a pleasant place to take a journey back in time. We will have a stop there to admire the beautiful monumental gates of Bab Al Mansour.

  • The core of Meknes’s old city is within the imposing walls of the Medina. The ancient fortified city can be entered through numerous gates, several of which are very impressive. Bab Mansour is often said to be one of the most beautiful gates in all of Morocco, and one of the world’s finest entrances. Arches and columns, wood carvings, and striking zellige tile work combine to make this a photogenic beauty.

Continuation to Marrakesh. Arrival, dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 7. Marrakesh

Breakfast and a proper tour around Marrakesh. Imperial city of Marrakesh is one of the country’s most captivating destinations. Nicknamed the ''Red City'' because of the high, reddish-brown walls that enclose the old medina, Marrakesh offers an exciting blend of history, culture, tradition, everyday life, and a unique energy that needs to be experienced to be understood.

  • Square Djemaa el-Fna is a major highlight for both tourists and locals seeking entertainment and fun. During the daytime ladies offer henna tattoos, men demonstrate snake charming and try to get people to pose for pictures with mischievous monkeys, and an array of stalls sell an even larger assortment of goods. As night falls, the square becomes even livelier, with musicians, magicians, people wearing traditional outfits, dancers, and story-tellers all adding to the carnival-like ambience.
  • The Bahia Palace, (meaning ''brilliance'' in Arabic) - is perhaps one of the best-preserved historical sites and certainly most interesting in Marrakesh. This sprawling palace is set over two acres in the middle of the Marrakech medina and features 150 rooms, including a harem section. Having housed the Resident General during the French Protectorate era, today the Bahia Palace is a must-see historical museum open to the public daily. Entrance ant tour inside.
  • Saadian Tombs - is the complex of mausoleum houses the remains of the dynasty’s founder and Sultan Ahmed el Mansour’s parents. Built during the sultan's lifetime, it showcases the incredible skills of master artisans. There are 66 tombs between the two mausoleums, containing princes and other prominent figures. The gardens have even more tombs in various states of beauty and detail. Decorative and colorful tiles and Quranic inscriptions are common embellishments. Entrance and tour inside.

On you free time you may want to:

  • Relax in a soothing hammam. Hammam is a traditional Moroccan steam bath. Nowadays there are many authentic hammams open to the public, both locals and tourists.
  • Eat delicious food - Marrakesh has numerous restaurants and cafés where you can sit and enjoy a delicious taste of Morocco. In addition to well-known Moroccan dishes, such as tajine and couscous, look out for places that serve tanjia. Tanjia is a Marrakshi specialty that takes its name from the type of earthen pot it is cooked in.
  • Wander around bustling souks - the souks of Marrakesh are famous around the world, attracting many visitors who are keen to practice their haggling skills, pick up some bargains, and browse the many colorful delights. Large tubs of aromatic spices, vibrant glass lamps, tall shisha pipes, leather balgha (traditional slipper-like shoes), and wooden musical instruments sit alongside djellabas (long, traditional garments), kaftans, sewing supplies, stuffed camels, silver bangles, cooking equipment, rugs, and an assortment of housing supplies, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

Dinner and a night in Marrakesh.

 

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

Breakfast, followed by a transfer to Casablanca. This city is considered a Morocco's commercial centre, it's more of a modern megapolis, however the city’s French colonial legacy, entwined with the traditional Arab culture, ensures there are defineteley spectacular highlights to see. A short tour around Casablanca, with a main highlights, with Hassan 2 Mosque above all.  

  • Hassan 2 Mosque - located on a platform overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the iconic Hassan II Mosque is the second-largest mosque in the world. The mosque, which can accommodate up to 25,000 worshipers, offers Muslims the chance to pray on a glass floor, giving the unique feeling of praying directly over the sea.
  • La Corniche beach. Located in the same region as Hassan II Mosque, La Corniche is a beach front district offering an array of dining experiences as well as pools and beach access. On a hot day, the area can be found brimming with surfers, swimmers and sunbathers, offering a less traditional and a more holiday-escape side of Morocco.
  • Casablanca holds the most Art Deco architecture of all of Morocco’s cities. It gives the city more of a fresh and modern feel, in contrast to other major destinations in the country. The Art Deco buildings are a reminder of the French colonial period in the city. Indeed, the architecture of Casablanca is somewhat unique, with buildings that contain a blend of traditional Moroccan designs with the style that was in fashion in 20th century Europe. The style became known as Mauresque. 

Continuation and arrival to Rabat. Dinner and accommodation.

 

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

Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Rabat, with the first stop and short orientational tour. Rabat is the enchanting and welcoming capital city of Morocco, with a long and rich history. Main highlights to see:

  • Hassan Tower and Tomb - at first sight, it appears as though this tower fell and split in half. However, it was never actually completed. Started by the Almohad, Hassan Tower was intended to be the minaret for what the ruler, Yacoub al-Mansour, intended to be a majestic mosque. The beautiful and intricate designs on the tower, as well as the open and intriguing surroundings make it a must-see.
  • Just opposite from Hassan Tower lies a beautiful tomb of King Mohammad V and his two sons. The tomb is open to even non-Muslims. Visitors will be entranced by the gold-leaf ceiling and captivating carvings that lie inside the plain white building.
  • King’s Palace - almost every big city in Morocco has a palace ready for the arrival of the King as a guest. However, the Palace in Rabat is King Hassan II’s official residence, and was built upon the ruins of an 18th-century palace. Home to many government offices, as well as quarters for the Royal Family, it is an important city building. While visitors cannot enter the main grounds, admiring the palace from the central pathway is still special.
Continuation to Tangier. Arrival, dinner and accommodation. 


Day 10. Tanger - Costa del Sol (145km ~ 90 miles)

Time to head back to Spain. After breakfast we'll take the ferry back to Tarifa or Algericas, Spain. There bus pick us up at the port and after another hour we are in Marbella or Torremolinos. Accommodation and dinner. Enjoy second half of the day at Costa del Sol!

If you are in Marbella: 

  • Being one of the favorite destinations for travelers worldwide, Marbella successfully attracts visitors due to its diverse beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere, mild climate, and world-class nightlife. The flower-filled plazas and narrow cobbled streets in the Old Town and Plaza the los Naranjos (Orange Tree Square) are filled with delightful shops and art galleries. On the other hand, Puerto Banus offers contemporary fashion shops selling designer labels and luxury items.

If you are in Torremolinos: 

  • Torremolinos is the perfect blend of a cosmopolitan town and a traditional Andalusian fishing village. With its seven kilometers-long coastlines, Torremolinos offers wonderful, seafront promenades. Aqualand and the Crocodile Park are the perfect alternatives for visitors who seek non-beach diversion. Additionally, nightlife lovers can opt for bars and nightclubs in Los Álamos or La Nogalera for truly great nighttime entertainment.

Dinner and night on Costa del Sol. 

 

Day 11. Costa del Sol - Granada (180km ~ 112 miles)

Breakfast, then transfer to Granada - a beautiful city right at the foot of the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. The popular favorite of the region of Andalusia, Granada has a rich history, fantastic range of sites to see, and a bustling nightlife. With Arab influences and Spanish charm, there is plenty of culture and history to explore here. Upon arrival you’ll have a guided tour to see famous complex of La Alhambra, its Arabian palaces Nazaries, and its green and picturesque Generalife Gardens.

  • Alhambra is definitely number one on the list of unmissable things to see in Granada, and the most visited sight in the whole Spain. The world-renowned Alhambra gets its name from the Arabic for ''Red Castle'', and has been poetically described as the place where the air is clear and the fresh water from the mountains reaches. Partly palace, partly fort, the Alhambra is now a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts spectacular medieval architecture which captivates its thousands of visitors. It tends to get quite crowded, given its magical nature, with around 6,000 visitors a day, but its beauty can be appreciated even in the busiest of moments.

The tour to Alhambra, is already quite extensive and include a good part of walking, so it's your choice the rest of the day - to relax in the hotel or continue to explore the city of Granada on your own. Suggested places to visit on the second half of the day:

  • Alcaicería - best known as ''mini Morocco'', the Alcaicería is the home of the Great Bazaar of Granada. Consisting of a series of streets that are very much reminiscent of a Moroccan souk, this is not only another example of the rich Arab history of the city, but also very similar to Morocco itself. Selling everything from spices to henna, there are many little treasures to be found in these streets. Look out for traditional Arabic handicrafts such as fajalauza – traditional, beautifully painted ceramics – or the gorgeous granadino farolas – rounded lamps made from intricate stained glass.
  • Albaicín - another UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the city of Granada, Albaicín is a district of the city boasting narrow winding streets that have stood here since its medieval Moorish era. Often described as a different world inside Granada, the strong Muslim influence makes Albaicín somewhat of an open-air museum. After touring the narrow and characterful streets to experience the charm of the past, you can relax in one of its many bars and terraces and enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Alhambra.
  • Granada’s Cathedral, located near the Plaza Nueva, was built on the site of a former mosque by Queen Isabella as a symbol of the Christian victory over the Moors. With parts of it decorated with beautiful intricate sculptures, there is much beauty and architecture to be admired. Complete with numerous chapels, each with their own character and artistic style, this iconic and historical building is definitely worth a visit.
  • Try free tapas ''culture''. Tapas is certainly one of the first things that comes to mind whenever Spain is mentioned, and Granada is probably the city most renowned for its popular tradition of free tapas. With the fantastic ‘buy a drink, get free tapas’ phenomenon, this timely Spanish tradition is even more popular here. With countless numbers of bars and tapas restaurants, you’ll certainly be left with plenty of choice of where to get these tempting little snacks. Offering everything from gourmet and international tapas like sushi and caviar, to traditional Spanish jamón, you can’t leave Granada without experiencing this culinary delight.

Dinner and night in Granada. 


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

Breakfast, then transfer to Toledo - ancient town and a former capital of Spain. Toledo is an incredibly cultural-diversified city; it has seen numerous different cultures and dynasties pass through its walls, as well as many wars, royalty, and artists. The legacy that it guards is an essential part of Spanish culture, so visiting Toledo is bound to be an extremely unique experience. Some of the highlights of the tour:

  • Cathedral. Toledo's Cathedral is one of the most important places to visit when in this stunning city. It is a grand monument built in Gothic style with an obvious French influence, and there are people who say that it is the best and most impressive building in that style in the entire country. It was finished towards the end of the 15th century, over 200 years after construction began.
  • The Juderia (''the city of the Jews'') district is what once used to be the city’s Jewish quarter, and nowadays it is one of the most beautiful parts of the city, with some excellently preserved buildings. A tour through this part will enable you to learn what life was like under Muslim and Christian domination for Jews, as well as to explore their culture and architecture.
  • You will see and enter the important buildings of synagogues of Santa María la Blanca (12th century) and also the church of Santo Tomé. The last one has a fine tower and a chapel containing the painting Burial of the Conde de Orgaz by El Greco.

Lunch in the city. Later we'll visit a traditional craftman's workshop to discover the ancestral techniques and the phases of the true Toledano sword-making elaboration process.

Towards the evening transfer and arrival to Madrid, where our tour ends.

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To see the route on a map click here.

Prices:

Per person in double/twin room: 1364€ 

Single Supplement: 365€

Supplement July to Oct.: 80€

Supplement on departures on April 2, 9, 23 and 30: 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. 

 

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, also types of rooms preferred (Single/Double/Triple).   

   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 (our bank charges), and we need you to sign an Authorization form (which we will provide) 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).

4) Transferwise.com - an online system, allowing the transfer of different currencies, with a small fees (much smaller than bank charges). Ask us to send you an invitation to join a system if you are not a member - there normally is a bonus for new members.

 

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 right away). There are no refunds for cancellations made in less than 2 weeks to go before the trip.

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 away 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 the norm. Hotel’s restaurant serves classic Mediterranean dishes. In spring and summer you can have dinner outside on beautiful terrace. In the gardens, you’ll find a pool with a poolside bar, also hotel is doted with a free gym.

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Torremolinos

Sol Principe**** hotel, located on the beach front in close suburb of Malaga - Torremolinos, right in the middle of Costa del Sol. It offers lagoon-style outdoor pools, tropical gardens and a heated indoor swimming pool. Rooms at the Sol Principe have a balcony with sea or pool views. Each features bright, simple décor. They all have a mini-fridge and seasonal air conditioning (from June to September). The hotel has a buffet restaurant with sea views and a terrace. Guests can enjoy of a buffet restaurant in the pool area during the summer. There is also a pool-side snack bar and a stylish coffee bar with a dance floor.


Fez

Hotel Ramada Fez offers 133 rooms and suites with a thoughtful decoration combining authentic features and modern facilities. Each room offers international standard facilities and comfort: international size bed, air conditioning, heating, TV, satellite, telephone, Wi-Fi, a desk and personal safe.

Leisure amenities: guests can also enjoy gym and a spa with a wellness facilities: sauna, steam room. Other services include concierge, dry cleaning/laundry service, elevator/lift and laundry facilities.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel.

After a day of sightseeing, have dinner in one of the four restaurants of the hotel before having a last drink in the bar or an exciting night in the night club.


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

*****star Farah Rabat hotel overlooks Bouregreg, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the river and its famous valley. A few steps away from Hassan Tower and Mohamed V mausoleum, Farah Rabat Hotel benefits from a privileged and strategic position. Farah Maghreb is a flagship of Farah Maghreb Company, which combines luxury, elegance and functionality with an outdoor swimming pool, spa and various professional spaces. Enjoy its charms, luxury and naturalness.

Farah Rabat’s guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi internet access 

The hotel’s 3 restaurants serve a variety of International and Italian cuisine, as well as Moroccan specialities. Guests can also enjoy a range of tea, coffee and cocktails in the hotel bars.

 

Tanger

Hilton Tanger City Center Hotel & Residences - a distinct landmark in the heart of Tanger. The hotel is home to 180 rooms and suites, a variety of restaurants and bars, a rooftop pool and jacuzzi, a health club, meeting rooms and many other facilities. For leisure or business trips - Hilton Tanger City Center Hotel & Residences is the place to be.

Relax in a guest room with a 40-inch HDTV, complimentary WiFi and adjustable thermostat. Some guests rooms provide a sofa bed to accommodate more guests. Each room offers either a king or twin beds, a spacious work desk and a bathroom with walk-in shower and bathtub. Enjoy a peaceful night’s rest with our Hilton Serenity beds and black-out curtains.


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. 


1. 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.

 

2. How many people are normally included on a tour?

- We cannot guarantee an exact number per tour. Normally it ranges from 10 to 25 people per group, but these numbers can vary greatly depending on the time of the year. In summer, groups tend to be larger as this is a popular time of year, while the winter season usually attracts less people, thus smaller groups are formed. 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. Also, more people may be joining in for the other part of the package. 

 

3. Is there is a guide/tour leader 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. In all major cities, we use local professionals and licensed guides.

 

4. 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. But most of the tours will have both English and Spanish (from Latin and Central America) passengers, so the guides will explain in English and then in Spanish. 

 

5. 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. Just look up at the Calendar the specific dates Sundays are falling on and make sure you arrive a day before. 

 

6. What cities do the tours start from?

- Tours start from Madrid or Barcelona. 

 

7. Where are the meeting points for the tours?

In Madrid, it is Calle Ferraz 3 (Ferraz str., 3). This 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).

 

8. 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.

 

9. What type of vehicles do you use?

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


10. If there is a Wi-Fi on your buses?

- There is a Wi-Fi on all our buses in Spain. But please keep in mind that sometimes during the transfers between the cities, Wi-Fi signal can be weak or intermitting, due to poor coverage from the main operators. Please do not expect to downoad or to steam movies during the transfers. In Morocco's buses there is no Wi-Fi. 

 

11. Are meals included?

- Buffet breakfasts with all the drinks are included every morning in all hotels our guests occupy during their tour. 

Lunches and dinners are included anywhere that's mentioned in the itinerary (sections ''Itinerary'' and ''Included in tour''). Normally dinners held in the hotel's restaurants, many times it will be buffet (''eat as much as you want''), and only drinks will be at an extra cost. Also, sometimes lunches and dinners will be held in the restaurants. 

 

12. 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. 

 

13. What time do you arrive to 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. Fell free to talk to us (before starting the tour!), and we'll organize your overnight stay in Madrid after the tour. 

 

14. 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 at the time you organize the whole trip. 

  

15. 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.

 

16. 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, as in these cases we have wider range of hotels to accommodate the early reservations - better options. 

Requests received with less than 2 weeks to go prior to launch date, usually work out 80% of the time, just contact us. 

 

17. Can I customize one of the tours for myself?

- No, as there are more people travelling with you. However, if you are coming already as 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 for more information.

 

18. 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, also types of rooms preferred (Single/Double/Triple). 

    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.

 

19. 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.

 

20. 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)

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

 

21. 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 right away). There are no refunds for cancellations made with less than 2 weeks to go before the trip.

 

22. Are there any discounts or surcharges?

- Yes. Discounts are listed under the section ''Prices'', under each package. 

 

23. Are taxes included in the tour prices?

- Yes, VAT and Tourist Taxes for different cities are included.

 

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

- Please check the visa information for Spain here. 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.

 

25. 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 of 10% 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.