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Combine the history & culture of Madrid and Andalusia with the beaches of the Costa del Sol and the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, then mix in the scent of the North African spice markets and the memories will linger for many a year!  This 16-day English-only guided tour is conducted with a maximum of 24 participants.

Day 1: Madrid

Friday - Arriving at Madrid's International airport you will be met and assisted in making your way to the transfer to your Madrid hotel. Check-in and spend the remainder of the day exploring this city on your own.

Day 2: Madrid

Saturday - After breakfast at your hotel, you'll discover the beauties of the city with a guided city tour. You'll see Barrio de la Morería, the Hapsburgs District, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Then proceed through contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. This afternoon is yours to spend at leisure or to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. In the evening you'll join your fellow travellers for an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner held at a local restaurant. (B.D)

Day 3: Madrid | Caceres | Cordoba

Sunday - After breakfast at your hotel your tour heads off for Andalusian soils, we drive to Caceres, considered a World Heritage site because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. We continue towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate and your evening is free to pass as you choose. (B)

Day 4: Cordoba | Seville

Monday - After breakfast today you will discover the impressive tour of Cordoba's Mosque (entrance included) and other sites that will ease our minds and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, our journey continues toward Seville where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Day 5: Seville

Tuesday - This morning you'll enjoy a city tour of the Andalusian capital, Seville. Visit the Cathedral, the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome, stroll through the narrow alleys of typical Barrio de Santa Cruz - the natural scenario of Carmen as well as the myth of Don Juan, and continue to visit Park Maria Luiza and Plaza de España.  The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the city of light. (B).

Day 6: Seville | Ronda | Costa del Sol

Wednesday - After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive south passing through typical Andalusian villages to reach Ronda. Enjoy some free time to admire this town of Celtic origin and the marvellous view of the valley and mountain range. We continue our journey with an authentic Olive Oil Experience at a local Almazara, LA Organic. Walk through their olive tree fields and taste their organic olive oil production. Bound for the beautiful Spanish Mediterranean coast, we will continue to Costa del Sol to check in to your hotel and enjoy some time to relax. (B)

Day 7: Costa del Sol

Thursday - Enjoy your daily breakfast at the hotel and a full day at leisure for you to enjoy the wonderful beaches of the Costa del Sol and surrounding areas. (B)

Day 8: Costa del Sol | Tarifa | Tangier | Casablanca

Friday - This morning we drive along the picturesque tourist route of Costa del Sol to Tarifa where a ferry boat will be used for the short and interesting crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar towards Africa. Arriving in Tangier, disembark and clear customs before continuing our drive southwards to Casablanca, the industrial & economic capital and most populated city of Morocco housing about 10% of the country's population. Here, you'll have some time at leisure before this evening's dinner at the hotel. (B.D)

Day 9: Casablanca | Marrakesch

Saturday - A guided city tour through the most interesting sections of the city is planned for this morning, including Anfa Boulevard, Nations Square, the residential areas, and an outside visit to the Hassan II Grand Mosque. We then depart towards Marrakech, the capital of the South which is located within an extensive oasis between the Atlas Mountains and the pre-desert region. Discover this fascinating city's main sites on a guided sightseeing tour where you'll see the Koutoubia Tower - the twin tower of the Giralda in Seville - the Saadines Tombs, and the Bay Palace. Walk around the medina, souks, and the magic Jma El Fna Square packed with fortune tellers, snake tamers, acrobats, and dancers, all making the center of this city an open-air theatre that requires the participation of the audience. Be sure to keep your camera handy! Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. (B.D)

Day 10: Marrakech | Rabat | Meknes | Fez

Sunday - Breakfast and early departure to Rabat, the capital of Morrocco. In Rabat, you'll visit the exterior of the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Mausoleum, and the Hassan Tower before continuing to the Imperial City of Meknes where you'll visit the Walls of Bab el Mansour and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the only mosque in all of Morocco where non-Muslims are allowed. Finally, we proceed to Fez in time for dinner and a well-deserved rest at the hotel. (B.D)

Day 11: Fez

Monday - Today enjoy a morning city tour of the most ancient & monumental of Morocco's Imperial Cities visiting the most interesting points: the 7 gates of the Royal Palace, Jewish Quarters or Mellah, the Gate of Bab Bou Jelous and a walking tour of the “Medina” (Old City), declared World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free to relax or continue exploring on your own. Dinner tonight will be served at the hotel. (B.D)

Day 12: Fez | Tangier | Tarifa | Costa del Sol

Tuesday - After breakfast, we depart Fez and travel to Tangier where we transfer to the pier to board a ferry for the return crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar back to Spain. Driving north along the coast, we reach our hotel at the Costa del Sol. (B)

Day 13: Costa del Sol

Wednesday - Today is free to spend as you choose. Soak up the warm Mediterranean sun at the beach, relax by the hotel pool, or perhaps set out to explore your surroundings at your leisure. (B)

Day 14: Costa del Sol | Granada

Thursday - Enjoy your daily breakfast at the hotel and depart to one of our favourite jewels in Spain, Granada. With its breathtaking monumental environment, we will visit the world-famous Alhambra complex (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens. After some time at leisure, join your fellow travellers to experience the most authentic Gypsy Flamenco show including dinner. (B.D)

Day 15: Granada | Toledo | Madrid

Friday - Departing after breakfast at the hotel your tour heads to the impressive Imperial city of Toledo, a World Heritage City, where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together for centuries. Enjoy a guided city tour of this historical old town taking you through its narrow streets, before continuing to Madrid for your final overnight. (B)

Day 16: Madrid

Saturday - Sadly your Madrid, Andalucia & Morroco tour ends today. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your return flight home. Adios! (B)

Guaranteed departures:

Fridays from April 12 to October 25, 2024   (except July 05,19 & 26 and August 02, 09 & 23, 2024)