16 DAY MADRID – ANDALUCIA – MOROCCO COACH TOUR
**ENGLISH SPEAKING ONLY**
**SMALL GROUP – MAXIMUM 24 PASSENGERS**
Visits: Madrid, Caceres, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Granada, Toledo
Departs MADRID / FRIDAYS: April – October 2021
This guaranteed departure regular coach tour is guided in English only with a maximum of 24 participants.
Start & finish this tour in Madrid.
Day 1 (Friday) ARRIVE MADRID
Meet and greet at Madrid airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation.
(Perhaps book an optional afternoon Prado “Skip the Line” tour or evening Tapas Tour)
Day 2 (Saturday) MADRID
Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, 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. Admire the 19th century works such as Prado Museum. The 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. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation. (B)
Day 3 (Sunday) MADRID / CACERES / CORDOBA
Depart Madrid drive westward towards Caceres. Old Town Caceres has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its historic architecture; a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. Walk through its Old Town and Plaza Mayor during this short stop. Afterwards, continue on towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Accommodation. (B,D)
Day 4 (Monday) CORDOBA / SEVILLE
Visit Cordoba with an impressive tour of its 8th century Mosque (entrance included) and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hour drive arrive in Seville. Accommodation. (B,D)
Day 5 (Tuesday) SEVILLE
Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views and unique flavours of this city. Accommodation. (B,D) Optional: Flamenco tour.
Day 6 (Wednesday) SEVILLE / RONDA / COSTA DEL SOL
Today, drive south passing typical Andalucian villages to arrive in Ronda; free time to admire this town of Celtic origin and the marvellous view of the gorge and mountain range. In the afternoon continue on to the Costa del Sol. Accommodation. (B,D)
Day 7 (Thursday) COSTA DEL SOL
Breakfast; full day at leisure. Optional tours available. (B,D)
Day 8 (Friday) COSTA DEL SOL / TARIFA / TANGIER / CASABLANCA
Drive along the picturesque tourist route of Costa del Sol to arrive at Tarifa (or Algeciras), take a short ferry ride across the strait of Gibraltar towards Africa. Arrive in Morocco, disembark, clear customs and continue by coach southwards to Casablanca, current industrial and economic capital and the most populated city housing a 10% of the country population. Time at leisure. Accommodation. (B,D)
Day 9 (Saturday) CASABLANCA / MARRAKECH
This morning, take a panoramic city tour including Anfa Boulevard, Nations square, residential areas and visit the Grand Hassan II mosque (exterior only). Later depart for Marrakech, capital of the South, located within an extensive oasis between the Atlas Mountains and the pre-desert area. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour, including the Koutoubia Tower, twin tower of the Giralda in Seville, Saadines Tombs and Bay Palace. In the afternoon walk around the medina, souks and the magic Jma El Fna Square, which is packed with fortune tellers, snake tamers, acrobats, dancers, all making the centre of the city an open air theatre that requires the participation of the audience. Don’t forget your camera. Accommodation. (B,D)
Day 10 (Sunday) MARRAKECH / RABAT / MEKNES / FES
Today, depart early for Rabat, diplomatic and administrative capital of Morocco. Visit the Royal Palace (exterior only), the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Hassan Tower. Continue to the Imperial City of Meknes, 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. Later arrive in Fes. Accommodation. (B,D)=
Day 11 (Monday) FES
Enjoy a morning city tour of the most ancient and monumental of the Imperial Cities visiting the 7 gates of the Royal Palace, Jewish Quarters or Mellah, gate of Bab Bou Jelous and walking tour of the “Medina” (Old City), declared World Heritage Site. Afternoon free. Accommodation. (B,D) Optional dinner with show.
Day 12 (Tuesday) FES / TANGER / TARIFA / COSTA DEL SOL
Today, farewell Morocco, depart for Tangier port and return by ferry to Spain. Upon arrival at Tarifa continue to your hotel on the Costa del Sol. Accommodation. (B,D)
Day 13 (Wednesday) COSTA DEL SOL
Breakfast; full day at leisure. Optional tours available. (B,D)
Day 14 (Thursday) COSTA DEL SOL / GRANADA
Depart for the city of Granada, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms until 1492. Visit the world famous La Alhambra (entrance included) and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Accommodation. (B,D)
Optional: Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte quarter.
Day 15 (Friday) GRANADA / TOLEDO / MADRID
Drive northward toward the impressive Imperial city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the “City of the Three Cultures” for the cultural influences of Christians, Muslims and Jews. Toledo has great artistic beauty and buildings in various styles including Arabian, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque. Take a short guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets and then a visit of the a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Continue to Madrid. Accommodation. (B)
Day 16 (Saturday) DEPART MADRID
After breakfast; transfer to Madrid airport. (B) END OF TOUR.
(Depending on your departure time, perhaps book an optional Prado “Skip the Line” tour)
|2021 Departure Dates
in Double / Twin
|April: 16||AUD 3810||AUD 5415|
|AUD 3725||AUD 5330|
Regular coach tour by air-conditioned coach with English speaking guide
Coach Tour Includes:
- Meals as per itinerary: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (drinks not included)
- Arrival & departure transfers
- Guided & Panoramic city tours as per itinerary
- Entrance fees included as per itinerary
First Class (4*) Tour Hotels used (or similar):
- Madrid – Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa or RIU Plaza de España (3 nights)
- Córdoba – Hesperia Córdoba (1 night)
- Seville – Hesperia Seville (2 nights)
- Costa del Sol – Sol Don Pablo or Sol Don Marco or Sol Principe (4 nights)
- Casablanca – Gran Mogador City Centre (1 night)
- Marrakech – Les Jardins De L’Agdal or Palm Plaza (1 night)
- Fes – Ramada Zalagh or Parc Palace (2 nights)
- Granada – Catalonia Granada (1 night)
- Passport details are required in advance;
- Tourist city taxes (in applicable cities) are to be paid locally;
- During the Madrid & Costa del Sol Stays, the tour escort will not be available;
- There is a small possibility that tickets to the Alhambra may not be attained,
- in which case the operator may be obliged to change the Alhambra visit;
- Luggage Limit: one suitcase per person (max. 25kg, 157cm total dimensions),
- If 2 passengers are sharing one suitcase larger measurements will be accepted.
Generally, coach tours in Spain, Portugal and Morocco use local guides in cities and destinations visited. Tours are also normally accompanied by a tour escort. Your tour may comprise a combination of tours and other participants in your tour may be going to or leaving for other destinations. Your tour escort may also change during the course of your program. Fellow tour participants may be staying at different hotels.