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The Best of Morocco and Southern Spain Tour from Madrid - 12 days

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Thursday 

  • Duration

    12 Days / 11 Nights

  • Start time

    8:30am

  • Meeting Point
    Tour starts from underground parking slot at Plaza de Oriente, Level 2.
    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early
  • Ending Point

    Madrid

Key Highlights

  • A comprehensive tour of two countries spread over 12 days
  • Visit the Medina of Fez-e-Bali, the cultural centre of Morocco
  • Explore Djemaa El Fna Square, the largest traditional market in Morocco
  • Visit the Cathedral of Seville, Europe’s third largest church
  • Explore the great Moorish Mosque of Cordoba
  • Stay in 4 or 5-star properties with breakfast and dinner included
  • The tour is accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide

Overview

The histories of Spain and Morocco have been intricately linked with one another through the ages. They have each influenced the other in the areas of art, culture and architecture. Take an extensive tour of Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Toledo, Fez, Marrakech, Casablanca and Rabat and discover for yourself the richness that has led to the close proximity of Spain and Morocco.

About the Supplier: A true blue Spanish company handling the increasing inbound tourism in Spain, Julia Travels is a premier travel operator in Spain and part of the parent company of GRUPO JULIÀ. With more than 84 years in the travel industry, they are known for incorporating new good-value, high-quality services and increasingly unique experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid – Cordoba - Seville

Travel through the land of Don Quixote "The Man from La Mancha" to reach Cordoba.

For a long time, Cordoba was the largest city in Western Europe. Today the historic centre of Cordoba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour starts by visiting the famous Mezquita or the Great Moorish Mosque of Cordoba, considered a wonder of the medieval world by both Muslims and Christians. Its internal columns and arcades create a vision that reflects the building traditions of the Great Mosque of Damascus and the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.

Visit the Jewish Quarter, which dates back to the times of the Romans and Goths. The area consists of a captivating system of narrow lanes that provide for great atmosphere allowing you to imagine what it was like in its heyday. The Sinagoga of Cordoba is the only one to survive the Inquisition. Containing Hebrew inscriptions and beautifully restored, it has been converted into a museum.

After your trip around Cordoba, your tour will then take you to Seville. On arrival in Seville, you check in to your hotel for dinner and stay the night.

Day 2: Seville

The morning starts with breakfast after which you start your sightseeing tour of Seville. It is one of the most loved and visited cities in all of Spain. Occupied by the Moors for more than 800 years it still bears reminders of its rich and vivid past.

You will visit the Cathedral of Seville, the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic religious building in Europe. It also boasts the largest and richest altarpiece in the world. It is lavishly decorated with a large quantity of gold. Take a stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter, the famous historical old town of Seville. It is truly the heart of the city with a magical charm that comes from its winding alley and lime-washed houses.

The afternoon is yours at leisure to continue to explore this beautiful city.

You return to your hotel for dinner and to stay the night.

Day 3: Seville – Ronda – Costa De Sol

After breakfast, you depart for Ronda.

On arrival at Ronda you have time and leisure to admire this ancient town of Celtic origin, famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views over the Serranía de Ronda Mountains. Ronda has preserved its charm and historical identity despite the growth of tourism.

Some of Ronda’s attractions that you will see are:

The Puente Nuevo or ‘New Bridge’ - The Bridge spans the 100 metre El Tajo gorge. It is from here that you can get spectacular views of the Serranía de Ronda Mountains.

La Ciudad or the old city is separated from the newer city by the Puente Nuevo. This is the old Muslim part of Ronda and has winding cobbled streets hemmed in by fine-looking old mansions.

The Barrio San Francisco is a lovely place to relax because of its picturesque and excellent bars and restaurants.

In the afternoon continue on to the Costa del Sol, one of the most modern and important international tourist areas. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 4: Costa Del Sol – Fez

Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. Drive along the picturesque tourist route of Costa del Sol, arrive at Algeciras or Tarifa where a ferry boat will be used to cross the strait of Gibraltar towards Africa. Arriving to Morocco, disembark, clear customs and continue on by bus via Larache to Fez, the most monumental one of the Imperial Cities. Its University of “Karaouyne” is the largest Islamic sanctuary in Morocco. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 5: Fez

After breakfast, you set off for your city tour of Fez, the most ancient of the Imperial cities of Morocco.

Your tour starts outside the Royal Palace. From here you can admire the stunning entrance to the Palace, which hints at the beauty which lies behind the walls. Unfortunately, the Palace is not open to the public.

Stroll through the Christian and Jewish Quarters. Visit these ancient and historic areas of Fez with their distinctive architectural styles and character. The coach will drop you off in the vicinity of these areas. Your tour continues on foot. After your exploration of these ancient areas you return to the coach and continue the tour.

Next stop is The Medina (Old City). The ancient walled city with its twisting alleys and souks - is widely regarded as the most intact Islamic medieval city in the world.

Then the afternoon is at leisure. Return to your hotel in Fez for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: Fez – Rabat – Marrakech

Enjoy your breakfast and depart towards Rabat, the diplomatic and administrative capital of Morocco. Visit the exterior of the Royal Palace, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Hassan Tower. Continue to Marrakech. Arrival in Marrakech. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Marrakech

After breakfast you are taken on a tour of the city of Marrakech. The “Red City” or “Al Hamra” – Marrakech sits at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. 

Start in the Koutoubia Minaret. The most perfect Islamic monument in North Africa. The minaret dominates the city of Marrakech and is visible for miles around. It is a perfect and classic example of the Moroccan-Andalucian architectural style. You will find copies of the Koutoubia around Morocco but none to match it in size or grandeur.

The Saadian Tombs were discovered early in the last century. They are a must-see because of the delicate carvings and the beauty of the decorations.

The highlight for most people is a visit to the Djemaa El Fna Square, the largest traditional market in Morocco and the busiest square in all of Africa.=

After sightseeing, you are at leisure to do as you please for the remainder of the afternoon. Dinner will be at your hotel in Marrakech where you will stay for the night.

Day 8: Marrakech

Start the day with a hearty breakfast. Enjoy a leisurely day and enjoy sightseeing on your own. You can also consult with our staff for more optional tours and activities.. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. 

Day 9: Marrakech - Casablanca

Breakfast and Departure to Casablanca- the cosmopolitan, industrial and economic heart of Morocco. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of the largest city in Morocco with visits to the most interesting places such as the exteriors of the Great Mosque of Hassan II, Boulevard de la Corniche, United Nations Square, Habbous neighborhood and Anfa residential neighborhood. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10: Tangier – Casablanca – Tanger – Tarifa – Costa De Sol

Breakfast and departure to Tangier. Arrival in Tangier and transfer to the port for departure to Tarifa. Continue to your hotel in Costa del Sol.

Day 11: Costa del Sol – Granada

Depart for Granada.

On arrival at Granada, you visit and explore the magnificent Alhambra complex which includes the beautiful Generalife Gardens. This was the seat of the Moorish kingdoms of Spain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Broadly speaking The Alhambra is composed of three parts: The Royal Palace, The gardens of Generalife and the fortress of Alcazar. 

The fortress of Alcazaba (the Citadel) is the oldest part of the Alhambra and consists of the impressive Torre de la Vela.

After your tour of the Alhambra the afternoon is yours at leisure. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Granada.

Day 12: Granada – Toledo – Madrid

After breakfast, the tour departs for the Imperial city of Toledo.

On arrival at Toledo, the tour stops for lunch. After lunch, you are taken on a tour of the city and its most important monuments and sites. You will get to explore and see many architectural and artistic styles such as "Mudejar", Gothic and Renaissance.

We will get to see plenty of El Greco’s paintings inside different churches and monasteries around the town. You will get to see the world-famous art of Damascening – or the decorative application of gold or silver on iron or steel.

See The Gothic Cathedral (outside) and continue to the St. Tome Church - with its Mudejar Tower and El Greco’s most famous painting – “The Burial of Count Orgaz”.

Enjoy a short guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets. Then proceed with a visit to a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Continue to Madrid.

After the tour of Toledo, you continue on to Madrid where the tour ends

Inclusions

  • Guided visits in Cordoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens), Toledo, Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier 
  • Tour escort during the tour 
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
  • Accommodation at selected class
  • Daily breakfast and 11 dinners 
  • Travel Insurance

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers

Please note

Voucher Type: Print 

Luggage Restrictions: 1 regular suitcase and 1 handbag per person

Dietary Requirements: If you have any specifications, let us know at the time of booking.

While booking the tour, please mention the name, passport number and nationality for each traveller in the special requests section for making hotel bookings and insurance.

Passport details are required at least 72 hours in advance to the tour’s departure.

The Morocco portion can be modified without substancial variation of services.

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