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12 days/ 11 nights – Wednesday Departures – All Year
Wednesday Departures – All Year
Departure from Madrid at 9 a.m. towards the Region of Extremadura to arrive to the World Heritage city of Caceres, where architecture dating back from the 14th and 16th century makes this town an unforgettable experience, It is one of the 3 best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Visit the Plaza Mayor and walk around the old medieval district. In the afternoon we will continue to Seville. Overnight. (Between November and February, Caseres is replaced by visit to Cordoba with sightseeing.)
Breakfast and overnight. Morning panoramic and monumental city tour, where we will come in contact with this magnificent city, driving through Maria Luisas Park, The University, Americas Square and The Pavilions built in 1929 for the Ibero/ American Fair. Following the panoramic tour we will continue on foot from the Murillo Gardens towards the old Santa Cruz quarters. Brief stop. We will then proceed to the Cathedral – entrance included – where we will also see the symbol of Seville, The Giralda Tower once the minaret of the Mosque and today the belfry of the Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure where you can attend an optional artistic tour. In the late afternoon, possibility of attending the finest Flamenco Show in Spain.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Ronda, passing through the Route of the n White Villages in order for us to arrive to Ronda. Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain, whose origins date back to the Neolithic Period. Free time to explore the main sites of Ronda, from the Tajo Gorge to enjoy an unforgettable view of the city to the oldest bullring in Spain, considered the symbol and soul of Ronda. In the afternoon departure to the international beachside resort La Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast, dinner and overnight. Day at leisure in this world renowned touristic complex situated between the Mediterranean and the mountains. You can enjoy the magnificent beaches one of the finest in Europe, its marinas and also sea shore cafes and restaurants.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Tarifa to embark on a ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco, a distance of only 15 km. Near the “Gate of the Mediterranean Sea you can watch dolphins playing accompanying migrating whales to the Atlantic Ocean. Tangier. On arrival to Tangier brief panoramic city tour to get acquainted with the culture and see the amazing labyrinth of streets like few that still exist in the world, but with a strong European presence. Continue to Rabat, the actual capital of Morocco. Panoramic city tour passing by the Royal Palace, Imperial Mausoleum of Mohamed V, The Tower of Hassan and the fortress or the Kasbah des Oudaias. Dinner and overnight in Rabat.
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Casablanca, the economical, industrial and financial capital of Morocco, also an important port. Panoramic tour of this legendary and cosmopolitan city of French influence driving by the original “Casa Blanca”. After our tour free time to see the Impressive Mosque of Hassan II, the 3rd. largest in the world. Continue to Marrakech. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast, lunch and overnight. Morning city tour of this Imperial City, seeing the Koutoubia Tower – twin sister tower of The Giralda Tower in Seville , the Saadianas Tombs, The Bahia Palace and the bustling and unforgettable Djemaa Square, declared Cultural Heritage for Humanity, a true example of the Moroccan ways of life and culture, where we can admire the musicians, snake charmers, acrobats, dancers, etc. Afternoon free at leisure to enjoy this impressive city on your own.
Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Meknes, capital city during the reign of the Sultan King Muley Ismail, founder of the Alauita Dynasty, and a declared Cultural Heritage site for Humanity. An impressive city surrounded by high walls with monumental entrances. Panoramic tour during which we can admire the Bab Al Mansour Gate entrance of the old walls, the most exquisite in North of Africa, the Granaries and Stables and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Continue to Fez. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast, lunch and overnight. In the morning, panoramic city tour of Fez, headquarters of the oldest University in the world, passing through the Jewish and Christian districts and by the seven doors of the Royal Palace and the Gran Medina of Fez, the biggest pedestrian medina in the world, a declared World Heritage Site, where among the maze of Medieval streets we will visit the Madraza – Muslim Institute – from the XIV century. Afternoon at leisure.
Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Tangier to embark on a ferry crossing the Strait of Gibraltar towards Tarifa / Algeciras. Disembark and continue to La Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time till midmorning to then proceed to Granada located on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Tour of the most visited monument in Spain and perhaps in the world, the Alhambra, surviving testimony to former Moorish power in Iberia. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage site with its fantastic views to the surrounding mountain range, rooms carved like lace and stalactite decorations on the walls. We will be seeing the Nazarite Palaces and the lovely Generalife Gardens with sunken patios of rose gardens, fish ponds, myrtle and Cyprus trees. – entrance included. Overnight in Granada.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Toledo. Tour of this monumental city declared World Heritage. Toledo was a very important city during the Middle Ages and the most prosperous one in Europe in the 9th century. It was famous for its religious tolerance where Jews of the Diaspora and Muslims lived in harmony with Christians. On arrival panoramic drive around Toledo and then proceed on foot to visit the historical old town. We will enter the Cathedral – entrance included – , Santo Tome which in its interior holds one of the masterpieces of El Greco, the burial of the count of Orgaz – entrance included – and finally we will proceed towards the former Jewish Quarters to see the synagogue of St. Maria La Blanca. Afternoon departure to Madrid. End of services. Extra nights in Madrid or additional northern Spain tours can be added