Countries
Spain (Madrid, Segovia, Andalusia, Barcelona) and Morocco
Highlights
Join Kim Rabbidge to explore two captivating countries with ancient cultures. Over 21 days we’ll visit stunning gardens, palaces, mosques, cathedrals and so much more. Find ceramics, fabrics and other treasures in craftsmen markets; be enchanted by street performers and musicians. Enjoy 4 to 5 star accommodation, first class transport, and local, friendly guides.

Let’s Visit Spain and Morocco with Kim Woods Rabbidge

 

TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1 Mon 09 Oct Arrive Madrid

Check in to your hotel in the heart of the old city, close to the Royal Palace, Opera house, the Senate and Gran Via. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

 

Day 2 Tue 10 Oct Madrid

Our morning guided tour of Madrid finishes at the Botanic Gardens. This afternoon you may like to visit The Prado, one of the world’s greatest galleries. Welcome Dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 3 Wed 11 Oct Madrid-Segovia-Madrid

A full day excursion with our local guide to UNESCO World Heritage Segovia, a city that demonstrates Roman architectural mastery. Visit the famous Alcázar and La Granja de San Ildefonso to see the baroque palace, built for Philip V of Spain, set in formal, French style gardens complete with fountains. (B)

 

Day 4 Thu 12 Oct Madrid-Casablanca-Marrakech

Leave Madrid this morning on a flight to Casablanca, Morocco. After traveling by air-conditioned coach to Marrakech, our next form of transport will be calèches (horse-drawn carriages) to Marjorelle Gardens where vivid colours contrast with the villa’s bright blue façade. As dusk falls wander through Djemma El Fna square amongst jugglers, story-tellers, snake charmers and acrobats performing beneath the magnificent, illuminated backdrop of the Koutoubia Mosque. (B, D)

 

Day 5 Fri 13 Oct Marrakech

Morning tour to the Bahia Palace, the Menara Gardens, the Medrasa and souks (market). The Menara gardens, with a backdrop of the ancient Atlas Mountains, were built in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu’min. Lunch at Terrasses d’Epices in the heart of the Medina. After evening drinks at the famous Mamounia Hotel enjoy a lavish Moroccan feast at the renowned Yacout restaurant. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6 Sat 14 Oct Marrakech-Ourika Valley-Marrakech
Sip refreshing mint tea in the herbal gardens of Ourika Valley. After lunch return to Marrakech via the Saffron Gardens where you’ll discover the processes of saffron production. Be tempted with herbal teas and Moroccan pastries. (B, L, D)

 

Day 7 Sun 15 Oct Marrakech -Beni Mellal-Fes

Travel to Fez through the Atlas Mountains, lunch on route in Beni Mellal. We’ll pass Berber villages of Imouzer and Ifrane, and arrive in Fes late afternoon. (B, L, D)

 

Day 8 Mon 16 Oct Fes

Rich in traditional culture, we’ll explore the UNESCO world-heritage listed medinas of Fes, the oldest of Morocco’s Imperial cities, and the country’s symbolic heart. Visit new town, Fes J’did, the old Kasbah des Cherarda, the souqs, the Royal Palace and the Blue Gate. Lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the famous cobalt blue pottery of Fes and we also learn about colourful, tribal Moroccan carpets. (B, L, D)

 

Day 9 Tue 17 Oct Fes-Tangier

On route to Tangier we stop at Volubilis, the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Then onto the magnificent Imperial City Meknes where we’ll lunch before continuing to Tangier. (B, L, D)

 

Day 10 Wed 18 Oct Tangier

This morning learn about this fascinating port city with special visits to the American Legation Museum, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. You’re free this afternoon to wander into the Kasbah where Betty Hutton (Woolworths Heiress) lived, and soak up the history and exotic tales associated with the Continental Hotel. (B, L, D)

 

Day 11 Thu 19 Oct Tangier-lgeciras-Ronda
After breakfast we transfer to Tangier Med port. We’ll take a ferry across the Gibraltar Strait entering Spain, through Algeciras Port. Our coach will be waiting to take us to Ronda, where we spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of this captivating town. (B)

 

Day 12 Fri 20 Oct Ronda-Granada
This morning we’ll be escorted through Rhonda. We’ll visit the Puente Nuevo, Bullring Square, Casa del Rey Moro and Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra. On route to Granada, we’ll visit the beautiful, historical Jardín Botánico de la Concepción in Málaga. (B, D)

 

Day 13 Sat 21 Oct Granada

With our guide, this morning we’ll explore the world famous Alhambra, described by Moorish poets as ‘a pearl set in emeralds’, and the more recent gardens of the Generalife. Afterwards, we’ll relax over lunch in a local restaurant, then enjoy a leisurely afternoon. (B, L)

 

Day 14 Sun 22 Oct Granada-Seville

We visit Corral del Carbón, then the Royal Chapel of Granada and adjacent Cathedral. After lunch, we’ll depart for Sevilla, where you can either relax, wander, or shop. (B, L)

 

Day 15 Mon 23 Oct Seville

Walking shoes on for a visit to the Cathedral, and gardens surrounding Alcázar, of Seville, developed by Moorish Muslim kings, and still used as a residence of Spain’s Royal family. Afterwards, we’ll lunch in a local restaurant. Evening at leisure. (B, L)

 

Day 16 Tue 24 Oct Seville
Panoramic tour in Seville: Torre del Oro, Real Maestranza, Expo del 92, Expo del 29, Plaza de España y Parque de María Luisa. After a busy day your evening is at leisure. (B)

 

Day 17 Wed 25 Oct Seville–Cordoba
Depart by coach to Cordoba. Walking tour of the Patios of the Zona Alcazar Viejo, San Basilio District of Córdoba, including entrance to the Cathedral (former mosque). Evening at leisure. (B, D)

 

Day 18 Thu 26 Oct Cordoba

Walking tour: Synagogue, Great Mosque, Alcázar of Córdoba Gardens, Palacio de Viana and Córdoba Patios. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 19 Fri 27 Oct Cordoba-Barcelona

Transfer to the train station for the high speed train to Barcelona (with a connection in Madrid). We’ll be met by a guide for the drive to our Barcelona hotel. The reminder of the day at leisure. (B)

 

Day 20 Sat 28 Oct Barcelona

Day excursion in Costa Brava. We explore the terraced, botanical gardens of Cap Roig, extending from the castle to the sea. On the way back, in Lloret de Mar, we visit Santa Clotilde Garden perched on a cliff-top. (B)

 

Day 21 Sun 29 Oct Barcelona

Our final day in Barcelona is a treat visiting Gaudi’s amazing Sagrada Familia & the Palau de la Música Catalana. Relax, or shop this afternoon before our farewell dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 22 Mon 30 Oct Depart Barcelona

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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Tour prices AUD

Per person twin share: $7,575
Single Supplement: $1,160

INCLUSIONS:
• Intra-region transport including private coach, flight from Madrid to Casablanca, ferry Tangier to Algeciras and high-speed train from Cordoba to Barcelona
• 21 nights twin-share accommodation with breakfast daily
• Lunches and dinners as stated in the itinerary
• 1st glass of local wine, beer or soft drink included in lunches and dinners
• Comprehensive sightseeing with English speaking local guide

EXCLUSIONS:
• International flights to Spain and Morocco
• Travel insurance
• Porterages & gratuities
• Personal expenses
• Anything not mentioned in the itinerary