Andalusia, Lisbon and Moroccan Capitals

Duration

15 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Madrid

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Madrid; Granada; Tanger; Asilah; Rabat; Casablanca; El Jadida; Safi; Essaouira; Agadir; Marrakesh; Ouzoud; Fez; Sevilla; Evora; Lisbon

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Madrid!
Welcome to Europamundo!!!
IMPORTANT -IF YOU REQUESTED
ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked,
but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included
activities. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
Upon arrival at the airport, we shall be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Check the informative panels in the hotel reception area for the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers to receive information about the trip.
In the evening we provide transfers to the Plaza Mayor and La Latina, Madrid´s most famous area for night life and tapas restaurants, where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options.
The day starts around 08.30 hrs with a city tour through the centre of Madrid, including Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor.
We will visit Retiro Park , an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. Entrance to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the football stadium of Real Madrid. We get to know the areas reserved for the players as well as the public areas and the small museum about this team, considered by some as the best in the world.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
At the end of the evening, we will return to the hotel.
Total distance: 450 km
Landscapes: The plains of La Mancha with the shadow of some mills and the great extensions of olive groves in the province of Jaén.
07:45 hrs. - Madrid – departure (the schedule may vary slightly depending on the pickup points).
We will make a stop at Puerto Lápice , a beautiful town in La Mancha with memories of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
13:30 hrs. - GRANADA – Arrival at the hotel. Lunch included . In the afternoon (or the next morning in case of difficulty obtaining tickets) we will visit, with a local guide, the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens , built in the Arab era. After the visit free time. We recommend to have a walk through the Albaicín neighborhood.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The number of people authorized to visit the Alhambra is limited by law. To guarantee entry, the ticket will be issued when confirming the reservation of the tour. For this it is necessary to have the client´s correct personal data (full name and passport/ID number). Since there is no possibility of cancellation, in case of cancellation of the reservation the ticket costs will be passed on to the client. In very limited cases, when the Alhambra reservation is canceled, the Real Alcázar of Seville with similar characteristics will be visited.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: To access the Alhambra, it is necessary to present the document with which you confirmed the reservation (passport or ID).
Distance travelled: 530 km.

Scenery: We follow the Costa del Sol with views over the Mediterranean Sea and cross the Strait of Gibraltar. Our trip continues along areas next the Moroccan coast.
INSTRUCTIONS: Do not forget your passport, you will need it at the border. When in Spain the clock strikes 12 o´clock, in Morocco it is 10 or 11 o´clock depending on the time of year. Your guide will tell you, when you have to change the time and also the time difference.
Note: During the crossing between Spain and Morocco you must carry your own luggage.
07:30 hrs. - Granada - Departure. Stunning views over the Mediterranean.
11:45 hrs. - Algeciras-Tarifa - Arrival. We take a ferry and cross the Strait of Gibraltar , crossing to Africa on a modern boat. The crossing takes approximately 1.5 hours (we suggest that you have lunch on board). Arrival in the port of Tangiers. Customs and border procedures (there are sometimes delays). We continue to Asilah, a small walled city facing the sea. Time for lunch and a walk through its beautiful walled medina.
16:30 hrs. - Departure - Asilah. We continue along the motorway to Rabat, the diplomatic capital of the city, with its special charm.
19:30 hrs. - Rabat - Arrival, dinner and accommodation.
Total distance: 335 km.

Landscapes: Atlantic coast of Morocco, starting with cultivated fields and increasingly dry landscapes reaching Safi.
08:00 hrs. - We begin the city tour of the capital of the Kingdom. This city is one of the most beautiful in the country. We visit the powerful fortress of the Oudaia, the Hassan tower where the mausoleum of King Mohamed V is located, the walls of the Andalusians, the outer enclosure of the Royal Palace and the modern quarters of the embassies. After our visit you will have free time.
12:00 hrs. - Rabat - Departure.
13.15 hrs. - Casablanca - Arrival. Short city tour with local guide to this modern city. We visit externally the immense Mosque of Hassan II, the second largest mosque in the Muslim world (after Mecca). Short stop at the boulevard de la Corniche for lunch.
14.30 hrs- Casablanca, after lunch time we travel, following the Atlantic Ocean, to the south of the country.
16.00 hrs- El Jadida, Arrival at this port town whose citadel (Mazagan) has been declared a World Heritage Site. It was built by the Portuguese in the early sixteenth century who made it the most important commercial and maritime center of the African coast. Its powerful walls overlooking the ocean made it impenetrable, its picturesque streets preserve numerous traces of the Portuguese era, such as the church of the Assumption in Manueline style. We will have a walk and include the admission to the old cistern of the sixteenth century.
18.00 hrs- El Jadida, departure.
20.00 hrs- Safi, arrival, dinner included.
Note: the old cistern of El Jadida is closed for restoration. It is expected to reopen throughout the season.
Total distance completed: 305 km
Landscapes: in some areas, great views over the ocean.
Note : If you wish, you can rest for a while on the beach of Essauira. Bring in this case what you will need with you.
08.30 hrs- In the morning, with our guide, we visit Safi , this city is known for its ceramic production, highly demanded throughout Morocco for its quality and bright colors. We will photograph the castle of the sea, the wall with its powerful fortress, we stroll through its attractive Medina and we will visit the "hill of the ceramists" with its many shops.
10.00 hrs- Safi, departure
12.00 hrs- Essauira , Arrival in this historic city of spectacular beaches, called the Blue Pearl of the Atlantic. Its walled Medina, facing the sea, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificently preserved city is chosen by artists and painters. We will have free time for lunch and stroll through its narrow streets, whitewashed houses and powerful walls lashed by the waves.
15.00 hrs- Essauira, we continue following the Atlantic coast, with magnificent landscapes in some places.
18.00 hrs- Taghazout, brief stop in this picturesque small town that lives off fishing and the surf tourism.
19.00 hrs- Taghazout.- We continue on.
19.30 hrs- Agadir, arrival in this Atlantic city where the Atlas mountain range reaches the sea, dinner and accommodation.
Total distance: 255 km.

Landscapes: Mountain landscapes as we traverse the Atlas Mountains.
Note: please, remember that you must check out of your hotel room before 12:00h.
Free morning in the most popular “beach tourism” destination of the country. You can enjoy its immense beaches, walk along the promenade or go shopping at some of its many shopping areas.
14.30h- Agadir, after lunch time, we resume our journey on the amazing highway which crosses the Atlas Mountains.
18.00h- Marrakesh . After arriving at the hotel, we include a calash ride to the famously lively Jemaa El Fna Square. Dinner included .
08:15 hrs. - We will have the city tour. Located among hundreds of palm trees and surrounded by ochre walls, this exotic city brims with activity and life. We will get to know the great walls, the Jemaa Square, we will walk through the colorful Medina, see the Koutoubia Tower, as well as visit the Bahia Palace (ticket included). Lunch at the hotel and free time in the afternoon .
In the evening we recommend you the Fantasy dinner show, where you can experience the rich and varied Moroccan folklore.


Total distance: 540 km
Landscapes: Interesting landscapes, arid with oases, mountain following the Atlas, lands of nomads in some areas.
Note: Wear comfortable shoes for the visit of the Ouzud waterfall (easy access by stairs)
08.00 hrs- Marrakesh, departure. Our stage today, being longer, will allow us to see the contrasting landscapes of the country. Following the Atlantic slope of the Atlas Mountains we continue the first part of our route.
11.00 hrs.- Ouzoud Falls, surprising stop at this peaceful place that has the highest waterfalls in North Africa (110 meters), located in the Middle Atlas, in an area between spectacular gorges. We include a short boat trip and lunch in a restaurant with beautiful view of the waterfall, you can have fun watching the macaques (monkeys of Morocco) that inhabit this area.
13.30 hrs- Ouzoud, departure. We continue our route.
19.45 hrs- Arrival in Fez . Before going to the hotel, we will admire the view of the city from the Marinid tombs (according to sunlight it can be visited early the next day). Dinner included.
Total distance: 395km.
08:00 hrs. - We leave the hotel to discover Fez on an informative city tour with a local guide.
During the visit we will get to know the most interesting part of the city, with its emblematic architecture and its lively souks with ancient atmosphere that will not leave us indifferent. We will enter through the Bronze Gates of the Royal Palace and get to know the Jewish quarter, its lively souks, the tanners´ quarter. The cultural capital of the country is known for its impressive Medina that preserves the traditional Arabian atmosphere. After the visit we include a typical Moroccan lunch in a beautiful old Palace of the Medina.
15:00 hrs. – Departure from Fez. We take the modern highway to the north of Morocco through olive and wheat fields in the Rif valleys. Fertile areas of sugar cane and fruit trees.
20:00 hrs. - Tangier. Arrival. Dinner included.
Total distance covered: 280 km.

Scenery: Amazing views over the cliffs and Strait. Pleasant scenery of white villages in Andalusia.
WARNING: Remember to keep your passport close.
PLEASE NOTE: The departure time of the ferry varies depending on the season. Border formalities may involve delays. Returning to Spain, you will have to put your clocks forward by 1 or 2 hours (depending on the time of the year). Your guide will advise you about the change.
At about 11:00 hrs. (variable) we shall depart from the port of Tangier. Boarding formalities. Each traveller must carry their bags and hand luggage, as required by the Spanish national security authorities. Crossing of approximately one hour. We suggest having lunch on the ferry.
Arrival in Algeciras/Tarifa. Our journey continues through beautiful white villages.
20:30 hrs. Seville. - Arrival.
Our visit to Seville will be very special, we combine a part by bus and on foot with a boat ride along the Guadalquivir River that will allow us to appreciate the best views of the monuments and places that the city offers.
A local guide will explain the history and culture of the capital of Andalusia and show us its most beautiful corners. We will begin with the visit around nine in the morning. We passes by the Cathedral-Giralda, Santa Cruz neighborhood, Banks of the Guadalquivir River, Torre del Oro, Maestranza Bullring, Cartuja Island, where the Expo took place and which currently houses the "Isla Mágica" amusement park, María Luisa Park with the beautiful Plaza de España. Total duration of the visit is about 3 hours (including the boat ride). Free time in the afternoon. The guide will offer you optionally the possibility to visit the cathedral and in the evening to attend a popular flamenco tablao.
Total distance: 490 km
Scenery: Attractive landscapes of white-painted villages, mountain ranges and castles.

Note: In Portugal we must set our watches back one hour.
09:00 hrs. - Seville - Departure. We travel through pleasant landscapes of soft mountains and large pasture lands towards Extremadura.
11:30 hrs. - Mérida . Arrival in the capital of Extremadura. Admission included to the archaeological complex of the Roman Theater and Amphitheater , the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, a World Heritage Site, recognized not only for its good state of conservation, but also as an example of the importance that spectacle and entertainment had the ancient Rome in all of its provinces. Mérida has a pleasant pedestrian historic center with a lot of life and places, where you can have lunch.
15:30 hrs. - Mérida - departure. Beautiful landscapes of large meadows. We pass to Portugal. We enter the Alentejo region.
16:30 hrs. (Portuguese time) - Évora - Arrival. The capital of Alentejo, one of the oldest cities in Portugal that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Time to walk through the historic center with its white streets, its cathedral, its old churches, a taste of southern Portugal.
18:30 hrs. - Évora - Departure.
20:00 hrs. - LISBON - Arrival and accommodation.
City tour of Lisbon. In the morning city tour with a local guide lasting approximately 2 hours. During this visit we will pass through the following points: Eduardo VII park, Baixa Pombalina (Marqués de Pombal square, Rossío square with views of the San Jorge castle, Alfama), Estrela
neighborhood, Estrela Basilica, Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery. The visit will finish in the city center. Free time in the afternoon to continue exploring the city. We suggest you taking the Elevator da Gloria to visit Bairro Alto and the viewpoint São Pedro. Our guide will optionally offer you to visit the beautiful towns of Sintra with its castle and Cascais and Estoril by the sea.
20:30 hrs. - We return from the Restauradores Square , an area with numerous restaurants and cafes, to the hotel.

After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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