Morocco & Spain Adventure 2017 *** Taking Registrations ***
Boutique Style tour - maximum 10 travellers
Program: Auckland – Dubai –Marrakech – Casablanca – Rabat – Fes - Volubilis – Meknes – Chaouen – Tangier – Tarifa – Seville – Granada – Madrid – Barcelona – Dubai – Auckland
An exhilarating tour of Morocco & Spain, fully escorted from New Zealand by Rosann Connolly-George
Depart November 4 2017.
Day 01 Auckland – Dubai
Please arrive at Auckland International Airport at least 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure of your flight and check-in at Emirates counter for your flight to Dubai. 2115 hrs Depart from Auckland by flight EK 449
Day 02 Dubai – Casablanca – Marrakech (D)
0535 hrs Arrive in Dubai. On arrival at Dubai Airport, please proceed in transit to connect your onward flight to Casablanca.
0745 hrs Depart from Dubai by flight EK 751. 1230 hrs Arrive in Casablanca. On arrival at Casablanca Airport, please proceed in transit to connect your onward flight to Marrakech
1420 hrs Depart from Casablanca by flight AT 414. 1515 hrs Arrive in Marrakech. On your arrival at Marrakech Airport you will be met and transferred to your Hotel. Your accommodation in Marrakech is for 02 nights in Hotel including breakfast. In the evening, enjoy Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
Day 03 Marrakech (B)
This morning, you will be taken for a tour of Marrakech. The morning begins with a visit to the Kotoubia Mosque. The mosque is the largest in Marrakech and one of the oldest in the world. The minaret, 77 metres (253 ft) in height, includes a spire and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199), and has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and Hassan Tower of Rabat.
Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses arrays of food, snake charmers, local musicians, fortune-tellers, etc. There’s nowhere on earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh.
Your next stop is the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own
Day 04 Marrakech – Casablanca (B)
This morning, we drive to Casablanca (2.5 hours drive). On arrival, please check-in at your Hotel. Your accommodation in Casablanca is for 01 night in Hotel including breakfast. In the afternoon, take an orientation tour of Casablanca. Begin with an outside visit of Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest in the world. Continue to Ain Diab Corniche for a pleasant stroll along the coast. Your last stop is Mohammed V Square in the city center.
Day 05 Casablanca – Rabat – Fes (B)
This morning we drive to Fes via capital city – Rabat and one of the Imperial Cities. Start the city tour of Rabat with the Kasbah of the Udayas. The kasbah of the Udayas is a fortification constructed on a hill, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads. Continue to Mohammed V Mausoleum. This mausoleum is home the tombs of the current king's grandfather, King Mohammed V, and his two sons King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdellah. Inside the Mausoleum, mosaics rise from the marble floor to a ceiling of gold leaf and handcarved cedar wood, while the three ground-floor tombs are carved from white onyx. Next to the Mausoleum, stop at Hassan Tower, which is the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque. The construction of the site began in 1195. The reminiscents are part of one of the oldest mosques left in existence. Thereafter you will be transferred to Fes. On arrival, please check-in at your Hotel. Your accommodation in Fes is for 02 nights in Hotel including breakfast.
Day 06 Fes (B)
This morning enjoy a guided city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. The first stop of the morning is a visit to the entrance of the largest royal palace in Morocco. This palatial complex rests in the center of the Fes El-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway that is permanently closed. The doors are bronze but they shine like gold. The next stop will be the old Medina (Fes el Bali). This medieval centre of Fez has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, musical instruments, etc. One of the most interesting sites in Fes is the leather tannery, which is the oldest in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. Visit Jamaa Al-Karaouine and a Medersa (Koranic school) to complete the city tour of Fes.
Day 07 Fes – Volubilis – Meknes – Chaouen (B)
This morning we leave this fascinating city heading to UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis where you will have a guided tour. Continue to Meknes which was the capital of
Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), before it was relocated to Marrakesh. The city tour of Meknes includes the massive Bab El Mansour gate. The city tour of Meknes will include also the Harri Souani stables, the medina ramparts, and the entrance to the Royal Palace. Thereafter transfer to Chaouen and check-in at your Hotel. Your accommodation in Chaouen is for 01 night in including breakfast. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own
Day 08 Chaouen – Tangier – Tarifa – Seville (B)
This morning, we drive to Tangier. On arrival you will be taken for a short orientation tour of Tangier city.Tangier has a very rich history due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures starting from the 5th century BC and it was a refuge for many cultures. During the orientation tour, you will see the rapid development and modernization
with new Hotels, business districts and new airport coming up. After the tour, you will be transferred to Tangier Port for your one-hour ferry ride to Tarifa (Spain).
1400 hrs Depart from Tangier by ferry. 1600 hrs Arrive in Tarifa
On your arrival at Tarifa Port, you will be met and transferred to Seville Your accommodation in Seville is for 02 nights in Hotel including breakfast
Day 09 Seville (B)
This morning we proceed to discover Seville. Checking out the world's largest Gothic cathedral is a must. You can also the climb the cathedral's adjoining Moorish tower, known as La Giralda. While you might have to line up, it's well worth it for the views over the city. Visit the magnificent Alcazar, a complex of palaces used by Moorish and Christian rulers through the ages. Wander through the fragrant gardens and examine the Moorish and Mudejar architecture. Explore Seville's Museum of Fine Arts or the Archaeological Museum, or head to the Real Maestranza Bullring for insight into the Spanish tradition of bull fighting. As Seville is the tapas capital of Spain, be sure to sample some of the tasty treats on offer in one of the city's many tapas bars. In the evening, catch a local flamenco performance with the group.
Day 10 Seville – Granada (B)
This morning take a train to Granada today (approximately 2.5 hours). Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada is packed with Moorish architecture, great tapas bars and natural beauty. Take a walk around the old Arab quarter of the Albaicin, a labyrinth of crooked alleys, fountains, plazas and whitewashed houses, or the 'Alcaiceria' (old silk market area) and observe the craftworks on sale that include ceramics, marquetry and leather goods. If you're feeling energetic, climb the steep streets up to the Mirador de San Nicolas for sunset views over the famous Alhambra. If you have time, perhaps check out the historic Renaissance Catedral and Capilla Real, or get geeky at the city's extensive Science Park.
Granada is the kind of city to leave your guidebook behind and trust your intuition. Discovering the narrow streets of Albaicin and the white-walled house garden of Realejo quarter may lead your adventurous spirit to find something that you have long been looking for. In the evening, perhaps head to one of the small flamenco taverns around the city and see how the art form here differs from Seville's version. Your accommodation in Granada is for 02 nights in Hotel including breakfast
Day 11 Granada (B)
This morning we will visit to Granada's impressive Alhambra Palace, set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Discover this 11th-century marvel and its dominating red fortress towers, sumptuous palace decor, multitude of architectural styles and magnificent gardens. An entrance ticket is included in the trip and grants you the visit of Nasrid Palace and the Gardens. The Alhambra was first built by the Moors as a fortress during the Muslim rule of Spain. A walk through the compound's luxurious rooms and gardens gives you an idea of the decadent lifestyle of the Moorish kings. The Alhambra is made up of three parts: the Alcazaba, the 11th-century Muslim wing which features spectacular views from its towers; the Palacio Nazaries, the centre of the complex; and Generalife, the summer palace of the sultans. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own
Day 12 Granada – Madrid (B)
This morning, you will be transferred to the railway station for a train to Madrid.
0940 hrs Depart from Grenada by train, 1340 hrs Arrive in Madrid
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your Hotel. Your accommodation in Madrid is for 02 nights in Hotel including breakfast
Madrid, Spain's central capital, known for its elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. As this stylish, cosmopolitan city is also well known for world-class restaurants, shopping and nightlife, enjoy your free afternoon, Sports fans, if you're lucky enough for your trip to fall on match day, you can don a white t-shirt and head to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the mighty Real Madrid. You have two days in Madrid to soak it all in. At night, head out to Chueca, Plaza Dos de Mayo or Plaza Santa Ana, where the pulse of the city will lead you from bar to bar on a night out you are sure to remember.
Day 13 Madrid (B)
Today we spend whole day discovering Madrid. We start with walk along the Paseo del Arte, or Art Walk, for an expansive history of Western art. Start with the Museo del Prado, home to one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 12th to 19th centuries. Discover modern Spanish masters, including Picasso and Dali, in the Museo Reina Sofia's 20th
century collection. Finish at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which displays eight centuries of European painting. Take a break in the Real Jardin Botanico, a garden wonderland dating from the 18th century. Maybe simply people watch while you enjoy a coffee in one of the atmospheric streets and squares around the famous Plaza Mayor. You could also get a deeper insight into the city through its food and its markets. Take a tapas adventure and taste your way to the heart of the capital, or discover some of the local neighborhoods, strolling though the area where the city was founded, through multicultural districts, and visit local food markets to taste local produce and see how the people of Madrid shop.
Day 14 Madrid – Barcelona (B)
This morning, you will be transferred to the railway station for a train to Barcelona
0930 hrs Depart from Madrid by Train. 1234 hrs Arrive in Barcelona
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your Hotel.
Barcelona's quirky character and fabulous Catalan cuisine mixes seamlessly with a groundbreaking art scene, Gothic architecture, superb dining and a non-stop nightlife, making it a
city you won't soon forget. In the afternoon, there are plenty of options to keep you busy. Wander the labyrinthine streets of the old Gothic Quarter and navigate your way through the throngs of tourists along La Rambla, Barcelona's famous tree-lined boulevard. Perhaps pay a visit to the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia or the Museum of City History to brush up on your local knowledge. Take the funicular to the top of Montjuic or Tibidabo for panoramic views of Barcelona and the harbour. The heart of Catalonia prides itself as a gastronomic centre and so this evening perhaps head out to taste the reputation for yourself. Take a tapas crawl through rustic Catalan dishes in the funky neighbourhood of El Born.
Your accommodation in Barcelona is for 03 nights in including breakfast
Day 15 Barcelona (B)
In the morning we head to the stalls of Santa Catarina Market, a huge trove of local produce beneath a colourful, undulating roof, and hang out with the locals as they select the best produce that they’ll transform in to big weekend family meals. The city is famous for its architecture, from its impressive gothic main cathedral to the houses, concert halls, palaces and basilicas designed in the unique Catalan Modernista style. The master of this movement was Antonio Gaudi, who's eccentric creations are dotted all over the city. A visit to Gaudi's masterpiece, the modern cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, is a must, even if it's just to see the outside. Gaudi worked on this hugely ambitious project for decades until his death, and it remains in constant construction. Perhaps check out the Neo-Gothic mansion of Guell Palace, or the wave-inspired structure of Casa Battlo. For more insight into the artist himself, head to the Gaudi House Museum inside Parc Guell, home to more colourful sculptures, including a long mosaic-covered bench overlooking the city.
Day 16 Barcelona (B)
Full day at leisure to explore on your own
Day 17 Barcelona – Dubai (B)
Today, at an appointed time you will be collected from your Hotel and transferred to Barcelona International Airport for your onward flight 1450 hrs Depart from Barcelona by flight EK186
Day 18 Dubai – Auckland
0035 hrs Arrive in Dubai
Your accommodation in Dubai during transit is in Dubai International Airport Hotel for overnight stay. Please report at the boarding gate 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure of your flight to Auckland 1005 hrs
Depart from Dubai by flight EK448
Day 19 Auckland
1010 hrs Arrive in Auckland
Meals mentioned above: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
All times mentioned above are local, subject to change without prior intimation. It is advisable to check the scheduled flight departure time at least 3 days prior to your travel. Please check with our ground operators locally to reconfirm your return travel schedule well in advance.
*Prices are subject to final itinerary inclusions
Rates are based on minimum 4 paying passengers in the group and may fluctuate due to changes in exchange rate or new government taxes.
Non-refundable payments will be required as below:
- Deposit of $500 per person along with passport copy & booking form to confirm space on the tour
- Part-payment of $1000 is required by 31 August 2017
- Balance tour cost due by 5 September 2017
Single Room supplement - $1450 per single room
Tour does not include:
- Domestic return travel within NZ
- Visa, travel insurance
- Excess baggage penalty for domestic flights
- Beverages during pre-arranged meals
- Baggage handling at hotels (1 bag per person)
- Communication or any other expense of personal nature
Specific travel dates apply
*per person share twin - price subject to final confirmation of itinerary
19 Days From
* Economy class international flights on Emirates as indicated in the program
* Domestic return flights from Dunedin
* Domestic flight in Morocco as in the program
* Accommodation on twin share basis as per the program including breakfast and taxes
* Other meals as specifically indicated in the program
* Private coach with driver for all transport services
* All city tours and excursions with local English speaking guides
* All monumnet entrance fees and taxes
* Ferry from Tangier (Morocco) to Tarifa (Spain)
* Train travel in class from Granada - Madrid - Barcelona