Morocco and Spain Tour 2018/2019

Tour of Spain

Seek more than just a trip to Spain and Morocco. Join us in this unique venture if you travel to discover ancient history, unique architecture, unsurpassed cuisine, renowned art collections and Spanish fun of Flamenco music and dance, then this tour of Spain and Morocco is made for you. A small group tour package for 2018/2019 guaranteed departures at discounted price.


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Travel with scholars to enrich your knowledge about Moorish civilization and its contributions to humanity. This is the reality of a cultural discovery traveling with a small group to explore the beauty of a place where everything meet, Europe and Africa, Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Christianity and Islam, tradition and modernity. All are in harmony, fun and style, all at the tip of your fingers, a trip that has all the ingredients to make it unique, rewarding and memorable. We call this the real Morocco and Spain Tour.

Madrid - Toledo - Granada - Cordoba - Sevilla - Tarifa - Tangier - Fez - Marrakech - Casablanca

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Madrid - Toledo

WELCOME TO SPAIN

As you arrive to Madrid airport where your host Muslim guide and driver will be waiting for you to greet you then transfer you to your hotel in Toledo. Continue on to Toledo (the old Islamic Moorish city) which is only an hour drive south of Madrid, Here is where it all stated, the fall of the vandals and the rise of Islamic civilization. Lunch Halal is in a nearby restaurant. Later on we will depart to visit and explore the historic, Islamic and cultural sights of Toledo. Visit the Historical Mosque built by Mussa Ibnu Ali in 999 ad, later to become the Church of Christo de la Luz, the ramparts entering the city from its oldest gate Bab al Saqra to the old Moorish city. There is another mosque located near the souk called Mosque of the Tornerias. This Mosque has special arches similar to the Grand Mosque of Cordoba, tow courts and a wonderful Mihrab. The best panoramic view over the city is from the Alcazar, a famous Palace of Muluk Tawaif “Muslim Kings of Spain”. We will end our tour in the Zocodover square, this use to be the livestock market from the 10 th century. Dinner is in a Halal restaurant.

Day 2: Travel from Toledo to Granada

Today we will travel to Granada crossing a beautiful part of Castilla la Mancha to the most rewarding province of Andalusia south of Spain. Granada is a jewel nested at the foothills of Mount Shulayr at the Sierra Nevada overlooking the lush plateau of “la Vega”. The emblem of Granada is the Moorish Alhambra Palace, and its exotic gardens of Generalife. You will also visit the old Muslim quarter of Albaicin the most elite neighborhood of Moorish times, dignitary palaces, Moorish baths and fountains, Medersas schools and notable dwellings are still witnessing a glorious time in Islamic Spain. A Glorious Islamic City is still standing proud to hold emblem of “la ghaliba illa Allah” No Glorious but Allah. Granada is indeed unique in its history as the last outpost of Muslim Spain and also home of many Christian monuments, including the tombs of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella idolized as the Catholic Monarchs of Spain and the pioneers of the Hispanic new found world of Latin America. Initially two historic achievements the End of Moorish sovereignty in Spain and the discovery of a new world both happened coincidently in 1492 ad. Dinner will be in a halal restaurant.

Day 3: Historic Vist of Granada

Your Muslim guide will take you on a full day sightseeing tour of notable places in Granada. This will include the Alhambra Moorish Palace and its famous Generalife Gardens, Albaicine Kasbah, the Panoramic Mirador of Saint Nicolas, the great Mosque of Granada.

Day 4: Day trip from Granada visiting Cordoba then Sevilla

We will arrive to Cordoba in the morning, Andalucia’s most northern province. One of its many treasures is the Mezquita, a mosque of exquisite beauty and unrivaled Moorish architecture, built a little over twelve centuries ago. Our visit starts at the bridge of Mussa ibn Nussair Torre de la Calahorra then progress strolling to the old city of la Juderia then end it at the legendary mosque of the Khalif Abderrahman Addakhil founder of Moorish Spain and the first Umayyad Monarch. As you walk through this city, pay special attention to the wide, lavish patios of Moorish heritage to enjoy a sophisticated architecture designed to stimulate without being ostentatious. Depart in the afternoon from Cordoba to Sevilla. Visit on the way the ruins of Imperial Al Medina Azahra. Continue on to Sevilla. This luminous city, that is immediately captivating, possesses an aura of happiness any visitor can easily detect. Undeniably, for the connoisseur it is Spain’s most beautiful metropolis. Sevilla earned the reputation of a place to enjoy the potency of life. The lively streets of this enticing city manifest the realm of Spanish life from within, and one can’t help but become Spanish. The traditional theatrical exhibitions you will encounter in basically every square are indeed an art form unique to Sevilla. Dinner will be in a Halal restaurant.

Day 5: Historic Visit of Sevilla

After breakfast your local guide will take on a monumental visit of Sevilla. This is the most beautiful esthetically and most lively city in Spain. Your visit will cover the sites and sounds of Sevilla. From the Roman site of Italica to the striking Museo de Bellas Artes, the Alcazar Palace, the Tower of Torre del Oro, not to miss of course the one and only Giralda still proudly standing overlooking the Guadalquivir to witness the glory of Moorish civilization. Discover which of Sevilla’s glorious monuments would be your favorite. A stroll in horse carriages will be devoted to visit the Casa de Espana and the gardens of Queen Louisa la Loca. Dinner will be at a Halal restaurant.

Day 6: Sevilla - Tarifa - Tangier - Fez

Departure from Sevilla to Tarifa. You will admire the beautiful diversity of landscapes that will lead you to cross the dramatic white villages in Andalucia to Tarifa at the strait of Gibraltar, the columns of Hercules separates Europe from Africa. Lunch will be on the road. Continue in the afternoon to Tangier by ferry then proceed to Fez. You will reach Fez in the afternoon with sightseeing of the Ramparts, the Gates, the Borjs (forts) and the Andalous part. Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 7: Fez, Historic visit of the City of Islam

Departure from Sevilla to Tarifa. You will admire the beautiful diversity of landscapes that will lead you to cross the dramatic white villages in Andalucia to Tarifa at the strait of Gibraltar, the columns of Hercules separates Europe from Africa. Lunch will be on the road. Continue in the afternoon to Tangier by ferry then proceed to Fez. You will reach Fez in the afternoon with sightseeing of the Ramparts, the Gates, the Borjs (forts) and the Andalous part. Dinner is at the hotel.

The first guilds you will immediately encounter are the cobblers, the saddlers and black smiths interlaced by some caravansaries for tribesmen who come from the surrounding areas to trade and supply their needs. Down the hill to Juteya you will encounter all sorts of crafts but noticeably carpenters and leather workers as one of the traditional tanneries is not far. This walk will lead you to El Ashabine square with its variety of activities. From there, you will wind your way to the Sgha square which will lead you to Attarine then Souk el Henna and the Maqam of Moulay Idris, the founder of Fez. Next to it, you will visit the Nejjarine square with its famous fountain, its guild of carpentry and the museum of folk arts at the Fondouk.

You will walk to the tannery and on to visit the great Mosque university of Al Quarrawiyyine, passing by Shemma’ine, the market of dried fruits. After that, you will visit the Medersa Attarine and walk to Sbetryyine, a guild of book binders, which will lead you to the Seffarine Square, where the tapping of metalworkers is still deafening passerby as it was the case for centuries. You will break for lunch then continue exploring the marvels of Fez Medina. These will highlight the Dyers souk, Foundouk Tetouani and the shrine of Sidi Ahmed Tijani, a Sufi imam wh played great role in introducing Islam in black Africa. Sufism in West Africa is predominately Tijani Tarika. You will end your walk at foundouk Lihoudi where a local Fez family will host you for traditional mint tea in their home. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

Day 8: Day trip from Fez to Marrakech

Enjoy day discovering the rural environs of the Atlas Mountains’ Berber villages, wards, and nomadic settlements. Coped with evergreen pines, tall cedar trees, and poplars, and laced with flowing streams, your first view of the Middle Atlas will appear oddly un-Moroccan. Passing by Imouzzer, with a quick stop at the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, you will soon come across the first real town of the Middle Atlas, Azrou. Azrou is an important market center for the region’s Berber tribes, located at a major junction of mountain routes. Your driver will take a little detour in a cedar forest to introduce you to one of the oldest inhabitants of this region, the Barbary apes. This may also coincide with the encounter of a nomadic family at its temporary encampment. As nomads are very hospitable people, whenever we encounter them we are all invited at least for a mint tea under their tents.

At Khenifra, the Middle Atlases give way to the High Atlas Mountains, whose peaks are visible through the haze, soaring to over 12,000 feet. After lunch, you will descend the Atlas Mountains finally arriving in the foothills which overlook the magnificent oasis city of Marrakech Alhamra. Some of the aforementioned stops will include visits to Berber villages, scenic views, and traditional markets. You will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

Day 9: Guided historic tour of Marrakech

You will devote your morning to the exploration of Marrakech many historical sites, starting at the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of an exquisite Moorish edifice. It was constructed in 1866 for dignitaries, who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. The pool also functions as an innovative irrigation system that is serving dry life in the desert. Your tour will cover many impressive sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret (which is identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadien tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums, which had lain walled-in and undiscovered until 1917. Next, you will explore the gardens of the Agdal then the Marjorelle. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

Day 10: Excursion from Marrakech to Ourika Valley

You will begin your day with an excursion to the Ourika Valley, where you will visit the traditional Berber Souks, as well as the Sufi shrines. After lunch, you will visit the Berber Museum of Arts and Crafts to learn about the dwellers of these mountains and their products before you discover their workshops and sophisticated, hand-made products. You will return to Marrakech for dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

Day 11: Transfer from Marrakech to Casablanca Airport - Home

In your last day in Morocco, you will depart for the Casablanca Airport early in the morning. There you will catch a flight back home with a lifetime's worth of memories packed neatly into your suitcase.

What is included:

  • 10 night accommodation in 4-star hotels in Morocco and Spain)
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Land transportation in chauffeured vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking guides in major & tour leader throughout
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel tax and service charges

Hotels used 3*

  • Toledo: 1 night, Hotel Real de Toledo
  • Granada: 2 nights, Hotel Don Juan
  • Sevilla: 2 nights, Hotel Euro Star Regina
  • Fez: 2 nights, Hotel Mussafir
  • Marrakech: 3 nights, Hotel Agdal

Hotels used 4*

  • Toledo: 1 night, Hotel Emperador
  • Granada: 2 nights, Hotel Carmen
  • Sevilla: 2 nights, Hotel Emperador Sevilla
  • Fez: 2 nights, Hotel Zalagh
  • Marrakech: 3 nights, Hotel El Andalous
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