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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.

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.
(Meals: B, D)

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.

(Meals: B)

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.

(Meals: B, D)

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.

(Meals: B, L, D)

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.

(Meals: B, L, D)

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.

(Meals: B, L, D)

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.
(Meals: B, L, D)

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.

(Meals: B, L, D)

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.
(Meals: B, L, D)

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.

(Meals: B)

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.
(Meals: B, D)

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.

(Meals: B, L)

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.

(Meals: B, L)

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.
(Meals: B, L)
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.
(Meals: B)

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.

(Meals: B, D)

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

(Meals: B)

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.
(Meals: B)

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.  

(Meals: B)

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.

(Meals: B, D)

Your tour ends after breakfast.

(Meals: B)

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