Opulent Journeys

Let's Visit Spain and Morocco

16 April - 07 May 2018

From (AUD)

$8,225

22 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview
Join Kim to explore two captivating countries with ancient cultures. Over twenty one 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 accomodation, first class transport, and local, friendly guides.  Discover why designers, gardeners, writers and artists are still drawn to these evocative destinations.

 

Dates & Price

Tour Prices                                    

                               

Per person, twin share                               $8,225
Single room supplement $1,950

 *Tour price is Land Only, starts in Barcelona and finishes in Madrid

About your tour leader - Kim Woods Rabbidge
Kim Woods Rabbidge, President, Horticultural Media Association Queensland, behind the popular ‘Our Australian Gardens’ Instagram and blog ouraustraliangardens.com, is an award winning garden writer and photographer, and researcher and scriptwriter for OAG’s DVDs. Her articles and photographs appear in several garden books, and national publications including Gardening Australia, House & Garden, and RM Williams Outback magazine. From 2005-2009 Kim was Qld Coordinator and National Newsletter editor for Open Gardens Australia. 
 
What's Included
Inclusions:
  • Arrival/departure group transfer
  • Intra-region transport including private coach, flight from Barcelona to Casablanca, ferry Tangier to Algeciras and high-speed train from Cordabo to Madrid
  • 21 nights twin-share accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as stated in the itinerary
  • Local wine and water at meals in Spain, non-alcohol drinks at meals in Morocco
  • Air-conditioned coach with English speaking local guide during the tour
Not Included: 
  • International flights to Spain and Morocco
  • Individual transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterages & gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
 
To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

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As all our tours are bespoke, we aim to provide a seamless, individual service to you. We are aware you may have many questions about the tour and individual flights, and are very happy to assist, so please contact us directly. Once your booking form is completed, we will be in contact with you.

Itinerary

Arrive at Barcelona, group transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city (Individual transfers can be arranged on request). The remainder of the day is at leisure.

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)
Enjoy a city tour in Barcelona visiting Gaudi’s amazing Sagrada Familia & the Palau de la Música Catalana. Evening is at leisure.
(Meals: B)
Leave Barcelona 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)
Today 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)
Today we take a panoramic tour in Seville: Torre del Oro, Real Maestranza, Expo del 92, Expo del 29, Plaza de España y Parque de María Luisa. Evening is at leisure.
(Meals: B)
Depart by coach to Cordoba. Enjoy a 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)
Today we will visit the 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 Madrid. Check in to your hotel located in the heart of the old city. The reminder of the day at leisure.
(Meals: B)
A full day excursion 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 that was built for Philip V. of Spain and set in gardens in the French formal style with fountains.
(Meals: B)
Enjoy a full day city tour in Madrid and visit to the Prado Museum before our farewell dinner.
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, group transfer to airport (Individual transfers can be arranged on request).
(Meals: B)

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