Costa del Sol Tours, Spain
Palaces, mosques, gardens, lakes, granaries, and stables were built over a period of 50 years, and yet Moulay Ismail's dream city, surrounded by a massive rampart wall, was never finished.
Fez is the spiritual and cultural center of Morocco. The most ancient of the imperial cities, it is a city of enormous variety and contrast. It is unrivaled in the splendor and beauty of its monuments and architecture
Escape to the romance of Morocco on a five-day jaunt from the Costa del Sol! You'll take short panoramic tours of Tangier, Casablanca and Meknes; in-depth tours of Rabat, Marrakech and Fez; and enjoy overnight accommodation in Marrakech and Fez.
Rabat: Surrounded by beautiful beaches, the city has a very special character, with its memorable blend of Islamic and European influences.
Casablanca: Made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Hollywood, Casablanca is Morocco's largest city and economic heart.
Marrakech: Among the most dramatic cities in Morocco, Marrakech is backed by the snow-capped High Atlas mountains.
Meknes: One of Morocco's most striking imperial cities, the palaces, mosques, gardens and lakes of Meknes are surrounded by a massive fortified wall.
Fez: The spiritual and cultural center of Morocco, Fez is the most ancient of the imperial cities and unrivaled in the splendor and beauty of its monuments and architecture.
Once you have been picked up from your hotel, the coach will take you on a drive along the coastal road to Gibraltar. The city center is long and narrow, extending along Main Street. Much of this bustling high street has been pedestrianized, with strategically placed benches, pavement cafes, and bars offering welcome relief for weary shoppers.
You will find all the familiar high street shops in Main Street, where everything is sold from the latest designer fashions to what is probably the best known 100 percent cotton underwear in the world.
There are also smaller shops including many unique handicraft shops as well as the all-time duty-free favorites including cigarettes, spirits, gold jewelry, watches and perfumes.
You will be accompanied by a guide on the coach who will introduce you to the area and help with any queries you might have. However, when you hit the shops, your time is your own and you will be set free to roam from one retail paradise to the next and shop until you drop, or at least until it is time to board the coach again for the journey back to Costa del Sol.
Cross the border from Spain into British territory, where you can see British policemen, spend British money and enjoy the duty free shopping. Enjoy a tour of the city and Punta Europa, followed by a minibus tour to the top of the famous Rock of Gibraltar itself, where you can take in the views of the Spanish and Moroccan coastlines.
While on the rock you will visit the Saint Michael caves, a dramatic natural grotto sometimes used as a venue for concerts and classical music performances.
There will also be time to meet the locals - the semi wild troop of Barbary "Apes" (they are actually Barbary macaque monkeys). It is said the British will not leave Gibraltar until the apes have left. Hang on to your belongings though, they are cheeky little monkeys.
Descending from the Rock, you have free time for shopping in the main street, where everything is sold from the latest designer fashions to what is probably the best known 100 percent cotton underwear in the world.
On this day trip from Costa del Sol, you will visit the colorful village of Frigiliana and the sleepy fishing village of Nerja.Take an optional tour to the prehistoric caves of Nerja, used these days for artistic performances.
Drive along the attractive coastal road with spectacular views as you pass through several white villages on the way to the small village of Frigiliana. Here you can wander the narrow streets surrounded by colorfully painted houses. Visit the old Fortress, the stronghold of the last moors. Afterwards, a little free time to purchase some items that the region is famous for including pottery and sweet wine.
Just a short drive away is Nerja, a seashore town which was once a sleepy fishing village. The old quarter of the town is still virtually unchanged with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums.
You have the option to be taken to see the famous prehistoric caves which are millions of years old and contain the oldest cave paintings in the country. You will see the caves' various halls and galleries which are used for ballet and artistic performances.
Before returning to your hotel, there will be free time to enjoy the scenery. The promenade along the edge of a towering cliff was once the site of a great Moorish castle, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.
Explore the mountainous region of Ronda on this relaxing day trip from the Costa del Sol. You'll see all the highlights of the lovely town of Ronda, including the Plaza de Toros Maestranza, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the town square and a bull-fighting museum.
The picturesque town of Ronda spans the plunging river gorge known as El Tajo, crossed by the impressive 18th-century Puente Nuevo bridge. You'll visit the town square, known as Plaza de Espana, the Church of the Holy spirit, built in 1485, and the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation, known today as the Church of Saint Mary the Elder.
Plaza de Toros, the oldest bull ring in Spain, has staged some of the most important events in bullfighting history. The museum's collection of memorabilia includes photos of famous bullfighting fans, including Ernest Hemingway and Orson Wells.
You'll have free time to explore Ronda and perhaps enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (not included) before returning to your hotel on the Costa del Sol.
Be seduced by the Andalusian charm of Seville on a day excursion from the Costa del Sol.
Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, lively Seville has a rich Arab legacy and colorful local districts such as Triana and La Macarena.
Most famous of all are its UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral and Alcazar fort, which you'll explore on this attraction-packed day trip.
You'll enjoy a full panoramic sightseeing tour of Seville,
including the Santa Cruz quarter, the Alcazar, Maria Luisa Park,
the Avenue of the Palm Trees and the Expo 92 development and parks.
You'll also take a guided tour of the cathedral and visit the
outside of the famous Giralda Tower.
Experience the magic of Morocco on a day trip to Tangier from Spain. Morocco lies just over the Mediterranean, but this exotic North African gem feels like a world away.
Your full day adventure includes lunch and return ferry transfers for ultimate value.
Begin with a scenic drive along the Costa del Sol to the port of Gibraltar, Algeciras or Tarifa (departure port depends on travel date).
From here you will travel by high-speed ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier (45 to 60 minutes), where your journey will continue by road to the exciting Moroccan city of Tangier.
Your tour of Tangier leads off with a panoramic view of the city, followed by a walking tour of the Medina (old quarter) and a stop at a typical bazaar for some fabulous shopping. You'll also enjoy lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant, including a performance by belly dancers.