‘Al-Andalus & Moroccan Gems’ fully escorted tour 8’nights Domestic return flights to Malaga from Madrid & 4*star Luxury hotels with breakfast A unique breath-taking holiday tour exploring the cultures of these two colourful countries visiting all the significant landmark sites and cities significant to Islamic History. Al-Andalus was the ‘Ornament of the World’, the heartland of scientific and engineering knowledge for the whole of Europe throughout the middle ages. Spain was the birthplace of modern European Science and medicine under Islamic Umayyad rule established by an Arab Prince from Damascus.
Fully Escorted holiday tour with English speaking Tour guides who will give you expert knowledge on the historic Islamic heritage sites within Al-Andalus Spain. Luxury travel with 8’Nights hotel accommodation within a 4* star central Madrid hotel & at an exclusive seafront Hotel on the Mediterranean coast. Madrid – Avila – Segovia –Malaga - Cordoba – Umayyad Mosque – Seville Granada – Al-Hambra Palace Choose between a day excursion to Morocco or *Gibraltar
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MADRID 4* LUXURY Hotel , Gran Via , Cibeles Hotel
Hotel Class: 4* Star Luxury in Gran Via – Close to Plaza de Espana
Contact: Muhammad Nasir’uddin
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Room description: 2 x Double Room type: 2 Double Rooms
Madrid & ‘Andalucian Gems’ Tour Head on out of Madrid and spend four days exploring Andalucia's most popular cities: Seville, Cordoba and Granada. You'll visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Alhambra and discover the rich history of this beautiful Spanish region.
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9-day guided tour of Madrid, Malaga, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Avila, Segovia & Tangiers-Morocco Return domestic Flights to Malaga Covers Andalucia's most famous destinations Seville's beautiful cathedral and Santa Cruz quarter Granada's famous Alhambra and Generalife Gardens 8 nights’ accommodation, 4* four-star luxury hotels Fully escorted, English speaking Tour manager throughout Additional Information Inclusions: All entrance fees to over 16 historic heritage sites, palaces and museums Transport by air-conditioned coach Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast & D=dinner included in price of the tour)
Itinerary Day 1: Madrid - Fly into Madrid where you will be met by our Islamic tours representative and
transferred to your luxury city centre. Explore the local historic centre, a short tour of all the historic heritage sites near the hotel near Gran Via and the Plaze de Espana royal palace.
Day 2: Avila & Segovia After breakfast you will meet the main tour group in the nearby Plaza de Espana travel office meeting point for your full day excursion of these beautifully preserved medieval towns.
Full day trip from Madrid to the Castillian Northern towns of Avila and Segovia Photo stop for superb panoramic views of Avila Avila's UNESCO-protected city walls and towers Avila's San Vicente Basilica and cathedral Segovia's magnificent Roman aqueduct
On your day trip from Madrid, you'll stop at hilltop Los Cuatro Postes to admire superb panoramic views before visiting Avila's San Vicente Basilica. Tour also includes a visit to Avila's cathedral. Ancient hill-top Avila has been declared a UNESCO "Heritage of Mankind" city, and is famous for its intact city walls and 90 towers dating back to the 11th century. Avila is like a picture of a bygone age. Encircled by a fairy-tale stone wall with 90 watchtowers, it's easy to imagine Avila's days on the battleground of medieval kingdoms. It is a place where the past seems more alive than the present. For almost 300 years, Avila changed hands regularly between Muslims and Christians, until the fall of Toledo in 1085. By the end of the 16th century, the city's heyday was over and it has only recently begun to shake off the deep slumber of neglect that ensued. Next, it's on to Segovia to see one of the best Roman-era monuments on the Iberian Peninsula - Segovia's incredible aqueduct. Built in the time of Augustus, the aqueduct has 118 arches and is 16kms long
Segovia is also famous for its Alcazar or ‘Al-Qasr’ in Arabic, a beautiful 11th-century medieval fort that inspired the design of the Disney logo Castle! Step back in time and imagine the medieval tournaments that once took place and the heroic knights who fought here.
Day 3: Madrid to Malaga – Domestic Flight to Malaga Andalucian Mediterranean coastal town After breakfast in your Madrid hotel enjoy lunch at the nearby Plaza de Espana park and return for early afternoon airport transfer for your flight to your coastal Andalucian resort of Malaga.
Airport transfers and check-in to your luxury 4* Star sea-front hotel for your leisurely stay of 5’nights. In the 8th century, during the Muslim rule over Spain, the city became an important trade centre. Malaga was first a possession of the Caliphate of Córdoba. After the fall of the Umayyad dynasty, it became the capital of a distinct kingdom ruled by the ‘Zirids’. During this time, the city was called Mālaqah (Arabic )مال قة. The Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta, who passed through around 1325, characterised it as "one of the largest and most beautiful towns of Andalusia uniting the conveniences of both sea and land, and is abundantly supplied with foodstuffs and fruits". He praised its grapes, figs, and almonds and "its ruby-coloured Murcian pomegranates have no equal in the world. Explore the shops and cafes in the bay area and take a stroll or taxi up to the Ummayad Citadel complex ‘Alcazar’ in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Malaga â€“ Cordoba
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel area and travel in a luxury air-conditioned minibus accompanied by professional English speaking Tour Manager.
Cordoba was founded by the ancient Romans. During the classic Roman times, the great philosophers, Seneca the Elder and the Younger, expressed their ideas and orated in some of the wonderful palaces that the Romans built here. Cordoba then went on to become the capital of the Iberian Peninsula under the caliphates of the Umayyad dynasties which reached its peak under the rule of Khalifh Abdur Rahman III. For a long time it was the largest city in Western Europe. Today the historic centre of Cordoba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour starts by entering the city through the Roman bridge â€˜Puento Romanoâ€™ and visiting the famous Mezquita or the Great Umayyad Mosque of Cordoba. The Mosque was considered a wonder of the medieval world by both Muslims and Christians. Its internal columns and arcades create a vision that reflects the building traditions of the Great Mosque of Damascus and the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.
You also visit the Jewish Quarter, which dates back to the times of the Romans and Goths. The area consists of a captivating system of narrow lanes that provide for great atmosphere allowing you to imagine what it was like in its heyday. Built in the medieval period around 1315, the Synagogue is the only one to survive the Inquisition. Containing Hebrew inscriptions and beautifully restored, it has been converted into a museum. After your tour around Cordoba your coach will then take you to Seville. On arrival in Seville you check in to your hotel for dinner where you also stay the night.
Day 5: Seville
The morning starts with breakfast after which you start your morning tour of Seville. It is one of the most loved and visited cities in all of Spain. Occupied by the Muslim Arabs for more than 800 years it still bears reminders of its rich and vivid past.
Start with a visit to the Cathedral of Sevilla - It is the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic religious building in Europe. It also boasts the largest ostentatious christian altarpiece in the world. It is lavishly decorated with large quantities of gold. It is so large that it seems an ordinary cathedral could fit inside its walls. Stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter - the famous historical old town of Seville. It is truly the heart of the city with a magical charm that comes from its winding alley and lime-washed houses. It was home to the Jewish quarter in the Middle Ages and the enormous and beautiful Maria Luis Gardens built as a Romantic garden. The afternoon is yours at leisure to continue exploring this beautiful city. You return to your hotel for a sumptuous dinner and stay the night.
Seville Mosque & Giralda Minaret
Day 6: Granada - Alhambra Palace
Granada â€“ Alhambra Palace After breakfast you will will be picked up from your hotel for a fully escorted full-day excursion to the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountain city of Granada. We will visit of the serenely beautiful Arab palace of Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, which is listed as the most beautiful Arab Palace anywhere in the world. This city was the last stronghold of the Muslim Kingdoms in Iberia up to 1492, an amazingly enchantingly environment is waiting for us. You will tour the three main parts of the Alhambra Palace: The Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the fortress of Alcazaba.
The Royal Palace: The Palace interior is lavishly decorated. Surfaces are adorned with intricate geometric Arab designs with Quranic inscriptions skilfully executed in marble, glazed tile and alabaster. The Palace is divided into three
sections. The first is the Mexuar where business, government, and palace administration took place. This section includes the Oratory and the striking Golden Room. The second section is the Serrallo, where the sultans held court and entertained their ambassadors. In the heart of the Serrallo is the Court of the Myrtles with its long pool flanked by myrtle trees. The decorative tiles here are said to be some of the finest in the Alhambra. The Serrallo is also home to the Hall of the Ambassadors, which has a spectacular carved throne and a domed cedar-wood ceiling. The third section of the Palace is the Harem, which in its time was entered only by the sultan, his wives and concubines, young children and eunuchs. The delightful Court of the Lions lies at the harem’s heart.
The ‘Al-Qasr’ –(Castle in Arabic) is the Alhambra Palace’s original fortress. You will be able to walk up the steps to the watchtower for some splendid panoramas of Granada. You will also see the Royal Baths, where the sultans' favourite wives once relaxed in brightly tiled pools, and the Renaissance palace of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
The â€˜Janaat-Al Arifâ€™ gardens were the summer retreat for the Nasirid Sultans. Here you will stroll through the spectacular gardens, said to have been inspired by the Quranic description of Paradise. You will see tall columnar cypress trees, roses, orange trees, oleanders and other flowers as well as tranquil pools and tinkling fountains.
Day 7: Malaga – Tangiers Morocco
Morning departure from your hotel by luxury deluxe coach to collect along the scenic Mediterranean coast past Marbella to Tarifa and ferry across the strait of Gibraltar. Fast ferry-catamaran to Tangiers in Morocco which takes 45 minutes. Explore the bustling Soukh, the Medina market where you can buy handicrafts and Islamic clothing. Enjoy a nice ‘Lamb Tajine’ and some mint tea. Take a stroll on the beach and a ride on the camels.
*Or Day Excursion to Gibraltar After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and we take the scenic road on the coastal road to the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. This peninsula is named after the Arab Moroccan General “Tariq ibn Ziad” who used this port as a bridging point for the conquest of Al-Andalus. It has great strategic value as it is a 30’minute ferry journey to Africa and so whoever controls it has great influence on the major shipping lanes from the Atlantic into the Mediterranean Sea. It is also a ‘tax-free’ haven and so you can pick up British high street clothes at a bargain. We will take you to the top of the ‘Rock’ where you can see uninterrupted views of the African Rif mountains on a clear day. Return to hotel by 5pm, early evening shopping and visit Malaga town centre for dinner.
Day 8 â€“ Malaga - Madrid Enjoy your breakfast and we transfer you from your hotel to Malaga airport for your early morning flight back to Madrid. Airport transfers to your central Madrid Hotel. Explore Madrid further in the late afternoon and evening by strolling along the Gran Via and enjoying a cappuccino in the many trendy cafes and browsing the many shopping districts. Visit the Royal Palace for last minute photos or visit the Real Madrid football stadium.
Day 8 â€“Madrid - Singapore Enjoy your continental halal buffet breakfast and explore the local souvenir shops for last minute shopping bargains. Return to your hotel after lunch and await your transfer to Madrid Airport for your journey home.