Latinas Who Travel Spain And Morocco Combined! Two Nations Adventure (Deposit)
Ladies, It is time to jetset and go! Join us for our Latinas Who Travel Spain & Morocco adventure. We will not only explore Spain, and celebrate New Year’s there, enjoy the beauty and wonder of Morocco afterwards. Our founder, Olga Maria (Dreamsinheels.com) will host this trip, along with professional tour guides. Join us on an adventure around these two nations.
WELCOME TO OUR LATINAS WHO TRAVEL SPAIN AND MOROCCO ADVENTURE!
Spain Highlights Include, but not limited to:
* Madrid: Palacio Real, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and La Latina
* Seville: Plaza del Duque, the old quarter, Cathedral, the Giralda, and the Santa Cruz district
* Costa del Sol and The Rock of Gibraltar – Hike or climb to the top
* Granada, Andalusia: Mirador de San Nicolas and the Alhambra
* Valencia and Cartagena – Along the Costa Blanca
* Visit to the Roman theatre of Carthago Nova
* Barcelona: Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Palau de la Música Catalana, Hospital de Sant Pau
Morocco Highlights Include (but are not limited to):
* Rabat, the Royal Palace
* Enchanting Fez
* Erfoud and the Atlas Mountains
* Sahara Camping
* Ait Ben Haddou
* Night Bazaar in Marrakech
Pricing: (Land only) $2,190 – Early Bird Special – make deposit by September 15 $2,290 – make deposit by October 15
$2,390 – make deposit by November 15
$2,490 – Regular Price
$200 deposit needed to hold your spot; ONLY 10 spots total are available – this trip will sell out!
Balance due on December 1st, 2017
All group ground transportation
12 nights accommodations with breakfast and coffee included everyday
City tours and Desert Excursions
Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
Personal spending; Lunch and Dinner
Tipping – (approximately $100 – Trip Leaders, Drivers, Guides, Hotel Staff, and Activities for both countries)
Monday, December 25 – Departure from New York or Your Closest Airport
Overnight flight to Madrid: Please let us know if you have questions regarding flight options, arriving any time that works best for you on Tuesday, December 26th.
Tuesday, December 26 – Madrid
Arrive in Madrid: Private shuttle pick-up and transfer to our 4-star hotel Madrid Riviera.
Hotel check-in and then you can go off to enjoy lunch by Puerta del Sol.
Spend the next 24 hours exploring Madrid: Our hotel is located in central Madrid, just a couple blocks away from the metro station which connects us within 10 minutes to all the major attractions, restaurants and nightlife. After lunch, we have the option to relax or begin touring the city. Start at Plaza Mayor (Madrid’s main square) or in La Latina. Both of these areas are among the oldest in Madrid and are distinguished by their narrow streets, large squares, well-preserved architecture and remarkable gastronomy. We will visit Madrid de los Austrias and walk to Parque el Retiro or you have the option to explore enchanting Madrid on your own. In the evening, indulge your senses by savoring a variety of tapas, while enjoying a live Flamenco show for the perfect evening out in Madrid.
End of day, suggested group dinner and nightlife explored.
Madrid – The capital and largest city of Spain, its population is roughly 3.3 million, with the entire Madrid metropolitan area calculated to be 6.3 million. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Teatro Real (Royal theatre) with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631. The nightlife in Madrid is undoubtedly one of the city’s main attractions. Tapas bars, cocktail bars, clubs, jazz lounges, live music venues, flamenco theatres and establishments of all kinds cater for all tastes and ages.
Puerta del Sol – Gate of The Sun: This plaza is the heart of Madrid and one of the busiest places in the city – a hub for the local transit system, a favorite meeting spot for locals, a visible area for festivals or political demonstrations, and an opportune location for street performers. Lying in the heart of Madrid, it is a place where tourists and locals alike visit to enjoy the numerous shops (including the famous El Corte Ingles) and delectable restaurants.
Plaza Mayor: Perhaps the best known plaza in Madrid, this impressive square is now one of the main stops on any tourist visit. Originally built outside the city walls, this enclosed square has played host to bullfights, markets, symphonies, tournaments and executions; today, it is ringed with cafes and restaurants.
The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is an enormous palace, one of the biggest in Europe, with scorching plains of concrete around it. El Retiro Park is the main park of Madrid, the perfect place to sit and rest during a sunny day. Optional Activity: Catch a Flamenco Show
4-star Hotel Madrid Riviera: A 5-minute walk from Puerta del Sol and its Metro station, the hotel is located in the center of Madrid. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms have modern décor and wooden floors. Includes free Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite TV and a laptop safe. The stylish bathroom contains basic toiletries and a hairdryer.
There are a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars located in and around Puerta del Sol, with Plaza Mayor only a 5-minute walk away. Even Madrid’s Royal Palace and Gardens are less than 1 km away.
Wednesday, December 27 – Madrid to Seville via Toledo and Córdoba
After breakfast, we will transfer via private shuttle vans to Toledo (1 hour). Toledo is an ancient city set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. The capital of the region, it’s known for the medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments lovated within its walled, old city. It was also the former home of Mannerist painter El Greco. The Moorish Bisagra Gate and the Sol Gate, in Mudéjar style, open onto the old quarter, where the Plaza de Zocodover is a lively and picturesque meeting place. Experience and explore amazing arts & crafts:
After a quick lunch, we will transfer to Córdoba (3 hours).
Córdoba is on the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century.
Evening transfer to Seville (1 hour) and check-in at our 4-star Hotel Derby.
Perfectly located to explore Seville, this modern hotel is in the Plaza del Duque, in the heart of Seville’s charming old quarter. Each of its rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite TV and double-glazed windows. Hotel Derby is a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral, the Giralda and the pretty Santa Cruz district. It also offers easy access to buses and to the AVE High-Speed Train Station. Derby’s rooftop terrace offers wonderful views over Seville’s famous sights. Mediterranean, continental and English-style buffet breakfast is served at the Bar Derby. Also, a wide range of restaurants can be found within 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
End of day, suggested group dinner and nightlife explored.
Seville / Sevilla – The capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain, it’s a city of just over 700,000 inhabitants. Landmarks include: The Cathedral of Seville, once judged the third largest church in the world after Saint Peter’s in Rome and Saint Paul’s in London; The Real Alcázar is a beautiful palace in Mudéjar (Moorish) style, built in the XIV Century by Pedro I the Cruel. With its myriad rooms, extravagant architecture, lavish gardens with many courtyards, ponds and secrets to be explored, it is another fascinating place to visit.
Thursday, December 28 – Seville to Granada via Cádiz and Gibraltar (UK)
After breakfast, we will take our private shuttle for a quick transfer to Cadiz (1 hour)
Cádiz, is an ancient port city in southwest Spain, built on a strip of land surrounded by the sea in the Andalusia region. Home to the Spanish Navy, the port boomed in the 16th-century as a base for exploration and trade. It has more than 100 watchtowers, including iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships, and 18th-century Cádiz Cathedral, on the waterfront.
After a quick stop and coffee in Cádiz, we will transfer to La Linea de la Cóncepcion/ Gibraltar (1 to 2 hours).
We will park the vans in La Linea, Spain and walk across the boarder and into Gibraltar, thus, bring your passports: Gibraltar is the British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 6.8 square kilometers (2.6 sq mi) and a northern boarder with Andalusia, Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is the densely populated city area, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities. An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. The Rock of Gibraltar, 426 m (1,398 ft) high, is a monolithic limestone promontory and was one of the Pillars of Hercules, then known to the Romans as Mons Calpe, and the other pillar being Mons Abyla or Jebel Musa, is on the African side of the Strait. In ancient times, the two points marked the limit to the known world, a myth originally fostered by the Phoenicians.
The Monkeys of Gibraltar – Barbary Macaques – Tourists should be aware that the Barbary macaques are wild animals and do bite. Open day to explore the city and/or hike to the top of The Rock.
Everning transfer to Granada (3 hours) with a stop for dinner in either Marbella or Málaga.
End of day, group dinner suggested and nightlife explored.
Friday, December 29 – Granada – The Alhambra
After breakfast, open day to explore Granada:
Our Hotel Granada is ideally located in the very heart of the enchanting city of Granada, within walking distance of the historical and cultural places of interest. Recently opened, the hotel provides a relaxed and comfortable ambience, where you can rest after a day of roaming the winding streets of the city. Granada has a particular charm, apart from the main tourist attractions, the narrow streets lead to plazas lined with orange trees, where musicians and street artists show off their talents. There is an array of restaurants and bars offering traditional Andalusian tapas. In the old town, you can find many shops selling arts and crafts, and from the Mirador de San Nicolas, there are spectacular views of the Alhambra. The caves of Sacramonte are worth a visit, you can witness flamenco shows, to make your holiday a true Andalusian experience.
Optional Activity – The Alhambra: The Palace and fortress complex
It was constructed during the mid 14th century by the Berber rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada. The Alhambra’s Moorish palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories.
Optional stop/ early departure permitting: While heading north to Valencia, along the Costa Blanca, stopping for dinner on the coast in Cartagena – Much of the history of Cartagena goes to its coveted defensive port, one of the most important in the western Mediterranean. Archaeological sites can also be found. Although there are some ruins from the Carthaginian ages, like the remains of the Punic rampart (built in 227 BC with the foundation of the city), most of its oldest monuments date from the ages of the Roman Empire when Cartagena flourished. Among its numerous Roman remains stands out the recently restored Roman theatre of Carthago Nova, one of the main landmarks of the city.
Late afternoon transfer to Valencia (5 hours) with a stop along the way for dinner.
Saturday, December 30 – Barcelona
After breakfast, we will continue to head north along the beautiful coastline towards Barcelona (5.5 hours).
This will be a casual drive with stops along the way to enjoy the waterfront views and take selfies.
Afternoon check-in at our marvelous Casa Barca:
Right in the heart of it all, offering free Wi-Fi and a large furnished terrace, spacious apartments just 200 metres from Diagonal Metro Station. Situated about 5-minutes from Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard and the famous Gaudí building, La Pedrera and the Sagrada Família Church is only 2 Metro stops away. Rooms have high ceilings and original tiled floors, while some have a small balcony. Numerous shops and popular bars and restaurants can be found in the charming Gràcia district, just a 5-minute walk away. Direct airport trains stop 600 metres away, at Passeig de Gràcia Station.
Rest of afternoon and evening is open to discover and experience Barcelona: Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, Facade of the Nativity and crypt of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Palau de la Música Catalana, Hospital de Sant Pau, and so much more…
End of day, suggested group dinner and nightlife explored.
Sunday, December 31 – New Years Eve in Barcelona
After breakfast, City Tour of Barcelona – there is certainly plenty to see:
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. It is today one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities! Main sights – The Barri Gòtic (Catalan for “Gothic Quarter”) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Catalan modernista architecture (related to the movement known as Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe), developed between 1885 and 1950, left an important legacy in Barcelona. Several of these buildings are World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudí, which can be seen throughout the city. His best-known work is the immense but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882.
End of day, Happy New Year’s Eve Celebration – Big Party with Fireworks (Location TBD)!!!
Overnight Casa Barca, Barcelona
Monday, January 1 – Casablanca to Rabat
Upon arrival in Casablanca, we transfer to Rabat. After a quick breakfast, we will begin the tour with a drive past the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah gate.
We’ll visit Hassan Tower and explore the Kashbah of the Udayas fortress and gardens.
Ending the day at Chellah, the Roman necropolis.
Suggested group dinner in the medina
Tuesday, January 2 – Rabat to Fez
After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Fez with a stop at Volubilis, a former Roman Empire outpost.
Continuing on via Meknes for a view of the Bab Mansour gate.
After arriving in Fez, we’ll check into our hotel.
Suggested group dinner
Wednesday, January 3 – Enchanting Fez
After breakfast, we will mostly be on foot exploring Fez, the medieval capital of Morocco, and a great city of high Islamic civilization. Fez is the best-preserved old city in the Arab world, with sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes el-Bali, which is incidentally also the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Note: Transport of goods is provided by donkeys, carriages, and motorbikes.
– Bou Inania madersa: a breathtaking 14th-century religious college. The best example of Islamic architecture that a non-Muslim can see in Fez, with wooden walls elaborately carved with geometric patterns and Arabic calligraphy, and a beautiful minaret. In the courtyard, there is a portico with a still-functioning mosque, separated from the rest of the courtyard by a small moat.
– The Merenid Tombs next to the Merenid Hotel provide excellent panoramic views over the medina and the wider city, as well as the olive tree-lined hills surrounding the city, and sanctuary from the bustle of the rest of the city. Beware of the odd opportunistic tout.
Suggested group dinner
Thursday, January 4 – Fez to Erfoud via the Atlas Mountains and push for Erg Cherbi Sahara
After breakfast, we will transfer to Erfoud via the majestic Atlas Mountains:
The Atlas Mountains range across a north-western stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The highest peak is Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 ft) in southwestern Morocco. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert.
Arriving in Erfoud and transferring to Erg Cherbi/ Sahara Desert/ Delux Desert Camp check-in.
Upon arrival at our Desert Camp, we’ll have a chance to stroll the sands and explore the Erg Cherbi dunes. Enjoy some wine and maybe even a huka. Optional: Camel Trek Expedition
Overnight Erg Cherbi/ Sahara Desert
Friday, January 5 – Sahara to Ouarzazate/ Dades Valley
After breakfast, we’ll make our way to the oasis of Tinghir and explore the spectacular Todra Gorge.
Hiking options and photo opportunities abound:
The last 600 metres (1,969 ft) of the Todgha gorge are the most spectacular. Here, the canyon narrows to a flat stony track, in places as little as 10 meters (33 ft) wide, with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 metres (525 ft) high on each side.
After lunch, we’ll visit the Dades Valley on route to Ouarzazate
Suggested Group Dinner
Saturday, January 6 – Ouarzazate/ Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech
This morning, we’ll visit the UNESCO Wold Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified city.
Plenty of time to explore the town and it surroundings.
After lunch, we’ll transfer to MarrakechMarrakech, the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. The city is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, also being the third largest city in Morocco. Marrakesh has the largest traditional Berber market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians. By nightfall, food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant. Time to discover exotic Marrakech. Beginning at the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, with visits to El Bahia Palace and the Saadi dynasty tombs, venture to the lush Palm Grove and Menera Gardens. Cross the finish line at the Djemaa el Fna Square. Suggested Group Dinner at the Night Market
Sunday, January 7 – Marrakech, Casablanca, New York
Morning Departure: 9:15 am flight to New York – ETA 3.45 pm
Optional: Extend your stay in Marrakech and/or Morocco for a few more days…
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus the $200 deposit
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won’t be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you!
(We always highly recommend to take out travel insurance; one to consider is: World Nomads)