17-day France, Spain & Turkey Group Tour - Halal Tourism South Africa

17-day France, Spain & Turkey Group Tour

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  • Departing 12 March 2020, returning 28 March 2020
  • Departing from: Cape Town, Durban & Johannesburg
  • Price: From R36,990 per person
  • Paris, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Lanjaron, Marbella, Istanbul
  • Bookings open: 15 Nov 2019 to 31 Jan 2020
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Depart from Durban (16h30), Cape Town (18h00) or Johannesburg (19h15).

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time


17-day France, Spain & Turkey Group Tour – March 2020





Paris: 4* Hotel The Playce by Happyculture or similar (Bed & Breakfast)
Madrid: 4* Hotel Exe Getafe or similar (Bed & Breakfast)
Cordoba: 4* Hotel Exe Las Adelfas or similar (Bed & Breakfast)
Seville: 4* Hotel YIT Via Sevilla Mairena or similar (Bed & Breakfast)
Granada: 4* Hotel Luna De Granada or similar (Bed & Breakfast)
Lanjaron: 4* Hotel Balneario De Lanjaron or similar (Bed & Breakfast)
Marbella: 4* Senator Marbella Spa Hotel or similar (Bed & Breakfast)
Istanbul: 4* Hotel to be confirmed (Bed & Breakfast)



Banking Details:

First National Bank
Account name: Halal Tourism South Africa
Account number: 62557049981
Branch Code: 250655 (Portside)

Use your name and surname as a reference. Email proof of payment to info@halaltourism.co.za.

Price Includes

  • Return international flights in economy class on Turkish Airlines
  • One way flight in economy class from Paris to Madrid on Transavia Airlines
  • 3 nights accommodation in Paris on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Madrid on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Cordoba on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 1 night accommodation in Seville on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Granada on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 1 night accommodation in Lanjaron on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Marbella on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 1 night accommodation in Istanbul on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • All airport transfers in a comfortable & new model bus
  • All transfers between cities with comfortable & new model bus
  • Tours per itinerary with a professional English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to Alhambra, Cordoba mosque, Madinat az-Zahra and Eiffel tower 2nd floor
  • 3 Jumuahs in 3 countries – Paris (France), Seville (Spain) and Istanbul (Turkey)
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • Halal restaurants will be suggested for lunch and dinner (where available)
  • 1 bottle of water daily on tours
  • Turkey visa for South African passport holders
  • Two Halal Tourism South Africa tour leaders to accompany the group (except during private tours and free time)

Price Excludes

  • Schengen visa
  • Entrance fees not listed above
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for porters, guide and driver (mandatory 5 Euro per person per day)
  • Bar fridge items and laundry
  • Meals not specified
  • Drinks with your meals
  • Phone calls
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Domestic flights within South Africa

Day 1Thursday 12 March 2020

Depart from Durban (16h30), Cape Town (18h00) or Johannesburg (19h15). Be at airport 3 hours before departure.

Day 2Friday 13 March 2020 PARIS

All passengers who departed from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg land at Istanbul airport at 06h00 and take next flight to Paris at 08h00. Arrive at 09h50 in Paris. From the airport, you will go directly for Jumuah at the Grand Mosque of Paris. You have the rest of the day at leisure at your hotel or explore Paris on your own.
Overnight Paris.

Day 3Saturday 14 March 2020 PARIS

After breakfast, you will enjoy a full day city tour including the main highlights, such as les Champs Elysées, l’Obeélisque, l’arc du Triomphe, Notre-Dame and of course, la Tour Eiffel Tower, where you will go up to the 2nd level to enjoy the great view of the city and take pictures.
Overnight Paris.

Day 4Sunday 15 March 2020 PARIS

Free day in Paris to spend at leisure on your own. No guide. No transport.
Overnight Paris.

Day 5Monday 16 March 2020 PARIS - MADRID

After breakfast, you transfer to Paris airport for the flight to Madrid. From Madrid airport, you will transfer directly to the hotel. Free time for the rest of the day.
Overnight Madrid.

Day 6Tuesday 17 March 2020 MADRID

After breakfast, you will start the Madrid city sightseeing tour by bus, which includes a visit to Puerta del sol & Plaza Mayor square, souvenir shops, Casa de la Panadería, a photo stop at Palacio Real (Royal Palace), Gran Via, Plaza de España, Plaza de Cibeles, Plaza de Castilla, a photo stop at Real Madrid Bernabeu Stadium and a prayer stop at the Central Mosque of Madrid, Abu Bakar Mosque.
Overnight Madrid.

Day 7Wednesday 18 March 2020 MADRID – TOLEDO - CORDOBA

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to Cordoba. On your way, you will visit Toledo, the city of three cultures, and (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. Symbol of tolerance and coexistence between Muslims, Christians and Jews. You will visit the gates to the Muslim Arabic city, the mosque of Cristo de la Luz, Bab the Mardum, mosque of Tornerias, Zocodover square (Souq ad-dawab), fortress (Alcázar, AlQasr), buildings of mudéjar art and architecture. Later in the day, you will continue to Cordoba.
Overnight Cordoba.

Day 8Thursday 19 March 2020 CORDOBA

After breakfast, you will visit Cordoba, the ancient capital of the caliphate of Al-Andalus. Explore the narrow streets of its traditional Jewish and Arab quarters, ideal for souvenir shopping, taking pictures, eating and relaxing. Also visit the Cordoba Mosque and Medinat Az Zahra (ruins of Andalus palace).
Overnight Cordoba.

Day 9Friday 20 March 2020 CORDOBA - SEVILLE

After breakfast, you will transfer to Seville. You will love the capital of the region of Andalusia. Jumuah in Seville. Seville is famous for its city centre, Plaza España, Jardín de Maria Luisa, Triana’s neighborhood, etc. Visit the Islamic heritage neighbourhood as well as the Alcazar and Giralda.
Overnight Seville.

Day 10Saturday 21 March 2020 SEVILLE – RONDA – PUEBLOS BLANCOS - GRANADA

After breakfast, you will drive to visit the city of Ronda. Then you will head towards the White Towns of Andalusia. You will visit the impressive Setenil de la Bodega and Olvera. Once in Ronda, visit the New Bridge which is, together with the bullring of the Royal Cavalry Order of Ronda, the symbol and soul of the city. Then proceed to visit the Islamic wall and gates of the city, the oldest Bullring of Spain and the main Mosque of Ronda (now called the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor). Transfer to Granada.
Overnight Granada.

Day 11Sunday 22 March 2020 GRANADA

After breakfast, transfer to Granada. Start the visit with the Albayzin quarter and the Big Mosque of Granada. In the afternoon visit the main jewel of this city: the Alhambra Palace & Generalife Gardens. These world-renowned palaces are the best-preserved example of Andalusian art and architecture.
Overnight Granada.

Day 12Monday 23 March 2020 GRANADA – ALPUJARRAS - LANJARON  

After breakfast, you will visit Alpujarras where the last Muslim community lived. When Emir Boabdil left Granada, he was exiled to Alpujarras. This amazing land, south face of Snow Mountains, is the perfect place to experience the history of the Muslims. Visit the last remaining Arab legacy of Spain. Visit the Muslim community in Orgiva, Pampaneira, Bubión and much more. You end your day at Lanjaron that is considered the gateway to the Alpujarras region. It is famous for its mineral waters that is sold throughout Spain, while its spa waters have been celebrated for centuries for their curative properties and are considered to be some of the best in the country.
Overnight Lanjaron.


After breakfast, you will transfer to Malaga. On your way you will stop at the coastal, white towns that are typical in Andalusia. Nerja is a very beautiful coastal town and has the perennially beautiful Balcón de Europa, a palm-lined promontory built on the foundations of an old fort, with panoramic views of the cobalt-blue sea flanked by honey-coloured coves. After Nerja we will go a small town named Frigiliana that is known for its Moorish old quarter and narrow streets decorated with ceramic mosaics. Continue to Malaga and visit the city centre with Gibralfaro, Calle Larios and the Alcazar. Proceed to Marbella.
Overnight Marbella.

Day 14Wednesday 25 March 2020 MARBELLA

Free day in Marbella.
Overnight Marbella.

Day 15Thursday 26 March 2020 MARBELLA – MALAGA – ISTANBUL

After breakfast you will proceed to Malaga airport for the flight to Istanbul. From Istanbul airport, you will transfer directly to the hotel. Free time for the rest of the day.
Overnight Istanbul.

Day 16Friday 27 March 2020 ISTANBUL

After breakfast, you will enjoy an extended full day tour of Istanbul including Jumuah. We will visit the Blue mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Serefiye Basilica, Grand Bazaar, Eyup Sultan and enjoy a Bosphorous cruise. Late this evening we will transfer to Istanbul airport for the flight back home early the next morning.

Day 17Saturday 28 March 2020 ISTANBUL – SOUTH AFRICA

Depart from Istanbul at 02h15 (Durban and Johannesburg) and 02h25 (Cape Town). Arrive in Johannesburg at 11h10, Cape Town at 12h40 and Durban at 13h30.

Questions and Answers

Q: Is the tour for Muslims only?

A: The tour is open to everyone. We think Halal Tourism is for everyone. In fact, we believe it is for everyone, irrespective of religious persuasion. Have you seen people of other faiths eating from the Halal table at corporate events? I am sure most have. Halal is much more than a permissible meal. It includes the prohibition of pork and alcohol. Halal prescribes for animals to be slaughtered in a humane and ethical manner, in a clean environment. Halal is undoubtably an obligation for Muslims. But many people of other faiths have no issue with Halal. For this reason, we believe that Halal Tourism appeals to people of other faiths too. The Halal meals, the exotic tastes, the alcohol-free environment, the conservative lifestyle… these appeal to people from all walks of life.

Q: Do you make provision for single ladies on the tour?

A: Single ladies are more than welcome. In fact, most of our ex-travellers were single women. Where possible, we arrange for single ladies to share twin or triple rooms to keep costs down. In our experience, single ladies grouped together forge close ties during the tour and leave for home as close friends.

Q: Are senior citizens allowed to join the tour?

A: Our more matured traveller is not only welcome but is encouraged to join the tour. All our tours are specially designed not to be too strenuous on the not-too-young-at-heart. Furthermore, we allow more than enough time and space during tours and programmes for everyone to keep up with the pace. People of all ages and welcome to join the tour, including infants and children.

Q: Why did you not include Morocco in the tour?

A: We decided against Morocco as:
we would not be doing justice to all the wonderful sights in Spain and Morocco due to a packed itinerary.
it would have entailed too much travelling especially in Morocco.
concentrating on one country (Spain) allows us a more relaxed travel experience and enough time to see all the major sights as well as some off-the-beaten track destinations.

Q: When do bookings open, and close? Will you accept late bookings?

A: Bookings opened on 9 November 2019 and closes on 31 January 2020. We cannot accept late bookings as the Schengen visa application takes about 4 weeks.

Q: Do I have to pay in full to secure my booking?

A: No. We only require a per-person deposit of R12,000 to hold your booking. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You may pay the balance in instalments but the full balance must be paid by 31 January 2020.

Q: Can I stay longer in Turkey on my own?

A: Yes. You are allowed to return home at a later date, subject to the additional costs for the flight change, extra accommodation, airport transfer and private tour costs. Let us know and we will gladly quote you for the additional stay.

Q: When is the best time to visit Spain and Turkey?

A: The best time to visit Spain is typically in the spring (March to May) or during autumn (September to November). At these times, you’ll likely find fewer crowds, cheaper accommodations, and the best weather (even for hitting the beach!). Due to moderate temperatures and room rates, March to May and September to November are considered to be the best time to visit Istanbul. During this period, you won’t be wrestling with crowds while rejoicing in a bicycle ride or enjoying the sunset Bosphorus cruise. 

Q: How much time will I spend in transit?

A: On the outbound journey, you will only spend 2 hours in transit at Istanbul airport. There is no transit time on the return journey as you will have a direct flight from Istanbul home!

Q: What sort of travel insurance would you recommend?

A: It’s always important to stay safe whilst travelling, and travel insurance provides a security in case something goes wrong whilst travelling. As the saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” We would recommend a discounted group travel insurance policy or a comprehensive individual policy that caters for your individual needs.