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Moorish Spain To Marrakech
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13 Days / 12 Nights Trip to Morocco & Spain

Moorish Spain To Marrakech

Morocco is a country of dizzying diversity.  Here, you'll find huge mountain ranges, ancient medinas, sweeping deserts, and warm hospitality. Grab the opportunity to visit Spain as well!
Led by an expert local guide, this exciting group tour is an excellent way to see the country through the eyes of someone who calls it home. Morocco provides a truly cultural experience. You can explore Marrakech and the imperial cities of Fes, Rabat and Meknes. You can trek across the Sahara on camels. You can learn about folklore and history from almost 2000 years ago. Have chance to visit traditional war memorials such as the Alhambra Castle in Spain. You can also enjoy camping under the stars in the desert! Be ready for a mix and match of different cultures all in one experience.
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  • Duration
    13 Days
  • Starting From
    Twin sharing
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    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Granada: Castles, castles everywhere!
Highlight #1
Granada: Castles, castles everywhere!
An interesting blend of Spanish and Arab worlds, Granada brings the best of both cultures in the form of its gorgeous castles and fortresses.
Tangier: Africa’s ‘Bride of the North’
Highlight #2
Tangier: Africa’s ‘Bride of the North’
Welcome to Tangier, also known as the Gateway to Africa. It is one of the most developed and modernized cities in Africa, just along the coastline.
Visit Marrakech, the imperial city
Highlight #3
Visit Marrakech, the imperial city
The UNESCO-listed medina, Yves Saint Laurent's famous blue gardens, the Jemaa el-Fnaa square and the souk makes your time here colourful and intriguing.
Explore the King’s Residence in Rabat.
Highlight #4
Explore the King’s Residence in Rabat.
Wander around Rabat, the capital of Morocco, and visit Emperor Mohammad VI’s home for a royal experience.
Fes: Cultural capital of Morocco
Highlight #5
Fes: Cultural capital of Morocco
Wander around the oldest medieval city in the world, visit the ancient medina and religious schools from the 14th century.

The all in one experience.

A magnificent  journey through the breathtaking north African country, Morocco.Visit the Alhambra Palace or the bustling medina of Fez. Take a camelback ride in the Sahara Desert or spend your time in the busy streets of Marrakech. Lots to do and lots to explore in this historic country!

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Join tour in Malaga

Our tour starts today in Malaga. Depending on the schedule of your flights you may want to spend some time exploring the city independently, before joining your group and Tour Leader.

To Cordoba; discover the old town and explore the remarkable Mezquita

Today we transfer to Cordoba (by train or bus, depending on availability). Standing on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Cordoba was one of the most sophisticated Moorish cities and is for many, the most beautiful city in Spain. The Arabs established themselves in Cordoba as early as 719 AD, and before that the Romans had left their own mark here. Cordoba has a wealth of treasures locked away in its back streets with secluded patios tucked behind delicate iron grills. The medieval synagogues in Cordoba and Toledo are the only two which remain in Spain today and Cordoba synagogue dates back to the 14th century. This afternoon we visit the renowned Mosque (Mezquita), an extraordinary and unique building where history has superimposed two faiths and erected two oratories on the one site (local guide optional). The early massive structure dates back to the 8th century, its roof supported by a forest of 850 coloured columns. Its jewel is the gleaming and superbly decorated Mihrab, which has survived in its original state. In the evening we suggest you take in some traditional flamenco music and dancing (optional).

 Explore Granada including the old Moorish Quarter

Today we transfer to Granada by public bus and spend the afternoon exploring the city on foot, discovering the main points of interest including the Albaicin, the old Moorish quarter where many Islamic traditions are retained, giving the city its characteristic look of white walls and narrow streets. From the highest point are spectacular views across to the Alhambra and Generalife with the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. When dusk falls, we suggest a stroll around the old Moorish Quarter to see its illuminated patios.

Take a guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra Palace; afternoon train to Ronda

The major highlight of our day is the guided visit of the magnificent palace of the Alhambra. In 1239 Muhammad al-Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty and Sultan of Granada, began work on this, the finest example of Moorish architecture outside the Arab world. The fabulous decoration in stucco, both inside and outside the buildings, reveals the purest expression of a sophisticated civilisation just before its decline. We also visit the Generalife, one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in the world, which surrounds the summer residence of the Caliphs. Later this afternoon we will catch a train to Ronda.

Visit the picturesque Andalucian 'pueblo blancos' (white villages) of Zahara La Sierra and Grazalema

We spend the day exploring the beautiful rolling landscapes west of Ronda by bus. Arriving at the fortified Moorish hill village of Zahara is like stepping back in time. Its whitewashed terraces are dominated by an impressive Moorish tower and a Baroque church lies at the heart of the village. We also plan to visit Grazalema, nestled beneath the limestone peak of San Cristobal. We return to Ronda and spend an afternoon in one of southern Spain's most attractive towns. Ronda is one of the original pueblos blancos (white towns). There will be time to wander the streets and marvel at the El Tajo gorge and visit the oldest bullring in Spain.

Travel by train through rolling countryside; take a ferry to Tangier and visit the medina

We travel the attractive Andalucia Express route south from Ronda towards the coast through rolling countryside via the painted villages of San Roque, Castellar de la Frontera and Gaucin. On arrival at Algeciras, we transfer to the ferry port where we will say goodbye to our Spanish local guide and catch an early afternoon ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier in Morocco. Here we will meet our Moroccan guide and we immediately immerse ourselves in the vibrancy and heady atmosphere of a Moroccan medina - a network of market squares and backstreets - with a guided walking tour. The contrast between the calm streets and squares of Ronda and the more energetic atmosphere of Tangier is quite incredible.

To Fes, the cultural capital of Morocco

A journey by train takes us from Tangier to Fes, the cultural capital of Morocco. Its colourful history is full of wars, murders, intrigue and cloak-and-dagger politics. Fes has also played an important part in Moroccan trade, culture, religion and politics as well as having been the seat of learning and science. The old and new towns are adjacent but totally separate entities. Panoramic views of Fes El Bali (the old city), seen from the North Borj (tower), are very useful to help you orientate yourself for when you are in the narrow alleyways. Fes also has quite an active nightlife, centred around Avenues Hassan ll and Mohammed V. We enjoy two nights here to take in all the city has to offer.

Guided walking tour of Fes through its souks and tanneries; chance to visit Roman site of Volubilis

This morning we take a guided walking tour of the Medina. We will explore the souks in the backstreets and wander through the craft areas, past the spice stalls, through the brass and copperware areas and look in on the tanners. Beautiful buildings include the Sanctuary of Moulay Idriss 2nd, the Kairaouine Mosque and the Al Andalus Mosque (viewed from the outside only). Craftwork made and sold in Fes medina is considered to be some of the best in Morocco. In the afternoon you have a chance to visit ancient Volubilis. The optional trip takes us into the hills and to the ancient site of Volubilis - the capital of the Roman province Mauritania Tingitana. The detailed mosaics here are still intact and the site gives a good idea of the layout of provincial settlements. If time allows we will stop off at the viewpoint overlooking the Holy City of Moulay Idriss. Named after Morocco's most revered saint and creator of the Arab dynasty, it is a great place of pilgrimage. We then return to Fes.

Train to Rabat; city tour through the highlights of the atmospheric capital city

We catch the morning train to the modern capital, Rabat for a sightseeing tour. Although it was only established as the capital in 1912 by the French, Rabat's history stretches back to a settlement in the 8th century BC. We take a guided tour around the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. We wander through the Kasbah des Oudaias, originally a fortified town now with a distinctly Andalucian influence. This afternoon there is an optional visit to the historical Chellah dating back to the 8th century BC. Once a prosperous Roman town and transformed by the Merinids into a cemetery, the Chellah is a fascinating and atmospheric place to visit.

Train to Marrakech via Casablanca; chance to visit the famous King Hassan II Mosque

This morning we will take a train to Casablanca to visit the famous King Hassan II Mosque (optional entry), possibly the biggest religious monument for Muslims after Mecca. Finished in 1993, this magnificent building is covered in decorative zellij tiles and has beautiful cedar wood carvings - proof that the ancient crafts are still very much alive. This afternoon we will continue our journey by train to Marrakech, the spiritual heart of Morocco.

Walking tour of Marrakech through colourful souks and the iconic Djemaa el-Fnaa Square

Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Like many North African towns, Marrakech is divided into two distinct parts, the Gueliz (or modern French built city) and the Medina (the old city). It has always been a meeting place for the mountain Berbers and the desert peoples of the South and the colourful souks perfectly illustrate this fact. This morning a local guide will take us for a walking tour of the old city. Taking a closer look at the maze of narrow streets filled with the sounds, colours and smells of the exotic and an opportunity to visit the Ben Youssef Medersa. The afternoon is left free for you to further explore the city. Well worth visiting are the Saadian Tomb, the Dar Si Said Palace (now Museum of Moroccan Art), the Menara Gardens or the Majorelle Gardens including the Museum of Islamic Art a short taxi ride away. No visit to the city of Marrakech is complete without a visit to the celebrated Djemaa El Fnaa Square and a spectacle not to be missed at dusk are the many street performers presenting a scene straight out of the pages of Arabian Nights.

Free time in Marrakech; chance to join a day trip to the High Atlas

For a complete change of scenery, you may choose to go on an optional visit to a nearby High Atlas village today. The High Atlas is North Africa's greatest mountain range. Populated by Berber tribesmen, it has always been an area culturally removed from the rest of Morocco, a barrier between the northern plains and the pre-Sahara. Alternatively you may choose to stay and extend your exploration of Marrakech.

Tour ends Marrakech

The tour ends today in Marrakech after breakfast. Depending on the schedule of your flights, you may wish to spend some additional time exploring the souks and buying the last souvenirs.


 Included meals - 12 breakfasts.

 Trip Staff - Expert tour leader.

 Transport - Bus, taxi, train.

 Accommodation - 12 nights standard hotel.

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