Spain & Morocco

17 Days / 16 Nights

Our 16 nights “Spain and Morocco” tour will definitely charm all your senses…

It is enough to mention that in this trip you will visit amazing cities in Spain such as Barcelona, Madrid, Granada and Seville. You will enjoy guided tours there to learn about this wonderful Iberian country. This trip is also a great chance for you to learn about the history of Andalusia before taking the ferry to Morocco. 

Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar after a one hour ferry transfer, you will find yourself traversing the Mediterranean Sea towards Africa. Landing in Tangier, you will be able to complete the image and connect the different frangments of the Andalusian breeze before immersing yourself in the charming beauty of Morocco.

In Morocco, you will explore the Blue Town, Chefchaouen. You will visit Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. This city is well known for its old medina built in the 9th century and for its busling souks. You will drive through green valleys, kasbahs and gorges to get to the heart of the Sahara desert. In the desert, you will enjoy magical sunset and sunrise camel ride over the golden sand dunes. You will spend a night of a lifetime in a Luxury Desert Camp under the watch of the bright stars…

In this trip also, you will explore Marrakech, Paris of the Sahara as Winston Churchill once described it. In this amazing city, you will visit historical monuments dating back to the 11th century and you will enjoy wonderful time at the world famous Jemaa El Fna Square… 

If you are looking for a wonderful vacation which is second to none, think our “Spain & Morocco Tour”…

Cities covered in this tour

Detailed Itinerary:

Arrive in Barcelona. On arrival at Barcelona Airport, after completing Immigration and Customs formalities, you will be met and transferred to your Hotel. Overnight in Barcelona.

Barcelona’s quirky character and fabulous Catalan cuisine mixes seamlessly with a groundbreaking art scene, Gothic architecture, superb dining and a non-stop nightlife, making it a city you won’t soon forget. There are plenty of options to keep you busy. Wander the labyrinthine streets of the old Gothic Quarter and navigate your way through the throngs of tourists along La Rambla, Barcelona’s famous tree-lined boulevard. Perhaps pay a visit to the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia or the Museum of City History to brush up on your local knowledge. Take the funicular to the top of Montjuic or Tibidabo for panoramic views of Barcelona and the harbour. The heart of Catalonia prides itself as a gastronomic centre and so this evening perhaps head out to taste the reputation for you. Take a tapas crawl through rustic Catalan dishes in the funky neighbourhood of El Born.

In the morning we head to the stalls of Santa Catarina Market, a huge trove of local produce beneath a colourful, undulating roof, and hang out with the locals as they select the best produce that they’ll transform in to big weekend family meals. The city is famous for its architecture, from its impressive gothic main cathedral to the houses, concert halls, palaces and basilicas designed in the unique Catalan Modernista style. The master of this movement was Antonio Gaudi, whose eccentric creations are dotted all over the city. A visit to Gaudi’s masterpiece, the modern cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, is a must, Gaudi worked on this hugely ambitious project for decades until his death, and it remains in constant construction. For more insight into the artist himself, we head to the Gaudi House Museum inside Parc Guell, home to more colourful sculptures, including a long mosaic-covered bench overlooking the city, before taking in Gaudi Park. The remainder of the late afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Today take the train to Madrid (approximately 2.5 hours). On arrival, enjoy a picnic lunch in Madrid, Spain’s central capital, known for its elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armoury, displaying historic weaponry.

 

As this stylish, cosmopolitan city is also well known for world-class restaurants, shopping and night life, enjoy your free afternoon, perhaps visiting some of these wonders. Sports fans, if you’re lucky enough for your trip to fall on match day, you can don a white t-shirt and head to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the mighty Real Madrid. You have two days in Madrid to soak it all in. At night, head out to Chueca, Plaza Dos de Mayo or Plaza Santa Ana, where the pulse of the city will lead you from bar to bar on a night out you are sure to remember. Overnight in Madrid .

Today we spend most of the day discovering Madrid. We start with walk along the Paseo del Arte, or Art Walk, for an expansive history of Western art. We discover modern Spanish masters, including Picasso and Dali, in the Museo Reina Sofia’s 20th century collection. before heading to the San Miguel Market to view  fabulous local delicacies , perhaps dine here for a casual lunch and superb coffee. We then take a casual stroll exploring the narrow streets of Las Letras quarter ( Literary Quarter) The neighbourhood is formed by narrow streets which are either pedestrianized or with restricted access to traffic, and pleasant squares such as the Plaza de Santa Ana. This is an area where it is easy to find houses in which towering literary figures of the Spanish Golden Age such as Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Góngora and Cervantes lived and wrote. This is why on the cobbles of many of the streets you’ll find inscriptions and brief texts from the works of some of these writers. Another of the charms of the Las Letras quarter is its abundant offer of shops and businesses, which include everything from the most traditional establishments with centuries of history (such as cobblers, silversmiths and lute-makers) to modern avant-garde venues. You’ll also find numerous restaurant and pavement cafes where you can enjoy the gastronomy of Madrid and the popular Spanish custom of ‘going out for tapas’. A drive by Madrid’s famous monuments and soccer stadium completes our day of sightseeing before we enjoy an evening at leisure.

This morning you will be transferred to Granada- a 4 hour leisurely drive by coach. Overnight in Granada.

Take a walk around the old Arab quarter of the Albaicin, a labyrinth of crooked alleys, fountains, plazas and whitewashed houses, or the ‘Alcaiceria’ (old silk market area) and observe the craftworks on sale that include ceramics, marquetry and leather goods. If you’re feeling energetic, climb the steep streets up to the Mirador de San Nicolas for sunset views over the famous Alhambra. If you have time, perhaps check out the historic Renaissance Catedral and Capilla Real, or get geeky at the city’s extensive Science Park. Granada is the kind of city to leave your guidebook behind and trust your intuition. Discovering the narrow streets of Albaicin and the white-walled house garden of Realejo quarter may lead your adventurous spirit to find something that you have long been looking for. In the evening, perhaps head to one of the small flamenco taverns around the city and see how the art form here differs from Seville’s version or. Optional excursion: look to catch a local flamenco show with dinner uniquely performed in an intimate cave setting .

This morning, we will visit to Granada’s impressive Alhambra Palace, set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Discover this 11th-century marvel and its dominating red fortress towers, sumptuous palace decor, multitude of architectural styles and magnificent gardens. An entrance ticket is included in the trip and grants you the visit of Nasrid Palace and the Gardens. Audio guides in multiple languages are available on the day for EUR 4. The Alhambra was first built by the Moors as a fortress during the Muslim rule of Spain. A walk through the compound’s luxurious rooms and gardens gives you an idea of the decadent lifestyle of the Moorish kings. The Alhambra is made up of three parts: the Alcazaba, the 11th-century Muslim wing which features spectacular views from its towers; the Palacio Nazaries, the centre of the complex; and Generalife, the summer palace of the sultans. Afternoon is at leisure

This morning, proceed to Seville to discover this amazing city.  Upon arrival,  checking out the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Climb the cathedral’s adjoining Moorish tower, known as La Giralda. While you might have to line up, it’s well worth it for the views over the city. Visit the magnificent Alcazar, a complex of palaces used by Moorish and Christian rulers through the ages. Wander through the fragrant gardens and examine the Moorish and Mudejar architecture. If you feel like an injection of culture, explore Seville’s Museum of Fine Arts or the Archaeological Museum, or head to the Real Maestranza Bullring for insight into the Spanish tradition of bull fighting. As Seville is the tapas capital of Spain, be sure to sample some of the tasty treats on offer in one of the city’s many tapas bars. Overnight in Seville.

This morning is at leisure to explore Seville by own. Today at an appointed time, you will be transferred to Tarifa Port for your Ferry to Tangier. Depart from Tarifa by Ferry. Arrive in Tangier. On arrival at Tangier Port, you will be met and taken and transferred to your hotel. Overnight inTangier.

Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the city tour of Tangier. Stop first at the old town, locally called “The medina”. Visit the American legation, Dar El Oued Makhazen Kasbah, the Mendoubia Gardens, and the Grand and Petit Socco. Transfer to Cape Spartel, the meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Spartel was known to the Greeks and Romans as the “Cape of the Vines”. Visit the Cave of Hercules, which is Africa’s most north-westerly promontory with a strange sea window shaped like a map of Africa. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Chefchaouen, “the Blue City” and of the most charming towns in Morocco.  Enjoy the city tour of Chefchaouen. Start your tour with the kasbah of Chefchaouen. This kasbah belongs to the early 18th century, and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ismail (1645 – 1727). Stop next at Plaza Uta el-Hammam, which is the cobbled main square in town and where the striking 15th century Grand Mosque sits. Overnight in Chefchaouen.

This morning continue to Meknes which was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), before it was relocated to Marrakesh. Proceed for city tour of Meknes, which includes the massive Bab El Mansour gate. The city tour of Meknes will include also the Harri Souani stables, the medina ramparts, and the entrance to the Royal Palace. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis, a Berber and Roman city partly excavated by the UNESCO. Volubilis was considered as the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania. The city was developed from the 3rd century BC onward as an Amazigh, then proto-Carthaginian, and from from the 1st century AD onward, the city grew rapidly under the Roman rule. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Fes. Overnight in Fes. 

This morning enjoy a guided city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. The first stop of the morning is a visit to the entrance of the largest royal palace in Morocco. This palatial complex rests in the center of the Fes El-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway that is permanently closed. The doors are bronze but they shine like gold. The next stop will be the old Medina (Fes el Bali). This medieval centre of Fez has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, musical instruments, etc. One of the most interesting sites in Fes is the leather tannery, which is the oldest in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. Visit Jamaa Al-Karaouine and a Medersa (Koranic school) to complete the city tour of Fes.

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the heart of the Sahara desert. The journey takes you through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Stop first in Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort. Ifrane is famous for its Alpine climate, European-style houses and its 1665 metres (5,460 ft) in elevation. The town experiences snow during winter months and a cool climate during summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa, -24 °C in 1935. While in Ifrane, expect to find animals like the threatened Barbary Macaque and local tree species such as the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane. Arrive at Midelt, a Berber town in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas mountains ranges. Midelt is one of Morocco’s principal cities for the mining of several minerals. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer through many Amazigh (Berber) villages and along the Ziz valley to get to Erfoud. Continue to Merzouga, which is the heart of the desert. Enjoy a sunset camel ride to your charming Desert Camp. Dinner and in Merzouga.

Breakfast in the desert camp. Enjoy an Optional 4×4 Jeep tour of the desert. Stop first El Khamlia village. Visit nomad families and share a cup of mint tea with them. Late in the morning, drive to Tinghir via Rissani and Tinjdad. Tinghir is a gorgeous 40km oasis, which boasts one of the largest palm groves in the country. Stop at the famous Todra Gorge, a 300m wall, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. Thanks to its robust rock sides with many uneven surfaces, Todra Gorge is popular among rock climbers. More than 150 routes rated French Grade 5+ to 8 have been bolted in the canyon. Todra Gorge was featured on the premiere of the United States reality show Expedition ImpossibleOptional lunch at a local restaurant.Leave Tinghir heading to Dades. The drive is spectacular, winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages with the expansive Jebel Sarhro lunar-scape. Dades is known as valley of figs. Dades valley featured prominently in a 2012 advertisement for the Cadillac CTS. dinner and overnight in Dades.

Breakfast in the hotel. After the visit of Dades, transfer to Ouarzazate. The drive is spectacular, with hundreds of Kasbahs lining the route. Stop first at Kelaat M’Gouna, a big town which is famous for cultivating roses. Expect to find many fine, rose-infused products there. Visit Taourirt Kasbah, which is considered one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco. Next, visit the film studios where some of the most famous desert landscapes were and are still being shot. Leave Ouarzazate to the spectacular fortress of Ait Ben Haddou. The village is a great example of earthen clay architecture that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Ait Ben Haddou is an iconic landscape immortalized in such films as “The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)”, “Jesus of Nazareth (1977)”, “The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)”, “Gladiator (2000)”, “Son of God (film) (2014)”. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Cross the High Atlas Mountains along the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka to get Marrakech. Overnight in Marrakech.

This morning enjoy the guided city tour of Marrakech. The morning begins with a visit to the Kotoubia Mosque. The mosque is the largest in Marrakech and one of the oldest in the world. The minaret, 77 metres (253 ft) in height, includes a spire and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199), and has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and Hassan Tower of Rabat. Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses arrays of food, snake charmers, local musicians, fortune-tellers, etc. There’s nowhere on earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River.

Transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of the Imperial Cities.  Enjoy the city tour of Rabat. Visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas. This Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads dynasty (12th century). Stop next at Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is home to the tombs of the current king’s father and grandfather. Your last stop in Rabat is Hassan Tower, which is a minaret built in 1195 by the Almohades Dynasty. Transfer to Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco and its largest city. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Take an orientation tour of Casablanca. Begin with the visit of Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest in the world. Enjoy an afternoon promenade at Ain Diab Corniche, which is one of the city’s most fashionable districts. Overnight in Casablanca.

Today at an appointed time, you will be collected from your Hotel and transferred to Casablanca Airport for your flight.

  • Accommodation in double/twin or single rooms

TRANSPORT:

  • TRF IN BARCELONA
  • TRF OUT BARCELONA
  • TRF IN MADRID
  • PRIVATE TRF MADRID – GRANADA
  • PRIVATE TRF GRANADA – SEVILLA
  • PRIVATE TRF SEVILLA – TARIFA
  • TRANSPORT MADRID – BARCELONA – SPEED TRAIN IN TOURIST CLASS
  • FERRY TARIFA TANGER

Visits: VISIT: LOCAL GUIDE +PRIVATE TRANSPORT SUITE TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE:

  • FD BARCELONA LOCAL GUIDE  + PRIVATE TRANSPORT – 8 HRS – SAGRADA FAMILIA &PARK GUELL TICKET
  • FD MADRID LOCALGUIDE + PRIVATE TRANSPORT – 8 HRS
  • HD GRANADA – LOCAL GUIDE 2,5 HRS – TRF HTL – ALHMABRA – HTL – ALHAMBRA TICKETS
  • FD SEVILLA ( 6 HRS) LOCAL GUIDE + PRIVATE TRANSPORT

       Accommodation in double/twin or single rooms

       Breakfast daily in the hotels

       Dinner in Merzouga and Dades

       Modern A/C Touring Mini-van during the tour

       English speaking driver/guide (Less than 06 Pax)

       Local guides in Volubilis, Fes & Marrakech (Less than 06 Pax)

       English speaking escort guide (06 Pax and More)

       Entrance fees to monuments

       Sunset camel ride in the desert

       Porterage at airport and hotels

       All taxes

       Any services not mentioned in the program

       Tips & porterage

       Beverages

No Surprises !