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  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:  12 days / 11 nights
Discover Morocco and the south of Spain – two contrasting countries that share a rich history – on a 12-day tour from Madrid with a 3 or 4-star hotel accommodation included! While traveling with an expert guide, explore the Andalucian region in Spain’s deep south, staying in Seville, the Costa del Sol and Granada. Learn about Andalucia’s 15th-century Moroccan rulers on excursions to Cordoba and Ronda, and then cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco itself. Stay in top cities like Fez, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier, and learn all about the enchanting country from a guide.

Highlights

  • 12-day tour of Morocco and Spain's Andalucia region from Madrid
  • Spend nights in Seville, the Costa del Sol, Fez, Marrakech, Rabat, Tangier and Granada
  • Take tours of Andalucia’s Moorish cities including Cordoba, home to the Mezquita (cathedral-mosque)
  • Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry and explore Morocco
  • See top Morocco attractions such as Bab Mansour Gate in Meknes and Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • Enjoy a 3 or 4-star accommodation in centrally located hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you’re looking to see the highlights of two fascinating countries in one trip, then this is the way to do it! I’d recommend taking an evening stroll around Fez Medina to watch the sun set over the city.

What You Can Expect

12-Day Morocco and South of Spain Tour from Madrid

See incredible architecture in cities like Seville!

The southern Spanish region of Al-Andalus – or Andalucia, as it’s now known – was once ruled by the Moors and Berbers of Morocco, who created an Arabic kingdom and culture that is still prevalent today. Visit Andalucia’s old Moorish cities such as Seville, Cordoba, Ronda and Granada as well as the Costa del Sol region, and then compare their sights with Moroccan cities like Fez, Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier and more!

Enjoy a combination of tours and free time to see the historical cities at your own pace. Your hotels are centrally located for maximum convenience.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid – Cordoba – Seville (D)
Start with a transfer from central Madrid to Cordoba, and admire the gorgeous countryside along the way; it’s a gorgeous area made popular by the Spanish novel The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. Enjoy a break for lunch in Cordoba on arrival (own expense), and then set off on a tour of the city to discover its mix of Jewish and Arabic culture. Admire the glorious Mezquita and the medieval architecture of the Jewish quarter with its whitewashed courtyards, winding alleys and leafy squares. Then, leave Cordoba and travel to Seville where your overnight accommodation awaits. Check in, enjoy dinner and spend your night at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Catalonia Santa Justa or 4-star Meliá Lebreros in Seville

Day 2: Seville (B, D)
After breakfast, relax on a morning tour of the Andalucian capital of Seville, seeing highlights like Seville Cathedral, the Santa Cruz quarter and Maria Luisa Park. Hear little-known facts and secrets about the lively city from your guide, and learn of its rich Arabic legacy as you explore neighborhoods like Triana and La Macarena.

Spend your afternoon exploring Seville at leisure, and then return to your hotel for dinner. Relax in the evening, perhaps enjoying a nighttime stroll alongside the banks of Guadalquivir River.

Overnight: 3-star Catalonia Santa Justa or 4-star Meliá Lebreros in Seville

Day 3: Seville – Ronda – Costa del Sol (B, D)
Following breakfast, travel to Ronda, a magical cliff-top city perched on top of El Tajo Gorge. Enjoy free time to explore, admiring sights such as Ronda Bullring (the oldest in Spain) as well as ancient bridges that span the town’s ravines. Stroll around and marvel at the poetic views; you’ll quickly realize why the town was popular with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. Leave Ronda and continue to your hotel on the sun-soaked Costa del Sol. Laze on the beach or explore the area at your own pace before dinner.

Overnight: 3-star Sol Principe or 4-star Melia Costa del Sol in the Costa del Sol

Day 4: Costa del Sol – Fez (B, D)
Leave your Costa del Sol hotel after breakfast and travel along the sunny coast to the port at either Algeciras or Tarifa. Board your ferry and cross the Strait of Gibraltar to the shores of Morocco, where your air-conditioned coach awaits. Hop on board and travel south to Fez, an inland city that’s often described as the spiritual heart of Morocco. Check in to your hotel, savor dinner and spend your night at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Sofia or Menzeh Zalag or 4-star Royal Mirage or Parc Palace in Fez

Day 5: Fez (B, D)
Relax over breakfast, and then head out to see the city’s sights on a walking tour. Learn of Fez’s imperial history while stopping for photos by big-name monuments like Fez Royal Palace. Explore the Christian and Jewish quarters and wander around the Medina, a twisting maze of alleyways with bustling souks (markets) and shops around every turn. Take a break for lunch (own expense), and then enjoy free time for the rest of your day. Your guide will happily organize a trip after dinner to a traditional Moroccan show, if you wish (own expense).

Overnight:
3-star Sofia or Menzeh Zalag or 4-star Royal Mirage or Parc Palace in Fez

Day 6: Fez – Meknes – Marrakech (B, D)
Enjoy your hotel breakfast, and then start traveling south to Marrakech, the country’s cultural capital. The journey lasts roughly five hours, so make the most of a stop in the town of Meknes. Explore the Imperial city with your guide, seeing historical landmarks like Hedine Square and the grand Bab Mansour Gate. Take a break for lunch (own expense), and then continue to Marrakech. Check in to your hotel, enjoy dinner and spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Atlas Asni or Golden Tulip or 4-star Atlas Medina or Kenzi Farah in Marrakech

Day 7: Marrakech (B, L)
After breakfast, see the sights of Marrakech with your guide. On a walking tour, keep an eye out for Koutoubia Mosque, with its famous minaret towers, and pass Saadian Tombs – an elaborately decorated mausoleum where some of the country’s eminent sultans are laid to rest. Discover the delights of Bahia Palace and Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s colorful and chaotic central square that teems with fortune tellers, snake tamers, acrobats, dancers and more.

Return to your hotel for lunch, and enjoy free time for the rest of your day. If you want to visit the city’s popular folklore show Chez Ali Fantasia for dinner, your guide will arrange this for you at your own expense.

Overnight: 3-star Atlas Asni or Golden Tulip or 4-star Atlas Medina or Kenzi Farah in Marrakech

Day 8: Marrakech – Casablanca – Rabat (B, D)

Leave your Marrakech hotel after breakfast and travel north to Casablanca, about 2.5 hours away. Sit back and relax on a tour of the city by coach, taking in Casablanca’s distinctive Mauresque architecture that’s said to be inspired by the Art Deco movement. Learn about sights like Hassan II Mosque and admire attractions like the Royal Palace in Quartier Habous. Take a quick break for lunch (own expense) and then travel to Rabat – Morocco’s capital city. Check in to your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 3-star Chellah hotel or 4-star Golden Tulip in Rabat

Day 9: Rabat – Larache – Tangier (B, D)
See the sights of Rabat on a tour after breakfast, admiring monuments like the majestic Royal Palace, Mohamed V Mausoleum and Hassan Tower with its eye-catching red facade. Hear about Rabat’s laid-back culture from your guide while exploring, and then head out of the city to travel to the coastal town of Larache.

After a short lunch break (own expense), continue to Tangier: your final destination of the day. Check in to your hotel and then head out to discover Tangier’s top attractions on a coach tour. Hear about Tangier’s raucous history, with tales of the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Berbers who fought over the city, and then sidle past the labyrinth-like Medina – home to the Grande Mosque. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and savor dinner in the evening.

Overnight: 3-star Atlas Almohades hotel or 4-star Rif hotel in Tangier

Day 10: Tangier – Costa del Sol (B, D)
Relax over your final breakfast in Morocco, and then travel to the port. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to arrive back on the Costa del Sol in Spain. Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of your day doing whatever you please. Enjoy dinner in the evening.

Overnight: 3-star Sol Principe or 4-star Melia Costa del Sol in the Costa del Sol

Day 11: Costa del Sol – Granada (B, D)
Leave your Costa del Sol hotel after breakfast and travel to Granada, one of Spain’s last Moorish cities. Visit the city’s star’s attraction – the incredible Alhambra palace complex and Generalife Gardens – and learn how both sites enjoy a deserved place on the lauded UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Stroll through the mosaic-tiled and landscaped gardens to discover the history of Spain’s Moorish rulers and marvel at their exotic architectural legacy. Check in to your Granada hotel in time for dinner, and spend your evening at leisure. Your guide will happily organize a trip to the Sacromonte Caves for a flamenco show, if you wish (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star Los Angeles or 4-star Melia Granada in Granada

Day 12: Granada – Toledo – Madrid (B)
After breakfast, wave goodbye to Granada as you travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Toledo. Learn about the fortified city’s Christian, Moorish and Jewish roots and see its well-preserved medieval architecture on a city tour. After lunch (own expense), enjoy a stroll with your guide, discovering Toledo’s enchanting cobblestone alleyways while hearing about the work of artist El Greco who hailed from the town. Look out for examples of Toledo’s signature Damasquinado metalwork, delicately etched with gold, and then hop back on board your coach to travel to central Madrid, where your tour finishes.

The hotels detailed above are as a reference only and are subject to change

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour, especially the Moroccan part, was a trip of a lifetime. Our guides were superb and our local guides in each city made the cities come alive.

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2014

In theory this tour works - but you do spend a lot, and I mean a lot of time on the bus travelling to different destinations! Especially in Morocco - the time spent getting to the ferry, waiting for it to depart and then subsequent travel takes hours and I mean at least 8 hrs!!! This is not clear in the tour description. Be aware that you will end up being a part of 3 different tour groups and that if you are a solo traveler this is hard if you make friends and they are on the not on the next part of the tour. Also listening to everyone in Spanish, French then English is tiring after the first day.

Marrakech and Granada are the highlights of this trip. Also the guide you get plays a role in your level of enjoyment!

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