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Overview

Discover two entrancing countries in one unforgettable 12-day south of Spain and Morocco tour, with accommodation included. Travel by coach from Madrid to Morocco and back, and learn about both countries from your guide as you enjoy city tours, guided visits and free time to explore independently. Discover the charms and Moorish beauty of vibrant Andalucian cities such as Cordoba and Seville; stay overnight on the Costa del Sol; and visit Morocco to discover Fez, Marrakech and more. Lastly, visit Granada’s Alhambra and Toledo on route back to Madrid.
  • 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 Travelers Choose 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.
Experience the best of Spain’s Andalucian region and Morocco in one enjoyable 12-day tour led by an expert guide. Meet up with your guide and air-conditioned coach in Madrid, and head first for Cordoba to discover its rich Moorish legacy before visiting Seville, the gorge-top town of Ronda, and enjoying a relaxing overnight stay on the Costa del Sol. 
Then, take a ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to visit six of Morocco’s most colorful cities — Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier — before your return to Spain to visit Granada and Toledo before your tour finishes back in Madrid.

Your tour includes round-trip transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach, return ferry journeys between Spain and Morocco, plus guided tours in Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Toledo, Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat, as well as free time to explore the other cities and attractions visited on the itinerary at your leisure.
Also included is 11 nights of 3- or 4-star — your choice — accommodation in conveniently located hotels. Daily breakfasts are included, as is either lunch or dinner on each day apart from on Day 1 and Day 12.

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 Hotel Sol Principe or similar, 4-star Sol Don Marco/Don Pablo or similar.

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: Tourist Class : Volubilis o Menzeh Zalagh

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:
Tourist Class : Volubilis o Menzeh Zalagh

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 Hotel Atlas Asni or Golden Tulip or similar, 4-star Hotel Atlas Medina or Royal Mirage or similar.

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.

Enjoy free time for the rest of your day - lunch at your own expense. Dinner and accommodation at hotel. 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 Hotel Atlas Asni or Golden Tulip or similar, 4-star Hotel Atlas Medina or Royal Mirage or similar.

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: Tourist Class & First Class: Farah 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: Tourist Class : Hilton o Solazur and First Class : Royal Tulip

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 Hotel Sol Principe or similar, 4-star Sol Don Marco/Don Pablo or similar.

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 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 Hotel Los Angeles or similar, 4-star Hotel Abades Nevada palace or similar.

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

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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G
, Jun 2018

Good tour. The guides with Julia during the travels in Spain Ishmael and Ellie were the some of the best guides I've had anywhere in the world. Hotels were nice as well. There's a lot to try to pack in 12 days but I wish we'd stay longer in Granada and maybe a little less time in Morocco. Also maybe spend time in Malaga instead of some touristy resort town like Torremolinos because there is zero culture or anything interesting there. These tour groups have a lot of older people on them so get ready to move slowly and be held up for a bit.

S
, Aug 2017

Viator did not do a good job to ensure julia address the travel issues we encountered. We spent an entire day on the boat ride back to Spain due to poor planning. In addition, the hotel we stayed at had poor and broken services.

A
, Mar 2017

Overall the trip was worthwhile and a pleasurable trip. The trip was taken in October, 2016. I waited to digest it completely before writing the review in an effort to be as impartial as possible. Loved both legs of the tour specially Morocco. We were lucky as most of the time on this tour the weather was gorgeous and cooperative. I love history and had been looking for a trip covering, southern Spain, Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco. As I said in the beginning, the overall trip was worthwhile, however, there were couple of Big personal disappointments as well. Otherwise, I would have given Five Stars. Once on the bus, I realized most of the tourist were from countries who spoke Spanish or Portuguese. Thus, they were or became primary focus group for the tour guide.

The detailed tour of Alhambra I had been waiting for the longest time and looking forward the most during Spanish lag of the tour, unfortunately, it was not covered the way it was supposed to as many historical and important sites were missed. A huge personal disappointment. By the way, it was just not us but it was felt by many other tourists who shared it with us. I conveyed my disappointment via customer survey provided on board by Julia Travels who was responsible for the Spanish lag of our tour.

The things enjoyed the most.

The weather for the most part on both legs of the tour was very good
Since it was a compact tour, covering many parts of two different countries and cultures, one could only get so much in little time. yet, it gave us good glimpse to many historical and other famous places between the two countries, Spain and Morocco.

Few Recommendations

1- Viator should try to arrange separate tours for English speaking tourists so they can get the most out of these tours as in most cases these are, once in a life time opportunities. If due to certain constraints it is not possible, where possible, arrange a local English speaking tour guide with a clear accent and good command on English. With a diversified group of people coming from many different countries, cultures and beliefs, a tour guide can not and should not narrate his/her or certain version of the history. If historical facts are not clear or controversial, the tour guide should just provide references according to multiple known historians with different point of views and leave the digging up to the tourist.

2- Again, I recommend for future tours, Viator make sure at least all the well known historical places and monuments are covered in such a way where tourists feel fulfilled the most. I realize, on these compact tours time becomes very valuable. I think at certain historical sites, the touring party can be divided into smaller units based upon their interests and be sent with local guides to cover the sites they are interested the most.

3- Arrange porters at the port of Tangier for luggage transfer.

Tips for the Tourists

Do a bit of research before taking a particular trip. Be mentally and physically prepared for the days you will spent on the tour.

C
, Jan 2017

This tour was well organised and the places included were all of great interest. We had not been to Spain or Morocco
before and were delighted in every place we went to. Highlights were the mosque/church in Córdoba, the medina in Fes and Alhambra in Grenada. Grace, our guide in Spain was very good for morale and very experienced in handling a large group of diverse people. Our guide in Morocco was helpful at all times. Morocco was much more developed than we expected, but we were taken to lots of 'old Morocco'. The accommodation was all very good. There are always 'little things' that could go better, but part of travel is coping with those. It would be good if the tour left from a central hotel rather than the bus parking area which is difficult to find, but I think it is a Madrid regulation that makes this impossible. We recommend this tour. If it's you ur first in Spain and Morocco it is a very pleasant introduction.

J
, Jan 2017

Marrocos Agency Mundi Marroc excellent hotels/ good food/ good service. Problem w/audio in the bus we could not hear the guide/
lack of wifi
Spain Agency Julia Travel Seville - Melia Libreros - excellent food/ excellent hotel - highly recommended
Torremolinos Don marco Resort/ Don Pedro Resort Very poor choice for winter. Nothing to do/ sub standard room/ not elevator to get to the rooms/ no porter/ guide and bus driver left us in the road with luggage to find the hotel, very unprofessional. Our suggestion for the future in winter time _ MALAGA more things to see historic sites, beautiful city
ALHAMBRA - we got frustrated because the ticket for entrance admission did not cover the principal part residential quarter of the palace, the bathhouses, palace of lions.

for entrance admission did not cover the residential quarter, the bathhouses, palace of Lions.

n
, Oct 2016

We enjoyed this trip with the exception of the guides who were spending more time in the Spanish translations than English. I can understand some Spanish so I was able to get more information than the others who can only understand English. Overall, it was a good itinerary.

J
, Jan 2016

This was a great trip and was very well handled by the actual service provider. We had upgraded our trip to Superior and they put us in some excellent hotels at each location. Grace and Margarita were both very good guides and were very helpful too. Local guides at different locations were very good as well. The coach provided all through was very comfortable indeed.

L
, Oct 2015

The places and sites were absolutely gorgeous and wondrous, our tour guides were amazing and our family including three teenage daughters had the time of our lives! The accommodations were great and we took advantage of the optional activities, which really enriched our experience. I highly recommend this tour.

N
, Oct 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!

C
, Sep 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.


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