- Spain and Morocco
- Explore two captivating countries with ancient cultures. Visit stunning gardens, palaces, mosques, cathedrals and so much more. Find ceramics, fabrics and other treasures in craftsmen markets; be enchanted by street performers and musicians. Discover why designers, gardeners, writers and artists are still drawn to these evocative destinations.
Let’s Visit Spain and Morocco with Kim Woods Rabbidge
Day 1 Mon 16 April Arrive Barcelona
Arrive at Barcelona, group transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city (Individual transfers can be arranged on request). The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Tue 17 April Barcelona
Day excursion in Costa Brava. We explore the terraced, botanical gardens of Cap Roig, extending from the castle to the sea. On the way back, in Lloret de Mar, we visit Santa Clotilde Garden perched on a cliff-top. (B)
Day 3 Wed 18 April Barcelona
Enjoy a city tour in Barcelona visiting Gaudi’s amazing Sagrada Familia & the Palau de la Música Catalana. Evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 4 Thu 19 April Barcelona-Casablanca-Marrakech
Leave Barcelona this morning on a flight to Casablanca, Morocco. After traveling by air-conditioned coach to Marrakech, our next form of transport will be calèches (horse-drawn carriages) to Marjorelle Gardens where vivid colours contrast with the villa’s bright blue façade. As dusk falls wander through Djemma El Fna square amongst jugglers, story-tellers, snake charmers and acrobats performing beneath the magnificent, illuminated backdrop of the Koutoubia Mosque. (B, D)
Day 5 Fri 20 April Marrakech
Morning tour to the Bahia Palace, the Menara Gardens, the Medrasa and souks (market). The Menara gardens, with a backdrop of the ancient Atlas Mountains, were built in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu’min. Lunch at Terrasses d’Epices in the heart of the Medina.
After evening drinks at the famous Mamounia Hotel enjoy a lavish Moroccan feast at the renowned Yacout restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Sat 21 April Marrakech-Ourika Valley-Marrakech
Sip refreshing mint tea in the herbal gardens of Ourika Valley. After lunch return to Marrakech via the Saffron Gardens where you’ll discover the processes of saffron production. Be tempted with herbal teas and Moroccan pastries. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Sun 22 April Marrakech-Beni Mellal-Fes
Travel to Fez through the Atlas Mountains, lunch on route in Beni Mellal. We’ll pass Berber villages of Imouzer and Ifrane, and arrive in Fes late afternoon. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Mon 23 April Fes
Rich in traditional culture, we’ll explore the UNESCO world-heritage listed medinas of Fes, the oldest of Morocco’s Imperial cities, and the country’s symbolic heart. Visit new town, Fes J’did, the old Kasbah des Cherarda, the souqs, the Royal Palace and the Blue Gate.
Lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the famous cobalt blue pottery of Fes and we also learn about colourful, tribal Moroccan carpets. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Tue 24 April Fes-Tangier
On route to Tangier we stop at Volubilis, the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Then onto the magnificent Imperial City Meknes where we’ll lunch before continuing to Tangier. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Wed 25 April Tangier
This morning learn about this fascinating port city with special visits to the American Legation Museum, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
You’re free this afternoon to wander into the Kasbah where Betty Hutton (Woolworths Heiress) lived, and soak up the history and exotic tales associated with the Continental Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Thu 26 April Tangier-Algeciras-Ronda
After breakfast we transfer to Tangier Med port. We’ll take a ferry across the Gibraltar Strait entering Spain, through Algeciras Port. Our coach will be waiting to take us to Ronda, where we spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of this captivating town. (B)
Day 12 Fri 27 April Ronda-Granada
This morning we’ll be escorted through Rhonda. We’ll visit the Puente Nuevo, Bullring Square, Casa del Rey Moro and Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra.
On route to Granada, we’ll visit the beautiful, historical Jardín Botánico de la Concepción in Málaga. (B, D)
Day 13 Sat 28 April Granada
With our guide, this morning we’ll explore the world famous Alhambra, described by Moorish poets as ‘a pearl set in emeralds’, and the more recent gardens of the Generalife. Afterwards, we’ll relax over lunch in a local restaurant, then enjoy a leisurely afternoon. (B, L)
Day 14 Sun 29 April Granada-Seville
Today we visit Corral del Carbón, then the Royal Chapel of Granada and adjacent Cathedral. After lunch, we’ll depart for Sevilla, where you can either relax, wander, or shop. (B, L)
Day 15 Mon 30 April Seville
Walking shoes on for a visit to the Cathedral, and gardens surrounding Alcázar, of Seville, developed by Moorish Muslim kings, and still used as a residence of Spain’s Royal family.
Afterwards, we’ll lunch in a local restaurant. Evening at leisure. (B, L)
Day 16 Tue 01 May Seville
Today we take a panoramic tour in Seville: Torre del Oro, Real Maestranza, Expo del 92, Expo del 29, Plaza de España y Parque de María Luisa. Evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 17 Wed 02 May Seville-Cordoba
Depart by coach to Cordoba. Enjoy a walking tour of the Patios of the Zona Alcazar Viejo, San Basilio District of Córdoba, including entrance to the Cathedral (former mosque). Evening at leisure. (B, D)
Day 18 Thu 03 May Cordoba
Today we will visit the Synagogue, Great Mosque, Alcázar of Córdoba Gardens, Palacio de Viana and Córdoba Patios. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 19 Fri 04 May Cordoba-Madrid
Transfer to the train station for the high speed train to Madrid. Check in to your hotel located in the heart of the old city. The reminder of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 20 Sat 05 May Madrid-Segovia-Madrid
A full day excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Segovia, a city that demonstrates Roman architectural mastery. Visit the famous Alcázar and La Granja de San Ildefonso to see the baroque palace that was built for Philip V. of Spain and set in gardens in the French formal style with fountains. (B)
Day 21 Sun 06 May Madrid
Enjoy a full day city tour in Madrid and visit to the Prado Museum before our farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 22 Mon 07 May Depart Madrid
After breakfast, group transfer to airport (Individual transfers can be arranged on request). (B)
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Tour Prices (Land Only)
Per person twin share: $8,225
Single room supplement: $1,950
Tour price includes arrival/departure group transfer; intra-region transport including private coach, flight from Barcelona to Casablanca, ferry Tangier to Algeciras and high-speed train from Cordabo to Madrid; 21 nights twin-share accommodation with breakfast daily; lunches and dinners as stated in the itinerary; local wine and water at meals in Spain, non-alcohol drinks at meals in Morocco; air-conditioned coach with English speaking local guide during the tour.