Great Spain & Morocco Tour | 16 Days Tour
Madrid | Granada | Cordoba | Seville | Tarifa | Chefchaouen | Fes | Midelt | Merzouga | Rissani | Erfoud | Touroug | Tinjedad | Tinghir | Dades Gorge | Ouarzazate | Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou | Marrakech
Airport private pick up. Free and easy to rest after the long flight. Recommended halal dining near hotel. Plans will be arranged according to your preferences.
In Madrid, enjoy a 3 hours tour to discover ancient Mayrit founded in the 9th century for Emir Mohamed I. Visit the remains of the walls built by him to protect the city, just next to Almudena Cathedral, in the old city. Walk to the Royal Palace standing over the remains of the Alcazar fortress. Explore Madrid’s most beautiful quarters, take a great shot at Plaza de España and stroll on Gran Via, the most famous commercial street.
Continue the journey now heading to Toledo. Visit this historical city of “Tolaytola”, in times of Al Andalus a renowned center of knowledge and arts. Walking the old Medina you will see gates dated in the 12th-century, Bib-Sacra very well preserved. Visit then the old BAB AL-MANDUM MOSQUE (10th-century) and the old Mosque Casa de las Tornerias. Optionally, you can visit inside the Toledo Cathedral that features an impressive Gothic architecture.
Madrid - Toledo - Cordoba
Discover the city of Cordoba, once the capital of Al Andalus where you will learn about the splendor of the Umayyad dynasty rulers. Visit the great OLD CORDOBA MOSQUE dated in the 8th-century. Continue exploring by foot the historical center: the Roman Bridge, Calahorra Tower, flower patios, Jewish quarter and Islamic gate of the old Medina.
Optional: Visit the archaeological site of MADINAT AL-ZAHRA, 8 km away from Cordoba. The ruins the palatial city of Abd-ar-Rahman III dated in the 10th century.[/timeline_item]
Visit the ALBAYZIN old Muslim quarter for centuries. and a World Heritage. Explore the impressive Islamic building walking its narrow and climbing streets filled with lovely whitewashed houses. Visit Granada Masjid and take a great shot from Saint Nicolas Square’s viewpoint. Dar al-Horra, the princess Palace and Casa Zafra are the features. You may want to explore a traditional house-cave of the SACROMONTE. Continue to next destination Cordoba for overnight.
Optional: Discover the fascinating art of Flamenco dance.
Enjoy a guided tour of the ALHAMBRA & GENERALIFE PALACES and gardens, the best-preserved Islamic Heritage of Europe. After the lunch break, explore the historical center looking for those famous locations of Islamic Spain history Bib Rambla Square, Old Madrasa, Alcaiceria, Corral del Carbon. Relax in the evening, shopping and having Moroccan tea and delights at Calderería street or relax at Darro River boulevard, Paseo de los Tristes cafés and shops.
Explore the charm of the capital of the Spanish Empire in the 16-17th century. You may like to board a river cruise at Guadalquivir river or a little boat in the lagoon at Plaza de España square. Visit with your guide the oldest palace of Spain, SEVILLE ROYAL ALCAZAR a Mudejar building dated in the 8th-century. Later, enjoy a walking tour sightseeing the landmarks of Santa Cruz quarter, Torre del Oro in the bank of Guadalquivir river and the Giralda Tower -remain of Seville’s majid in 13th century and today’s icon. [/timeline_item]
Seville - Tarifa - Chefchaouen
Transfer to Tarifa Port to embark in a fast speed ferry to cross the Gibraltar Strait to Morocco in the African continent. Continue by road to The Blue City, Chaouen.
Chefchaouen - Fes
Let’s start exploring Morocco’s top villages, Chefchaouen on a SIGHTSEEING TOUR. See the 15th-century Grand Mosque, the medina and the walled fortress of the Kasbah. Explore the maze of streets looking for best arts and crafts shops. Continue to Fes for overnight.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the old city, known locally as FES EL BALI. Step back in time into the labyrinth of the Medina and explore the specialty sections that divide the souks. Medieval Fes was one of the world’s great centers of education and culture: both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and its libraries are legendary. Its mosques are of great renown. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. Pass the Belghazi Museum, Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th-century inn. You’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way.
Fes - Midelt - Azrou - Ziz Valley - Merzouga (Camel Ride & Night in Desert)
We are leaving Fes early in the morning and going to Merzouga, passing through Ifrane to arrive at the cedar forests of Azrou where the wild monkeys are located. It will be a good opportunity to take photos of the wilderness in Morocco. Lunch in a small Berber village of Zaida. We continue the way through the Atlas Mountains enjoying the landscapes of Midelt to arrive at the small town of Rich and later Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet. Afterward, we continue to Merzouga, check into the hotel. You’ll ride the camels to spend the night in the desert under the stars, in traditional Berber nomad tents. Dinner and overnight in the bivouac
Merzouga – Khamlia – Nomad family – Rissani – Tour of the dunes - Merzouga
Wake up early morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dune in the Sahara Desert. After these beautiful moments, you will ride your camel back to the hotel where you can have a shower and breakfast. You will then have a tour of the dunes on 4×4 allowing you to visit the black volcanic rocks of fossils, visit a nomad family living in the desert, visit Khamlia village and entertainment of their spiritual music of Gnawa, and visit the lake Dayte Sarji that forms in springtime which attracts pink flamingos and wildlife. Then you will have a break for lunch in Rissani. After lunch returns to your hotel and relaxes at the pool and in the dunes.
Merzouga - Rissani - Erfoud - Touroug - Tinjedad - Tinghir - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge
Leave Merzouga and drive via Erfoug, Jorf with its ancient irrigation system, Touroug and Tinjedad to Tinghir, where we head to the Todra valley and the Todra Gorges. Lunch at the spot, enjoying the beautiful scenery. Then we continue and have several stops along the Dades Valley. You will see the „monkey fingers valley“ and the Dades Gorge.
[timeline_item item_number=”14″ title=”Dades Gorge – Kelaa Magona – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech”]Drive through the Rose Valley to Ouarzazate. You will see the beautiful Kasbah Amridil, located near Skoura, and many beautiful spots on the way. after a short visit of Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, we will drive to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (under UNESCO protection), visit the Kasbah and the old village. Ait Ben Haddou is a most impressive Kasbah and a well-preserved fortress in Morocco. Many movies were filmed here such as “Gladiator” or “Lawrence of Arabia”. After lunch at the spot, we leave Ait Ben Haddou and start heading towards the majestic Atlas Mountains. Departure to Marrakech via the Tizi-N-Ticha passage, arrival in Marrakech. [/timeline_item]
After marveling at the Jamaa el Fna Square, follow your local guide into the narrow and winding streets of the Medina of Marrakech. Visit some of the first monuments to be built when the city was established in 1070 by the Almoravids, including the Koutoubia Mosque and the Kasbah. And discover other gems like the Saadians Tombs, Bahia Palace and the city’s world-famous souk.