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Southern Spain & Morocco

Discover enchanting Morocco. Explore the buzzing medinas, glittering palaces and timeless Berber villages. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar to southern Spain. Visit the grand, historical cities of Granada, Seville and Madrid, bask in the sunshine and experience the Moorish and Islamic influences on architecture and food.Mesmerising Moroccxplore dynamic Casablanca, Morocco's centre for business and trade, and a city rich with heritage, culture and traditions. Spend 2 days discovering the delights of Marrakesh. Visit the exquisitely decorated Saadian Tombs and see the beautiful gardens. The lush green, formal spaces are stunning and some are even referred to as the Islamic Versailles!Desert OasesSpend the night in a traditional Kasbah in the Sahara Desert and watch the sunrise over the endless dunes. See the magnificent Medina of Fes el-Bali in the medieval capital of Fez, where goods are transported by only donkey, handcarts and mules. Discover the picturesque streets in the incredible town of Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest in Morocco washed with hundreds of shades of blue.Costa del SolCross the Strait of Gibraltar into Spain and the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Experience the history and culture of Malaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and the Moorish city of Granada, set against the Sierra Nevada Ranges.Tastes & TraditionsDiscover the city of Seville, supposedly founded by Hercules and famous for its tapas. Finish your journey in majestic Madrid explore its grand squares, palaces and museums, and take a traditional cooking class to discover the delights of Spanish cuisine.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Morocco & Spain. Taxes included
  • Train between Casablanca and Marrakech
  • Ferry between Morocco and Spain
  • AVE High-Speed train from Cordoba to Madrid
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $260pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a traditional Kasbah
  • 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director in each country
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Mesmerising Morocco

  • Stroll through Casablanca's bustling Central Market.
  • See the impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the second largest mosque in the world.
  • Board the train to Marrakesh.
  • Feel the buzz of Marrakesh's Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square walking through the stalls, snake-charmers and other entertainers on your way to dinner.
  • Visit the 16th century monument site of the Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh.
  • See Marrakesh's Koutoubia Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
  • Take a Moroccan cooking lesson and enjoy the food you've prepared for lunch.
  • Wander through the streets of Ait-Ben Haddou, a World Heritage-listed city made famous by the 1962 film 'Lawrence of Arabia.'
  • Visit the majestic Kasbahs of Tifoultoute and Taoirt in Ouarzazate.
  • Stay in a traditional Kasbah in Merzouga, the gateway to the endless dunes of the Sahara Desert.
  • Watch as the dunes shimmer with the first rays of sunlight over the Sahara Desert - a truly magical experience!
  • Experience the warm Moroccan hospitality with Moroccan Tea and spiritual Gnawa music in the small village of Khamlia.
  • Enjoy lunch under the shade of palm trees in the Tissirdmine Oasis.
  • Awaken the senses navigating your way through the Medina of Fez el Bali, bursting with aromatic food stands, local craftsmen, workshops, mosques, schools and friendly locals.
  • Watch in awe as men standing in stone vessels filled with a range of colourful dyes, process the hides of sheep and goat in the ancient operation of tannery in Fez.
  • Explore Meknes, one of the Kingdom's Imperial Cities. See the massive Bab el Mansour Gate and the Old Medina.
  • Visit the impressive archaeological site of Volubilis, once an important Roman city.
  • Fall in love with Chefchaouen - Morocco's magical blue city.

Passionate Spain

  • In Malaga visit the Picasso Museum in the Buenavista Palace, dedicated to the works of local artist, Pablo Ruiz Picasso.
  • Explore the Nerja Caves, a series of huge caverns that stretch for almost 5km and home to the world's largest stalagmite.
  • Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada will reward you with its rich history, mixture of cultures, Moorish Old Quarter and lively nightlife.
  • Taste traditional Spanish Tapas in Granada.
  • Admire the intricate detail of Granada's famous Alhambra Palace, a Moorish citadel and one of Spain's most famous attractions.
  • Stroll through Generalife Gardens, the tranquil 14th century summer gardens of the Kings of Granada.
  • Discover the small 'white village' of Ronda, one of the most historical towns in Andalusia, set spectacularly above a deep mountain gorge.
  • In Seville visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the biggest in Spain and the site where Christopher Columbus is buried.
  • Visit Seville's Royal Alc zar, a string of royal palaces built by the Catholic Kings during the 14th century which is today home to the Spanish Royal Family.
  • Tour the incredible Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba.
  • Travel on the AVE High Speed Train from Cordoba to Madrid.
  • Tour the well-known avenues of Gran Via and Castellana and famous squares such as Plaza de Espa a, Oriente, Mayor, Puerta Del Sol, Atocha, Neptuno, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcala, Colon and Plaza de Castilla on a sightseeing tour of Madrid.
  • Learn to cook specialties from different spanish regions at a cooking class in Madrid.
  • Discover the magical city of Toledo, including a visit to the Cathedral and Santo Tome Church.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $10,195
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Relaxing
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
29 May 201820 Jun 2018Fully BookedAUD $9,405 
28 Aug 201819 Sep 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,705
25 Sep 201817 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $9,505 
Itinerary
Southern Spain & Morocco

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco and its buzzing economical centre, Casablanca! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Casablanca - Marrakesh

Today we explore the buzzing streets of Casablanca and acquaint ourselves with its European-influenced architecture. We'll visit the Hassan II Mosque - the largest in Morocco and second-largest in the world. Its minaret towers above the city at 210-metres-tall. We'll travel to the magical 'Rose City' of Marrakesh by train this afternoon. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we'll make our way through Marrakesh's buzzing Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square to enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner.

Day 4. Marrakesh

Marrakesh is the real heartbeat of Morocco and we'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace. We'll also see the famous Koutoubia Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. [B,L]

Special Experience: We'll be treated to a cooking class of local cuisine and enjoy the delicious results for lunch.

Day 5. Marrakesh

This morning we'll explore the enchanting Jardin Marjorelle, gifted to the city of Marrakesh by famous French designer, Yves Saint Laurent. The afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Why not shop for carpets and crafts in the city's labyrinth of souks? [B]

Day 6. Marrakesh - Boumalne

We travel through the High Atlas Mountains to the fortified city of A t Ben Haddou, a World Heritage-listed city made famous by the 1962 film 'Lawrence of Arabia'. We'll wander through the Ksar and make our way to the top for beautiful views over the desert. This afternoon we make the short trip to Ourzazate, where we visit the kasbahs of Tifoultoute and Taoirt. We continue to Boumalne this evening. [B,D]

Day 7. Boumalne - Merzouga

The morning is at leisure before we travel to Erfoud, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. We'll transfer to 4WDs and make our way across the vast dunes to the town of Merzouga. Our accommodation for the next two nights is a traditional Moroccan kasbah! [B,D]

Day 8. Merzouga

Special Experience: Witness an incredible sunrise over the endless dunes of the Sahara Desert, shimmering with the first rays of light.

After breakfast we travel to a nearby village to enjoy the local Gnaoua music over Moroccan tea. We'll then visit the traditional artists' oasis town of Tissardmine for lunch amongst the palms. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Merzouga - Fez

We cross over the Middle Atlas Mountains on our way to Fez. Along the way we'll visit the market town of Midelt, nestled between the Middle and High Atlas Mountains. [B,L,D]

Day 10.Fez

Considered the cultural and religious centre of Morocco, Fez is a window into the Middle Ages. We'll explore the narrow, cobbled lanes and covered souks of the famous medina, visit the Madressa and see the Karaouine Mosque. We'll also watch on as men standing in stone vessels filled with a range of colourful dyes, process the hides of sheep and goat in the ancient operation of tannery. [B]

Day 11. Meknes & Volubilis Excursion

Today we visit Morocco's smallest imperial city, Meknes. We'll see the beautifully preserved gates of Bab El-Mansour and the old medina. We'll also see the ruins of Volubilis, once an important Roman city, dating back to the 3rd century BC. [B]

Day 12. Fez - Chefchaouen

This morning we travel to the magical town of Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest in Morocco, washed with hundreds of shades of blue. This afternoon we'll explore the town's picturesque streets on foot. [B,D]

Day 13. Chefchaouen - Mijas

Today we cross over the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain. We'll be staying in the hinterland of the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. [B]

Day 14. Malaga Excursion

Located on Spain's famous Costa del Sol, the city of Malaga is brimming with history and culture. It is also the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso. This morning we'll explore the town and visit the Picasso Museum dedicated to his work. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 15. Mijas - Granada

Enjoy the scenery as we travel inland to the Moorish city of Granada, set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada ranges. Along the way we'll visit the famous Nerja Caves, a series of huge caverns that stretch for almost 5km and home to the world's largest stalagmite. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we'll enjoy a traditional Spanish tapas dinner.

Day 16. Granada

This morning we'll admire the intricate detail of the famous Moorish citadel, Alhambra Palace. Then wander through the beautifully manicured Generalife Gardens, the 14th century summer gardens of the former kings of Granada. [B]

Day 17. Granada - Ronda - Seville

Our first stop today is the town of Ronda, one of Andalusia's famous 'white' villages. Perched above a deep gorge, the town's location is truly spectacular. We'll then continue west to vibrant Seville. Legend has it that the city was founded by Hercules. [B]

Day 18. Seville

Our morning sightseeing tour incudes the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the historic Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz and the Royal Alcazar, a string of royal palaces built by the Catholic kings during the 14th century. They are home to the Spanish Royal Family today. The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover the delights of Seville at your own pace. [B]

Day 19. Seville - Cordoba - Madrid

After breakfast we depart for Cordoba. We'll visit the incredible Mezquita. One of the world's greatest works of Islamic architecture, it was originally a mosque and is now a cathedral. This afternoon we take the high-speed AVE train north to the grand city of Madrid. [B]

Day 20. Madrid

Overflowing with palaces, museums and grand squares, Madrid is a truly majestic city. We'll see the highlights on a city tour, including the famous avenues of Gran Via and Castellana, Plaza de Espana, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Castilla and Retiro Park. [B,D]

Special Experience: This evening we'll take a cooking class and discover the delights of typical Spanish cuisine and its regional specialties.

Day 21. Toledo Excursion

We take a day trip to the historic town of Toledo, which lies dramatically atop a hill overlooking the Rio Tajo. Known for being a melting pot of religions and cultures, it's also the birthplace of many famous artists. Our guided tour includes the incredible interior of the cathedral and the beautiful Santo Tome Church. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Madrid

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia



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