Days
15
Price from
$5,015AUD

From Seville to Marrakech, explore the best of Spain and Morocco

Separated by only 13 kilometres, Spain and Morocco prove to be a stellar combo for a two-week holiday! Moorish food, seductive Seville and simmering souks – this adventure showcases both the contrasts and the close ties between two extraordinary countries.


Start
Seville, Spain
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Countries
Morocco, Spain
Style
Peregrine
Code
PESMC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • The enchanting old Jewish neighbourhood of Santa Cruz makes for the perfect base in Seville. Lose yourself in the narrow cobblestone lanes and visit the stunning Alcazar

  • Visit the spectacular mountain-top village of Zahara de la Sierra and enjoy an olive oil tasting at a local family-run mill

  • Granada is a city like no other. Explore the outstanding Alhambra Palace, wander through the mythic Moorish quarter and feast on the city's world-renowned cuisine – all with the benefit of insider knowledge

  • Enjoy a tasting and talk about the local beers and Iberico ham from the owner of a local deli. This little show is offered exclusively to our group.

  • There's flexibility. In Grazalema, you can venture into the hills in search of eagles and mountain goats, or choose to stay and relax in this gorgeous Andalucian hill village

  • Visit ´Molino El Vinculo´, a traditional, family-run ‘cold’ olive oil mill for a demonstration and tasting.

  • Spend a night in Ronda, one of Spain's oldest towns, and see why the likes of Hemingway and Dumas sang the praises of this cliff-perched beauty

  • Reveal the history of the flamenco – a unique style of dance ingrained within Spanish culture and musical heritage

  • Marvel at the size of the Mosque of Hassan II, which dominates the Casablanca skyline – this massive edifice is the largest in Africa and second only in the world to the great mosque at Mecca

  • Uncover one of the most remote parts of the Roman Empire, and the most impressive Roman ruins in Morocco, at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Volubilis

  • Explore Morocco’s first imperial city, Meknes, and discover the charming streets of the old medina that lead to the lovely Bou Inania Medresse (religious school)

  • Dive into Fes’ medina and be surrounded by the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco in arguably the world's most fascinating and confounding old city

  • Experience the unique surroundings of Bin el Ouidane, a remote settlement beautifully located on the bank of a lake, surrounded by sheer rocks. Discover the perfect place for taking the panoramic photos of the place, photos your friend will be jealous of.

  • Listen to the ‘call for prayer’ in Fes from the one of many rooftops in town.

  • Witness the evening transformation of Jemaa el Fna in Marrakech, when in becomes a living stage; where food, music and entertainment come together to make one of the world’s greatest public squares

  • Go behind the scenes of the markets in Marrakech with a local guide who will provide an insight into Moroccan specialities at hidden stalls in the medina

Is this trip right for you?

  • As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags or cases at home and bring a backpack instead.

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

  • On Day 4 of the trip, you'll embark on a full-day tour around the Medina of Fes. While you'll be on your feet for at least five to six hours, this is one of the highlights of Morocco and well worth any weariness at the end of the long day.The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider what time of year you travel carefully. If you do travel in the warmer months, pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water.

  • In 2016, Ramadan will take place from 7 June to 6 July. This is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world. Many festivals are marked as Islamic Holidays, which may cause some disturbance to your travels around this time. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.

  • As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your trip leader and the tipping section of our Essential Trip Notes will help to provide you with some suggestions as to what amounts are appropriate.

  • Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco, please be aware that you may be approached by shop owners and street vendors offering their goods to you on regular occasions.

  • We've sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Peregrine style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Morocco may be different to western standards.

Itinerary

On arrival in Seville, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel. There are no activities planned for during the day, so you may arrive at any time before your welcome meeting at 7 pm. At this meeting, your leader will give you a briefing on what lies ahead for the trip. If you have time beforehand, take the opportunity to explore this most flamboyant of cities. Barrio Santa Cruz, with its multicultural history, is a great place to start. This shaded warren was designed in medieval times to provide refuge from the great Andalusian heat.
Notes: Arriving/departing by train is recommended within Europe, as this is a relatively low-carbon mode of transport. A convenient method of reaching the capital of Andalucia is by fast train (AVE), which takes less than three hours from Madrid. Otherwise, Iberian Airlines operates daily non-stop services to Seville from London, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid.


Notes: Arriving/departing by train is recommended within Europe, as this is a relatively low-carbon mode of transport. A convenient method of reaching the capital of Andalucia is by fast train (AVE), which takes less than three hours from Madrid. Otherwise, Iberian Airlines operates daily non-stop services to Seville from London, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Murillo or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast, embark on a walking tour that reveals many of Seville's finest sights. With the knowledge of your local leader to guide you, you will explore the maze of narrow cobblestoned streets and sun-speckled squares in Barrio Santa Cruz and El Centro. A highlight of the morning is a visit to Seville's magnificent Alcazar Palace – one of the country’s most impressive and historic monuments. You'll also visit the lovely botanical gardens in Maria Luisa Park and the incomparable Plaza de España. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the town. Visits to Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower are both highly recommended. The former is the third largest cathedral in the world and houses Christopher Columbus’ elevated tomb. Tonight you can join the 'Sevillanos' (locals) and soak up the ambience of the city as it comes alive after dark. 'Sevillanos' usually dine late, so embrace the local schedule. Perhaps round off your evening with an optional flamenco show; your guide will offer you some history of this unique dance style.

(Walking time: 3–4 hours, not including free time in the afternoon)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Murillo or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will transfer by private minibus (approximately 1.5 hours) to Grazalema National Park. En route you will stop in at the splendid village of Zahara de la Sierra. The awesome mountain-top location of this whitewashed village makes it visible for many kilometres. It's also known as the 'Moorish Eagle's Nest'. Enjoy a guided exploration of its narrow alleyways. On this tour you will walk up to a 15th-century watchtower and feast your eyes on the spectacular views over the Zahara-Gastor Resevoir and the surrounding countryside. Also visit 'Molino El Vinculo', a traditional, family-run ‘cold’ olive oil mill, and enjoy a demonstration and tasting. Andalucia is the world's largest producer of olive oil, and the locals enjoy it at all times of the day. It is also the basis of Andalucia's most famous contribution to world gastronomy – gazpacho. From here it's a short drive (approximately 30 minutes) over the stunning 'Puerto de las Palomas' (Dove Pass), high up in the sierras, to the village of Grazalema. Before dinner there will be a short, guided orientation of the village.

(Walking time: approximately 3–4 hours)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Puerta De La Villa or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you have the option to either take a rest or go for a nature walk. This walk goes through the ancient forests and hilly landscapes of the Grazalema National Park. It caters to both light walkers and those seeking a more adventurous day. Your leader will take you through a region that was frequented by Romans, Moors and bandits in years gone by. Your hike begins with an exploration of Grazalema's upper village streets, and as you head out of the village you will connect to a gently sloping path that leads you up to a lovely viewpoint. From here, you have the choice to either return to the village to relax and unwind, or to carry on and explore the verdant natural areas with your leader. The rest of the route follows a mountainous circuit over an ancient drover’s path. Keep your eyes peeled for the likes of eagles, vultures, mountain goats, cattle, sheep and horses.

Notes: Today’s walking distance and terrain is subject to the interests of the group, as well as weather and other seasonal factors.

(Walking time: approximately 4–6 hours)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Puerto de la Villa or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast, travel by private minibus from Grazalema to Ronda. This little town, perched on an inland plateau, is one of Spain's oldest villages, dating back to the 9th century BC. Take the opportunity to gaze out from its elevated position to the patchwork of fields and floodplains beneath. Enjoy a walking tour of both the old and new quarters of the town this morning. In the afternoon, there is plenty to see and do in your free time. Perhaps go for a walk into the picturesque gorge, walk along a country path surrounding the town, visit a local museum, do some shopping, or simply relax and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. In the evening, you might like to enjoy some tapas and a glass of crisp Spanish beer in one of Ronda's lively local eateries.

(Walking time: approximately 2–3 hours)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Don Miguel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, continue to Granada by private minibus (approximately 3 hours). Along the way you will take in views of Andalucia’s rich and diverse landscapes. Arrive in the city and walk through the historic Christian cathedral district to witness the Moorish influence first-hand. In the afternoon, there is the option of a self-guided tour of Granada Cathedral, and to visit the Royal Chapel (which contains the tombs of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand from the early 16th century). Alternatively you can wander through the 'Alcaiceria' (old silk market area) and observe the craftworks on sale that include ceramics, marquetry and leather goods. In the evening, your guide will take you on a tapa tour of the city, through some of Granada’s lively squares beneath the Alhambra Palace. Granada does this style of food like no other city in Spain. In the evening, perhaps head to one of the small flamenco taverns around the city and see how the art form here differs from Seville's version.

(Walking time: approximately 4 hours)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Carmen or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will visit Alhambra Palace, either in the morning or in the afternoon (depending on when you are booked for). Discover this 11th-century marvel and its dominating red fortress towers, sumptuous palace decor, multitude of architectural styles and magnificent gardens. It's all set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. With fountains, impeccably maintained hedges and pools, centuries-old defensive walls, turrets, and views overlooking Granada, this unparalleled attraction will not disappoint. Once inside the palace, you are free to wander around and make your own discoveries. After lunch, your leader will take you deeper into Granada’s Moorish 'Albaicin' quarter and to the area of traditional teahouses. The view from this area across to the Alhambra Palace is not to be missed. Perhaps join your new friends for a farewell dinner in Granada (at your own expense) in style as you look back on a week of Andalucian experiences.

(Walking time: approximately 6–8 hours)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Carmen or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day to further enjoy all that Granada has to offer. Late this afternoon, transfer by minibus to Malaga Airport (approximately 2 hours) for a 1.5 hour evening flight to Casablanca, Morocco. A late lunch in Granada is recommended as you will be travelling during dinner time. You will not be escorted by your Spanish tour leader on the transfer and the flight. Upon arrival at the airport, please provide your airline booking reference and present your passport at the check-in counter. Refer to your documentation for your departure time and airline booking reference. The check-in desk will open two hours ahead of the flight's scheduled departure and close promptly 40 minutes before the flight is scheduled to leave. Once you have checked in, please present yourself at the boarding gate ready for boarding no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight. On arrival at Casablanca Airport late this evening, you will be met by our Moroccan representative and transferred to your hotel. You will meet your Moroccan tour leader for a briefing tomorrow morning.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Les Saisons or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will visit one of the most impressive sites in Casablanca – the massive edifice of the Mosque of Hassan II. Opened in 1993, and second only in size to the great mosque at Mecca, the huge building is part on land and part on sea, and in one area water can be seen through a glass floor. It can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and the main roof is retractable to create an open courtyard. It is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Later, you will leave Casablanca and drive north along the coast to Rabat (approximately 1.5 hours), the elegant capital of Morocco and its first Imperial city. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating from the 10th to 15th century Almohad and Merenid dynasties, and others that are far older. The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now known as the Chellah, where you will visit the remains of the citadel. You will also see the vast minaret of the Hassan Mosque and explore the lovely walled quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias. In the late afternoon, continue on to Meknes (approximately 2 hours), the sixth largest city in the kingdom, and former capital of Morocco. You will have a chance to witness a very personal demonstration of tea making art. Join a local family for a cup of truly delicious Berber whisky, or in fact – a mint tea.
Accommodation
  • Riad Ritaj or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chellah - entrance
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Kasbah Les Oudayas
  • Tea making demonstration in Meknes
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will discover the charming streets of Meknes’ medina – the old walled section of the city. Enter via the northern gate, Bab Berdaine, and walk to the shrine of Moulay Ismail who, in the 17th century, turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city. You will explore the elaborately decorated public buildings hidden in these winding streets, including the lovely Bou Inania Medresse (religious school). Take some time to soak up the bustling atmosphere of the old souk before driving out of the city to the ruins of Volubilis (approximately 45 minutes). Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. Volubilis is the foremost Roman site in Morocco and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997. Upon arrival you will take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun. And, of course, don’t forget to take your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. After time spent imagining Volubulis as the bustling city it once was, continue on to the living museum of Fes for the night (approximately 1.5 hours). Check in to your hotel in late afternoon, and perhaps spend the evening relaxing in this calming oasis, away from the buzz of streets of Fes.
Accommodation
  • Riad Almakan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour - Meknes
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Heri Souani - Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses. It is made up of three distinct ‘cities’, or quarters, and you will stay in the elegant ‘Nouveau Ville’, or New City, which has a distinctly French/European character. Today head into the huge, well-preserved medieval old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, and the mother of all Medinas. Medieval Fes was one of the world's great centres of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and libraries are legendary, its mosques of great renown. Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Filled with historic khans, medresses and dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and soups, and where the squawk of chickens, smell of spice and sound of hammering of copper fills the air, it’s not hard to imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting, Medresse el Attarine, the tanneries and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and listen to the amazing ‘call for prayer’ from the roof of your hotel. Your leader will be on hand to talk you through some of the most interesting customs and traditions of Moroccan people. Later in the evening, seek out a memorable dinner of one of the city’s signature dishes, the salty and sweet pastille.

Notes: Today’s experience will include shopping in carefully selected places. As the receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry, Intrepid has established a centralised system of receiving and distributing payments from these recommended suppliers. For more information, please refer to ‘Important Notes’ section or talk to your leader on the ground.
Accommodation
  • Riad Almakan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fondouk Nejjarine
  • Guided walking tour Fes
  • Mederassa Bou Inania
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Bine el Ouidane is your destination today. You will drive approximately 5 hours in a comfortable private van, with frequent stops along the way. You will witness the beautiful and ever changing Moroccan landscape as well as slow, rural life. On many occasions you will have a chance to buy fresh local fruits and vegetables, which are mostly grown in nearby villages. Small village shops often sell original handicrafts too, if you’d like to stock up on souvenirs. Bine el Ouidane is a small settlement beautifully placed on the bank of the lake, surrounded by sheer rocks. Take a moment to sit back and enjoy the calmness and peacefulness of the place. Perhaps take a short walk for a closer look at the majestic Bin el Ouidane dam, an arch shaped wall that not only provides hydroelectric power to the surrounding settlements, but most importantly irrigates fields in Beni Moussa and the Tadla plains. Without the irrigation system, it would be nearly impossible for local farmers to grow their crops. This evening at the boutique hotel is free for you to enjoy as you please.
Accommodation
  • Bin Louidane hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today you will drive for approximately 3 hours from Bine el Ouidane to Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. There’s no rush as the scenery on the way is always interesting, and there will surely be calls for several photo stops along the way. On arrival in Marrakech you will check in to your beautiful riad, or Moroccan mansion; beautifully decorated, cosy yet historical. This evening, why not head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls it transforms into a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. You can enjoy a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.
Accommodation
  • Riad Nesma or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast today, meet your local guide and set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Continue to the Marrakech Museum, itself a former palace, which houses a fine collection of Moroccan art and sculpture. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Otherwise, perhaps head back into the medina, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. Watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco. For your final evening, join again with the group, and go behind the scenes of the markets in Marrakech with a local guide who will provide an insight into Moroccan specialities at hidden stalls in the medina. Perhaps continue feasting with new old friends in one of the many great restaurants lining the square.
Accommodation
  • Riad Nesma or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour of Marrakech
  • Palais Bahia
  • Photography Museum
  • Local food tasting in Marrakech
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip ends today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around midday and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring here. Speak to your leader about the wealth of extra activities to do around Marrakech.
Optional Activities
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour - MAD900
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD350
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD1990
  • Imlil & Aroumd day tour - MAD1817
  • Asni & Ourigane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Quad biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1650
  • A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD509
  • Tajine cooking class - MAD546
  • Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD660
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Essaouira Food & Culture day trip - MAD840
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Transport

On foot, Plane, Private bus, Public aircon coach, Taxi

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotel (8 nights), Riad (4 nights), Feature stay (2 night)

Included Activities

  • Chellah - entrance
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Kasbah Les Oudayas
  • Tea making demonstration in Meknes
  • Guided walking tour - Meknes
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Heri Souani - Entrance
  • Fondouk Nejjarine
  • Guided walking tour Fes
  • Mederassa Bou Inania
  • Guided walking tour of Marrakech
  • Palais Bahia
  • Photography Museum
  • Local food tasting in Marrakech

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Important notes

You'll need to be in a good state of health with reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this experience.

Essential Trip Information

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