Moorish Spain and Sahara Tour

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Duration: 12 Days

Spain-to-Morocco Travels in Moorish Andalucia Spain: Malaga, Ronda, Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, and Algeciras. Cross the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco meeting your Berber driver/guide in the port in Tangier where you travel to Fes, and on Ecotourism Travels to the Sahara Desert in Morocco-Camel Excursions beneath the stars. Travel through Berber villages, Mid Atlas and Rif Mountains to Roman ruins and to Atlantic coastal beaches in Asilah before returning to Tangiers for the ferry to Spain.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Malaga, Spain

MALAGA, SPAIN

Taxi from airport in Malaga, Spain to your 4* hotel on Costa del Sol, Malaga. Depending on time of arrival, optional tours can be arranged in Malaga. Breakfast only is provided as you take daily excursions each day to various cities using this hotel as your base.

Day 2: Ronda, Spain

RONDA, SPAIN

The bus picks you up from your hotel with an English-speaking guide provided. Journey along the Costa del Sol and drive through the magnificent Ronda mountain range. Upon arrival in Ronda, The sightseeing tour of this old Celtic-origin town includes the cathedral (Roman, Arabic and Gothic styles), the old town, the oldest bullring in Spain and the Tajo Gorge (660 feet deep). Optional lunch in a typical restaurant, free time and return to Costal del Sol to your hotel.

Day 3: Granada, Spain

GRANADA, SPAIN

The bus picks you up from your hotel with an English-speaking guide provided and takes you on the Costa del Sol, Spain to Granada. Drive towards to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Granada with the Alhambra, the famous fortress and supreme monument of Arab architecture being the highlight of this tour. Also visit the Charles V Palace and the beautiful Generalife gardens with views of the city and the Moorish District Albaicin. Optional lunch, free time and return to your hotel on the Costa del Sol.

Day 4: Sevilla, Spain

SEVILLE, SPAIN

The bus picks you up from your hotel with an English-speaking guide provided and takes you on the Costa del Sol, Spain to Sevilla. Upon arrival in Sevilla, a full panoramic sightseeing tour of the city includes the Santa Cruz District, Expo area and a guided visit to the cathedral. Optional lunch, free time and return to Costal del Sol to your hotel.

Day 5: Cordoba, Spain

CORDOBA, SPAIN

The bus picks you up from your hotel with an English-speaking guide provided. Upon arrival in Córdoba, a local guide takes you across its historical center known all across the world for its Arab and Jewish monuments, such as the mosque, the Jewish district, the synagogue, and the Roman bridge. Optional lunch in a typical restaurant is followed by a sightseeing tour of the typical “Patios” and gardens of Córdoba. Return to your hotel on the Costal del Sol.

Day 6: Malaga, Spain - Fes, Morocco

MALAGA, SPAIN to FEZ, MOROCCO

Travel to Algeciras to take ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier, Morocco. Here you are met by your Berber driver/guide in the port after you go through customs and travel to Fes, the oldest Imperial City in Morocco. We prefer to use ryads- restored palaces- with their uniqueness and hospitality rather than hotels. There is a special Fassi folklore show with dinner where you meet your guide for the next day.

Day 7: Fez, Morocco

FEZ, MOROCCO

The most Imperial City of them all. Visit the largest souk in Morocco and in Africa. Your local guide will help you visit all the palaces and special places here in Fez plus any place you are interested in. Then the souks in the living medina where the skills craftsmen are at work. Fez was the spiritual and cultural center of Morocco and has multiple facets to explore. Dinner at nice restaurant in New town.

Day 8: Fez, to Merzouga, Morocco

FEZ to MERZOUGA – SAHARA DESERT, MOROCCO

Travel through Mid Atlas Mountains with changing landscape toward the desert. Stop by to see Barbary apes in their natural environment in the Cedar forest by Azrou. As you travel south, pass through the Valley of Ziz with miles of palm trees and Morocco’s Grand Canyon. After Erfoud and Rissani, head out to the Erg Chebbie Sand Dunes and Merzouga for the sunset. Sleep at HAVEN LA CHANCE DESERT HOTEL, the home base for Blue Men of Morocco Co in Morocco. Option to sleep under the stars or in Bivouac tents depending on the weather. All meals included in the desert.

Day 9: Merzouga, Morocco

MERZOUGA – SAHARA DESERT, MOROCCO

Walk in the sand dunes, visit local village and lunch with our Berber family and friends. Visit our neighbor’s local Berber cooperative where Berber carpets and jewelry are available for good prices ( We encourage shopping here to help our local economy) before taking your overnight camel excursion deep in the sand dunes. You see the sunset and sunrise with the sun’s rays bouncing off the sand crests and sleep under the stars.

Day 10: Merzouga - Azrou, Morocco

MERZOUGA to AZROU, MOROCCO

Retracing our trip north to the Mid Atlas to Azrou, a Berber mountain village located by a cedar forest with apes. Visit local shops. 3* Hotel with Dinner.

Day 11: Azrou - Asilah, Morocco

AZROU to ASILAH, MOROCCO

As you travel to the coastal town of Asilah, visit Volubilis, Roman ruins from 27 B.C. when it was the capital of MAURETANIA TINGITANA. At Asilah, stroll along the quiet and immense sandy beach and visit the kasbah and medina before dining at one of several seafood restaurants. We prefer a moderate 3* hotel here rather than Tangier. Dinner not included.

Day 12: Asilah, Morocco - Algeciras, Spain

ASILAH, MOROCCO to ALGECIRAS, SPAIN

A short drive to Tangier along the coast. Stop at Hercules Caves en route. Your driver helps you with ferry tickets for your return to Algeciras, Spain.

Tour Details

In Spain, daily excursions originate from your hotel. There is an English-speaking guide with local English-speaking guides at the monuments in each city. Lunch and Dinner are not included. Hotel prices are low-season and are subject to change.

In Morocco, we prefer using ryads that are restored places in Fes and 3* hotels in Asilah and Azrou. Included in the desert are Desert hotel rooms or Bivouac nomad tents, all meals, and overnight Camel Excursion. Also special Folklore dinner show in Fes, official guide, entrance fees, . Continental or Buffet Breakfasts and 5 Dinners.

Transportation is a new comfortable 4 x 4 or SUV vehicle with an English-speaking driver who is your overall guide throughout the trip in Morocco.. He meets you at the port in Tangier and helps you with your return from Tangier to Spain. Not included are Ferry tickets, tips, alcoholic drinks or travel insurance that is required.

PRICE: 2050€

(Each in groups of six adults)