Southern Spain & Morocco

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Countries Visited:

  • Morocco
  • Spain

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2 countries
19 cities

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11 UNESCO World 
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Traditional kasbah, Merzouga

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 Morocco

Explore 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 Oases

Spend 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 Sol

Cross 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 & Traditions

Discover 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. 

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco and its buzzing economic 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 this afternoon. [B,D]

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Special Experience:    Tonight we’ll make our way through Marrakesh’s buzzing Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square to enjoy traditional Moroccan fare for our welcome 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]

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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 Aït Ben Haddou. 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 Ouarzazate, 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. We’ll transfer to 4WDs and make our way across the vast desert to the town of Merzouga. Our accommodation for the next two nights is a traditional Moroccan kasbah! [B,D]

Day 8. Merzouga

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Special Experience:   Witness an incredible sunrise over the endless dunes of the Sahara Desert.

After breakfast we travel to a nearby village to enjoy the local Gnaoua music over tea. We’ll then visit the traditional artists’ 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 Madrasa 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 goats in the ancient art of tannery. [B,L]

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

Optional Walking Discovery: Walk the short trail uphill towards a stunning lookout point over the town and surrounding mountains.  Learn more

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. 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, home to the world’s largest stalagmite. [B,D]

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Special Experience:   Tonight we’ll experience a traditional Spanish tapas dinner.

 

Day 16. Granada

We visit the famous Alhambra Palace with its beautifully manicured Generalife Gardens, former place of leisure for the kings of Granada. [B]

Please note: The type of entrance into Alhambra Palace varies and full access is not guaranteed.

Day 17. Granada - Ronda - Seville

Today we travel west to vibrant Seville. Legend has it that the city was founded by Hercules. Along the way we’ll stop in Ronda, one of Andalusia’s famous ‘white’ villages. [B]

Day 18. Seville

Our morning sightseeing tour incudes the famous Royal Alcazar, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the historic Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz. The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover the delights of Seville. [B]

Day 19. Seville - Cordoba - Madrid

After breakfast we depart for Cordoba. We’ll visit the incredible Mezquita Mosque. This afternoon we take the high-speed 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. Today we see the highlights on a city tour. [B,D]

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

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. Our guided tour includes the incredible interior of the cathedral and the beautiful Santo Tome Church. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Madrid

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia

 

 

 
 

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Morocco & Spain. Taxes included
  • 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, $290pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

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

Tour Guides 

  • English-speaking locally based tour directors
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explore the enchanting Jardin Marjorelle, gifted to the city of Marrakesh by famous French designer, Yves Saint Laurent.
  • 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.
  • Walk the short trail uphill towards a stunning lookout point over the town and surrounding mountains.

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 Alcázar, 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 España, 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. 

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Please Note: Ramadan is observed in Morocco from 5 May to 4 June 2019.

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Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $290pp pre-paid
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Single supplement: from $1,850
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Spain

Montserrat - 4hrs - Euro €50pp 
Montserrat is a mountain top monastery in Catalonia, Spain. This incredible rocky formation is a sacred place for the Catalan people. Atop the mountain you can enter the church to see the famous St. Moreneta (Black Madonna) and with any luck you can also hear the singing of the boys choir (weekdays around 13.00 and Sundays around 12.00, the boys choir does not sing every day as they frequently travel and perform in other churches).

Flamenco Show - 'El Palacio Andaluz'  - 1hr 30mins  - Euro €39pp (no minimum number required)
Just a short 10-15 minute walk from the hotel is El Patio Andaluz, where passionate Flamenco dancers (known as bailaores or bailaoras) perform group and solo dances. The Flamenco style of dance originated in the Andalusian region and is expressed by the performer with intricate hand, arm and body movements whilst clapping their hands and rhythmically stomping their feet.  The dances are usually accompanied by guitars and as the song builds so does the tempo and volume.  Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show accompanied with one drink (beer, wine or soft drink) on arrival. 

Morocco

Merzouga Camel Ride - 1hr - €25pp (minimum of 4 pax)
Admire the magnificent Saharan sand dunes whilst riding on a ‘Ship of the Desert’. Each sand dune takes on a unique shape as no two are the same.

Please Note:All tours are based on minimum 10 participants (unless otherwise noted) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Payment must be made to your Tour Director with cash. 

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Kenzi Basma Hotel, Casablanca

The hotel Kenzi Basma is located in downtown Casablanca, right at the heart of the city: a prime setting, nestling between the amazing architecture of the Art Deco neighborhood and the economic capital’s cosmopolitan business district. Just a few metres from the hotel is one of Casablanca’s liveliest districts, surrounded by museums, the Notre Dame Church as well as restaurants and cafés. The hotel Kenzi Basma’s restaurant, Oasis, offers Moroccan and International cuisine. Featuring music, guests can enjoy cocktails at the Lobby Lounge.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakesh

The Atlas Medina & Spa is a luxurious hotel set in the Hivernage Square, Marrakech, only a short drive from the bustling Marrakech Medina. The Medina & Spa is set amidst lush, picturesque gardens and boasts the finest of modern amenities to ensure every comfort of its guests. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box

Xaluca Dades, Boumalne

At an altitude of 1612m, surrounded by majestic mountains at the very spine of the Atlas range, the Xaluca Dades Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Dades Valley, sprinkled with friendly Berber villages and snowy peaks. Hotel Xaluca Dades offers 110 beautifully designed, welcoming rooms, exquisitely decorated with materials from different African countries.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Kasbah Tombouctou, Merzouga

The unique location of the Auberge Kasbah Tombouctou hotel, being next to the Merzouga dunes, provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The hotel is situated within a palm grove – literally an oasis in the desert. The rooms are simply furnished with bright, earthy colours – a perfect complement to the surroundings. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Barcelo Medina, Fez

The Barcelo Fez, in the imperial UNESCO World Heritage city of Fez, has been created as a haven of peace in the heart of the bustling Medina.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box

Hotel Parador, Chefchaouen

Located in the Chefchaouene Medina, Hotel Parador is set just a 2-minute walk from the Kasbah and a 5-minute walk from Ras Elma Waterfall. Guests can relax by the outdoor swimming pool on the sunbeds on the terrace.

Facilities: air-conditioning; flat-screen TV with satellite channels; mountain views and view of the old Medina

TRH Mijas

The TRH Mijas Hotel is a unique 4-star hotel in Mijas located in a building of typical Andalusian architecture. This hotel has fabulous panoramic views to the Mediterranean.

Rooms have either mountain, sea or pool view and feature a fully equipped private bathroom.

Facilities: air-conditioning; TV; free wifi (at reception and bar)

Barcelo Carmen Hotel, Granada

Located in the heart of Andalusian Granada, the Barcelo Carmen is just a 10 minute walk from the famous Granada Cathedral and only metres from Recogidas Street. The hotel is spacious and light and boasts a fantastic roof terrace, offering a pool and a solarium with views over the Sierra Nevada ranges and the Vela tower of the Alhambra Palace. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Catalonia Santa Justa, Seville

This modern and functional hotel is located in the Seville quarter of Santa Justa. It is very well connected and is situated near the AVE (high speed train) railway station and a short walk from the city’s historical centre.  The  hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, foreign exchange, free internet connection, laundry and dry cleaning, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, 24 hour reception and room service.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Hotel Eurostars Central, Madrid

This avant-garde design hotel, the Hotel Eurostars Central, is located right opposite the Barceló Market in the vibrant core of Madrid, surrounded by the lively areas of Tribunal, Malasaña, Chueca and Chamberi. The Eurostars Central has wi-fi coverage throughout the entire premises, three meeting rooms, a gym, indoor parking and a café bar, among other facilities.

All rooms are outward-facing with abundant natural light, parquet flooring and meticulous avant-garde design. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar

Weather

Weather

Casablanca

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Currency

Currency

Dirham

The official currency of Morocco is the Dirham (MAD; Dh).

  • 1 Moroccan Dirham = 100 santimat
  • Notes are in denominations of Dh200, 100, 50, and 20
  • Coins are in denominations of Dh50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1

Please Note: Moroccan Dirhams can only be obtained in Morocco. The Euro and US Dollar are widely accepted, even preferred.

Euro

The official currency of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain is the Euro (EUR; €).

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

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Special Experiences!

  • Make your way through the buzzing Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square to enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner in the ‘Rose City’.
  • Witness an incredible sun rise over the endless dunes of the Sahara Desert.
  • Enjoy a Moroccan cooking class and the delicious results for lunch!
  • Experience a traditional tapas dinner in Granada.
  • Take a cooking class in Madrid and discover the delights of typical Spanish cuisine.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, ferry, 4WD & high-speed train

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $290pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Sahara Desert • Explore the buzzing medinas of Fez and Marrakesh • Visit the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains • Relax on Spain’s famous Costa del Sol • See the stunning Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in Granada • Tour majestic Madrid

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