While many people travel to Spain and Morocco for their impressive monuments, on this 12-day tour you will experience the vibrant culture of these two soulful countries. Both will whisk you away on a blanket of enchantment as they reveal the legacies of history and the poignancy of today. With six days in each country, this best-of luxury tour is a celebration of the styles and the surreal atmospheres of Spain and Morocco, which features private guides and handpicked accommodation throughout Madrid,...
Madrid – A Culinary Introduction to a Luxury Tour
Upon your arrival in Madrid, as you wander the charming and charismatic streets, it will be hard to believe that you are in a capital city. Strangers greet each other, small establishments know their guests by name, and the sounds of chatter and clinking glasses far outweigh any traffic. Parts of the Spanish capital feel like a village, as their gregarious makeup is quick to make an impression on visitors. However, these streets also have the vibrant advantages of a city. Aromas of garlic and olive oil emanate from the taverns, great menus of wine are available by the glass, and dishes are created by the country’s top chefs.
Your driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your Central Madrid hotel that blends vintage design with contemporary luxury. After you settle into your hotel, you will discover that the city is a culinary paradise. The classic way to discover it all is on a tapas crawl, a Madrileno ritual that isn’t just about what you eat and drink. As you join the locals on these old narrow streets, you will get an immediate sense of what Madrid is all about, from the architecture to the atmosphere. Led by a local guide, the tapas crawl allows for a relaxed introduction to the city. End your night with a casual stroll to your centrally located hotel, which is accessible on foot, while also providing a peaceful setting for returning to after the evening of tapas and wine.
Madrid – The Spanish Masters and the Opulence of Empire
Seville – Colorful Streets and Old-World Icons
Seville – Getting Lost in the City and an Evening of Traditional Flamenco
Granada – Discovering the Moorish Pueblos Blancos
Granada – The Untrammeled Artistry of the Alhambra and Other Granada Highlights
Marrakesh – First Impressions of Morocco
Marrakesh – Souks, Spices and the Soul of the Past
Marrakesh – The Redolent Atmosphere of an Iconic City
High Atlas Mountains – Exploring Traditional Berber Villages and a Night of Pure Tranquility
High Atlas Mountains – Hiking Spectacular Landscapes and the Serenity of the Moroccan Mountains
Marrakesh – Departure
- Be enchanted by the legacy of the Moors as Granada’s Alhambra is a majestic show of artistry and the Pueblos Blancos offers insight into village charm
- Admire the opulence of old empires in Madrid and Seville, where fabulous 16th-century architecture continues to dominate both cities
- Escape into the tranquility of a Berber-style retreat in the High Atlas, a mountain range that arouses all the senses
- Taste your way through Spain and Morocco as you partake in a tapas crawl in Madrid and sample the food stalls of Marrakesh
- Explore the seductive atmosphere of Morocco’s cities, where mazy souks are alive with spicy fragrances and rhythmic sounds
- Understand more of the history with local insider guides who will also show you where to dine and discover
- Savor some of the region’s finest accommodations where each handpicked hotel or villa reflects the style of its surroundings
- Travel efficiently between destinations in order to maximize your exploration time, with a mix of high-speed trains, flights, and road transfers
The sights of Spain and Morocco are remarkable, from the shimmering royal palaces, and world-famous art galleries to the majestic mosques, and 12th-century souks. These two countries have some of the finest architecture and impressions anywhere in the world, including Granada’s Alhambra, which is just one timeless example. However, the best of Spain and Morocco isn’t just the postcard sights, it’s the vibrant atmosphere. These are countries with their own distinctive culture, one that is based on centuries-old traditions with modern day influences. They are countries of unique culture and design, countries with an ineffable feeling that you will begin to understand once you are immersed in the feeling of the land.
Handcrafted for private luxury travel, this itinerary includes six days in Spain and six in Morocco. Hotels will be carefully chosen to reflect the feeling and style of the destinations you are exploring. All tours will be private and led by insider guides who can customize each day depending on your energy levels and mood. These 12 days will cover a little of all the classic vacation paradigms, with history and culture meeting food and nature. You’ll meet the locals to discover the hidden neighborhoods and lose yourself in the old cities, a great part of the adventure in Spain and Morocco.
Begin your journey in Madrid before taking the high-speed train to Seville, where you will attend a flamenco performance at the home of the traditional dance. Then, you will be driven across Andalusia to visit the Moorish Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) on route to Granada, where the famous Alhambra is just the start of the old beauty. Afterward, you’ll fly from nearby Malaga to Casablanca, followed by a half-day tour that takes you to Marrakesh. Spend three nights in this seductive old city, where history and Middle Eastern culture will surround you, as this city of heart and soul arouse all of your senses. After the energy of Marrakesh, you will end this luxury tour at a High Atlas spa retreat, as you connect with the Berber lifestyles while you savor the silence of a remote world.
$2,779 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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