Immerse yourself in magic and seduction; exoticism and greatness through this tour from Morocco to Spain. The Muslim empire occupied Spain for over 800 years making one of the most cultural significant impacts and shaping the culinary habits in Spain. The new Islamic state in the Peninsula was named Al-Andalus.
Not only eggplant, spinach, sugar cane, rice, apricots and citrics among other products were introduced by the Arabs in the Iberian Peninsula, but also the introduction of irrigation ditches, cisterns and draining systems contributed to expand the existing olive growing. Marinating technique for food preserving and the alcohol distillation were also valuable contributions.
The gastronomic expression of the Islamic civilization is a major indicator of the economical and cultural development of the Arabs who became the artistic, scientific and intellectual elite. They developed the most refined dining experiences up to unimaginable limits and considered gastronomy a successful means of restoring and preserving health at all levels. Arabs upgraded gastronomy to a philosophical and human level. Delight and pleasure while eating were sacred and condiments and spices became essential: saffron, peppermint, cumin, lavender, cardamom, caraway, oregano, ginger, pepper, coriander, clove, nutmeg and so on. Honey and almonds, bread and meal; savor this ancient but fully alive culture while you admire traces of magnificence and unimaginable sceneries. Embark in a hedonist escape from Morocco to Andalusia.
- An exclusive itinerary personally crafted by our founders
- One-of-a-kind cultural visits and workshops to feel like a local
- Dive into local cuisine, local wines and local traditions of Morocco & Andalusia
- Learn the origins about Moorish heritage culture in Andalusia, and Al-Andalus influence in Morocco
- Try berber traditional food preparations and visit a Moroccan winery
- Enjoy unique dining experiences at some of the most remarkable restaurants
- Enjoy cultural private-guided visits with the best local guides
- Totally private journey exclusive for you and your party led my native specialists
- Private transfers in luxury vehicles
100% customizable, we will adjust the itinerary to your needs and preferences.
DAY 1 FEZ
‘Mystery and labyrinth. Complex streets. Anonymous walls. Secret luxury.’Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin : 1934 - 1939.
Anis Nin’s description of Fez can only leave you with the sense that this city, over 1200 years old, is worth discovering with the alluring charm of the medina, the colorful streets and souks and the rich tapestry of life that exists within its ancient walls. Post arrival enjoy a short panoramic tour to give you an overview of the city. Take in the Ramparts of the King’s palace , Merenid tombs, Borj Nord , Jewish Mellah and the panoramic views of the Fez medina. Relax tonight.
DAY 2 FEZ
This morning we’ll give you an overview of the ancient medina before heading off and winding our way through the streets and souks with a local Fez food expert. You’ll start by exploring the fresh food souks, then on to the honey souk where you’ll be able to taste an array of delicious honeys and sweets, their flavors and properties and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture. From the honey souk we’ll visit traditional farnatchis, the spice El attarryia and the henna souk. We’ll try traditional Moroccan foods including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, and fresh goat cheese, finishing off with a visit to a traditional Moroccan tea house. Once the tour is over, we will arrange lunchtime at some our preferred restaurants. Free time to relax or explore the medina at leisure in the afternoon. Fès medina: the cradle of moroccan gastronomy. Tonight enjoy a special dining experience paired with Moroccan wines in a sophisticated restaurant, or decide to stay at your hotel to enjoy a hammam experience.
DAY 3 FEZ
Tailor make your day. Explore the fascinating and beautiful world of Moroccan design with a master artisan. Embrace the true flavors of Morocco in its culinary epicenter with a cooking class or lose yourself in the gardens of ancient palaces and exotic Riads with an Islamic architecture expert. Gain a historical oversight into the heritage of the Jewish Mellah or participate in a local hammam experience – a variety of options are available for you to choose from to suit your personal interest.
DAY 4 FEZ - VOLUBILIS & MOULAY IDRISS - OUALIDIA
This morning depart Fez and travel through lush olive groves en route to Volubilis. First stop is Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Morocco's most spiritual centre. It is said that for Moroccan’s who can’t afford the trip to Mecca, then to travel five times in one’s life to Moulay Idriss is of equal merit. The scenic village has lovely souks to explore and a number of panoramic views of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, five minutes away. Find beautiful mosaic floors, uncovered and brought to light by the archaeologists that work this partly excavated site. It was developed from 3rd century BCE onwards as a Phoenician and later a Carthaginian settlement. Following a tour of this stunning historic site, enjoy the tranquility of a local farm in the shadow of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis while sampling traditional Roman recipes, or visit decide to visit a premium winery. Arrival to Rabat in the late afternoon.
DAY 5 RABAT - OUALIDIA
Based along the Atlantic coastline, the city of Rabat is currently the governing capital and home to the royal family. Spend the morning visiting the sites in Rabat, including a visit to the Chellah, spectacular Andalusia gardens of the Oudaya Kasbah and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Enjoy a favorite local pastime of fresh seafood lunch directly on the shores of the Atlantic at Borj Edard. Early afternoon depart for Oualidia.
DAY 6 OUALIDIA
Oualidia is often described as the St Tropez of Morocco. This quiet and charming town deserves its nickname "Blue Pearl of Morocco" and whilst the beautiful lagoon and golden sandy shores attracts the bourgeoisie of Morocco, Oulidia itself retains its laid back style and fishing town authenticity. With its mild year-round climate and peaceful beaches, Oualidia is ideal for water sports, hiking and birdwatching, famously attracting pink flamingo’s and other migrating species. Oualidia is also the centre of oyster production in Morocco, as famous for its crustaceans as it is for the sapphire lagoon that cultivates them. This morning depart for a boat ride along the lagoon to the oyster farms and try your hand at shucking freshly farmed oysters. Follow the oyster farm visit with a feast of freshly caught crab, lobster, prawns and fish alongside a tasting of Morocco’s sparkling wine and Rosé. A free afternoon at leisure.
DAY 7 OUALIDIA - MARRAKECH
Depart Oualidia for Marrakech. As there is a 3-hour drive, we recommend you leave around 10 am to reach Marrakech for lunchtime. We suggest you take a free afternoon to relax and get ready for a delightful dinner.
DAY 8 MARRAKECH
Marrakech is a city of immense energy and history and one of the most compelling of all African/Arab cities. Sitting in the shadows of the mighty snow-clad peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is not only one of Morocco’s most aesthetic cities, but also one of its most lively and exciting. Founded almost 1000 years ago, Marrakech is a feast for the senses and today you will explore its highlight with the best local guide. Meals will be planned as per your preferences.
DAY 9 MARRAKECH
At your second day in Marrakech, you set the pace. Decide to stay in the Red City to admire its senaky streets and get lost in the souks, or embark on a day trip. You could reach the Atlantic ocean visiting the fishing town of Essaouira, explore a new winery or definitely make to the village of Imlil lying at the base of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. The draw of the surrounding High Atlas peaks has transformed this small village into a bustling trailhead but without eroding its character. Return to Marrakech in the afternoon and enjoy the city at your own pace.
DAY 10 MARRAKECH - SEVILLE
Transfer to Marrakech Airport. We can provide VIP fast pass. Upon arrival in Seville, private transfer to the hotel. Depending on the arrival time we could plan a tour to help you to understand where you are, or set a fun tapas tour in the evening.
DAY 11 SEVILLE
Private-guided visit of Seville highlights including the Cathedral the Reales Alcázares (Royal Palace) and the city highlight. Free afternoon at your own pace to enjoy the city. We are glad to arrange tickets to a flamenco show.
DAY 12 SEVILLA - VEJER DE LA FRONTERA - JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Half day visit to the whitewashed stunning village of Vejer de la Frontera facing the Atlantic ocean and Africa from a breathtaking hilltop, followed by one of the most impressive bluefin tuna lunch.
Arrival to Jerez de la Frontera after lunch.
DAY 13 JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Enjoy a private-guided visit to the Cathedral (1264) built on a previous mosque, and then visit the Alcazar, a former Moorish fortress, while wandering the streets in the old center. We would suggest arranging a private visit to one of the most spectacular sherry bodegas, to learn not only about sherry wines but also about the origin of the oldest European winemaking tradition brought by Phoenicians 3,000 years ago. All our wineries visits are arranged in exclusivity.
DAY 14 JEREZ -RONDA - CORDOBA
Early in the morning you will head to Ronda. A man is not from where he is born, but where he chooses to die. The ashes of Orson Wells were placed at his own request, in the country estate of a close friend in Ronda. At the edge of a 120 meters deep and 70 meters wide canyon, there is Ronda. Surrounded by lush river valleys and sitting above a deep ravine, it is a place that literally takes your breath away when seeing it. Ronda (Acinipo) was first declared a city by Julius Caesar in the late 4C AD and is home of the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain (1.785). Enjoy a paired gourmet lunch in a local traditional restaurant to feel the andalusí flavors or, we can arrange a private winery visit and have lunch within casks and vineyards. Note Ronda is a major producer of organic wines.
After lunch, way to poetic and discreet Cordoba. Free evening.
DAY 15 CORDOBA
Private-guided visit of La Mezquita and the Jewish quarter. If we have time left we could visit La Casa Andalusí, a 12th-century house furnished with objects from Córdoba's medieval Islamic culture and a Roman mosaic. Lunch today has a name, we will reveal it.
Free afternoon. In the evening we suggest a mouth-watering tavern's tour that will uncover genuine Cordoba's tapas bars. Or simply go on your own, Cordoba is friendly a charming, famous for its beautiful houses with blossoming patios in the historic city centre.
DAY 16 CORDOBA - GRANADA
Arrival to Granada and hotel check-in. Unwind, take a slow approach, tomorrow you will discover the greatest Granada.
DAY 17 GRANADA
Enjoy a private guided tour of the world famous Alhambra and Albaycin neighborhood, both UNESCO Heritage Sites. Two competing hills, separated by the Darro River, with a common past: the glorious heritage of Al-Andalus in Granada. Enjoy a private tour of the secrets and symbols contained in the Alhambra’s lush gardens and magical palaces worthy of the Arabian Nights, and continue on to the Albayzin, for a step back in time in the oldest quarter of Granada.
DAY 18 GRANADA - COSTA TROPICAL - MALAGA
In your way to Malaga you will cross the Costa Tropical visiting Almúñecar and its ancient salted fish production facilities from the Phoenician times. Afterwards, you'll stop by a tropical fruits estate, next to the beach. From November to mid May you'll be able to try any type of delicious fruits locally produced. Once in Malaga, relaxed lunch at gourmet restaurant.
Free afternoon or private-guided visit of this lively Mediterranean city.
Free evening or embark on a guided casual and gourmet tapas tour among the best culinary options. Malaga's cuisine is quickly becoming a popular destination for travelers from all over the world; in fact it hosts a two Michelin starred restaurant combined with a more casual and top tapas eating style.
DAY 19 MALAGA - DEPARTURE
Private transfer to Malaga International Airport.
We care about your privacy, please let us know what is your perfect balance between free time and activities and we will adjust the program to suit you.
Prices are available upon request since each itinerary is different and adapted to your party details, needs and schedule.
- Curated luxury hand picked accommodation: boutique hotels, riads and desert camp
- Expert bilingual local native guides and lecturers
- All cultural visits ad workshops as listed in the itinerary
- All meals and gastronomic tours specified in the itinerary
- All cooking classes and wine tastings as listed
- Luxury chauffeured-service
- All local taxes
- Flight Marrakech-Seville (prices will vary according to the season and cabin category, to be quoted individually)
- Any concept not mentioned at "Included" section
- Personal purchases
- Transfers from/to the airport, to be scheduled and quoted individually