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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 and 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.  

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  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    23 Days
  • Status:
    Early preview
  • Region:
  • Destinations:
    Spain, Morocco
  • Travel Style:
    Small deluxe group tour
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    Prices out soon
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train,Boat
  • Pace:
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 16

'This trip wasn't just very big, it was huge. So very enjoyable, and I couldn't soak up enough of it!'

Gayle, 74 years, Brisbane, QLD

'I had a great time. Not only did I meet some lovely people but we were always on the go, discovering exotic new cities, customs and cultures. Excellent holiday as everything was very well organised.'

Laura, 69 years, Sydney, NSW


  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Morocco & Spain, taxes included *
  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a traditional Kasbah
  • 20 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners
  • Train between Casablanca and Marrakech
  • Ferry between Morocco & 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 included - $260 prepaid 
  • English-speaking locally based tour director in each country
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • Porter services included where available

* from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with taxes to the value of $230 per person.
~ included with tour & airfare package; additional fees may apply if airfare is not purchased as part of your package

Not included: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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28 DEC 2019 - 19 JAN 2020
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SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by Thursday 28 February 2019
SAVE $300 for tour & airfare package with your own room | $150 if you share

Note: early bird option does not apply to the tour only option - only applies when you book the tour and airfare with us a total package.
* ‘share’ refers to sharing a room with another person; a friend or a roommate match that we arrange. 

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Note about published prices:
Due to travel during a high season, airfare surcharges may apply to the above package prices. For the best chance of avoiding a surcharge, we recommend booking early. 

If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2190 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

Trip Code: spain19-12


  • Experience New Year's Eve in Morocco
  • 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 
  • Enjoy the benefits of small group touring, with not more than 18 travellers

Mesmerising Morocco

  • Stroll through Casablanca's bustling Central Market.
  • See the impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the second largest mosque in the world.
  • Board the train to Marrakesh.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Madrid to Cordoba.
  • 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.

Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after a long flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

Depart Australia 

Arrive Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco and its buzzing economical centre, Casablanca! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Meals: not included

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 by train this afternoon.  

Special Experience: Tonight we’ll make our way through Marrakesh’s buzzing Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square to enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner. 

Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner 


Marrakesh is the real heartbeat of Morocco and we’ll enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Art.

Meals:   Breakfast 


Enjoy a day at leisure to explore at your own pace. Why not shop for carpets and crafts in the city’s labyrinth of souks, or relax in the enchanting Jardin Marjorelle and wander through its fascinating museum? 

Meals:   Breakfast 

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 Ourzazate, where we visit the kasbahs of Tifoultoute and Taoirt. We continue to Boumalne this evening. 

Meals:    Breakfast, Dinner

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! 

Meals:    Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 

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. 

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

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.  

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 10 

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 Madressa and see the Karaouine Mosque.  

Special Experience:   We’ll be treated to a cooking class of local cuisine and enjoy the delicious results for lunch.

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch 

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. 

Meals:   Breakfast 

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 town’s picturesque streets on foot.  

Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner 

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. 

Meals:   Breakfast

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.  

Meals:   Breakfast 

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.  

Special Experience:   Tonight we’ll enjoy the colourful and elegant bites that make a traditional Spanish tapas dinner. 

Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 16 

We visit the famous Alhambra Palace and the beautifully manicured Generalife Gardens, former place of leisure for the kings of Granada.

Meals:   Breakfast 

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. 

Meals:   Breakfast 

DAY 18 

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.  

Meals:   Breakfast 

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. 

Meals:   Breakfast 

DAY 20 

Overflowing with palaces, museums and grand squares, Madrid is a truly majestic city. Today we see the highlights on a city tour. 

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

Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner 

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. 

Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 22 
Depart Madrid 

Today we begin our journey home. 

Meals:   Breakfast 

DAY 23 
Arrive Australia 


Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour. 

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Hotel Name

Nights of Stay


Kenzi Basma Hotel



Atlas Medina & Spa



Xaluca Dades



Kasbah Tombouctou



Barcelona Medina


Dar Baibou, Chefchaouen

Casa Hassan



TRH Mijas



Hotel Macia Monasterio de los Basilios



Hotel Catalonia Santa Justa  OR Catalonia Giralda



Hotel Exe Monocloa


Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakesh

Xaluca Dades, Boumalne



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-conditioner; fridge/minibar; safety box

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-conditioner; free wifi; in-room safe

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-conditioner; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safety deposit box

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-conditioner; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe

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-conditioner; free wifi; safe

This charming riad guest house features just 20 individually decorated rooms with sitting areas and fireplaces. The property boasts a large salon around an enormous fireplace in the courtyard, roof terrace and a Hammam (Turkish bath).

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); safe deposit box

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-conditioner; TV; free wifi (at reception and bar)

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-conditioner; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe


This magnificent hotel is located in the historiccentre of Seville. It is very near to the beautiful, typical quarter of Santa Cruz and a few minutes walk away from monuments such as the cathedral, La Giralda and Maria Luisa Park. It has a pool, gym and a fabulous restaurant.

The city of Seville has a special charm that can be enjoyed from the very first moment you arrive. The people of Seville are very friendly and will make you feel at home.

Facilities: air-conditioner; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe


Perfectly located opposite Madrid's Moncloa transport terminal, the deluxe Exe hotel boasts a gym, sauna, steam bath, outdoor pool and an impressive roof terrace offering panoramic vistas over the Castilian plain and the Guadarrama mountain range. Enjoy a cocktail or snack overlooking the city from the terrace or explore the ground floor with booths, eating places and gastronomic stores.

Facilities: air conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

More About Accommodation


Arrive to: Casablanca, Morocco
Depart from: Madrid, Spain   

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour are included if you have booked the flights as part of your package.  In some other cases if you have booked the airfare with us as part of your package, transfers on other days may also be included – check this with our travel team at time of booking.

For land/tour only bookings, transfers can be arranged for a fee. 

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This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 16 travellers.  This tour is exclusively for single or solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
Overall, a moderate pace. There are some days which are full days of travel and touring.  There are 1, 2 and 3 nights of stay while touring by land.  Refer to the tour map on the itinerary page for details. 

Touring Physical Requirements
A reasonable level of fitness as a minimum is recommended for joining this tour.  You should be able to walk for 3.5 kilometres on uneven ground without any aids and climb several flights of stairs.  

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

For European touring, often you could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

European touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

This is a private group tour with a coach driver and tour director. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

Travel by Air conditioned coach, Ferry between Morocco & Spain, AVE High Speed train between Cordonba to Madrid.

COACH TOURING: Maximum checked luggage allowance is a maximum weight of 20kg (40lbs).  Hand luggage for flights must not exceed 7kg. Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

Wifi Hotspots are available in major cities, Madrid and Seville have 4G coverage, most of the hotels will offer wifi.  In some more remote area’s WiFi will not be readily available.  There are a number of devices that you can rent or purchase when travelling to assist with WiFi access.

Visit our Travel Guide for Spain and Travel Guide for Morocco on our website for destination information.


'This trip wasn't just very big, it was huge. So very enjoyable, and I couldn't soak up enough of it!'

Gayle, 74 years, Brisbane, QLD

'I had a great time. Not only did I meet some lovely people but we were always on the go, discovering exotic new cities, customs and cultures. Excellent holiday as everything was very well organised.'

Laura, 69 years, Sydney, NSW

'For anyone considering travelling solo in a group ... don't hesitate, I have just returned from a tour of Morocco and Spain and have met the best group of people that you can possibly hope to meet. I'm sure that we will catch up on future Encounter tours!'

Karen, 57 years, Perth, WA


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