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Best of Andalusia & Morocco

Best time to travel
All year
Ideal length
20 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Malaga and home from Casablanca.
  • All private transfers as well as your ferry transfer from Cádiz to Tangier.
  • 20 nights’ accommodation in Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fez, the Sahara Desert, Skoura, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech, Essaouria and Casablanca.
  • Privately guided tours throughout Granada, Córdoba and Seville as well as an Andalusian horse performance, flamenco show and evening tapas tastings.
  • Memorable tours in Morocco including hiking in the Atlas Mountains, a luxury desert experience in the Sahara, hot air ballooning at sunrise in Marrakech and a cheese and wine tasting en route to Essaouira.
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Introduction

Set out on a remarkable discovery of Moorish Andalusia and Morocco’s beloved cities, mountains and desert. From the imposing Alhambra of Granada to the hammams of Fez, the French-colonial boulevards of Casablanca to the inspiring azulejo of Seville’s Plaza de España, this suggested itinerary is a celebration of Spain and Morocco’s spectacular architecture, history and Mudéjar connections. Prepare to embrace culture in abundance, as we have created an itinerary packed with experiences like Andalusian horse shows, old city explorations, luxury desert experiences and hikes through the towering mountains.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Malaga.
Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury boutique hotel on the edge of Granada’s old town, where you’ll spend two nights. We’ve arranged a tapas tasting in the evening so that you can begin enjoying Spain’s exceptional cuisine.
Explore Granada, the long-time capital of Moorish Andalusia.
Granada represents Mudéjar architecture at its finest, from the marvellous Alhambra to the winding alleys of the Arabian quarter of Albaicín. After your private tour, enjoy a traditional flamenco performance by night.
Granada - Alhambra Palace
Enjoy the historic wonders of Córdoba.
Spend two nights in the spectacular city which celebrates the history and influences of three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Your private guide will take you to the Arabian Baths, Mosque of Córdoba and La Capilla Real de la Mezquita.
Spain - Cordoba Mezquita ceiling
Visit the ruins of the Medina Azahara at the foot of the Sierra Morena Mountains.
With your private guide, explore the ruins of the palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III, the first Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba. We’ve also arranged a marvellous equestrian show to appreciate Andalusian horses.
Medina Azahara Cordoba
Witness the beauty of Seville.
Transfer to the spectacular city of Seville, home to winding streets lined with fragrant orange trees, beautiful azulejo tiles, Moorish palaces and celebrated tapas bars. We’ve arranged a two night stay which includes a wonderful tapas tour in the evening.
Spain - Seville Cityscape
Explore and discover the boulevards of Seville with a private guide.
Your guide will introduce you to Seville’s finest landmarks which best represent its Christian, Islamic and Jewish influences. The epicentre of food culture, we’ll take you to the beautiful mercados as well as historic eateries.
Plaza de Espana Seville
Cross the sea to ancient Morocco.
Transfer to the coastal city of Cádiz, where you will enjoy a guided tour of surrounding landmarks before boarding the ferry towards the cosmopolitan city of Tangier. We’ve arranged a one night stay in a traditional riad.
Spain - Cadiz Mosque roofs
Explore Tangier’s bustling souk before transferring to the striking blue city of Chefchaouen.
Spend the night in the city and set out exploring the steep cobblestone streets, blue-washed homes of the old town and the historic Kasbah.
Tangier Rooftop
Transfer to the cultural capital of Fez.
Your two night stay will be filled with private excursions like a full-day guided tour of the city and medina as well as a tasting trail by night. Admire Fez’s medieval Marinid architecture, characterful souks and spectacular cuisine.
Fez Textile Trader
Experience the wonders of the magnificent Sahara desert.
Spend the night in a luxury desert camp and enjoy an exhilarating 4x4 safari and sunset camel ride. We’ll then take you to the fertile oasis of Skoura via the limestone river canyons of the Todra River. Spend the night in Skoura before transferring to the Atlas Mountains.
Desert Camels
Enjoy a guided hiking experience through the Atlas Mountains.
Set out on a guided hike through the mighty mountains and enjoy an authentic lunch with a local Berber family in one of the mountain villages. We’ve arranged a two night stay in a luxurious hotel set in the mountains with spectacular views.
Morocco - Atlas Mountains trail
Journey to the celebrated city of Marrakech.
Your three night stay in the city will be filled with explorations and excursions including an unforgettable hot air balloon experience by sunrise and a guided city tour by sidecar.
Morocco - Marakech Stalls
Enjoy a decadent cheese and wine tasting enroute to the port city of Essaouira.
Upon arrival, check in to your luxury hotel for your two night stay. Catch up on some relaxation by the pool, enjoy a guided tour and sample delicious Moroccan seafood dishes in some of our favourite restaurants.
Essaouira Cliffs
Your last stop is in the French-colonial city of Casablanca.
During your one night stay, visit impressive sites like the Hassan II Mosque, Habous Quarter and Mahkama du Pacha. It’s another excellent place to sample outstanding seafood and flavourful Moroccan tagines.
Morocco - Casablanca Sea View
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

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Riad Mokhtar

Riad Mokhtar

Housed in a newly renovated Arabian and Andalusian old-style house, Riad Mokhtar is an oasis of calm in the coastal city of Tangiers, a short distance from the city centre and souk. Offering spectacular views of the Bay of Tangiers and the medina, the hotel’s rooftop terrace is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the city’s maze-like streets.

Lina Ryad & Spa

Lina Ryad & Spa

Decorated with serene blue furniture and dim lighting, Lina Ryad & Spa is revered as one of Morocco’s most peaceful destinations. This resort is in the city of Chefchaouen, just along the cerulean mountain line. Lina Ryad’s spa comes with a heated indoor pool and oriental baths. Guests have the option to treat themselves to a traditional Moroccan Hamman, a 45-min or hour-long massage, facial treatment, pedicure, or a manicure.

Riad Fès

Riad Fès

In the heart of the ancient city of Fez lies this architectural gem, an authentic example of Hispanic-Moorish architecture. Once home to the most noble families, Riad Fès invites visitors back in time. The luxurious hotel boasts spectacular views of the Fez Medina and the surrounding Atlas Mountains. The hotel’s rooftop offers breathtaking views of the medina, making it the perfect location for a sundowner, followed by dinner under the stars.

Desert Luxury Camp Merzouga

Desert Luxury Camp

Surrounded by the orange hues of sand dunes, Desert Luxury Camp offers luxurious accommodation in a quiet stretch of the Sahara in Merzouga. Escape the distractions of daily life and soak up the tranquility of the desert. As night falls, gaze up at the stars whilst relaxing by the campfire, or stroll through the surrounding desert by moonlight. The following morning enjoy a camel ride to witness the colourful sunrise over the sandy dunes, an experience not to be missed.

Les Jardins de Skoura

Les Jardins de Skoura

Located in the heart of the Skoura palm plantation lies Les Jardins de Skoura, a rustic yet stylish accommodation, the perfect base from which to explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Atlas foothills. Escape the hot summer air in the cool waters of the pool or blissfully swing in the hammocks after walking among the crumbling kasbahs. Prepared using homegrown produce, traditional Moroccan cuisine is served in the lush gardens, often to the backdrop of a local musician.

Kasbah-Bab-Ourika-Marrakech-Morocco

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Kasbah Bab Ourika sits on a hilltop in the Ourika Valley, with spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Although it was built to resemble an authentic Moroccan Kasbah, its style is modern and minimal. All rooms are spacious, with muted colours and understated furnishings to create an airy feel. The Kasbah is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco, being constructed primarily of rammed earth using the traditional Berber technique. Facilities include a relaxing Hamman offering steam baths and massages.

El Fenn

El Fenn

Boasting a prime location near the Palace Gate in Marrakech, El Fenn is a chic, upscale riad set in the heart of the medina. This sprawling complex of five interconnected riads is home to five courtyards, each with a different function, one of which is a tranquil retreat shaded by orange trees, the perfect retreat after a day of exploring all that Marrakech has to offer. Soak up the sunshine as you lounge on the daybeds beside the hotel’s luxurious rooftop pool, or recharge in the Hamman before enjoying a body scrub.

L'Heure Bleue Essaouira

L’Heure Bleue Essaouira

Heure Bleue is an elegant hotel is steeped in history. Originally built in the 18th century, the building has housed high ranking officers, an orphanage, a noble family and it is now a luxury hotel. Situated along the city walls of Essaouira, the impressive building overlooks the ocean and is only 100 metres from the beach. The heated rooftop pool is the perfect place for a swim when the notorious Essaouira wind picks up. The hotel spa demonstrates traditional Moroccan wellness and beauty techniques, using products derived from the region such as argan oil and scented essential oils.

Hôtel & Spa Le Doge

Hôtel & Spa Le Doge Casablanca

Located in the heart of the peaceful Art Deco district in Casablanca lies Le Doge Hôtel & Spa, a peaceful yet glamorous refuge. A former private mansion built in the 1930s, the hotel has since been renovated, preserving its originality and safeguarding its architecture. The rooftop lounge-bar offers breathtaking views over the labyrinth streets of the “White City” and is the perfect place to unwind after exploring the city’s main sites.

Villa Oniria - Lobby v2

Villa Oniria

Set on the edge of Granada’s old town lies the boutique property of Villa Oniria. Housed within a 19th century manor house, the hotel exudes a characterful charm with French-inspired conservatories and antique embellishments throughout the palatial-style rooms. The courtyard gardens are filled with fragrant plants and various courtyards, perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. Luxury facilities include an award-winning restaurant, petite spa, sauna and swimming pool.

Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba - Courtyard

Hotel Las Casas de la Judería Córdoba

In the heart of Cordoba lies the historic Hotel Las Casas de la Judería. Housed within a collection of 17th and 18th century casas, the boutique hotel features beautiful Moorish influences like fountain-dotted courtyards, Mudéjar-style patios and classic Moorish arched terraces. The outdoor swimming pool is set within the gardens and offers the perfect spot for an afternoon of relaxation. Ideally situated in the heart of the city, guests can easily stroll to magnificent landmarks like the Roman Bridge of Córdoba, Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos Palace and the Royal Stables.

Hotel Corral del Rey Sevilla - Balcony

Hotel Corral del Rey Sevilla

Just a short stroll from the Real Alcázar de Sevilla lies Hotel Corral del Rey. A former 17th century palacio, interiors are luxurious and perfectly represent traditional Mudéjar design, with Moorish arches, Moroccan rugs and quirky embellishments throughout. Facilities include a stylish rooftop bar, plunge pool and plenty of relaxation areas. Perfectly situated, it is within walking distance from celebrated landmarks as well as some of Seville’s most popular restaurants, cafés and bars.

Hotel Las Casas de la Judería Seville - Courtyard

Hotel Las Casas de la Judería Seville

Situated in the old Jewish Quarter of Seville, experience traditional Andalusia in the classic property of Hotel Las Casas de la Judería. The boutique hotel consists of two medieval palaces and a selection of casas (houses) which are accessed via a series of patios and courtyards. Heavenly outdoor spaces are filled with colourful bougainvillea, agapanthus and delicate fountains. Guests can relax under the shade of the palm trees, at the luxury spa or by the outdoor swimming pool which offers sublime rooftop views.

What people are saying

“We recently travelled to Barcelona and Mallorca with the expert help of Oroko and will never book a holiday any other way again! The staff were so friendly and knowledgable and made the process of booking extremely easy. The travel pack was very impressive with our luggage tags, complimentary treats for the airport, and comprehensive guide to both areas with recommended restaurants which didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t speak highly enough of our experience with this company and would highly recommend to friends.”

Orla & partner – Mallorca 2019

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