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The Moorish Trail

Follow in the footsteps of the mysterious Moors as you forge a path from Marrakech to Madrid. Immerse yourself in rural Morocco as you walk in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and through Berber villages.

From£1,949

  • Andalucia

  • 12 nights
  • Pioneer

    Rail & Walk

    Sightseeing

  • Apr

Leisurely

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Tour codes: 20050

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Our holiday walking grades

Leisurely

Grade 2

Mixes active sightseeing with short city or countryside walks.

The National Parks, beaches and rainforest of Sri Lanka are typical examples of places you will enjoy visiting in one holiday.

Any walks will take up to 2 hours and any ascents or descents will be taken at a leisurely pace.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Travel by train from Algeciras to Ronda, taking in views of the iconic Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia.
  • Walk in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Experience the bustling Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech.
  • Wander the medieval cobbled streets of Córdoba and the Mezquita at its heart.
  • Explore the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in Granada.
  • Walk in Morocco’s tranquil countryside and admire the spectacular scenery of the Atlas Mountains.

Guided Walking Holidays - The Moorish Trail

Follow in the footsteps of the mysterious Moors as you forge a path from Marrakech to Madrid. Barter with the locals in the Djemaa El Fna as the smell of exotic spices invades your senses. Immerse yourself in rural Morocco as you walk in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and through Berber villages, where little has changed for centuries. Discover the influence of the Moorish culture in Spain by exploring the impressive buildings, taking in the glorious colours and sampling local delicacies over a glass or two of local wine.

The bustling medina of Marrakech encircled by miles of rose coloured ramparts greatly contrasts with the golden silence of the countryside. As colourful carpets air in the sunshine and donkeys carry the day’s crops back to the villages, workers gather to sip mint tea. Leaving Marrakech, on the first of our train journeys, we travel to Rabat, one of Morocco’s imperial cities, and its modern capital. From the northern port of Tangier, we take the ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to southern Spain, into Andalucia.

We board the train to Ronda, our journey giving us spectacular views of the mountains with the beautiful Pueblos Blancos coming into view as we travel. Ronda, with its arched bridge spanning the Tajo gorge, and little cobbled streets, is an endearing town. Continuing to Granada, we visit the spectacular Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, originally designed for the military and later becoming a royal residence.

Córdoba, once the Iberian Peninsula’s Islamic capital, is famous for the Mezquita with its lustrous decoration. We take the high speed AVE train to Madrid to explore the capital city with the opportunity to visit its galleries, museums and parks.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech returning Madrid to Heathrow (British Airways) OR Gatwick to Marrakech returning Madrid to Gatwick (Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotels
  • Dinners at hotels and local restaurants
  • Knowledgeable English speaking local guides
  • Alhambra Palace entrance ticket
  • All local travel and transfers including train and ferry.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Marrakech

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival into Marrakech, we make the short transfer by private coach to our hotel for 3 nights' accommodation. Depending on our flight arrival time, we may visit the Djemaa El Fna square before dinner.

Transfer Time = 15m

Day 2

Marrakech

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We'll spend the day in Marrakech, exploring the medina and the souk and have the opportunity to visit the Ben Youssef Medersa, the Saadian Tombs and see the Koutoubia mosque. We can also enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the Majorelle Gardens. Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 3

Marrakech

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3-4 hours

  • Distance

    3.5-6 miles

Travelling to the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, we'll see small traditional villages, where we'll spot brightly coloured rugs laying in the sun to dry, herds of goats being moved to new pastures and road side cafes serving freshly baked flat breads. We have a gentle walk in attractive countryside and may have a chance to visit a Berber village. We have a choice of walks in the foothills with the distances between 6 kms-9kms (3.5 miles-6 miles), and taking approx. 3-4 hours. Picnics are a good choice for lunch today with many picnic spots offering wonderful views for lunch.

Day 4

Rabat

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning, we leave Marrakech and take the first of our train journeys to Rabat, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and Morocco’s political and administrative capital. We stay here for 1 night's accommodation as we discover some of the city's interesting architecture with our local guide.

Day 5

Tangier

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Heading north by train we continue to Tangier for 1 night's accommodation. Tangier, a Moroccan port on the Strait of Gibraltar, has been a strategic gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times. Depending on our arrival time, we plan explore the old part of the city before dinner at our hotel.

Day 6

Ronda

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From Tangier we travel by ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to southern Spain where we take the small train line from Algeciras, which offers stunning views high up into the mountains, to Ronda for 2 nights' accommodation. Our hotel is located on the edge of the Tajo Gorge, next to the Puente Nuevo, which joins the old and new parts of town.

Day 7

Ronda

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

Today we'll explore the picturesque town of Ronda with Spain's oldest bull ring and the Tajo Gorge. There are panoramic views over the valley from many points in the town. We also have time for a gentle walk in the surrounding countryside, which is approx. 6kms (4.5 miles), although this can be shortened depending on ability.

Day 8

Granada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Leaving Ronda today, we continue by train to Granada located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains for 2 nights' accommodation. Our hotel is ideally located next to the Alhambra Palace.

Day 9

Granada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend a full day exploring Granada, both in the old town and with a visit to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. This holiday has prebooked tickets included to visit the Alhambra Palace and gardens.

Day 10

Cordoba

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel by coach to Cordoba for 1 night's accommodation and have the opportunity to visit the historic old quarter and spectacular Mezquita. Our hotel is very centrally located in the old town so you can enjoy a stroll after dinner, when the city is lit up.

Day 11

Madrid

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is the last of our train journeys as we leave Andalucia and take the high speed AVE train to Madrid for 2 nights' accommodation.

Day 12

Madrid

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a full day at our disposal to visit Spain's capital city. Perhaps a visit to a museum such as the Prado or lesser known Sorella museum; shopping along the city's main Gran Via, the Royal Palace or the Retiro Gardens.

Day 13

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

We transfer by coach to Madrid airport for our return flight to the UK

From (GBP)£1,949

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Apr 2020 - 18th Apr 2020 (12 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech returning Madrid to Heathrow (British Airways) OR Gatwick to Marrakech returning Madrid to Gatwick (Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c.15mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Ryad Mogador Opera

We stay at the Ryad Mogador Opera, which is very well situated in the Hivernage district of Gueliz (the new town) on Ave. Mohammed VI, close to Marrakech

Train Station and the Royal Theatre.

The hotel serves as a great base for our walks and has a good range of facilities to be enjoyed during down time, including an outdoor swimming pool, a spa with sauna and traditional Hammam. There is also a Salon de Thé and two restaurants serving Moroccan and international cuisine. A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the restaurants, and we also take some dinners here that include the famous lamb or chicken tagines found in Moroccan cuisine.

The rooms are all en suite with air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer and safe. While the hotel does not sell alcohol, there are two hotels close with bars open to non-residents.

Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

Helnan Hotel Chellah Rabat

We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information. 

Hotel TariK

The 3 star Hotel Tarik is located in Tangier Bay with direct access to the beach. The property also has a swimming pool and pleasant gardens. Rooms are all en suite with a/c, TV and private balcony.

Hotel Don Miguel

The Hotel Don Miguel holds an enviable position on the edge of the Tajo Gorge and next to the Puente Nuevo that links the old and new parts of the city. The hotel is just steps away from the old bullring, main pedestrian shopping street and numerous cafes and restaurants. The bedrooms are in a simple , traditional style with TV, climate control and wifi. The bathrooms have a hairdryer. There is a cafe with terrace, bar and restaurant within the hotel.

Hotel Guadalupe

We stay at the Hotel Guadalupe, sitting very near the entrance to the magnificent Alhambra and also the beautifully designed Generalife Gardens. As well as these premier attractions, the hotel is near the centre of Granada and all its amenities via a ten minute walk. This small hotel has a friendly atmosphere and English speaking team that delivers a high standard of service. A buffet breakfast is served in the mornings and there is a bar and lounge with café to enjoy a drink in as well. Bedrooms decorated in bright and clean colours or warm Moorish tones come with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, telephone, en-suite facilities and hairdryer.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Hotel Los Omeyas

The small, traditional Hotel Los Omeyas is just a few steps away from the Mezquita in Cordoba's Old Town. The hotel is simple in style with a small breakfast room and inner courtyard. The en suite rooms have a hairdryer, in room safe, climate control and TV. The location is the hotel's jewel in its crown with easy access to the Old Town so you can explore at night, when the city is lit up.

Hotel Catalonia Gran Via

Located on Madrid's main shopping street, the Catalonia Gran Via offers easy access to the city's main sights. On the roof you will find a small plunge pool, also there is a cafe/bar, spa and restaurant. Rooms are en suite with climate control, wifi, hairdryer, minibar and in room safe.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade SS/2/P leisurely walking holiday mixing active sightseeing with countryside walks in the Atlas Foothills near Marrakech and the Tajo Gorge environ in Ronda. The walking on this holiday will provide a good mixture of easy to moderate days. We will occasionally follow countryside tracks and paths which may be stony and rough underfoot, whilst other days will be devoted to sightseeing in towns, historical sites and museums. Countryside walks are approx. 6-9km (3.5-5.5 miles), depending on how far you want to go, with walking times around 3 hours. The Pioneer grading is given to more adventurous holidays, typically a bit off the beaten track with transport and facilities possibly subject to change, sometimes at short notice. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 1500m.

Walks & Excursions

The majority of the walking on this holiday will be made while sightseeing in the towns and cities, but there will also be the opportunity of more challenging walks in the Atlas foothills near Marrakech and the Tajo Gorge environ in Ronda. The walking on this holiday will provide a good mixture of easy to moderate days. We will occasionally follow tracks and paths which may be stony and rough underfoot. The average walking time each day will be up to 5 hours with stops and may include calls at local restaurants for lunch.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Entrance Fees

In addition to the RWH group leader, this holiday also benefits from the knowledge of local guides to enhance the visits in Morocco and in Cordoba.

Entrance fees to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, Mezquita in Cordoba and during our sightseeing in Marrakech are included in the holiday cost. For other sites not included, we suggest that you should allow approximately £25 to cover these. 

To assist you with your budgeting, the following is a list of sites that you may wish to visit during this holiday, with current (as of 2018) prices: 

  • Museum & Bull Ring in Ronda: €6-10 per person
  • Royal Palace & Prado (and other art museums) in Madrid: €8-12 per museum

Many museums in Spain grant concessional entry to EU Citizens and also to those aged 65+ on the production of proof of eligibility; normally a photocopy of the key page of the passport is accepted.

Entrance to the Nasrid Palace at the Alhambra is by a pre-arranged time slot only and we make this reservation approximately 4 -6 weeks prior to our visit date. If you book your place on this holiday within 4-6 weeks of the departure date, we cannot guarantee that you will be given the same entrance time slot to visit the Palace as the rest of the group, although we will try our best.

Currency in Morocco

The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. Please note that it is not possible to change Scottish or Irish banknotes in Morocco. If changing sterling banknotes at banks or currency exchange points in Morocco these should be in pristine condition; banknotes which are torn, crumpled or have writing on them will not be accepted.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro.

Holiday Currency

You will find ATMs, banks and currency exchange points in all the centres we stay in on this holiday.

Tipping

As you are probably already aware, tipping or “backsheesh” is a way of life in north Africa. In order to take the hassle out of tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by Ramblers Walking Holidays plus a contribution from you, which your leader will collect during the holiday. We suggest an amount of £2-£3 per person per day, although this is discretional.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Flights are from the UK to Marrakech and return from Madrid to the UK. 

Travel between Marrakech airport and our hotel is by road and takes approximately 15 minutes.

Travel on this itinerary will be by train, coach and ferry.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for Morocco

British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Morocco. Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. Your passport does not need any additional period of validity beyond this. When entering Morocco you should ensure that your passport is stamped to avoid any difficulties on departure. It is necessary to complete an immigration form on both arrival and departure in Morocco for presentation to the Immigration Control officer. 

You may be given the form on your outbound flight or can find the forms in the Arrivals Hall at Marrakech airport. You may wish to take an additional blank form from immigration with you to complete for presentation at customs on your departure flight. You will also find the forms at the entrance to passport control on your return journey.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

James text about meals here.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Holiday Specific Kit

As Morocco is a Muslim country, and out of respect for local customs and traditions, men may feel more comfortable wearing long trousers and women wearing trousers, capris or knee length skirts rather than shorts, especially outside of the main cities. To avoid unwanted attention, women should avoid low-cut or tight-fitting tops, and may feel more comfortable wearing t-shirts or blouses. 

As we travel between different centres, and take a ferry and various train journeys, and you will have to handle your own baggage, please try to travel reasonably light. On the train journeys in Spain, there are steps up from the platform to the train and you should be able to lift and carry your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the rooms and lobby area that may include some steps.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Morocco

The electricity supply in Morocco is 220V, although older buildings may be 110V or a mix of both. You will need a 2 round pin plug adaptor to use electrical appliances.

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More


The Rough Guide to Morocco by Mark Ellingham, Daniel Jacobs, Hamish Brown, and Shaun McVeigh – Rough Guide Ltd
Morocco (Lonely Plant Country Guide) - Anthony Ham, Alison Bing, Paul Clammer, and Etain O'Carroll – Lonely Plant Publications
The Rough Guide to Andalucia - Edition 5 by Geoff Garvey and Mark Ellingham – Rough Guides Ltd
Madrid (Eyewitness Travel Guide) by Michael Leapman - Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
Moorish Spain – Richard Fletcher – Published by Phoenix (2001)
Andalus: Unlocking the Secrets of Moorish Spain by Jason Webster – Published by Black Swan

Websites
Morocco: www.tourism-in-morocco.com / www.visitmorocco.com
Spain: www.spain.info / www.andalucia.org / www.alhambra.org

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Morocco

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Morocco.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Hepatitis B and Rabies.

Dengue fever exists in Morocco; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Holiday Specific Health Advice

To help you stay fit & healthy while travelling in Morocco, we recommend that you don’t drink or clean your teeth in unboiled water. Bottled water is widely available to buy. Exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs. Avoid unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salads and ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food where possible is best.

Hand washing facilities may be poor when travelling around Morocco, we therefore strongly advise you to carry sanitising gel and/or handwipes.

You should be in a reasonably fit state of health for this holiday.  The itinerary involves a good amount of travelling, and the walking will be of grade E standard over stony and uneven ground on our walks from Marrakech and Ronda, and possible steps to some of the places we visit on our sightseeing days. Your luggage will also need to be lifted on and off the trains and the ferry.

Diarrhoea & Boiled Water

Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best. 

Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.

Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended.  Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

SOS Children’s Village Charity

Heart & Sole is proud to sponsor the SOS Children’s Village charity. They provide help for 78,000 children in 125 countries who have been orphaned through AIDS, poverty or disasters of war. They provide the children with a family and a home in a purpose built village, where they are cared for by an SOS mother until they are an independent adult. In Morocco, we currently sponsor a young boy at the Ait Ourir village, just outside Marrakech. By travelling with us, in addition to experiencing the joy of visiting new places, you can help make a difference.

In addition to the SOS Children’s Village, Heart & Sole has added working animal welfare charity SPANA to the causes they support. We are particularly supporting SPANA’s work in Morocco, where they regularly provide free care to animals working in the tourism industry in and around Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountains.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Morocco

  • Capital

    Rabat

  • Currency

    Moroccan Dirham

  • Language

    Arabic

  • Time Difference

    UTC +1:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 57mm

  • March

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • April

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • May

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 25mm

  • June

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 9mm

  • July

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • August

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • October

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 34mm

  • November

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

Spain

  • Capital

    Madrid

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

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