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The Moorish Trail

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  • Product Code 20050
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Rail, Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 2
  • Holiday Duration Nights

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 fi rst 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.

 

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Holiday Highlights

• Travelling by train from Algeciras to Ronda through the beautiful Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia. 
• Bustling Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech. 
• Exploring Córdoba, with its medieval quarter and Mezquita. 
• Visiting the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    • Return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech returning Madrid to Heathrow (British Airways) OR Gatwick to Marrakech returning Madrid to Gatwick (Easyjet)
    • Airport transfers
    • B&B en suite accommodation
    • Dinners at hotels and local restaurants
    • Knowledgeable local guides
    • Alhambra Palace entrance ticket
    • All local travel and transfers including train and ferry.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

Return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech returning Madrid to Heathrow (British Airways)

OR Gatwick to Marrakech returning Madrid to Gatwick (Easyjet)
Airport transfer by road approx. 30 mins

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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.


Ryad Mogador Opera, Marrakesh

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.


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