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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5995  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Cordoba, Spain
Depart: Fez, Morocco
Lodging: 11 nights in hotels and inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural touring, easy hikes, 2-4 hours on a few days
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Highlights

  • Explore ancient Còrdoba and exquisite Sevilla, Andalucia’s most beautiful cities
  • Day hikes from the renowned hilltowns of Ronda and Grazalema
  • Discover the Berber mountain village of Chefchaouen
  • Medieval Fez, a World Heritage Site with a spectacular medina


It was a cultural delight with a Trip Leader who shared her enthusiasm and took everyone’s concerns into consideration. We explored history, culture, food, and wine.Barbara L.—Riverdale NY

Choosing the Right Trip

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References

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Departure Notes

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The vibrant cultures of southern Spain and Morocco share a common history, yet retain their own exotic character. Our adventure combining the magic of Spain with the mystery of Morocco features great Moorish architecture, dazzling historical sites, sumptuous cuisine, and wonderful hikes in a ravishingly beautiful countryside. From Còrdoba, Andalucia’s most northerly province, we journey to passionate Sevilla, then to the striking pueblos blancos (“white villages”) of Ronda and Grazalema. Ferrying across the Straits of Gibraltar to the ancient Moroccan port of Tangier, we head up to the craggy Rif Mountains to meet the Berber people at the dramatic “blue” village of Chefchaouen, dating from the 13th century. Our grand finale finds us in amazing Fez, which writer Paul Bowles called an “enchanted labyrinth sheltered from time.”

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Còrdoba, Spain / Sevilla

In the handsome Moorish city of Còrdoba, whose Old Quarter is a World Heritage Site, we explore on foot in a maze of ancient whitewashed alleys that open onto the loveliest tiled courtyards in all of Andalucia. Our explorations include the 1,200-year-old Mezquita, a masterpiece of Moorish architecture that was once the epicenter of religious life in Moorish Spain, and the Juderia, the old Jewish quarter. In Sevilla, one of the jewels in the crown of Europe, with its jasmine-scented gardens and Moorish monuments, our visits include the beautiful Alcazar Palace. One evening we enjoy a flamenco show, and there’s no better place in the world than Sevilla to experience it!

Days 4-6
Zahara / Grazalema / Ronda

We explore 15th century Zahara, one of Andalucia’s most striking pueblos blancos, set on a rocky outcrop with red-tiled houses nestled below a castle, then head to the flower-filled town of Grazalema for a hike in the magnificent Sierra de Grazalema. In superb Ronda, dramatically perched above a deep river gorge, we visit the old Moorish quarter and famous 18th century plaza de toros, Spain’s very first bullring, then head out for a hike in an exquisite landscape.

Days 7-9
Tarifa / Tangier, Morocco / Chefchaouen

We take the ferry to fabled Tangier, Morocco, set on the Straits of Gibraltar. After a visit to the tumbling streets of the old medina, we drive up to the ancient village of Chefchaouen, strikingly Andalucian in flavor, with its whitewashed lanes. We enjoy a wonderful morning hike to the hamlet of Mechkrala and explore Chefchaouen’s friendly souks.

Days 10-12
Moulay Idriss / Volubilis / Fez

Heading inland through rolling vineyards and olive groves, we visit the striking hilltown of Moulay Idriss, named for Morocco’s most famous saint, and roam the romantic ruins of Volubilis, once Rome’s provincial capital in Morocco. Our grand finale is in unforgettable Fez, whose renowned medina beckons with its mile-long network of souks, open-air cafes, courtyards, hammams (traditional steam baths), and gardens. Depart Fez on Day 12.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated 2+, Easy to Moderate. On most days, we enjoy easy walks in towns and villages, and on a few days, we hike from 2 to 4 hours over rolling hills, with some steep sections. Distances are not long but you should be in good shape and enjoy walking. You need to carry only a daypack for your camera, water bottle, rain jacket, etc. Please note that in Spain, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 9:00 PM.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
May 1-12, 2015  Annie Hawkins
2016
May 8-19, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5995 (10-14 members)
$6495 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $740
Forced single supplement: $540
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Extension Costs
Essaouira and Marrakesh Extension
   from: $1295

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All meals included except 1 lunch
  • Entrance fees for museums and sites listed in the itinerary
  • All land transportation, transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, wine at dinner (except at welcome and farewell dinners), airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Palacio Bailio

Palacio Bailio

Day 1 (1 night), Cordoba, Spain

There’s a peaceful vibe about this hotel, a renovated 16th century palace in the heart of Cordoba, just a 10-minute walk to the main sights. ...
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Hotel Dona Maria

Hotel Dona Maria

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Sevilla, Spain

In the heart of old Sevilla, the Dona Maria strikes a good balance between tradition and modern comforts. It sits directly across from La Giralda ...
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Hotel Fuerte Grazalema

Hotel Fuerte Grazalema

Day 4 (1 night), Grazalema, Spain

Set among a forest of cork oaks in Sierra de Grazalema National Park, the Hotel Fuerte is an ideal base for our hikes in this spectacular natural ...
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Parador de Ronda

Parador de Ronda

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Ronda, Spain

This is the place to stay in Ronda, right at the bridge that separates the ancient Moorish part of town from the new town. The hotel is a ...
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Hotel La Tangerina

Hotel La Tangerina

Day 7 (1 night), Tangiers, Morocco

La Tangerina has a beautiful location right at the very top of Tangier’s kasbah, with a roof terrace offering magnificent views over the ...
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Casa Hassan

Casa Hassan

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Chefchaouen, Morocco

On a quiet street off the main square in Chefchaouen’s tiny medina, this little gem is a restored Moroccan dar, or traditional guesthouse. It ...
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Les Merinides

Les Merinides

Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Fez, Morocco

The delight of this hotel is its view over the city of Fez, which you can enjoy from the terrace bar, listening to the call to prayer echo through ...
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Extension Accommodations

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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Annie Hawkins

Annie Hawkins, born and raised in a small village in Burgundy, is a passionate world traveler and one of our most enchanting Trip Leaders. After studying art history in Provence, Annie moved to California, where she led adventure tours in the American Southwest and realized that leading adventure trips was her vocation—nothing would keep her inside an office again! She has led exclusively for Wilderness Travel since 1995 and has helped us create journeys in France, Spain, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Niger, and Angola, and is thrilled to be leading our first-ever trip to the Desert Kingdom of Oman. “As a Trip Leader, I see myself as the personal ambassador to a place. In France, I love introducing the products of the “terroir” such as wine or cheese, or in southern Spain, taking the group to my home to share a paella with them. And in the Sahara, I have a passion for the wind-created landscape I call “the yellow circle” and the ingenuity of the people who live in this place of extremes. I'm also fascinated by the friendships that people forge while traveling together day after day. I remember how six guests become lifetime friends after our trip in Niger—this warms my heart!” While scouting our trip in southern Spain in 1999, Annie bought a 300-year-old house in a village clinging on the flanks of the highest mountains in Spain. It took her three years to transform it into the home she calls La Casa del Milagro. She married in 2006 and now divides her time between Europe and San Francisco, where she lives with her husband.

Upcoming Trips:

Sri Lanka, February 2-14, 2015
Southern Spain to Morocco, May 1-12, 2015
Granada to Sevilla, May 16-23, 2015
Medieval France: The Lot Valley, May 30-June 7, 2015
Normandy and Brittany, June 8-18, 2015
Hiking the French Pyrenees, July 2-10, 2015
Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean, July 12-25, 2015
Great Alpine Traverse, July 28-August 11, 2015
Tour du Mont Blanc, August 23-30, 2015
Hiking the French Pyrenees, September 7-15, 2015
Desert Kingdom of Oman, October 19-30, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Once again Annie proved her competence with graciousness and charm. You are so lucky to have her. We will travel with Annie again! Julie R., Bainbridge Island WA Annie is everything a guide should be and even more. She is your best ‘advertisement!" Emond D., Claymont DE Annie was incredibly excellent! Bill U., Mechanicsville, VA
Hiking the Haute Route
Annie is a great leader, a great person to be with. She was always able to convey a complete understanding of the place in its physical sense as well as its culture, which made it even more interesting. Maria A., New York NY
Hiking the Haute Route
Annie took my breath away. She could not have been more caring, fun, concerned. What a joy she is to everyone. Pamela R., LA Jolla CA
Great Alpine Traverse
Annie was by far the best leader we’ve ever had, and we’ve had a lot of excellent leaders with Wilderness Travel Hugh and Wendy K., Anacortes WA
Great Alpine Traverse
Annie was first rate. She charmed everyone, her knowledge of the area was superb, and she handled all the logistics and contributed to a very enjoyable trip. Larry S., Boise ID
Great Alpine Traverse
Annie was such a superb guide. Her love of the places we visited was evident in her enthusiastic nightly briefings. Angela S., Wrightsville Beach NC
Great Alpine Traverse
Annie Hawkins was terrific, outstanding in every way. She is so lovely and we had total confidence in her leadership. We hope to do another trip with her some day. Linda and Ira G., West Hartford, CT
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites
Annie Hawkins is a marvelous Trip Leader in every way. She is a delightful personality and charming company. She oversaw all the details and added her own special touches that made our adventure really superb. Hala A., Oakland, CA
Niger: The Wodabe Gerewol Festival
Annie is better than excellent! She is professional, competent, and absolutely enchanting. We will plan another WT trip with her schedule in mind. Julie R., Bainbridge Island WA
Tour du Mont Blanc
Annie was terrific! A key part of the wonderful memory I have of this trip. Marrie C.l, Marblehead MA
Tour du Mont Blanc
Annie was terrific. She adapted her itinerary to the group beautifully and managed to cater to all levels of fitness and interest. She did a great job. Elaine H., Verona WI
Hiking in the Pyrenees
We loved Annie. She is obviously a very experienced leader. She was always enthusiastic and knew the area very well. Steve H., Verona WI
Hiking in the Pyrenees
Annie is a very resourceful leader, a professional who loves her job and shows it. Marwan B., San Jose CA
Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean
Annie Hawkins was one of the most attentive, sincere, and enjoyable guides we’ve ever had. She was spontaneous and up for any opportunity that presented itself. Craig & Debbie D., Nichols Hills, OK
Southern Spain to Morocco
Annie Hawkins is a treasure. She’s an amazing person and superb Trip Leader. I can’t wait to travel with her again. Judith K., South Portland ME
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Annie Hawkins is the best—she is warm, engaging, caring, enhthusiastic, humorous, knowledgeable, and just a super person. Steve T., Santa Rosa, CA
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Annie's 'eating, drinking and exploring old France' trip was just as wonderful as we expected! Jack H., Cockeysville, MD
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Annie lives up to her fabulous reputation. She is charming, friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, completely in tune with everything going on, and totally devoted to all travelers having the best possible experience. Susan W., Albuquerque, NM
Bilbao and the Picos de Europa
Annie MADE the trip. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, and over the top attention to customer needs is unsurpassed. Lesly H., Mill Valley, CA
Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean
Annie is an ACE. I don't think you could find a better guide. Tom L., Hanalei, HI
Southern Spain to Morocco
Experienced, enthusiastic, highly knowledgeable about the Lot Valley, including the history and culture of the area. She constantly worked to enhance the experience for all of us. Tom M., Arden Hills, MN
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Annie is fantastic, a very warm, engaging person with an exceptional knowledge of the area. And wow does she know restaurants! Linda H., La Canada, CA
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Annie was amazing and it would be hard to top her for knowledge and charm Jeanne S., Mill Valley, CA
Granada to Sevilla
Annie is outstanding! What a special lady. You have a real gem here! Fantastic people and organizationl skills, great sense of humor. I didn't want the trip to end. Janice G., Edmonton, Canada
Granada to Sevilla
Annie's reputation as the best of the best is well deserved. One of the reasons we were treated so well, I believe, is every guide, driver, hotel and restaurant proprietor—man or woman—is totally in love with her. She is a treasure! Suzy M., Pittsburgh, PA
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Annie was a breath of fresh air and has a subtle, fantastic sense of humor. Her coordination of picnics, meals, treats, etc. was outstanding. She has a unique talent to gauge each participant and address needs with compassion. Alan S., Oakton, VA
Heart of Switzerland

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

Morocco

Essaouira and Marrakesh Extension

Morocco’s Enchanting City by the Sea

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

It was a cultural delight with a Trip Leader who shared her enthusiasm and took everyone’s concerns into consideration. We explored history, culture, food, and wine. Barbara L., Riverdale NY This was the best trip I’ve ever taken. An amazing itinerary, beautiful hikes, fantastic WT guides and local guides, and delicious cuisine. Judith Kirklin,, South Portland, ME
Of the trips I've taken with WT, Southern Spain and Morocco was definitely near the top. That's quite a compliment because it was competing with the Serengeti, Indochine, and the Turquoise Coast among others. Carol F., Palo Alto, CA