WITH Spain and Morocco ranking highly in this year's "must-see" destinations, a boutique tour company run by Australia's own self-confessed gypsies, will have taste buds singing and memories brimming.
Gypsian Boutique Tours' first small group expedition for 2013 kicks off on April 13 and takes travellers on a Moorish culinary and cultural adventure to some of Morocco's and southern Spain's most beautiful and historic cities and regional attractions.
From Morocco's bustling medina of Fes to the blue-rinsed village of Chefchaouen below the Rif Mountains; then across the Strait of Gibraltar into Spain to dine at the Moorish hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera, famed for its white-washed homes and narrow winding streets, visiting olive groves, vineyards and the original home of flamenco in Seville, this 17-night tour delves deep into Moorish and Spanish history.
Led by an experienced Gypsian tour guide and supported by independent local guides, restaurants and boutique hotels in each region, the Tapas and Tagines tour offers travellers a relaxed and diverse insight into some of the fascinating and culturally significant destinations not generally covered by larger tour group operators.
Just some of the deliciously attractive locations covered include, Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Essaouira, Seville, Ronda, Granada, Cordoba and Madrid, plus many local attractions along the way.
Priced from $5995 per person, the Tapas and Tagines tour includes 17 nights' accommodation, meals, cooking class, entry fees, ground transport and transfers (ex-flights).
TAPAS AND TAGINES - A SNAPSHOT
- Cocktails at Rick's Café - restaurant, bar and café - a replica of the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie classic, Casablanca.
- Morning spice market tour in Marrakech to gather ingredients to cook at the exclusive Jnane Tamsna Cooking School situated in the Palmerie, just outside of Marrakech.
- Visiting the 13th century Alhambra in Granada, followed by a leisurely walking tour around the labyrinthine of cobbled streets to a delicatessen to sample an extensive range of region's local delicacies.
- Marvel at Cordoba's famed Mezquita dating back to 785AD followed by an indulgent soak at the renowned Hammam Banos Arabes (Turkish bathhouse). The Hammam is an optional extra.
- Wandering through one of the most spectacular cities in Spain, Ronda. Built atop two cliffs and separated by a cavernous gorge, old Ronda and new Ronda are linked by what is described as an 18th century engineering feat - the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge).