Journey through Spain and Morocco, two of the most seductive countries on the planet, and awaken your sense of adventure.
Spend time in Spain’s Barcelona, a city filled with tree-lined streets and narrow alleyways; beachside nightclubs and colorful cathedrals; cutting-edge galleries and quaint little tapas bars, and people who are profoundly proud of their heritage. Morocco is an intoxicating blend of old and new, of desert and mountains, and of aromas and colors that charm the senses. Explore its fine gardens and palaces, stroll through its kaleidoscopic souks and enjoy the scenery laid out before you like a set from a Cecil B. Demille film. In the evenings, relax in cozy hotels and stylish riads that offer sumptuous surroundings and modern comforts.
Visit some of the most important and remarkable museums and art centers in Barcelona if this is your thing, or alternatively spend time exploring the city's myriad of cobblestoned streets in the Gothic quarter. Take a tapas and wine tasting tour, enjoy a cooking class or get out and explore the city by bike. And no trip to Spain would be complete without taking in a flamenco performance, which you’ll do at the famous Palacio del Flamenco. In Marrakech, your private guide will take you on a tour of the city’s highlights such as the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the El-Bahia Palace, and the famous Saadian Tombs. Head to the High Atlas Mountains for an off-road adventure with your private guide and 4x4 vehicle. Visit the Berber villages that cling to the hillsides, and, after a welcoming meal of freshly-baked bread and mint tea, watch the sun set over the olive groves and citrus trees and make a wish that you’ll return very soon.
Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.
Visit the art galleries and/or museums with this Articket that allows you to visit the 6 leading museums in Barcelona, among which you can find art galleries, Gaudi's work, and painting and contemporaneous museums in Barcelona. Ticket provides admission to: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) - Centre for exhibitions and art-related activities, including music, film, dance and performance. Fundació Antoni Tàpies - foundation set up by the artist Antoni Tàpies. A museum in a modernist building that hosts a wide range of temporary exhibitions, lectures and film seasons, among other events. Fundació Joan Miró - houses the finest collection of Joan Miró's artwork, including paintings, sculpture and prints. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) - a museum in Barcelona that takes you to a journey through 1,000 years of Catalan art. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) - it shows an important collection of the artistic creation of the last fifty years held in a modern museum, designed by Richard Meier. Picasso Museum one of the city's foremost museums where you can discover Picasso's artwork and find out about the formative years of contemporary artists and their relationship with Barcelona. Ticket includes admission to all the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at the mentioned art centers and museums in Barcelona.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), a SIM card with 1Gb of data, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Your private English-speaking guide will show you the central highlights of Barcelona. If you are interested in a certain era in history or have an interest in a particular artist, let your Sales consultant know in advance so we can tailor your tour or enjoy some culinary delights with a gastronomy tour.
There is so much to see and do both in Barcelona and its surrounding area. In the city, consider any of the following tours (most available in a shared and private format): explore the gastronomic side of the city doing a cava (Spanish champagne from the region), wine tasting and/or tapas tour, take a cooking class to discover the secrets of Catalan cuisine, see the city on two wheels on a guided biking tour, explore the different neighbourhoods on a walking tour.
Excursions outside of the city include a visit to various wineries in the Penedes region, north of Barcelona, a trip to the seaside resort town of Sitges located close to Barcelona, a visit to the renowned Dali museum in Figueres, a visit to the beautiful city of Girona, a trip to Andorra, visit the Montserrat monastery. Please speak to your Kensington Tours Sales Advisor if you are interested in doing any of these (or other) tour options during your stay in Barcelona.
The Palacio del Flamenco, situated in an old theatre in the centre of Barcelona, brings together the music and art of flamenco as well as the gastronomic delights of Beltxenea Catering. The Palacio del Flamenco offers a music show entitled "Bienvenido al Flamenco" , where 16 artists, including guitarists, a cajón player, a cellist, singers and dancers, provide a taste of the world of flamenco in all its different styles. The music, especially composed for this show, is performed live. Thanks to the improvisation of the musicians and the dancers, the flamenco show is different every night. There is a choice of 2 menus with a main course of chicken or salmon, with a salad, desert, a glass of sangria or soft drink, and mineral water.
Enjoy a short flight between Barcelona and the exotic city of Marrakech. The schedual will be confimed upon booking.
Take an airport transfer in Marrakech with a private vehicle and driver.
Your tour usually starts at the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. This mosque's beautiful minaret dominates the skyline of Marrakech and can be seen from almost every approach to the city thanks to a long-standing planning ordinance that forbids any other building in the old city to rise above the height of a palm tree. You will also visit the El-Bahia Palace. This 19th century palace is elaborate in its decoration and was built over a period of seven years for Ba Ahmed, the son of the Grand Vizier Si Moussa. There are row after row of apartments—that once housed Ahmed's harem—a trapezoidal garden, a huge tiled courtyard, and many hidden treasures, both in the form of antique objects d'art and the palace's convergence of Andalusian and Moorish architecture. One of most visited sites in Morocco is the Saadian Tombs, which were only accessible via the mosque next door. However, in 1917 they were opened to the public and can now be accessed via a narrow passage that leads to an enclosed garden watched over by two mausoleums that include more than one hundred mosaic-decorated tombs. The Koranic School Medersa Ben Youssef is a Theological college founded by the Merenid Sultan Abu Hassan in the 14th century. It was restored in 1564 by the Saadians who made it the largest theological college in the Maghreb and a rival to the important Medersa Bou Inania in Fés.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.
After breakfast, you will be met at your accommodation by an English-speaking mountain guide and taken on a day’s trekking in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and a stroll in the fields and orchards of apples, peaches, cherries and apricots. Visit the old hydraulic mill and village olive press (both still in use). Have lunch with local family. Visit Takherkhort Reserve and try your chances at spotting a Barbary sheep or one of the 150 species of birds native to the area. Relax with another cup of refreshing mint tea and watch a presentation of how to make Berber bread. Enjoy the fresh bread made Al fresco, locally produced organic olive oil, wild thyme and lavender organic honey for dipping your bread in (yum yum)! The trekking is not physically demanding and you will criss-cross a river valley and gentle slopes. There is a minimum of two people required for the hiking activity.
The Balmes is a modern three-star hotel just step away from Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal in the city’s Eixample neighborhood. Minutes from Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel combines its central location with the tranquility of its pool and interior garden. An oasis in the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district with a sauna, spa and exclusive services. With comfortable rooms, one-of-a-kind dining, the hotel also features a collection of African art that showcases three-dimensional wooden African masks and sculptures from different sub-Saharan African countries.
Riad Amina invites you to discover the welcoming atmosphere of an authentic aristocratic household. A veritable haven of peace and tranquility deep inside the vibrant old city of Marrakech, this luxury guesthouse keeps alive all the traditional style, warmth, and comfort for which the great houses of Marrakech were once so famous. True to its centuries of history, and in keeping with the way of life of the rich and noble families who used to inhabit it, Riad Amina continues to marry modern luxury with a traditional atmosphere.
May 11, 2015
"We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience! "
May 12, 2015
"Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone. "
April 08, 2015
"Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment."
April 08, 2015
"Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington."
Sachi Gowda ,
December 15, 2014
"We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip."
Ronald Jones ,
December 12, 2014
"I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!"
December 15, 2014
"Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.
I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.
Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.
Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!
Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!"
Bruce Lundstrom ,
December 15, 2014
"Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company."
December 09, 2014
"A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation."
Belinda Skelton ,
December 12, 2014
"This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!"
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