Discover the charms of two nations located along the Strait of Gibraltar – Spain and Morocco
About the Tour
Embark on a magnificent adventure uncovering the path of the ancient Moors, from the shores of seductive Spain to the magic of Morocco in northern Africa. Discover the charms of these two nations, and the majesty of their cultures and histories.
- Rail travel on Eurostar in Standard Premier Class with a light meal and drinks
- First class rail travel on TGV Morocco from Tangier to Casablanca
- Hotel accommodations for 12 nights
- 26 meals including a farewell dinner in Marrakech
- Barcelona guided tour, including Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas
- Seville guided tour, including the Plaza de España
- Enjoy tours of Fez, Rabat and Marrakech
- Atlas Mountains excursion with visit to an authentic Berber village
- Ferry transfer from Spain to Morocco
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour escort
Day 1 – London to Barcelona
Meet your group and Tour Manager at London St Pancras International, and from here we board the Eurostar service to Paris. On arrival, we change trains for Barcelona and here we check into our hotel for the next two nights. Overnight Barcelona. (Eurostar meal, D)
Day 2 – Barcelona
Today we explore Barcelona, seeing the fantastic Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, before enjoying a city tour which takes us past many of the main sights and along bustling Las Ramblas. Overnight Barcelona. (B, D)
Day 3 – Southbound to Seville
We leave Barcelona and Catalonia today as we travel south on the highspeed AVE network. Arriving shortly after midday into Seville, your time in the afternoon is your own. Overnight Seville. (B, D)
Day 4 – Seville Sightseeing
Today we embark on a city tour. We see the spectacular Alcázar Palace, a beautiful landmark built by the city's Christian rulers in the 14th century. It is a classic example of intricate Mudéjar architecture, inspired by the Moorish occupiers of the past. It is still used as a palace today by the Spanish royal family and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. We also see the magnificent Gothic cathedral here, as well as the Renaissance-style Giralda bell tower. The cathedral was originally a mosque, build by the Moorish rulers and the famous Giralda was in fact a minaret, repurposed. Overnight Seville. (B, L)
Day 5 – From Spain to Morocco
Bidding farewell to Spain and Seville today, we head to the seafront town of Algeciras. We arrive at lunchtime, and board a ferry* to take us across the Strait of Gibraltar. The short crossing offers us the rather unique prospect of being caught between the landmasses of 2 enormous continents. On the other side of the strait, we dock in Moroccan Tangiers Med and transfer by coach to the town of Tangiers. Later, we board the brand-new, high-speed TGV service to Casablanca. This is Morocco's first ever high-speed train, and it whisks us away in comfort and style to the iconic city of Casablanca. Overnight Casablanca. (B, L, D)
*Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, as opposed to via our luggage service.
Day 6 – Casablanca and Rabat
This morning, we are taken on a city tour of Casablanca. This famous city is known mainly as the setting for the film of the same name, but also serves as a mesmerizing introduction to the magic of North Africa. Casablanca is quite different to the other places we visit, revealing the modern face of Morocco, a glittering mass of pale towers which stretch out across the 'White City'. Our tour here takes us through some of the highlights including the resplendent Hassan II Mosque and the striking Place Mohamed V.
After the tour, we leave Casablanca and continue alongside the ocean by coach to the bustling metropolis of Rabat. On a guided tour, we discover the open beauty of this remarkable city, patterned by shimmering white boulevards and seafront walks and shaded by palm trees. The Medina offers a glimpse of the past full of atmospheric sights, tastes and smells, seeping between the reverent religious buildings. Later, we travel by rail to Fez. Overnight Fez. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Fez
Fez is a fantastic city and a true example of Moroccan charm and splendor, with its thriving Medina and ancient city walls. As the light filters down, through the skyline of mosques and ancient madrassas, the covered streets yield a thriving sight of bustling market stalls and mint tea cafés. A dazzling array of wares are on display, including intricate jewelry, to silk djellabas and clay tagines. One of the oldest cities in Morocco, founded in around 809AD, Fez is a historic treasure trove, offering a superb opportunity to dive deep into past of this storied nation. We take a guided tour that includes the Great Gateway of the Royal Palace, the fascinating Kasbah des Chrardas fortifications and the wonderful smells and colors of the spice market. This evening, dinner is served at Le Palais Medina restaurant alongside a performance from local dancers. Overnight Fez. (B, D)
Day 8 – Meknes and Volubilis
Today we pay a visit to the nearby city of Meknes, one of Morocco's four Imperial cities. The high city walls hide an intricate tapestry of striking architecture which takes its cues both from Islamic traditions and European fashions, and our tour reveals many fine examples of both such as the Palace of Moulay Ismael and the Bab El Mansour gateway. After lunch, we visit the ruins of Volubilis. Originally a Berber city which was taken over by Roman invaders, Volubilis swiftly grew under their rule to become one of Morocco's proto-capitals before being abandoned for new city of Fez. These days the spectacle of ancient Roman arches, ionic columns and swirling mosaics stand as an almost haunting display against the dusty plains. Overnight Fez. (B, L)
Day 9 – Fez to Marrakech
We leave Fez today, traveling through the ancient Atlas Mountains by train to the famous capital of Marrakech. No visit to Morocco is complete without a visit to this beautiful, fascinating and entirely compelling metropolis which teems with life, from the sonorous call to prayer in the morning to the fiery sunrise over the minarets by sunset. Known as the Ochre City, stepping out into the labyrinthine streets of Marrakech reveals a city drenched in color, whether it is the pale peach of the townhouses or the reds, golds, blues and greens of the spice stalls. The enchanting sounds of city life constantly hover above the rooftops, seeping down into the enormous market squares. These squares are particularly evocative by night, as they light up against the darkness, casting a glow on the performers, merchants and citizens who earn their livings here. Overnight Marrakech. (B, D)
Day 10 – Marrakech
The intricate beauty of Marrakech is revealed to us today on a city tour. We see the commanding presence of the Koutoubia Minaret gazing down over verdant gardens, the 19th century Bahia Palace and the magnificent Djemaa el-Fnaa marketplace, which so effectively captures the relentless spirit of Marrakech. On the way, experience a flood of the senses, from the hubbub of the souks to the smells of streets food. Overnight Marrakech. (B, D)
Day 11 – Marrakech at Leisure
You have a full day at leisure to explore more of the characterful markets, the medina, and gardens of this beautiful medieval city. Overnight Marrakech. (B)
Day 12 – The Atlas Mountains
We embark on one of the highlights of our tour today as we head on an excursion into the awe-inspiring Atlas Mountains. This is the longest and highest mountain range in Africa, an astonishing collection of peaks which run across Morocco and Algeria. Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the Atlas range are the people who call this corner of the world home. This is a Berber region, still occupied by those tribes who have lived here for thousands of years. Old stone and mud houses still populate the valleys, and high above, the caps of the Atlas Mountains are dusted with snow. Our excursion takes us to the marvelous Gorge of Oued Ourika, along the Atlas' rivers and into a traditional Berber home for some mint tea. We return to our hotel later for a farewell meal. Overnight Marrakech. (B, L, D)
Day 13 – Return home
You are at leisure this morning before making your way to the airport for your flight back home. (B)
Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera, Barcelona
Surrounded by shops and restaurants, this relaxed 4-Star hotel in the Vila de Gràcia district is 500 meters from Casa Milà, an events venue in a Gaudi building, and an 8-minute walk from Verdaguer metro station
Es Saadi Gardens & Resort, Marrakech
The 4-Star Es Saadi Gardens & Resort in Marrakech is a firm favorite with guests and is set in a beautiful eight hectare (19-20 acres) park just outside the medina. The hotel houses a large swimming pool, café, two restaurants, bar and casino. The Gastronomic Restaurant serves French and Moroccan specialties where the Estrande Gourmade Restaurant offers guests traditional French cuisine. The luxurious guest rooms include minibar, television, safe, air conditioning and hairdryer.
Casa Romama Hotel Boutique
The 4-Star Casa Romama Hotel Boutique is our hotel in Seville. This hotel boasts of a fantastic location in the Regina area of the city, close to the center and many of Seville's most popular tourist spots. A wonderful little boutique hotel, the rooms are stylishly decorated and come with complimentary Wi-Fi, a television, a minibar, and tea & coffee making facilities. On the roof of the hotel, you can enjoy a wonderful cocktail bar that looks over the skyline of Seville, and there is also a small swimming pool.
In Seville we stay at the 4-Star Hotel Becquer, located in the city center, only a few minutes away from Seville's main attractions, such as the Cathedral, the Giralda or the Santa Cruz district, all a short walk from the hotel. The hotel has two restaurants including El Pabellon offering traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel also offers guest a café, two bars, a lounge, spa, Turkish bath, steam bath, swimming pool and sun terrace. Room facilities include minibar, television, air conditioning, hairdryer and safe.
Marriott Jnan Palace Hotel, Fez
This luxurious 5-Star hotel is situated in the heart of Fes, just 1 mile from the local train station and close to local attractions such as the Royal Palace and Synagogue Ibn Danan. Each room is furnished with comfort in mind and includes a balcony. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen televisions, minifridges and tea & coffee-making facilities. There's also an outdoor pool and a fitness center for guests to use as they wish.
Radisson Blu Hotel Casablanca
The 5-Star Radisson Blu Hotel is in the very heart of Casablanca's city center close to the Old Medina and other major tourist sights. Facilities at the hotel include an indoor pool, the relaxing spa, fitness center and the hotel's bar. The Art Deco building is home to 120 rooms which include a minibar, air-conditioning, iron and ironing board, a flat-screen television, a safe and tea & coffee-making facilities.
The high-speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage, you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionized train travel and meant that traveling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel.
The network has expanded rapidly and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially constructed high speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long-distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Basel. TGVs almost always have an on-board buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.
AVE is Spain's flagship high-speed service, connecting Madrid, Cordoba and Seville across dedicated high-speed tracks. AVE trains are based on the French TGV and Thalys, and the speed and comfort offered are similar. However, the level of service for passengers in First Class ("Preferente") is much higher, with a complimentary drink and light snack included. A café-bar serving drinks and snacks is also available on board.
Heralding major developments for the rail industry in Morocco and Africa, Morocco's new high-speed TGV train begun its first journeys in 2018, operating on a line between Casablanca and Tangier. Reaching speeds up to 200mph, this modern train is now the fastest in all of Africa, dramatically cutting the travel time between the iconic cities and offering its passengers comfortable and trendy carriages from which to enjoy the spectacles, landscape and scenery on offer.
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