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Discover the charms of two nations located along the Strait of Gibraltar – Spain and Morocco

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20212022
13 days From $4,595 per person

2021 Tour code: GR-MAGA-21

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Barcelona

Arrive in Barcelona and transfer on your own to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to begin to explore this beautiful city on your own. Overnight Barcelona.

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 – From Spain to Morocco

Bidding farewell to Spain and Seville today, we head to the seafront town of Algeciras. We 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.

*Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, as opposed to via our luggage service.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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. Dinner and a folklore show will be at El Baraka restaurant tonight. Overnight Marrakech.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 – Return home

You are at leisure this morning before making your way to the airport for your flight back home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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Please Note

Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Hotel and Rail accommodations listed above, are subject to change based on availability at the time of booking.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera

Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera, Barcelona

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Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca

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Marriott Jnan Palace Hotel, Fez

Marriott Jnan Palace Hotel, Fez

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Es Saadi Gardens & Resort, Marrakech

Es Saadi Gardens & Resort, Marrakech

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Casa Romana Hotel Boutique

Casa Romana Hotel Boutique, Seville

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TGV
TGV Morocco

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