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Spain & Morocco by Rail
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Dive into two incredible cultures with this adventure on the rails. Explore the Spanish countryside by train, journeying with the locals from Madrid to Barcelona to Seville and beyond, sampling the exotic side of this gorgeous country (and tasting food you'll crave for the rest of your life). Spend a week in Spain before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar for another week to get to know the main highlights of Morocco, like Fs, Casablanca, and Marrakech, (as well as their souqs, mint tea and friendly locals). Grab yourself an experience you'll talk about forever.


Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 153337
Starts: Madrid, Spain Finishes: Marrakesh, Morocco
You will visit
  • Madrid
  • Marrakech

Itinerary

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Day 1: Madrid

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Madrid/Barcelona

Enjoy a short orientation walk around Madrid with a free day to explore. Opt to check out the world-famous museums, do some shopping or enjoy some fantastic food. In the evening, catch a train to Barcelona.

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Day 3: Barcelona

Barcelona is filled with the work of one famous resident, Antoni Gaudí. Opt to visit these masterpieces sprinkled throughout the city. With time, opt to tour the beautiful Palau Musica, a home for catalan music.

For nightlife, the highest concentration of young locals dancing can be found near the intersection of Santaló and Mariano Cubi streets. Find good music, good drinks, and lots of fun. Another nightlife spot to meet the fashionable locals is on the Plaza Francesc Maciá.

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Day 4: Barcelona/Granada

Spend another day exploring the city before an overnight train to Granada.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds)

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Day 5: Granada

After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. It is a great place to go for sunset.

In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene.

Included Activities:
Alhambra Guided Tour

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Day 6: Granada

Spend another day exploring this charming city.

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Day 7: Granada/Seville

Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter— a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares.

Seville is home to the world's largest gothic cathedral — climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueológico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns.

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Day 8: Seville/Chefchaouen

The djellaba, the traditional hooded garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. Chefchaouen is a great place to check out many of Morocco's ancient crafts. Visit one of the many traditional oil mills, a weaving workshop, and basket-making.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Spain – Morocco)

Transport:
Local bus
Ferry
Private Vehicle

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Day 9: Chefchaouen/Fès

Spend a morning exploring Chefchaouen before a short drive to Fès. Enjoy an afternoon in this lovely city.

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Day 10: Fès

Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.

The Fès medina is the world's largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above.

In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing.

Additional Notes:
Only certified local guides are allowed to act as guides in the medina, so your CEO cannot go with you to the medina during free time.

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Day 11: Fès/Casablanca (1L)

In Meknes, visit monuments, ornamental gates, and winding souks while you soak in the flavour of this charming city.

After lunch with the local women, continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site before continuing on to Casablanca.

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Day 12: Casablanca/Marrakesh

Visit the spectacular Hassan II mosque and learn more about this masterpiece. Catch the train to Marrakech in time to start exploring the city.

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Day 13: Marrakesh

Visit the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah, and the Saadian Tombs.

Later, opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot.

End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna.

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Day 14: Marrakesh

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Madrid orientation walk
    • Alhambra visit (Granada)
    • Fès medina visit with local guide
    • G Adventures-supported women's project visit with included lunch (Meknes)
    • Volubilis visit
    • Hassan II Mosque visit (Casablanca)
    • Marrakech medina visit with local guide
    • Transport to/from included activities and between all destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (12 nts), sleeper train (1 nt)
    Transport
    • Train, private vehicle, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Savour the tapas culture of Spain and flavours of Morocco
  • Wander the colourful Barcelona streets
  • Get lost in ancient medinas
  • Lay eyes on captivating landscapes.