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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 Barcelona to Madrid 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
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ESMR/153337
  • Starts: Barcelona, Spain
  • Finishes: Marrakech, Morocco
You will Visit
  • Barcelona
  • Marrakech

Itinerary

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Day 1: Barcelona

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend arriving a day earlier to explore all that this amazing city has to offer.

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Day 2: Barcelona/Madrid

Enjoy a short orientation walk around Barcelona with a free morning to explore. Opt to check out the world-famous museums, do some shopping or enjoy some fantastic food. In the afternoon, catch a train to Madrid.
Barcelona is filled with the work of one famous resident, Antoni Gaudí. Opt to visit these masterpieces sprinkled throughout the city.


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Day 3: Madrid

Spend the day in this cosmopolitan city. Opt to visit the Museo del Prado, the Gran Vía or Plaza Mayor.
Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music.

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Day 4: Madrid/Granada

Spend another morning exploring the city before catching a midday train to Granada.

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Day 5: Granada

Arrive in the morning and head out to visit the famous Alhambra. In the evening, opt to go for a stroll and check out the local tapas and wine bars.
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.

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Day 6: Granada

Spend another day exploring this charming city.

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Day 7: Granada/Seville

Take a morning train to nearby Seville. Spend a day enjoying this city and its Moorish influence. Opt to explore the district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar Palace or the world's largest Gothic cathedral.
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

It's a full day of travel to reach the mysterious blue village high in the Rif Mountains. Cross from Europe to Africa by ferry then continue on travelling to Chefchaouen.
Stop in Tangier for a guided tour of the medina before continuing on to Chefchaouen for the evening. 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.

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Day 9: Chefchaouen/Fès

Travel to the imperial city of Meknes and enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported women's project. Later, continue to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fes.

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Day 10: Fès

Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fès medina with a local guide. Marvel at one of the ancient tanneries and take in the view from above.
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.

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Day 11: Fès/Casablanca

Travel by train to seaside Casablanca known for its colonial and art-deco buildings.

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Day 12: Casablanca/Marrakech

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: Marrakech

Enjoy a medina tour with a certified city guide. Opt to visit Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers.
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: Marrakech

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès
    • Barcelona orientation walk
    • Alhambra visit (Granada)
    • Fès medina visit with local guide
    • Volubilis visit
    • Hassan II Mosque visit (Casablanca)
    • Marrakech medina visit with local guide
    • Transport to/from included activities and between all destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    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.