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  • Biarritz, Seville & Barcelona
  • Historic Rabat
  • Casablanca
  • Magical Marrakech
  • The Ourika Valley
  • The Atlas Mountains
  • Fez
  • Meknes and Moulay Idriss
  • Roman Volubilis
  • Granada & the Alhambra
  • Days 1-2 - London to Seville

    Eurostar

    We set out on the first leg of our Moroccan adventure from St Pancras International, where we join the Eurostar to Paris. We continue on to Biarritz where we spend the night at the Mercure Biarritz Plaza Centre and enjoy dinner together. On Day 2 we transfer to Irun to join the train to Madrid where we transfer across the city to board the high-speed AVE train to Seville for two nights at the Hotel Inglaterra.

    Day 1 - Dinner
    Day 2 - Breakfast

  • Day 3 - Explore Seville

    Seville

    Packed with a wealth of magnificent, varied architecture, Seville is steeped in history and culture. We discover the flavour of this impressive city on our guided tour, during which we see the immense cathedral and the delightful Santa Cruz area. We also admire the beautifully ornate Royal Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Breakfast

  • Day 4 - To Morocco

    Morocco

    Today we travel to Tarifa, where we take a ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco. Although only a short journey from Spain, Morocco is another world in many ways, with a rich array of differing styles and influences taken from the country's European neighbours. We arrive into the bustling port of Tangier, and after lunch at a restaurant overlooking the golden beach, we board the train for a scenic journey along the rugged coastline to Rabat, Morocco's vibrant capital city. We spend two nights at the Hotel Farah. 

    Breakfast, lunch

  • Day 5 - Rabat

    Rabat

    This morning we explore Rabat with a local guide, visiting many of the city's attractions. Rabat is divided into two distinct regions, with a bustling Medina and the 'Ville Nouvelle', built by the French from 1912. However, throughout the city, and particularly within the Medina, the influence of Roman, Moorish and Spanish occupiers can be seen in abundance. Our guided tour includes the Royal Palace of Hassan II, the Roman ruins of Sala and the busy streets of the Medina.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 6 - Casablanca and south to Marrakech

    King Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

    Today we travel to Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, regarded as its 'unofficial capital'. The city is an incredible blend of old and new, with an Old Town Medina and a terrific Art Deco New Town. The Medina is a truly remarkable place, with tiny labyrinthine streets and tall, dusty colonial-style buildings. Nowhere will you feel more immersed in Moroccan culture, as sights, smells and eccentric local traders and performers all compete for your attention. On our guided tour, we visit the Mohammed V Square, the heart of the city which is a hive of activity 24 hours a day, and the iconic Hasan II Mosque - an impressive sight to behold with its 210-metre minaret. After lunch in a restaurant overlooking the Atlantic, we travel by train to Marrakech, where we stay at the Es Saadi Hotel. Set in beautiful gardens, the hotel is a tranquil haven just outside the beguiling Medina.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 7 - Discovering Marrakech

    Marrakech

    Known as the 'Ochre City', Marrakech lies in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains giving the city a stunning backdrop. Our guided tour of the city's main sights includes the fortified Old Town and modern 'new city' area, built by the French at the start of the 20th century. We then enjoy some free time to experience the sights, sounds and flavours of Marrakech at leisure. The city is still best known for the Djemaa el Fna, its incredible, bustling main square - the largest in Morocco. The square is filled with entertainers during the day - acrobats, musicians, dancers, snake charmers, wide-eyed story tellers and instantly recognisable water sellers. At night the square is transformed into a huge open-air restaurant as it fills with stalls selling every different type of Moroccan food. The incredible aromas will no doubt prove to be an irresistible temptation. Take any of the streets heading north and you will dive head first into Marrakech's tantalising souks; piles of vividly coloured cloth, spice mountains, and herbalists with a cure for every ailment imaginable. This evening we sample Moroccan cuisine and enjoy traditional entertainment in a local restaurant.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Days 8-9 - The Ourika Valley and North to Fez

    Atlas Mountains

    Today we learn about the Berber people during a fascinating excursion to the lush, green Ourika Valley, nestled amongst the majestic Atlas Mountains. From here we continue on a picturesque drive through the Ourika Gorge and typical Berber hamlets of stone and baked clay houses, where many ancient, local customs are still upheld. The day includes a visit to a typical Berber home where we enjoy a cup of traditional mint tea, and a tour of the local market selling Berber handicrafts. We continue past rivers meandering into the foothills of the mountains back to Marrakech. On Day 9 we travel through remote regions, major cities and rural landscapes before arriving in Fez. On arrival, we transfer to the Sofitel Jamais Palace for a three-night stay.

    Day 8 - Breakfast, lunch
    Day 9 - Breakfast

  • Day 10 - Sightseeing in Fez

    Fez

    We enjoy a guided tour of Fez, one of Morocco's oldest cities, founded in about 809AD. We see the grand, imposing gateway of the Royal Palace, and the impressive 17th century fortifications, along with the old guilds, souks and popular spice market of the city. The rest of your day is free. The colourful tanneries of Fez are one of the city's most familiar and photographed sights and are well worth visiting. You can watch barefoot dyers wading through mud pits to dip animal hides into large cauldrons of pigment. We enjoy dinner in Le Palais Medina restaurant.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 11 - Meknes, Moulay Idriss and Volubilis

    Volubilis

    Today's excursion takes us to the grand city of Meknes. The city's imperial past is apparent in its ornate palaces and mosques, which we discover on a guided tour. Later we continue to the sacred city of Moulay Idriss. Crammed with charming whitewashed buildings, the city has become a much-loved pilgrimage site. We then visit Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site which boasts magnificent Roman ruins dating back 2,000 years.

    Breakfast, lunch

  • Days 12-13 - Fez to Granada and the Alhambra

    Alhambra

    Leaving Fez behind, we travel north by train to Tangier, where we join the ferry back to Tarifa. On arrival we transfer by coach to the majestic, Moorish city of Granada, sitting beneath the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We stay at the Melia Hotel. On Day 13 we visit Spain's most spectacular and iconic monument, the Alhambra, a Moorish palace which sits proudly on a plateau overlooking the city. We enjoy a guided tour before free time to explore.

    Day 12 - Breakfast
    Day 13 - Breakfast

  • Days 14-15 - Granada to London

    Francisco de Goya

    We leave Granada and transfer to Antequera where we join the high-speed service to Barcelona. We overnight here at the Tryp Condal Mar. On Day 15 we transfer to Barcelona station to join the high-speed TGV direct to Paris where we join the Eurostar to London.

    Day 14 - Breakfast
    Day 15 - Breakfast

    These meals, where shown are included in the price of your holiday.

  • Easter Week and Feria de Abril

    Our 12 April departure spends time in Seville and Granada during the Easter Week celebrations, when a host of colourful displays take place in the streets. Our 26 April departure coincides with the 'Feria de Abril', when Seville is alive with flamenco music and dancers.

  • Return by air option

    We also offer the option to return to the UK by air, rather than by train. This version of our Marrakech Express tour is a day shorter. If returning by air, you will transfer to Malaga Airport on Day 14 for the return flight to London Gatwick.

    Breakfast

    The return by air option is not available to book online, so if you are interested in flying back to London, please call one of our Tour Advisors who will be happy to help you.

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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