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(Tour code: MAG19)

Discover the charms of these two nations

Embark on a magnificent extravaganza uncovering the path of the ancient Moors, from the shores of seductive Spain to the magic of Morocco in north Africa. Discover the charms of these two nations, and the majesty of their cultures and histories.

Highlights
  • Barcelona
  • Seville
  • Casablanca
  • Rabat
  • Marrakech
  • The Atlas Mountains
  • A Moroccan folklore performance in Marrakech
  • A traditional show and dinner in Fez
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    5 Lunches
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Magnificent Morocco & Moorish Spain 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Sagrada Familia Barcelona

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. The following day, we enjoy a guided tour of 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.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 La Giralda Seville
La Giralda Seville

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. The following day, 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 after the city came under Christian rule.

Includes:
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Tangiers
Tangiers

From Spain to Morocco

Bidding farewell to Spain and Seville today, we head to the seafront town of Tarifa. We arrive in the late morning, and board a ferry here to take us across the Strait of Gibraltar. The short crossing offers us the rather unique prospect of being caught between the landmasses of two enormous continents. On the other side of the Strait, we land in Moroccan Tangiers and head to a beachside restaurant for lunch. After eating, we board the brand new high-speed TGV train 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Hassan II Mosque Casablanca
Hassan II Mosque Casablanca

Casablanca and Rabat

This morning, we are taken on a city tour of Casablanca. This famous city is known primarily as the setting for the film of the same name, but also serves as a mesmerising 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Fez
Fez

Fez

Fez is a fantastic city and a true example of Moroccan charm and splendour, 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 jewellery, 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 colours of the spice market. This evening, dinner is served at Le Palais Medina restaurant alongside a performance from local dancers.

The following day sees us 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 spectacle against the dusty plains.

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  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9-11 Djemaa El Fna Square Marrakech
Djemaa El Fna Square Marrakech

Marrakech

We leave Fez today, travelling 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 colour, whether its 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.

On Day 10, the intricate beauty of Marrakech is revealed to us 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 market place, 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. You can explore more of these characterful markets on your day at leisure on Day 11.

Please note: For Departures MAG1901 & MAG1902 you'll stay at the Es Saadi Marrakech Resort Hotel.

Includes:
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast
Day 12 The Atlas Mountains
The Atlas Mountains

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 marvellous 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 Return Home
Return Home

Return home

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

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Airport waiting room

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start point. For this tour, we recommend departing from Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK), which is approximately 3 miles from your final hotel.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • Porterage from Tangiers to Casablanca, from Casablanca to Fez, and from Fez to Marrakech

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 12 nights' accommodation including 2 nights at the 4-Star Barcelo Sants Hotel in Barcelona, 2 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Casa Romana in Seville, 1 night at the 4-Star Movenpick Hotel in Casablanca, 3 nights at the Hotel Atlas Palais Media & Spa in Fes and 4 nights at the 4-Star Raddison Blu Hotel Marrakech

Delicious meals included

  • 26 meals including 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 9 dinners including a farewell dinner in Marrakech

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Sightseeing tours of Barcelona and Seville
  • City tours of Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Meknes and Marrakech
  • Atlas Mountains excursions including a drive through the mountains, a visit to the Oued Ourika Gorge and a sample of Moroccan green tea in a traditional Berber clay house
  • Visit to the ancient Berber and Roman ruins at Volubilis
  • A Moroccan folklore performance in Marrakech
  • A traditional show and dinner in Fez

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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