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Imperial Cities of Morocco

(Tour code: MAG6)Markets and mosques of the African coast

This remarkable rail odyssey takes us through Spain to Morocco, North Africa's most beguiling cultural destination. During this exciting adventure we encounter royal palaces, ancient mosques and minarets, souks and mysterious snake charmers, while immersing ourselves in the true flavours of Moroccan life.

Tour Highlights
  • Cosmopolitan Barcelona
  • Seville
  • Tangier
  • Historic Rabat
  • Fes
  • Meknes and Roman Volubilis
  • Casablanca and King Hassan II Mosque
  • Magical Marrakech
  • The Berber people of the Atlas Mountains
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Return flight to London

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

London to Barcelona

We meet in St Pancras International at our dedicated departure office before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. From here we continue directly to Barcelona, our base for the next two nights.

  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2


We enjoy a guided tour of magnificent Barcelona and its main sights. We see the exterior of the astonishing Sagrada Familia cathedral, Gaudi's architectural masterpiece. After time to admire the staggering detail, we continue on a tour of Barcelona, seeing the Gothic Quarter and the affluent Passeig de Gracia among others. We also see Las Ramblas, the airy boulevard that is seen as the city's lively pulse

  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
Days 3-4

To Seville

Today we join the onward train to Seville, arriving midafternoon. We transfer directly to the Hotel Becquer for a two-night stay. 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 on Day 4, 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
  • Guided City Tour
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Days 5-6

To Morocco and Fes

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, where we enjoy lunch before checking into our hotel, the Golden Tulip. Day 6 Today we make our way to Fes, stopping en-route in Chefchauoen for lunch and a guided tour. The distinctive city of Chefchaouen, 'the Blue City of Morocco', is so named due to the calming blue hue bedecking the compact white-washed houses. Chefchaouen has long been a Jewish sanctuary, and indeed it was the Spanish Jewish refugees who painted the city's Medina. Today Chefchaouen stands as a melting pot of cultures, with blends of Jewish, Islamic, Moroccan and Spanish influences evident in the city. We enjoy a guided tour of the main sights before sampling a lunch of local specialities.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Chefchauoen
Days 7-9

Fes, Meknes and Roman Volubilis

We enjoy a guided tour of Fes, 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 Fes are one of the city's most familiar and photographed sights and are well worth visiting. Day 8 We take an excursion to Meknes today, and experience its imperial past through its ornate palaces. We then continue to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Volubilis is the well-preserved ruins of the 2,000-yearold capital of Roman Mauritania, home of Antony and Cleopatra's daughter Sylene. The former Roman settlement was built on the remains of a Carthaginian city and became an important administrative centre for the region, controlling the production and export of grain and olive oil in what is a highly fertile area. The structures in Volubilis are comparable to other Roman ruins found throughout the Mediterranean area, and the mosaic floors are among the finest in existence. Although much of northern Africa was abandoned by the Romans at the end of the third century AD, Volubilis existed as an inhabited settlement for much longer, until Moulay Ismail ordered its demolition to provide stone for the building of Meknes in the 18th century. Although some of the original treasures have been moved to the archaeological museum in Rabat, there are still some high quality remains at the site, including the 30 magnificent mosaics in their original positions. Day 9 This morning, we travel by train from Fes to Rabat, arriving at lunchtime. This afternoon, we explore Rabat with a local guide. Rabat is divided into two distinct regions, with a bustling Medina and the 'Ville Nouvelle', built by the French from 1912. Throughout the city the influence of Roman, Moorish and Spanish occupiers can clearly be seen. Our tour includes the Royal Palace of Hassan II, the Roman ruins of Sala and the Medina's busy streets. In Rabat we stay at the Hotel Farah.

  • Excursions
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 10-11

Casablanca and onto Marrakech

Today we travel to Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, regarded as its 'unofficial capital'. The city is an incredible blend of ancient and modern, 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 Hassan II Mosque - an impressive sight to behold. This afternoon, we catch the train to Marrakech, where we transfer to our hotel for three nights, the Es Saadi. Day 11 Known as the 'Ochre City', Marrakech lies in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, giving it 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 all different types 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.

  • Excursions
  • Guided City Tour
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast
Atlas Mountain Village
Days 12-13

The Atlas Mountains and return to London

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 clay houses. We enjoy a farewell dinner and entertainment this evening in a local restaurant. On Day 13 we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London.

  • Excursion
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast


Kathryn Cambridge
Phil Conde
James Eaton
Lori Mcclaren

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