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Marrakech Express & Moorish Spain

(Tour code: MAG5)Enchanting Morocco by First Class train

This remarkable rail odyssey takes us through Spain to Morocco, North Africa's most beguiling cultural destination. During this exciting rail 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
  • Seville & Barcelona
  • Historic Rabat
  • Casablanca
  • Magical Marrakech
  • The Ourika Valley
  • The Atlas Mountains
  • Fez
  • Meknes and Moulay Idriss
  • Roman Volubilis
  • Granada & the Alhambra
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
  • Optional Return Flight

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Days 1-2

London to Seville

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 Montpellier, where we overnight. On Day 2 we join the onward train to Madrid, where we board the high-speed AVE train to Seville for two nights at the Hotel Becquer.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Days 3-4

Exploring Seville and to Morocco

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. On Day 4 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 board the train for a scenic journey along the rugged coastline to Rabat, Morocco's vibrant capital, for two nights at the Hotel Farah.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5


This morning 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Rabat
King Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca
Day 6

Casablanca and south to 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 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Casablanca
Day 7

Discovering 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 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. This evening we sample Moroccan cuisine and enjoy traditional entertainment in a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Marrakech
Atlas Mountain Village
Days 8-9

The Ourika Valley and North to Fez

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 Palais Medina and Spa for a three-night stay.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 8 - Ourika valley excursion
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
Day 10

Sightseeing in 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Fez
Day 11

Meknes and Volubilis

Today's excursion takes us to the grand city of Meknes, and we experience its imperial past through its ornate palaces. We then visit Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site which boasts magnificent Roman ruins dating back 2,000 years.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Excursions
Day 12

Chefchaouen and to Tangier

We depart Fez this morning, and drive to the distinctive city of Chefchaouen, 'the Blue City of Morocco'. 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. This afternoon, you could perhaps take a stroll through the labyrinthine Medina, or pay a visit to the Kasbah. Later we continue by coach to Tangier, where we spend the night in the Golden Tulip Farah.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Chefchaouen tour
The Alhambra
Days 13-14

To Granada and the Alhambra

This morning we take an early ferry to Tarifa. On arrival we transfer by coach to the majestic Moorish city of Granada, sitting beneath the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where we stay at the Melia Granada. On Day 14 we visit Spain's most 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 13 - Breakfast
  • Day 13 - Ferry crossing
  • Day 14 - Alhambra tour
Days 15-16

Granada to London

We transfer to Antequera where we join the high-speed service to Barcelona, and overnight at the Tryp Apolo. On Day 16 we join the TGV direct to Paris and board the Eurostar to London.

  • Day 15 - Breakfast
  • Day 16 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

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 15 for the return flight to London Gatwick.

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.


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