Paris to Marrakech Itinerary

Travel to France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco on a trip from Paris to Marrakech. Visit Bordeaux, Madrid, Lisbon, the Algarve and Fes on this overland adventure.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Paris to Marrakech.
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Day 1 Paris

In the words of Audrey Hepburn, 'Paris is always a good idea'. Wander the winding streets of Montmartre to Sacre Coeur for panoramic views of the 'City of Love'. Otherwise, simply grab a baguette, some cheese and a bottle of wine, and lay down a picnic blanket beneath the Eiffel Tower as the sun sets.
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Days 2-3 Tours

Venture into the Loire Valley, a region renowned for its wealth of art, history and medieval houses. Cycle to the breathtaking Chateau Villandry and take a walk through its manicured Renaissance gardens.
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Days 4-5 Dordogne Region

Travel by train into the Dordogne region and soak up its relaxed pace. Explore the striking limestone scenery of the Dordogne River, visiting sights like the towering Chateau de Beynac on a kayaking excursion. In the evening, why not indulge in a decadent degustation meal in a local restaurant.
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Days 6-7 Bordeaux

Nicknamed La Belle au Bois Dormant, or 'Sleeping Beauty', Bordeaux is known for its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful World Heritage-listed buildings and, of course, its wine. Stop by a winery, explore a chateau, feast on France's internationally acclaimed cuisines or hike the 243 steps for a view from Saint-Michel Basilica's tower.
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Days 8-9 Pyrenees

Head into the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains. Take in crisp mountain air and awe-inspiring views while enjoying a day of hiking.
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Days 10-11 San Sebastian

France meets Spain at this culinary hub. Head to a pintox bar to sample some bite sized delights, then walk off the calories around the hilly mountainside. If time permits, visit the aquarium, take an easy stroll around the coast to the statue of Christ or wax your board and attempt a wave in Spain’s best surf.
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Days 12-13 Segovia

Continue onwards to the walled city of Segovia, a picturesque city framed by undulating green mountains. Visit Alcazar, a fairytale castle perched on a cliff and mosey through the World Heritage-listed Old Town.
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Days 14-15 Madrid

Discover the captivating Spanish capital of Madrid, a city bursting with exquisite architecture, superb museums and spectacular night-life. See timeless masterpieces in the Museo del Prado or visit Reina Sofia to view the Picasso and Miro exhibitions.
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Day 16 Salamanca

Head west to the university city of Salamanca. Soak up the student vibe on a walk past historic stone buildings to Plaza Mayor and admire the intricate detail of the Casa de Las Conchas, or ‘House of the Shells’.
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Days 17-18 Coimbra

Visit Coimbra’s university and enter a golden library. Then try a glass of licor beirao before indulging in the university party scene.
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Days 19-20 Lisbon

Explore the Cristo Rei, then jump aboard a train to blissful Sintra. Don’t forget to stop by Casa Pasteis De Belem for the best desserts in town.
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Days 21-22 The Algarve

Venture further afield to the south coast of Portugal. Take the opportunity to bliss out on the beach, explore hidden coves and just soak up the mellow holiday vibe of the Algarve.
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Day 23 Jerez

Visit Jerez and discover the secrets to a perfect aperitif on a bodega tour or enjoy a tipple of sherry - the drink named after this town. Later, why not head into the Moorish baths to see classic Arabic tiling.
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Days 24-25 Chefchaouen

Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar and explore Chefchaouen, a sleepy blue- and white-washed town. Wander around the stunning medina alleyways, then climb to the top of the Jemaa Bouzafar Mosque for a spectacular city view.
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Days 26-27 Fes

Take on the crowds in Fes’s medina in search of bargain leather, ceramics and textiles. Don’t worry about getting lost – just find a rooftop café to get reorientated while taking in the bustling scene from above.
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Days 28-29 Marrakech

Tour the famous Koutoubia Mosque and Saadian Tombs, try a traditional hamam and watch the sun set over the city while thousands of worshippers stop and respond to the call to prayer. Spend the last of your dirham in the main bazaar where everything from leather-goods and jewellery to teeth and orange juice are for sale.
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