Travel west across Europe from Italy to Morocco

Combine the best of Western Europe with a Moroccan sojourn on this unforgettable adventure tour. Cycle through the Tuscan countryside, hike the velvet-grassed valleys of Switzerland, discover champagne caves in Reims, travel south to the white-sand beaches of the Algarve and end the odyssey amid the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Taste each region along the way - from the simplicity of Ligurian cuisine, the aromatic pleasures of Loire Valley wine and the rich flavour of Jerez sherry, to tastebud-tickling piri-piri in Portugal, tasty tapas in Spain and flavoursome tajines in Morocco. This comprehensive trip is a treat for all the senses.

Rome, Italy
Marrakech, Morocco
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
184kg pp per trip


  • Explore the ancient attractions in Rome
  • Cycle through the rolling countryside in Lucca
  • Be wooed by provocative Paris city
  • Experience the magic of a Cinque Terre sunset
  • Enjoy a Reims champagne tour
  • Be charmed by the Swiss Alps
  • Sample French cuisine in Paris
  • Hike in the Pyrenees and enjoy spectacular mountain panoramas
  • Visit Madrid and walk along the vibrant streets
  • Frolic on the golden sands of the Algarve beaches
  • Travel to Marrakech and roam the labyrinth of souqs


Of all the cities in Italy, Rome poses an aura and energy that is simply impossible to resist. Between exploring the Colosseum, marvelling at the gilded tombs of St Peter's Basilica and walking through atmospheric piazzas, travellers will be enchanted by Rome.
See the landscape transform from Romanesque cities to rolling hills and olive groves on a train journey to Tuscany. Cycle alongside the scenic Serchio River, glimpse Michelangelo's David on a visit to Florence, marvel at the La Torre de Pisa, then head back to cosy apartments in lovely Lucca.
Weave through the charming hillside villages of the Cinque Terre, taking the stunning coastal path high above the sea. Perhaps even cool off with a dip in the blue waters below.
Stroll through the ever-fashionable Milan and marvel at its magnificent Duomo. Travel by train to pristine Stresa, which boasts magnificent views of the Alps. Board a ferry and head out to explore the beautiful Borromean Islands - perhaps take in the hanging gardens of the romantic palatial residence on the shores of serene Lake Maggiore.
Farewell Italy and travel into idyllic, lush Switzerland. Enjoy a boat tour of placid Lake Lucerne, learn the story behind the emotive Lion Monument or take a ride on the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt Pilatus.
Visit the spectacular Trummelbach Falls while taking in crisp alpine air. Be sure to try traditional Swiss treats such as fondue and rosti. Perhaps head to the peak of the Schilthorn for a James Bond experience.
Travel through the Swiss capital of Bern and cross the border into Dijon, France. Embark on an odyssey of indulgence in a region renowned for its boeuf bourguignon and mustard. A day trip to Beaune, where Burgundy's best wines are produced, is a tempting introduction to the Cote d'Or.
Raise a glass to Reims, a city renowned for its bubbles and royal ties. Visit champagne caves for an insight into the drink's effervescent magic.
Stroll along the Seine and be enchanted by Paris, a city that has inspired artists and lovers throughout the ages. There is plenty of time to explore and discover the myriad of tourist attractions in Paris, so perhaps wander the art-filled corridors of the Louvre or visit Sacre Coeur in vibrant Montmartre. Indulge in fine French cuisine before saying 'au revoir' to this romantic destination.
Travel to the Loire Valley, a region renowned for its art, history and medieval houses. Cycle to the chateau at Villandry and enjoy its manicured Renaissance gardens.
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.
Step back in time in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bordeaux. France's internationally acclaimed wine region is a food and wine lover's heaven, so treat taste buds to full-bodied local blends paired with mouth-watering French fare. If feeling energetic, be sure to clamber up the 243 steps of Saint-Michel Basilica's tower.
Hike in the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains to take in crisp air and breathtaking views.
Travel to Spain and make tracks for sunny San Sebastian. Walk up Mt Urgull for fantastic views over the town. Enjoy the sun at La Concha before heading to the Parte Vieja, which apparently boasts the most bars per square metre in all of Spain.
Visit Alcazar, a fairytale castle perched on a cliff. With turrets galore, this medieval royal residence will surely enchant.
Between stunning architecture, superb museums and spectacular nightlife, the Spanish capital city Madrid is a heady experience. See the masterpieces in the Museo del Prado or visit Reina Sofia to view the Picasso and Miro exhibitions.
Head west to the university city of Salamanca. Soak up the student vibe on a stroll through Plaza Mayor and past historic stone buildings.
Travel from Spain to Portugal to sample rich red wines, delicious spicy fare and enjoy the local tradition of Fado - soulful music about love.
Start explorations of Lisbon with its towering medieval citadel and many interesting museums - or check out the nightlife in Barrio Alto.
There's plenty of time to relax on the beach, explore hidden coves and soak up the holiday atmosphere of the Algarve.
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.
Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar and explore Chefchaouen, a sleepy mountain town of delightful blue-washed buildings.
Arrive in the city of Fes and step back in time into a huge medieval medina thick with exotic smells, tastes, sights and sounds. Fuel explorations of this imperial city with a glass of mint tea and some sweet Moroccan dates. After time spent sightseeing in Fes, be sure to unwind with an evening drink at the Palais Jamai while the haunting call to prayer floats over the city.
Find everything from genie lamps to leather slippers in Marrakech, an exotic city of souqs. Take a refreshing walk through the lush gardens at Majorelle Jardin, visit the lavishly decorated Saadian Tombs or end the adventure among the bustle of Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech's bustling main bazaar.
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17 breakfasts
Bicycle, Bus, Ferry, Kayak, Metro, Public bus, Taxi, Train, Tram
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (39 nights), Pension (2 nights), Private apartment (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Alcazar
  • Algarve beach excursion
  • Beaune day trip
  • Bicycle excursion, Beaune
  • Bicycle tour
  • Bodega tour and sherry tasting
  • Casa de Las Conchas
  • Champagne caves tour
  • Chateaux Villandry & Gardens
  • Cinque Terre day pass
  • Citadel
  • Cycling tour
  • Day trip to Florence
  • Duomo roof visit
  • Fado performance
  • Ferry on Lake Maggiore
  • Guided walking tour Fes
  • Hiking in the Pyrenees
  • Kayaking, Sarlat
  • Pisa visit
  • Trummelbach Falls entrance
  • Walking tour with local guide
  • Wine tasting Bordeaux


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