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
557kg 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


Travel to Italy. Explore the Colosseum, admire the gilded tombs of St Peter's Basilica, wander through atmospheric piazzas and be enchanted by the 'Eternal City' of Rome.
See the landscape transform from Italian cities to rolling hills and olive groves on a train journey to Tuscany. Cycle alongside the scenic Serchio River, glimpse Michelangelo's David in Florence, marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and retreat to cosy apartments in Lucca in the evenings.
Weave through the charming, hillside villages of the Cinque Terre, taking the stunning, coastal path above the sea. Perhaps even cool off at the Cinque Terre beach 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 explore the beautiful Borromean Islands - perhaps take in the hanging gardens of the romantic palatial residence on the shores of serene Lake Maggiore.
Discover the idyllic surrounds of Switzerland's historic heart. Cruise placid Lake Lucerne, learn the story behind the emotive Lion Monument or ride the world's steepest cogwheel railway up Mt Pilatus.
Visit the alps and view the spectacular Trummelbach Falls while taking in crisp, alpine air. Be sure to try traditional Swiss treats such as fondue and rosti. Why not head to the peak of the Schilthorn for a James Bond experience.
Travel to France and embark on an indulgent Dijon tour, 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 a city renowned for its bubbles and royal ties. Visit France's champagne caves for an insight into the drink's effervescent magic.
Wander along the Seine and be enchanted by Paris city, a place that has inspired artists and lovers throughout the ages. There is plenty of time to explore so peruse the art-filled corridors of the Louvre, ascend the Eiffel Tower or visit the Sacre Coeur in vibrant Montmartre.
Cycle through the French countryside of the Loire Valley to the chateau and gardens of Villandry.
Get lost in Bordeaux's World Heritage listed Old Town - or just kick back with a glass of the area's famous wine.
Enjoy fine French food, medieval architecture and slow, winding rivers in the picturesque Dordogne Region.
Spend a day hiking in the foothills of the Pyrenees for breathtaking scenery and clean, crisp air.
Travel to Spain and hang out with the locals in this charming north of Spain city. Scale Mt Urgull to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the bay.
Segovia's walled town holds a treasure trove of architectural wonders just waiting to be explored including Alcazar, a fairytale castle perched on a cliff.
Marvel at masterpieces in the Museo del Prado or relax in the Parque del Buen Retiro admiring Madrid monuments. Later, experience Madrid city's lively after-dark atmosphere.
Travel to Salamanca and admire the quirky Casa de las Conchas. Pull up a chair at a Plaza Mayor cafe and indulge in the must-do thing to do in Spain - sample tapas washed down with sangria!
Travel to Portugal to blast those tastebuds with alheiras and piri-piri before indulging in the region's renowned red wines.
Rattle through Lisbon on a tram before visiting the hilltop citadel for magnificent, panoramic views across terracotta rooftops.
Head straight to the beautiful beaches of Algarve, Portugal, to enjoy sunshine, a swim and some well-deserved relaxation.
Visit Jerez and take a bodega tour and sample some of this town's world-renowned sherries.
Cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa. Discover enchanting Chefchaouen on a stroll through narrow, cobblestone streets and past blue-washed houses.
Travel to the city of Fes, a city suspended in time. For an unforgettable experience, watch the sun set over the medina as the melodic call to prayer echoes through the streets.
Haggle with locals in Marrakech's souqs then perhaps celebrate the end of the journey with a grand Moroccan feast.
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Bicycle, Bus, Ferry, Kayak, Metro, Public bus, Taxi, Train, Tram
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (38 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


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Important notes

2012 Itinerary change
Rome to Marrakech trips departing in 2012 will spend an extra night in Bordeux (previously spent a night in Cahors)
The revised itinerary is:
Day 22 Paris
Day 23 Tours
Day 24 Tours
Day 25 Bordeaux
Day 26 Bordeaux
Day 27 Sarlat - Dordogne Region
Day 28 Sarlat- Dordogne Region
Day 29 Luchon- The Pyrenees
Day 30 Luchon- The Pyrenees
Day 31 San Sebastian
Day 32 San Sebastian
Day 33 Segovia
Day 34 Segovia
Day 35 Madrid
Day 36 Madrid

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