Madrid to Marrakech Overview

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Take a vibrant tour through Spain, Portugal and Morocco

Enjoy a first-hand experience of Spanish, Portuguese and Moroccan lifestyles. Travelling from Madrid to Marrakech, immerse yourself in the history of each destination, exploring ancient cultures through art, design, language and religion, meeting charismatic locals along the way. From fine Spanish cuisine and awesome shopping in Madrid to idyllic Algarve beaches and Islamic architecture in Morocco, this tour has been designed to pique your curiosity and allow a discovery of the mysteries concealed within each region. Experience a collision of old and new, European and African, and be dazzled by the vibrancy of this corner of the world.

  • Bargain hard in a Marrakech souq
  • Enjoy fine art, cuisine and historical monuments in Madrid
  • Enjoy views across Lisbon from atop a citadel
  • Explore a medieval medina in the city of Fes
  • Sip sherry on a bodega tour in Jerez
  • Soak up the sun on Algarve beaches
  • Visit Spain's thriving student city, Salamanca
  • Wander the colour-drenched streets of Chefchaouen

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Madrid, Spain
  • Finish:

    Marrakech, Morocco
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    5 breakfasts, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (12 nts), Pension (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Metro, Public bus, Taxi, Train
  • Included activities:

    Algarve beach excursion, Bodega tour and sherry tasting, Casa de Las Conchas, Citadel, Fado performance, Guided walking tour Fes, Walking tour with local guide

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    182kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

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Day 1 Madrid

Arrive in Madrid, one of the most vibrant cities in Spain. Stop and smell the roses in the Real Jardin Botanico, marvel at masterpieces in the Museo del Prado or wile away pleasant hours on the Paseo del Arte.

Day 2 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’.

Days 3-4 Coimbra

Travel from Spain to Portugal to sample full-bodied wines, delicious spicy cuisine and enjoy the local tradition of Fado - soulful music about love.

Days 5-6 Lisbon

Explore multicultural Lisbon, a charming city with a towering medieval citadel and many interesting museums. In free time, see quirky pieces in the Folk Art Museum, take a day trip into the mountains or sample the nightlife in Barrio Alto.

Days 7-8 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.

Day 9 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.

Days 10-11 Chefchaouen

Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar and explore Chefchaouen, a sleepy mountain town peppered with blue-washed buildings and ambient restaurants. While here, perhaps expend some energy on a hike into the Rif Mountains.

Days 12-13 Fes

Arrive in the city of Fes and step back in time at a medieval medina thick with exotic smells, tastes and sounds. Fuel explorations of this imperial city with a glass of mint tea and some sweet Moroccan dates. After a guided sightseeing tour, maybe unwind at the Palais Jamai in the evening, while the melodic call to prayer floats over the city.

Days 14-15 Marrakech

Find everything from genie lamps to leather slippers in Marrakech, an intoxicating city of souqs and mosques. Take a refreshing walk through the 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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