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.

Start
Madrid, Spain
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Countries
Morocco,
Portugal,
Spain
Themes
Explorer
Code
ZMSH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13
Carbon offset
214kg pp per trip

Take a vibrant tour through Spain, Portugal and Morocco


Highlights

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

Itinerary

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

Meals
8 breakfasts
Transport
Ferry, Metro, Private vehicle, Public bus, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (12 nights), Pension (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Algarve beach excursion
  • Bodega tour and sherry tasting
  • Citadel
  • Fado performance
  • Guided walking tour Fes
  • Walking tour with local guide

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A single supplement is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for details.

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