Lisbon to Marrakech

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Days 11
Departing September 3, 2018
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Take a vibrant tour through Portugal and Morocco.

Enjoy a first-hand experience of Portuguese and Moroccan lifestyles. Traveling from Lisbon 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 Portuguese cuisine to idyllic Algarve beaches and Islamic architecture, this tour has been designed to pique your curiosity. Experience a collision of old and new, European and African, and be dazzled by the vibrancy of this corner of the world.

 

Start Lisbon, Portugal Physical rating 2 out of 5
Finish Marrakech, Morocco Ages Min 15 years
Destination Portugal, Morocco Group size 12 people
Departing September 3, 2018 Style Original

 

Why we love this trip

  • Make the most of your time in Lisbon. This city has so many sights on offer; beautiful museums, monuments and parks, as well as its famous trams, bars and restaurants.

  • The Algarve in Portugal is the perfect middle point of the trip. Buy some fresh local produce in the morning market to enjoy while soaking up the sun on gorgeous beaches. In the evening enjoy a sunset over the Atlantic Ocean from our rooftop terrace.

  • Land softly in Chefchaouen, our first stop in Morocco. Wake up to the call for prayer, enjoy a local fresh produce breakfast and head out to explore this beautiful blue mountain village on foot.

  • Relive a glorious medieval past in Fes city. While many tourists get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the medina, you'll have a local guide to show you the way

  • Where else would you find drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, jugglers and old medicine men in one place? Marrakech is the perfect place to share a final group meal and stock up on treasures in the city's colorful souqs

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are couple of sections on this trip when you will travel by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and some of them are decked out with air-conditioning, toilets and a snack bar (or vending machine). Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.

  • As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags or cases at home and bring a backpack instead.

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited, which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water.

  • European hotels rooms are considered rather small. As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travelers will share a room with another traveler of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

  • Non-Muslims will not be able to visit a mosque in Morocco during this trip.

  • Please ensure you cover your legs, shoulders and chest and show the appropriate respect while exploring the cities in Morocco. It's a good idea to bring a light scarf to cover your skin as needed.

  • Be aware that cats are very common in Morocco. Especially in the mountain village of Chefchaouen. Bring antihistamines if necessary.

Itinerary

Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital. One of Europe's most pleasant and affordable capital cities, Lisbon combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and non-stop nightlife. We start with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight – check with reception to confirm the time and place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). There are no activities planned before the meeting, so if you arrive early there are plenty of things to keep you busy. After the meeting, enjoy dinner with your fellow travel companions at a local restaurant.

Optional Activities

  • National Art Museum - EUR6
  • Lisbon Sunset Fado & Tapas - EUR62
  • Lisbon Walk - EUR41

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

Today we head out on an orientation walk through one of Europe’s great cities, located on the banks of the Tagus (Tejo) River. Included is a visit to the Citadel of Sao Jorge Castle, which dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. From the citadel look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops. Your afternoon and evening is then free, perhaps head to the grand Naval Museum for an insight into the history of Portuguese navigation. You can roam through the charming narrow streets of local neighbourhoods and see local life play out. Maybe simply sit back in one of many outdoors restaurants and cafes – watching life go by is definitely one of the best ways to relax in Lisbon. Barrio Alto is the place to check out the nightlife.

Included Activities

  • Lisbon Citadel

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

Take a bus journey of around 4 hours today to the southern coastline of Portugal, the Algarve. Known for its fertile plains, rich with orange and olive groves, fig trees, almonds and maize fields, this region is perfect to explore. Your base is Olhao, the Algarve’s biggest fishing port. With an active waterfront, Moorish buildings and bustling old quarters, the city has the mystical feel of Northern Africa. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for the next two nights; you can wander the city centre, perhaps try Olhao’s famous fish restaurants, or stroll along the coastal road Rua 5 de Outubro, the eastern Algarve’s food mile, filled with delicious and authentic local flavors.

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

Today we will catch a small boat, used by locals on an everyday basis to travel between the coast and the island, Ilha de Culatra, where you can wander along a series of boardwalks, leading away from the fishermen’s settlements, and cross over dunes and lagoons to beaches that are so long they disappear into the haze of the horizon. Use the rest of the day to further explore Olhao. Evenings are best spent watching sunset, and the best place to do so is Olhao’s old town, where you will also have a chance to try some true Portuguese fare.

Included Activities

  • Algarve beach excursion

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

Leave Portugal behind and travel by bus to Spain to the charming city of Seville. If the legends are to be believed, Seville was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. To the Romans it was Hispalis and to the Moors Isbiliya. After the Christian reconquest, it became thought of as the portal to the 'New World', and today is the largest city in southern Spain. Known for its important monuments and fascinating history, Seville is universally famous for its vitality and flamboyance – the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro. Seville is also well-known for its oranges, tapas and flamenco, all three of which are ingrained in the fabric of the city and its proud people. Enjoy a short orientation walk around the main sites of Seville before going to see an authentic Flamenco Show.

Included Activities

  • Seville Flamenco Show

Optional Activities

  • Alcazar Seville - EUR13
  • Archeological Museum - EUR3
  • Art and Popular Customs Museum - EUR2
  • Cathedral and Giralda Tower - EUR8
  • Museum of Fine Arts - EUR2

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

In the morning, travel to Tarifa by bus (approx. 3 hours). Today we leave Spain behind and head to Morocco. Ferry across the straits to the city of Tangier (approximately 1 hour). After leaving the ferry, journey by bus (approx. 3 hours) to arrive in Chefchaouen - a sleepy mountain town peppered with blue-washed buildings and ambient restaurants in the centre of a mountainous agricultural region. Relax after a long travel day with some delicious Moroccan food and mint tea.

 

Accommodation

  • Hotel

Meet your local guide early in the day to explore the maze of streets in Chefchaouen. The ‘blue city’ is arguably one of the prettiest places in Morocco. Its medina has been lovingly cared for with striking blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and artistic doorways, and it's filled with handicrafts, while the main square has shops selling woven goods and small sweets. Much of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusian refugees escaping the Reconquista. Learn about general life in a small Moroccan community, visit a communal bakery, and walk up to a former mosque for a great view over the town that's nestled between two mountain peaks. As a popular shopping destination for handicrafts, carpets, blankets or woolen garments, you may also see the artisans at work. Possibly relax after your walking tour in a traditional Moroccan hammam.

Included Activities

  • Chefchaouen - walking tour with local guide

Optional Activities

  • Hammam (public baths) - MAD150
  • Henna tattooing - MAD50

Accommodation

  • Hotel

Say farewell to Chefchaouen today and jump on a private minivan trip for around five hours to the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. Arrive in the city of Fes and step back in time at a medieval medina thick with exotic smells, tastes and sounds. Maybe fuel explorations of this imperial city with a glass of mint tea and some sweet Moroccan dates. The adventurous may want to try some Moroccan specialities like a camel burger or harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous for dinner. Watching the sunset over the Medina while a dozen melodic prayer calls vie for attention is an experience you'll remember.

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

Take a guided walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back in time into the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souks. Medieval Fes was one of the world's great centres of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and its libraries are legendary and its mosques are of great renown. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city's most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. Pass the Belghazi Museum, Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. You'll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. After the tour, the afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you please.

Notes: Today’s experience will include shopping in carefully selected places. As the receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry, Intrepid has established a centralised system of receiving and distributing payments from these recommended suppliers. For more information, please refer to ‘Important Notes’ section or talk to your Tour leader on the ground.

Included Activities

  • Guided walking tour Fes

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

Travel by train this morning to Marrakech (approximately 8 hours). Head out with the group for a quick visit to the main square, Djemaa El Fna before dinner. The square is filled with a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. From a distance you will see the Koutoubia Mosque and its minaret – famous throughout the world as one of the greatest minarets and the 'sister' to the Giralda in Seville. Please note it is not possible for non-Muslims to enter the minaret. If you have time the following day, explore the ruins of Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, or comb the spectacular bazaar, where every step to a new souq brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colors of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, the rich folds of carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. Perhaps end your adventure with dinner in the unique great square of Djemaa el Fna, when night falls.

Optional Activities

  • Saadian Tombs - MAD10
  • Palais Badi - MAD10
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD10
  • Henna tattooing - MAD50
  • Hamam (public baths) - MAD250

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Inclusions

Meals

10 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

Transport

Public bus, Taxi, Ferry, Private Minibus, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights) 

Inclusions

  • Lisbon Citadel 
  • Algarve beach excursion 
  • Chefchaouen - walking tour with local guide 
  • Guided walking tour Fes

Important Notes

A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Tarifa. Please ask your travel consultant for more details.

COMMISSION
The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry. In an effort to best control and monitor shopping and activities with an aim for the best experience possible, Intrepid has established a system of carefully selected shopping experiences and activities based on positive feedback from our previous travelers. On occasion these will be part of included walking tours or outside of included activities in free time. Please note that if you do not wish to join in on these shopping experiences we assure you there is no obligation and if you indicate your desire to not partake your group leader will help to facilitate a suitable alternative during this time.
Intrepid have set up a centralized system of receiving payments from these recommended suppliers, which are then distributed towards local Responsible Travel projects (such as 'say no to plastic' cotton bags for our travelers and drinking water refilling stations), traveler information packs, and leader bonuses. Further details of these arrangements can be provided by your group leader on request.
While Intrepid endeavors to ensure that these suppliers and services maintain reasonable levels of quality, please note recommended suppliers are chosen based on past travelers feedback and experiences and Intrepid cannot explicitly guarantee the quality of the product. A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of you our traveler is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback form after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

 

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