Spain & Morocco by Rail

Rail, Barcelona to Marrakech

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Dive into two incredible cultures with this adventure on the rails. Explore the Spanish countryside by train, journeying with the locals from Barcelona to Madrid to Seville and beyond, sampling the exotic side of this gorgeous country (and tasting food you'll crave for the rest of your life). Spend a week in Spain before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar for another week to get to know the main highlights of Morocco, like Fès, Casablanca, and Marrakech, (as well as their souqs, mint tea and friendly locals). Grab yourself an experience you'll talk about forever.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès
  • Barcelona orientation walk
  • Alhambra visit (Granada)
  • Fès medina visit with local guide
  • Volubilis visit
  • Hassan II Mosque visit (Casablanca)
  • Marrakech medina visit with local guide
  • Transport to/from included activities and between all destinations

Highlights

  • Savour the tapas culture of spain and flavours of morocco
  • Wander the colourful barcelona streets
  • Get lost in ancient medinas
  • Lay eyes on captivating landscapes.

Itinerary

Day 1 Barcelona There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend arriving a day earlier to explore all that this amazing city has to offer. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Barcelona/Madrid (1B) Barcelona is filled with the work of one famous resident, Antoni Gaudí. Opt to visit these masterpieces sprinkled throughout the city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train
Day 3 Madrid (1B) Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin Botánico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as Malasaña. Taste some sangria and dance to the latest music. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum.
Day 4 Madrid/Granada (1B) Spend another morning exploring the city before catching a midday train to Granada. Transport: Local train
Day 5 Granada (1B) After visiting the Alhambra, opt to take a wander through the whitewashed historic quarter of the Albaicin, with its narrow lanes and fantastic views. It is a great place to go for sunset. In the evening, opt for a night on the town. The city is filled with trendy tapas bars and has a lively music scene. Included Activities: Alhambra Guided Tour
Day 6 Granada (1B) Spend another day exploring this charming city.
Day 7 Granada/Seville (1B) Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alcázar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter— a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares. Seville is home to the world’s largest gothic cathedral — climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueológico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de María Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alcázar of Seville. Transport: Train
Day 8 Seville/Chefchaouen (1B) Stop in Tangier for a guided tour of the medina before continuing on to Chefchaouen for the evening. The djellaba, the traditional hooded garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. Chefchaouen is a great place to check out many of Morocco's ancient crafts. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Spain – Morocco) Tangier Guided Tour Transport: Local bus Ferry Private Vehicle
Day 9 Chefchaouen/Fès (1L) Travel to the imperial city of Meknes and enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported women's project. Later, continue to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fes. Included Activities: Meknes Community Lunch Volubilis Guided Tour Transport: Minibus Minibus
Day 10 Fès (1B) Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city. The Fès medina is the world’s largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above. In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing. Additional Notes: Only certified local guides are allowed to act as guides in the medina, so your CEO cannot go with you to the medina during free time. Included Activities: Fès Medina Guided Tour
Day 11 Fès/Casablanca (1B) Travel by train to seaside Casablanca known for its colonial and art-deco buildings. Transport: Train
Day 12 Casablanca/Marrakech (1B) Visit the spectacular Hassan II mosque and learn more about this masterpiece. Catch the train to Marrakech in time to start exploring the city. Included Activities: Hassan II Mosque Visit Transport: Train
Day 13 Marrakech (1B) Visit the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah, and the Saadian Tombs. Later, opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot. End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna. Included Activities: Marrakech City Tour
Day 14 Marrakech Depart at any time.
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