Rail: Spain & Morocco by Rail (ESMR)
Trip Style: Rail-The best way to fully experience the world is by travelling through it. Rail tours bring you closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic rail routes
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Accommodations: Not Availaible
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.
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 youll 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 Fes, Casablanca, and Marrakech, (as well as their souqs, mint tea and friendly locals). Grab yourself an experience youll talk about forever.
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 14 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Barcelona||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 GUell, Casa BatllO, and Casa MilA. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Madrid||Day 2 Barcelona/Madrid (1B)|
Barcelona is filled with the work of one famous resident, Antoni GaudI. Opt to visit these masterpieces sprinkled throughout the city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (2.00-3.00 hours)
|Day 3||Madrid||Day 3 Madrid (1B)|
Other options for exploring the city include the Palacio Real, Real Jardin BotAnico or Escorial. Experience more nightlife at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, in the area known as MalasaNa. 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||Granada||Day 4 Madrid/Granada (1B)|
Spend another morning exploring the city before catching a midday train to Granada. Transport: Local train (7.50 hour(s), 885km)
|Day 5||Granada||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||Day 6 Granada (1B)|
Spend another day exploring this charming city.
|Day 7||Seville||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 AlcAzar, 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 ArqueolOgico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de MarIa 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 AlcAzar of Seville. Transport: Train
|Day 8||Chefchaouen||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 Moroccos ancient crafts. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Spain - Morocco) Tangier Guided Tour Transport: Local bus Ferry Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Fes||Day 9 Chefchaouen/Fes (1L)|
Travel to the imperial city of Meknes and enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported womens 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 (3.25 hour(s)) Minibus (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Fes||Day 10 Fes (1B)|
Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city. The Fes medina is the world's largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fes 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: Fes Medina Guided Tour
|Day 11||Casablanca||Day 11 Fes/Casablanca (1B)|
Travel by train to seaside Casablanca known for its colonial and art-deco buildings. Transport: Train (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 12||Marrakech||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 (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Marrakech||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||Day 14 Marrakech|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.