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Road to Marrakech 2018-19 (15 Days, Madrid to Madrid)

Kick back and bask in the winter sun while the rest of Europe shivers. Taking in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, this intoxicating trip promises an explosion of colour, culture and memories (and sunny vibes, of course). Refuel in between adventures at the many tapas bars, souks and Portuguese bakeries, and prepare to eat yourself silly. Stretchy pants, highly recommended.

Inclusions

Local guide in Fes & Marrakech
14 Breakfasts
14 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $2,229
Start Location
Madrid, Spain
End Location
Madrid, Spain
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Dec 201822 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,559 
20 Dec 201803 Jan 201926AUD $2,689
05 Jan 201919 Jan 201918AUD $2,559
02 Feb 201916 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $2,229 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Madrid, Spain
Reset your body clock: you're on Madrid time now. Meet your crew and get fired up for the trip like a bull seeing red. After a group welcome dinner you can practice flamenco, eat your weight in olives or get passionate about Real Madrid. They're all bound to keep you entertained well into the early hours of the morning. Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Madrid to Granada
Siesta as we make our way to the base of the Sierra Nevada, aka the land of free tapas (Google it). After 2,500 years you figure out that free food = a good time. Join in the celebrations with a glass of tinto de verano. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Granada
Winter = no crowds. Get schooled in Islamic architecture - the city of Granada has seen over 800 years of Muslim rule in its time (longer than any other Spanish city). Then head to the Albaicín to find secret gardens full of rose bushes, the San Nicolas viewpoint and oodles of tapas restaurants. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 4: Granada to Chefchaouen, Morocco
Wave Andalusia goodbye and be awash in blue as we enter Chefchaouen, known for its blue pastel colours. Instagram at the ready! Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 5: Chefchaouen to Fes
Check out the rolling Rif Mountains and snow-strewn Middle Atlas Mountains playing out the coach window today. We're heading to Fes, so it's time to learn some basic Arabic phrases, none more important than "Balak! Balak!". It pretty much means "get out the way, there is a huge donkey carriage about to run you over". Write that one down. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Fes
Tick 'em off with a local guide: Royal Palace, Jewish neighbourhood, UNESCO World Heritage listed medina and leather tannery. Then, there's free time to explore. Hunt down a hammam and lose yourself in the labyrinth of souks and cobblestone streets. Bring your bargaining pants and embrace the centuries-old tradition of paying what you want for things, not what you're told they cost. Bargains can be had if you're willing to put in the lip service. Included today: -Walking tour of Fes with local guide Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: Fes to Marrakech
Bend it like the Berbers back 'round the Middle Atlas towards Marrakech and soak up the colours, smells and vibes of the Red City. Or if you're in the mood to be pampered, book yourself into a traditional hammam where #robelife has never felt better. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Marrakech
See the Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Minaret and mosaic amazingness that is the Saadian Tombs, then work your way past snake charmers in the Jemaa el Fna square. Have your hands decorated in henna patterns, sip on a freshly squeezed orange juice or stock up on leather goods, spices and flashy souvenirs. Included today: -Walking tour of Marrakech with local guide Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dinner & local show in Marrakech
Day 9: Marrakech to Asilah
Make your way to the whitewashed wonder that is the seaside town of Asilah and get snap happy in between Latin-influenced feasts. We're talking about plenty of paella and tonnes of tapas. A gorgeous island village, this place will impress with its art scene and drool-worthy selection of restaurants. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 10: Asilah to Seville, Spain
Seville was founded 3,000 years ago by Hercules and Sevillanos are extremely proud of their city. Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (the palace on Naboo), Kingdom of Heaven and Games of Thrones (season 5) were all filmed or partly filmed here. When you look as good as Seville, it's hard not to show off. Opt in for a fierce flamenco performance this evening (optional) and channel your inner sass. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Flamenco show in Seville
Day 11: Seville
Random fact: Seville's cathedral houses Christopher Columbus's tomb, but the jury's still out as to whether he's really buried there. Do your own investigating then climb up the Giralda Tower and make everyone you know jealous of your Instagram feed. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 12: Seville to Lisbon, Portugal
With a heaving nightlife, hip eateries and an underground art scene to rival Berlin, Lisbon is rapidly topping the 'must do' list for travellers. Check out Castelo de São Jorge, shop down Rua Augusta and learn the only three Portuguese words you'll need: Pastéis de Belém. Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the egg pastries in a 'secret room', this recipe has remained unchanged to the present day. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 13: Lisbon
Catch a yellow tram, hit up a fado club and snap a #selfie in the pink street. You could also wander up to the Cristo Rei. This statue mimics the one over Rio de Janeiro - it towers 100 metres over the city and for a small fee you can take an elevator ride to the top (worth it). There's also the Aqueduto das Aguas Livres where you can see one of the finest example of Portuguese architecture and (as a bonus) Snapchat the world's largest stone arch. Save some energy for the buzzing Bairro Alto district for live music and cocktails this evening. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 14: Lisbon to Madrid, Spain
Cross the border back to the Spanish capital and learn about art history during a driving tour of the city. Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, Dalí and Miro just tickle the tips of what this city has to offer art history buffs. Then, hit the streets because the nightlife here isn't confined to bars and pubs, it spills into the street quicker than bold Spanish vino into your glass. Included today: -Driving tour of Madrid Meals: -Breakfast
Day 15: Madrid
Whether you're waking up or just walking in the door, after breakfast it's time to say goodbye. But Madrid has a beautiful saying: "If you're in Madrid. You're from Madrid". It's not a bad place to call home, so stick around and discover another tapas bar and delve deeper into the artwork (it's endless). Or ask yourself 'where to next?' Meals: -Breakfast