Road to Marrakech

Kick back & 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 & memories (and sunny vibes, of course). Refuel in between adventures at the many tapas bars, souks & Portuguese bakeries, & prepare to eat yourself silly. Stretchy pants, highly recommended.
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Price:
R21 760
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DETAILS
Starting fromR21 760
Package ValiditySet departure dates: 20 JAN 2018 & 03 FEB 2018  
Duration15 days
DestinationAfrica & Europe ( Spain, Morocco & Portugal)
Starts inMadrid
Ends inMadrid
Age GroupThis is a group tour for ages 18 - 38 years

Description


- 8 nights in hostels & 6 nights in hotel upgrades
- 14 breakfasts & 6 dinners
- Strait of Gibraltar ferry crossings
- Touring by air-conditioned coach
- Assistance of a Trip leader & driver
- Touring & sightseeing of all sites as per itinerary

Day 1

Madrid, Spain

Reset your body clock: you’re on Madrid time now. Things run a little later here, with locals usually not heading out until midnight and returning home around 6:30am. 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 (or Atlético Madrid…). They’re all bound to keep you entertained well into the wee 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 through the epic chiselled kaleidoscope that makes up the Alhambra and the Palacio de Generalife. Get schooled in Islamic architecture with over 800 years of Muslim rule (longer than any other Spanish city). Then head to Albaicín to find secret gardens full of rose bushes, the San Nicolas viewpoint, and oodles of tapas restaurants.

Included today:
-Guided tour of the Alhambra

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 4

Granada to Chefchaouen, Morocco

Wave Andalusia goodbye and head into the town with more blue shades than the Mediterranean itself. Chefchaouen will chew right through your Instagram feed as you tour the medina and souk. If you’re feeling chilly, don the local fashion of a heavy wool djellaba (think: the sexiest bathrobe ever). You can even get a sleeveless version to keep your guns showing.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 5

Chefchaouen to Fes

Hightail it to the Mecca of the West with a front-row pano of the rolling Rif Mountains and snow-strewn Middle Atlas Mountains playing out the coach window. 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, the mind-boggling medina and leather tannery. Then 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 colour, smells and vibe of the Red City. Grab a horse drawn carriage for cheap and ride like Cinderella. 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 madness that is the Saadian Tombs, then work your way past snake charmers and fall into the heady rhythm of Djemma el-Fna square. Have your hand 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 Spanish feasts. Yep, this place is heavily influenced by Latin culture so expect plenty of paella and tonnes of tapas. A gorgeous island village, this place will impress with its burgeoning art scene and drool-worthy selection of restaurants.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 10

Asilah to Seville, Spain

Leave the seaside behind for the Moorish brilliance that is the Alcazar. 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. Spend the night at an optional flamenco show and try to replicate the moves at a bar later on.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Flamenco show

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 ‘of-the-minute’ eateries and an underground art scene to rival Berlin, Lisbon is rapidly topping the ‘must do’ list for travellers the world over. Ogle at Castelo de São Jorge, shop down Rua Augusta or if you can, 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. Three words: To. Die. For.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 13

Lisbon

Catch a yellow tram, hit up a fado club or 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). Make moves to the Aqueduto das Aguas Livres to see one of the finest example of Portuguese architecture and (as a bonus) Snapchat the world’s largest stone arch.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 14

Lisbon to Madrid, Spain

Cross the border back to the Spanish capital and gorge on a smorgasbord of art history during a driving tour of the city. Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, Dali 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