Paris to Marrakech tour

“Could you possibly find a more eclectic, historic and romantic journey than Paris to Marrakech, overland? This is a month in four splendid countries, travelling in a small group. ”

Highlights

France: Paris | Tours | Dordogne | Cycling in the Loire Valley | French Pyrenees Spain: San Sebastian | Segovia | Madrid | Salamanca | Seville | Portugal : Coimbra | Lisbon | The Algarve Morocco: Chefchaouen | Fes | Marrakech

Description of Paris to Marrakech tour

This Paris to Marrakech tour does exactly what it says on the tin, taking in four wonderful countries en route: France, of course, Spain, Portugal and, finally Morocco. The first nine days are dedicated to France, with an eclectic mix of culture and adventure, including the great capital city itself, visiting chateaux, cycling in the Loire Valley, wine sampling in Bordeaux, canoeing on the Dordogne River, to hiking in the Pyrenees.

With some links by bus and others by train, we cross over the border into Spain and spend a night at the beautiful coastal town of San Sebastian. We spend seven days in Spain in total, taking in the fine capital of Madrid, UNESCO town of Segovia and the stupendous medieval town of Salamanca, perfectly poised on several hills by the Tormes River.

And so our wonderful odyssey through Europe and into Africa continues, with six days in Portugal, again with a wonderful mix of activities to suit all interests and passions. Be it ancient architecture in the medieval university city of Coimbra, the elegant contemporary chic of the capital city, Lisbon, or the coastal vibe of the Algarve.

And then, last but not least, we take the ferry across to Tangier, in Morocco, one of North Africa’s most exciting countries in terms of culture, geographical diversity and ancient Islamic history. We visit the town of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, where the blue painted buildings form a wonderful contrast to the luscious hills all around. Then Fes, with its well preserved ancient Islamic architecture and car-free Fez el-Bali medina. And finally, we take a train to the magnificent city of Marrakech. If you thought you were getting tired after a month on the road, Marrakech is the one city that will awaken every sense once more. There is no place like it.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Paris to Marrakech tour

Wherever we go in the world, we take a responsible attitude with us. That means travelling in a way which both respects and benefits local people, their culture and the environment. We travel with an average group size of just 10 people and mostly take public transport, stay and eat in small-scale locally-owned establishments.

In keeping with our Responsible Travel policy you will stay in carefully selected locally-owned accommodation - we put your money into the local economy and small businesses, not state-owned companies or corporate chains. We use public transport throughout this trip, not only minimizing the environmental impact of our journey but also creating concrete opportunities to interact with the locals. You'll contribute directly to local economies and help develop cross-cultural understanding. In others words, enjoy a real life experience.

We provide all our travellers with specific information about how to be a responsible traveller on this trip. Our group leaders are passionate about responsible travel. Taking these small steps, we're able to make a big difference. And that goes for the whole trip experience too. Our travellers get the chance to meet local people and really get to know their culture first hand.

In Marrakesh we have the option of visiting the SPANA animal hospital which is a charitable organisation providing free health care and education for animals and their carers in the Marrakesh region

Those who wish to contribute further after their travels can do so through our company's foundation which supports environmental and social projects, making a difference to communities around the world. In 2007 the foundation donated over £100,000 to make a difference in local communities in terms of health care, education, human rights, child welfare and in environmental and wildlife protection in all our destinations worldwide.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part of my holiday was realizing that where I travelled was full of history, fantastic buildings and stories. That people had been living and existing in this area for a vast period of time and continue to do so.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Read the trip notes so you have an idea of what to expect-nothing can prepare you even when you're there. Expect the unexpected and go with an open mind.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, as locals were employed, ran hotels, shops, etc. I also learnt about the areas and see them in a different light and understanding. We were very aware of leaving the environment how we found it and respect what we saw.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I rate the holiday as a wonderful experience, opening my eyes to many wonders that I could not have imagined. A fantastic experience.

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