Railway tour of Morocco
Tours of Rabat/Meknes on request.
Description of Railway tour of Morocco
If you fancy clambering aboard the ‘Marrakech Express’ then this Morocco rail holiday lets you do just that with a overnight stays in the capital, Rabat, and Fez giving travellers a real insight into the scenery and lifestyles across the north of the country.
Unique, romantic and always exciting, travelling through Morocco by train is a reliable means of experiencing an ever-changing landscape in comfort with excursions possible to Meknes, Volubilis, Casablanca, the Atlas Mountains and Essaouira - all available upon request.
Private guided sightseeing tours are included, along with free time to explore and opportunities for optional activities, such as: hiking or cookery classes. Helping to give travellers a well-rounded picture of Morocco this holiday comes with great rail connections and pre-booked tickets aiding safe travels with the minimum of fuss.
Highlights of this Morocco railway holiday
Morocco’s second largest city is packed with mediaeval character and authentic North African charm with narrow alleyways, street food sellers and the UNESCO listed walled old town, Fes el Bali, inviting travellers to explore, escape and enjoy.
Tip toe through the labyrinth of narrow passages and alleyways within the fortified city walls before appearing, as if by magic, into the energy of the Jamaa el Fna, within the city’s old town medina quarter. Chic cafés and rooftop restaurants align market places and thriving squares where the mix of mystery, history and cultural enlightenment combine to wondrous effect.
The capital city of Morocco is much more modern in comparison to Fez and Marrakech although still retains numerous cultural and historic sites to put travellers in mind of the past, including: the Royal Palace, the unfinished mosque with its striking Hassan Tower, the necropolis at Chellah and the grand Mausoleum of the Kings.
Information worth knowing:
We’ve included all train and overland transfers to and from your riad or hotel within the overall tour price; however, to save funds and offer a more flexible service, transport to train stations can be arranged privately at your accommodation, if preferred.
All of the guided city tours are accompanied by an English-speaking guide and include transportation, entry costs, and a tour of the souks and main points of the medinas.
Where you’ll be staying, and why:
The riad accommodation that we’ve selected is typical to Morocco and features an internal courtyard that’s pivotal to the character, the comfort and the lifestyles of local people. These riads have been carefully converted from private family homes to fine guest houses where local staff are just as integral to the overall experience as the locally sourced produce used in the kitchen.
|Day 1:||Welcome to Marrakech. Arrive at the airport and transfer to your choice of B&B riad accommodation which will become your home for the next three nights. The rest of the day is yours to explore in and around Marrakech at leisure.|
|Day 2:||Today you'll be invited to explore the city of Marrakech, firstly on a guided tour and then, for the rest of the day, under your own steam.|
|Day 3:||Your third day in Marrakech is yours to do with as you wish with several optional activities, such as: cooking classes, hiking trips and drives into the High Atlas Mountains or along the coast to Essaouira, all easily accessible.|
|Day 4:||Today you'll bid Marrakech adieu as you transfer by taxi to the train station and make the four hour journey to the capital of Morocco, Rabat. Upon arrival in Rabat you'll transfer to your preferred riad or B&B accommodation before having the rest of the day free for exploring and sightseeing.|
|Day 5:||Another train journey today takes you from Rabat to the ancient walled citadel of Fez where you'll check into your choice of B&B hotel which will become your home for the next three nights.|
|Day 6:||Enjoy the morning sightseeing in Fez before spending the rest of the day exploring amongst the markets and narrow alleyways at your leisure.|
|Day 7:||Today you can continue your exploration of Fez or take an optional train ride to Meknes or visit the ancient Roman site of Volubilis. We recommend our private guided tour of both places in one day, available to pre-book.|
|Day 8:||Say farewell to Fez before transferring to the local airport or, alternatively, taking the train back to Marrakech for another night before departing on your scheduled flight from Marrakech airport the following day.|
3 Reviews of Railway tour of Morocco
Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020 by Trish MylanThe most memorable part of the holiday was Rabat , kasbah souk, monuments and shoreline. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Nov 2018 by Kathleen PennyMost memorable parts of the holiday: For me the guided tour around the souk in Fez, for Emily the road trip through the beautiful mountains from Fez to Volubilis… We enjoyed the beauty and history of the country... Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Nov 2017 by Christina DeaconThe most memorable for us, it was probably being able to stay in the sort of places that brought us into immediate contact with genuine Moroccans! Also the friendliness of the people and experiencing the diametric contrast in culture was great. Read full review
PlanetNaturally, the major benefit to the environment of this tour is the use of trains to get between the main cities on the tour. Morocco has invested a lot in upgrading its railway network to offer low carbon travel for its growing population. Where possible all tours include walking between sites.
To ensure the best possible service to our customers we engage services that make as low an impact as possible on the environment and local culture, whilst helping to generate long term employment and benefits for local people. Raising awareness of the culture, politics and economy of areas visited encourages responsible tourism practice and indirectly aides the preservation of the Kingdom's most precious resources. We take our responsibilities to the environment seriously and strive to make improvements where we can; there is always more work to be done but little by little one travels far. We have a policy of always using local suppliers wherever we can, so as to bring as much income to the local area as possible
We ask all our customers to respect the environment. Litter, in particular, is damaging to the fragile urban ecosystems and we encourage people to take their litter home. All our trips are tailor made for individuals to minimise the impact of large groups on traditional communities so that interaction can be more personal and respectful.
As a company we employ responsible policies such as recycling paper, ink cartridges, glass and cardboard; we minimise the use of electricity and conducting the vast majority of our correspondence and promotion via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities. We also compost waste in our company garden.
PeopleAll our guides and drivers in Morocco are local people. We believe that it is vital to work with local operators for our tours, firstly as they will be able to offer an insight into the local people and their culture and history; secondly to enable any profits to be ploughed back into the community. We have worked with our local Morocco agency for many years and have a well established and excellent relationship. We firmly believe in paying fairly for their services and that of the guides.
All our holidays are based on individuals or a small group - we feel that this offers a more personal experience and therefore minimises the impact. Most of the riads we use in Marrakech and elsewhere are locally owned or are partnerships with a European owner and a Moroccan National. All staff members at these properties are local and all food and materials are sourced locally. Your visit will give you a taste of the incredible hospitality of Morocco as well as contributing indirectly to the local economy.
All our guides and drivers in Morocco are local people. We believe that it is vital to work with local operators for our tours, firstly as they will be able to offer an insight into the local people and their culture and history; secondly to enable any profits to be ploughed back into the community. We have worked with our local Morocco agency for many years and have a well established and excellent relationship. We firmly believe in paying fairly for their services and that of the guides.
All our holidays are based on individuals or a small group - we feel that this offers a more personal experience and therefore minimises the impact. Most of the riads we use are locally owned or are partnerships with a European owner and a Moroccan National. All staff members at these properties are local and all food and materials are sourced locally. Your visit will give you a taste of the incredible hospitality of Morocco as well as contributing indirectly to the local economy.
Local staff are also encouraged to undertake courses as and when applicable. e.g. The Mule Care Initiative Workshops held on the 1st and 2nd March in Imlil, sponsored by Expedition Providers Association & The Donkey Sanctuary.
Through our long term partnerships in Morocco we have been able to support and encourage volunteering for local causes such as conservation projects. For example, the Berber Cultural Center in the village of Imi'n tahnoute, Association des Bassins d’Imlil for the Protection & Sustainable Development of the Valley Populations around Imlil & the Toubkal National Park, Solidarity & Preservation of Cultural Heritage in the village of Demnate. We also facilitated the opportunity for our local staff to support an initiative alongside Elaine Moran, a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Demnate. Elaine has the funding to provide materials to repair and maintain pathways but needs manual labour and transportation for work crew which is where our partner agency can help.
Our partner agency in Morocco regularly donates money to local causes. This is done on a case by case basis and is generally not by making monetary donations to large organisations but more by assisting local people/families at times of need. e.g. providing a sheep to a family who cannot afford one at the time of Eid El Kebir, purchasing flight tickets to enable a student to attend study placement awarded overseas, paying for medical treatment or prescription medication, purchasing clothing for a person to attend interviews and obtain employment, offering temporary accommodation/purchasing meals for the homeless as well as initiatives for staff welfare and contributions to local animal and childrens’ charities.