Moorish Spain to Marrakech by rail

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Moorish Spain to Marrakech by rail

On this trip, we use the railway to travel minimising our carbon footprint and providing opportunity to interact with the Spanish and Moroccan people.

In Spain a Spanish leader will meet you and take you all the way to Tangier before the group is met by a Moroccan leader for the later section of the holiday. We choose to run the trip this way to ensure an 'under the skin' experience of each country. As well as this, the leaders will be supported by expert local guides in the cities and at the sites. Local guides provide an intimate local knowledge about their culture and lifestyles that may go unnoticed unless pointed out, as well as ensuring that money is going back into the local economy.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

3 Reviews of Moorish Spain to Marrakech by rail

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Reviewed on 29 Apr 2014 by

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


Travelling through Morocco was wonderful and it would be difficult to choose just one part, but the trip to the High Atlas is definitely one of the most impressive.

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


Nothing to be worried about, just enjoy the tour and go along with your new friends.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We used only local guides, visited local craftsmanship places and used local transportation.

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


Excellent

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2009 by

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


Trekking in High Atlas mountains; ferry across from Algeciras to Tangiers; the Medina in Fez; Semana Santa in Malaga.

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


Read your guidebook in advance - sometimes it was hard keeping all the info from the guides straight and we got lots of different versions of what stuff was/ meant etc. Be prepared to carry luggage up and down steps a lot and lift it up and down from high racks on the trains. The hotels were very very basic. No hot water in Fez a lot of the time. Food can be pretty samey - especially the breakfasts - lots and lots and lots of bread!

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


It benefited local guides, hotels etc in Morocco. I would have liked to have had a female guide to get a different perspective. We passed the school where the tour operator are sponsoring two girls which was interesting. I think the train travel definitely had a minimal impact. Also guide quite often had us walk between station and hotels, sending our luggage ahead in a taxi - which minimised the number of minibuses/taxis we used (and probably had more to do with keeping the tour operator’s costs down than the environment!) We did eat in quite a few local restaurants, out of the way spots which was lovely.

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


A lovely varied experience. Lots of travel and things to do and see.

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2008 by

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


The train journeys, the excursion to volubilis roman town.

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


Although this holiday doesn't require any trekking it is a quite demanding one for the train journeys and walking tours with no time to rest.

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


Yes, we have used family run hotels and minimise taxi rides and of course this holiday is by train and ferry with no internal flights.

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


Great for cultural contrasts and for unusual itinerary but quite tiring.

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