Madrid to Marrakech via Portugal

“Two week, small group holiday travelling through Spain, Portugal and Morroco, using a mix of public transport, starting in Madrid and ending in Marrakech. ”

Highlights

Madrid | Salamanca | Coimbra | Lisbon | The Algarve | Jerez | Chefchaouen | Fes | Marrakech

Description of Madrid to Marrakech via Portugal

This two week Madrid to Marrakech holiday must be one of the most culturally eclectic journeys that one can take so close to home. We use a mix of public and private transport options to traverse the three countries of Spain, Portugal and Morocco that we have featured on our carefully crafted itinerary.

Starting in Spain’s capital, Madrid with its fine collections of art galleries and all round metropolitan chic, we then take some time in historic Salamanca before heading across the border into Portugal. Here we spend two nights in the 12th century and ancient university city of Coimbra. We then head south to spend a couple of days roaming around Portugal’s stunning capital of Lisbon, with its eclectic quarters, some chic and cosmo, others with markets and myriad music venues.

After a couple of days on the Algarve coast, we pop back into Spain for 24 hours so that we can take the boat to Morocco, taking a quick visit to the sumptuous city of Seville, where you can start to feel the Moroccan influences already, with its Moorish architecture standing proudly alongside flamenco and tapas bars.

From here to Tarifa, where we take the one hour ferry crossing over to Tangier, although we spend our first night in the stunning Rif Mountain town of Chefchaouen. Every city in Morocco is different, and all exciting in their own ways, as two days in Fez will show, with its well preserved ancient Islamic heritage and car-free Fez el-Bali medina. And finally, we take a train to Marrakech, a city that needs little introduction but which leaves the most memorable mark for its vibrant, sense awakening and exciting atmosphere.

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Pack lightly as you are on the road a lot.
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Small group. Max 13 people. Min. age 15.
Solos:
Solos welcome. Surcharge for own room.
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Small, locally owned guest houses.
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Accomm., transport, Algarve beach excursion, bodega tour, Fado performance, guided walking tour in Fes.
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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.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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.

Those who wish to contribute further after their travels can do so through the 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.

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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We 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.

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.

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Reviewed on 28 Apr 2018 by

The most memorable moment was being in the square in Marrakech in the evening. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2017 by

From Salamanca in Spain to Coimbra in Portugal to the end of the experience in Marrakesh, all was just beautiful and nutritius. I keep great memories of the trip, thank you! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 May 2012 by

Great experience, great food and great like minded people. Read full review

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