Day 1: MarrakechWelcome to Morocco! Keep your eyes peeled at Morocco airport for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. Freshen up and meet in the lobby around 7:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards you have free time to start exploring vibrant Marrakech or go out for an optional group dinner.
Included Activities: Welcome Meeting
Optional Activities: Group Dinner
Day 2: Marrakech, EssaouiraAfter a delicious breakfast, start your discovery with the key sites of bustling Marrakech such as Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace & Dar Si Said Museum. Then hop on board for destination: Essaouira. But first, make a stop at Argan Women Cooperative to learn all about the making of Argan oil. A 'magical' product that's native to Morocco, it is used in delicious meals and extensively in cosmetics. As you arrive Essaouira, you can go out to explore its charming Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Included Activities: Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, Argan Women Cooperative, Sightseeing Essaouira
Day 3: Essaouira, CasablancaFollow the ocean north to the largest city and commercial hub of Morocco, Casablanca. Start off with a guided tour of the gigantic Hassan II Mosque, the largest in all Africa. Continue to impressive highlights including the United Nations Square, Anfa Residential Quarter finished with a short visit to the medina. Before dinner, have a short photo stop by Rick’s Café from the classic Hollywood movie named after the town & watch the sunset by the ocean.
Included Activities: Sightseeing Casablanca
Day 4: Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, TetouanContinue along the charming coastline to Rabat. The beautiful capital of Morocco is set in a rich, amber-colored landscape, blending ancient history and modern Moroccan culture. The guided walking tour will unfold the beauty of the imperial town as you visit the Kasbah overlooking the Bouregreg River, the Royal Palace, Chellah Ruins, Mohammed V Mausoleum and Hassan II Tower. At the end of the extensive city tour, make your way to Chefchaouen, the Blue City. Prepare your cameras and wander the narrow streets of the breathtaking blue-washed mountain village. Overnight stay in Tetouan.
Included Activities: Sightseeing Rabat, Chefchaouen
Optional Activities: Spanish Mosque (Chefchaouen)
Day 5: Tetouan, Chefchaouen, FesToday we will continue to explore the blue-city, Chefchaouen! Roam the magical streets of the medina, Outa el-Hammam Square, visit waterfall of Ras el-Maa and the Spanish Mosque presenting an astounding view of Chefchaouen. In the afternoon, drive on to the cultural heart of Morocco, Fes. The second largest city in the country is best known for its labyrinth of souks and leather tanneries - the smell will not be forgotten!
Included Activities: Sightseeing Chefchaouen, Trekking in the mountains
Optional Activities: Traditional Hammam, Dinner Show (MAD250)
Day 6: FesWear your walking shoes and embark on a cultural journey through the imperial city of Fes. Get to discover all the highlights on an intensive tour with your local guide covering Bab Bouloud Gate (Royal Palace), Bou Inania Madrasa, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, Quaraouiyine Mosque, Najjarine Square, Spices Market, Terina Madrasa, the surroundings of Karaouine Medina, Mellah (Jewish Quarter), Pottery, and of course the famous Tannery! Share your favourite sites with your mates over dinner and rest up, you're heading inland tomorrow!
Included Activities: Sightseeing Fes, Tannery & Pottery Visits
Day 7: Fes, MerzougaHop on board early and drive through Efran City in High Atlas Mountains with stunning panaromic views and Midelt to reach the desert village of Merzouga. On the way, pass via Tazzarine, the last city to be found before the mighty dunes of the desert and arrive in Ziz Valley. As Ziz River feeds the charming oases in the region, we feed ourselves over a lunch-break. Arrive in Merzouga in the afternoon and soak in the majestic sand dunes. It is the perfect depiction of the famous Moroccan desert landscape and lifestyle. Our camel ride will start here for our 1st campsite to catch the sunset. Share your highlights of the trip with travel mates and enjoy the local cuisine under a starry sky. You'll experience the authentic desert life in the Sahara and stay in sedentary tents tonight.
Included Activities: Camel Trekking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: MerzougaWake up to the sunrise over the golden sand dunes and take a mental picture to last forever. It's time for another camel trek to the 2nd campsite. Have a delicious local breakfast and hop on, you're going on a 4x4 jeep safari. Enjoy the 2-hour adventure at the astounding desert atmosphere watching the magical landscapes, isolated Berber villages, oases, dunes and real nomads. In the afternoon you can relax by the pool, sand-board or climb high up the sand dunes.
Included Activities: 4X4 Jeep Safari, Camel Trekking, African Music Show
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Merzouga, MarrakechTime to bid farewell to the Sahara desert. As you drive back to the modern Morocco, pass by Ourzazate movie studios & have a panoramic photo stop at the Tichka mountain pass in the High Atlas region. Late in the afternoon you will reach the fascinating city of Marrakech. It is where the Arab city culture meets the Berber culture of the desert and mountain villages. Here, the sub-Saharan traders would trade their wares with European merchants, who would then bring them to Europe. Wear your haggling hats as you discover Djemaa el-Fna Square and brace for the mayhem! Marking the entrance to the huge bazaar, the area is packed with story tellers, snake charmers, acrobats, musicians and folk dancers.
Included Activities: Sightseeing Marrakech
Day 10: Marrakech, BarcelonaAfter filling up on breakfast we will fly from Marrakech to Barclona. Keep your eyes peeled for Travel Talk sign for transfer to hotel. Meet at the lobby reception at 6:00pm for an informal meeting with your new local tour guide and other tour members. After, you will have free time to explore Barcelonas's vibrant nightlife or join us for an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
Included Activities: Welcome Meeting in Barcelona
Optional Activities: Group Dinner
Day 11: Barcelona City TourWe'll start the day by checking out all the top sites in our guided panoramic city tour. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the pretty cobblestone streets of the old Gothic Quarter or the buzzing La Rambla district.
Included Activities: Guided Barcelona Panoramic City Tour
Day 12: Barcelona, ValenciaValencia here we come! On arrival we will spend the evening exploring the city together on an orientation walk. In the evening why not try some delicious paella, it originated from this city after all and after check out Valencia's nightlife!
Day 13: Valencia City TourAfter breakfast we start our walking tour at Plaza de Reina, located in the heart of the old city. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the city by your own. Relax at the beach or visit Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias a modern scientific and cultural complex which is the largest of it's kind in Europe.
Included Activities: Valencia City Tour
Day 14: Valencia, GranadaIt’s time to depart for our next stop Granada. On arrival we will take a guided orientation tour of Granada to get a glimpse into this beautiful region of Spain. Don't forget to check out one of Spain's iconic highlights, the Alhambra and Generalife gardens. Walk around the fortified Moorish palace complex, with its dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, it's not a sight you should miss. End the day by treating yourself to a cold drink and you’ll usually get a free tapa! Winning!
Day 15: Granada, SevillaTime to hit the road, and drive to Sevilla. On arrival, we will walk around Sevilla city centre and you may even recognise some sights along the way, hint *GOT & Star Wars*. In the afternoon, spend some time exploring as you please. We’d recommend climbing the Giralda tower in the Cathedral of St Mary for some epic views, or wandering around the Plaza de España in Parque de María Luisa for it’s grandeur, canal and beautiful ceramics. One of the oldest places in Europe, Reales Alcázares is also a must see, and is the perfect example of Mudéjar architecture. What better way to end the day with an optional Flamenco show! Olé!
Included Activities: City tour of Sevilla
Optional Activities: Flamenco Show
Day 16: Sevilla, Lagos, LisbonGoodbye Spain, hello Portugal. First stop is the beautiful paradise of Lagos. Chill by the ocean and catch some sun rays on the sand, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. In the evening, we will drive to Portugal’s capital Lisbon.
Included Activities: Leisure time at the beach in Lagos
Optional Activities: Boat trip in Lagos
Day 17: Lisbon City TourIt’s time hit the buzzing streets of Lisbon starting with a city tour visiting famous landmarks including the Church Monastery of Jeronimos and Belem Tower, the Lisbon Cathedral, Alfama Quarters, and St.George Castle. The afternoon is yours to roam the pretty streets, winding paths and historic buildings. Why not take a tram ride, or try one (or twenty) of Lisbon’s famous tarts Pastel de Nata. Get the party vibes going, as this evening we can check out Lisbon's famous nightlife in Barrio Alto.
Included Activities: Sightseeing Lisbon
Optional Activities: No
Day 18: Lisbon, Porto City TourToday we will drive to Porto, the city famous for it's port wine. In the afternoon take a guided walk around the old city of Riberia. There is free time in the afternoon to explore the pretty streets or walk alongside the Douro River. In the evening, we can spend our last dinner together.
Included Activities: Sightseeing Lisbon, Porto
Optional Activities: Group Dinner
Day 19: PortoAfter breakfast we will check out of the hotel and say farewell tour friends.
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