Days
34
Price from
15675CAD
Map of Journey through Spain, Portugal & Morocco including Morocco, Portugal and Spain

Discover diverse culture and cuisine from Europe to North Africa

Take a meandering, 34-day journey over the interior of Spain, down through Portugal and across the North Atlantic Ocean to the mountains and souks of Morocco, where Europe meets Africa. Walk in the footsteps of Gaudi and Picasso in lively Spain, taking in tapas and tempranillo from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela. Venture into the medieval cities and World Heritage sites of Portugal, travelling from north to south. Finally, fly to Casablanca and explore Morocco from ocean to desert. Discover three countries and dozens of regional cultures on this impressive adventure.


Start
Barcelona, Spain
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destinations
Morocco, Portugal, Spain
Style
Peregrine
Code
PEEDC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Walk the final stretch of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage alongside weary devotees and feel their joy as the spires of the Santiago de Compostella come into view.

  • Soak up the colourful and whimsical palaces that are set into the green hills of Sintra during a full-day exploration of Lisbon’s surrounds.

  • Huddle around an upturned port barrel in the boutique grocer Comer e Chorar Por Mais for an exclusive cheese, meat and port tasting in Porto.

  • Wander the streets of one of the Roman Empire’s most remote outposts, the World Heritage-listed Volubilis, on a guided tour.

  • Enjoy the magical atmosphere and hospitality during a feature stay in a traditional riad, an opulent converted Moroccan house beautifully decorated rooms.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Summer temperatures in all tree destinations on this tour can be extreme (over 40°C), so it's important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider your suitability to the season you are travelling in.

  • During your discoveries you will visit a numerous religious sites – this requires a level of modesty. You will need to bring clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot. Your tour Leader will be able to advise when such a clothing is necessary.

  • Cobblestones are common in Portuguese cities and so in that case you may prefer to bring a backpack instead of rigid wheelie suitcase. It's important not to exceed the luggage weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information.

  • On this trip you will visit a lot of interesting places and you will discover them predominantly on foot. That means you’ll be expected to walk for, often, most of the day which will be tiring in hilly Portugal. Good, comfortable pair of walking shoes will definitely help!

  • Travel on this trip takes place in a comfortable private vehicle, but please note that two days on this trip feature significant time spent driving (5 and 6 hours respectively). Breaks to use the bathroom, eat and sightsee are included.

  • Picos de Europa is known for the diversity of the weather. It can be relatively cold even in the height of summer, so please pack appropriately with layers.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together and rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards.

  • This trip includes a full-day tour through the Fes Medina on Day 30. This is one of the highlights of Morocco, as your leader takes you through the labyrinthian medina to the best workshops and stalls. This is only possible on foot, so you will be walking for at least 5 hours.

  • In 2020, Ramadan will take place from 23 April to 23 May. Travelling in Morocco during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience. However, some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your local leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.

  • As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your local leader (and the ‘Tipping’ section of Essential Trip Information) will advise on what amounts are appropriate.

  • Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco, please be aware that you may be approached by shop owners and street vendors offering their goods to you on a regular basis.

Itinerary

Your trip starts today with your arrival in Barcelona, one of Europe’s most loved and dynamic cities. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your centrally located hotel. There are no activities planned for before your group meeting in the evening (usually at 7 pm). Find more details about this meeting at the hotel reception. If you arrive early and are out and about, perhaps visit the excellent Picasso Museum. After your meeting, you will dine with your fellow travellers on some local Catalan specialties.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Catalonia Portal del Ángel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
If you would like to visit La Sagrada Familia, it’s best to pre book your tickets before the tour. To do so, please check https://tickets.sagradafamilia.org/site/SagradaFamilia/ for updated information on availability and times of the visit. On this tour, best time to visit Day 1, ideally in the morning or early afternoon so you don’t miss welcome meeting at 7pm, or day 2 in the afternoon after morning market visit.
It's all about food this morning, so loosen that belt and venture forth to the morning markets with a passionate local guide who'll have the hot tips on all things food related. They'll talk you through both traditional Iberian foods and the new trends, then have you tasting some of the most delicious things on the planet: three types of olives, pickled garlic, lomo Iberico de Belotta, manchego cheese and olive oil. The afternoon is free for your own discoveries and a siesta, of course. Perhaps you'll visit Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudi's masterpieces and a wonderful icon of the city. Gaudi dedicated the majority of his life to the project, right up until his death in 1926, and although it's still unfinished today, the church has been declared a World Heritage Site and we highly recommend visiting though you will need to prebook tickets. After the visit, why not venture into the narrow medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter, home to the La Boqueria, a colourful public market dating back to 1217.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Catalonia Portal del Ángel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Local market tour & tasting
Optional Activities
  • Museum of City History - EUR7
  • Picasso Museum - EUR14
  • National Art Museum of Catalonia - EUR12
  • Barcelona Tapas Tour - EUR70
  • Snapshots of Barcelona - EUR48
  • Andean-Amazonian Ethnographic Museum - Free
  • Casa Batllo - EUR24
  • Old Santa Creu Hospital - EUR10
  • Museum of Gaudi - EUR6
  • Guell Palace - EUR12
  • Cathedral visit - EUR7
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Bid farewell to Barcelona today as you travel to the city of Valencia (approximately 4.5 hours). Valencia is your base for the next two nights. Spain’s third largest city, Valencia has a unique cultural identity and a wonderful old town centre that dates back 2,000 years. Discover the harmonious mix of Roman, Muslim and Christian influences in its buildings and monuments and magnificent gardens. After checking into your hotel, an orientation walk will familiarise you with the main sights of the city. The balance of the day is free for you to spend as you wish. You may want to visit the city's major landmark – the City of Arts and Science, a large and futuristic museum complex designed by Calatrava.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Dimar or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sagunto Castle - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The morning is free to spend in the City of Arts, Science and Paella!
And actually paella is just one flavour in this full-on, taste bud-tingling gastronomical heaven! Among the treats that Valencia has to offer, the choice is yours, from horchata to jamón to even artisan chocolates.
Early afternoon, take a short drive south of Valencia to discover Albufera Lake, an important ecological site of the region. The lake is surrounded by beach, dunes, lagoons, wetlands and Mediterranean forest, and is home to six small islands. You will visit the island of El Palmar and discover its typical ‘barraca’ houses. Travel by boat to the middle of the lake and learn about the important agricultural crop of the area, namely the local rice. Finish off with included late lunch - paella lunch of course!
Accommodation
  • Hotel Dimar or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Albufera - Boat tour & Barraca visit
Optional Activities
  • Treats & Tastes of Valencia - UA - EUR55
  • Street Art in Old Valencia - Urban Adventure - EUR35
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Depart Valencia and travel to Granada. Along the way you will travel through the distinctive countryside of the region and pass through Elche, capital of the region of Bajo Vinalopó. The historic quarter of Elche preserves part of its Muslim past and Baroque splendour. Walk around palm tree grove, one of the largest and the only one in Europe. It was established by the Phoenicians and expanded by the Arabs in the 8th and 9th centuries. The palmeral consists of several parts spreading across downtown. Then it's on to the city of Granada, one of the jewels of Andalucia.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Anacapri or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, take a guided tour through the incredible Alhambra Palace, one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces. Dating back to the 11th century and taking its name from the Arabic word for 'red castle', Alhambra represents Muslim art in its final European stages. The dominating red fortress towers, sumptuous palace decor, multitude of architectural styles and magnificent gardens of the 'Generalife' (literally meaning ‘architect's garden’) are all set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. With soothing pathways, fountains, impeccably-maintained hedges, pools, centuries-old defensive walls, turrets, and views overlooking Granada, Alhambra is certainly very memorable. The afternoon is free for you to discover the other highlights of Granada, such as the cathedral and the Albaicin Quarter.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Anacapri or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alhambra entrance
  • Alhambra Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will learn more about the importance of olive oil production in the Andalucia region by visiting an oil farm on your way to Cordoba. Let the passionate owner of the family-run business walk you through the process of olive oil production. Here there will be the chance to taste the different olive oils too. Then continue your journey to the city of Cordoba, where Muslim, Jewish and Christian influences are present in the architecture, culture and cuisine. Cordoba is also home to the Mezquita – a rare site which has served as both a mosque and a cathedral throughout the centuries. Today a cathedral stands within the centre of this amazing mosque – an interesting example of the interplay of Christian and Muslim cultures in Spain. Discover this supreme example of Islamic architecture on a comprehensive guided tour which continues outside of the Mezquita and explores the charming quarters and hidden corners of Cordoba.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Sercotel Selu or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Leader led tour of Cordoba & Mezquita visit
  • Synagogue Cordoba
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Farewell Cordoba and head for Seville this morning. A town famous for its cultural vitality and dazzling architecture, Seville is the largest city in southern Spain. On arrival, explore the city, on an included guided walking tour. You'll see the Alcazar of Seville, a grand royal Palace. Known as one of the most beautiful in Europe, the Spanish royal family still to this day use the Alcazar as their residence in Seville. The rest of the afternoon is free, so you may wish to take an optional visit to the Giralda Tower and the famous Seville Cathedral, one of Europe’s largest cathedrals and home to Christopher Columbus’ elevated tomb.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana or similar (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Seville including Alcazar Seville
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today enjoy a free day in Seville. Discover this beautiful and intriguing city in your own pace. Perhaps visit a Cathedral de Giralda, on of the largest Christian churches in the world standing on the side of 12th century Almohad mosque. Plaza de Toros is the famous bullring in Seville and the oldest is Spain. As a Responsible Travel Company, Peregrine suggests not going to watch the bull fight, but rather visiting the venue to learn about the history and tradition. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner and a flamenco show.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana or similar (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Seville Flamenco show & dinner
Optional Activities
  • Indias Archive - Free
  • Catedral and Giralda Tower - EUR9
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel from Seville to Madrid by train (approximately 5 hours). Upon arrival in Madrid, settle into your hotel before heading out on a walk through the Old Quarter of Spain’s capital with your Tour Leader. The rest of the day is free. If you're feeling artsy, while away the hours on the Art Walk, which offers an expansive history of Western art. Start with the Museo del Prado, home to one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 12th to the 19th century. Discover modern Spanish masters, including Picasso and Dali, in the Museo Reina Sofia's 20th-century collection. Finish at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which displays eight centuries of European painting. Take a break in the Real Jardin Botanico, a garden wonderland dating from the 18th century. Madrid is your base for the next three nights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Emperador or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR12
  • Real Jardín Botánico - EUR6
  • Museo del Prado - EUR15
  • Abono Paseo del Arte (3 museum combo voucher) - EUR30
  • Markets of Madrid - Urban Adventure - EUR47
  • Madrid Tapas Adventure - Urban Adventure - EUR82
  • Royal Palace-Madrid - EUR11
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day in Madrid. If you want, you can take an optional trip to the UNESCO-listed Alcazar of Segovia, about 1.5 hours north of the city, an incredible structure rumoured to be Disney's castle inspiration. There are plenty of activities to keep you educated and entertained if you choose to stay in the city too. Check out the Royal Palace, spend a day strolling around Parque del Retiro or pull up at a bar on the cobblestone streets and please your palate with a few glasses of vino tinto and a much-loved bocadillo de calamares. Madrid's nightlife is legendary, so maybe grab your fellow travellers, organise a late dinner (which will probably still be early for Madrid) and try dancing some salsa or bachata.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Emperador or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Markets of Madrid - Urban Adventure - EUR47
  • Madrid Tapas Adventure - Urban Adventure - EUR82
  • Royal Palace-Madrid - EUR11
  • Abono Paseo del Arte (3 museum combo voucher) - EUR30
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - EUR12
  • Real Jardín Botánico - EUR6
  • Museo del Prado - EUR15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to the city of Toledo this morning. The unique old town of this city sits on a high craggy rock and is encircled by the Tagus River. As a former capital of Spain, Toledo has immense historic significance and holds many architectural treasures. Examples of buildings from most architectural periods in Spain’s history can be seen here, from the Gothic to the Baroque. You'll explore the city with a local guide and pay particular attention to the Cathedral of Saint Mary, ranked among the greatest Gothic structures in Europe. After your visit to Toledo, drive back to Madrid and enjoy some free time there.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Emperador or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cathedral Toledo
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day to explore Madrid in more detail. There will be a meeting at 7 pm to welcome any new travellers joining you on the next stage of your Peregrine adventure.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Emperador or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will likely change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary. We suggest you attend, as this is also a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Spend a day exploring Segovia on a daytrip. This World Heritage-listed city is full of sights such as the monumental aqueduct constructed by the Romans almost 2000 years ago. You’ll also see the rough-hewn stones that make up the narrow alleyway of the Old Jewish Quarter, stately churches and the fairy-tale-esque towers of the Alcazar de Segovia. Enjoy time to stroll along the city's green belt – lined in part with orchards – then return to Madrid, arriving in the late afternoon. Once back in Madrid, perhaps ask your leader where to find a bocadillo de calamares (fried calamari sandwich), a local favourite.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Emperador or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to Burgos (approximately 2.5 hours) and take an orientation walk with your leader on arrival. This walk will introduce you to the historic Old Town, which is packed with medieval structures, limestone apartment blocks and features the majestic Burgos Cathedral. Spend the afternoon and evening as you wish. Named the Gastronomic Capital of Spain in 2013, Burgos is a great place to seek out traditional Castilian fare. Ask your leader for advice on where to find the best blood morcilla de Burgos (spiced blood sausage).
Accommodation
  • Hotel Sercotel Corona de Castilla or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today involves 5 hours spent on the road in a private vehicle. While the journey will be broken up with a handful of stops, it’s a good idea to have an audio book loaded up on your phone in case you need it. The destination today is Picos de Europa National Park, which holds the limestone mountain range from which so many historic Spanish buildings get their materials. This evening you can kick back and sample the so-called lifeblood of Asturias – cider. Enjoy a tasting of a few local ciders and learn about the significance of this tipple to the region.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Los Lagos Nature or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Lace up your boots and take on a trail during a guided walk. The exact path will be determined on the day but no matter the direction you will have stunning vistas to contemplate along the way. Green meadows with low shrubs are dotted with grazing cattle, framed by impossibly tall mountains of grey and white. Stop along the way for a picturesque picnic, including some regional cheeses.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Los Lagos Nature or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The walk will take 2—3 hours, but the difficulty will be adjusted depending on the overall ability of the group.
Drive towards Santiago de Compostela (6 hours) stopping en route at Oviedo. Enjoy a short walk around this historic town, taking in sights of white stone buildings, then stop to eat a carbayon. This local sweet was created to represent Oviedo and is made from almond meal and sweet alcohol. Wash it down with a glass of cider, then hit the road once again. Arrive in Santiago, check in to your hotel and then spend the evening at your leisure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Monumento San Francisco - feature stay (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Spend a half day on the final leg of the Camino de Santiago, joining pilgrims as they finish their journey. Enjoy the fresh air of the woodlands and Galician countryside and drink in the sight of the Santiago de Compostella’s spires as they come into view. Spend the evening relaxing in Santiago, perhaps munching on a Galician specialty like piments de padron (fried green peppers).
Accommodation
  • Hotel Monumento San Francisco - feature stay (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to colourful, coastal Porto (2.5 hours). Get your bearings on an orientation walk with your leader, then enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Perhaps visit the Clerigos Church and Tower or stop by the very popular Lello Bookstore. In the evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a feast and port tasting. Make a toast to new friends and old history.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Moon Sun or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a free day in Porto. There will be a meeting at 6 pm to welcome any new travellers joining you on the next stage of your Peregrine adventure.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Moon Sun or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will likely change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary. We suggest you attend, as this is also a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Discover Porto on a guided tour, discover one of Portugal's most romantic cities. You will pass majestic bridges, medieval riverside district with cobbled streets, merchants’ houses and cafes, stop by the cathedral, the Tower of Clerigos, and the impressive hall of Porto’s Sao Bento Railway Station. Clerigos Tower offers sensational sweeping views across the whole city, while the grand train station and its historic entrance hall panels evokes a more refined age of rail travel. On your exploration today, discover lesser known parts of the city to tourists (in fact they are known well, but only to the local people and experts). Go under the skin of this beautiful city with an included tasting of some of the region’s specialties, and go out and try some coffee and pastry in small, classic cafes, enjoying best local Port wine in a cosy local tavern with dishes like codfish and the Francesinha (Portuguese sandwich). You can spend the evening soaking up the atmosphere of this coastal town, strolling along the riverside or observing local life in action from one of many rooftop bars.
Accommodation
  • Hotel MoonSun or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Porto guided food tasting tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will journey outside Porto to Guimaraes (approximately 1 hour). Portugal’s first capital and the birthplace of the country’s first king (the ‘conqueror’, which gives the town its name), the town consists of a well-preserved old city and an impressive castle. Explore Palace of the Dukes of Braganza located in the historical centre of the city and witness the grandeur of the Guimaraes Castle: one of the most complete medieval strongholds in Portugal, dating from the 10th century. As the believed birthplace of King Afonso Henriques, the castle is something of a national shrine. Next you will travel to Braga (approximately 30 minutes), considered by many to be one of Portugal’s most stunning cities. It has long been a religious centre, and overflows with churches, monasteries, and chapels. The charm of this place lies in its impressive Baroque buildings, most notably the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. On the western slopes of Monte Espinho, the sanctuary is lead to by a magnificent criss-crossing staircase that has 14 different chapels, each representing a station of the cross. Venture back to Porto for the evening and night’s stay.
Accommodation
  • Hotel MoonSun or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Guimarães
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, farewell Porto and travel to your next stop, and base for the evening, which is the university city of Coimbra. Sitting dignified on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra was once the capital of the county, and its royal heritage can be felt in its ancient streets and buildings. Join your tour leader on a wander through the lanes and squares of the Old Quarter, passing the University of Coimbra – the oldest in Portugal. This evening, regroup and experience more of Portugal’s cultural heritage by heading to an included traditional Fado music show. Tonight’s dinner is at your own expense.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Vila Gale or similar (feature stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Coimbra - Fado Show
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you’ll travel to Lisbon (approximately 2 hours), which is located on the banks of the Tagus (Tejo) River and is truly one of Europe’s great cities. Much of Lisbon’s character and charm lies in its beautiful renovated buildings, grand boulevards and impressive castles and churches. We will visit one of the most symbolic buildings in the city, Lisbon Cathedral, which was built on the site of an old mosque in 1150 by Lisbon’s first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings. Inside are nine chapels, each with their own story to tell, and the wonderful Gothic cloister. We will also have time to visit the medieval citadel of Sao Jorge Castle. The citadel dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. Although much of the original castle has been destroyed throughout history, some sections of walls and 18 different towers remain today. Look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops. The afternoon is free to make further discoveries of Lisbon – perhaps roam through the charming narrow streets of local neighbourhoods and see local life play out, visit Belem Tower (a wonderful building originally designed as a lighthouse) or the spectacular Monastery of the Jeronimos.
Accommodation
  • Hotel My Story Tejo or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pena Palace Sintra
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel outside of the city for a full-day excursion from Lisbon. First to Sintra, which is a jewel of Portugal. This bewitching place, with its fairy-tale atmosphere, is set amidst lush vegetation and rugged, mystical hills. The cooler climes made it a summer retreat for royalty, and it has drawn and inspired many poets, writers and travellers for centuries, including Lord Byron. Spend some time here exploring Sintra’s Pena Palace and Gardens. The views across the Serra de Sintra mountain range are stunning. Then, continue to Cabo da Rocha: a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. After the colourful Bay of Cascais and its dazzling beaches, stop in cosmopolitan Cascais. Once a quiet fishing village, later Cascais became a residence of the Portuguese royal court in the 19th century and is now a glamorous holiday destination of designer boutiques and upscale restaurants. During your free time here, why not sit down in one of the little restaurants and try some local delicacies? On the drive back to Lisbon along the coast in the afternoon, see a different perspective of the capital as you approach from the other side of the Tagus River. After a great full day of sights, enjoy this evening at your leisure in Lisbon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel My Story Tejo or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Castle of Sao Jorge
  • Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide
Optional Activities
  • Entrance to Belem Tower - EUR8
  • Entrance to Jeronimos Monastery - EUR10
  • Belem Tower - Jeronimos Monastery - Entrance (Combo) - EUR12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Transfer by minibus to Lisbon Airport for a 1.5-hour evening flight to Casablanca, Morocco. This flight is unescorted. On arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel. There will a welcome meeting with your Morocco leader and fellow travellers tonight at 6 pm.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Kenzi Basma or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Upon arrival at the airport, please provide your airline booking reference number and present your passport at the check-in counter. The check-in desk will open 2 hours ahead of the flight's scheduled departure and close promptly 40 minutes before the flight is scheduled to leave. Once you have checked in, please present yourself at the boarding gate ready for boarding no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change at this location.

Please be aware that some of our travellers in Casablanca are being approached by locals offering excursions before their Peregrine trip commences. This has been particularly prevalent in and around the hotels used by Peregrine. These guides are in no way connected to Peregrine and we cannot guarantee the safety or quality standards of their tours. We strongly advise customers not to join any tour offered by unauthorised guides. If
This morning you will visit one of the most impressive sites in Casablanca – the massive edifice of the Mosque of Hassan II. Opened in 1993, and second only in size to the great mosque at Mecca, the huge building is part on land and part on sea, and in one area water can be seen through a glass floor. It can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and the main roof is retractable to create an open courtyard. It is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Later, you will leave Casablanca and drive north along the coast to Rabat (approximately 1.5 hours), the elegant capital of Morocco and its first Imperial city. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating from the 10th to 15th century Almohad and Merenid dynasties, and others that are far older. The earliest known settlement is Sala. Start your visit with a walk through the Medina and Souks, then explore the lovely walled quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy an included local drink. Afterwards, continue the walk to visit Mohamed the 5th Mausoleum the vast minaret of the Hassan Mosque. In the late afternoon, continue on to Meknes (approximately 2 hours), the sixth largest city in the kingdom, and former capital of Morocco.
Accommodation
  • Riad Ritaj or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Kasbah Les Oudayas Rabat
  • Kasbah Oudaya local drink
  • Mausoleum Mohammed V visit
  • Hassan Tower visit
  • Mausoleum Hassan II visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will discover the charming streets of Meknes’ medina – the old walled section of the city. Enter via the northern gate, Bab Berdaine, and walk to the shrine of Moulay Ismail who, in the 17th century, turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city. Visit Moulay Ismail Mausoleum. This peaceful and spiritual resting place of Sultan Moulay Ismail is one of the few sacred sites in Morocco open to non-Muslims. Constructed during his lifetime, Ismail chose this location as it had once housed Meknes's Palais de Justice (courthouse), and he hoped in death to be judged in his own court by his own people. Take some time to soak up the atmosphere of this place before driving out of the city to the ruins of Volubilis (approximately 45 minutes). Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. Volubilis is the foremost Roman site in Morocco and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997. Upon arrival you will take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun. And, of course, don’t forget to take your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. After time spent imagining Volubulis as the bustling city it once was, continue on to the living museum of Fes for the night (approximately 1.5 hours). Check in to your hotel in late afternoon, and perhaps spend the evening relaxing in this calming oasis, away from the buzz of the Fes streets.
Accommodation
  • Riad Tafilalet or similar (feature stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Meknes - Guided walking tour
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Mausoleum Moulay Ismail visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco: vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses. It is made up of three distinct ‘cities’, or quarters, and you will stay in the elegant Nouveau Ville, or New City, which has a distinctly French character. Today head into the huge, well-preserved medieval old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, and the mother of all Medinas. Medieval Fes was one of the world's great centres of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and libraries are legendary, its mosques of great renown. Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Filled with historic khans, medresses and dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and soups, and where the squawk of chickens, smell of spice and sound of hammering of copper fills the air, it’s not hard to imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting, Medresse el Attarine, the tanneries and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and listen to the amazing ‘call for prayer’ from the roof of your hotel. Your leader will be on hand to talk you through some of the most interesting customs and traditions of Moroccan people. Later in the evening, seek out a memorable dinner of one of the city’s signature dishes, the salty and sweet pastille.
Accommodation
  • Riad Tafilalet or similar (feature stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fondouk Nejjarine
  • Fes - Guided walking tour
  • Medersa Attarine Entrance - Fes
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s experience will include shopping in carefully selected places. As the receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry, Peregrine has established a centralised system of receiving and distributing payments from these recommended suppliers. For more information, please refer to the Important Notes section or talk to your tour leader on the ground.
In addition, please note that if you are not interested in the shopping experience, you need to advise your tour leader about it beforehand. It is possible for you to have a free time during the tour, however it will be impossible to set a meeting point inside the medina due to the fact it is so complicated to navigate. If you decide to leave the group, you will only be able to meet back with them in your hotel in Fes.
Bine el Ouidane is your destination today. You will drive approximately 7 hours in a comfortable private van, with frequent stops along the way. You will witness the beautiful and ever-changing Moroccan landscape as well as slow, rural life. On many occasions you will have a chance to buy fresh local fruits and vegetables, which are mostly grown in nearby villages. Small village shops often sell original handicrafts too, if you’d like to stock up on souvenirs. Today you will also experience the art of tea making. Join a local family for a cup of truly delicious mint tea and share a home cooked lunch with them too. Bine el Ouidane is a small settlement beautifully placed on the bank of the lake, surrounded by sheer rocks. Take a moment to sit back and enjoy the calmness and peacefulness of the place. Perhaps take a short walk for a closer look at the majestic Bin el Ouidane dam, an arch shaped wall that not only provides hydroelectric power to the surrounding settlements, but most importantly irrigates fields in Beni Moussa and the Tadla plains. Without the irrigation system, it would be nearly impossible for local farmers to grow their crops. Everything at this beautifully located homestay is free so remember, there is nothing wrong in sitting back on the terrace and admiring surrounding view.
Accommodation
  • Guest house l'eau vive or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tea making demonstration
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you will drive for approximately 3 hours from Bine el Ouidane to Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. There’s no rush as the scenery on the way is always interesting, and there will surely be calls for several photo stops. On arrival in Marrakech you will check in to your beautiful riad, or Moroccan mansion. This evening, why not head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls it transforms into a hive of activity. Henna painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. You can enjoy a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.
Accommodation
  • Riad Challa or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast today, meet your local guide and set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Onward, stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to Djemaa el-Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit Le Jardin Secret, a traditional medina garden revived for the 21st century. Once owned by a powerful local chief, U-Bihi who was poisoned by Mohammed IV. This historic riad has one of the most beautiful courtyards in Marrakech, combining exotic and traditional Islamic gardens that are fed by original khettara, an underground irrigation system. Visit a pavilion with exhibits on the riad's history including a documentary on the restoration process, then climb its tower for views across the medina. Other possibility is to visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Otherwise, head back into the medina, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. Watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco. For your final evening, join again with the group, and once more dine on Moroccan specialities with your old new friends in one of traditional riads in Marrakech.
Accommodation
  • Riad Challa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour
  • Local food tasting in Marrakech
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip ends today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around midday and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer, you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring here. Speak to your leader about the wealth of extra activities to do around Marrakech.
Optional Activities
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour - MAD2000
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD350
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD2050
  • Imlil & Aroumd day tour - MAD1817
  • Asni & Ouirgane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Quad biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1650
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD605
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD640
  • Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD715
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Essaouira Food & Culture day trip - MAD1554
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

32 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Train, Tram, Local bus, Taxi, Plane

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (22 nights), Traditional riad (3 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Feature Stay (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Local market tour & tasting
  • Lake Albufera - Boat tour & Barraca visit
  • Alhambra entrance
  • Alhambra Guided Tour
  • Leader led tour of Cordoba & Mezquita visit
  • Synagogue Cordoba
  • Guided tour of Seville including Alcazar Seville
  • Seville Flamenco show & dinner
  • Cathedral Toledo
  • Porto guided food tasting tour
  • Guided tour of Guimarães
  • Coimbra - Fado Show
  • Pena Palace Sintra
  • Castle of Sao Jorge
  • Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Kasbah Les Oudayas Rabat
  • Kasbah Oudaya local drink
  • Mausoleum Mohammed V visit
  • Hassan Tower visit
  • Mausoleum Hassan II visit
  • Meknes - Guided walking tour
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Mausoleum Moulay Ismail visit
  • Fondouk Nejjarine
  • Fes - Guided walking tour
  • Medersa Attarine Entrance - Fes
  • Tea making demonstration
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour
  • Local food tasting in Marrakech

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

PASSPORT DETAILS
In order to secure Alhambra Palace entrance tickets we are required to provide authorities with full passport details of travellers (name as per passport, expiry date, date of birth, nationality). Please make sure you provide these details 40 days prior to your departure as the latest. Otherwise we may not be able to secure Alhambra Palace entrance tickets for you.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
An arrival transfer from the airport to the start point hotel is included in the price of the trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flights times at least 2 weeks before your departure date. If you are planning to reach the destination by train or bus, please enquire the possibility of re-scheduling the transfer with your travel agent at the time of booking.

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