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PricesFrom: R 21,760.00
FlightsNo Flights Included
Valid From3rd of February 2018 (Saturday)
Valid To17th of February 2018 (Saturday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: YesBritish: NoEuropean Union: NoAmerican: No
Quick Holiday Overview
Visit Spain, Morocco and Portugal on this awesome 14 night tour.
Kick back and bask in the winter sun whilst the rest of Europe shivers. Taking in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, This 15 day Road to Marrakech promises an explosion of colour, culture and adventure. Between the tapas bars, souks and Portuguese bakeries, prepare to eat yourself silly - stretchy pants highly recommended.
For travellers aged 18 to 39 years.
About the Holiday
Day 1: Madrid, Spain
Reset your body clock; you’re on Madrid time now. Here the locals are fashionably late to everything, usually not heading out until midnight and returning home around 6:30am. Meet your crew and get fired up for the trip like a bull seeing red. After a group welcome dinner you can practice flamenco, eat your weight in olives or get passionate about Real Madrid. They’re all bound to keep you entertained well into the wee hours of the morning.
Did you know? - Madrid locals are known as ‘gatos’, which means cat. Not because they sleep all the time, but because a soldier under King Alfonso VI scaled a castle wall so fast he looked just like a cat. Much more macho. Don Juan usually means womaniser. However, during the Spanish flu epidemic, Don Juan was used as a metaphor for the flu. We guess because everyone was getting it. Laughter is the best medicine.
Group welcome dinner.
Day 2: Madrid to Granada
Siesta as we make our way to the base of the Sierra Nevada, aka the land of free tapas (Google it). After 2500 years you figure out that free food = a good time. Join in the celebrations with a glass of tinto de verano, aka poor man's sangria (but just as delicious). After dinner, seek out a tetería for Moroccan-style pastries and sweet mint tea.
Day 3: Granada
Winter means no crowds through the epic chiselled kaleidoscope that makes up the Alhambra and the Palacio de Generalife. Get schooled in Islamic architecture with over 800 years of Muslim rule (longer than any other Spanish city). Then head to Albaicín to find secret gardens full of rose bushes, the San Nicolas viewpoint, and settle into a restaurant for the best views of the Alhambra by moonlight. Remember the free tapas before you order your main (Iberian Pork is a winner).
Alhambra and Generalife visit with a guide.
Day 4: Granada to Chefchaouen, Morocco
Wave Andalusia goodbye and be blue daba dee daba da in the town with more blue rinse than your local bowls club. Chefchaouen will chew right through your Instagram feed as you tour the medina and souk. If you’re feeling chilly, don the local fashion of a heavy wool djellaba (think the sexiest bathrobe ever). You can even get a sleeveless version to keep your guns showing.
Day 5: Chefchaouen to Fes
Hightail it to the Mecca of the West with a front-row pano of the rolling Rif Mountains and snow-strewn Middle Atlas Mountains playing out the coach window. We're heading to Fes, so it's time to learn some basic arabic phrases, none more important than "Balak! Balak!". It pretty much means "get out the way, there is a huge donkey carriage about to run you over". Write that one down.
Day 6: Fes
Tick 'em off with a local guide: royal palace, Jewish neighbourhood, UNESCO-listed medina and leather tannery. Then hunt down a hammam and lose yourself in the labyrinth of souks and cobblestone streets. Bring your bargaining pants and embrace the centuries-old tradition of paying what you want for things, not what you're told they cost. Bargains can be had if you're willing to put in the lip service. Relax with some mint tea afterwards and congratulate yourself on your bargaining prowess.
Guided city tour.
Day 7: Fes to Marrakech
Bend it like the Berbers back ‘round the Middle Atlas towards Marrakech and get drunk on the colour, smells and vibe of the Red City. Grab a horse drawn carriage for cheap and ride like Cinderella on prom night. Or if you’re in adventure mode, head to the ski fields and let a donkey take you to the tops of the mountain for the coolest chair lift experience in history.
Day 8: Marrakech
See the Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Minaret and mosaic madness that is the Saadian Tombs, then work your way past snake charmers and fall into the heady rhythm of Djemma el-fna square. Head to the Palmeraie and grab a camel ride through this 14,000 hectare oasis. It's planted out with over 150,000 palm trees and some of the fanciest hotels in Marrakech. You can even take a quad ride for more adrenaline (although camel spit is pretty scary).
Marrakech city tour.
Day 9: Marrakech to Tangier
Wind your way to the oldest city in Morocco - a mashup of modern port, medina, kasbah and ville nouvelle (new city). Walk to Faro Square for epic views over the Gibraltar Strait or check out the American Legation, the only historical landmark of the United States located abroad. Then take a short taxi ride west of Tangier to Hercules Cave. This is where he rested after his 12 trials, so as you can imagine, it's pretty serene.
Day 10: Tangier to Seville, Spain
Leave the tajines for the birthplace of paella and the Moorish brilliance that is the Alcazar. Seville was founded 3000 years ago by Hercules and Sevillanos are extremely proud of their city. Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (the palace on Naboo), Kingdom of Heaven and Games of Thrones (season 5) were all filmed or partly filmed here. When you look as good as Seville it's hard not to show off.
Day 11: Seville
Random fact: Seville’s cathedral – the largest in the world – houses Christopher Columbus’s tomb, but the jury’s still out as to whether he’s really buried there. Do your own investigating then climb up the Giralda Tower and make everyone you know jealous of your Instagram feed. Spend the night at an optional flamenco show and try to replicate the moves at a bar later on. (Note: Flamingo is a bird and flamenco is a sexy dance. You can put your other leg down now.)
Optional Flamenco show.
Day 12: Seville to Lisbon, Portugal
The Lisbon Botanical Gardens are the result of a king wanting one of every type of plant in the world. He didn’t quite get all of them but came pretty close. The gardens are a great place to have a picnic or if you can, learn the only three Portuguese words you’ll need: Pastéis de Belém. This secret recipe has never been written down and people who know it never take the same flight, car or order the same dish at a restaurant. Just in case.
Day 13: Lisbon
Catch a yellow tram, hit up a fado club or wander up to the Cristo Rei. This statue mimics the one over Rio de Janeiro – it towers 100 metres over the city and for a small fee you can take an elevator ride to the top (worth it). Make moves to the Aqueduto das Aguas Livres to see one of the finest example of Portuguese architecture and (as a bonus) Snapchat the world’s largest stone arch.
Day 14: Lisbon to Madrid, Spain
Cross the border back to the Spanish capital and gorge on a smorgasbord of art history during a driving tour of the city. Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, Dali and Miro just tickle the tips of what this city has to offer art history buffs. Then hit the streets because the nightlife here isn’t confined to bars and pubs, it spills into the street quicker than bold Spanish vino into your glass.
Driving tour of city.
Day 15: Madrid
Whether you're waking up or just walking in the door, after breakfast it's time to say goodbye. But Madrid has a beautiful saying: "If you're in Madrid. You're from Madrid". It's not a bad place to call home, so stick around and discover another tapas bar and delve deeper into the artwork (it's endless). Or ask yourself 'where to next?'
Includes & Excludes
- 8 nights in hostels & 6 nights in hotel upgrades
- 14 Breakfasts and 8 dinners
- Guided tours of all major cities
- Strait of Gibraltar ferry crossing
- Modern Air Conditioned Coach
- Awesome trip leader and driver
- Guided tour of the Alhambra in Granada
- Walking tours in Fes & Marrakech with local guides
Package is based on the following set departures: 20 January and 03 February 2018
- Return international flights
- Visa costs
- Meals and beverages not specified.
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Items of a personal nature.
MarrakechMarrakech or Marrakesh is known as the "Red City".
Founded in the 11th century, Marrakesh was once the capital of an empire that stretched from Spain to Senegal. In days of old, Marrakesh's location on the crossroads of ancient caravan routes from Timbuktu made it a key destination for trade and reprieve for weary sub-Saharan traders carrying gold, salt and slaves bound for Europe. Today, Marrakesh is a reverberating collision of Africa and Europe, west and east, Bohemia and high culture, Arab cities and Berber villages.
Marrakech features a semi-arid climate, with mild wet winters and hot dry summers. Average temperatures range from 12 degrees Celsius in the winter to 23 degrees Celsius in the summer.
There's nowhere in the world like the Djemaa el Fna: by day it's basically a market, with a few snake charmers and an occasional troupe of acrobats; in the late afternoon it becomes a whole carnival of musicians, storytellers and other entertainers; and in the evening dozens of stalls set up to dispense hot food to crowds of locals, while the musicians and performers continue.
South of Djemaa el Fna there are two places not to be missed: the Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace, the ruined palace of Ahmed el Mansour.
The most atmospheric place to eat is the Djemaa el Fna, where foodstalls set up around sunset and serve up everything from harira soup and couscous or tajine to stewed snails and sheep's heads, all eaten at trestle tables.