Imperial North of Morocco 7 days from Barcelona
Imperial North of Morocco 7 days from Barcelona
Details of the trip to Morocco
If you only have a few days to visit Morocco, we suggest this complete 7-day tour to the North of Morocco departing from Barcelona. We travel by train to Malaga, to then cross the Strait of Gibraltar and discover the wonderful Moroccan culture, so close to Europe and at the same time, so distant… We begin with a visit to Tangier, we travel to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, we continue to the Imperial City of Meknes, to then enter the bustling Medina of Fez. On the way back to Spain, we will visit the stately city of Tetouan or the charming town of Chefchaouen, painted blue and looking like something out of a fairy tale.
Departure days of the tour
Imperial North of Morocco 7 days from Barcelona includes:
Visits indicated in the itinerary / High speed AVE train Barcelona – Malaga (round-trip) / Fast Ferry tickets Spain – Morocco round-trip / Accompanying English-speaking guide assistance during the circuit / Transportation in modern air-conditioned bus / Hotel accommodation at selected class / Half board basis (dinner & breakfast) in Morocco / Travel insurance.
|PRICES PER PERSON IN EUROS (SEASON 2023 - 2024)|
|IN DOUBLE||from 1050 €|
|IN SINGLE||from 1275 €|
Day 1. (Saturday) BARCELONA – MALAGA (train)
Call on at Sants train station in Barcelona and departure by high-speed train southbound heading to the Mediterranean Coast. Pleasant and short journey with the comfort and speed of this fast train. Arrival in Malaga, one of Spain’s foremost holiday destinations. Transfer on your own from the station to the hotel. Free time to discover at your leisure the capital of the Costa del Sol, hometown of the famous painter Pablo Picasso and the Hollywood star Antonio Banderas, among its most famous citizens. We recommend you to leave your luggages in the hotel and take a stroll into the historic quarter of the city to visit the Alcazaba, one of the symbols of the city, and one of the largest Arab fortresses in Andalusia, the Gibralfaro Castle, that offers outstanding views over the city, the Picasso Museum or the beautiful Renaissance Cathedral of Malaga known as La Manquita (the one-armed) thanks to its unfinished right tower. Hotel accommodation.
Day 2. (Sunday) MALAGA – TARIFA – TANGIER
Departure from the Costa del Sol towards Tarifa to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. Arrival in Tangier and panoramic visit of the city, continuing the route to Cape Spartel and the Caves of Hercules. Accompanied by an expert English-speaking guide, we will learn about the legend of the Grotto of Hercules, but also historical notes on its use during antiquity, while we photograph the famous crack that resembles the map of Africa, with the blue background of the Mediterranean, offering a spectacular image. Continuation to Cape Spartel, the north-westernmost geographical point of Africa and which offers spectacular views over the sea, where the waters of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean converge. Free time to admire this enclave of great beauty and photograph the imposing lighthouse, built in the mid-19th century (October 1864), the first of the maritime signalling network of the Moroccan coasts. After this short excursion, we return to Tangier and accommodation at the hotel. Free afternoon at your disposal to explore this jewel of North Africa at your leisure. We recommend you to visit the Kasbah of Tangier, its Medina and its souks. Here our senses are sharpened: sounds, smells and alleyways that take us back in time. For those who want to know more about the North of Morocco, we recommend booking an optional excursion to Assilah to visit one of the cleanest and whitest medinas in Morocco. We will discover the tranquillity of its streets, as well as its characteristic artistic murals and the beautiful sunset from the Krikia Viewpoint. Return to Tangier, dinner at the hotel and accommodation.
Day 3. (Monday) TANGIER – VOLUBILIS – MEKNES – FEZ
After a good Moroccan breakfast, we start our journey south, travelling through the lands of the ancient Mauritania Tingitana, one of the most exotic provinces of the Roman Empire. Our first stop will be in Walili, the ancient Roman Volubilis, one of the most important Roman cities of the time. We will visit the archaeological site, walking along the Decumanus Maximus, the main road that crossed Volubilis and admiring the Tangier Gate, the floors of the houses of the nobles, adorned with impressive mosaics, or the Arc de Triomphe, ordered to be built by the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Continuation to the ancient city of Meknes, one of the imperial cities of the s. XVII, located in the heart of the Middle Atlas and surrounded by 40 km of walls. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Meknes. We will visit the Bab Al Mansour Gate, the entrance to the old town and without a doubt the most beautiful gate in Morocco. We continue the trip to Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities of Morocco and famous for its ancient walled city, which many compare with that of Jerusalem. Arrival at the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Day 4. (Tuesday) FEZ
Breakfast. In the morning, we will visit Fez, the oldest and most monumental of the Imperial Cities, to discover the most interesting places in this wonderful city: the 7 gates of the Royal Palace, the Jewish Quarter or Mellah, the Bab Bou Jeloud gate that gives access to the Medina. We continue with a walk through its great Medina or ancient city, declared a World Heritage Site, we will visit the Medersa, one of the main schools of the Koranic religion in Morocco, its Al Karaouine Mosque, one of the largest architectural complexes in Fez known for housing the oldest university in the world, and later we will discover the famous tanners’ quarter, with its countless pits full of natural dyes that make up a colourful landscape. Return to the hotel for lunch and free afternoon to quietly enjoy the extensive and labyrinthine Medina of Fes el-Bali, made up of more than 9,000 alleyways, the best preserved Medina in the Arab world and the largest living monument in all of Morocco. At night, possibility of dinner-show in a typical restaurant of the Medina. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 5. (Wednesday) FEZ – CHAOUEN – TETOUAN
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the North of Morocco, in the direction of the mythical Rif Mountains. Sheltered at its feet, we find Chaouen, a charming small city of about 40,000 inhabitants located at about 660 meters above sea level, with very little car traffic, where you can breathe clean and fresh air that invites you to stay a few days to discover the beauty of the place and its environment. The great variety of colours, shops and bazaars contrast with the dazzling blue of the houses. We take a walk to get to know the corners of Chefchaouen: the old medina, the Kebir Mosque, the Alcazaba, the Mellah (Jewish quarter) or the Uta el Hamman Square, of special charm, surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Late in the afternoon, we continue the route to Tetouan, arrival at the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Day 5. (Thursday) TETOUAN – TANGIER – TARIFA – COSTA DEL SOL
After breakfast, accompanied by an expert local guide, we visit Tetouan, the most authentic city in the north of Morocco, known by the nickname “The White Dove“. We will visit places of interest such as Moullay El Mehdi Square (former Primo de Rivera Square) and the Spanish development area to Hassan II Square, where the Royal Palace is located. We will continue through the neighbourhood of La Luneta and the Jewish quarter. Walk through the Medina of Tetouan, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, a jewel of Muslim culture, with winding streets, charming squares, long and narrow alleyways, corners and large doors, which attract the curiosity of the visitor… and finishing at Bab Okla or Queen’s Gate. Free afternoon to continue exploring the city or make the last shopping. In the afternoon, we will travel to Tangier to embark back to Tarifa. Drive along the Mediterranean Coast towards Malaga. Arrival at the hotel, free time at your disposal and accommodation. We recommend you go out for Tapa-hopping, an unbeatable way to experience Andalusian culture and savour the charms of its bars and taverns. Tapas are an exquisite, varied and choice example of popular gastronomy which allows you to share a variety of dishes and try a wide range of different products for reasonable prices. Hotel accommodation.
Day 7. (Friday) MALAGA – BARCELONA
Last day in Andalusia. According to the timetable of your train to Barcelona, you may spend the morning visiting Malaga or buying your last souvenirs. Transfer on your own to the Maria Zambrano Train Station to take the high-speed train to Barcelona. Arrival and end of services.
- Departure city: SPAIN, Barcelona
- Returning city: SPAIN, Barcelona
- Cities where we will travel through: Chefchaouen, Fez, Malaga, Meknes, Tangier, Tetouan, Volubilis
- Countries where the tour goes: MOROCCO
- Nº days of the tour: 7
- Departure day of the tour: Saturday
- Price: from 1050 €
- Tour code: 32625-0700000S0-11-BCNBCN-G
Please note that
Exceptionally, the itinerary and the order of the excursions could be altered and modified for organizational reasons. Depending on hotel availability or in case of last minute reservations, the provided hotels may be replaced by others of the same category (see list of planned hotels at Scheduled Hotels). Only one suitcase per person will be accepted. To enter Morocco, the citizens of some countries outside the European Economic Community will need additional documentation to the passport, please check with our travel agency. Passengers must pass customs control with their luggage. During the train journeys to/from Malaga and during the stay in Malaga, there is no accompanying guide service.