- Travel to Morocco and back on comfortable trains through France and Spain
- Cross the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa
- Explore the medinas of Fez, Rabat and Tangiers
- Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Djemaa-el-Fna in Marrakech
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations (First Class within Morocco)
- Boat crossing from Spain to Morocco and back
- 13 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Catch the Eurostar from London or Ebbsfleet to Paris Gare du Nord then transfer to Gare de Lyon on the metro. From here, catch the direct TGV train all the way through France and northern Spain to Barcelona, arriving in the evening.
On arrival, make your way to the Barcelo Sants Hotel (or similar), conveniently located above the station.
Leave Barcelona and zoom over to Madrid on Europe’s fastest railway line. Change on to the direct train to the port of Algeciras, where you connect with an evening ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar, onto the African continent. On arrival in Tangiers Med, make your way to the fabulous Grand Hotel Villa de France (or similar). We would recommend arranging a transfer to meet you at the port. We can arrange this for you with the hotel. Please call for details.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Break the journey down to southern Spain with a stop in Madrid, Cordoba or even in Algeciras itself. Ask one of the team for details.
After a morning in Tangier, transfer to the station and take your first Moroccan train, travelling in First Class to the capital, Rabat, where you will be stopping for 2 nights.
Check in at the Riad Dar El Kebira Hotel (or similar) in the heart of the Medina and, once you have settled in, head out to begin your exploration of this bustling city.
Spend a full day exploring Morocco’s enchanting capital, which doesn’t often feature on many tourist trails. The highlight is undoubtedly the walled Medina, where you can haggle for bargains and watch the locals trade. Don’t miss the Kasbah of the Udayas, a Berber-era royal fort, surrounded by formal French-designed gardens and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
If the weather is good, you might also like to spend some time topping up your tan on the centrally located city beach.
After a leisurely breakfast in your hotel it’s time to leave Rabat. Return to the station and catch a direct train via the famous city of Casablanca, to Marrakech, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. When you pull into the station, make your way to the Riad Karmela Princesse (or similar) for a 3-night stay. Again, we can arrange a driver to meet you at the station if you would prefer.
The enchanting city of Marrakech is divided into two distinct parts, the medina and the Ville Nouvelle (new town). Central to the medina is the iconic square of Djemaa-el-Fna, where food stalls and spice merchants vie for space with the snake charmers and other street entertainment.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Add extra nights in Marrakech so that you have time to visit the Atlas Mountains, where you can take a jeep safari, a camel trek or even stay in a luxury mountain retreat.
Leave Marrakech in the morning on board another excellent Moroccan train, which takes you through rocky and mountainous landscapes, via the imperial city of Meknes, to Fez, where you arrive in time for dinner.
Check in at the fabulous Riad El Yacout (or similar) for 3 nights and then find an inviting restaurant for dinner. Alternatively, you may just like to relax and unwind in your Riad.
Fez’s magnificent medina is an experience in itself. Follow the marked trails through the narrow streets or hire a local guide to show you around. Visit the unmissable Tanneries (pictured), where leather-dying techniques have remained unchanged for centuries. After all that sightseeing, have a mint tea on one of the rooftop cafés and admire the city from one of these superb vantage points.
We can arrange a day trip to the nearby imperial city of Meknes and the Roman ruins of Volubilis – ask one of the team for details.
The journey to Tangier is very easy, taking around 5 hours and delivering you into the heart of the port of Tangier, where your Moroccan adventure began. Check in once again at the Grand Hotel Villa de France (or similar), for another overnight stay.
You have a little more time this afternoon to explore this historic port city, known as the ‘gateway to Africa’ and famous as a haven for international spies, hence its use in many thrillers on the Big Screen, including three James Bond films.
Transfer to the port this morning and take a boat across the Strait of Gibraltar back to Algeciras. There is plenty of time here to connect with the Spanish Altaria train, which criss-crosses the mountainous topography of southern Andalucia and runs straight into the heart of the beautiful city of Cordoba. When you arrive, head for the Macia Alfaros Hotel (or similar) where you have an overnight stay.
You may like to extend your stay in Cordoba so that you have time to see the historic sights of this Andalucian city.
Late morning, take a high-speed AVE train north to the capital, Madrid, where you connect with the convenient TGV service that runs directly into France.
The first stop after the French border is Perpignan, where you alight to check into the modern Quality Hotel Centre del Mon (or similar). The hotel is right next to the station and perfect for your overnight stay.
The final instalment of your adventure involves a direct TGV train that races across France, eating up the miles in very impressive time. You need to transfer between stations in Paris and then your Eurostar delivers you back into London later this evening.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
This recently renovated and modern hotel is perfectly situated for rail travellers, as it is built on top of Barcelona Sants railway station. The hotel has a subtle space exploration theme and all the bedrooms have a large window with views of the city. Each also has an iPod dock, flat-screen TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. There is a choice of two restaurants and a cocktail bar.
The opulent Le Royal Grand Hotel Villa de France boasts high standards of luxury and panoramic views over the Medina and the Bay of Tangier. The air-conditioned bedrooms also come with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi internet access. Relax by the outdoor pool or dine at one of two on-site restaurants.
This elegant and traditional Riad is located in the heart of Rabat’s charming Medina. Its 10 rooms are ornately decorated, each in a unique style – each room has air-conditioning, wifi and complimentary fruit. Spa, hammam and wellness facilities are available along with a classic Moroccan massage.
With its stylish bedrooms, luxurious facilities and fantastic location in the medina, the Riad Karmela Princesse is the perfect base to explore Marrakech. Chill out on the rooftop patio, have a delicious meal in the hotel restaurant or enjoy a dip in the indoor or outdoor swimming pool.
Riad El Yacout occupies a private residence dating back to the early 20th century, located in the heart of the Medina. The hotel offers comfortable rooms each with their own individual decoration along with modern en suite facilities and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can enjoy a menu of international and local dishes in the on site restaurant.
A short walk from Cordoba’s famous Mezquita, the Macia Alfaros is housed in a beautiful, traditional Andalucian building. The building retains many original features and has been tastefully renovated to a high standard. Los Alarifes restaurant provides evening meals and is the setting for a buffet breakfast each morning.
The Hotel Quality Centre del Mon is a modern property, located next to Perpignan’s main station and just a 15 minute walk from the historic heart of the city. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. There is also a bar and an inviting patio.