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The Moorish Trail

A journey by train from Marrakech to Madrid...

Follow in the footsteps of the mysterious Moors as you forge a path from Marrakech to Madrid. Barter with the locals in the Djemaa El Fna as the smell of exotic spices invades your senses. Immerse yourself in rural Morocco as you walk in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and through Berber villages, where little has changed for centuries. Discover the influence of the Moorish culture in Spain by exploring the impressive buildings, taking in the glorious colours and sampling local delicacies over a glass or two of local wine.

The bustling medina of Marrakech encircled by miles of rose coloured ramparts greatly contrasts with the golden silence of the countryside. As colourful carpets air in the sunshine and donkeys carry the day’s crops back to the villages, workers gather to sip mint tea. Leaving Marrakech, on the first of our train journeys, we travel to Rabat, one of Morocco’s imperial cities, and its modern capital. From the northern port of Tangier, we take the ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to southern Spain, into Andalucia.

We board the train to Ronda, our journey giving us spectacular views of the mountains with the beautiful Pueblos Blancos coming into view as we travel. Ronda, with its arched bridge spanning the Tajo gorge, and little cobbled streets, is an endearing town.

Continuing to Granada, we visit the spectacular Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, originally designed for the military and later becoming a royal residence.

Córdoba, once the Iberian Peninsula’s Islamic capital, is famous for the Mezquita with its lustrous decoration. We take the high speed AVE train to Madrid to explore the capital city with the opportunity to visit its galleries, museums and parks.

At Chapters Experience Holidays, we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to peoples' lives. By travelling with us on this holiday, you can directly help us support the destinations we visit through our staff-managed charitable project Heart & Sole
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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    22 Dec 2017
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    12
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    London (Gatwick)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    22 Dec 2017 - 03 Jan 2018

    Day 1 - Marrakech
    On arrival into Marrakech, we transfer by private coach to our hotel for 3 nights' accommodation.

    Day 2 - Marrakech
    We plan to spend a day in Marrakech, exploring the medina and the souks and the opportunity to visit the Ben Youssef Medersa, the Saadian Tombs and see the Koutoubia mosque. We can also enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the Majorelle Gardens. Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening.

    Day 3 - Marrakech
    We travel to the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, where we have a gentle walk in attractive countryside and may have a chance to visit a Berber village.

    Day 4 - Rabat
    This morning, we take the train to Rabat, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean for 1 night's accommodation and where we?ll discover some of the city's interesting architecture.

    Day 5 - Tangier
    Heading north by train we continue to Tangier for 1 night's accommodation. We may have a chance to explore the old part of the city.

    Day 6 - Ronda
    From Tangier we travel by ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to southern Spain where we take the small train line from Algeciras, which offers stunning views high up into the mountains to Ronda for 2 nights' accommodation.

    Day 7 - Ronda
    Today we'll explore the picturesque town of Ronda with Spain's oldest bull ring and the Tajo Gorge.

    Day 8 - Granada
    We continue by train to Granada located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains for 2 nights' accommodation.

    Day 9 - Granada
    We spend a full day exploring Granada, famous for the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens.

    Day 10 - Cordoba
    We travel by coach to Cordoba for 1 night's accommodation and have the opportunity to visit the old quarter and Mezquita

    Day 11 - Madrid
    Taking the high speed AVE train we travel to Madrid for 2 nights' accommodation.

    Day 12 - Madrid
    A full day exploring and sightseeing in Madrid.

    Day 13 - -
    We transfer by coach to Madrid airport for our return flight to the UK


  • Accommodation

    Marrakech (3), Rabat (1), Tangier (1), Ronda (2), Granada (2), Córdoba (1), Madrid (2). Comfortable hotels throughout.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • B&B en suite accommodation.
    • Alhambra Palace entrance ticket.
    • Dinners at hotels and local restaurants.
    • Knowledgeable local guides.
    • All local travel and transfers, including train and ferry.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Travelling by train from Algeciras to Ronda through the beautiful Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia.
    • Bustling Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech.
    • Exploring Córdoba, with its medieval quarter and Mezquita.
    • Visiting the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Flights: Gatwick-Marrakech (c3hrs 40mins) / Madrid-Heathrow (c2hrs 25mins), British Airways. 
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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